Linda Bernardi
Linda Bernardi's Speaking Fee $40K - $70K

Linda Bernardi

An innovation activist, Linda Bernardi helps organizations break free of their comfort zone, defy conventional wisdom, and shatter outdated paradigms.

Technologist, Entrepreneur, Innovator

Expertise In:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Financial Technology
  • Health Care Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Innovation and Technology

Audience & Industry

  • Corporations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Health Care Industry
  • The Technology Industry

With a passion for innovation and leadership, Linda Bernardi possesses a unique vision and a fierce commitment to promoting innovative, disruptive ideas and technologies.

In her role as “innovation provocateur,” Linda Bernardi helps organizations break free of their comfort zone, defy conventional wisdom, and shatter outdated paradigms in their quest for market-changing products, services, and methods.

An active professional speaker, delivering keynotes and talks around the globe, she works closely with the Financial, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Hospitality, Consumer Products, and Tech sectors.

Bernardi is currently a Senior Advisor for McKinsey & Company Worldwide. Previously, she was Chief Innovation Officer at IBM for IoT and Cloud, when IBM introduced Watson. Her focus was enabling IBM’s Fortune 100 customers to introduce IoT, AI, and cognitive capabilities into their operations and thrive in the hyper-connected world. As the former EVP, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Element AI, Bernardi was responsible for product development and strategy. She has also held several other senior executive roles.

Upon leaving IBM, Bernardi completed her second book, The Inversion Factor (MIT Press 2018), which discusses the mindset shift in enterprises from ‘product-first’ to ‘needs-first’ mentality, and the evolution of IoT in the hyper-connected world. The Inversion Factor lays out one of the most critical paradigm shifts in technology today and won the Axiom Bronze Award in Business Theory.

Bernardi’s first book, ProVoke (2011), discusses the necessity of disruption in order to innovate. She is now working on her third book in innovation and disruptive technologies, to be released in 2021.

Bernardi has delivered hundreds of talks at large companies, tech and innovation events, and conferences around the globe — and has reached tens of thousands of readers and followers of disruption and innovation. She has proudly and deliberately created the Culture of Disruption in large companies. You can call her an Innovation Activist.

A serial tech entrepreneur, Bernardi founded her first startup in 2001. Called ConnecTerra, Inc., the Cambridge, MA-based software provider connected RFID technology to large enterprise IT. Today, RFID is considered to be the genesis and enabler of IoT. After selling the company in 2006, she became an avid early-stage technology startup investor in the United States and abroad.

Bernardi’s work in the not-for-profit sector includes serving as the Founding Emeritus board member of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and The Grace Hopper Celebration, and Emeritus board member at The SETI Institute in astronomy and astrophysics. She has an MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from UCLA and lives in Seattle.

Featured Videos

Linda Bernardi's Speech Topics

How Technological Disruption Will Reshape Healthcare

The healthcare industry is traditionally resistant to technological change and disruptions. However, AI, blockchain, and the resulting technological shifts are turning healthcare on its head. From intelligent robotics, personalized medicine, and compliance monitoring to immersion technology, predictive monitoring, and IoT-enabled services, Linda Bernardi discusses inversion technologies like blockchain and AI and their impact on traditional models of research, patient data, clinical trials, and drug approval. While hospitals aim for higher revenues, patients require more transparency. Patient portals are one response, but are portals enough? Bernardi says the hospital landscape of the near future must align with today’s consumer-driven “Know Me” economy.

Futureproof YOUR business: Leveraging AI, IoT, and Big Data in the Financial Sector

The financial industry is experiencing game-changing disruption from AI and IoT, as well as Big Data and predictive analytics. Linda Bernardi illustrates how traditional financial models are being pushed aside in today’s consumer-driven “Know Me” economy by technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrency. She discusses how digital disruption is literally overhauling the mobile consumer’s banking expectations. A serial high-tech entrepreneur and bestselling serial author on these topics, Bernardi brings financial audiences a powerful message of futureproofing that applies to financial institutions, asset management associations, reinsurance, and the mortgage industry.

As Chief Innovation Officer at IBM and Watson Co-Lead, Bernardi is ideally qualified in how to leverage disruptive innovation. Her enthusiasm will inspire your audience to feel comfortable with disruption, empowering them to futureproof their business as disruptive technologies continue to shape the financial industry.

Invent Your Future: Futureproof Your Business by Embracing Disruptive Technologies

Linda Bernardi takes a deep-dive into the emergence of today’s consumer-driven “Know-Me” economy and the trends surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI), The Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and crypto technologies. She raises her audience’s comfort level with digital disruption and sparks optimism in the idea of futureproofing your business. Her focus is to engage you in a positive way with these transformational technologies. As author of the Amazon bestseller, The Inversion Factor: How to Thrive in the IoT Economy, Bernardi shares with audiences how to abandon the ‘product-first’ model and capitalize on a ‘customer-need’ model, as Netflix and many others have done.