Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Corporate Strategist, Keynote Speaker

  • Founder & CEO, Play Big Inc.
  • Post-digital Futurist at Kungfu AI
  • Ranked as One of the “World’s Top Female Futurists” and Top 7 “Women of Influence on the Future of Leadership”
  • Advisor for Retail Tomorrow and Future Frontiers
  • Founder of TEDxAustin and TEDxYouth@Austin
  • Founder of Career Fair For The Future

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy Giordano (bio) is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands.  Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Technology  |  Strategy  |  Branding  |  Future of Work  |  Agility  |  Consumers  |  Leadership  |  AI  |  Talent  |  Cryto-Currencies



Nancy Giordano

Leading Strategic Futurist

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organisations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands. With growing conviction of what will (and needs to) shift, executives value her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the terrain ahead, and guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

With a career at three of the top global advertising agencies and as founder of her own strategic inspiration company, Play Big Inc., Nancy has a rich history of advising and learning with some of the top companies in the world, including Nestle, Brinker International, The Coca Cola Company, Sprint and Acumen.

In 2015 she took a leap to help shape a company of the future: artificial intelligence start-up, Lucid, and later went on to build a leadership summit designed to encourage c-suite execs to explore seven of the most disruptive emergent technologies for business.

A 10-year TEDx curator (and world’s first licensee), Nancy is a Singularity University guest lecturer, frequent panelist at South by Southwest, creator of the first Career Fair For The Future event for college + high school students, and remains an active strategist. For the past two years she has been on the board of retail trade association GMDC, on the advisory council of both Retail Tomorrow and Future Frontiers, co-designed + produced a fintech conference to strengthen community banking, and is helping champion two brands poised to weave a more human, distributed internet: Holochain + Holo hosting. In addition, Nancy just joined Austin artificial services company, Kungfu AI, to help visionary enterprise leaders learn, harness and sharpen their business prowess via custom designed AI applications.

A techno-optimist, Nancy is committed to advancing societal structures and new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way… and ensure a safe and thriving future for us all.

Her vibrant presentations are about answers to your toughest questions.  She meticulously crafts her talks based on the specific needs of your audience, spending time with you in advance to pinpoint the critical issues.  If you are looking for a high-energy futurist who thinks like a strategist and acts like a creative marketer, she may be the perfect speaker for your next event.

Speech Topics

The Case for Audacious Leadering

Society is transforming and advancing technologies are rapidly reinventing the ways we work, live and connect. And reshaping ways we lead. Instead of predictably replicating the success of the past, leaders must now embrace and navigate these new opportunities, the need for constant innovation and the demands of an increasingly dynamic environment. Being open to radical new solutions requires radically new ways of thinking, “leadering", and being.

Nancy Giordano delivers an infectious presentation that highlights the key areas for leaders to act boldly and in ways that will make a major difference to the strategic future of the organization.

How Exponential Technologies are Changing…..Everything

As Executive Producer of Gigaom Change, Nancy and her company have curated the leading experts on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Virtual + Augmented Realities, 3D+ Printing, Cybersecurity and Human-Machine Interface.

Nancy Giordano provides whole new ways to look at and build realities. She shares how these  exponential technologies will cause work, industry and society to change more in the next 10 years than in over 100+.  How are the rules radically changing? What are some of the most pressing issues and new yardsticks shaping our behaviors and choices? And what do we need to learn to better navigate, create and thrive?

Navigating the Big Shift

Society is transforming. Exponential advances in connectivity and technology, precarious economic, political and social structures, and an emerging desire for community and connection are causing old economy models to quickly shift to completely different set of new economy expectations and needs. How does one navigate change in such a dynamic and complex environment?  Nancy provides an executive-level understanding of how changes in technologies, demographics, culture, economic behavior, public policies, and much more will provide unique opportunities and critical challenges to the profitability of companies. Nancy helps you expand the scope of your event and what this means to you right now.

