Keynote Speech Topics

SPEECH TOPICS

GRAY RHINO-PROOFING YOUR FUTURE: A NEW WAY TO THINK ABOUT RISK AND RESPONSE
Gray Rhino events are highly probable, give clear warnings and have high impact. Yet all too often, leaders fail to plan for, recognize, or respond to obvious dangers, from the personal to the organizational to the political to the global level: financial crisis, industry disruptions, failing infrastructure, the aging of the workforce, climate change and more. The most successful organizations are the ones that identify and confront Gray Rhino threats instead of letting themselves be trampled. Michele’s provocative talk lays out a framework for recognizing Gray Rhinos and the pitfalls and opportunities at each of their five stages, from denial to action –not just to avoid highly obvious dangers, but to see opportunities where others do not. She customizes each talk to your industry or organization’s needs.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU RISK: HOW TO MAKE SHAPE BETTER RISK CULTURE AND DECISIONS
Did you know that you can change your risk tolerance by eating spicy food or changing the music you listen to? Or that unconscious assumptions about who thinks what about risk may be hurting your business? Organizations have to think seriously about risk. But it’s likely that you spend more time considering the nature of specific risks than you do seeking to understand why you make the choices you do about how to handle those risks and how well you have prepared yourself and your team to deal with bumpy roads. Delve into the surprising influences on your relationship with risk, what you can do to improve it, and how you can navigate the conflicts that can arise when the people around you have very different risk attitudes and behaviors. Take away new insights and strategies to help you make better decisions and shape a healthy risk culture at your organization.

FACING A GRAY RHINO: STRATEGIES TO MANAGE THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
The age of automation and artificial intelligence is here, with profound implications that companies, economies, and the labor force ignore at their peril. Businesses must adapt to disruption or perish; workers must prepare for dramatic change; and policy makers must provide an ecosystem to ease a difficult transition. What are the most dangerous pitfalls —and hidden opportunities- for decision makers in this obvious but poorly understood “gray rhino” threat? This talk provides a framework for developing strategies that can turn dangers into catalysts for innovation in a time of uncertainty.

DEMOGRAPHIC GRAY RHINOS: ROBOTS MEET AGING AND MIGRATION
Tectonic shifts are coming in labor markets and consumer demographics, intensified by recent technological advances in additive manufacturing and machine learning. Together, they are a crash of obvious, highly probable yet neglected “gray rhino” challenges.
* By 2050, there will be just one worker for every retiree, less than a third of the current level
* Pension shortfalls in the U.S. alone are roughly $20 trillion
* By 2044, the United States will be a majority minority country
* Close to half of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation of everything from scheduling to driving to legal and financial analysis
In this provocative talk, learn about the opportunities and pitfalls that your organization faces amid shifting demographics colliding with increasing automation, and strategies for getting ahead of the game.