Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Corporate Strategist, Keynote Speaker

  • Founder & CEO, Play Big Inc.
  • Former Leading Marketing Executive
  • Ranked as One of the “World’s Top Female Futurists” and Top 7 “Women of Influence on the Future of Leadership”
  • Curator of TEDxAustin and TEDxYouth@Austin
  • Producer of Gigaom Change leadership summit.

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy Giordano (bio) is a strategic futurist 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 $50 billion worth of major global brands.  Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Technology  |  Strategy  |  Branding  |  Future of Work  |  Agility  |  Consumers  |  Leadership  |  AI  |  Talent  |  Cryto-Currencies


Speech Topics

The Case for Audacious Leadering: Six Steps to Playing Bigger

 
In this time of great change, what does it take to be a leader with great vision? What will the future expect from you? How do you guide transformation and manage constant complexity?

The Seven Technologies That Are Changing Everything

 
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. What is the gist? Why do these matter and what can businesses expect looking ahead?

Shaping Your Business Future

 
Our reality is that business leaders are spending so much time fixing problems and getting work done that they have little energy left to see how the future taking shape.  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. Expand the scope of your event and find out now what this means to you.

How Technology, Demographics and Values Are Disrupting the Future of Work and Talent

 
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Drones, and other technologies are increasingly making certain job functions obsolete. Behaviors and attitudes are changing what we want to do for work. How will these change the nature of work, and how companies operate in the future?  Nancy delves into both the advancing technologies and the critical shifts companies and the workforce must confront to stay relevant in the future.

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Testimonials

"Nancy has the unique ability to turn a room full of strangers into friends... The event was such a success that PBS has decided to make this one-time workshop an annual gathering... There is no one I trust more."
          - Vice President, PBS

"Nancy, just a quick note to say thanks for your participation in our most recent EmpowerU event. Your insight, energy, passion and humor are things that our employees continue to rave about a week later. Thanks so much again and I look forward to connecting in the future."
           - CEO, CPS Energy

"The timing of your lecture was one of those sort of jaw-dropping life-affirming, this is just what I needed moments for me. And at a dental conference. Who would have thought, right? Thank you for what you do and for how you shared it. Your talk was inspiring and refreshing for me for a number of reasons, including how dynamic, engaging and articulate you were on a stage that is dominated by males in my industry. It was a real pleasure seeing you speak."
           - Straumann Dental Symposium

"Nancy was phenomenal! I only wish we’d had more time with her."
          - Vice President, New York Bankers Association

"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your session on Audacious Leadering at SXSW. It was a perfect moment of unexpected discovery as they say in the brochure! Your's was the talk that gave my SXSW experience it's intellectual centre of gravity. Many thanks."
          - Creative Director,  LIDA Australia

"Your energy, your intelligence and your being touched my soul. I feel awakened to a world of possibilities and also the need for optimism for our young people. Thank you. Thank you! I will be following you and truly hope our paths will cross again."
          - Content Curator, Education Travel Consortium

"Nancy, you were a great partner to work with from start to finish. Thank you for taking the time to talk through what I was looking for to make sure you understood the needs of our attendees and the message I was hoping her talk would send. That collaboration was evident in the talk you gave. It was very well received, with many of our attendees specifically commenting on the positive energy you brought to the room. I was looking for you to inspire our attendees to think differently, and you definitely delivered on that. You were a fabulous addition to our event."
          - EVP & Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

Client List

Goodwill
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
NAVEX
Rockwell Automation
Mercer
TSYS
Aspen Financial Planners

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!
NAPTE
Coca-Cola
Sprint
Lucid
Associated Builders and Contractors
New York Bankers Association
Tennesse Valley Authority
Golden Chick
Roche Genetech
Global People Summit
Advantage Solutions
Singularity University
Newport News Shipbuilding Conference
HEB


 

Bio

Nancy Giordano

Leading Expert on Creating the Future

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist 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 $50 billion worth of major global brands. Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

Nancy started a formidable career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA.  For more than fifteen years she has been the Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc., a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing.

Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. Her work has made her one of the fastest rising women speakers in the world, both as a keynote speaker and at C-level strategy exchanges, in wide range of industries including technology, entertainment, travel, food, retail, consumer products, homebuilding, talent, B2B services, and much more.

 

Her current work is diving more deeply into the intersections of tech, business and society.  Two recent examples include her work to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a leading artificial intelligence company, and the producing of Gigaom Change, a Leader's Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise.  She has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.

 

Her vibrant presentations are about answers to your toughest questions.  She meticulously crafts her talks based on the specific needs of your audience, spending time with you in advance to pinpoint the critical issues.  If you are looking for a high-energy futurist who thinks like a strategist and acts like a creative marketer, she may be the perfect speaker for your next event.