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Dr. Mary O'Hara-Devereaux holds degrees from the Universities of Michigan and California as well as Fielding Graduate University. She has taught at the University of California and was recently a professor at Peking University. Her uncanny ability to spot trends, which have evaded other analysts, has made her much in demand with companies across the globe, including Apple Computer, Oracle, P&G, CITIC-Pacific, Genentech, Royal Canadian Bank, Merck and Ericsson. In addition she has worked with some of the most renowned nonprofit organizations, including United Way, Kaiser Family Foundation, World Bank, Harvard Kennedy School and the Milken Global Institute.

Mary is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation in which she accurately predicted the current chaos and disruption in financial markets as well as outlining the opportunities it offers. She is an expert on China and her books China Five-Year Forecast: Creating the New Marketplace and Chinas Generations: the Transformation of Daily Life are required reading for anybody hoping to engage with that country.

As well as being in demand from many top companies, Mary is a sought-after commentator; her views have been featured on Bloomberg TV, Fox TV, CCTV in China, National Public Radio, AARP Radio and other regional and local radio shows, and in publications such as the Wall Street Journey Asia and The Los Angeles Times, amongst many others.

Mary is CEO of the think tank and strategy consulting firm that she founded, Global Foresight. Previously she has been a Director of the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. She also serves on the boards of a number of corporate and non-profit entities.

Full Profile

Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, is one of the world′s leading futurists and business forecasters, a sought-after keynote speaker, and the author of such best-selling books as Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation.

Over the last 25 years, Mary has established a global reputation as a steady-eyed forecaster and strategy partner whose legendary trend-spotting and analysis have helped thousands of senior executives around the the world scan, scout, and steer their way towards targets no one else can see.

Mary accurately forecast the period of chaos, disruption, and unrivalled opportunity that will last another decade.

Now—in her famously provocative and pragmatic dispatches from the frontlines of the future—she makes sense of the extraordinary economic and social fault lines that are re-shaping the future of business and reveals the specific implications for any organization that hopes to thrive in turbulent times.

Mary′s deep cross-industry, cross-sector experience includes work for a roster of Blue Chip clients in more than 50 countries on seven continents—global corporate clients such as Apple Computer, Oracle, P&G, CITIC-Pacific, Genentech, Royal Canadian Bank, Merck, Ericsson and pre-eminent non-profit leaders including United Way, Kaiser Family Foundation, World Bank, Harvard Kennedy School, Milken Global Institute.

Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based think tank and strategy consulting firm Global Foresight and former Director of the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley, Mary is renowned for her myth-busting insights that are at once profound, provocative, and pragmatic. Her finger-on-the-pulse forecasting and strategy engagements have fuelled top leaders to propel their companies to long-term sustainable profits.

A China expert, Mary′s books China Five-Year Forecast: Creating the New Marketplace and China′s Generations: the Transformation of Daily Life are considered the “Bibles” for business leaders wanting to engage successfully in the world′s most important emerging market.

Mary′s work has been featured on Bloomberg TV, Fox TV, CCTV in China, National Public Radio, AARP Radio and other regional and local radio shows; and in the Wall Street Journal Asia, the Los Angeles Times and other magazines and journals. Mary serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. Recently a professor at Peking University, she has also served as faculty at the University of California. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, and Fielding Graduate University.


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“The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed." Dr. Mary O'Hara-Devereaux displays her expertise in analyzing trends for the future and outlining strategies for adapting to them.

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Dr. Mary O'Hara-Devereauxx brings her highly regarded future analysis to a series of keynote speeches, which will change the way, you look at your and your company's future. She can outline the trends that will disrupt your future and give you strategies that will help you make them profitable.

She is an expert on China and can guide you through the complexities of its marketplace and explain what is to come in this most important of developing markets in future.

Mary's twenty-five years as one of the most highly regarded future planners in the world have given her wide-ranging expertise and the ability to give fascinating keynotes on subjects as diverse as the future of higher education, the challenge of an ageing population and the role of women in corporate America.

Dispatches From The Front Lines Of The Future

With 25 years of experience in more than 50 countries on six continents, sought-after keynote speaker Mary O′Hara-Devereaux has established a worldwide reputation as a finger-on-the-pulse business forecaster, trend analyst and strategic guide who has helped thousands of leaders and senior executives around the globe find—and hit—targets no one else can see.

Mary accurately forecast the period of chaos, disruption, and unrivalled opportunity that will last another decade.

Now—in profound, provocative, pragmatic dispatches from the frontlines of the future—she focuses on the extraordinary economic and social fault lines that are re-shaping the future of business and reveals the specific implications for you and your organization.

Keynotes:

Hot Dispatch from the Near Future:
New Keynote and Executive Briefing

  • Economy in Upheaval-Strategies to Navigate What’s Next!

