Ideas – and the actions they trigger – have the power to change the world. It’s a mantra that propels organizations and individuals alike to innovate, push boundaries, and stimulate change and progress. It’s also a mission shared by all the thought leaders Stern Speakers represents. And it’s why eight of them made the just-released Thinkers50 shortlist of nominees for its 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Given to the management thinkers and doers making the greatest impact on their fields, this recognition is just one more validation that our clients’ work is actively shaping the future of business (Michael E. Porter and Clayton Christensen were each twice-honored as the Top Ranked Thinker in previous years). We are proud to know, collaborate with, and represent every one of them.

Contact us to discover how these thinkers can make an impact on your business. And then stay tuned: Winners will be announced at the 2017 Thinkers50 Gala on November 13, 2017 in London.

Digital Thinking: Adapt to new technologies or risk extinction

  • Kate Darling is a leading expert in robot ethics, focusing on the intersection of technology and society. A fellow at the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Darling’s research and writing anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers and the wider public must address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades.
  • Anindya Ghose predicted in 2008 that the smartphone would ultimately be the most transformative consumer device – and he was right. Professor of marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and author of “TAP: Unlocking the Mobile Economy” (2017), Ghose advises business leaders on how to communicate their value through mobile technology.
  • Sherry Turkle has conducted more than three decades of research on the human-computer relationship. The New York Times best-selling author of “Reclaiming Conversation” (2015) and “Alone Together” (2011), Turkle advises organizations on how to repair humanity by putting technology in its rightful place.

Leadership: Navigate unpredictable conditions and turbulent times

  • Hal Gregersen, director of the MIT Leadership Center, encourages leaders to question everything. Through his “Catalytic Questioning” framework, he proves that curiosity and creativity spur innovation.

Strategy: How to take your company to the next level

  • Alex Osterwalder (with Yves Pigneur) developed the widely used strategic management tool Business Model Canvas. The duo received the award for this category in 2015 and Osterwalder has continued to be a key advisor for organizations prepared to take a strategic approach to developing products and services. As the co-founder of Strategyzer, Osterwalder works with organizations to innovatively define and creatively design value for customers.

Radar Award: Keep your eyes on these rising stars!

  • Alexander Betts is passionate about improving the failing refugee system. Author of “Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System,” he advises decision- and policy-makers on how to strategically incorporate displaced peoples into society for the benefit of global prosperity.
  • Zoë Chance knows the power of persuasion. A Yale marketing professor, Chance uses practical frameworks and behavioral economics to help leaders improve their decision-making and relational influencing capabilities in the real and digital worlds.
  • Amy Webb is a renowned futurist and business strategist who founded The Future Today Institute. Her future forecasting methodology anticipates trends and emerging technology that will disrupt tomorrow. Webb teaches leaders how to look at their business through a futurist’s lens to prepare and plan for the exciting changes on the horizon.

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