Elatia Abate

Elatia Abate

Futurist | Entrepreneur | Future of Work Pioneer

While we live in an age of tremendous change, we’re also in an era of unbelievable opportunity. The future is ours to create. Are you ready? Named a leading female futurist by Forbes, Elatia Abate helps organizations thrive in the face of disruption, prepare for the ever-changing future, and design new ways to scale and create growth. Her actionable keynotes leave audiences equipped with the tools necessary for long-term success — even in the face of uncertainty.

Previously the Global Director, Talent Acquisition with Anheuser-Busch InBev and Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones & Company, Abate is now an entrepreneur, futurist, and educator. Through her consulting firm, The Future of Now, she works with a range of organizations — from startups to Fortune 500s — helping them manage disruption by turning strategic, future-focused solutions into manageable, executable systems.

Through immersing herself into the data and research around the future of work, business, and life, Abate has created a series of strategies, frameworks, and methodologies to help individuals and corporations build resilience and flexibility — key tools to thriving among the often-unpredictable shifts unfolding across industries, cultures, and technologies. Her clients have included PricewaterhouseCoopers, UniGroup, Verizon, University of Arizona, and University of Cincinnati.

As a sought-after global keynote speaker, Abate has spoken to organizations such as NY Life, SEI, Deloitte, VRBO, SHRM, Stanford, and The University of Chicago, among many others. She also has a TEDx Talk entitled, “Pioneering the Future of Work.” Abate is an instructor in the continuing studies departments of Stanford University and the University of Toronto. She received her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

The Future of Work: Turn Disruption into Opportunity

The lightning bolt of the pandemic has accelerated a tsunami of disruption to the way we work and live. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Inside this disruption is more opportunity than we’ve ever seen — if we can learn how to channel the turmoil into tangible, positive impact.

In a dynamic session that marries the theoretical and practical aspects of the future of work, Elatia Abate shows audiences how to prepare for and navigate through uncertainty. Having spent years researching the impact of technology and disruptive forces on our world, she leaves audiences with tangible strategies that will empower them to lead both at home and work.

Audiences will learn:

  • Crucial distinctions between the futures of work and working.
  • Foundational principles and paradigm shifts in our understanding of work’s role in society and strategy.
  • The changing role of leadership from static principle to an active way of assuming agency within our jobs and communities.

The Future of Now: Three Strategies to Prepare in a Period of Accelerated Change

As a former corporate executive turned futurist, Elatia Abate has spent the past few years researching the impact of technology and disruptive forces on our world. Through her research, she discovered that even though major disruptions are approaching us at lightning speed, it’s still possible for us to thrive.

In this talk, Abate marries both theoretical and practical ideas to offer three key strategies to help audiences prepare for and calmly navigate the chaos of the now and future.

Audiences will learn:

  • What is currently at stake, and why “now” is the most powerful time for the future.
  • Outdated paradigms around strategy and work, and forward-thinking models that are imperative for success.
  • How to identify and design fulfilling opportunities despite the unknown.

Think Like a Futurist: How to Turn Trends into Tangible Results

Futurist thinking is now a vital skill in our rapidly changing world. It not only helps us survive, but gives us the power to thrive by helping us create opportunities within our personal lives and workplaces.

In this timely talk, Elatia Abate teaches audiences how to think like a futurist and turn trends into tangible results with accessible tools that can be applied to their day-to-day lives.

Audiences will learn:

  • Why futurist thinking is imperative and the implications of not using it.
  • How to turn current trends and disruptions into tangible results that create impact.
  • Strategies to help secure a competitive advantage in their career or organization.

Regenerative Resilience: Thriving During Uncertainty

The pandemic was just a small taste of much greater disruptions coming our way. In the next decade, we’re going to experience A CENTURY of change. Many of us barely survived the first round — proof that our old leadership models and strategies are no longer sustainable. If we want to not only survive but thrive, we need to embody the practices of “Regenerative Resilience”.

In this talk, based on Elatia Abate’s ground-breaking new program, Regenerative Resilience, Abate guides audiences through three proven strategies that can be used to empower success in the face of disruption.

Audiences will learn:

  • How resilience, when combined with regeneration, is a superior method to our old models of thinking.
  • The three components of Regenerative Resilience: clarity, fearlessness (not courage), and connection.
  • Practical steps to build and integrate these strategies into every aspect of their life.