About Keynotes

Carla O’Dell
CEO and Author | APQC

As one of the chief gurus in knowledge management, celebrated author of three best-selling books, Carla O’Dell is at the epicenter of the best and brightest in KM. As CEO of APQC, Carla has a unique perspective about what really matters in KM and how to make it work for your organization. Renowned for her thought provoking and interactive presentations, Carla is consistently among the highest-rated speakers at conferences.


Dorothy Leonard
Author and speaker

Dorothy Leonard interests in knowledge management and corporate education derives from over 30 years of research, consulting, and teaching about knowledge, innovation, technology commercialization and organizational capabilities. Her book, Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation, published by the Harvard Business School Press 1995/1998, is considered seminal in the field. It has been praised as containing in–depth, solidly researched and practical insights into knowledge management. When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups, published in 1999 by the Harvard Business School Press, and co–authored with Walter Swap, explores the theme of knowledge generation. Her book, Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom (Harvard Business School Press, 2005 and also co-authored with Walter Swap) discusses business-critical, experience-based knowledge. A practical field guide for managers (co-authors Walter Swap and Gavin Barton) was published in 2014: Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for managing Your Company's Deep Smarts. In 2011, a selection of her work; including an extensive original introduction, Managing Knowledge Assets, Creativity and Innovation was published by World Scientific.


Nancy Giordano
Strategic Futurist

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands.  Her current work dives more deeply into the intersections of tech, business, and society. Two recent examples include her work to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a leading artificial intelligence company, and the producing of Gigaom Change, a Leader's Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise. She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.