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Lisa Bodell


New York, New York, USA

Innovation Expert, Founder & CEO of Futurethink

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of FutureThink, which enables organizations to kill complexity, create space for innovation, and get to the work that matters. She was named one of the Top 50 keynote speakers in the world in 2020 by Real Leaders.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

Bodell will introduce tangible ways to ignite innovation through the dynamic yet simple exercises in the Kill the Company Toolkit, including Kill a Stupid Rule, Killer Queries, Impossible to Possible, and many more. You will leave this Keynote with ways to eliminate needless complexity with simple, inspiring ways to make innovation happen now!


Little BIGS®: How Small Changes Create BIG Impact

The Chocolate-on-the-Pillow approach—“Little BIGS”—uses action-based tactics. When individuals and teams start leading by example, they create opportunities for people to witness and embrace positive behaviors and change firsthand. Using examples of small changes with huge ripple effects, this keynote walks participants through the bite-sized approach to revolution.

Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow: Five Skills to Ensure Success

This forward-looking session explores the five critical skills that all employees will need to continuously innovate and succeed in this new era. Participants learn how strategic imagination, provocative inquiry, creative problem-solving, agility, and resilience can prepare your organization—and its human capital—for long-term success.

Audience reviews:

  • One of the most outstanding presenters I have ever seen. She passionately delivers well-articulated messages that engage the audience and encourage action on the part of the listener. Something tells me that many of her insights will become essential elements of our culture.

    - CEO, NYSE Euronext
  • Lisa’s presentations have transformed the way our leaders think of innovation. Lisa provides a mix of practical, easy to use tools and inspiration which has helped to create a new mindset around how to innovate in all parts of our company.

    - Executive Director of Enterprise Learning, Merck
  • Bodell made my leadership team think in new ways and helped us develop winning business ideas right in the room. My team now embraces innovation rather than fearing it.

    - Managing Director, Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank
  • Bodell’s presentation on innovation was my absolute favorite presentation of our 3-day offsite! I now have a totally new way of looking at innovation. I would recommend her and her team to anyone planning an event in a heartbeat.

    - VP, Delta Airlines
  • Lisa brought energy to the room of over 300 people and ignited a spirit of innovation across our Global Product Team. Our top session of the annual meeting.

    - Global Lead, Innovation, MasterCard Worldwide

Speaker Biography

A globally recognized innovation leader and futurist, Lisa Bodell founded FutureThink in 2003 to provide a simple approach to the otherwise complicated topic of innovation. Working with leading companies such as Google, Merck, and P&G, FutureThink has become the largest source of simplification and innovation tools and training in the world. She’s the best-selling author of Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters; and Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which was named one of the Best Business Books by booz&co.

After earning her business degree from the University of Michigan, Lisa launched her career at Leo Burnett in Chicago, where she discovered a gift for applying disruptive trends and ideas to new business concepts. She later moved to New York where she built two successful businesses. Her love of teaching and creativity then led her to start FutureThink.

With time-management skills that border on an art form, Lisa likes to work hard and give back. She has served as an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board and on the Global Councils of the World Economic Forum. Among her many academic activities, Lisa has taught innovation and creativity at both American University and Fordham Universities.