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Rebecca Ryan

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Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan is a human sparkplug.

Part futurist, part economist, and always engaging, Rebecca is one of America’s most influential thought leaders, helping cities and companies think around the corner to what’s next.

Rebecca Ryan is the author of ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013) and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). As founder of Next Generation Consulting, Ryan leads the team that best-selling author Richard Florida calls, “One of the most reliable sources for leaders who want to attract and retain the next generation of creative workers.

Ryan is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and a Senior Fellow at CEOs for Cities. She serves on the board of the World Academy for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise (WAE2) and has also been named:

  • Top 100 Most Influential People, Accounting Today
  • Communicator of the Year, Women in Communication
  • Woman of Influence, Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Ryan lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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I am a professional futurist. I help cities and organizations anticipate the future, whatever it may be. But I’ve never applied “futuring” to my own life. Until recently. With a legal pad, the 7 steps (below), and some Voodoo Coffee, I applied strategic foresight to my own life. Take a whack at it yourself, and let me know what you learn (rr[at]nextgenerationconsulting[dot]com).

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Imagine having Aretha Franklin and Eartha Kitt together on stage talking with each other about music. That’s the equivalent of what happened when Seleta Reynolds, GM of Los Angeles’ Transit Department and Janette Sadik-Khan, the award winning former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation sat together and talked about improving transportation for the future. This is part two in a series.

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Imagine having Aretha Franklin and Eartha Kitt together on stage talking with each other about music. That’s the equivalent of what happened when Seleta Reynolds, GM of Los Angeles’ Transit Department and Janette Sadik-Khan, the award winning former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation sat together and talked about improving transportation for the future.

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