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Lisa Bodell

Innovation Expert, Founder & CEO of futurethink

A globally recognized leader, futurist and expert in helping companies find success through simplification, Lisa Bodell shows how simplifying can shake off the twin evils of complexity and complacency prevalent in today’s organizations.

New York, New York, USA


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.


Best in Biz Awards: Silver in ‘Executive of the Year'
American Express Open Forum's 12 Best Books for Entrepreneurs
USA Best Book Awards
Booz & Company's Best Business Books

  • 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

Summary Profile

Lisa Bodell is the CEO of futurethink, an award-winning author, and a global innovation expert who is renowned for galvanizing audiences around change.

A dynamic speaker and futurist, Bodell has brought innovation to life for clients like 3M, Merck, and the U.S. Navy. Her presentations are frequently the highest-rated sessions at conferences—and for good reason: she not only engages audiences, she empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources to start innovating immediately.

Bodell strongly believes in success through simplification and her new book Kill the Company, shows how simplifying can shake off the twin evils of complexity and complacency prevalent in today’s organizations.

Named one of the Best Business Books of 2012 by booz&co., Kill the Company advocates eliminating status-quo processes to make more space for change and value-added work. Bodell has carried her transformative message to more than 20 countries, speaking to industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to nonprofit organizations.

Her visionary ideas and critical trendspotting have made her one the most sought-after leaders in the field of strategic foresight and innovation. Through keynotes that provoke radical thinking and on-the-spot business solutions, she has inspired international organizations to embrace and support change.