35 top women keynote speakers about all things innovation you need to follow right now

To celebrate women all over the world, I chose for a very practical and concrete approach: I drew up a power list of amazing women authors, thinkers and keynote speakers who can offer you eye-opening inspiration about business, technology, society and innovation in general. Do yourself a favour. Check their websites, buy their books, listen to podcasts with them, follow them on social media or book them for a keynote. Above all let them inspire you to become a better version of yourself ... and never ... ever let me hear you say that it’s really hard to find great female keynote speakers.

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March 8, 2022
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To celebrate women all over the world, I chose for a very practical and concrete approach: I drew up a power list of amazing women authors, thinkers and keynote speakers who can offer you eye-opening inspiration about business, technology, society and innovation in general. Some of them are nexxworks Collective members or part of our extended ‘family’ of speakers (you know that you can always contact us if you need one, right?) while others are ‘only’ some of the most interesting minds that I’ve come across, during my years of research.

Do yourself a favour. Check their websites, buy their books, listen to podcasts with them, follow them on social media or book them for a keynote. Above all let them inspire you to become a better version of yourself ... and never ... ever let me hear you say that it’s really hard to find great female keynote speakers.

Mariana Mazzucato: economy & innovation

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.

She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths which investigates the critical role the state plays in driving growth; The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy which looks at how value creation needs to be rewarded over value extraction; and Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism. Mariana advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth.


Rachel Botsman: sharing economy & trust

Rachel Botsman has given three celebrated TED talks, written two critically acclaimed books, and is the first Trust Fellow at Oxford University, Saïd Business School. Her book “What’s Mine is Yours, predicted the rise of the ‘sharing economy’, and was hailed by TIME magazine as one of the “10 Ideas that Will Change the World.” Who Can You Trust?, explores the profound ways trust is shifting in the world. It was praised by Adam Grant, Marc Benioff, Sherry Turkle, and was named one of the best books of the year by Wired.

She is a world-renowned speaker for her clear insights and warm storytelling. Past clients have included Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, the World Business Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Adobe, and Snapchat. Rachel is often voted the audience’s favourite speaker at events and her TED talks have been viewed more than five million times.


Amy Webb: uncertainty, future thinking, emerging technologies & foresight strategy

Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute, pioneered a data-driven, technology-led foresight methodology that is now used within hundreds of organizations. Forbes called Amy “one of the five women changing the world.” She was honored as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of 2020 and is ranked on the Thinkers50 list of the 50 most influential management thinkers globally.

A lifelong science fiction fan, Amy collaborates closely with Hollywood writers and producers on films, TV shows and commercials about science, technology and the future. Amy is the best-selling author of several books. The Genesis Machine examines the futures of synthetic biology. Prior to that, she wrote The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity, which was longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award, won the 2020 Gold Axiom Medal and was named Amazon’s best book about technology for 2019.


Carol Sanford: future of work and leadership

Carol is the Best Selling author of The Regenerative Business: Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes; The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game-Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders, and Impact Investors, The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success;  and No More Feedback: Cultivate Consciousness at Work. Her books have won over 15 awards so far and are required reading at leading business and management schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley and MIT. 

She is a consistently recognized disruptor and contrarian working side by side with Fortune 500 and new economy executives in designing and leading systemic business change and design. Carol is a founder and designer of The Regenerative Business Development Community and The Regenerative Change Agent Development community.


Erin Meyer: organizational culture

Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD, one of the leading international business schools. Her work focuses on how the world's most successful managers navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a global environment. She helps companies to develop organizational cultures that breed both flexibility and innovation and offers cutting-edge strategies to improve the effectiveness of projects that span the globe. Her Culture Map framework allows international executives to pinpoint their leadership preferences, and compare their methods to the management styles of other cultures.

Erin conducted an in-depth study with Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO of Netflix, investigating the underlying principles necessary for building a corporate culture that is inventive, fast, and flexible. The results of that research were published in their new book No Rules Rules.


Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian: complexity science, design, world building etc.

Ann Pendleton-Jullian is an architect, writer, and educator of international standing whose work explores the interchange between architecture, landscape, culture, science, and technology within complex contexts. She is currently Full Professor and former Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, advisor to the President of Georgetown University, and advisor and distinguished Visiting Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy. She has co-taught world building studios at USC’s School of Cinema. From 1993-2007, she was a tenured professor of architecture at MIT.

ApJ’s projects range in scale and scope from things to systems of action: from houses to hotels, a Congress Hall in Chile, universities and cultural buildings. Much of her recent work focuses on empowerment and economic development through various projects including the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and an eight-village ecosystem conceived around rural craft tourism in Guizhou province in China.


