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The Futurist for Leaders

Leading authority on technology, transformation and leadership - with a uniquely global perspective. Author of ‘The Algorithmic Leader’, CEO of Tomorrow, Harvard Business Review columnist

New Rules For A New World

COVID-19 is not only changing our way of life, it will hasten the arrival of a radical new future of work. While for many of us working from home has been a new and unexpected challenge - that is just the start of a much bigger transformation set to reshape the nature of business itself. In order to survive, every organization will have to virtualize.

Whether it be serving customers through digital channels or leveraging AI, algorithms and automation to ensure business continuity - we are likely to experience in the next twelve months, a decade's worth of change. Not every business will make it, but those that do will never be the same again. And for leaders, now more than ever, is a time to upgrade their capabilities, embrace new technologies, and reimagine what they do.

Mike Walsh's inspiring new keynote presentation will offer audiences an insight into the organizations and leaders that are successfully navigating this period of change, and how to create a playbook for their own transformation. Becoming future-proof is more than just about getting through the current crisis - it is about being ready for the new world that awaits us on the other side.

In this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • Why there is no such thing as digital disruption, just digital delivery
  • Why there is no remote work, just work
  • Why AI is not here to destroy our jobs, but it will change them

The Algorithmic Leader

We live in an age of wonder - cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century?

In this dynamic keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow's leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology.

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

In this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • Why competing in an age of AI requires a radically new approach to delivering data-driven experiences and personalized services.
  • What it takes to accelerate your journey to becoming an AI-powered organization, and how to lead a successful process of digital transformation.
  • How to unlock the new skills, capabilities and mindsets that your leaders will need to survive and thrive in the future

The Rise Of Generation AI

The next generation of consumers will not only be radically different to anything we have known, they will reshape the future in their own image. Forget Millennials. It is their kids we should be worrying about.

Generation AI, born between 2010 and 2025, are the first generation natural born to the Algorithmic Age, a world in which all of their experiences have been personalized and designed for them with data and artificial intelligence.

As young consumers today they are behind the meteoric rise of Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite, TikTok and YouTube Kids. As young adults in the 2030s, their expectations and behavioral patterns will transform everything from healthcare to retail, education to financial services. This is their story.

In this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • What makes Generation AI so different, and their unique approach to play, entertainment and learning.
  • Life in the 2030s, and what a decade of accelerated innovation means for the future of interfaces, experiences and interactions.
  • The new skills and capabilities we will need, not only to parent this generation, but to engage them as our customers.

Designing Your Business For The 21st Century

Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or

breakthrough product - but then fail to evolve and change. One out of three public companies will cease to exist in their current form over the next five years. The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.

Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into strategic priorities - that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.

Walsh will outline the forces shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

In this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • How to leverage technology, and data to become truly AI-powered
  • How to make culture your operating system and redesign the way your teams work
  • How to become a better data-driven decision maker, and reimagine your role as a leader

Mike Walsh Videos

Explore Mike Walsh's speaker videos below. Watch Mike explain how AI will change what you do, how Amazon makes smart decisions, why leaders need digital ethics and many more highlights from his keynote speaking engagements all over the world.

Digital disruption is now just digital delivery

What is the future of jobs?

The Rise of Generation AI

How AI will change the future

Leadership in a time of crisis

Where do we go from here?

Mike Walsh Biography

EB Mike Walsh

CEO of Tomorrow, author of The Algorithmic Leader, Harvard Business Review columnist. Leading authority on technology, transformation and leadership - with a uniquely global perspective.

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. For the past twenty years, he has been a leading authority on disruptive innovation, digital transformation and new ways of thinking. A global nomad from a diverse ethnic background, futurist and author of three bestselling books, Mike advises some of the world’s biggest organizations on reinvention and change in this new era of machine intelligence.

A specialist in AI-powered transformation, Mike’s work and research was recently profiled by the Rotman School of Management. His talent is being able to bridge the two worlds of disruptive technology and business leadership, translating deep tech into pragmatic recommendations for leaders to seize new opportunities, transform their organizations, and change their own thinking.

Mike is a prolific researcher who interviews innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries every year. Many of these conversations feature in his popular podcast, Between Worlds. A skilled facilitator, he excels at fireside chats with CEOs, customers and other thought leaders. He brings this consultative approach to personalizing insights and recommendations for his audiences, specializing in identifying ‘mind grenades’ or provocative questions that will challenge your team and stretch their thinking.

A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Recently, LinkedIn invited Mike to publish his weekly newsletter Tomorrowist about next generation leadership. A regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, his articles explore a wide range of cutting-edge leadership topics including data-driven decision making, agile organizations, algorithmic management and AI ethics.

Mike’s latest book, The Algorithmic Leader, offers a hopeful and practical guide for reinventing leadership and organizations. The book has been a global hit and is now available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Polish and Russian. In 2019, The Algorithmic Leader was selected to be given to the world leaders and executive attendees of the Ambrosetti Global Forum at Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy.

Futuretainment, Mike’s first book, was published by Phaidon and was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York. Released in 2009, it predicted how the smartphone would reshape the media and marketing industry, and the imminent rise of social media, digital influencers and streaming entertainment. In The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas, Mike anticipated breakthroughs in micro satellite networks, cryptocurrencies, remote work, digital protest movements, self-driving cars, drones and digital biology. A dynamic and engaging keynote speaker, Mike has given more than 1,000 talks over the last decade, from strategic briefings for the boards of companies like Verizon and Raytheon, to an employee summit for a healthcare corporation that filled a sports stadium with an audience of over 25,000 people. In addition to both in-person and virtual presentations, Mike also works with enterprise learning and development leaders to create compelling programs to up-skill teams for a world of AI-powered competition.

