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Tom Koulopoulos      

Chairman of the Think Tank Delphi Group; Business Author, Visionary Leader & Authority on Changing Technology

Thomas M. Koulopoulos is President and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank and advisory firm. Delphi was founded in 1989 and has served nearly 20,000 clients across all industries, federal and state government agencies around the world.

Since launching Delphi Group in 1989, Mr. Koulopoulos propelled Delphi to its position as an Inc. 500 company (one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the USA) with global offices, a trusted brand, and a leading independent advisor on business and technology trends to large enterprise and government.

Tom is also a columnist for Inc.com; an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, where he teaches graduate courses on Innovation; a Board member of the Kaplan School for Information Technology; and a faculty member of Harvard University’s School of Public Health. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management and a guest lecturer at the Boston University Graduate School of Management. Previously, he was the Founding Executive Director of the Babson College Research Center for Advanced Business Innovation, where he oversaw some of the world’s leading research and thought leadership on the topic of Business Innovation.

Named one of the industry’s “Killer Consultants” and most influential management consultant by InformationWeek magazine, he has delivered consulting services as a senior level advisor to hundreds of global organizations, including: Apple, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, USGS, FBI, Secret Service, DuPont, UBS, BAA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Digital Equipment Corp., NYSE, NY Port Authority, Pepsi, Washington Mutual, SAP, Intel, Library of Congress, Department of Justice, NY Life, Air France, British Airways, LG CNS, Microsoft, California Federal, Lawrence Livermore Labs, National Life, Revenue Canada, Canadian Government, USAF, Kimberly Clark, Las Vegas Water Authority, Dow Corning, Tennessee Valley Authority, CitiCorp, Arthur Andersen, Exxon Mobil, GD Searl, Warner Lambert, Mayo, Kellogg’s, Nomura, Intel, and Microsoft.

Mr. Koulopoulos’ ten books include "The Gen Z Effect;" "Cloud Surfing;" "The Innovation Zone;" and "Corporate Instinct." During the past two decades, Mr. Koulopoulos’ works have introduced core industry concepts, frameworks and vernacular such as Innovation Zones, Smartsourcing, Single Point of Access, Touch Points, Digital Control Rooms, Business Operating Systems and Corporate IQ, that are widely used today in describing the impact of technology on business.

Mr. Koulopoulos’ philanthropic interests include being an early advisor to the non-profit Tech Foundation, which makes technology accessible to the non-profit sector in an attempt to bridge the widening digital divide and an Advisor/Donor/Team Manager for Destination Imagination, a global K-12 program with more than 200,000 participants in 20 countries, which focuses on developing creative problem solving and team-building skills in children to better prepare them for an innovation-based economy.

Speech Topics


Revealing The Invisible: How Artificial Intelligence is About to Change Everything

The world is at the precipice of one of the most dramatic shifts in history: the transition from an industrial society to one that is based on a deep understanding of an entirely new form of knowledge capital, behavior—our behaviors as well as those of the intelligent machines that we are building. And it’s not just human behaviors that are being captured and analyzed. AI-powered autonomous vehicles, smart devices, algorithms, and intelligent machines will all exhibit behaviors. In this very near future, every person and digital device will have its own digital-self—a digital twin which knows more about us than we know about ourselves. These intelligent objects will communicate with each other across vast digital ecosystems, creating a level of collaboration and transparency we can barely imagine today. Your digital-self will be one of your most valuable assets, requiring radical new technologies and approaches for how you own, protect, and share your digital behaviors. Far-fetched? Only if you discount the enormous power of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, which will use the invisible patterns in all of our behaviors to develop an intimate understanding of what drives us, where we see value, and how we want to experience the world. Fascinating, engaging, and incredibly timely, Revealing the Invisible provides a front row seat to the future of business and our lives in the 21st century.

