Nichol Bradford

Futurist and Transformative Tech Pioneer, Founder, & Executive
Speaker Nichol Bradford
  • Nichol’s mission is to empower the health, happiness, and fullest potential of every human by catalyzing new visions, opportunities and wellbeing technologies for all
  • Founder & executive director of global nonprofit Transformative – a global ecosystem dedicated to educating, gathering, and activating wellbeing tech founders, investors, and innovators
  • Former entertainment executive responsible for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands like Disney, Activision Blizzard, and Vivendi
  • Draws on her daily work with AI, sensors, biotech, and other exponential tech to share how to leverage wellbeing, technology, and science to navigate the future of work, society, and human potential

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Working at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, behavior, technology, and science, Nichol Bradford’s mission is to empower human transformation and wellbeing by catalyzing new visions, opportunities, and tech-enabled tools for all. She ignites new ways to use technology to expand beyond our perceived limits and reach our fullest potential through her global non-profit Transformative, working with talented researchers, founders, and investors across the globe who build tech for human health and happiness that will redefine wellbeing for the next decade.

According to Bradford, “Anywhere there’s exponential tech, there’s a path to enhance human wellbeing.” Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, she speaks extensively on human transformation, transformative tech, and the future of health, work, and human excellence. Weaving wellbeing, technology, and science into practical possibilities for us all, she lays out how we can successfully navigate the future of work and society with our humanity intact. Using real-life examples and use cases from the latest trends in wellness technologies, Bradford demonstrates to groups how these emerging advances can be applied to heal, upskill, and enhance human capability and benefit all of mankind.

Bradford co-founded and built Transformative, a global ecosystem dedicated to educating, gathering, and activating wellbeing tech founders, investors, and innovators – with members in 72 countries and 450 cities and events that attract more than 1,000 attendees. The largest and most respected authority on welltech, Transformative Tech helps founders leveraging exponential tech for mental and emotional wellbeing, social and emotional wellness, and human potential and performance find feedback and funding, and helps investors find the best wellbeing tech founders and companies for their needs. As executive director, Bradford helps corporate innovators understand and apply these powerful tools to their businesses, as well as curates the Transformative Tech Conference – a leading event at the intersection of tech and wellbeing.

Prior to becoming a leader in transformative technology, Bradford served as a senior interactive entertainment executive responsible for strategy, operations, and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi. In her role, she operated World of Warcraft and all of Blizzard Entertainment’s properties in China as well as held a key role on the Vivendi Games team responsible for the Activision-Blizzard merger – an $18B deal and an industry defining event. Bradford was also the CEO and founder of Willow Group, providing accessible and effective technologies to elevate psychological wellbeing.

Bradford is a lecturer at Stanford University, a graduate of Singularity University’s Global Solutions program, has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. She is a board trustee of the California Institute of Integral Studies, a fellow of the British American Project, served on the board of the Brandon Marshall Foundation for Mental Health, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bradford is also a novelist and has written The Sisterhood, a work of transformative Afro-futuristic fiction.

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Deep Human: The Future of Work and Leadership in the Exponential Age. Are you ready to lead in a world of accelerating technology and uncertainty? Now is the time to rethink how we view high performance, human potential, and the Future of Work. Global stress, disengagement, and anxiety have never been higher, and the speed required to move from imagination to innovation has never been this fast. The key to success is harnessing the latest understandings of the human mind, social neuroscience, and technology to drive performance, innovation, and creativity in the Future of Work.

As a renowned futurist, pioneer, and co-founder of Transformative, Nichol Bradford has been instrumental in shaping the global conversation around the intersection of technology and human wellbeing in over 70 countries. She now helps organizations accelerate successful digital transformation in support of their business objectives by amplifying the human transformation that makes change possible while avoiding the dangers of getting it wrong. This presentation is rooted in Bradford’s one-of-a-kind teaching at Stanford University, as well as eight years studying the intersection of technology, human potential, and break-out leaders who create extraordinary levels of innovation, productivity, and momentum throughout their organizations. 

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Stay ahead of the latest trends, scientific breakthroughs and technologies driving human potential 
  • Hear an uplifting perspective on tech that can enhance happiness, wellness, and high performance at work and in daily life
  • Unleash creativity and innovation with the "Idea Flipping" technique
  • Master the new leadership skills needed in the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) world
  • Boost human intelligence, collaboration, and wellbeing in your organization
  • Transform your team into a "super team" with a new model of human potential


The Road: Diversity and Technology Leadership in a New Era. The greatest C-suite leaders effectively manage team dynamics, guide social behavior, and shape culture in their organizations. New technology has begun to reveal the truth of what these leaders intuitively understand — your ability to master your emotional state and create a fertile environment for high performance is the key to individual and team success.  Today, no manager who aspires to become or lead top talent is exempt. You must become the very best version of yourself — mentally, emotionally, and physically — to succeed in this fast-changing, volatile world. In this inspiring talk, tech executive, CEO, founder, and investor, Nichol Bradford underscores how developing your true human potential has a tangible business impact, the link between innovation and diversity of all kinds, and the crucial planetary importance of each team member becoming the best version of themselves.  

