About Speaker Rebecca Costa…
Want to know what disruptive technologies lie ahead for your industry? According to renowned science and technology futurist, Rebecca Costa, there can be no greater advantage than certainty of the future. Not in nature. Not in business. Not in social leadership or governance. Never before has the science and technologies needed to avert failure, get the jump on opportunity, and prepare for the inevitable been so clearly within reach. New advances in predictive analytics, AI, genomics, sensor and other technologies have made it possible to pinpoint future outcomes with mind-blowing accuracy in every industry, every occupation – paving the way for what Costa calls predaptation: “acting before the fact.” Costa cites real-world case studies where organizations have leveraged innovation to leap ahead of disruptive changes – turning technological advantages into cost-efficient services, better products, competitive brand differentiation, and lower costs.
A global thinker in the mold of Alvin Toffler, Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jared Diamond, Costa stands out as one of the few female technology futurists in the world today. As an award-winning sociobiologist, she brings a deeply human perspective to discussions of technology, disruption and change. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, and other leading publications. She has been widely praised by leaders such as Richard Branson, Alan Dershowitz, former Apple CEO John Sculley, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, former PBS News Anchor Jim Lehrer, former U.N. Ambassador and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and many others. Costa is the leading expert on “fast adaptation” in complex environments and the recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award.
As the founder and CEO of one of the largest technology marketing firms in Silicon Valley, Costa developed a track record of introducing disruptive new technologies. Her clients included industry game-changers such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple,, Oracle, Siebel Systems, 3M, and GE. Following the successful sale of her company, Costa spent six years researching and writing the international bestseller The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory ofCollapse, followed by On the Verge, which hit bookstores in 2017.
Audiences describe Rebecca Costa’s presentations as “brilliant,” “funny,” “confident,” “entertaining,” “highly informative,” “visionary,” and “inspiring.” She brings a futurist’s eye, a business executive’s savvy, and an author’s storytelling skills to the stage, leaving audiences with actionable insights they can use in their work and life. She is consistently ranked as one of the most in-demand speakers in the industry.