Moderator/MC Speaker Lisa Kay Solomon

Lisa Kay Solomon

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Founding Chair of Transformational Practices and Leadership at Singularity University, Strategist to the Fortune 1000

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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Lisa Kay Solomon’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 

Lisa Kay Solomon is a bestselling author and renowned thought leader, educator, and expert on business leadership and culture design. The founding Chair of Transformational Practices and Leadership at Singularity University, Solomon works to help companies adapt to the forces of technological and social change, by emphasizing their underlying cultures as catalysts for (or detriments to) innovation.

Why Lisa Kay Solomon?

Lisa’s keynote shows leaders that their greatest skill is not to solve the problem, but to create the culture where problems can be solved.

Building on a decade of business leadership and culture design experience, Solomon has worked with a wide variety of leaders from companies including Citi Ventures, Coca-Cola, Toyota Financial Services, ING, Bertelsmann, Herman Miller, and the Kauffman Fellows Program for Venture Capitalists, along with social impact organizations such as the Packard Foundation, PBS, and various K12 education institutions. Solomon has successfully led her clients to adopt more open, flexible and conversational cultures, resulting in creative breakthroughs, whether technological or structural.

A TEDx speaker, Solomon frequently keynotes at leading business schools across the country including Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Virginia and Cornell University, and at dozens of global innovation and leadership conferences around the world.

Solomon is a passionate educator, teaching the foundational Innovation Studio course at the revolutionary MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts and popular classes for Stanford d. School such as Networking By Design and Design With the Brain in Mind. She is the Executive Producer of the annual Inspired4Schools conference, a design leadership program for educators, and is on the leadership committee for The Nueva School’s Innovative Learning Conference, a biennial gathering for thousands of educators on trends related to the future of education.

Solomon co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change, and more recently, Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation, which has been translated into over 12 languages. Moments of Impact was positively reviewed by Solomon’s colleagues in business model design and innovation, including Clay Shirky, Dan Roam, and Alex Osterwalder.

More About Speaker, Lisa Kay Solomon. . .
Solomon is available as a keynote speaker, workshop designer, and as a long-term consultant for corporate clients. Her consulting work often entails connecting clients with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective industries to customize her general teachings on leadership and culture design.

Lisa lives in Menlo Park, CA with her family.

Testimonials 5

  • “Lisa was one of the best speakers we’ve had in the last 5 years. Her top-rated talk riveted the 1,000+ CEOs and executives who signed up to listen – and they’re still raving! with feedback like “this is a MUST for people in the C suite” … “Lisa was on fire!” … “engaging and empowering” … “I will be taking her concepts to my leadership team” … “truly mind-expanding” … and more.”

    Tony Vlahos

    Chief Marketing and Content Officer, ExecuNet

  • “Lisa Kay Solomon is dynamic and motivating presenter! Her keynote on designing innovation left everyone in the room energized, inspired, and equipped to put her transformative ideas in to practice right away.”

    Patricia Erb

    Director of Marketing, Nestle Purina Petcare

  • “Lisa is like the Oprah of Innovation.  Through her unique classes, Lisa helps innovators achieve their highest potential, while also celebrating their own unique capabilities and contributions.”

    Ching-Yee Hu

    Founder and CEO, Poetic Foods

  • “Lisa is a master at designing and engaging diverse audiences in strategic conversations that enable innovation and change the future of organizations. Her passion, energy, and sense of humor set the room on fire!”


    Patrick van der Pijl

    CEO, Business Models Inc., Amsterdam

  • “If you are lucky enough to have her, Lisa Solomon will take your strategic gathering to a level and a place you never could have imagined. The greater the complexity, depth and speed of ideas, the more fun she has and the more her work shines. She somehow manages to work her magic in a way that ensures the participants and their epiphanies are the stars of the show.”

    Phil Wickham

    President & CEO, Kauffman Fellows Palo Alto CA

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Creating Moments of Impact: Designing Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change

Increasingly, the challenges organizations face require deep learning, new thinking, and innovative solutions. Yet in today’s highly competitive environment, organizational leaders and managers face intense pressure to make critical decisions faster than ever—while somehow achieving a high level of consensus and alignment across functional, geographic, and internal boundaries.

