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Cecily Sommers

Business Futurist, Global Trends Analyst & Author

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Cecily Sommers Biography

There’s only one thing Cecily Sommers loves more than solving big, sticky innovation problems for some of the world’s great brands: getting others excited about doing it for themselves. A leading futurist and innovation expert, Sommers speaks, writes, and consults on emerging trends, markets, and technologies shaping business and society.

Big projects call for big talent and, for the projects she leads, Sommers composes an elite team of collaborators. The combination of expertise — graphic design, writing and editing, experience design, video — translates the strategy into beautiful communications, products, and learning experiences that bring traction to your forward action.

Cecily’s book, Think Like a Futurist, has been translated into several languages, was listed on the "Top 25: What Corporate America is Reading" by the Tribune Review, and nominated the “Most Significant Futures Work in Methods and Practice” by the Association of Professional Futurists.

Sommers has been named one of the “World’s Top Female Futurists,” a “Fast 50 Reader’s Favorite” by Fast Company, and a “Woman to Watch” by the Business Journal. She is also a frequent contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered" and other media outlets.

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Books
Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next

Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next

Speaking Topics
  • “But…” Busters

    The biggest barrier to change is a statement that begins “But…” No matter how they’re delivered, ‘buts’ undermine your commitments, keep you playing small and, worst, let you off the hook for doing so.

    This talk offers fun, winning strategies for conquering six energy-robbing evils: blame, denial, fear, busyness, resignation, and whining. These powerful But-Busting practices will make you a resistance-resolving superhero in meetings, deal negotiations, and even around the dinner table.

  • The Future Is Where We Belong

    As changes race ahead of our ability to make sense of them, strategy needs to focus on the deeply human things that don’t change: the need to be safe and be valued, and the wish to shine a light in the lives we touch. It is here, at the intersection of what changes and what doesn’t, that astute leaders find what’s next for their business.

  • Building Your Capacity For Transformation

    While still operating in the hierarchical order of the Industrial Age, today’s leaders must also build bridges to an increasingly networked and autonomous economy. They’re charged with cultivating a tolerance for change and uncertainty in the organization on the one hand, and maintaining its stability on the other.

    To create balance within these tensions, leaders must first do this for themselves. Cecily explores how individuals can expand their personal perspectives and replace best practices with wise practices.

  • Breaking Our Addiction To Certainty

    The single most important competency for innovation is the ability to face uncertainty and keep moving anyway. In this talk, Cecily shares the mindset and practices to break our addiction to certainty and increase our capacity for the fundamental requirement of growth — risk-taking.

  • Think Like A Futurist

    This keynote talk brings power to ageless questions: "What's shaping tomorrow's markets?" and "Where is our greatest advantage?" As Cecily shares her methods for strategic foresight and innovation, she treats the audience to a guided tour of the future, pointing out important opportunities along the way.

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Cecily Sommers?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cecily Sommers for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Cecily Sommers, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cecily Sommers or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Cecily Sommers?

    Booking fees for Cecily Sommers, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cecily Sommers, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Cecily Sommers?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cecily Sommers for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cecily Sommers for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cecily Sommers or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cecily Sommers or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Business Futurist, Global Trends Analyst & Author

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Cecily Sommers Biography

There’s only one thing Cecily Sommers loves more than solving big, sticky innovation problems for some of the world’s great brands: getting others excited about doing it for themselves. A leading futurist and innovation expert, Sommers speaks, writes, and consults on emerging trends, markets, and technologies shaping business and society.

Big projects call for big talent and, for the projects she leads, Sommers composes an elite team of collaborators. The combination of expertise — graphic design, writing and editing, experience design, video — translates the strategy into beautiful communications, products, and learning experiences that bring traction to your forward action.

Cecily’s book, Think Like a Futurist, has been translated into several languages, was listed on the "Top 25: What Corporate America is Reading" by the Tribune Review, and nominated the “Most Significant Futures Work in Methods and Practice” by the Association of Professional Futurists.

Sommers has been named one of the “World’s Top Female Futurists,” a “Fast 50 Reader’s Favorite” by Fast Company, and a “Woman to Watch” by the Business Journal. She is also a frequent contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered" and other media outlets.

Cecily Sommers Videos

  • IFTF Foresight Talk with Cecily Sommers
    2020 Institute for the Future's research director Jake Dunagan hosted Cecily Sommers, Business Futurist, in a Foresight Talk. When the ball...
  • Making Sense of the Future with Cecily Sommers
  • The Tatiana Show - Parneet Pal & Cecily Sommers
    Tatiana interviews Parneet Pal & Cecily Sommers. Topics Include: --"Can We Live Forever?" --"Living in the Present" --"Meditation and Tips for ...