Digital Transformation and Business Ecosystems

The single most significant shift in business is underway • Digital Business Ecosystems. Simply put, Digital Business Ecosystems are at the heart of successful high growth companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, Google, Amazon, Netflix, MoDe, Alibaba, Samsung, Nest, Climate Corporation, GE, Discovery Health, Oculus, and Oracle. Digital Ecosystems create entirely new business models that drive out all of the friction in an industry and use data and technology to create an entirely new user experience that provides an integrated and nearly effortless customer experience. In this leading edge keynote, Tom looks at how Digital Transformation and Business Ecosystems, from insurance to healthcare to education to manufacturing and retail, will be critical to the success of every business in every industry over the decades to come.

Gen Z

One of the most profound changes in business and society is the emergence of the post millennial generation, Gen Z. While every new generation has faced its share of disruption in technology, economics, politics and society, no other generation in the history of mankind has had the ability to make sure that every human being (and every “thing” ) on the planet is connected to each other, fully educated, and economically engaged. What might this mean for the way in which we build our business, markets, and institutions for education in the future? In this revolutionary keynote, drawing from his recent book, The Gen Z Effect, Tom delves into a vision of the future that will not only disrupt but also reinvent almost every aspect of how we work, live and play. From radical new approaches to marketing and manufacturing to the potential obliteration of intellectual property and the shift to mass innovation, Tom provides a mind-bending view of why we will need to embrace Gen Z as the last best hope for taking on the world’s biggest challenges and opportunities, and how you can prepare yourself and your business for the greatest era of prosperity and advance the world has ever experienced.

Innovation Zone

In this lightning-paced, tour-de-force session Tom looks at how companies are radically changing their approach to innovation by learning how to fail fast, embrace uncertainty, build for the unknown, abandon the success of the past, focus on their core competencies, and challenge conventional wisdom. Tom uses examples from some of the pioneering innovators from Sony to Apple and 3M to NASA to illustrate some of the best and brightest success stories of innovation at work. His views will provide a prescription for change in how you approach innovation, in a way that is straight forward, comprehensive, and, above all else, incredibly practical. You’ll identify the ways in which you can drive your own organization’s efforts to increase innovation and better leverage the latent creativity in every organization. Come prepared for an enlightening and life-changing discussion about the importance of innovation and get ready to take a hard look at how issues the of culture, generations, and leadership impact the way we innovate. Tom’s approach is insightful and cutting but be forewarned, at times unorthodox. It’s the reason Forbes.com called him Business Visionary with an incisive view of world trade and why, in the words of his long time mentor Peter Drucker, “Tom makes you rethink not only your business but yourself. You’ll leave this session with a roadmap and a context for your conference experience and with specific insights, methods and tools to help you quantify your organization’s innovative ability as well as a solid foundation for the decisions you will need to make in the months and years ahead.

Living in the Cloud

The Cloud is the hottest topic since the advent of the Internet. And nobody can speak to it with more insight, energy, and humor than Tom. It’s why HP, Microsoft, Gartner, Intel, Cisco and many others have asked Tom to keynote their organizations’ cloud events. Drawing on his latest e-book, Cloud Surfing, Tom paints a powerful picture of how The Cloud will change the way we live, work and play. How will The Cloud define your job. Social Media, open models for education, the ongoing debate about classroom vs. virtual learning, mining online conversations, and identifying needs for education What is The Cloud? It’s a framework for the disruption of structure. A place where we will all learn, live, work and play in the 21st Century. It’s where nearly 35 million people already work. It’s where your kids are when they dive into online play. It’s a classroom without walls, instructors, or curriculums. It’s where you meet and make friends in social networks and where conversations are turned into communities. It’s where companies go to find the next big idea. It’s where political campaigns are won and lost. It’s where the future will outweigh the All that may seem radical, but it doesn’t even come close to defining how disruptive The Cloud will be. In its simplest terms The Cloud is the new context for innovating business and society. However, the Cloud is NOT just about technology. In fact technology is only a small part of The Cloud. Just as important is the way The Cloud changes the way we collaborate, work, how we are influenced and how we influence, and how we experience the world. Join Tom as he takes you into the cloud to better understand how we can respond to this massive change in order to transform ourselves and our industry!

Hyperconnectivity and The Internet of Everything (IoE)

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