Linda Bernardi

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Linda Bernardi

Technologist, Entrepreneur, Innovator

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activist, Linda Bernardi helps organizations break free of their comfort zone, defy conventional wisdom, and shatter outdated paradigms.

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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Linda Bernardi helps organizations break free of their comfort zone, defy conventional wisdom, and shatter outdated paradigms in their quest for market-changing products, services, and methods.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.

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Linda Bernardi’s Speech Topics

  • C-Agility

    This is one of Linda Bernardi’s main focuses today as she works with clients. C-Agility, or COVID-Agility means agility and hyper-innovation during COVID-19 across all sectors and across the world. We are seeing disruption, innovation, and agility demonstrated across ALL industries, predicated by COVID-19, but Bernardi has always believed humans can innovate at a much higher rate. In Bernardi's talks, she goes through 10-15 detailed examples across all industries, and as she discusses these topics, audiences get super excited about the potential ahead. You see the change instantly. C-Agility has certain components, which Bernardi covers in detail, and her audiences become very confident that it applies to them and that they can innovate much faster and much better. Bernardi's second book, The Inversion Factor, talks about how companies can build better products and offerings once they understand their customer data (AI)- and Bernardi is seeing Inversion, her IP, getting tons of traction. This is exciting, because it means that companies are disrupting and innovating faster and more meaningfully. This is hyper-exciting for audiences across all sectors, and is factual + meaningful + inspirational.

  • Connected Virtual Culture

    In the C-Agility topic, Linda Bernardi talks about how disruption and innovation are now growing at maximum speeds. In her first book, ProVoke, Bernardi talks about how we (humans) need to get out of our own way, and need to accept disruption and innovation! This creates cultures that are capable and confident that they can innovate and have the permission to disrupt. We humans are at the moment disconnected, but connected in objective, speed, and purpose. C-Agility brings us together, like never before. However, to fully succeed, we need to embrace the challenges and focus, re-thinking those things that ‘bind’ our organizations together. We cannot just be a culture of Zoom-Connected-People working virtually together; we need to bind and connect meaningfully and continue this massive positive trajectory of disruption and innovation. This topic is also highly factual AND inspirational for audiences in all industries as Bernardi discusses the Disconnected-Connected-Company-Cultures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

What other organizations say about Linda Bernardi

Linda was excellent. She was able to simply explain very complicated material to a general audience. She kept their attention span for 30 minutes. She was very easy to work with and we are very pleased!

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What other organizations say about Linda Bernardi

Linda was fabulous. Easy to work with, prepared, details, personable and she gave a great presentation.


What other organizations say about Linda Bernardi

Linda Bernardi was a grand slam. Audience was blown away by the range of topics covered, crisp delivery and mind blowing futuristic topics. Linda was very easy to work with and I would highly recommend her to anybody who wants a tour de force on future technologies.



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