Nichol Bradford

Executive-in-Residence for AI+HI at SHRM, Futurist, Founder & Chairman of the Transformative Tech Lab
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  • 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. In addition to her work with Transformative, Bradford serves as executive in residence for the Society of Human Resource Managers, where she is focused specifically on human and AI enablement in the modern workplace.

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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AI-Charged Growth: Navigating Generative AI for Competitive Advantage. In a transformative era where Generative AI reshapes every facet of work, this talk will navigate leaders through the labyrinth of digital evolution. We'll cut through the AI hype, grounding capabilities in real business value. Via case studies and data-driven insights, we’ll provide an actionable blueprint for cultivating an agile, innovative culture that harnesses AI to ethically drive efficiency, decision-making, and experiences. We'll explore frameworks for AI governance, trust building, and human-centric adoption that unlock ROIs while mitigating risks like bias. Drawing on principles of human and AI enablement, we'll dissect the synergy between AI's capabilities and human ingenuity. Leaders will gain practical tools to champion AI pilots that augment human talent over replacement. The focus will be on fostering a culture of innovation and agility that integrates AI ethically, with a keen eye on sustaining competitive advantage through enhanced decision-making, operational efficiency, and customer experiences. Attendees leave empowered to lead as AI+HI Catalysts focused on ethical, sustainable growth in the age of AI.

The HR Leader’s Playbook: Architecting an AI-Enabled Workforce as an AI+HI Catalyst. HR leaders are central to integrating AI’s opportunities while ensuring ethics and human potential stay core. This talk positions CHROs as architects and AI+HI Catalysts of an AI-enabled workforce. We’ll explore leading practices in AI-powered talent optimization—from personalized experiences to diversity/inclusion gains—with a human-centric focus. Via case studies, gain strategies for championing human-centered AI adoption across upskilling, policy shaping, and change management. We’ll also tackle pressing ethical questions, providing frameworks to ensure AI transparency, accountability and security. Audiences will gain insights and tools to partner with leaders in piloting AI appropriately while future-proofing workforces for agility and resilience. As AI+HI Catalysts, HR will learn how to drive cultural change and lead workforce transformation powered by ethical and responsible AI integration.

Visioning the AI-Empowered Future of Work. Work is where humanity will iterate the best collaborative applications of generative AI. Futurist Nichol Bradford, SHRM’s EIR for Human and AI Enablement, shares insights from pioneering the future of work. Learn how responsible AI implementation focused on empowering human talent and potential builds better workplaces, fueling an enlightened society. Discover how workforce experiments with augmenting people via generative AI systems to enhance skills, capacities and wellbeing result in solutions that benefit lives more broadly. Gain first-hand case studies of organizational transformations that pilot AI ethically to unlock human ingenuity and promise. Attendees will leave with an actionable understanding of the ingredients and implications for supercharging society by elevating humanity through innovations in the world of work.

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Nichol Bradford's Book The Sisterhood

The Sisterhood