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Turning Trends Into Opportunities
As businesses, we not only need to understand the core drivers of our economy, but also leverage the opportunities created from these changes. So where are we in this current economic cycle? And what are the changes, disruptors and trends that may lie ahead? At this year's event, we brought together two experts to help provided the information your business needs to understand and capitalize on these opportunities.
Our experts, Director of the UCCS Economic Forum, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Dr. Tatiana Bailey, and the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at DaVinci Institute, Thomas Frey, provided updates on the national, state and local drivers of our economic cycles. They also provided share insights into the innovations and disrupters in our markets that might provide your business with future opportunities.
2018 Featured Speakers
Dr. Tatiana Bailey
Director of the UCCS Economic Forum,
University of Colorado,
Tatiana Bailey has her Master’s in economics and her doctorate in public health, both from the University of Michigan. In the health care arena, Dr. Bailey has focused on programs that aim to increase access and quality while reducing costs particularly for at–risk populations. She also presents to audiences who wish to be better informed about the general framework of the health care system in the United States. In the economic development field, she has focused upon economic growth initiatives primarily through the venues of entrepreneurship and innovation.
As Director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, Dr. Bailey serves as an economic development resource to businesses and government within Southern Colorado. In addition to providing economic analyses, she works within a broad community network enabling connections and synergies to occur. The ultimate goal is to work collaboratively with various public and private entities using key, economic data as a vehicle to inform and promote targeted economic growth initiatives.
Founder and Executive Director,
Over the past decade, Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged, and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain.
His work is not just restricted to advances in technology. Rather, he takes a much larger view of the playing field including shifts in governance, system changes, evolving attitudes and human conditions, and much more.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, Disney, IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, TED, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Frito-Lay, Toshiba, Dow Chemical, KPMG, Siemens, Rockwell, Wired Magazine, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Deloitte & Touche, Hunter Douglas, Amgen, Capital One, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Korean Broadcast System, Bell Canada, American Chemical Society, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.
His long anticipated book, “Epiphany Z: 8 Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future” is captivating the attention of a whole new generation of forward thinking business leaders. Epiphany Z is a dynamic approach to envisioning, comprehending, and ultimately thriving in the radically different futures emerging around us at the speed of light. Frey's unparalleled ability to detect emerging trends from the smallest of clues gives him an edge on other futurists.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to him as the “Father of Invention”. The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the â€œDean of Futuristsâ€.
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).
Author of the 2011 book “Communicating with the Future,” Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey is a powerful visionary who is revolutionizing our thinking about the future.
Thomas has been featured in thousands of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Times of India, USA Today, US News and World Report, Popular Science, The Futurist Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, World Economic Forum, Times of Israel, Mashable, Bangkok Post, National Geographics, ColoradoBiz Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, and many more. He currently writes a weekly “Future Trend Report” newsletter and a weekly column for FuturistSpeaker.com.