Amy Webb

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Amy Webb

Futurist; Harvard Nieman Fellow; NYU Stern Futures Forecasting Professor; Bestselling Author of “The Signals Are Talking” and “Data, A Love Story”; Founder of the Future Today Institute

Biography

Amy Webb knows what’s coming. The futurist, author and founder of the Future Today Institute, she identifies emerging trends and maps how they’ll transform the future of business, international relations, culture and the world. A recent Wall Street Journal profile described her methodology, which combines data-driven research with “aggressive computation.” Webb’s forecasting tools are taught in universities, and her Future Today Institute team advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups worldwide. Her futures 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. She was recently named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of management thinkers most likely to shape the future.

The authority on forecasting and strategy, Webb collaborates with a number of institutions. She was a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she has served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Emmy Judge for emerging technology categories. She sits on several advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator.

An engaging and energetic speaker, Webb customizes every presentation for each audience using original research and insights specific for the organization, industry or conference. Attendees typically receive a digital folder full of resources, tools and actionable ideas following the presentation. Webb’s popular TED talk,  based on her bestselling memoir “Data, A Love Story,” has been viewed more than 5 million times and translated into 32 languages. It has been the featured in-flight entertainment on Delta flights and in Marriott hotel rooms.

She is the author of three books, including “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream” (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how leaders and organizations can predict and manage technological change. It was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, was an Amazon’s best book of December 2016 and was a #1 Bestseller. Signals has been translated into a number of languages.

Webb designed and teaches the futures forecasting MBA course at the New York University School of Business. She was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research on the future of education reform received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Every year, she lectures about the future of media and technology at a number of universities, which have included Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Temple University, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv.

The first half of Webb’s career was spent in journalism: she was a reporter with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and economic trends.

Amy Webb is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream

(PublicAffairs/Hachette, 2016)

How To Make J-School Matter Again

(Harvard, 2015)

Data: A Love Story

(Dutton/ Penguin, 2013)

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Amy Webb's 9th Annual Tech Trends Presentation at the 2016 Online News Association Conference

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Webb, Amy

Biography

Amy Webb knows what’s coming. The futurist, author and founder of the Future Today Institute, she identifies emerging trends and maps how they’ll transform the future of business, international relations, culture and the world. A recent Wall Street Journal profile described her methodology, which combines data-driven research with “aggressive computation.” Webb’s forecasting tools are taught in universities, and her Future Today Institute team advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups worldwide. Her futures 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. She was recently named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of management thinkers most likely to shape the future.

The authority on forecasting and strategy, Webb collaborates with a number of institutions. She was a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she has served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Emmy Judge for emerging technology categories. She sits on several advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator.

An engaging and energetic speaker, Webb customizes every presentation for each audience using original research and insights specific for the organization, industry or conference. Attendees typically receive a digital folder full of resources, tools and actionable ideas following the presentation. Webb’s popular TED talk,  based on her bestselling memoir “Data, A Love Story,” has been viewed more than 5 million times and translated into 32 languages. It has been the featured in-flight entertainment on Delta flights and in Marriott hotel rooms.

She is the author of three books, including “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream” (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how leaders and organizations can predict and manage technological change. It was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, was an Amazon’s best book of December 2016 and was a #1 Bestseller. Signals has been translated into a number of languages.

Webb designed and teaches the futures forecasting MBA course at the New York University School of Business. She was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research on the future of education reform received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Every year, she lectures about the future of media and technology at a number of universities, which have included Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Temple University, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv.

The first half of Webb’s career was spent in journalism: she was a reporter with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and economic trends.

Amy Webb is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

The Future of [X]

How can you prepare yourself and your business for what’s next in a world of constant disruption? In this custom, provocative presentation, futurist Amy Webb forecasts the most important changes just over your horizon––and reverse-engineers what you should be doing right now, in the present.

Amy will showcase the latest research and map scenarios that are specific to your [X] –– your organization, industry or interests –– for today and ten years into your future. Whether you’re interested in the future of work, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, geopolitics, finance, self-driving vehicles or any other area that intersects with technology, Amy will offer key insights, including how these trends move from the fringe to the mainstream, and the anticipated impact on your customers or constituents.

How To Think Like A Futurist

The most successful leaders must both manage the present and innovate for the future––and this requires a new kind of strategic thinking. Drawing from her bestselling book The Signals Are Talking, Amy Webb will explain how leaders can best adopt futurist techniques for the benefit of their organizations.  In this presentation, you will learn how to think like a futurist and answer vitally important questions:  How will a technology––like artificial intelligence, machine learning, self-driving cars, biohacking, bots and the Internet of Things––affect you, personally? How will it impact your business or your industry? Importantly, what should you be doing about it now?  Amy Webb will help you discover your own ability to not only forecast what’s to come, but to create your own preferred future.

The Future of Donald Trump’s America

No one saw him coming. A year ago, Donald Trump was a fringe candidate––too far afield of mainstream politics to be taken seriously. In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election, members of the media, business leaders, political strategists, and everyday voters all want the answer to a very simple question: What comes next? What will America––and our relationship with the rest of the world––look like in four years?

Business leaders are grappling with disruption across multiple industries and tech sectors––while everyday people will soon learn artificial intelligence will affect jobs, how Russian hackers are threatening cybersecurity and what life will be like once our cars drive themselves. This nonpartisan presentation is continuously updated, and gives critical guidance on how to think like a futurist in order to most accurately answer pressing questions about the future of our economy, business, emerging technologies and political systems in Donald Trump’s America.

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