SPEAKING & HOSTING

I have experience of presenting and speaking to diverse audiences - from intimate sessions with less than 100 people, to keynote talks with audiences of over 1000. I have also hosted a number of events - from tech conferences to arts panels, and love a good Q&A session, be it as a participant or chair.

I am represented by Northbank Talent Management.

Keynote talk topics include:

  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EQUALITY: AI could be the best thing to happen to humankind. But conversely, AI and the future dominance of it poses a real threat to equality. So how to we stop that from happening?

    • Audience: Businesses, public sector, educational establishments

    • Duration: 20 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Educated, action, focus

  • POSSIBILITY OVER FEAR: Why we need to create a narrative of possibility for young people.

    • Audience: Organisations, educational establishments, and general public.

    • Duration: 25 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Inspiration, reflection, action

  • THE JIGSAW CAREER: the workplace is no longer lineal - which brings both opportunities and challenges to everyone.

    • Audience: Organisations, educational establishments, and young people.

    • Duration: 30 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Focus, direction, action

  • WHY IDEAS MATTER:… even when they don’t really have a point.

    • Audience: General public, organisations, educational establishments, and young people.

    • Duration: 10 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Inspiration, ideas (!), reflection

  • FOUNDING, FAILING + FUTURE SHAPING: What happens when you think all is lost? And what can you really do to turn it around?

    • Audience: General public, organisations, educational establishments, and young people.

    • Duration: 15 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Inspiration, focus, motivation

  • THE LONG TAIL OF WORK: Curiosity and problem solving, not passion, should be at the heart of our career.

    • Audience: General public, organisations, educational establishments, and young people.

    • Duration: 20 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Focus, motivation, clarity

  • TECH + DIVERSITY - STOP PASSING THE BUCK: Getting diversity into tech: it’s up to all of us.

    • Audience: General public, organisations, educational establishments, and young people.

    • Duration: 25 mins - plus optional Q&A

    • Outcome: Responsibility, motivation, clarity, inspiration.

I am also commissioned to give specific talks on gender, tech, inclusivity, and young people and the workplace.


Example talks

TALK TITLE: How To Do What You Love: The Jigsaw Career -

SYNOPSIS: Drawing on my personal experiences and ThinkNation insight, this talk explores the emergence of the 'jigsaw career' and its impact not only young people in the creative and digital industries, but also the companies themselves, asking: can you really do what you love?

TALK TITLE: “Do Not Miss Your ‘Escalator Moment’”
In October 2018, I had the privilege of closing Europe’s largest TEDx event at Brighton Dome in front of 1,700 people.

SYNOPSIS: Drawing on adversity, curiosity and my inner drive, my talk explored why we need to keep the human - and humanity at the heart of tech, not the other way round. I touch on the death of parents, startups, relationships, failure, hope, AI, the human 'fire'... and escalators. Life, eh?

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TALK TITLE: “Tech, the future and young people: Why we need to nurture a narrative of possibility”

SYNOPSIS: We’re all doomed: Technology is biased. Algorithms perpetuate inequality. All the jobs are going to be taken by robots. Our world is burning. We’ve destroyed the environment. Democracy is dead. And the billionaires are moving to New Zealand….

We need to change the narrative. Especially for young people inheriting our world. In this talk, I explain how we can do this – and why it’s all our responsibility.