How Technology, Demographics and Values Are Disrupting the Future of Work and Talent

Whether we have more jobs or less is a debate only time will settle, but there is no doubt 100% of jobs will be re-skilled. How we work and why is being re-calibrated, and society overall will take a radical shift as we head into what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How can we build the new capacities necessary? How will new tools shape new behaviors and drive new expectations? Which old practices to manage risk are actually now putting us at risk? And how will we measure we are doing it right?

Nancy delves into both the advancing technologies and the critical shifts companies and the workforce must confront to stay relevant in the future.





"Nancy has the unique ability to turn a room full of strangers into friends... The event was such a success that PBS has decided to make this one-time workshop an annual gathering... There is no one I trust more."
          - Vice President, PBS

"Nancy, just a quick note to say thanks for your participation in our most recent EmpowerU event. Your insight, energy, passion and humor are things that our employees continue to rave about a week later. Thanks so much again and I look forward to connecting in the future."
           - CEO, CPS Energy

"The timing of your lecture was one of those sort of jaw-dropping life-affirming, this is just what I needed moments for me. And at a dental conference. Who would have thought, right? Thank you for what you do and for how you shared it. Your talk was inspiring and refreshing for me for a number of reasons, including how dynamic, engaging and articulate you were on a stage that is dominated by males in my industry. It was a real pleasure seeing you speak."
           - Straumann Dental Symposium

"Nancy was phenomenal! I only wish we’d had more time with her."
          - Vice President, New York Bankers Association

"Nancy has a unique ability to highlight the most innovative applications of technology on the market, while making them relevant to the audience and somehow making the true story about people."
          - CMO, Invalua

"We really appreciated her customization, and greatly especially appreciated having a great woman on stage for a change.  We anticipate using Nancy again for events happening over the next several years!"
          - Tata Consulting

"Nancy did a great job opening our OneVoice Conference.  We had many members speak with her after her presentation was over, including many of our board members.  I heard from a few members that they (our members) our so myopic focused right now and it’s so important to hear Nancy’s message about looking up and being aware of the fast pace future going on around us.  Definitely felt she help set the tone for our conference and was very well received."
- Senior VP, Education & Engagement, Financial Services Institute

"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your session on Audacious Leadering at SXSW. It was a perfect moment of unexpected discovery as they say in the brochure! Your's was the talk that gave my SXSW experience it's intellectual centre of gravity. Many thanks."
          - Creative Director,  LIDA Australia

"Your energy, your intelligence and your being touched my soul. I feel awakened to a world of possibilities and also the need for optimism for our young people. Thank you. Thank you! I will be following you and truly hope our paths will cross again."
          - Content Curator, Education Travel Consortium

"Nancy, you were a great partner to work with from start to finish. Thank you for taking the time to talk through what I was looking for to make sure you understood the needs of our attendees and the message I was hoping her talk would send. That collaboration was evident in the talk you gave. It was very well received, with many of our attendees specifically commenting on the positive energy you brought to the room. I was looking for you to inspire our attendees to think differently, and you definitely delivered on that. You were a fabulous addition to our event."
          - EVP & Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

"I LOVED LOVED LOVED both of your presentations at the AAPN. Very inspiring and thought-provoking."
          - President, WWA Advisors LLC

Client List

Advantage Solutions
Singularity University
TEDx Austin
Education Travel Consortium
Health Distribution Association
eLearning Guild
BNP Media
Kansas State Wellness Summit
American Chamber of Commerce
Rockwell Automation
Aspen Financial Planners
Healthcare Business Women’s Association 
Design Professionals Risk Control Group
ABF (Brazilian Franchise Association)

BE Conference
Women’s Speaker Association
CU Direct
American Society of Interior Designers
Industrial Asset Management Council
TEDx Youth
Prepared Foods' New Products Conference
Insurance Accounting & Systems Association
Michigan Works!
Young Presidents Organization
Blue Cross  Blue Shield
America's Apparel Producer Network
Oslo Business Forum
Virginia Military Institute

Associated Builders and Contractors
New York Bankers Association
Tennesse Valley Authority
Golden Chick
Roche Genetech
Global People Summit
Newport News Shipbuilding Conference
CUSO Financial Services
Economic Development Coalition
America’s Claims Event/ALM
Michigan Community College Summit
Association of Financial Planners
...and many more!