U.S. Chief Information Officer (2015-2017), CIO VMWare, Microsoft, GM and The Walt Disney Company
- Professional Achievement
- Change Management
- Information Technology
Audience & Industry
- Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
- Global Audiences
- Senior Management Groups
- The Technology Industry
Elatia Abate is a true visionary and pioneer, having devoted her life to living on the edge of the future of work and creating solutions to global challenges at the intersection of the future of work, education, and information.
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.
TEDxOgden: Pioneering the Future of Work
Elatia Abate's Speech Topics
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.
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.
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.
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.