Nancy Giordano Profile

  • Ranked among the top female futurists in the world, Giordano's expertise and insights on adapting to new models and infinite disruption have influenced $50 billion worth of major global brands.

  • 100+ keynote talks and strategic workshops with global reach; The CEO and founder of Play Big Inc., Giordano's clients range from A.I. companies to frozen food empires and include multiple Fortune 500s like Coca-cola, Nestle, and Sprint.

  • The first global TEDx licensee, Giordano collaborates with an impressive list of visionary organizations and influencers giving her unparalleled access to key trends and breakthrough ideas.
  • Leading futurist and branding guide for purpose-driven companies, Nancy Giordano helps businesses broaden their perspective, boost their agility, and play big in an ultra-disruptive and socially responsible economy. Ranked as one of the top female futurists in the world, Giordano is the founder and CEO of Play Big Inc., a strategy firm that has worked with Coca-cola, Sprint, Acumen, Nestle, and others in transitioning to the new economy of collaboration and contribution.

    Giordano built up her branding expertise, cultural literacy, and sharp foresight working at prominent ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA. She has over 10 years showing leaders how to connect the dots and target critical issues and has influenced a net worth of $50 billion in global brands. Voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list, Giordano’s expertise and experience ranges from A.I. to frozen foods, but all her projects have one key common denominator: reinventing old operating systems and outdated business models that simply do not hold up today.

    Giordano is a collaborative partner with TED, The World Future Society, REX, Voice & Exit, and the newly forming Global Synthesis Network. She was the first global TEDx licensee and is the organizer of TEDxYouth@Austin which hosts 1,000 teens each year, making it one of the largest TED youth events in the world.

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      Strategic Futurist | Author | Gatherer | Keynote Speaker | Founder of playbiginc

      Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic 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. Invited to give over 100 global keynote talks, and with growing conviction of what will (and needs to) shift, executives value her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the terrain ahead.

      Her expertise and experiences range from A.I., to frozen foods, to reinventing the internet. 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 creating the more sustainable, inclusive and dynamic solutions the future demands.

      ADVISOR – With an early 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. In 2015 she helped shape an artificial intelligence start-up 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. Nancy has served on the board of retail trade association GMDC and is currently on the advisory council for Retail Tomorrow, Future Frontiers + Dollar Donation Club.

      STRATEGIST –Two years ago, Nancy partnered with Austin-based artificial intelligence services company, Kungfu.AI. She is also working 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. And is helping advance two post-blockchain solutions poised to weave a more human internet : Holochain + Holo hosting.

      GATHERER – 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, co-Founder of the Femme Futurists Society (a collection of interviews with leading futurists around the world).

      AUTHOR – 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, help build a better next and shape the First Productivity Revolution (!PR)

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    Leading futurist, Nancy Giordano helps audiences discover key trends and technologies shaping their future along with the exciting opportunities these shifts present. Brimming with optimism and valuable insights, Giordano inspires business leaders and their teams to reinvent models and strategies, equipping them with the necessary tools to move forward successfully while maximizing the meaning they contribute to society.

    The Playbook is Dead: How Visionary Leaders Play Bigger. How can I better lead and prepare myself and my teams for success? What opportunities will this create? How will this be measured?

    It has been forecast that we are sitting on the brink of as many as fourteen internet-sized revolutions, enabling an unprecedented ability to solve complex problems and build more relevant structures, but these advances can sound overwhelming when our thinking and incentive structures haven’t kept up with the exponential pace of change.

    Everyday it’s becoming clear that we need to quickly ditch outdated industrial era processes, metrics and beliefs focused on efficiency, growth and scale and instead cultivate a set of dynamic practices, systemic yardsticks and deep alignment in order to empower much faster and more humane decision-making.

    What is the mindset we need to create the future we want?
    • How transitioning from 20th Century LeaderSHIP to 21st Century LeaderING generates more sustainable, continuous value.
    • From IQ to EQ to AQ… the importance of developing your adaptability quotient.
    • The enterprise and societal scaffolding needed to make the most of the huge productivity leap ahead.
    • The shifting metrics of success.

    On Becoming AI Led. What does it take to build an AI-led organization, career or outlook? How radically will things really change? How do you jump in?

    We can now see how advancing AI-enabled tools and applications will help us drive huge gains and restructure everything from medicine to education, from food to finance, and to a deeper understanding of ourselves. Those led by curiosity and a deep sense of caring will increasingly see that as technology advances, we can actually become more human. More whole. More impactful than ever.

    So how do you jump in? How do you build AI-first strategies and determine which applications drive productivity for you? What are the new business models and societal structures needed to support this exponential expansion of potential? And how can you personally level up?
    • The stages of AI-readiness.
    • What it means to be AI-led as an enterprise and as a human.
    • How to build and scale these innovations safely and ethically.
    • What it takes to support organization adoption.
    • What this means for the future of work and reskilling-inside and out of your organization.

