SPEAKING, FACILITATING & HOSTING

Lizzie Hodgson 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 including tech conferences and arts panels. She loves a good Q&A session, be it as a participant or chair.  

FACILITATOR:
Her ability to cut through the ‘fog’ and identify core issues and ideas positions Lizzie as an in-demand facilitator and provocateur for public, private and third sector, quickly igniting and scaling ideas as well as steering into practical deliverables.

SPEAKING AND HOSTING:

Lizzie is:

Most of the work she delivers is not published publicly, but below is a sample of her work and event hosting.

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH LIZZIE HODGSON:
Ignite discussion and debate within your organisation or audience through a fireside chat with Lizzie on topics ranging from AI ethics to engaging young people. 

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.

DROP THE GUILT ABOUT HAVING NO PASSION:
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 individuals and companies 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.

THE JIGSAW CAREER:
The workplace is no longer linear - which brings both opportunities and challenges to everyone. But with it comes life-long training and up-skilling. So who needs to be doing what, and when?

CHALLENGING INERTIA, SMASHING SILOS AND EMBRACING INCLUSIVITY:
Nothing is permanent - everything can change or be re-written - from code to policies. The challenge is the structures that we find ourselves in don’t always invite change, especially when they only favour the few who created them. So it’s on us to break down silos, embrace inclusivity and be a force against inertia in the workplace.

WHY IDEAS MATTER EVEN WHEN THEY DON’T REALLY HAVE A POINT:
Companies need ideas ‘for ideas sake’ 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.

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.

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.

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”