Focus On Your Future

  • Fault Lines: Eight Trends That Will Disrupt Your Future
  • The Edge of the World: Beyond Tomorrow

More Sought-After Keynotes

  • Fueling Innovation: Game-Changing Strategies for Firing Up Your Profitability
  • The Future of Work: Warning! Extreme Transformation Ahead
  • Geeks not Geezers: The Millennials Come of Age—and Their Future Will Not Resemble Your Past
  • Strategic Power Networks: Trade up to Lead from the Top of Your Game
  • The Cave of the Tiger: Targeting Your Best Opportunities in China

More China Topics

  • Favorable Winds: What′s Next in China′s Marketplace—a Five-Year China Forecast
  • Fire Ascends Above the Water: Eight Surprises about China′s Future
  • Secrets of the Middle Kingdom: Deciphering China′s Consumer Conundrum

Hot Topics

  • Dollars and Sense: Outlook for Consumer Financial Services
  • The Chalkboard Notes: The Future of Higher Education and Adult Learning
  • The Hundred-Year Itch: Get Ready for Your Second Middle Age
  • Rosie the Riveter Redux: What′s Next for Women?


Mary O Devereaux Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “Mary is in the disruption business. She is guaranteed to shake up your thinking—in the best and most productive way imaginable—on strategy or how to dispel the sacred cows that are getting in your way.”
    Kaj Alhmann
    VP General Electric
    Board, GE Captial Services
    Founder and President, Six Sigma Winery

    “Mary provided China insights that surprised me despite my long, successful business dealings with the mainland.”
    Norman Yuen, Deputy Managing Director
    CITIC-Pacifi c Ltd.

    “Inspirational and very insightful. We need you back for more.”
    Dick Clark, CEO
    Merck & Co., Inc.

    “You really disturbed my thinking. Thank you for letting me leap on stage to engage with you on what we need to do to bring this generation into our culture. We will never forget this presentation.”
    Greg Diekemper, CEO
    Swank AV

    “Navigating the Badlands offers a concise, coherent interpretation of globalization and its impacts on companies along with strategies to do something about it.”
    Harald Pressler
    DaimlerChrysler AG
    Berlin, Germany

    “Your global forecast and China’s opportunities will help Chinese CEOs build innovative companies for the global marketplace and avoid the common problems and pains of their global competitors. We need your team in every Chinese strategy meeting.”
    Chen Zhangliang, Ph.D.
    Founder and CEO of several Chinese private ventures
    Member of the National Peoples Congress
    President, China Agricultural University

    “This was just the kind of energizing, barrier-breaking keynote we needed to kick off our strategy session. Your insights about our future were enlightening and tremendous value-adds to our strategic thinking in this retreat. We want you back yesterday for the future of food.”
    John Lansing
    President and CEO
    Scripps Network

    “Every region in State Farm needs to hear your talk on Gen Y before they put their strategy together to target this group.”
    Deborah Bobbit, EVP
    State Farm Insurance

    ”There is no one who has put together a more coherent understanding of the future of higher education and how it must change than Mary. You turned our faculty and Board’s minds 180 degrees. You have shaped our future in a much different way.”
    Judy Kuipers, Ph.D.
    Dean Fielding Graduate University

    “An outstanding, cogent presentation and discussion on the future of jobs. Both the insights and data were immediately useful to us.”
    David Kiefer
    Dell Computer

    “Mary’s insightful analysis of the global economy is provocative and pragmatic. I could immediately put the strategies to work in my company.”
    Derek Van Eck, CEO
    Global Financial Services, New York

    “Your skills in framing the important and critical issues were impactful and meaningful. Thank you for building bridges of understanding and collaboration between leaders, cultures, generations, and points of view.”
    Lillie Richardella, CEO
    International Women’s Forum

    “Brilliant! Truly breakthrough thinking on the kind of leadership that we need to innovate.”
    Deborah Dagit
    Merck & Co., Inc.




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    “Mary is in the disruption business. She is guaranteed to shake up your thinking—in the best and most productive way imaginable—on strategy or how to dispel the sacred cows that are getting in your way.”
    Kaj Alhmann
    VP General Electric
    Board, GE Captial Services
    Founder and President, Six Sigma Winery

    “Mary provided China insights that surprised me despite my long, successful business dealings with the mainland.”
    Norman Yuen, Deputy Managing Director
    CITIC-Pacifi c Ltd.

    “Inspirational and very insightful. We need you back for more.”
    Dick Clark, CEO
    Merck & Co., Inc.