Corporate Experience

Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin-out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web. During the first dotcom boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country.

He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.”

After his experiences in the Webspace, Mike spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia.

While in Hong Kong and inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Mike founded his latest venture, Tomorrow – an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior. Always in demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

In addition to his corporate profile, Mike is a published photographer and supporter of the Arts. His photographic images from his travels around the world helped his book, FUTURETAINMENT, win an Art Director’s Club award in NYC. He has also served on the Director’s Circle at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art.

As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Mike does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world bringing a truly global perspective to every event.

Mike Walsh Testimonials

Mike’s presentation for the L’Oreal Professionnel Artists, Educators and Corporate Team at Foundation 2021 was INCREDIBLE.

Mike’s presentation for the L’Oreal Professionnel Artists, Educators and Corporate Team at Foundation 2021 was INCREDIBLE. Mike, we can’t thank you enough for connecting with us to understand the needs of the beauty industry and our team and the future!!! Your segment was one of the group's favorite and you really got everyone thinking about how they can future proof their businesses and embrace what is coming next. Thank you for your amazing knowledge, passion and connection. We absolutely recommend you and your content to the beauty industry - it was just what we needed right when we needed it!

Victoria Usher, Asst. Vice President of Training, L’Oreal Professionnel USA.

Mike's session definitely resonated with our partners and helped challenge their assumptions about the future and to “think bigger”.

Mike's session definitely resonated with our partners and helped challenge their assumptions about the future and to “think bigger” -- specifically around “how to make culture the operating system” and to consider whether they are “probabilistic” or “deterministic” in their decision-making. Again, we sincerely thank Mike for sharing his insights and we appreciate him helping us to build transformative leaders.

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Mike Walsh Introduction

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. A global nomad, futurist and author of the bestselling book, The Algorithmic Leader, he advises some of the world’s biggest organizations on digital transformation and disruptive innovation in this new era of machine intelligence.

Please welcome him today as he takes you on a whirlwind ride into the world of tomorrow.

Mike Walsh Technical Requirements - Live Events

Mike’s presentation uses a heavy amount of images and video, all embedded into his Keynote deck that he runs from his current generation Macbook Pro. Due to the custom nature of his presentation, it is not possible to run the slides from another machine or provide them prior to the presentation.

Mike's requirements are as follows:

  • A 16.9 digital data projector, ideally with a HDMI connection
  • 3.5mm sound lead to play audio from his laptop
  • A fold back screen (a monitor so Mike can see which slides are on-screen from anywhere on stage).
  • Mike doesn’t require a lectern, and we recommend you keep the stage as clear as possible for him to move around.
  • If you are looking for a walk on/walk off song, Mike prefers ‘The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?’
  • A wireless lapel or headset microphone
  • A bottle of water on stage, and prior to the performance, a cup of hot black tea with honey and lemon

SOUND CHECK: Mike requires no more than a 30-minute sound check. The sound check needs to occur within two (2) to three (3) hours of his presentation time.

VIDEO TAPING: Mike is happy to be video-taped; a separate Taping Agreement must be authorized by the Customer if they are taping his presentation.

Mike Walsh Technical Requirements - Virtual Events

1. Digital Keynote (pre-recorded)

  • Mike will provide his pre-recorded session as either a 4K video file for the client to download and load into their meeting platform - or a password- protected stream that can be embedded on a video page - or as a secure link that can be shared with attendees.
  • The client will provide the meeting platform of their choice, invite their attendees and screen the pre-recorded video to participants.
  • No technical rehearsal is necessary for the digital keynote product.
  • As the client screens the presentation, Mike will join the virtual meeting live and be ready to answer participant questions via a moderator.
  • After the session, Mike will provide a PDF summary of insights and next actions from the presentation.

2. Custom Livecast & Studio Broadcast (live virtual)

  • For the custom livecast, Mike will be presenting using a green screen for a chroma-key broadcast where he appears seamlessly in front of animated video slides.
    The setup can be tested with your platform in a technical rehearsal prior to the event.
  • Mike will stream live via the platform of the client’s choice. His ATEM pro switcher allows his multi-camera setup to simply appear as a webcam to your conference platform.
  • Mike will not provide his slides, as they have been custom coded and are designed to work as a backdrop only.
  • In the event the client wishes to pre-record Mike’s session, to ensure maximum quality he will create the file to their specifications on his end and provide the file 3 days in advance of the event, and then join for live Q&A after the session.
  • After the session, Mike will provide a PDF summary of insights and next actions from the presentation.


  • Camera A: Leica SL2 full frame 4K camera with APO-SUMMICRON-SL 50mm f2 ASPH prime lens
  • Camera B: Sigma fp full frame 4K camera with 45mm f2.8 prime lens
  • Blackmagic ATEM pro switcher and hardware streaming encoder
  •  5 x Rotolight continuous LED location lights
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR 4K recorder and monitor
  • Apple Macbook Pro with LG 5K monitor
  •  Apple iPad Pro (for questions)
  • Tascam Model 12 Audio interface and professional audio mixer
  • Sennheiser G3 wireless lapel microphone
  • Shure SM7B vocal microphone
  • Elgato green screen and 2 x LED Key Lights for chroma-key broadcasting
  • Elgato stream deck live action control system