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Futurist and economist Rebecca Ryan asserts that America is seasonal. Bad news? We’re in winter (2001-2020). Good news? Spring is coming. But it’ll take some work.

In this deeply personal talk, Rebecca shares how a winter in her own life emerged into spring. She challenges us all to dive head first into the work of making the world better for the next generation and beyond.

Rebecca Ryan is a professional futurist, economist, and author of The Next Big Things: The Next 20 Years in Local Government; Regeneration: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders; and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation.


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Rebecca Ryan

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 and coowner 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.