Ece Temelkuran: society & democracy

Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish journalist and author, twice named Turkey's "most read political columnist". Her columns have also been published in international media such as The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique.

A graduate of Ankara University's Faculty of Law, she has published 12 books, including two published in English (Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide, Verso 2010, and Book of the Edge, BOA Editions 2010). In 2008 she was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, during which time she wrote Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide. In 2019, she published How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, about the rise of right-wing populism and how it operates. 2021 saw the publication of “Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now” extolling the virtues of humanity and the need to be “together”.


Tina Seelig: creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship

Tina Seelig is Executive Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including inGenius, Creativity Rules, and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20. She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.


Herminia Ibarra: leadership

An authority on leadership, Thinkers 50 ranks Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, one of Apolitical’s 100 most influential people in gender policy, a Fellow of the British Academy, the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for her research’s contribution to management practice, and serves on the Governing Body of the London Business School.

She is the author of best-selling books including Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Ibarra writes regularly in leading academic journals and business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times and speaks internationally on leadership and organisational transformation.


Shoshana Zuboff: work, power, capitalism & ethics

Shoshana Zuboff is the author of three books, each of which signaled the start of a new epoch in technological society. In the late 1980s her decade-in-the-making In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power became an instant classic that foresaw how computers would revolutionize the modern workplace. At the dawn of the twenty-first century her influential The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism (with James Maxmin), written before the invention of the iPod or Uber, predicted the rise of digitally-mediated products and services tailored to the individual. It warned of the individual and societal risks if companies failed to alter their approach to capitalism.

Now her masterwork, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, synthesizes years of research and thinking in order to reveal a world in which technology users are neither customers, employees, nor products. Instead they are the raw material for new procedures of manufacturing and sales that define an entirely new economic order: a surveillance economy.


Carlota Perez: technical change & society

British-Venezuelan researcher, lecturer and international consultant, Carlota Perez studies the mutual shaping of technical change and society and the lessons provided by the history of technological revolutions for economic growth and development.

In Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages, she put forward her theory of the emergence and diffusion of technological revolutions and of the role of finance in the process. Her work has contributed to the present understanding of the relationship between technology, innovation and economic development; between technical and institutional change; and between finance and technological diffusion. She is currently working on a sequel, Beyond the Technological Revolution, funded by Anthemis UK, which will analyse the roles that government, business and civil society play in the deployment of the potential of each revolution.


Brene Brown: courage, vulnerability & empathy

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.  She is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, and the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages and titles include: Dare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Most recently Brené collaborated with Tarana Burke to co-edit You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience. Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views.


Jessica Groopman: digital transformation & regenerative economy

Jessica Groopman is an Industry Analyst, Founder at Kaleido Insights, Start-up Advisor and Co-Host of the Hype Hazard Podcast. She specializes in digital transformation, and the intersection of business, governance, and societal implications of emerging technologies including AI, IoT, blockchain, spatial computing, and digital identity. She is a regular speaker, moderator, and panelist at emerging tech industry events. She is also a frequent contributor to numerous 3rd party blogs and news/media outlets.

Jessica works with innovative companies internationally, supporting strategic advisory and research across several industry verticals and technologies. She has also mentored and advised several start-ups on strategy, ethics, and business models.


Heather E. McGowan: future of work & learning

Heather E. McGowan is an internationally recognized keynote speaker on the future of work and the future of learning. Accelerating disruptive cycles in industry, with rising automation and rapid adoption and scaling of technology, are making traditional jobs frameworks obsolete and demanding new and adaptive skill sets of workers.
McGowan also guides corporate executives to re-think and re-frame their business models, and their understanding of team and organizational structures, to be resilient and successful in changing markets.

She co-published a book on the future of work in spring 2020: The Adaptation Advantage, on how the ability to adapt is key to thrive in the Day After Tomorrow.


Shermin Voshmgir: Web3, blockchain, token economy etc.

Shermin Voshmgir is the author of the book "Token Economy", the founder of Token Kitchen and BlockchainHub in Berlin. In the past, she was a curator of TheDAO, co-founded the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics, was an advisor to Jolocom, Wunder and the Estonian E-residency program. Her educational background is Business Administration with focus on in Information Systems Management (Vienna University of Economics).

Furthermore, she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. As an Austrian national, with Iranian roots, she currently lives between Berlin and Portugal.


Naomi Oreskes: Science Policy, Philosophy of Science, etc.

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. A world-renowned geologist, historian and public speaker, she is a leading voice on the role of science in society and the reality of anthropogenic climate change.

