Erica Orange Profile

  • She is Vice-President and COO of the Future Hunters, a boutique firm that has helped Fortune 500's, trade associations, and public sector clients build winning strategies for four decades.

  • She uses her sharp analytical and critical thinking skills to identify the emerging trends shaping your industry and organization.

  • She has helped hundreds of organizations on four continents plan for change as well as profit from it.
  • From 4D printing to the reinvention of agriculture, Erica Orange pinpoints and explores future possibilities, translating the practical implications to Fortune 500’s, trade associations, and public sectors. She is the Executive Vice-President and COO of The Future Hunters, a boutique consulting firm that has been helping organizations prepare for the future for four decades.

    Erica’s analytical insights, critical thinking skills, and stage presence are in demand worldwide. She’s spoken on four continents, leading audiences in multiple cultures and industries to connect the dots and plot out game-winning strategies.

    Erica currently serves as a Board member on the Career Advisory Board presented by DeVry University. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Young Luxury Marketers’ Council and the Junior Advisory Committee of OCNA (Ovarian Cancer National Alliance).

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      Erica is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends – and identifies the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients. Erica’s ability to identify patterns, think critically and analytically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to clients.

      Erica frequently speaks to a wide range of global audiences about the macro trends that are shaping and impacting today’s landscape. She has spoken at TEDx and keynoted over a hundred conferences around the world, including across Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She has authored numerous articles and industry white papers on a variety of future-focused topics, and has been featured in news outlets including NPR, Time, Inc, Yahoo Singapore, WWD, Bloomberg, and CBS This Morning. In 2020, she was named by Forbes as one of the world’s 50 Top Female Futurists.

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    Erica Orange is in the business of making your organization’s future a thriving one. Her presentations identify and analyze emerging trends that impact your business and your industry. From agriculture to government and education to the financial services, Erica sends attendees off with the skills to think, strategize, and act like a futurist.

    Templosion: The Accelerator Effect

    Templosion describes the fact that the biggest of things and the biggest of events are happening in shorter and shorter periods of time. Everything from corporate lifespans to financial planning cycles to the way in which we communicate is becoming more abbreviated. And technological innovation is happening at breakneck speed. Time is being truncated, and our experience of time is in overdrive.

    Key Questions:

    - How can businesses engage in truly long-term thinking?
    - How can business reward structures be redesigned for long-term (vs. short-term) results?
    - How can you speed up product innovations from concept to market in a fraction of the time?

    Generative AI and Human-Centricity

    Unlike previous technologies, generative AI is reliant upon human input, curiosity, and critical thinking. Human elements such as intuition, empathy, sense-making and lived experience will become more valued than ever before. The best strategy for getting the most out of generative AI is to tap even deeper into our most human cognitive abilities. For all the talk about generative AI becoming more creative, perhaps the opposite is true – perhaps it will force us to rethink traditional notions of creativity and make us more creative in the process.

    Key Questions:

    - How do we educate the next generation of thinkers?
    - How can we equip ourselves to deal with uncertainty more effectively?
    - How do we nurture new minds to solve the big, existential issues/threats of the future?

    The Future of Work

    One of the lasting trends to come out of Covid was the move to distributed and hybridized work. As leaders navigate an evolving new work landscape, the one critical piece ripe for redefinition is culture. Another critical piece is futureproofing. To ensure that we have the thinking required to solve the big issues that will arise in the future, competitiveness will rely on the creation of an entirely new skills and competencies framework.

    Key Questions:

    - How can you design and execute the conditions for truly effective culture in a hybridized environment?
    - How do you create new metrics to measure human output?
    - How can you reimagine human capital (and human value creation)?

    Generational Trends

    Generations have long been grouped in birth year cohorts of 15-20 years. But generations are now seemingly refreshing every 2-3 years. Technology is changing so rapidly that kids only a few years apart struggle to have the same cultural and technological frames of reference. Understanding what makes this generation tick is critical for talent management, marketing, education/learning, etc.

    Key Questions:

    - What do shifting values and attitudes mean for recruitment and retention?
    - What are the intergenerational tension points internally?
    - What will the future of education and learning look like?

    Moving from AI to Augmented Intelligence

    When it comes to the rapid rise of AI, rest assured…a robotic takeover isn’t coming yet. But it is going to change how we do what we do. The exponential rate of technological change will alter the relationships we have with the smart systems that surround us. We are quickly being catapulted into a world defined not just by automation but augmentation. AI is augmenting human intelligence. This is creating a dynamic that is less about replacement and more about enhancement.

    Key Questions:

    - How can you leverage time-based efficiencies in new ways?
    - How can you automate redundant and/or manual tasks?
    - How will AI drive new definitions of human-centric work and skillsets?

    The Trust Staircase

    There is a growing vacuum of trust – and that vacuum is giving new urgency not just to transparency but honesty in everything from ESG principles to employment practices to corporate values and ethics. But trust is getting harder to define because trust is fluid. Building stakeholder trust will be an ongoing process.

    Key Questions:

    - How can trust become something fully engrained into the ethos of the company?
    - How can you emerge as a more trusted company/brand/leader?
    - How do you define trust internally?

    The Enterprise Metaverse

    The metaverse is slowly becoming mainstream. But it’s also important to note that the metaverse is cleaving in two. One is the consumer-centric version. Another focuses on organizational replication and is known as the “enterprise metaverse” – essentially, a digital copy of the physical economy. Digital twins are driving much of this growth.

    Think Like a Futurist

    Being future ready requires not just lifelong learning…but forgetting. How do we begin to forget the stuff we’re holding onto that doesn’t serve us for where the future is moving? This requires getting out the “mental cobwebs” and seeing through new eyes. It’s about leaving past assumptions behind and approaching the ways in which we see the world and our organizations in a new light.

    The Authenticity & Influence Economies

    An economy built around capturing and maintaining consumer attention has long been building. Buoyed by the rise of the Creator Economy, consumer influence is now being bought, traded, and sold much like stocks in the stock market. As an extension of this, authenticity – and the rise of the Authenticity Economy – is becoming both more elusive and more monetizable.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Erica Speak

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    “[Erica’s] talk was a hit. It really had our attendees thinking about the many possibilities ahead, and the talk sent them off to their professional development sessions with “eyes wide open”. [She] had a great command of the content and the research-based information earned our audience’s respect and attention right from the start. It worked out splendidly!”

    – CARRIE GRAPENTHIN, Director, Corporate Communications & Integrated Marketing, Navigant

    “[Erica’s] ability to translate complex technologies using real-life scenarios provided valuable learnings that we can apply in our own work.”

    — Sanjay Sehgal, Partner, Advisory Services – Head of Markets KPMG

    What makes Erica a very engaging and thoughtful speaker is her desire to understand the audience and then curate the session catering to specific needs.”

    — Aazath Thamin, Amazon

    “Erica came beautifully prepared and discussed the importance of examining topics from a fresh and innovative perspective. She was creative, articulate, astute and was able to give the students examples that they could readily relate to. I would definitely use Erica again.”

    – MARY MANNING, President, Manning & Associates

    “[Erica’s] lively, engaging delivery was a great way to energize our first session.”

    – LORAINE KOEPENICK, Coordinator of Member Services, INPACT Americas (Int’l Alliance of Professional Accountants)

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