Keynote Speaker

Nancy Giordano | Founder of Play Big Inc + Leading Strategic Futurist + | Gigaom Change + | TEDxAustin | TEDxYouth@Austin

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy Giordano is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and bold leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. She is globally acknowledged for her ability to make the future practical by building highly relevant solutions and pathways.

With a unique understanding of the big cultural and technological shifts we are facing and deep knowledge of the drivers shaping our future, she illuminates ideas and strategies required for leaders to effectively guide change, and most importantly, architect their future. Her extensive client list includes The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Safeway, Acumen, Energizer and many other Fortune 500 companies.

With an early career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA, Nancy has spent the past 10 years as Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc, a strategic inspiration company with an active consulting portfolio of more than $50B worth of experience among many of the largest global corporations and select non-profits. She most recently worked to frame the culture and talent infrastructure for a game-changing Artificial Intelligence company and currently is producing Gigaom Change a Leaders's Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for business. She was ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th on the Women of Influence - Future of Leadership (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.

Nancy’s distinctive ability to design meaningful, future-forward solutions is honed by her active collaboration with organizations at the leading edge such as TED, The World Future Society, and REX. She is sought after by visionary thought-leaders ready to build more sustainable paths to the future, and seeks collaborations with many of the most provocative architects currently building it (she describes these at PYNKrs — people you need to know). She shares her ideas on her blog, which has been featured on The Huffington Post… and lives in Austin with three fast growing, very curly teens.