Creative Buzz – April 12, 2016

Forget About The Past

Why Strategic planning is insufficient if we want transformation.

Rebecca Ryan is called a “human spark plug.” Trained as a futurist and an economist, Rebecca helps clients figure out what’s next, so they can be ready for the future. Rebecca is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation, a Senior Advisor at the Governing Institute, a faculty member at the Institute for Zen Leadership, and the owner of NEXT Generation She is the author of The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government (2015), ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013), and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). Her TEDx talk, Spring is Coming, was featured at the prestigious TEDxBeaconStreet in 2015. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, calls Rebecca “one of the most reliable sources for CEOs and Mayors who want to attract and keep the next generation of creative workers.”


  • Thought Leader, CPA Practice Advisor
  • 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
  • Most Powerful Women in Public Accounting, CPA Practice Advisor



  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Foresight, University of Houston
  • Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Drake University
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Drake University
  • Kozgaz University Budapest, Hungary
  • Institut fur European Studiern, Freiburg, Germany
When & Where
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM PDT
50 South Virginia
50 S Virginia St
Reno, NV 89501