“An engaging, insightful speaker! Michele is able to demystify complex global happenings in a breezy conversational style.”
–Peter Marber, former Head of Emerging Markets Investments at Loomis, Sayles & Co

Does your organization need to develop better alarm signals and decision making systems to make sure your people recognize and speak up when they see a problem that could be catastrophic? Do you know what the gray rhino -the obvious but neglected challenge that you still have an opportunity to confront before it’s too late- is in your organization or industry but can’t seem to get past muddling? Do you need help developing an action plan to get key stakeholders on board? Do you need help strategizing your company’s approach to climate change, financial crisis, or other big picture risks?

Tap into the insights that have informed central bank and government risk management strategies around the world, including China’s financial risk mitigation policies, with Gray Rhino & Company Founder Michele Wucker, author of the international bestseller THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. Michele can help your organization identify your blind spots and apply simple but effective tools to turn your organization’s critical but neglected “gray rhino” risks and challenges into catalysts for innovation. She can talk your audience through an overview of the gray rhino framework with examples relevant to your industry or company, help you think through the challenges and opportunities of global macro trends, or do a deep dive into one of the five gray rhino stages.

Michele can customize a keynote address, breakout session, executive education workshop and diagnostic to meet your needs — whether you want to be more effective managing your organizational, industry, civic, financial, career, or global gray rhinos. She’s also an experienced and insightful panel discussant and moderator on topics ranging from financial crisis to sustainability to human capital and civil society.


Recent appearances:


Michele Wucker speaking at Horasis conference

Horasis US-China Meeting, Las Vegas     Photo by Frank-Jurgen Richter CC BY 2.0

  • “How Technology Challenges Citizenship,” Jno. E. Owens Conference: The Pursuit of Imagined Communities: NATIONALISM VS. GLOBALISM and Its Meaning for International Trade. Austin College, Sherman, TX February 2019
  • ZAOJIU “Ascertaining the Uncertainties,”  Singapore, January 2019
  • Netease Impact Summit [VIDEO] , Beijing, January 2019
  • Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Beijing, January 2019
  • Xinhua University ThinkBig, Beijing, January 2019
  • Bronx Community College “Why the Cocks Fight: Meet the Author,” New York City, December 2018
  • “The Reskilling Revolution” workshop SIMWomen Leadership Summit, Schaumburg, IL September 2018
  • Global Challenges Foundation New Shape Forum, Stockholm, May 2018
  • Strategic Multilayer Assessment, Phone briefing, April 2018
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management SPARK workshop, April 2018
  • EBS Korea (VIDEO keynote on the Future of Education in Korea), February 2018
  • University School of Milwaukee, Keynote and Global Crisis Simulation, January 2018
  • Netease Annual Economists Conference (via live VIDEO link), Beijing, December 2017
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch China Conference, Beijing, November 2017
  • China Finance 40 Forum, Beijing, November 2017
  • EU-China Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, November 2017
  • World Knowledge Forum, Seoul, October 2017 (VIDEO)
  • CFA Society of Chicago, “Water’s Impact on Investing” moderator, September 2017
  • Global Association of Risk Professionals, Chicago, August 2017
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, China, June 2017
  • Book-Ka book club, Chuansong bookstore, Shanghai, China, June 2017
  • MIC Book Club, Shanghai, China, June 2017
  • Printers Row Literary Festival discussion moderator, Chicago, June 2017 (C-Span Book TV VIDEO)
  • 50Action50 Annual Summit at Google, Chicago, May 2017
  • 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference, Philadelphia, May 2017
  • MTA Sun Desert Festival, Zhangjiakou, Hebei, China, May 2017
  • World Economic Forum Annual Summit of Young Global Leaders and Alumni, Buenos Aires, April 2017
  • The Chicago Club, March 2017
  • Chicago CFA Society Book Club, February 2017
  • 50Action50, Chicago, December 2016
  • ExecuNet Master Class (Webinar), December 2016
  • Business Continuity Institute, London, November 2016
  • European Stability Mechanism, Luxembourg, November 2016
  • Formuesdagen (“Wealth Day”), Oslo, November 2016 (VIDEO)
  • Carnegie Council on Ethics and Global Affairs, June 2016
  • ALTO Annual Conference, San Francisco, April 2016
  • Financial Planning Association Annual Retreat, Phoenix, April 2016
  • Johns Hopkins University Foreign Policy Institute, April 2016
  • PCMA, Vancouver, January 2016 (VIDEO)


Watch Michele speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on “Thinking Ahead: Gray Rhinos and Black Swans” – the presentation that grew into THE GRAY RHINO.




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