Frank W. Spencer IV
Instructor, The Futures School Founding Principal & Creative Director, Kedge
Frank is the Founding Principal and Creative Director at Kedge – a global opportunities firm that leverages its expertise in integrated thinking, foresight, innovation, and strategic design to empower organizations to seize aspirations, transformation, and growth. Prior to Kedge, Frank worked for 15 years as a leadership coach and developer with entrepreneurs, social communities, networking initiatives, and SMEs, helping them in areas such as development, innovation, and networking. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight from Regent University. With a strong background in both business and academic foresight, Frank was the creator and lead instructor of The Futures Institute: Shaping The Future Now at Duke University’s Talent identification Program Institute, teaching students to use Futures Thinking and foresight to develop transformative solutions to grand challenges (2010, 2011). He has worked on Strategic Foresight projects for companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marriott, and The Walt Disney Company. He is a prolific speaker, having delivered presentations to groups and conferences around the globe for over the last 20 years. Frank holds memberships in World Futures Society (WFS) and Association for Professional Futurists (APF).
Saying we should kill complexity is similar to suggesting that we stop breathing in order to avoid the flu. In this new world of rapid change, we must learn to ‘dance with complexity’ rather than attempting to kill it. The more complex our world, the bigger our canvas becomes on which to paint an unlimited amount of transformational and aspirational ideas.
Yvette Montero Salvatico
Instructor, The Futures School Principal & Managing Director, Kedge
Yvette Montero Salvatico is a Principal and the Managing Director at Kedge – a global strategic design, foresight, creativity, and strategic design consultancy. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Before joining Kedge in early 2012, she led the effort to establish the Future Workforce Insights division at the Walt Disney Company, identifying future workforce trends and leveraging foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. With membership in organizations such as Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD), Association for Professional Futurists (APF), and World Futures Society (WFS), Yvette is an experienced and polished speaker, leadership coach, and consultant, addressing large audiences and organizations on topics such as business policy, talent, work, diversity, career management, strategy, innovation, foresight, and Futures Thinking.
We must make sense, not spreadsheets, and transcend trends to pick up on patterns. Data-driven approaches become a worn and familiar blanky that leaves us vulnerable to threats while blinding us to new opportunities. This means that relying on trend analysis and even big data – a concept that is only in its infancy – will not suffice.
Nicole Baker Rosa
Instructor, The Futures School & Head of Human Design, Kedge
Nicole Baker Rosa is the Head of Human Design at Kedge – a global strategic design, foresight, creativity and innovation firm based in Orlando, Florida. She leads the organization’s daily operations and people development efforts, ensuring a human-centric culture across the Kedge ecosystem. Nicole is an experienced speaker and curriculum developer partnering with a variety of industries and fields. She has previously worked in the Continuing Education sector shaping, executing and analyzing non-credit online and face-to-face program offerings. Nicole holds a Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and Diversity Certificates from the University of Central Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She is a published author in journals discussing topics such as generational perceptions in the workplace and organizational communication rules. Nicole is passionate about engaging with the Orlando community through her role as Member at Large for the Greater Orlando Organization Development Network (GOOD) and a volunteer for the annual Orlando Space Apps NASA Hackathon.
The future is about people – not technology. To create better futures for all of mankind, we have the responsibility to uncover robust impacts and implications across social, technological, economic, environmental and political drivers of change via a human-centric lens.
Facilitator, The Futures School & Sustainability Specialist and Research Manager, Kedge
Ashley Bowers is a facilitator at The Futures School, as well as Trends and Research Manager at Kedge – a global strategic design, foresight, creativity and innovation firm based in Orlando, Florida. She ensures Kedge’s internal operations and global programs are environmentally responsible. She has previously worked in architecture and engineering firms administrating green-building certifications as well as conducting research on innovative sustainable agriculture systems. Ashley holds a Master of Science in Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Science from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability in the Built Environment from the University of Florida. She is passionate about designing sustainable solutions for problematic industries, advocating for their political implementation, and educating young people of their importance. She also incorporates Strategic Foresight to prepare for future food safety and agroecological challenges in the context of climate change and population growth.
My focus is on reforming the global system beyond simply equality and equity, insisting on justice for all races, sexualities, and ecosystems that humanity depends on. In my work, I capitalize on the power of strategic foresight and design thinking to help move organizations and individuals towards the transition to a sustainable and regenerative economy and society.