"Kacy takes a room into the palm of her hand and holds them rapt"
Laura Anne Edwards, TED Resident, NASA Datanaut, Producer
As an entrepreneur, consultant, CEO, and advisor for companies, cities, and universities, she has spent over 16 years re-imagining the way we work and learn. Self taught to an early diploma and Ivy League educated, she blends her contrarian perspective with design thinking, opening her audience to new ideas and approaches.
Question Salons - Groups of 8-10 people who gather for salon style discussions of deeply personal questions to help guide them as they design more meaningful, Ikigai driven careers and/or to build trust and have authentic conversation with teams, co-workers, etc.. The circles are like a melding of professional coaching and group therapy.
The Power of A Good Question - Explores how to use powerful questions to open our mind to new possibilities. Unlocks the mental models used by some of the globe’s most respected innovators to disrupt existing systems, rather than create incremental change. Shares the story of how she learned this approach while leading early design of the $15M global Education X PRIZE. Shows how this mindset can be used as a competitive advantage for entrepreneurs and organizations. (Also available as a workshop)
Ikigai For Entrepreneurs - What if the next generation of entrepreneurs built businesses that were deeply connected to their personal Ikigai? What if the paradigm of entrepreneurship shifted such that every business was a combination of what we can be paid for, what we are good at, what the world needs, and what we love? (Also available as a workshop and can be customized for intrapreneurs, innovating within existing companies).
Why UBI Won’t Work (And What We Can Do To Fix It) - Approaches one of the hottest future of work topics from a different angle than the usual conversations of financial or political feasibility, instead focusing on the mindset and skills necessary for success (and the parallels for self organized work). More info can be found at this blog post, which made the front page of Medium.com.
Previous speaking engagements, facilitations, and panels include:
Downtown Speaker Series
UPitt's Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Learning Forum Foresight Council
X PRIZE Education Visioneering
The U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce
Venture for America
Zappos All Hands
"As an entrepreneur, faced with the interminable demands required to keep you and your business moving forward, it's all too easy to lose sight of what's truly driving you. Kacy's leadership, through her own story and pointed group discussion, helps refocus the purpose behind your work in a way that resonates far beyond the discussion itself."
"I wasn't expecting to be moved as much as I was."
“It was really clarifying, inspiring and timely.”
“I’m a CEO who regularly speaks in front of thousands of people and that doesn’t make me nervous. But sitting here, about to answer these questions, my heart is racing.”
“I wish this session had come sooner. We’ve all been together for the past three weeks, and I’m only now feeling like we’re getting to know one another.”
“The conversations helped remind me …why I continue to find a job that matches my values as opposed to taking a job for the sake of taking one."
This year Kacy will be speaking at a variety of social entrepreneurship events. She is happy to customize talks, salon discussions, and facilitated workshops to meet your needs. If you are interested in learning more about availability and pricing, please use the contact form below.