Heather and Chris speak together and separately about the future of work, education transformation, corporate culture, and innovation and entrepreneurship. To inquire about speaking engagements, please send email to futureislearning@gmail.com.  



COMPUTER RESEARCH ASSOCIATES: Future of Work is LEarning DC 2017

In this talk McGowan explains why the Future of Work is Learning including the essential policy and societal shifts we need to make to thrive in this emerging new normal. 


We live in times of unprecedented technological change and rapid global expansion, two massive shifting forces that together are transforming what work will look like in the future when anything mentally or physically routine or predictable can and will be replaced by automation. We have to update our human operating system to integrate new contextual references and frameworks. The Future of Work and the Future of Learning are inextricably linked. This highly visual keynotes walks us through the changes ahead and how we must plan for adaptation. 


In this keynote talk, Heather and Chris shared their thesis that Future of Work need not be daunting, but it must be understood in order that we re-imagine our essential institutions – education, workplaces, social structures, transform our mindset to embrace learning agility, and build anew the foundations of a vibrant, global economy.

2017 Leading Remarkable Learning Newark NJ

McGowan speaks to 500 professional educators about preparing learners for jobs that have yet to be created and to solve problems not yet known. This talk was at the North American global summit for Sterling Education/One School Global. 

LEADIN GROUP, China, 2017

This is a talk on the Future of Work catered for HR Managers in China with specific focus on issues of attracting and retaining talent. As we approach the greatest velocity of change the future of work is learning

Chris Shipley - FutureWork - Inside/Outside Innovation Summit 2017

Talk: Dancing with Elephants: What I Learned Trying To Navigate Startup-Saving Deals  
Every startup dreams of nailing that one great deal that validates (and finances) your nascent business. But be careful what you wish for. Elephants dance to a very different drummer.


In this short talk Chris Shipley explores the Future of Us. In just 35 years, global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion. That's more that's one additional person for every two alive today. What will a crowded planet mean for the way we work and play together? Where will we find the food, energy, and clean water for support everyone? How will we all be housed, educated, and cared for? In these difficult challenges lie amazing opportunities. How do we start now to build a better future for all of us?


In this talk, Heather explains how rapidly advancing technology and expanding globalization requires that we rethink work, employment, and our social compact. 



Chris Shipley is a leading technology and product analyst who has been placed on the Top 10 Minds in Small Business list by Fortune Small Business Magazine. Her self-proclaimed love of metaphors enlivens this talk with its comparison of a Sumo-type approach to business vs. a Peloton-type approach, illustrating that the best way to be big in business is to stay small.


In this short talk introducing the summit, Chris Shipley talks about her decades of experience in the start up community and the importance of building value that matters. 


Silicon Valley is a geographic place. It is an "ecosystem," a "way of doing business," and even a "state of mind," by some definitions. More than any of these, though, Silicon Valley is a religion, complete with the trappings of any sacred belief system. And it's no longer for me. This talk explored why, after 30 years covering emerging technologies and companies, I'm parting ways with Silicon Valley, and why that will make me a more impactful entrepreneur.


Partial List of Talks, Workshops and Facilitation Work

  • Work ReBooted, CA (Upcoming: February 2018)
  • OEB, Berlin, Germany (December 2017)
  • Computing Research Association Summit on Technology and Jobs, Washington, DC (December 2017)
  • AMP Amplify Festival, Australia (2015, 2017)
  • LeadIn HR Group, China, (2017)
  • ResolveTo, Toronto (2017)
  • Inside/Outside Innovation Summit, Lincoln, NE (2017)
  • Google News: USA, Europe, South America (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • International Startup Festival, Canada (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Innovate For Jobs (i4J), USA (2016)
  • Industrial Design Society of America, USA (2016)
  • Design Management Institute, USA (2015)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solve International Conference, USA (2015)
  • Council of Independent College Presidents, USA (2014, 2015)
  • International Society For Innovation Management (ISPIM), Canada (2014)