How Technology, Demographics and Values Are Disrupting the Future of Work and Talent
11 December 2018
1:00 - 2:15 PM (1300 - 1415)
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. Values interact with it all…How will these change the nature of business and work, and how companies operate in the future? Join Nancy Giordano as she delves into both the advancing technologies and the critical shifts that companies and the workforce must confront to stay relevant in 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. A highly regarded futurist, 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 a decade now, 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 1,000 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.
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12 December 2018
10:45 - 11:45 AM (1045 - 1145)
In her signature (respectfully) uncensored style, The Blue-Collar CEO™, Mandy Rennehan will candidly share her journey from a lobster-fishing family to becoming one of North America’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs. Mandy built a multi-million-dollar empire from the ground up by turning her passion into ingenuity and her personal brand into a business model. She left home at the age of 18 with an old hockey bag and a smile, and the rest is history. Always one to tell it like it is, expect candid anecdotes and practical, straight-forward advice from Mandy on:
- What defines a real leader?
- What being authentic really means?
- How to harness your Bare Potential™
Mandy Rennehan’s (a.k.a. Bear’s) contagious honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour and big heart. She left Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, at 18 with a dirty hockey bag and an audacious dream. By 19, she founded Freshco, Canada’s #1, full-service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider with full coverage across Canada and the eastern United States.
Freshco’s state-of-the-art technology, highly-skilled team, and fun attitude, are just some of the reasons they attract and retain giant retail clients like Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Home Depot, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, The Gap, Tiffany & Co., plus many more.
But the story doesn’t end there…
One fateful day two prodigies, with had the same insatiable passion and respect for old-world master craftsmanship, met. Mandy and Vermont-native, architectural designer and carpenter, Dustin DuPrat formed the ‘Renaissance odd couple’, and, in 2017, founded RennDuPrat -- the 21st Century’s da Vinci of master design and custom fabrication, headquartered in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is quite simply redefining the collar, blue™ to help inspire people to join the skilled trades and solve the systemic skilled trades shortage across North America, and around the world. She is challenging perceptions about the industry and making young people, and even adults, rethink the answer to what do you want to be when you grow up? “The trades are not only lucrative and creative but are the best of both world…and that’s sexy,” says Rennehan.
Mandy’s undeniable passion for the trade industry and building people’s full potential, is why she’s a successful and multiple award-winning entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, and industry ambassador. Mandy’s (respectfully) uncensored approach to sharing her mind and experience is the main reason behind her success. It’s impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-made, self-taught powerhouse.
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