Oreskes is author or co-author of 7 books, and over 150 articles, essays and opinion pieces, including Merchants of Doubt (Bloomsbury, 2010), The Collapse of Western Civilization (Columbia University Press, 2014), Discerning Experts (University Chicago Press, 2019), Why Trust Science? (Princeton University Press, 2019), and Science on a Mission: American Oceanography from the Cold War to Climate Change, (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). Merchants of Doubt, co-authored with Erik Conway, was the subject of a documentary film of the same name produced by participant Media and distributed by SONY Pictures Classics, and has been translated into nine languages.


Janine Benyus: biomimicry & innovation

Janine is a biologist, author, innovation consultant, and self proclaimed “nature nerd.” She may not have coined the term biomimicry, but she certainly popularized it in her 1997 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

In 2006, she co-founded the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit dedicated to making biology a natural part of the design process. The Institute hosts annual global biomimicry design challenges on massive sustainability problems, mobilizing tens of thousands of students and practitioners through the Global Biomimicry Network to solve those challenges, and providing those practitioners with the world’s most comprehensive biomimicry inspiration database, Ask Nature, to use as a starting place.


Celine Schillinger: co-creation, social networks & leadership transformation

Celine Schillinger is an award-winning entrepreneur, change agent, and consultant. She has over 30 years of field experience, working with both small and global organizations across several continents. A solid track record on transformation informs Celine’s vision of change, engagement, and leadership. A blogger since 2013 and an acclaimed public speaker, she was knighted in 2017 in her native France for her workplace change efforts.

Since 2011, she has been exploring activism, co-creation, social networks, leadership transformation and how all of this can help business performance. Not always easy in a strictly regulated industry but her work has triggered tangible and significant change globally and received multiple awards. Before founding We Need Social, she was Sanofi Pasteur Global Quality Head of Innovation and Engagement.

Her book “Dare to Un-Lead: The Art of Relational Leadership in a Fragmented World” will be published in May 2022.


Amber Case: future of technology, design & web

Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how technology is changing everyday life. Case is currently a 2021 Mozilla Fellow working on the future of money, alternative business models for the web and creator compensation. Case is an internationally recognized design advocate and speaker, and the author of four books, including Calm Technology and A Kids Book About Technology. She spent two years as a fellow at MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, she was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012 and received the Claude Shannon Innovation Award from Bell Labs. She was the co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri.


April Rinne: new economy & future of work

April Rinne is a “change navigator,” speaker, investor, and adventurer whose work and travels in more than 100 countries have given her a front-row seat to a world in flux. She is ranked one of the 50 leading female futurists in the world by Forbes and is a Harvard Law School graduate, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Fulbright Scholar, a member of the Silicon Guild and Thinkers50 Radar, and the author of the international bestseller Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change. April is a trusted advisor to well-known startups, companies, financial institutions, nonprofits, think tanks, and governments worldwide, including Airbnb, Nike, Intuit, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, AnyRoad, and Unsettled as well as governments ranging from Singapore to South Africa, Canada to Colombia, and Italy to India. Earlier in life she was a global development executive, an international microfinance lawyer, and a hiking guide. As a certified yoga teacher, she can often be found upside-down, doing handstands around the world.


Carla Rieger: embrace & lead change

Carla Rieger brings uplifting, fun and interactive presentations on how to help people embrace change, lead change and bringing the human touch to a high tech world. She helps her audience be more effective change agents through how they manage change and communicate their needs.

Her academic background includes organizational psychology, conflict resolution, adult education, creative writing and educational kinesiology. In addition, she has 10 years experience in the performing arts, specifically comedy. As an author, frequent speaker, trainer, facilitator, coach, performer and consultant, Carla helps people communicate with power, purpose and passion. She is the CEO of The Artistry of Change Productions, Inc, a training and consulting firm.


Laetitia Vitaud: future of work and consumption

Laetitia Vitaud is a writer and speaker about the future of work and consumption. She lives in Munich. After 10 years of teaching English and American studies in France, she switched to the world of Human Resources. She has been working with clients on how organisations, management, work space, and social protection are impacted by the unbundling of jobs and the empowerment of freelancers.

She believes that the values of craftsmanship (autonomy, creativity, responsibility) will emancipate workers and help companies create more value(s). Work as we knew it in the age of the mass economy is dead. Long live the age of individuation and networks!


Elke Geraerts: mental resilience, energy & productivity

With a PhD in psychology, Elke held various positions at universities such as Harvard, where she attracted international attention with her solid research work. Triggered by her scientific insights about mental resilience, she started the company Better Minds at Work with a focus on increasing mental resilience, energy and productivity of employees and now consists of about thirty psychologists, doctors and consultants.

