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


 

Bio

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.

Reinvent Your Leadership Mindset For the Future

There is so much we are waking up to and won’t be able to “unlearn”: about the role of technology and new ways of working, about equitable access and our unjust history, about our impact on the environment, and importantly, about the reliability of our support systems. We are learning so much about our own resilience and tuning in more deeply into our own lives and values… so:

  • What will we do with all this emerging insight?
  • What will we choose to rebuild vs reinvent?

All of these awakenings create fascinating opportunities for business and leadership as we learn to navigate constant change with greater confidence and caring.

Just One Percent In: Learning to Navigate the Next Economy

The world as we knew is over. And though the pain this has caused is very real, it now opens opportunities for reinvention most of us couldn’t even imagine just six months ago. What makes this moment so unique is not only that we are collectively experiencing a simultaneous global pandemic, a massive economic and an overdue cultural + historical awakening, BUT we are also standing at the front end of an astronomical shift in how the world will work.

When you speak with the visionaries and entrepreneurs actually building the technology applications of tomorrow—from on-demand retail to vertical farms—and ask how far into this new era we are, almost universally the reply is: “only one percent”. And change will happen fast… so imagine where we will be ten years from now? How about 50? We are at the front end of a new era and have important choices to make about the future we want to see — so let’s explore what’s on the horizon, what makes this moment especially potent and what it will take to build a better next.

Clearly there is no sitting on the sidelines anymore. One of the most stunning and lingering things about the global pandemic is that suddenly everyone is being thrust into this new era, together. Ready or not. Emerging from this are four massive shifts in awareness and behavior that are reshaping our understanding of business, society, technology and ourselves... and offer a lot of hope ahead.

Read: We're Only One Percent In. Can You Imagine What Comes Next?

 

The Four Pandemic Awakenings Shaping the New Economy

Clearly there is no sitting on the sidelines anymore. One of the most stunning and lingering things about the global pandemic is that suddenly everyone is being thrust into this new era, together. Ready or not. Emerging from this are four massive shifts in awareness and behavior that are reshaping our understanding of business, society, technology and ourselves... and offer a lot of hope ahead.


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Testimonials

"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

Prudential
Advantage Solutions

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

BE Conference
Nestlé
Women’s Speaker Association
TheWrap
CU Direct
American Society of Interior Designers
USAA
Industrial Asset Management Council
TEDx Youth
Prepared Foods' New Products Conference
BDX
Insurance Accounting & Systems Association
VeeamON
Michigan Works!
NAPTE
Coca-Cola
Sprint
Lucid
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
Ivalua
SAP
Economic Development Coalition
Goodwill
America’s Claims Event/ALM
Michigan Community College Summit
Association of Financial Planners
Straumann
SXSW
Fidelity
Kronos
HEB
BWI GmbH
...and many more!