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Christina
Gerakiteys

Moonshotting Impossible to Possible

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Christina Gerakiteys is a catalyst for change. She is on a mission to enable the enablers and to empower and inspire leaders and emerging leaders to converge minds, technology and fields, to have maximum impact. In a world where there is so much noise, Christina enables change-makers to create their own playbook.

Christina is CEO of UtopiaX, author of Celebrating Success One Failure at a Time, and Founder of IdeaSparx, an innovation platform. She is a sought-after international keynote speaker, facilitator, and program designer, creating interactive educational experiences driven by design thinking, purpose, engagement, and play. The programs disrupt current mindsets to Moonshot thinking, exploring what is possible, rather than what is acceptable or limited. Christina has created highly customised programs for clients including Deloitte, IAG, Employment Hero, Fragomen, Austrade, Bupa, Investa and Dulux. Christina also coaches and mentors entrepreneurs.

Christina has presented keynotes and workshops for the Singularity University (Silicon Valley, California), Entrepreneurs Organisation (international), Front End of Innovation Conference (Boston), Vivid Ideas (Sydney), Creative Innovation (Melbourne) and Inspiring Women Leaders in the Digital Era Congress (Spain), SXSW (Sydney) and SXSW (Austin, Texas).

Christina writes for several publications, hosts the podcast Inspired for Impact, and speaks on other broadcast channels about creativity and innovation. She is a contributor to the award-winning Front-End Innovation blog. Christina is an ambassador for Stone and Chalk Tech Central, Sydney, on the International Advisory Board for W Startup Community, and sits on the Hunter Medical Research Foundation. She is an ambassador for Oceanlovers Global, on the Advisory Board for One Million Women and an Action Council Member for Atlantic Council.

Christina is an advocate for innovation committees, produced the annual Hunter Innovation Festival for 15 years, and lectures in Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a lifelong learner, undertaking doctorate studies in Creativity and Innovation.

Expertise
Talking Points

A Moonshot Mindset: How to create and execute on a Moonshot, one step at a time.

A Moonshot Mindset has inspired innovation throughout history. Most organizations operate
from a Unique Selling Proposition. The brave organisations, the ones impacting lives on a
global scale, Moonshot. Set you mind to an impossible idea and use technology to bring into
reality.

You need courage and persistence. You need to think big. You may not think it is possible.
Moonshot Thinking is choosing to be bothered about how you make it real.
You will come away from this keynote thinking differently. Wanting to be the change. With the
courage to be audacious. Determined to find a way to impact lives.
Flow with our 6 Steps to a Moonshot Mindset from Ideation to Execution. Prepare to push the
go button on transformation.

CEO and futurist Christina Gerakiteys will give an insight into some of the existing technologies and explore the mindset that will be required to execute on a new type of strategy.
Expect to come away feeling inspired and empowered to implement something new to future
proof your business.

This keynote serves as an opening to a conference, executive program and leadership series.

Key takeaways
- The ability to shift Mindset to imagine possibilities
- An awareness of developing fields and technologies and where the future might take us.
- A process to ideate and execute on big picture thinking

Celebrating Success One Failure at a Time? How to create a culture of success for innovation

Celebrating Success One Failure at a Time is the name of Christina’ recently published book.
In this talk Christina highlights the importance of defining success and failure on your terms and
how failure is a moment in time. It addresses the psychological safety required to lead innovation
in any industry.

Journey through the highlights and lowlights of the life of entrepreneurship. We readily read the
adventures of the rich and famous, those that ‘made it’ to unicorn status or those who have
crashed, yet we rarely hear of the entrepreneurs achieving great things through their ten year
overnight success story - the tortoises competing with the hares.

Author and futurist Christina Gerakiteys will give insights into the journeys of six ‘not-so-famous’
entrepreneurs, their highs and lows, their wins and their losses.

This keynote serves as an inspirational opening to any leadership, business and entrepreneurial
event.

Key takeaways
- The importance of perception and definition around successes and failures
- Six strategies to help you win in the topsy-turvy land of business and entrepreneurship
- The importance of psychological safety to build a culture of successful innovation

Disrupt or Disrupted? How to write your role to create a future by design for an exponential future.

What role will you play in an exponential future? Will you be a driver, impacting the future to
good, or will you be a passenger and hope to survive the status quo?

An organisation, driven by its vision and values, needs to create space for Ideation and Innovation.
Who does it and why do they do it? Balance the risk with the reward, business as usual with the
Near Future. Expose the mindset to create the legacy of the Future Future!