Elke’s trademark is the way in which she manages to translate new psychological insights into fresh and accessible day-to-day applications. This is how she inspires people and organisations to hone their mental resilience and to become the best possible version of themselves. Her big breakthrough came with her bestseller Better Minds. In her latest book, The Mental Reset, she offers the tools we need to prepare for the many challenges that life and work have in store for us post-covid.


Emily Chang: Leadership & customer experience

Emily Chang is CEO of McCann Worldgroup China. She draws open the curtains and allows us a view into the breathtaking scale of consumerism in China and the dynamics at play. Talking through her international career spanning the East and West with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including her time looking after the Apple brand in China, Emily brings to our attention the realm of possibilities and relentless focus on creativity and innovation in capturing the hearts of the modern consumer. From mindsets and obstacles to the pace of competition, we are treated to a unique view into the revolution of commerce in China and what it could mean for the rest of the world.

Emily also touches on the concept of social legacy with her recent book, The Spare Room, to inspire us to live and lead with renewed intention and authenticity, to break down walls and do extraordinary things. Prior to her role at McCann Worldgroup China, Emily held a variety of senior leadership positions at Starbucks, InterContinental Hotels Group, Apple, and Procter & Gamble. Emily is also on the Board of SOS Children’s Villages and the author of The Spare Room.


Ann De Bisschop: employee wellbeing

Ann De Bisschop worked in the media for over 25 years and has held various roles at board level. She helped to put radio stations Qmusic and JOE on the map. She then shifted her focus to the wellbeing of employees at VTM headquarters. She was part of the executive committee for more than 15 years. She was also commercial director, radio director and director of wellbeing for the whole media group. She knows better than anyone that the working environment and workload in many companies can take a heavy toll.

Ann believes things can be improved in this regard. She uses specific tips and eye-opening examples to show employees and managers how this is possible. Her keynote is packed with practical tips for ensuring healthy, happy, motivated, talented and informed employees. Because that is the only way for organisations to make a difference and become future-proof!


Nancy Rademaker: technology & behaviour

With over 20 years of experience in IT and training, amongst which five years working for Microsoft in the Netherlands and Europe, Nancy has always and above all passionately focused upon people: how technology influences their behaviour, how it helps them to share knowledge and how it enables them to create and innovate.

She is a highly rated and motivating international business speaker. She has energized many roundtables, boardroom sessions and corporate events with bold presentations on the topics of digital transformation, extreme customer centricity, disruption, AI, business model change and leadership. She loves inspiring others about how they can organize their companies for The Day After Tomorrow and push their business models to the next level.


Shannon Lucas: innovation catalysts

Shannon Lucas, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Catalyst Constellations, has over twenty years’ experience working with startups, launching her own ventures, and driving innovation into the world’s largest companies. Shannon is the best-selling author of Move Fast, Break Shit, Burn Out; The Catalyst’s Guide to Working Well. She is a passionate thought leader about creating sustainable organizations in every sense of the word - for people, planet and profit.

Shannon launched Catalyst Constellations to provide essential support for a unique group of people driving the most profound change in the world - Catalysts. Shannon and her business partner Tracey Lovejoy create tools, resources, and research, along with physical and virtual spaces to connect and support a highly curated global community of Catalysts. Their mission is to help Catalysts amplify and accelerate positive impact around the world.


Inma Martinez: forecasting digital disruptions & transformative technologies

Combining her previous careers in investment banking and telecommunications, and adding entrepreneurial experiences, Inma has become a trusted expert in forecasting digital disruptions and revealing the potentiality of A.I. and other transformative technologies. She was part of the core development of AI personalisation, music and video streaming, the connected car and smart living across a series of startups that got acquired and the innovation labs of leading tech companies.  She is a Digital Pioneer, A.I. scientist and advisor to leaders in business and government on how to turn digital transformation into competitive advantage and societal progress. She is a guest lecturer at universities and keynote speaker.


Leen Gorissen: bio-inspired innovation & regenerative design

Leen Gorissen, Ph.D. in Biology, is specialized in ecology, transition science, regenerative design and bio-inspired innovation. She is an author and the founder of Centre4NI, a catalyst that helps organizations and businesses to innovate like nature. She is a frequently asked evaluator of innovation projects by the European Commission, a thought leader on innovation-beyond-the-usual, a strategist and business innovation process facilitator.

