Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Corporate Strategist, Keynote Speaker

Helping the Visionary Play Bigger

Nancy Giordano is an exponential strategist, business futurist, and bestselling author who has consulted on a portfolio of $60+ billion well-known brands and given more than 100+ global keynotes.

  • #1 Amazon Bestselling Author in Business Ethics & Organizational Strategy
  • Named a Forbes Top Female Futurist
  • Optimistic Interdisciplinary Visionary + Global Enterprise Strategist

With a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead, she advises leaders on the organizational structures and new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way.

Her expertise and experiences range from A.I., to frozen foods, to reinventing the internet, and all of her projects have a key common denominator: transitioning away from the extractive operating systems and outdated business thinking that no longer holds up… to create the more sustainable, inclusive and dynamic solutions the future demands.

Author of the Amazon bestselling book Leadering: The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger, Nancy is a frequent panelist at South by Southwest, global keynote speaker, Singularity University guest lecturer, and the world’s first TEDx licensee. She is recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, and is co-Founder of the Femme Futurists Society.

  • Just One Percent In: Preparing for the “First Productivity Revolution”
  • 2030+ | The Beyond Economy + How We Can All Build at Better Next
  • How Exponential Technologies are Changing…..Everything
  • Navigating the Big Shift
  • The Necessary Shift From Leadership to Leadering.
  • The New Org “Chart”.
  • How Technology, Demographics and Values Are Disrupting the Future of Work and Talent

Ms. Giordano was probably one of the best speakers I’ve had the privilege to watch. It really got me thinking and excited for our future.
Kristin M., Eternal Ink LLC

Nancy was a huge success and I would have her again speak with my teams. She is an awesome human being and inspiration.
Giovanna Morley, CEO Worldwide Clinical Trials

I’ve read your book Leadering and I hope it becomes every leader’s manifesto. I was hugely impressed; the concepts and the related future impact, so profound.
Minoka Radhakrishnan – Head of Corporate Finance at Quilter

Thank you for making the summit so magical! The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It was obvious how much the Caruso team enjoyed the 3 days of presentations and workshops
Kathleen Vu, SVP Human Resources, Caruso

A Partial List of Nancy’s Clients

  • America’s Claims Event/ALM
  • Michigan Community College Summit
  • Association of Financial Planners
  • Straumann
  • SXSW
  • Fidelity
  • Kronos
  • 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
  • BE Conference
  • Nestlé
  • Women’s Speaker Association
  • TheWrap
  • CU Direct
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Industrial Asset Management Council
  • TEDx Youth
  • Prepared Foods’ New Products Conference
  • BDX
  • Michigan Works!
  • Coca-Cola
  • Sprint
  • Lucid
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
Travels From:  Texas
City: Austin
$30,001 and Up


Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a exponential strategist, business futurist, and bestselling author 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 $60+ 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 executives to explore seven of the most disruptive emergent technologies for business. Two years ago, Nancy joined Austin-based artificial intelligence services company, Kungfu.AI, to help visionary enterprise leaders better understand and harness the transformative effects of AI applications. She is also championing the work of Riane Eisler to create a movement around Partnerism, a socio-economic system that is built on partnership versus the domination models of Capitalism and Socialism.

A 10-year TEDx curator (and world’s first licensee), Nancy is a Singularity University guest lecturer, frequent panelist at South by Southwest (SXSW), creator of the first Career Fair For the Future event for college + high school students, recent co-founder of the Femme Futurists Society (a growing collection of interviews with leading futurists around the world) and she remains an active strategist. She has served on the board of retail trade association GMDC, on the advisory council for both Retail Tomorrow and Future Frontiers, co-designed + produced a fintech conference to strengthen community banking and is helping move forward two brands poised to weave a more human, distributed internet: Holochain + Holo hosting.

Ranked #1 on Amazon for both Business Ethics and Organization Strategy, her first book, titled Leadering: The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger, defines and makes visible the dynamic, inclusive and audacious mindset leaders must cultivate in order to stay relevant and help build a better next. A techno-optimist, Nancy is committed to advancing societal structures and the new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way and ensure a safe and thriving future for us all.




