Elatia Abate

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Elatia Abate

Entrepreneur and Chief Explorer

Elatia is a powerful and dynamic speaker who leaves audiences engaged, inspired and ready to take powerful and impactful action.

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Elatia Abate is an entrepreneur, educator, and future-forward strategist. She partners with organizations that range in size from Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups to help leaders make sense of the ever-growing disruption in our world and channel that disruption into tangible results. Her client and partner roster includes the likes of PricewaterhouseCoopers, UniGroup, Verizon, University of Arizona, and University of Cincinnati.

Elatia is a sought-after speaker and facilitator with a dynamic and engaging style. She has led from the front of the room at NY Life, Deloitte, VRBO, SHRM, Stanford, and The University of Chicago, among other places. She has a TEDx talk entitled, “Pioneering the Future of Work.” In a former life she served as Global Director, Talent Acquisition with Anheuser-Busch InBev and Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones & Company.

She has been featured in work with Tony Robbins and Trevor Noah, and has been named a leading female futurist by Forbes. She is an instructor in the Continuing Studies Departments of both Stanford University and University of Toronto. She received both her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Elatia Abate’s Speech Topics

  • The Future of Now: The Path From Where You Are to Where We Are Going

    How we work, how we live, how we are has changed. The disruption of the pandemic has accelerated structural and societal transformations that were already in motion, and is inviting us to create a world that is more collaborative, more inclusive, and more empowering. This dynamic conversation explores how we can move forward together.

  • The Future of HR: The Move from Business Partner to Business

    Disruption has drastically shifted the landscape in which companies think, design, and implement strategy. This means that the role of HR also needs to shift dramatically, from one that simply partners with the business to one that drives the success of the business. This talk explores the shifts that we are being invited to make, while keeping people at the center of our decisions.

  • Strategic Alchemy: How to Think Like a Futurist and Transform Trends into Tactical Results

    The ability to navigate “now” and “future” simultaneously is a strategic imperative if you want your company or team to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable world. The great news is that there are tools, frameworks, and practices that can help you do this that are tangible, learnable, and implementable. In this dynamic conversation, peppered with practical examples, you will explore strategic tools to help your organization navigate the tension between delivering results now and preparing for the “future”; how to transform disruption into tactical plans; and why there have never been more reasons to be optimistic.

  • Resilience: A Strategic Imperative for the Late and Post-COVID Worlds

    Disruption has been the only constant for the last 12 months. There has been a lot of it, and there is even more on this horizon. The pandemic and its direct and rippling health and economic impacts has actually accelerated a series of other massive shifts that will be brought on by the impact of technology in work and on our working worlds.

    With this as the backdrop, Abate ran a seven-week experiment on connection and community in September and October of 2020. Of 161 conversations and over 80 hours of dialogue, the topics of resilience and mental health were present in 85% of those interactions.

    The bottom line of this and other research is that resilience, both organizational and individual, is a fundamental necessity for surviving AND, more importantly, thriving in the face of great disruption.


    In this vibrant presentation, Abate will share findings and outcomes from the experiment, as well as three strategic pillars designed help you bolster and strengthen your own and your organization’s resilience in an increasingly tumultuous world.  

  • Resilience: The Practice That Will Turn You Into the Leader That Your Organization Needs

    If you are leading a team or an organization and your people are melting down, your company isn't going to thrive. If *you* are melting down, your life isn't going to be thriving.

    This last year has shown us that the “white knuckle” strategy of waiting until the uncertainty is over doesn't work. It especially doesn't work if we are experiencing disruption at scale with no foreseeable end in sight. As we move into the disruption of the coming months and years thanks to the onset 4th Industrial Revolution – the Age of Convergence – we need a strategy that does.

    Told through the lens of a unique seven-week experiment with 161 conversations, with over 80 hours of dialogue with people in 24 countries, carried out in September and October of 2020, this dynamic talk will focus on resilience as a personal leadership practice and how we can use the pillars of Clarity, Fearlessness, and Connection to strengthen our individual resilience practice today and into the future.

  • Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Lately, we have been reading about the “future of” everything – from work to education, from information to healthcare and everything in between. How is one to know what to pay attention to, which information is trustworthy, and more importantly, what to do with it?

    What should we be studying and learning if more than 65% of the jobs that will be available in 10 – 15 years don’t exist today? How should we be thinking about our companies’ strategies if we aren’t sure how quickly technology – or which technologies – will enable growth or impede it?

    This dynamic talk, given from the perspective of living on the frontier of the future of work shows executives, politicians, educators, and students the tools they need to prepare and thrive in the future that is already now.

  • Pioneering The Future Of Work

    Explore how harnessing the potential of the unknown will create success, fulfillment and freedom in the uncertainty of our world and economy through the lens of a pioneer who lived it first-hand, and is now creating solutions for the future of work. Learn the three tools you will need to empower your own and others’ success as the fourth industrial revolution continues to unfold.

  • Women in Blockchain and AI

    Why there need to be more: The blockchain industry is currently comprised of 97% men, which brings with it the traditional challenges of male and female equality in the world. However, when this imbalance is paired with the potential of blockchain to be the mechanism of wealth distribution of the future, this raises questions of disparity of access to income and power at levels that are exponential. Additionally, the way that artificial intelligence and machine intelligence learn is through the (biased) perspectives that the rules of its coders give it. How might we get more women involved in the coding and building of these technologies to ensure a world with equal opportunity for all, as the future unfolds.



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