Founder and CEO of futurethink

Lisa Bodell

Fee Range

$40K - $70K

Travels From

New York, NEW YORK

At a glance:

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of FutureThink, which enables organizations to kill complexity, create space for innovation, and get to the work that matters.

FutureThink CEO Lisa Bodell ranks among the Top 50 Speakers Worldwide and is the best-selling author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She’s a global leader on simplification, productivity and innovation, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired to change and arms them with radically simple tools to get to the work that matters. 

Bodell brings a compelling perspective to the sought-after topics of simplification and innovation to over 100,000 people each year. A thought leader and serial entrepreneur, her transformational message has inspired executives at top-ranked organizations such as Google, Cisco, Citigroup, and the U.S. Navy War College.  

Based on her best-selling books, Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins, Lisa provides a provocative yet practical approach that enables organizations and individuals to eradicate the unnecessary complexity and time-sucks that hold them back from more meaningful work, and allow simplicity to become their new operating system.

Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media. She is a monthly contributor to Forbes and has frequently appeared in other media including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and CNN. She has also been featured in many major books such as Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question, Adam Grant’s Originals, and After Shock, the upcoming 50-year celebration based on futurist Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. 

Bodell has taught innovation at both American University and Fordham University, and has a TED talk on the topic. She has served on the board of advisors of several organizations, including the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, the United States National Security Agency, the Association of Professional Futurists, and the Novartis board of Diversity & Inclusion.


  • Unleash Innovation


    Winning innovators embrace change - do you?
    What holds you and your organization back from better innovating, every day?

    In too many organizations, we’re stuck in the land of status quo. We’ve forgotten how to think differently, and lack the simple tools to solve problems creatively. The very structures put in place inside organizations to help them grow all too often hold them back.

    This keynote is an inspirational call to arms: to start a revolution in how we think and how we work. If you want people to approach change differently, you have to help them change their approach.

    End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution. Using engaging interactivity, real-world examples and practical advice, Bodell shares how teams can actually do less and achieve more by learning how to pivot quickly and better embrace change. Leaders learn why providing guardrails to their teams instead of handcuffs can reignite critical aptitudes such as curiosity, inquiry, creative problem-solving, and more.

    -Everyone is a change agent.
    -Change involves a toolkit, not a process.
    -Reignite curiosity, inquiry and creative problem solving.
    -Small changes can make a big impact.

  • Killing Complexity


    Imagine what you could do with the time you spend sitting in meetings and writing emails every day. Complexity is killing companies' ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is quickly becoming the competitive advantage of our time.

    Drawing on research and themes from her latest book, Why Simple Wins, our CEO, Lisa Bodell, inspires leaders and their teams to proactively move beyond the feelings of frustration and futility that come with so much unproductive work in today’s corporate world, to create a corporate culture where valuable, essential, meaningful work is the norm.


    By learning how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit, individuals and companies can begin to recognize which activities are time-sucks and which create lasting value.

    Using highly engaging stories and techniques, Bodell proves that by using simplicity as an operating principle, we can eliminate the organizational and individual busywork that consumes us every day, and instead spend more time on the work that matters.

    -Get informed by examples that resonate: consumers will pay more for simpler experiences; people recommend companies that exemplify simplicity; employees are brand champions in companies that operate with simplicity.
    -Identify areas for simplification within your organization
    -Learn techniques to make simplification a habit.
    -Understand which tasks take the most (unnecessary) time both individually and as a team.
    -Start to create a culture of simplification and exemplify its practices.
  • 40 Ways to Reinvent Your Business

    Never let a crisis go to waste and reinvent your business RIGHT NOW.

    Whether you’re suddenly faced with a burning platform or taking this critical time to slow down and reflect, now is the perfect time to reinvent your business.

    Learn how to:
    -Pivot your business using a little known but incredibly effective technique called TRIZ - with a twist!
    -Discover how others have used this approach to transform their companies.
    -Find new ways to drive new value before you
    can finish a cup of coffee.
  • The Great Reset – Embracing a Constraint Mindset

    The best innovation come from times of change and resource constraint.

    Let these instances fuel success with 5 easy methods for fast change.

    Learn how to:
    -Use micro thinking
    -Turn problems into possibilities
    -Become agile with wild card scenarios
  • Curiosity as your Next Competitive Advantage

    Curiosity is a power skill that drives innovation. And asking Killer Questions shifts the mindset form judging, to learning. Learn how to ask questions that reveal candid information & fixable problems, and illuminate competitive opportunities.
  • Become A Daily Simplifier – 20 Ways to Do Less & Accomplish More

    Get to the work that matters with mind-blowing, tips that get you hours back in your life for more important things.

    Learn how to:
    -Eliminate bad emails
    -Only have productive meetings
    -Streamline processes and decision making
  • The Power of Perspective

    Innovation happens when diverse ideas are shared -- and heard. How are your leaders creating an environment where more voices are included? In this talk, we learn how winning organizations creatively engage diverse audiences, unique perspectives, and build a culture where people can better express their thoughts. You’ll leave with unique techniques to engage a wider range of people and ignite the innovative ideas you need.
  • Stop Meeting And Start Collaborating

    Top 3 ways to collaborate and make remote teams work.

    You’re WFH and want to better engage your team – but how?

    Learn how to:
    -Normalize being virtual and get people engaged
    -Use provocative tools that get quick-wins
    -Avoid overload with a mini mindset

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