She has headed projects on the circular economy, urban sustainability transitions and sustainable forest management. Taking clients on nature immersions to elucidate how nature works and how businesses can apply Natural Intelligence to upgrade innovation is one of her favorite things. Because going against the ways in which life works is inherently inefficient. It costs energy, resources, health and spirit. She organizes bio-inspired innovation sessions in cities across the world.


Raya  Bidshahri: future of work and education

Raya Bidshahri is a serial entrepreneur, author, futurist, educator and keynote speaker. As the Founder and CEO of Awecademy, Raya is one of the world’s leading experts in alternative models in education, the future of work and exponential innovation. She has been featured by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential and inspirational woman globally and is a member of the Bett Global Education Council. She has been described as a techno optimist, a communicator of popular science, and an advocate of curiosity, critical thinking, wonder, and awe.


Blake Morgan: customer experience

Blake Morgan is a leader in customer experience. She is a keynote speaker and customer experience futurist and author of two books on customer experience. She’s a board member of customer service AI software Minerva. Her bestselling second book is called “The Customer Of The Future: 10 Guiding Principles For Winning Tomorrow’s Business”, identified by Business Insider as one of the top 20 books executives are reading to deal with COVID-19. In 2021 the book won a top 5 spot on Book Authority’s list of the “Top 100 Future Of Technology Books of All-Time.”

She was called one of the top 40 female keynote speakers for 2020 by Real Leaders Magazine. Her first book was “More is More: How The Best Companies Work Harder And Go Farther To Create Knock Your Socks Off Customer Experiences.” She has worked with Comcast, Allstate, Genentech, Accor Hotels, Accenture, Adobe, Cisco, Parker Hannifin, Ericsson, Verizon, and more. Blake is a guest lecturer at Columbia University, the University of California, San Diego as well as adjunct faculty at the Rutgers executive education MBA program.


Deborah Dull: supply chain, retail, Industry 4.0 etc.

Deborah is the founder of the Circular Supply Chain Network, focusing on the transition to a circular economy. Supply chain plays a critical role in this transition. Deborah has experienced this again and again as she innovates, builds, and turns around global supply chains to achieve “impossible” results.  While at the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, she used technology to propel the supply chains in frontier markets into Industry 4.0. During her 6 years at Microsoft, she built and scaled the Microsoft Retail Stores supply chains for physical and digital products. She is a passionate speaker on the power of supply chain with experience in product development, consumer goods, retail, digital, global development and software for the industrial world.


Mieke De Ketelaere: AI, robotics, platforms & CX

Mieke De Ketelaere is Director AI at IMEC ID-Lab. She specialised in robotics and AI during her studies. Over the last 25 years, she has worked for several multinationals on all aspects of data and analytics (IBM, Microsoft, SAP, SAS, etc). In the last years, she started to focus more on customer intelligence environments: from transactional CRM to advanced analytical customer insight and interactive marketing.

She is specialized in helping customers define the steps to grow in maturity in CX, customer intimacy and customer lifecycle management. With her deep understanding of the new digital data streams (online, social, mobile, sensor, chatbots, etc) and her understanding of big data platforms, Mieke De Ketelaere is requested by different business schools as a guest speaker. She created a series on AI, in order to demystify the hype around it and to focus on the real value it can bring to the business teams.


Madelon Van Tilburg: leadership, collaboration & networked organizations

Together with the International team, Madelon inspires, coordinates, facilitates and offers support all over the world. She provides keynotes, workshops and training in the Netherlands and abroad. Working as a community health nurse in a self-managed Buurtzorg team gave her valuable experience which is very useful in the international activities. Her focus is on the day-to-day practice of a Buurtzorg nurse, team dynamics, nursing process, building up networks in the community, coaching and the overall Buurtzorg principles.


Gertje Van Roessel: leadership, collaboration & networked organizations

Gertje joined Buurtzorg in 2006. As a community health nurse, she coached the first self managed teams of Buurtzorg. Since 2012, together with the colleagues in the International team, she is responsible for setting up the worldwide network of Buurtzorg and together with founder Jos de Blok, she has been inspiring professionals, teams, coaches and leaders all around the world. She provides support, workshops, training and keynotes for organisations and companies around the world who have an interest in Buurtzorg, the dynamics of teal organisations or who are in an organisational transformation.


So, that’s it for now. Obviously there are many, many, ... many other women keynote speakers that are worth our attention, so it would be great if you could mention your personal favorites in the comments of our social media where we shared this post.

Laurence Van Elegem
Laurence Van Elegem
Laurence has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications and disruptive innovation. Passionately curious, she is fascinated by the impact of technology and science on the way we work, consume and live our lives.
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