    Beyond The Industrial Era: Shaping a Regenerative Future. What’s coming next? As new tools give us new powers, the question is to what end? What is the role of business in building a safe, thriving and equitable future?

    We are moving out of the Industrial Revolution and entering an entirely new “Exponential Productivity Transformation” (XPT). In this moment of technological transformation, we are simultaneously being granted a massive opportunity to redesign and rebuild structures that empower much faster and more humane decision-making. For that to be possible we must cultivate networked intelligence focused on economical, ecological and sociological systems that generate sustainable, regenerative value for mutual benefit.

    As the world becomes more technologically advanced and enhanced, are we open to the emerging socio-economic frameworks that offer more than they extract to provide a safe, just and thriving future for us all?

    •How Web3 and other distributed systems are reshaping models of productivity and economic structures.
    •How living systems and biological intelligence will reshape our organizations.
    •The new yardsticks and measurements needed to track and incentivize societal wellbeing and true wealth.
    •What this all means for the future of Work and Working.
    •The economic benefits of caring vs winning at all costs.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Nancy Speak

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    “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 speak with my teams again. She is an awesome human being and inspiration. ”
    – Giovanna Morley, CEO Worldwide Clinical Trials

    “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 wonderful job of articulating how the business world is changing. Nancy’s advice and guidance is practical and actionable. ”
    – Christina Furtado – Head of Corporate Affairs for Dell Technologies

    “Nancy has a unique ability to highlight the most innovative applications of technology on the market, while making them relevant to the audience and somehow making the true story about people. ”
    – Alex Saric, CMO, Invalua

    “Nancy, I was in attendance during your virtual presentation last week. You are brilliant and inspiring. I am reading your book asap! Thank you.”
    – Katie Chesen, Group Account Director, InTouch Group

    “Thank you for taking the time to speak to our team last week about the important work that you do. It was both eye-opening and inspiring”.
    – Kristen Schwarz, Vice President, HBOMax

    “Your’s was the talk that gave my SXSW experience it’s intellectual center of gravity. Many thanks”.
    – Rich Donovan, Creative Director, LIDA Australia

    “Nancy has a unique ability to highlight the most innovative applications of technology on the market, while making them relevant to the audience and somehow making the true story about people”.
    – Alex Saric, CMO, Invalua

    “I really loved your Vistage Summit Keynote – how you articulated the importance of data ethics, diversity in decision making and compassion in how we manage and use our data, particularly in AI. You are so inspiring and look forward to reading your book Leadering!”
    – Kelle O’Neal – Founder & CEO, First San Francisco Partners

    “Playbig Inc. says they ‘help leaders…play bigger’. But really, they actually help their clients THINK bigger, think better, think differently and help navigate the future in well considered and intelligently informed ways”.
    – Seth Foster, Vice President – Project Administration, ITEC

    “THIS is what I appreciated most from your talk and your commitment. That to change what’s out there we need to change what’s in here. And to change the future, we need to change the present. Godspeed!”
    – Doug Barton, Director UW E-Business Consortium, University of Wisconsin Madison

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    Books by Nancy Giordano:

    Leadering: The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger

    Leadership is built on yesterday.
    Leadering confidently and thoughtfully anticipates tomorrow.

    This transformative new era requires a radically different approach to leadership. The tactics put in place to reduce risk, drive success and make us feel safe in the past are now the very things creating vulnerability today. In Leadering, Nancy Giordano provides clarity and urgency around what twentyfirst-century stewardship demands as exponential technologies and changing
    societal expectations converge to shape a better next.

    Ditching last century’s industrial playbook—driven relentlessly, and almost exclusively, on growth—allows us to instead focus on building new, more expansive practices committed to human-centric innovation, regenerative solutions, and the creation of long-term value. With many years advising world-class enterprise leaders on ways to thrive in ambiguity, Nancy is convinced we don’t need to change what we think as much as how we think to be successful. This book challenges us to shift our outdated thinking and adopt the mindset we need to build the future we all want.

    • Endorsed by bestselling authors and contemporary thought leaders such as: Sunni Brown, Riane Eisler, Douglas Rushkoff, Chip Conley.
    • Learn more about why we must move from Leadership to Leadering
    • Watch our Leadering Live series with global thought leaders including John Hagel, Steven Kotler, and Erica Dhawan

    We’ve learned the hard way the challenges of providing bulk books and custom discounts to client groups, and so have set up our own book distribution storefront designed to offer Nancy’s book in any format (audio, ebook, paper or hard cover) to anywhere in the world. The hard copies are already signed and can be customized further if needed:

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