CEO and futurist Christina Gerakiteys will give an insight into some of these technologies that
exist as well as explore the mindset that will be required to execute on a new type of strategy.
Expect to come away feeling inspired and empowered and with tools to implement something
new to lead and future proof your business.

This keynote serves as an opening to a conference, executive program and leadership series.

Key takeaways
- The ability to shift Mindset to identify future possibilities for your organization
- An awareness of developing and converging fields and technologies and where the future
will take us with case studies
- Customising boundaries for your exponential, abundant and sustainable longevity

Science and Spirituality? Convergence or Divide?

We are living in the Age of the Great Convergence. Silos are over. Everything is interrelated and interconnected. Nature has built her ecosystems on this premise for thousands, if not millions of years. Indigenous tribes have lived in an interrelated and intertwined ecosystem as passed down through yarning over generations. Humans had a desire to dissect and deep dive in order to understand concepts and give meaning. The Age of the Great Convergence has exploded the interconnectedness of health with environment and education, with agriculture and manufacturing, with law and socialisation.

Will quantum physics and quantum metaphysics now converge to create a new apex?

Will quantum science and the laws of energy finally prove that we are all simply vibrating atoms?

If we are all vibrating energy, will it be proven that we all come from one source? Will the laws of physics and science prove that we are spiritually all interconnected? And if that is the case, what else might we be on the cusp of proving?

This keynote serves as a thought-provoking and discussion-stimulating look into an unknown and limitless future. It is suitable for the thinkers, the debaters and the leaders who wish to be challenged and stimulated to consider and create an exciting future.

Key takeaways
- The ability to shift Mindset to consider an unconsidered future
- An awareness of developing and converging fields and technologies and where the future will take us with case studies
- A look into the possibilities of a quantum future

Intro to Exponentials How to create an exponential and impactful future.

We are now all too familiar with the term Exponential. How has exponential growth shown up in your
organization? What have we learnt from organizations that have progressed from deceptive to disruptive? And how might you join them?

During this keynote we will cover the Great Convergence, walk through the 6 D’s of disruptive growth, and examine Customer Centricity and Hyper Personalisation. We will examine the impact of technologies including 3D, AR, VR, XR, AI, Quantum, synthetic biology, data and the Metaverse on our collective futures.

The future has already begun. How will you maximise your impact?
CEO and futurist Christina Gerakiteys will give an insight into some of these existing technologies and explore the mindset that will be required to execute on a new type of strategy. Expect to come away feeling inspired, empowered, and with tools to implement something new to lead and future proof your business.

This keynote serves as an opening to a conference, executive program and leadership series.

Key takeaways
- What can we do now with the convergence of technologies that we couldn’t before?
- How will we operate from a disruptor’s mindset, from abundance over scarcity, so as not to be disrupted?
- How might we converge fields (health, education, environment) to achieve results and solve humanity’s grand challenges?

Future Forecasting - Data, AI and Hyper-Personalisation How to integrate convergence, hyper personalization and technology to ensure an abundant future.

Data is the new black. Do we know enough to harness the benefits to turn it into gold? What is the hype around hyper-personalisation and how can you leverage the benefits to be the disruptors rather than the disrupted?

Data is not simply a collection of siloed information. Data is the collection of human habits and expectations. Our habits and expectations. With technology (from nanotechnology, bionics, and robotics to artificial intelligence, networks, sensors, AR, VR and synthetic biology) we can converge and to hyper personalise every aspect of our lives.

Key takeaways
- Accelerated thinking on how data can deliver a strategically differentiated experience to customers.
- Identification of core strategic capabilities and partnerships to stay competitive in an exponential landscape.
- Articulation of 3 actions to commence execution on becoming a data mature business.

What are you in the Business of? How to use First Principle methodologies for an exponential and abundant future.

Every business has a narrative that shines on it’s foundational purpose. That Kodak moment could have been avoided through the application of First Principle Thinking. We travel briefly through the history and practices of Netflix, Amazon and Zappos to uncover the business you are really in. Then we identify the practices to ensure you are not left behind like Blockbuster or Kodak or Nokia.

A positive workplace culture is a ‘not-negotiable’ for an organisation's sustainability and longevity moving forward. How will you future-proof yours? Collaboration, connection. Conversation, convergence, and an Innovative Mindset are all tools required to see your longevity.

Key takeaways
- Uncovering the WHY behind the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ and why it matters to organizational sustainability and success
- Begin to build your future formula for success and impact through First Principle methodologies
- Breaking down assumptions and uncovering the core challenges

The Future of Us How to dream big, lean in and lead forward ensure ideation to execution.

