Heather McGowan works at the intersection of the future of work and the future of learning, an emerging field that integrates design strategy, management consulting, and education. McGowan uses single frame visuals to help people quickly understand shifting mental maps and contextual references. She assists executives in rethinking their business models, teams, and organizational structures. In higher education, she advises presidents to develop learning agility to prepare graduates for jobs that do not yet exist. Heather was the architect of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University-- the first undergraduate college explicitly focused on innovation. She is the co-author and co-editor of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate. Her corporate clients range from small start-ups to publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies ranging from Autodesk to BD Medical. McGowan speaks internationally on the future of work and the future of learning.
Chris Shipley has documented, influenced, and predicted the impact of technology on business and society for more than 30 years. As a journalist, she covered the tech industry for leading publishing companies throughout the 80s and 90s. As an analyst, she identified innovative startups that create markets and drive positive change. As a catalyst, she has advised hundreds of companies on positioning, business modeling, and innovation practices.
For more than a decade, Chris was the executive producer of the DEMO Conference, introducing disruptive and market-making technologies and startups to market. If the companies she selected to participate in DEMO were an investment portfolio, they would have a combined market cap of more than $60 billion.
Today, Chris is focuses her writing, speaking, photojournalism and advocacy on the human and organizational challenges in the face of technology- and economically-driven disruption.