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Future of Food by Keynote Speaker Nancy Giordano

The (Optimistic) Future Of Food

by Nancy Giordano

“Well, that was an encouraging day!” Rosa, a brain augmentation engineer reflects. She takes a few intentional deep breaths, then steps away from her desk, grabs the bag Kush, her robotic assistant packed earlier, and jumps into her waiting autonomous-driving vehicle for the 40 min ride into Portland. She is so looking forward to dinner with her sister. While there are many ways to connect virtually with one another these days, nothing beats sitting around a table having a meal together, and this weekly ritual is one she tries hard not to miss. Her mother has told them both so many stories about the Good People dinners her friend Raman started twenty something years ago — how these gatherings nourished her inside and out, and ultimately fed many of the huge food innovations that fuel her daughters now. 
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Joel Cohen delivering a hilarious keynote speech

Joel Cohen’s keynote provides insight (and tons of humor) into the success of The Simpsons

by Mike Humphrey

Over a wonderfully fresh shrimp, avocado and arugula salad at a trendy Philly restaurant, Joel Cohen describes the concept of the “puke draft”.  No, it had nothing to do with his lunch.  He shares how ideas are most often half-baked and incomplete at their genesis. So, members of his team at The Simpsons will often create a “puke draft”, which takes their rough idea and shares it for improvement and revision from the other talented writers on the show.  Through this process, many of these ideas develop into full episodes for the most successful prime time show in the history of television. Continue reading

Nancy Giordano talks about the Big Shift for Business Leaders

What Is The Role Of Business In A Shifting Society?

What Is The Role Of Business In A Shifting Society? 

by Nancy Giordano

Back in the 1790’s, the Industrial Revolution was underway. Artisans making one product gave way to mechanization with companies making multiple products. In the 1830’s, US railroad companies became the first truly modern management organizations. Those early superhighways lowered the cost of moving goods and information, and by the 1920’s, a new type of professionally managed corporation owned by retail investors and run by powerful executives, replaced the early founder-led firms. Management suddenly became a career. Focus on rapid expansion, mass production and meeting increasing mass demand created sprawling conglomerates with giant interdependencies and unprecedented levels of complexity. Along the way we didn’t stop to measure the cost of it all… Continue reading

If Change Is Always the Answer, What Are the Questions?

Technology Seeks Society’s Forgiveness, Not Permission

By Vivek Wadhwa

A key difference between today’s and past transformations is that technological evolution has become much faster than the existing regulatory, legal, and political framework’s ability to assimilate and respond to it. It’s a Moore’s Law world; we just live in it. Continue reading

Speaker Jamie Mustard on Attention

Why Standing Out is So Important

If we do not grab the attention of others immediately, we could lose them forever.

 By Jamie Mustard

There is no doubt that technology has made our lives easier, but it has also made our lives harder in invisible ways. Technology-induced change has created an explosion of content and choice—a deluge of products, services, and voices in constant competition for our attention. In our always-on, internet-connected world, wave after wave of information bombards our senses and dilutes our individual voices. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we’re drowning in a sea of white noise. Continue reading

futurist and keynote speaker Nancy Giordano at AAPN

Nancy Giordano Explores the Future and “Leadering” at Apparel Industry Conference

AAPN’s annual meeting featured impressive keynote speakers, including strategic futurist Nancy Giordano, and provided lots of opportunities for networking and developing business relationships in the apparel supply chain. Continue reading

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Tech future demands “Leadering”

One of the world’s leading futurists, Nancy Giordano, argues for a new kind of leadership, writes Arthur Goldstruck

It is somewhat reassuring to learn that Nancy Giordano has 43,000 unopened emails on her computer. As a global “brand futurist”, she is in demand to lead transformation strategies at major corporations, and present her framework for visionary leadership at conferences and events. She is also a mother of three and a part-time lecturer at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

If someone operating at the cutting edge of technology has such a cluttered inbox, the rest of us can be forgiven for not keeping up. However, she reassures us, she is on top of the important correspondence. Speaking at VeeamOn, a conference hosted by data backup and management company Veeam in Miami, Florida, she makes the case for “audacious leadering” as the key to being on top of the rapid technological change that the coming years will bring. Continue reading

Unlimited Leadership - Inspiring Speaker Lance Secretan

Unlimited Leadership: Stop Hindering, Start Unleashing

by Lance Secretan

UNLIMITED: un·lim·it·ed, adjective – not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.  (example: “the range of possible ideas was unlimited”)

  • Synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, immense, vast, great, extensive, immeasurable, incalculable, unfailing, infinite, endless, never-ending, bottomless, measureless
  • Antonyms: limited, finite

This definition, when applied to leadership, sounds like the type of place where we want to work. Places where we pursue dreams, not mission statements.  Places where we are inspired, not managed. Places where we care about each other, not tear each other down.  Where great ideas grow, where customers feel loved, and where we wear our company pride on our sleeves.  A place, in other words, where we are inspired and high performance is the new normal. Continue reading

