Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell CEO of futurethink, an award-winning author, and a global innovation expert who is renowned for galvanizing audiences around change.
Travels from NY
$30,000 - $40,000

As a globally recognized futurist and expert on innovation, Lisa Bodell ignites new thinking at every event with high energy, humor, and audience engagement.

Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink, an innovation-training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. As a globally recognized futurist and expert on the topic of driving change, her mission is to provoke fresh thinking around what’s possible, and help people better solve problems with intentionally simple, easy-to-use tools.She has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at the New York Stock Exchange, Pfizer, Google, Lockheed Martin, and many others.

Lisa is an inspired speaker who has brought her message to over 30 countries and nearly 100,000 people each year, and she was recently awarded the Top 5 Speaker Award by She is also the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution,which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co. A respected thought-leader on innovation, Lisa has appeared on NPR, FOX News, and in publications such as Fast Company, The New York Times, and WIRED. She is a monthly columnist for strategy + business, and frequent contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review.

Lisa serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum; an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Lisa has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities.

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Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

Winning innovators embrace change - do you? What holds you back from better innovating, every day?

In too many organizations, we’re stuck in the land of status quo. We’ve forgotten how to think differently, and lack the simple tools to solve problems creatively. The very structures put in place to help organizations grow are now holding us back. So, it’s time to Kill the Company! This keynote is an inspirational call to arms: to start a revolution in how we think and how we work.

The key lesson of this Keynote: if we want people to approach change differently, we have to change our approach. You will learn how simplification lets us achieve more and better innovate. This can reignite critical aptitudes such as curiosity, inquiry, creative problem solving, and more. 

The Keynote will bring to life the concepts presented in Bodell’s latest book, Kill the Company:

1. Everyone is a change agent.
2. Change involves a toolkit, not a process.
3. Little changes can create big impact.

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

Dismiss the notion that innovation requires large corporate overhauls and change initiatives. Extensive and expensive initiatives rarely work and tend to exhaust-not inspire-employees. To get people to approach change differently, we must change our approach. Instead of top-down mandates, it’s the small things-the “Little BIGS”-that ignite powerful behavior change.

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.

Bodell inspires audiences through real-life examples, such as the large financial services organization that created a new breed of employee and helped reset the corporate culture. Little BIGS will come to life through concepts like Kill a Stupid Rule; Outside In; Do the Unexpected; Empowerment Rules; and Get Out.

Participants will take away tangible and actionable steps to shake up their organization’s standard practices-from unproductive meetings to go-nowhere strategic planning-and result in a powerful boost to innovation. They will gain understanding of the Little BIGS that will reinvent their own organization; awaken their ability to think; and ultimately, to reinvent the future.

Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow: Five Skills to Ensure Success

According to IBM’s recent CEO Survey, business leaders today value collaboration, communication, creativity, and flexibility above the hard skills of analysis and technical knowledge. Increasing business complexity and competition requires today’s companies to demonstrate more than knowledge or technical expertise: they must cultivate skill sets that embrace and thrive on change.

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.

Bodell reveals simple and actionable tools and techniques that help build these essential skills, and help participants realize the real-world impact that small changes can have on organizations. Equip your team with the skills needed to thrive in the business world of tomorrow by providing the techniques to take action today.