Training Speaker Thornton A. May

Thornton A. May

Futurist & Author

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

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Thornton May’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic.

Thornton combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.

Why Thornton May

  • Content is customized to the client message/audience needs.
  • Presentation style is energetic, educational and simultaneously humorous and interactive.
  • Presentations based on up to date research and interviews with executives.

The editors at eWeek honored Thornton, including him on their list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in IT.” The editors at Fast Company labeled him one of the “Top 50 brains in business.”
Thornton May is also the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics.

Thornton May has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving. He designs the curriculum that enables the mental models which allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers.

Thornton’s insights have appeared in the Harvard Business Review (on IT strategy); The Financial Times (on IT value creation); The Wall Street Journal (on the future of the computer industry); the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review (on the future of marketing), American Demographics (on the evolving demographics of Electronic Commerce), USA Today (on the future of the consumer electronics industry) Business Week (on the future of CEO direct reports), and on National Public Radio (debating the future practice of strategy with Professor Michael Porter). Thornton is a columnist at Computerworld and has served as an Advisor to the Founding Editors of Fast Company Magazine.

Thornton’s research has been acknowledged in such seminal business books as Seth Godin’s Permission Marketing; Michael Schrage’s Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate; Moshe Rubenstein’s The Minding Organization; Bill Jensen’s Simplicity; and Jeff William’s Renewable Advantage: Crafting Strategy Through Economic Time.

More About Speaker, Thornton May . . .
Thornton May  serves as: Executive Director and Dean at the IT Leadership Academy in Jacksonville, Florida; Futurist – External Technology Advisory Board at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; and Co-founder of the CIO Solutions Gallery at the Fisher College of Business [the Ohio State University] where he also teaches the MIX program for eMBAs.

Thornton obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, his Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and developed his Japanese language competence at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan and Keio University in Japan.

Testimonials 3

  • “Thornton is in the top tier of business technology industry intellectuals. I personally think he is a genius. My definition…smarter than me and most everybody else…. always is out front on ideas and uses completely fresh perspectives on issues and challenges in business…and balances it all with razor sharp wit. Nobody ever goes away after an encounter with Thornton without being enriched.”

    Barbra Cooper

    CIO emeritus; Toyota USA

  • “Thornton May is the real deal. A daring intellectual in a business filled with fakes, Thornton encourages us–no he FORCES us–to sit up, pay attention and think hard about the real issues we face every day.”

    Seth Godin

    Author of Permission Marketing, and Founder Yoyodyne

  • “Thornton May is an intellectual speed merchant. He can think faster than the few people who are smarter than he is, and he’s smarter than the few people who are faster than he is–and that’s a tough combination to top in any field.”

    Alan Webber

    Founding Editor; Fast Company, Candidate for Governor, State of New Mexico

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