John Sculley interview with Vivek Wadhwa

John Sculley, who turned around Pepsi and Apple, has a new cause

The 80-year-old executive is now trying to solve the problems of America’s health-care system — and inspiring students to help change the world

by Vivek Wadhwa

As a marketing manager, John Sculley developed the so-called Pepsi Challenge, which enabled the company to gain market share from Coca-Cola. In the 1980s, Sculley ran Apple — and had a famous run-in with Steve Jobs. Continue reading

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Women in business talk failures, successes and advice

As part of the SuiteWorld 2019 dedicated Women in Business track, a host of women with backgrounds in the business world shared their advice for women in a male-dominated environment

Deborah Perry Piscione, CEO of network Alley to the Valley, said she saw a significant difference in the way women behaved towards each other when she moved to a different part of the US.

After moving from Washington where she worked in government to Silicon Valley, she found the women had a different attitude, seeking to help each other as opposed to climb over each other to reach the top. Continue reading

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10 Habits That All Strong Businesswomen Practice

by Deborah Perry Piscione

Now more than ever, women are poised to rule in the professional world and beyond.

In technology, Moore’s Law is the idea that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year, while the costs are halved. Similarly, the trajectory of women’s influence in work, politics and culture is moving at an exponential pace, and changes are occuring in a fraction of the time it took to advance previous gender parity initiatives. Continue reading

Speaker Vivek Wadhwa on Next Space Race

The Next Space Race Won’t Have Just One Winner

by Vivek Wadhwa

Until January 3, 2019, no human being had ever set eyes on the “dark side” of the moon — the side always facing away from the Earth. It was a mystery. But no longer. China’s National Space Administration successfully landed a lunar lander, Chang’e-4, at South Pole-Aitken, the moon’s largest and deepest basin. Its lunar rover Yutu-2 is sending home dozens of pictures so that we can see the soil, rocks, and craters for ourselves. Seeds it took on the journey also germinated (before freezing to death), making this the first time any biological matter from Earth has been cultivated on the Moon. Continue reading

Vivek Wadhwa on Standing on Principles

Come Clean When Things Go Wrong

The controversies involving Jeff Bezos and Ralph Northam show why building trust is important

by Vivek Wadhwa 

Two notable Americans faced firestorms of criticism last week: A governor whose medical school yearbook page showed a racist image and a billionaire whose infidelity was exposed by a tabloid. The politician — Virginia governor Ralph Northam — handled the PR crisis in the worst way possible by deflecting and denying, which led to calls for his resignation. The reclusive billionaire, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, turned crisis into opportunity by disclosing embarrassing information and positioning himself as a superhero, telling everyone that he was standing up to a bully on their behalf. Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence Keynote Speakers

Artificial Intelligence: A Primer for Selecting Conference Keynote Speakers on the AI Topic

by Michael Humphrey

In 1995, the internet exploded with the promise of e-commerce and the digitalization of information.  The first keynote speakers talking about the internet were overwhelmingly IT scientists and technology futurists, sharing their insights as to WHAT the technology advancements were.

But after a few years, the business experts emerged, showing WHY it was important and HOW to use it for profit.

Artificial Intelligence SpeakerThe same is now happening with Artificial Intelligence, and related technologies such as autonomous systems, robotics, etc.  The fascination is currently on the WHAT, but we are already starting to see a shift toward the WHY and the HOW.  This means an eventual shift from computer scientists and futurists, to business strategy experts.

This is when the AI wave will become truly revolutionary for business.

The Key Shifts Include:

  • Business Strategy:   Robert Safian has been exploring what leading companies like Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Nike, Goldman Sachs and others are already doing with AI to disrupt their industries
  • Future of Jobs:    Vivek Wadhwa is at Harvard University running the first ever global research study on how AI will change how we work and the future of professions.
  • Disruptive Innovation:    Michelle Lee shares the patent trends from the USPTO to learn where companies are making multi-billion-dollar bets on the future of AI.
  • Financial Future:    Nancy Giordano has been diving into the success of blockchain and crypto-currency technologies throughout the world.
  • Leadership Tools:    Rebecca Costa’s latest book looks at how AI and predictive analytics is providing leaders an accurate look into the future, changing how we make decisions and allocate strategic resources.
  • Medicine and Health:   Tarun Wadhwa has drilled down into the fascinating uses of AI that are changing every aspect of the medical and self-healthcare industries.

 

About the author:  Michael Humphrey is a 30-year veteran of the speaking industry and is currently the CEO of Nextup Speaker Management.

Vivek Wadhwa on Happiness at Work

Could company “productivity policies” that regulate your email and meetings make you happier at work?

By Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever

One of the signature trends of technology in the Internet age has been the reversal of technology adoption flows. In the past, the copy machine, the fax, the mobile phone (before smartphones), and the personal computer all started as work tools and then moved into the consumer realm. With the Internet, and with smartphones, that trend reversed. Unexpectedly, consumer tools such as chat, e-mail, and social networks were brought into the workplace — not by IT managers, but by employees looking to increase their productivity. This path had been greased by the demands of workers that they be able to use their own smartphones (and, to a lesser degree, laptops and tablets) to conduct work business such as making phone calls and sending e-mails. Continue reading

Leadership Speaker Lance Secretan

Why Leadership Needs To Embrace People (Not Frighten Them)

excerpt from Lance Secretan‘s The Bellwether Effect

From Classical to Quantum Leadership

Classical physics invites us to measure matter and energy through observable human experience, analyzing the separate parts, and this is largely the way we explain science and technology today. Newtonian Mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and the laws of special and general relativity form the toolbox of scientists practicing classical physics. This way of seeing things works well with physical objects ranging from the level of atoms, molecules and larger, but at the atomic level and below, these tools and laws become ineffective, failing to provide a correct description of life. Using these crude tools, we mistakenly believe that all observable objects are separate from each other. So we see competitors, colleagues, vendors, customers, media, unions, regulators and shareholders as separate entities and as separate from us. Continue reading

Robert Safian on the Age of Flux

The Age of Flux

CHANGE IS COMING FASTER THAN EVER, AND BUSINESS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. HERE’S WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED NOW

by Robert Safian

When I sat down earlier this year with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, at the company’s new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California, he stressed the importance of thinking long-term about the business.  Despite “the 90-day clock” of the investment community, he explained, Apple’s products are based on silicone, on chips, and so the company has to plan “three, four-plus years in advance”. Continue reading

Tarun Wadhwa Speaker on Gene Editing

Gene Editing Is Going To Test The Values Of Every Society

By Tarun Wadhwa

In the near future, a young couple in a hospital clinic is going to be presented with a harrowing choice: they can choose to have their baby the normal way, as it always has been done – or they can pay extra to guarantee that their child will have extra intelligence, good looks, and live a life free of disease. Continue reading

Rebecca Costa Leadership Speaker

Renown Sociobiologist and Futurist, Rebecca D. Costa, Joins Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board

December 12, 2018

Globally renown sociobiologist and futurist, Rebecca Costa, announced today that she has joined the Advisory Committee of the Lifeboat Foundation.

The Lifeboat Foundation is a consortium of leading scientists, experts and business leaders dedicated to helping humanity survive global catastrophic risks due to the potential misuse of technology. Other members serving on the Board and Advisory Committees include futurist and Google Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, and Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman, Eric S. Maskin, Richard J. Roberts and Wole Soyinka. In addition to traditional funding, The Lifeboat Foundation is the world’s first bitcoin endowment fund. Continue reading

Nancy Giordano keynote speaker

There’s No Rulebook When It Comes To The Future

By Gina Narcisi

Technology is changing, culture is shifting, and the amount of information is growing. Solution providers need to evaluate their position and how they can contribute to the new landscape.

The current pace of change is demanding more visibility, transparency and innovation from companies old and new. Making it through the gap between systems and approaches breaking down and new ones being created is the goal, said Nancy Giordano, CEO of Play Big, a company that helps forward-looking organizations transform, at The Channel Company’s NexGen 2018 Conference and Expo Monday. Continue reading

spotify - Robert Safian

Spotify’s $30 Billion Playlist for Global Domination

by Robert Safian

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a special regimen, which included twice-a-day workouts and a single meal—specially configured for him—eaten at a set time each afternoon. “You look great,” teased music impresario Scooter Braun, a participant in the contest, who texted his friend after noting Ek’s slimmed-down physique during Spotify’s web-broadcast Investor Day presentation in late March. “Too bad you lost.” Continue reading

Conferences and Keynote Speakers

Meetings industry seeing more people, more dollars.

Kalamazoo, Mich. – In 2017, the meetings industry was robust, with an average of nearly 2,000 attendees and 54 events per association, finds a new report.  Overall, respondents were most likely to expect increases in meeting attendance (48 percent) and gross meeting revenue (46 percent) in 2018, with fewer expecting increases in sponsorship (37 percent) and particularly exhibitions revenue (28 percent). Continue reading

Speaker Joel Cohen - The Simpsons

“The Simpsons” at 30: Six Era-Defining Episodes

Keynote speaker Joel Cohen is an Emmy-winning Writer/Producer of The Simpsons (article from NYT)

For the past three decades, there has been one constant in America’s comedy landscape: “The Simpsons.” With that animated sitcom now in its 30th season,  it’s a good time to reflect on how “The Simpsons” has evolved during its unparalleled run, and how each era in that evolution has reflected — or failed to reflect — the state of comedy, and of the culture, as a whole.

