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CEO of ExO Works & Leading Authority in Corporate Transformation


Emilie Sydney-Smith is CEO of ExO Works, a corporate transformation consultancy which helps large organizations like Visa, HP, BHP and Procter & Gamble; protect themselves against disruption, incorporate the attributes shared by the world’s fastest growing companies; and build new business lines that could grow exponentially.

Emilie has previously led some of the company’s biggest client projects. In her presentations Emilie shares practical, easy processes that she has successfully used with her Fortune 500 and smaller clients to prepare them to survive and thrive in the era of accelerating change.

Previous Experience:

From 2006 - 2014, Emilie sourced and evaluated potential $20 - 400 million investments in energy production start-ups and technologies. She was at the crux of global energy market intelligence and was consistently top-5 rated by delegates when presenting at conferences.

From 2002 to 2005, Emilie managed corporate development and corporate relations for Sydney Gas Limited. She helped grow the startup to a $300 million valuation. She was instrumental in raising the company's poor reputation to a media-recognized “market leader.”

From 1999 - 2002, Emilie worked on the sweeping deregulation of the energy and water markets in Australia and New Zealand, facilitating complex negotiations between senior executives, regulators and Government Ministers.

Talking Points

How to Emulate the World's Fastest Growing Companies

As a result of accelerating technological disruption, a new breed of businesses is scaling ten times faster than other organizational structures - exponential organizations - while many established companies are failing. Emilie describes the eleven shared attributes of the world's fastest-growing organizations and reveals how your company can most effectively implement those attributes to scale just as fast. We are living amidst the greatest wealth creation ever seen, so learn how to harness these new engines of wealth.

Investing in Tomorrow's Exponential Organizations

Emilie combines her decade of private equity, venture capital and investment banking experience with her work on transforming some of the world's biggest companies into Exponential Organizations to advise investors around the world. She shares how to evaluate the potential of companies to delight future customers amidst accelerating market changes and avoid being disrupted. She help investors spot companies that are leveraging new business tools to achieve tenfold improvements in cost, productivity, profits and influence. She also helps sort the reality from the hype on emerging technologies.

How to Profit from Disruptive Convergence

Emilie describes major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies like renewables, sensors, 3D printing, VR/AR, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, robotics, biotech, drones, cybersecurity, and private space projects and how they may impact your industry and your customers' needs. She describes the convergence of these technologies, which are turning "nice to have" single-play ideas into "must have" problem-solving products. She helps audiences trace the flow-on effects that may surge through unexpected industries and society as a result. She tailors this analysis to each specific audience.

Prosperity Amid the Clash of Ideologies

Accelerating technological disruption is widening the gap between tech optimists and those being economically and psychologically left behind or alarmed. When presenting to organizations, Emilie explores the impact that this widening gulf is having on global governance and society, and describes the balance we need to find in developing safe, beneficial technologies for humanity. She explores how the audience can best position themselves and their families to prosper from the coming technological disruptions.

Workshop: Favourite New World-Changing Technologies

This is a fun, interactive one-day workshop sampling of the most mind-blowing new technologies that will soon transform our lives, health, economy, environment, democracy, safety and pursuit of happiness.

We are now inundated with an overwhelming amount of information. Although everyone comes across many new technologies, it can feel chaotic working out where they fit into the big picture of accelerating change.

Emilie succinctly illustrates/showcases the main technologies and business trends disrupting our world, to arm you with a vision of the whole “chessboard” and how each piece relates to the others. She shares how “killer apps” are emerging for each technology, which can dramatically improve lives and profitability. She also explores the existential risks from each.

She devotes the preparation time to tailor each session to the client or industry, rather than giving canned speeches. Each client is brought dozens of actionable ideas.

Workshop:Brainstorming of New Exponential Initiatives

Emilie leads outcome-obsessed brainstorming sessions so that you can immediately start putting new technologies and business methodologies to profit-driving use.

She helps companies determine how to implement the same processes that were instrumental in making the world’s fastest-growing companies into multi-billion dollar “unicorns”.

She often then helps companies to implement those new initiatives and access her global network of business chiefs, tech luminaries, innovators, investors, reformers and government leaders as partners, suppliers and customers.

Workshop: Testing the truth in futuristic visions in movies

Emilie’s husband is an Oscars voter and Academy member, so she often talks technology with leading filmmakers. She is also an futurist advisor to filmmakers through the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange. In this session, we watch futuristic movie clips and together debate the likelihood of such visions becoming reality. This fun, interactive session is suited to geeks, closet geeks and all mere mortals.

Future Readiness Workshops

Suggested Format: Two full days or four half days
Participants: 4-6 per team, with up to 180 individuals per session

Instill a future-ready mindset & skillset throughout your company.

About the Workshop:
Now is the time to empower hundreds or thousands more of your staff with the ExO methodology and future-ready mindset.
In two days, we help you give your people more morale and confidence to navigate VUCA times, uncover hidden efficiencies, evaluate and champion the innovation ideas of their peers, find highly profitable ways to improve your customers’ lives and utilize exponential technologies.
Participants practice applying these lessons in a fun, interactive mini-sprint exercises, ready to immediately implement the skills once they return to their desks.

Workshop Outcomes:
Align skills and culture across your company with staff who:

- Embrace a culture of experimentation, validation and iteration
- Understand how to create a continuous pipeline of new high return initiatives
- Recognize that the world is changing too fast to cling to the status quo
- Are excited to create new profit centers

Workshop Approach
Applied learning embeds skills:

-We open participants minds to how quickly the world is changing, exponential technologies, and the business model that has let Amazon, Google and others grow so fast
- Applied learning mini-sprint: each team develops and presents an ExO initiative to practice the process, tools, customer validation and accessing global advisors
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