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Where are the risks and opportunities for your business over the next 1-5 years? Our futurist speakers are following the disruptors across industries to spot the trends driving change and to identify the opportunities on the horizon.

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VP of Big Data at IBM and Future Trends Expert

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Paul Zikopoulos is changing the way audiences are looking at their businesses in terms of sales, obstacles, and potential for growth - and the key ingredient is data! He’s been named an expert on big data by publications such as Big Data Republic, Technopedia, and Analytics Week. He is also included on multiple "experts to follow" lists around the world - including SAP’s “50 Big Data Twitter Influencers”. Paul has been consulted on this topic by “60 Minutes” and advises various universities as they develop their curriculums to match market needs. Paul has won multiple awards for his speaking in part because he has a unique ability to take the often complex world of analytics, big data, AI, data science, machine learning, etc. and reach audiences of all ages and skills levels with the right message. Paul is a Fortune 35 (IBM) Vice President focused on Analytics, an award winning writer (who has published more than 19 books and over 350 articles on various topics) and sits on the advisory board of Women 2.0 - a for profit company committed to close the gender gaps in founding, investing, and workplace leadership.
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InnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataFintechBusiness Leaders From Major Brands

Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine

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Greg Williams is a leading authority on technology trends and how those impact business and society. As Editor-in-Chief of WIRED, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity and ideas. As a journalist and author of five novels, Greg possesses a unique combination of storytelling expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the future of technology and entrepreneurship. This enables him to transform complex information into entertaining and accessible insights that prepare audiences for what’s coming next.
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InnovationCyber SecurityEntrepreneurshipFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintechMedia
Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Trends & Futuring, Ford Motor Company

Manager of Global Trends & Futuring, Ford Motor Company

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Sheryl Connelly, the manager of global trends and futuring at Ford Motor Company, is a leading global consumer trends expert, futurist, and a keynote speaker. In her role as the in-house futurist at Ford for over a decade, she tracks consumer trends and collaborates with people throughout the Ford system to see how that information may impact future products. Imagine being able to look into a crystal ball and predict the future. Metaphorically speaking, that’s what Sheryl does on a daily basis in her role at Ford. But instead of a soothsayer’s ball, she relies on an ever-expanding repertoire of knowledge, a keen ability to research and analyze information, and a natural gift for communicating with others. In her compelling talks, Sheryl reveals her secrets for how to think like a futurist, providing audiences with the expertise and strategies necessary for effectively anticipating change and managing uncertainty. She delivers the insights necessary for business leaders and organizations across industry sectors to thrive, innovate, and remain relevant in the new age of constant innovation and disruption.
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InnovationFuture TrendsGenerations & DemographicsBusiness StrategyTechnologyDisruptionConsumer BehaviorTED SpeakersFemale Speakers
Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity...
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Neil Jacobstein is the chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, an organization whose founders hail from Google and the X PRIZE Foundation and has a goal “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” Jacobstein shares one of the most thoughtful and up-to-date looks at the future of technology and how it will impact a variety of industries. He explores innovation, disruption, and artificial intelligence as he offers audience a glimpse into the future and its real-world applications.
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InnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintech

World-Renowned Theoretical Physicist

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One of the world's most widely-recognized figures in the field of science, Dr. Michio Kaku looks to the future to predict trends affecting business, commerce, finance, and technology based on the latest scientific research. Dr. Kaku is a world-renowned American theoretical physicist, New York Times best-selling author, futurist, and a key leader in making science more popular. As the co-founder of string field theory, he continues Einstein’s work to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. Dr. Kaku is a seasoned speaker at major business conferences discussing the next 20 years in computers, finance, banking, and commerce. In particular, he has been the keynote speaker major conferences for large corporations, many of which control hundreds of billions of dollars in investments.

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InnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesAuthors

Futurist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Distinguished Fellow and...

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Named one of the "40 Most Influential Minds in Tech" by TIME magazine, Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. Based in Silicon Valley, he researches exponentially advancing technologies that are soon going to change our world. Wadhwa has held appointments at Duke University, Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and Emory University and is a faculty member at Singularity University. He is a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and the author of four books on the intersection of technology and society.

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InnovationEntrepreneurshipFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintechSomething Different

Tech Strategist & Fmr. VP of Yahoo!

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Salim Ismail is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations – required reading at the world’s top brands, and the Founder and Chair of ExO Works. The former executive director at Singularity University and a former Yahoo! exec who built and sold his company to Google, he consults on innovation and growth. Believing that “if you aren’t disrupting your business or industry, someone else is,” he shares jaw-dropping insights on how companies can leverage technology and strategy to grow 10 times faster than their peers. He turns cutting edge ideas into thriving startups and applies leading-edge thinking to invigorate industries.
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InnovationChange ManagementFuture TrendsBusiness StrategyTechnologyGrowthDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsAuthors

Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology...

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Michael (Mike) Steep is the executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities and the former senior vice president of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox. He draws on first-hand experience and anecdotes from time spent with the biggest names in Silicon Valley to instruct audiences on how to get ahead of disruptive innovation. Viewing new technology as opportunity, Mike highlights the importance of allowing innovation to trump company culture and legacies—and not the other way around.
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InnovationChange ManagementChinaFuture TrendsBusiness StrategyTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintechBusiness Leaders From Major Brands
Nick Bilton
Special Correspondent at Vanity Fair, Acclaimed Author, & Former Lead...
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Nick Bilton, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and former Lead Technology Writer for the New York Times, is a journalist, designer, UI specialist, technologist, author, hardware hacker, and researcher. Bilton has worked in many industries within the context of design, research and development, and technology. He is also the author of Hatching Twitter and I Live in the Future: & Here’s How It Works, which explores the effects of new technology on our brains. With highly visual presentations, he addresses innovation, the future of media, technology, and society and how technology affects our work and minds.
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InnovationFuture TrendsSocial Media & Social NetworkingTechnologyAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataFintechModeratorMediaAuthors


Discover Opportunity With Our Futurist Keynote Speakers


As our futurist keynote speakers will tell you, we’re experiencing a historical transformation. Technology advances happening right now—such as the rise of Big Data and artificial intelligence—are revolutionary. And the pace of change is something we’ve never seen before. That’s why identifying possible, probable, and preferable futures, plus high-impact wildcard events, are more important than ever before.

Spearhead your company’s efforts with the insight of our futurist speakers. These individuals are leaders when it comes to trends in technology and science—from former and current C-suite executives at innovative companies to educators, authors, and editors who study and cover the latest technological advance and their anticipated impact.

With the expertise and charisma of our futurist speakers, you can count on an engaged audience. And our team at Leading Authorities speakers bureau will help you choose the best speaker for your event. Our client-focused approach concentrates on your preferable events’ future: what you want audiences to feel, how you want them to react, and what budget you need to meet.

Get an idea of what our futurist keynote speakers bring to an event by browsing their profiles. If you have questions, feel free to contact us!

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