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Mike Walsh

Leading authority on technology, transformation and leadership with a uniquely global perspective. Author of ‘The Algorithmic Leader’, CEO of Tomorrow, Harvard Business Review columnist.

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Fee Range:
$25,000 - $40,000

Mike Walsh is a top innovation and futurist speaker, bestselling author, and IoT expert. He is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century, the bestselling author of Futuretainment, and publisher of the “Disruptive Future” blog read by thousands of professionals. He was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.” Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike focuses on the next five years. His views have appeared in many publications, including BusinessWeek, and Forbes. In 2019, he released his newest book The Algorithmic Leader.

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Bio

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group. Mike’s best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York.

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. A prolific winter and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

Speech Topics

The next generation of consumers will not only be radically different to anything we have known, they will reshape the future in their own image. Forget Millennials. It is their kids we should be worrying about.


Generation AI, born between 2010 and 2025, are the first generation natural born to the Algorithmic Age, a world in which all of their experiences have been personalized and designed for them with data and artificial intelligence.


As young consumers today they are behind the meteoric rise of Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite, TikTok and YouTube Kids. As young adults in the 2030s, their expectations and behavioral patterns will transform everything from healthcare to retail, education to financial services. This is their story.


In this keynote, attendees will learn:


– What makes Generation AI so different, and their unique approach to play, entertainment and learning.


– Life in the 2030s, and what a decade of accelerated innovation means for the future of interfaces, experiences and interactions.


– The new skills and capabilities we will need, not only to parent this generation, but to engage them as our customers.


COVID-19 is not only changing our way of life, it will hasten the arrival of a radical new future of work. While for many of us working from home has been a new and unexpected challenge – that is just the start of a much bigger transformation set to reshape the nature of business itself.


In order to survive, every organization will have to virtualize. Whether it be serving customers through digital channels or leveraging AI, algorithms and automation to ensure business continuity – we are likely to experience in the next twelve months, a decade’s worth of change.


Not every business will make it, but those that do will never be the same again. And for leaders, now more than ever, is a time to upgrade their capabilities, embrace new technologies, and reimagine what they do.


Mike Walsh’s inspiring new keynote presentation will offer audiences an insight into the organizations and leaders that are successfully navigating this period of change, and how to create a playbook for their own transformation.


Becoming future-proof is more than just about getting through the current crisis – it is about being ready for the new world that awaits us on the other side.


We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century?


In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of ‘The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas’ will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology.


Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.


‘Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product,’ says CEO Mike Walsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. ‘The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.’


Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities—that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.


In this keynote, Walsh will outline the mega-trends shaping the future of business and consumer behavior, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset, and leading change through digital transformation.


From the impact of AI on leadership to the mega-trends driving digital transformation, Mike Walsh’s keynotes are a blend of provocative questions and global case studies.


Mike will personalize a presentation specifically for your audience based on his discovery calls with you and using these seven transformation drivers below as a guideline:


The seven strategic priorities are as follows:



  1. People – engaging the next generation of customers and co-workers.

  2. Marketing – figuring out the new marketing model.

  3. Culture – understanding ‘Network Capital’ andtoday’s employee engagement crisis.

  4. Technology – re-imagining the role of IT in the enterprise.

  5. Innovation – exploring new frameworks for disruptive thinking.

  6. Global – building your business to world scale.

  7. Leadership – becoming a data-driven leader.


Now is the time for transformational leadership. Customers are changing, generational priorities are shifting, and industries are being reshaped by the collision of AI and data-driven business models. In this new world, only organizations willing to adapt, experiment and embrace learning at scale will succeed.


There is nothing inevitable about progress. The status quo is the path of least resistance. A better, brighter future is the direct result of radical reinvention not incremental improvement. Too often we fail to commit energy and resources to the real drivers of difference: projects that depart from the norm, products or services that never existed before, and technologies combined in new and unexpected ways.


Transformation is a path not a plan. It could be the courageous decision to back a provocative idea from an unexpected source or the recognition that a broken rule might be a smarter way of doing things. It could be as big as merging with a disruptive competitor or as simple as hiring someone whose thinking challenges what you know to be true. The future is not an upgrade on the familiar, it is a world built by the bold.


Based on Mike Walsh’s extensive research into the habits and mindsets of the world’s most dynamic organizations and leaders, this keynote will not only inspire your teams to embrace a new approach to change but will also and empower them with a robust set of next actions personalized for their specific challenges, pain points and growth opportunities.


The Metaverse is more than a gold rush; it is an alchemical transformation in how the world works.. Over the next few years, we will see a rapid convergence between the digital and real world driven by increasingly sophisticated devices, decentralized blockchain technologies and AI platforms capable of generating persistent, immersive and collaborative experiences indistinguishable from reality.


Mike Walsh’s new keynote presentation will demystify core Metaverse technologies and concepts like NFTs, DAOs, DeFi, XR, DeSO, GameFi and Web3. In addition, with a playbook style approach, he will provide insights into what it will take to pioneer Metaverse applications, experiment with new ways of working, and attract and develop the right kind of talent to help you achieve your goals.


The time for action is now. Every organization and industry will be impacted by the next iteration of the Web and its radical interfaces, infrastructure and investment models. The question for leaders is no longer what is the Metaverse, but rather – what is our plan for it?


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EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • "Walsh makes sense of the future in a way that is fun, practical and necessary…"

  • "Mike Walsh has always impressed me as one of the brightest young Internet entrepreneurs."

  • "He's a powerful & eloquent public speaker…and a finely tuned insight into emerging trends in the digital world."

  • "Mike is highly inquisitive and original, not only in his thinking but also in his presentation, taking complex issues and turning them into simple and digestible themes."

  • "Mike is very valuable at helping challenge whatever your conventional wisdom is and in setting out a clear set of views on how things might shape in months and years to come. I recommend him highly."

  • "[Mike's] expert presentation on technological innovation was an ideal contribution to the opening session...and [his] insights were helpful in our deliberations on future strategies for the ABC."

  • “Amazing! I have found that some futurists and speakers simply regurgitate other people’s work without much original thought. Mike’s session was the contrary full of original insights and humour it gave me a number of genuinely new insights. He was also on-point during the subsequent panel discussion and complemented the other speakers.” - David Wilson, Grant Thornton International

  • “Forward thinking, thought provoking and informative. The presentation encouraged a sense of excitement for the future of our industry. It was well delivered and engaging." - Michael Tease, SVP Marketing, Widex USA