Cecily Sommers Books

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Cecily Sommers Speaking Topics

  • “But…” Busters

    The biggest barrier to change is a statement that begins “But…” No matter how they’re delivered, ‘buts’ undermine your commitments, keep you playing small and, worst, let you off the hook for doing so.

    This talk offers fun, winning strategies for conquering six energy-robbing evils: blame, denial, fear, busyness, resignation, and whining. These powerful But-Busting practices will make you a resistance-resolving superhero in meetings, deal negotiations, and even around the dinner table.

  • The Future Is Where We Belong

    As changes race ahead of our ability to make sense of them, strategy needs to focus on the deeply human things that don’t change: the need to be safe and be valued, and the wish to shine a light in the lives we touch. It is here, at the intersection of what changes and what doesn’t, that astute leaders find what’s next for their business.

  • Building Your Capacity For Transformation

    While still operating in the hierarchical order of the Industrial Age, today’s leaders must also build bridges to an increasingly networked and autonomous economy. They’re charged with cultivating a tolerance for change and uncertainty in the organization on the one hand, and maintaining its stability on the other.

    To create balance within these tensions, leaders must first do this for themselves. Cecily explores how individuals can expand their personal perspectives and replace best practices with wise practices.

  • Breaking Our Addiction To Certainty

    The single most important competency for innovation is the ability to face uncertainty and keep moving anyway. In this talk, Cecily shares the mindset and practices to break our addiction to certainty and increase our capacity for the fundamental requirement of growth — risk-taking.

  • Think Like A Futurist

    This keynote talk brings power to ageless questions: "What's shaping tomorrow's markets?" and "Where is our greatest advantage?" As Cecily shares her methods for strategic foresight and innovation, she treats the audience to a guided tour of the future, pointing out important opportunities along the way.

FAQs on booking Cecily Sommers

  • How to book Cecily Sommers?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cecily Sommers for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Cecily Sommers, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cecily Sommers or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Cecily Sommers?

    Booking fees for Cecily Sommers, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cecily Sommers, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Cecily Sommers?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cecily Sommers for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cecily Sommers for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cecily Sommers or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cecily Sommers or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Cecily Sommers is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as “But…” Busters, The Future Is Where We Belong, Building Your Capacity For Transformation, Breaking Our Addiction To Certainty and Think Like A Futurist. The estimated speaking fee range to book Cecily Sommers for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Cecily Sommers generally travels from Twin Cities, MN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Maddy Dychtwald, Tiffani Bova, Ayesha Khanna, Natalie Nixon and Cheryl Cran. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cecily Sommers for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Cecily Sommers Speaker Videos

  • IFTF Foresight Talk with Cecily Sommers
    2020 Institute for the Future's research director Jake Dunagan hosted Cecily Sommers, Business Futurist, in a Foresight Talk. When the ball dropped on the 21st century, it collided with three...
    Making Sense of the Future with Cecily Sommers
  • The Tatiana Show - Parneet Pal & Cecily Sommers
    Tatiana interviews Parneet Pal & Cecily Sommers. Topics Include: --"Can We Live Forever?" --"Living in the Present" --"Meditation and Tips for ...

Cecily Sommers Speaking Topics

  • “But…” Busters

    The biggest barrier to change is a statement that begins “But…” No matter how they’re delivered, ‘buts’ undermine your commitments, keep you playing small and, worst, let you off the hook for doing so.

    This talk offers fun, winning strategies for conquering six energy-robbing evils: blame, denial, fear, busyness, resignation, and whining. These powerful But-Busting practices will make you a resistance-resolving superhero in meetings, deal negotiations, and even around the dinner table.

  • The Future Is Where We Belong

    As changes race ahead of our ability to make sense of them, strategy needs to focus on the deeply human things that don’t change: the need to be safe and be valued, and the wish to shine a light in the lives we touch. It is here, at the intersection of what changes and what doesn’t, that astute leaders find what’s next for their business.

  • Building Your Capacity For Transformation

    While still operating in the hierarchical order of the Industrial Age, today’s leaders must also build bridges to an increasingly networked and autonomous economy. They’re charged with cultivating a tolerance for change and uncertainty in the organization on the one hand, and maintaining its stability on the other.

    To create balance within these tensions, leaders must first do this for themselves. Cecily explores how individuals can expand their personal perspectives and replace best practices with wise practices.

  • Breaking Our Addiction To Certainty

    The single most important competency for innovation is the ability to face uncertainty and keep moving anyway. In this talk, Cecily shares the mindset and practices to break our addiction to certainty and increase our capacity for the fundamental requirement of growth — risk-taking.

  • Think Like A Futurist

    This keynote talk brings power to ageless questions: "What's shaping tomorrow's markets?" and "Where is our greatest advantage?" As Cecily shares her methods for strategic foresight and innovation, she treats the audience to a guided tour of the future, pointing out important opportunities along the way.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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