When you speak with the visionaries, technologists and entrepreneurs building the solutions of tomorrow—from on-demand retail to remote surgery—and ask how far into this new era we are, almost universally the reply is: “only one percent”. For many that is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. What will it mean for your organization? Insights include:

• Learning what’s on the horizon and the potential impacts.
• Moving beyond industrial era mindsets and reframing risk.
• What makes this moment especially potent.
• How to prepare when the future is an exponentially moving target.
• The evolution of societal scaffolding.
• Why purpose matters more than ever.
• How work processes are shifting and changing shape.

We are standing at the front end of an astronomical shift in how the world will work. And change will happen fast, with some predicting more than fourteen internet size revolutions in the next decade. As we pull out of a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, both technological advances and mounting societal breakdowns are reshaping what comes next. Can you imagine where we’ll be ten years from now? How about 50? What will happen when:

• We have increasing global abundance?
• Everything, everywhere is connected?
• Demonetization and democratization of legacy models accelerates?
• We have extended human longevity and health?
• Super intelligence with brain/computer interfaces is achieved?
• GDP is replaced with a more accurate measure of economic prosperity?
• We reprioritize for ecological regeneration and environmental stability?
• We redesign the future with confidence and care?

As Executive Producer of Gigaom Change, Nancy and her company have curated the leading experts on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Virtual + Augmented Realities, 3D+ Printing, Cybersecurity and Human-Machine Interface.

Nancy Giordano provides whole new ways to look at and build realities. She shares how these exponential technologies will cause work, industry and society to change more in the next 10 years than in over 100+. How are the rules radically changing? What are some of the most pressing issues and new yardsticks shaping our behaviors and choices? And what do we need to learn to better navigate, create and thrive?

Whether we have more jobs or less is a debate only time will settle, but there is no doubt 100% of jobs will be re-skilled. How we work and why is being re-calibrated, and society overall will take a radical shift as we head into what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How can we build the new capacities necessary? How will new tools shape new behaviors and drive new expectations? Which old practices to manage risk are actually now putting us at risk? And how will we measure we are doing it right?

Nancy delves into both the advancing technologies and the critical shifts companies and the workforce must confront to stay relevant in the future.

Society is transforming. Exponential advances in connectivity and technology, precarious economic, political and social structures, and an emerging desire for community and connection are causing old economy models to quickly shift to completely different set of new economy expectations and needs. How does one navigate change in such a dynamic and complex environment? Nancy provides an executive-level understanding of how changes in technologies, demographics, culture, economic behavior, public policies, and much more will provide unique opportunities and critical challenges to the profitability of companies. Nancy helps you expand the scope of your event and what this means to you right now.

Adjusting to a post-COVID world as we advance into a transformative new era can be challenging, especially as structures and tactics put in place to reduce risk in the 20th Century, are now often the very things creating vulnerability in the 21st Century. This moment demands that we shift from thinking of leadership as static, hierarchical and focused on short-term growth, to embracing it as a dynamic, inclusive and constantly learning practice, in order to build long-term value. Key takeaways are:

• The set of new practices and approaches that 21st Century stewardship
• How to embrace both change and complexity with greater confidence.
• Envisioning the future you want to build.
• Ditching the playbook and navigating with a compass instead.
• Why preparation not planning is key to future success.
• How to make peace with paradox.
• The necessity to rethink risk
• Change your mindset, change the world.

Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning) is about to hit the long-anticipated exponential curve, radically shifting organizations. The next three years are critical to either becoming an AI-led organization—or risk being taken over as a subsidiary of one—which is why we must prepare now to make the most of the huge productivity leap coming towards us.

• How fast-growing advances in machine learning will revolutionize how business is done… in just the next three years
• The need to leverage extensive ecosystems as siloes collapse
• The new talent landscape
• Why trust is paramount as predictive data analysis provides unprecedented insights
• The responsibility of navigating the vast opportunities ahead with the intention
• The very human side to tech productivity advances

Areas of expertise

  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Strategy
  • Branding
  • Future of work
  • Agility
  • Consumers
  • Leadership
  • AI
  • Talent
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