    “You really disturbed my thinking. Thank you for letting me leap on stage to engage with you on what we need to do to bring this generation into our culture. We will never forget this presentation.”
    Greg Diekemper, CEO
    Swank AV

    “Navigating the Badlands offers a concise, coherent interpretation of globalization and its impacts on companies along with strategies to do something about it.”
    Harald Pressler
    DaimlerChrysler AG
    Berlin, Germany

    “Your global forecast and China’s opportunities will help Chinese CEOs build innovative companies for the global marketplace and avoid the common problems and pains of their global competitors. We need your team in every Chinese strategy meeting.”
    Chen Zhangliang, Ph.D.
    Founder and CEO of several Chinese private ventures
    Member of the National Peoples Congress
    President, China Agricultural University

    “This was just the kind of energizing, barrier-breaking keynote we needed to kick off our strategy session. Your insights about our future were enlightening and tremendous value-adds to our strategic thinking in this retreat. We want you back yesterday for the future of food.”
    John Lansing
    President and CEO
    Scripps Network

    “Every region in State Farm needs to hear your talk on Gen Y before they put their strategy together to target this group.”
    Deborah Bobbit, EVP
    State Farm Insurance

    ”There is no one who has put together a more coherent understanding of the future of higher education and how it must change than Mary. You turned our faculty and Board’s minds 180 degrees. You have shaped our future in a much different way.”
    Judy Kuipers, Ph.D.
    Dean Fielding Graduate University

    “An outstanding, cogent presentation and discussion on the future of jobs. Both the insights and data were immediately useful to us.”
    David Kiefer
    Dell Computer

    “Mary’s insightful analysis of the global economy is provocative and pragmatic. I could immediately put the strategies to work in my company.”
    Derek Van Eck, CEO
    Global Financial Services, New York

    “Your skills in framing the important and critical issues were impactful and meaningful. Thank you for building bridges of understanding and collaboration between leaders, cultures, generations, and points of view.”
    Lillie Richardella, CEO
    International Women’s Forum

    “Brilliant! Truly breakthrough thinking on the kind of leadership that we need to innovate.”
    Deborah Dagit
    Merck & Co., Inc.


    Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation
    In this groundbreaking book, Mary O′Hara-Devereaux -- an internationally renowned business forecaster -- shows how organizations can hone their competitive edge during these uncertain times. Using the metaphor of traveling through the badlands of the American West, Navigating the Badlands offers the principles, tools, transformative strategies, and essential understanding executives and business leaders need if they are to weather the rugged, global business landscape of the future. Throughout the book O′Hara-Devereaux reveals how business leaders can seize the opportunity to create new value from successful alliances, reach global markets, and find top talent.
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    GlobalWork: Bridging Distance, Culture and Time
    While many of the books on the globalization of business, society, or telecommunications focus on technology, and others consider cultural diversity, few have dealt with both issues simultaneously. The authors, both of whom are affiliated with a research and consulting organization called the Institute for the Future, discuss the problems of team building and group activities when team or group members are dispersed--separated by time, distance, and cultures. Using results from the institute′s five-year "Groupware Outlook Project," they cover cross-cultural communication, process facilitation, remote teamwork, and the use of information technology to minimize distances and take advantage of differences. While their scope is truly multinational, the authors target the U.S. and its relations with the Pacific Rim nations, Mexico, and Canada.
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Dispatches From The Front Lines Of The Future

With 25 years of experience in more than 50 countries on six continents, sought-after keynote speaker Mary O′Hara-Devereaux has established a worldwide reputation as a finger-on-the-pulse business forecaster, trend analyst and strategic guide who has helped thousands of leaders and senior executives around the globe find—and hit—targets no one else can see.

Mary accurately forecast the period of chaos, disruption, and unrivalled opportunity that will last another decade.

Now—in profound, provocative, pragmatic dispatches from the frontlines of the future—she focuses on the extraordinary economic and social fault lines that are re-shaping the future of business and reveals the specific implications for you and your organization.

Keynotes:

Hot Dispatch from the Near Future:
New Keynote and Executive Briefing

  • Economy in Upheaval-Strategies to Navigate What’s Next!

Focus On Your Future

  • Fault Lines: Eight Trends That Will Disrupt Your Future
  • The Edge of the World: Beyond Tomorrow

More Sought-After Keynotes

  • Fueling Innovation: Game-Changing Strategies for Firing Up Your Profitability
  • The Future of Work: Warning! Extreme Transformation Ahead
  • Geeks not Geezers: The Millennials Come of Age—and Their Future Will Not Resemble Your Past
  • Strategic Power Networks: Trade up to Lead from the Top of Your Game
  • The Cave of the Tiger: Targeting Your Best Opportunities in China

More China Topics

  • Favorable Winds: What′s Next in China′s Marketplace—a Five-Year China Forecast
  • Fire Ascends Above the Water: Eight Surprises about China′s Future
  • Secrets of the Middle Kingdom: Deciphering China′s Consumer Conundrum

Hot Topics

  • Dollars and Sense: Outlook for Consumer Financial Services
  • The Chalkboard Notes: The Future of Higher Education and Adult Learning
  • The Hundred-Year Itch: Get Ready for Your Second Middle Age
  • Rosie the Riveter Redux: What′s Next for Women?


Dr. Mary O'Hara-Devereaux - Speech Clip


“The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed." Dr. Mary O'Hara-Devereaux displays her expertise in analyzing trends for the future and outlining strategies for adapting to them.

Speech Excerpt