Under these challenging conditions, old ways of research, communication and dialogue too often fall short of the mark. In order for organizations to thrive, leaders must learn new ways of empowering teams to collaborate creatively to tackle complex challenges. Conversations are crucial opportunities to engage the best minds, perspectives, and resources in an effort innovate boldly in the face of uncertainty.

Design thinking provides an invaluable toolkit for shaping conversations that embolden teams by engaging diverse perspectives and creating the conditions necessary for innovation and lasting change. This seminar focuses on how to design these kinds of conversations strategically to tap the creativity and passion of all involved, and generate novel ideas with the potential for lasting change. In “Designing Strategic Conversations,” participants will learn how to apply core principles of design thinking such as empathetic and human-centered need-finding, problem reframing, rapid iteration and co-creation, visualization, and prototyping to shape real and envisioned high stakes conversations in their lives and organizations.

Drawing on her experience as a faculty and leadership coach at California College of the Art’s MBA program in Design Strategy, and upon research and key insights from her bestselling bookMoments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change, Lisa Kay Solomon will share best practices and case studies that illuminate the need to push the creative and productive boundaries of conversations in order to support successful innovation within organizations.

Scenario Planning: Designing Conversations about the Future

Scenario planning is a technique that helps teams have well-designed conversations about the future, especially when they face major uncertainty and change. It has been used as a strategy tool in organizations for over 50 years, yet is more relevant and necessary than ever. Most discussions about future possibilities are based on predictions and forecasts, which have the effect of narrowing the thinking of groups, making them susceptible to surprises. In contrast, scenarios are multiple, alternative stories about how the future could play out, which encourages teams to challenge their own assumptions and think creatively about change. Scenarios are used in many different organizational settings – contingency planning, strategy, innovation and visioning.

This interactive session will help you understand the value and principles behind scenario planning. The discussions and exercises will focus on questions of direct relevance to all participants: What are the trends affecting the future of design? What different situations might play out over the next 5-10 years? How can design creative value for organizations across different industries? Who will be the winners and losers in different futures? At the end of the session, we will have new insights into the risks and opportunities facing design, strategy and leadership, and will have learned the basic steps in developing and using scenario planning for the benefit of your organizations.

The Visual Thinking Revolution

Visual thinking is not just for artists – it’s for visionary leaders and communicators
who aspire to truly make an impact with their ideas. It’s the practice of combining words, images, and shapes to enhance creative thinking, engagement, and retention of key concepts. And it’s rapidly becoming an essential skill for entrepreneurs, designers, and innovators everywhere.
Join innovation author Lisa Kay Solomon to learn how to use visual thinking to promote innovation and more collaborative conversations. They’ll share tips on:

•  What is the Visual Thinking? What’s this Revolution about?
•  Why do Visual Thinking skills matter for innovative leaders?
•  Where is Visual Thinking most effective in the innovation process?
•  What are the applications of Visual Thinking?
•  But I don’t draw. What are some basic skills to get me started using Visual Thinking?

Designing Strategic Conversations for Strategy and Innovation

In our fast-changing world, leaders are increasingly confronted by messy, multifaceted challenges that require collaboration to resolve. The standard methods for tackling these challenges just don’t deliver. CEO’s and managers need new tools, new skills and a new mindset. They have to think as designers: use visual tools, make future scenarios, generate different options, and co-create with their team. Patrick van der Pijl and Lisa Kay Solomon will discuss a method to design strategic conversations for strategy and innovation in order to unlock solutions and accelerate change in organizations.
The workshop aims to empower future organizational leaders to design and facilitate successful strategic conversations by using core principles of design thinking and business model innovation. Participants will leave with a new toolkit for designing the conversations that will propel their teams and projects to bright futures.
During the full 1-day workshop, participants will learn:

•  Business Planning 2.0: how to play & how to win in the new business reality
•  Think as a designer: new (leadership) skills, new tools, new mindset
•  New tools for strategy and innovation: visualization and design thinking
•  Designing Strategic Conversations: a simple, creative process to unlock solutions
•  Innovation Cases: Process & Results of successful conversations (including the Business Model Challenge of Toyota Financial Services)
•  A new toolkit: getting started with your team tomorrow!


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