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Amy Webb            

Leading Authority on Forecasting & Strategy for Business and Society; Founder, Future Today Institute; Professor, NYU Stern Futures Forecasting; Best-selling Author, “The Signals Are Talking”

Amy Webb is an author, futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm that researches near-future trends in digital media and technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base. She is a Lecturer on Futurism and NYY's Stern School of Business and a Lecturer on Futurism in the Sulzberger Program at Columbia University. She is a 2015 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Her third book, “How Did We Miss That?” is about what the future holds––and what you can do about it in the present (PublicAffairs, December 2016).

Amy's research focuses on how technology will transform the way we live, work and govern. Her future forecasting work has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more. Her research has also been cited in several academic papers.

Amy holds many professional affiliations and collaborates with a number of institutions. Amy was a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission and served on the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Libraries, where she worked with FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and others on the future of libraries. Every year, Amy lectures about the future of media and technology at a number of universities, which have included Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Temple University, New York University, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv.

For the past 15 years, Amy has been dedicated to helping inform and shape the future of journalism. Amy is a new member of the accreditation council of the ACEJMC, where she is helping to recalibrate accreditation standards for journalism and communication programs throughout the country. Her research while at Harvard centered on the future of journalism and journalism education, which resulted in the publication of her second book, "How to Make J-School Matter (Again)." (Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, 2015.) She is a David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecturer at Ball State University in 2016.

She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group – Emmy award judge). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and serves on several startup and advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator.

Writing about emerging technology, digital media and the impacts/ opportunities they present is a focus of Amy's work. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, where she writes about the future of technology and business. She regularly contributes to a number of publications all over the world. In 2013, Amy published “Data, A Love Story” (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling memoir about finding love via algorithms. Data has since been translated for a worldwide market into Chinese, Korean, Turkish and Portuguese and is being adapted for film. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 4 million times and has been translated into 31 languages.

Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has continued to study classical piano. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently. In addition, she earned the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Aikido, but a serious accident during training a few years ago forced her to retire.

Amy began her career as a writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends.

Speech Topics

Tech Trends: Leading In An Era Of Disruption

To lead in an ever-changing world, it helps to know what’s coming. Modern leaders must both manage the present and innovate for the future. Amy will share the emerging trends you need to know to more effectively lead change in your community.

Forbes named Amy Webb as one of the mavericks “changing the technology world,” because of her deep insights into how businesses and industries are about to be disrupted by new technologies. In this session, you will not only learn the most critical tech trends that will soon impact your industry, you’ll also learn how to take action. Amy will address concrete questions, such as:

  • Which of our customer segments does this trend address?
  • How are our competitors/ related agencies harnessing these trends (or failing to do so?)
  • How are non-competitors applying this trend?
  • Will this trend create new competitors for us?
  • Where does this trend create potential new partners or collaborators for us?
  • How does this trend impact our industry and all of its parts?
  • Who are the drivers of change in this trend? Which companies, founders, startups?
  • How will the wants, needs and expectations of our customers change as a result of this trend?
  • How does this trend inspire us?
  • How does this trend help us think about innovation?

Data, A Love Story: Using Data Analytics To Land A Committed Relationship

How well do you really know your audience? Amy Webb is the author of "Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating To Meet My Match," a best-selling memoir explaining how she used her knowledge of data analytics, consumer behavior and digital marketing to find true love. In this session, she'll detail her month-long experiment analyzing successful dating profiles. Within a week Amy had the most popular profile on the site. Two months later she was dating the person who would later become her husband. Her findings will shock you. Amy will explain all of the statistics and data behind her analysis and how her process explains our consumer behavior. Amy will tell you her hilarious, heartwarming story...and what her findings reveal for any CMO or brand manager trying to land a committed relationship with their audiences.

The Future Of X: Tech Trends For Your Organization

What does the future hold for your industry and your organization? What are the most critical tech trends you need to consider? How can you distinguish between concrete trends and shiny objects? This session focuses on the customer or constituent and reverse-engineers what you should be doing in the present.

Amy will offer key insights, such as:

  • What are the specific near-trends that will impact your organization and industry in the next 18 months? 5 years?
  • How will these trends impact our customers, constituents and society?
  • What's the trajectory of these trends?
  • Why these specific trends? How did you map them?
  • How do these trends inspire us?

When Pigs Fly: How to find the future

Amy Webb is a charismatic, inspirational speaker who offers tangible, actionable ideas to her audiences. Amy stays on top of complex technical innovations, information and geek-speak and distills them into relatively simple concepts and practical applications. Not only will she tell you what’s on the horizon, she’ll explain why it matters -- and what action you must take in the present.

Based on her upcoming book on forecasting and the future (PublicAffairs, December 2016), Webb explains her methodology for finding the future. She details how traditional thinking will leave many companies behind in the near-future, and what you can do in the present to prepare for a lifetime of digital disruption.

Webb will use concrete examples and lessons from her book and will tailor her forecasting methodology, in real-time, to audience members in the room.

General Information on Speaking

Amy Webb is a dynamic speaker with extensive experience in front of hundreds of diverse audiences.

She is a featured speaker at a number of conferences and corporate events and facilitates workshops on forecasting the future. Her TED talk, about the future of algorithms, has been viewed more than 5 million times and has been translated into 31 languages.

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