Neither “The Simpsons” nor history has stood still since the show debuted in 1989. The first family of Springfield has witnessed five American presidents, the dawn of the internet age, the end of the Cold War, at least two prolonged conflicts in the Middle East, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and more. And while Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have stayed the same age, what the world finds funny has changed — in no small part because of those characters’ influence. Almost thirty years after its premiere, “The Simpsons” still matters…..READ MORE

Michelle Lee - Director of USPTO

8 Remarkable Things About Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee joined the league of female pioneers as the first female director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  But who is Michelle Lee? Here are eight things you may not know about the USPTO’s fearless former leader:

  1. Lee was also the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Part of her responsibilities while serving with the Department of Commerce was to advise the president on domestic and international intellectual property matters.
  2. Lee greatly influenced the Silicon Valley USPTO. In 2012, Lee served as the first director of the Silicon Valley USPTO. Before that, she served on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee, advising the USPTO on patent policies.
  3. Lee was an IP power house in the Silicon Valley. Lee was named the Best Bay Area IP Lawyer and one of the Top 100 most influential women in the Silicon Valley by the San Francisco Business Times and the San Jose Business Journal.
  4. Lee has also served as deputy general counsel for Google. Lee served as the company’s first Head of Patents and Patent Strategy. During her time at Google, Lee built Google’s patent portfolio from only a few patents to over 10,000!
  5. She has plenty of experience being a leader. Before Google, Lee was a partner at Fenwick & West, where she represented leading high-tech firms such as Cisco Systems, Logitech, Apple, and Sun Microsystems.
  6. Lee is well versed in electrical engineering and computer science with degrees from MIT. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
  7. Lee grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Lee grew up in Saratoga, California, and after going away for college, she returned to the Bay Area to earn her law degree from Stanford University.
  8. She has a surprising skill. Fun fact: Lee trained for 16 years as a classical ballet dancer.

Michelle Lee is now one of the most exciting business speakers that we have seen in years. Learn more at www.nextupspeakers.com/michelle-lee.com.

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Why Trump’s Trade War Could Be the Tipping Point for American Manufacturing

by Vivek Wadhwa

When Western companies moved manufacturing to China, it was all about minimizing costs. China was a developing country with labor costs among the lowest in the world. It also offered massive subsidies and readily turned a blind eye to labor abuse and environmental degradation. Continue reading

Lance Secretan - Inspiring Workplaces

The Shortage of Inspiring Places to Work

by Lance Secretan

Business leaders are crying the blues about the so called, “shortage of talent”.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where he teaches MBA students, says that when he began teaching MBA students they all wanted to work for corporate giants like Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Unilever. A decade later, those names were more likely to be Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. But today, he says, MBA students no longer want anything to do with the corporate world at all. Continue reading

Deborah Perry Piscione - Creating Value First

Creating Value before Making Money

by Deborah Perry Piscione

In 2010, Stanford University graduate Kevin Systrom was working on a multifeatured HTML5 (the markup language that structures content for the web) check-in project on mobile photography, originally called Burbn. He began to build the prototype without any branding elements or design at all, just concentrating on its functionality and usability. After meeting a VC from Baseline Ventures and another from Andreesen Horowitz at a party, Systrom pitched his idea and within two weeks, he had raised a total $500,000 from both. Continue reading

Speaker Robert Safian - Artificial Intelligence

5 Lessons of the AI Imperative, from Netflix to Spotify

by Robert Safian for Fast Company

Last month, Netflix quietly deleted all the remaining user reviews on its service. And just like that, CEO Reed Hastings completed the latest shift in his company’s ever evolving strategy: away from the wisdom of crowds in its content recommendations, in favor of the wisdom of the machine. The algorithm is now firmly in charge at Netflix—as it increasingly is across the economy.

The past year has seen a crescendo of fascination with—and fear of—artificial intelligence. This theme is a central feature of the tech backlash buffeting formerly bulletproof companies like Facebook and Google, fueling U.S. congressional hearings and editorial-page outrage. Yet it’s also the most potent new engine for business efficiency, an essential driver of competitive advantage from Amazon to Accenture. Continue reading

Rebecca Costa Speaker on Big Data

Rebecca Costa Wows Leaders at Data Conference.

Speaking at a big data conference, Rebecca Costa advised business leaders to get used to the idea of “predapting” (preparing to adapt ) to changing technologies and economic conditions. Information is flooding over us in unprecedented volumes, speed and diversity. We have to adapt to change before the change takes place. “We can’t wait to adapt, because if you can’t get our ahead of it …  the train will have left the station.”

Costa also talked about predictive analytics as one of the most powerful tools that organizations can invest in.  We are in an era when we can accurately predict outcomes, which will radically change how we lead. Continue reading