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 more traditional approaches, and opens her audience to new ways of thinking.
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? (Can also be customized for intrapreneurs, innovating within existing companies).
Design Thinking and First Principles - Unlocks the mental model 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 a multi-million dollar global Education X PRIZE. Shows how this mindset can be used as a competitive advantage for entrepreneurs and organizations.
Why UBI Won’t Work (And What We Can Do To Fix It) - Delves into one of the hottest current “Future of Work” topics. Approaches it 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 on this topic can be found on this blog post, which made the front page of Medium.com.
Salon Discussion and Event Ice Breaker - Follow or introduce the above talks by gathering the audience into groups of 8-10 to answer provocative, personal, and occasionally counterintuitive questions. Provides a great icebreaker for people to get beyond the “What do you do?” and business card exchange loop that characterizes most professional events.
Previous speaking engagements/facilitations include:
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.