Nancy is an inspired futurist with one hand on the social compass and the other on the corporate light switch. If she had a third hand it would be using chopsticks to eat tofu.

What does the future need and expect of you?

As a strategist futurist, Nancy is focused on building a safe, inclusive, thriving future. She supports and champions those actively architecting bold solutions, as well as guides and inspires the visionary leaders eager to reshape their organizations and teams. She loves sharing these insights on emerging technologies and the impact they will have on us as humans, innovators and members of society with audiences of all sizes in ways that get everyone deeply motivated by the possibilities.


Described as endlessly optimistic


What are you in a unique position to create and contribute to the future?

Nancy speaks at public conferences and private executive industry conventions and summits around the world, delivering keynote talks that range from 25-minute toplines to 3-hour, in-depth workshops. 

While each talk is customized to the needs and questions of each audience, her favorite topic is The Case for Audacious Leadering: Six Steps to Playing Bigger.

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While each talk is customized to the needs and questions of each audience,
her favorite topic is The Case for Audacious Leadering: Six Steps to Playing Bigger.

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Nancy has the unique ability to turn a room full of strangers into friends... The event was such a success that PBS has decided to make this one-time workshop an annual gathering... There is no one I trust more.

Shane Guiter - PBS

Nancy, just a quick note to say thanks for your participation in our most recent EmpowerU event. Your insight, energy, passion and humor are things that our employees continue to rave about a week later. Thanks so much again and I look forward to connecting in the future.

Doyle Beneby - CEO, CPS Energy

Hi Nancy, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your session on Audacious Leadering at SXSW. It was a perfect moment of unexpected discovery as they say in the brochure! Your's was the talk that gave my SXSW experience it's intellectual centre of gravity. Many thanks.

Rich Donovan - Creative Director at LIDA Australia

Nancy, The timing of your lecture was one of those sort of jaw-dropping life-affirming, this is just what I needed moments for me. And at a dental conference. Who would have thought, right? Thank you for what you do and for how you shared it. Your talk was inspiring and refreshing for me for a number of reasons, including how dynamic, engaging and articulate you were on a stage that is dominated by males in my industry. It was a real pleasure seeing you speak.

Attendee - Straumann Dental Symposium

Dear Nancy, Your energy, your intelligence and your being touched my soul. I feel awakened to a world of possibilities and also the need for optimism for our young people. Thank you. Thank you! I will be following you and truly hope our paths will cross again.

Abby Busdekker - Content Curator, Education Travel Consortium

Nancy, you were a great partner to work with from start to finish. Thank you for taking the time to talk through what I was looking for to make sure you understood the needs of our attendees and the message I was hoping her talk would send. That collaboration was evident in the talk you gave. It was very well received, with many of our attendees specifically commenting on the positive energy you brought to the room. I was looking you to inspire our attendees to think differently, and you definitely delivered on that. You were a fabulous addition to our event.

David Kelly - EVP & Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

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 LOVED LOVED LOVED both of your presentations at the AAPN. Very inspiring and thought-provoking.

Stephanie (Wilhelm) Williamson - President, WWA Advisors LLC

"You gave a great WebEx yesterday on the future or work and working. It was like drinking from a firehouse. But I loved it! Thank you.

Marsha McVicker, Founder + CEO at Errand Solutions

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.

Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and guiding a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands.

With growing conviction of what will (and needs to) shift, executives value her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the terrain ahead and guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.


Strategic Futurist,
Keynote Speaker,

Nancy built a formidable career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA and for more than a decade has been the Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc., a strategic inspiration company. Her current work dives deeply into the emerging intersection of tech, business and society.

Nancy has a rich history of advising and learning with some of the top companies in the world, including Nestle, Brinker International, The Coca Cola Company, Sprint and Acumen. More recently, she has helped build the team for an artificial intelligence start-up, produced a conference on the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise, is board member for a non-profit trade organization focused on the future of retail, and is working with a leading fintech/martech provider to ensure the survival of community banks and credit unions nationwide. She also helping usher in the world of distributed applications and computing by championing emergent cryptographic technologies Holochain + Holo.

A frequent panelist at South by Southwest, global keynote speaker, Singularity University guest lecture, and world’s first TEDx licensee, Nancy is committed to advancing societal structures and new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way… and ensure a safe and thriving future for us all.

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