Bradford has operated a $250m+ business, built a new entity from scratch, started a global movement for human-centric tech, and advised and backed hundreds of tech founders.  Along the way, she has experienced success, fear, and risked everything to take the road to her most authentic self.  This presentation is rooted in Bradford’s one-of-a-kind experience as an African-American woman at the intersection of technology and human potential.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Learn about new scientific breakthroughs and technologies revealing the intricacies of team and cultural behavior and how to capitalize on them for success
  • Get excited about your own potential — and its ties to work and team success  
  • Hear an uplifting perspective on tech that can enhance happiness, wellness, and high performance at work and in daily life
  • Understand how your mental, emotional, and physical health is critical during hypergrowth 


Supermind: Mastering Emotions, Cognition, and Flow for High Performance.  The future belongs to leaders who can create a fertile environment for high-performance teams to thrive in the face of change, competition, and opportunity. In the new age, success requires leaders to become the best version of themselves, mastering their emotions and unlocking their own superhuman potential. Those who ignore developing their own supermind will not be able to attract, lead, and nurture the top talent needed for organizations to thrive. 

From sensory enhancement to stress reduction, in this keynote, futurist Nichol Bradford shares digital and analog ways for leaders to develop their full capacity. This insight is crucial because when leaders understand how to enhance their cognition, master their emotional state, and access flow, big things happen for them and their teams.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Discover the latest trends, scientific breakthroughs, and technologies driving human potential 
  • Expand your 5 senses to 21 and 51 with sensory enhancement techniques
  • Gain mastery over your emotional state and unlock the power of your emotions
  • Master Heart Coherence Breathing and its benefits for personal and group regulation
  • Learn how to shift and reset your mindset to overcome common obstacles that prevent emotional intelligence
  • Dive into the science of enhanced cognition and the neuroscience of embodied cognition
  • Amplify your interoception and sensory capacity to increase your intelligence
  • Explore the connection between emotions and behavior through HRV and learn about Intelligent Energy Management.


Superteam: How to Sync Your Team for Outsized Success. Organizations today are facing increasing pressure to build high-performing teams, yet studies show that many are falling short. One major factor that contributes to this struggle is a lack of chemistry and shared mindset among team members, which can account for up to 46% of a team's unexplained success. However, there is a solution to this problem: synchrony.

Synchrony is a powerful form of embodied and extended cognition that can take team dynamics to a whole new level. Teams that are in sync perform at a higher level, showing increased levels of trust, collaboration, connectedness, empathy, and subjective liking. This leads to increased performance, agility, and a healthier work environment with less stress, greater productivity, and less burnout. 

In this presentation, renowned futurist, executive coach, and co-founder of Transformative, Nichol Bradford, will share her expertise on the cutting edge of neuroscience, digital transformation, and human transformation. She shares actionable strategies for how to increase performance, innovation, and creativity by leveraging breakthrough science and new technology to increase team synchrony. Groups will learn both digital and analog ways for leaders to develop their full capacity for sync, and how companies that prioritize learning how to team sync will also win the talent war by retaining and engaging top performers.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Learn about the latest trends, scientific breakthroughs, and technologies driving human potential
  • Understand the science of synchrony and its role in team dynamics
  • Learn tools and practices to spark synchrony within your team
  • Practice synchrony and receive pre- and post-scoring resources
  • Explore the connection between coherence, embodiment, synchrony, and flow and how they lead to peak performance
  • Understand the business case for synchrony and how it can benefit your company
  • Learn how to build a super team that functions in perfect synchrony


Endless Innovation: Humanity and Disruption. There has never been a more exciting time to be an innovator. The world has been turned upside down, and our needs and priorities have shifted. Now is the time to advance human wellbeing. Will you flourish or become disrupted by the change? According to futurist and transformative tech expert Nichol Bradford, wellness and wellbeing tech — tech that helps us get healthier, smarter, and happier — will be one of our most powerful tools for leveling up your organization and its people.  

Creativity, originality, and authenticity are needed now more than ever. As technology advances and reshapes our world, and as our understanding of wellbeing and humanism evolves, Nichol will help groups dig into the meaning of human wellness and technology and outline how you and your organization can adapt and thrive in this new era of wellbeing. Prepare to re-prioritize your health and happiness as a means to innovation and success.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Digital transformation requires human transformation. Understand how to capture both.


Love and the Crucible: Leadership in Challenging Times. Perfect for a leadership team offsite, this talk combines future trends with leadership connection exercises to help you shape your strategy from a clearer vantage point. That the economy is slowing down and technology is speeding up is a fact, but how you choose to use this time, to shape your company and yourself, is a choice. Over the next two years, you can come from fear — and run yourself and your team from panic, adrenaline, and cortisol alone. Or you can learn growth practices that give both you and your team the curiosity to innovate and the discipline to thrive.

This experiential training is about learning how to come from love — and grow, plan, layoff, merge, or pivot from a place that unlocks your (and your team’s) optimal path. Learn tools and discover technologies to help develop your inner executive athleticism and become the kind of leader you always dreamt you’d be. Crucibles break rocks and polish diamonds. Be a Diamond.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Learn how to shift from fear to curiosity during difficult times.

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Nichol Bradford's Book The Sisterhood

The Sisterhood