We begin in the land of Science Fiction and land back on earth. Where do you want to be? What does the future of an organization look like? We will explore and discuss how we will arrive there and consolidate the outcomes into first steps to action!

Key takeaways
- The importance of science fiction and imagination in developing a roadmap for the future
- Innovation strategy and why it’s everyone’s business
- Identifying impact drivers in an organisation

What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be? How to lead with certainty in a certainly uncertain future.

Who are the leaders we most admire and why? What are the traits that we want to adopt? What are the roles and responsibilities of leaders who can navigate an uncertain future? How do you go about defining the roles and responsibilities of your teams?

Key takeaways
- Self reflection on leadership attributes
- Defining leadership style
- Actions for continuous growth and learning

Workshops

Christina’s workshops are customised and highly interactive and run from 60 mins to 2 days.

A Moonshot Mindset
- The ability to shift Mindset to imagine possibilities
- An awareness of developing fields and technologies and where the future might take us.
- A process to ideate and execute on big picture thinking over 3 Horizons

What Are You in the Business Of?
- Uncovering the WHY behind the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ and why it matters to organizational sustainability and success
- Begin to build your future formula for success and impact
- Breaking down assumptions and uncovering the problem
- Don’t get Amazoned! Don’t get Netflixed!

The Future of Us
- The importance of science fiction and imagination in designing the future
- Innovation strategy and why it’s everyone’s business
- Identifying impact drivers in an organisation

What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?
- Self reflection on leadership attributes
- Defining leadership style
- Actions for continuous growth and learning

Data, AI and Hyper-Personalisation
- Accelerated thinking on how data can deliver a strategically differentiated experience to customers.
- Identification of core strategic capabilities and partnerships to stay competitive in an exponential
landscape.
- Articulation of 3 actions to commence execution on becoming a data mature business.

Panel Discussions

Christina is often asked to be on panels.
Topics to date have included:
1. Women in Technology
2. Innovation
3. The Future of Work
4. Leadership
5. Strategies to Implement Technology
- Metaverse
- Devices and Sensors
- Digital twins
- Nanotechnology, bionics, robotics, AI, networks, sensors, AR / VR, synthetic biology.

Moderator

Christina is often asked to moderate panels at conferences and for corporate meetings. Topics include:
1. Innovation Strategy
2. Moonshot Thinking
3. Executive Education
4. Technology and STEM
5. Strategies to Implement Technology into business for:
- Metaverse
- Devices and Sensors
- Digital twins
- Nanotechnology, bionics, robotics, AI, networks, sensors, AR / VR, synthetic biology.

Executive Workshop: Preparing for AI’s Next Exponential Leap

Presented with Dr Simone Plante

In this 90 minute breakfast or lunch session, C suite & Senior executives will be introduced to an overview of how Artificial Intelligence is already creating exponential change.

Each day, advancements in AI bring humanity closer to an extraordinary future where innovation knows no bounds. The potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) stretches far beyond Large Language Models (LLMs), and
the convergence of AI with quantum physics opens up unprecedented possibilities, pushing the boundaries of problem-solving far beyond the constraints of classical computation.

Attendees will be able to reflect and personalise their own AI initiatives for their organisations and walk away with a greater understanding of current and future AI developments.

Upgrade Your Leadership Audacity: Change, uncertainty and endless possibilities

The rules are ever changing. Change and uncertainty are the constants. And they present great opportunities.

Years ago a pandemic was in the realm of science fiction. Three years ago a war between Russian and Ukraine was not on the radar to have economic, and gas and food supply ramifications. One year ago AI was not on 99% of the world’s radar the way it is today.

Do you have the audacity and the tools to lead towards the future? Can you increase agility and flexibility in your organisation and instigate a culture of psychological safety alongside innovation? How will you commit to innovation and maintain business as usual?

How will you keep up with the changes in technology and plan for your next iteration? What are you truly in the business of?

If you are not thinking about purpose, the planet and people - you will most likely be out of business in the next five to ten years.

Key takeaways:
- The future of business - what possibilities are there for businesses to redesign/iterate into their next best value and service to markets
- What do you stand for - the importance of values, ethics, purpose, authenticity and alignment into the future. Those who care, win.
- The conscious spend - how to be the first choice of the conscious consumer
- The Upward Spiral Innovation Strategy - how to embed innovation into the day-to-day of an organisation and how to set your own parameters
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