“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?
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 discover 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.
- “Fireside Chat: How Is the Gray Rhino Affecting Your Portfolio?” Campden 7th Annual North American Family Investments and Alternatives Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 25, 2019
- “Strategies for Managing Gray Rhino Risks: A Climate Change Case Study” keynote at the conference “Risks and crises: (nothing)/something to be afraid of?” Brussels, Belgium, April 2019
- TED/US Air Force Salon: “Why We Ignore Obvious Problems -and How to Act on Them?” [VIDEO], New York City, February 2019
- “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, 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)
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.
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.
BEYOND KICKING THE CAN: HOW TO STOP MUDDLING AND INNOVATE
So you know what your organization’s biggest problem is. So why isn’t it fixed? Kicking the can down the road is human nature — so much so that we often take for granted that problems will persist. But the longer we let a problem go on, the more we lose in opportunity cost and the harder the problem becomes to fix. Learn from an expert on why organizations, individuals and policy makers don’t immediately deal with obvious dangers, how to get out of your own way, and how to turn a crisis into opportunity. In this talk drawing on real-world examples, you will:
* Find out why the most obvious problems often get the least attention – at high cost.
* Understand how to take off your blinders to obvious but neglected problems
* Learn the reasons why decision makers muddle and how to counter them
* Get inspiration from stories of business and policy leaders who overcame the urge to muddle
* Recognize when it’s time to recognize a problem is unsolvable
* Learn to turn frustration into innovation
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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