SPEAKING & HOSTING

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

She is represented by Northbank Talent Management and most talks she delivers are not published publicly, but below are a sample of the talks he gives.

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?

TECH, THE FUTURE AND YOUNG PEOPLE - WHY WE NEED TO NURTURE A NARRATIVE OF POSSIBILITY:
We’re all doomed: Technology is biased. Algorithms only serve the rich. All the jobs are going to be taken by robots. Our world is burning. We’ve killed all the animals. Democracy is dead. And the billionaires are moving to New Zealand. AGHHHH!! PEOPLE: We need to change the narrative from desperation to possibility. Especially for young people inheriting the world we created. In this talk, Lizzie outlines how we can do this – and why it’s all our responsibility.

PUTTING YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF YOUR CONTENT:
You create content for young people. But why isn’t it resonating? In this talk Lizzie address the elephant in the room: you’re not young anymore - and your insight is skewed. So it’s time to do things differently.

THE JIGSAW CAREER:
The workplace is no longer linear - which brings both opportunities and challenges to everyone. Including YOU.

CHALLENGING INERTIA AND SMASHING SILOS:
Nothing is permanent - everything can change or be re-written - from code to policies. The structures that we build and find ourselves in don’t invite change. So it’s on us to break down silos and be a force against inertia in the workplace.

WHY IDEAS MATTER EVEN WHEN THEY DON’T REALLY HAVE A POINT:
Companies need to start creating ideas not to commodify, but to nurture curiosity within their workforce. This has never been more important than with the ascension of Artificial Intelligence. Why? Because diversity of ideas will not only create a skilled, agile, creative workforce but also help ensure that inequalities and biases aren’t hardwired into your digital ‘innovations’. And it all starts with pointless ideas.

FOUNDING, FAILING + FUTURE SHAPING:
What happens when you think all is lost? And what can you really do to turn it around? An honest and hugely personal talk, Lizzie draws on her experiences of a failed tech start up, a failed relationship, and the death of her parents.

THE LONG TAIL OF WORK:
We’re told all the time we must have a passion. But for many (aka MILLIONS of people) this simply isn’t the case. And that often leaves them feeling guilt, inadequacy and frustration in work, and life. Which is why Lizzie thinks we need to double down on positioning curiosity, creativity and problem solving at the heart of our careers. Result? Happier, more productive humans with purpose and meaning. Nice.

TECH + DIVERSITY - STOP PASSING THE BUCK:
In this talk Lizzie doesn’t pull any punches. Getting diversity into tech is up to all of us. So stop messing about at the edges, and embark on meaningful change.

Lizzie is also often commissioned to give specific talks - just get in touch and start a conversation with her.


Example talks

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

TALK TITLE: “Do Not Miss Your ‘Escalator Moment’”

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