Jennifer Vessels – Keynote Speaker

Futurist, Transformation Leader, Executive Advisor, CEO Next Step and EGA

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Specialist Subjects

  • Artificial Intelligence AND People - Silicon Valley Insider Insights Applied Globally
  • AI, VR, Robotics, Web3, Quantum: The real path to future success
  • Future-ready Leadership: Powered by AI
  • Future of Work: Roadmap to Success


  • English


Jennifer Vessels, has led transformation for global leaders including Adobe, Cisco, Google, Genentech, RaboBank. As CEO of Next Step and a Silicon Valley innovator, Jennifer lives in the center of change, creating the future of work empowered by AI, advanced technology and people across the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Today is a tipping point – economically, geopolitically, environmentally and technologically. Jennifer’s two decades’ experience blending US business practices with European cultures to drive transformative growth for global businesses fuel her keynotes and workshops for leaders who are under pressure to deliver, adapt and engage in new ways.

Jennifer delivers proven tools, guidelines and inspiration to:

  • Embrace change and innovate while delivering value to stakeholders.
  • Apply AI and other emerging technologies to gain competitive advantage.
  • Transform culture and mindset for future-ready agility.
  • Empower people through humane leadership, reskilling and technology.
  • Accelerate growth through AI and other technologies , enabling co-creation with customers.
  • Lead through change with PEACE.

Her bold insights and real-world lessons learned from Silicon Valley deliver actionable takeaways such as her PEACE methodology which fast-tracks future success.

Upon earning an MBA from San Jose State University (Silicon Valley), Jennifer led international growth for UB Networks (Avaya) and Tandberg (Cisco). After launching Tandberg USA (from Norway) and completing her MS in Occupational Psychology in London, Jennifer returned to Silicon Valley and founded Next Step. Since 2006, Jennifer and her team of 40 professionals have delivered 100 – 5000% return on investment for hundreds of clients across all industries in Americas, EMEA, Asia.

Jennifer’s Silicon Valley insider insights, global business experience and optimistic views of the future empower people to embrace the future with AI, emerging technology and transformative leadership approaches using her PEACE methodology and actionable takeaways as a road map.

Jennifer delivers keynotes, master classes, workshops and board advisory services.

Popular Talks by Jennifer Vessels

Artificial Intelligence AND People - Silicon Valley Insider Insights Applied Globally

Artificial intelligence and its impact on society is accelerating at quantum speed. Jennifer Vessels’ Silicon Valley insider insights and practical examples demystify AI, inspire and prepare people to work with technology to deliver exponentially greater results. Her view of importance of people in driving, using and working with (not being replaced by) AI will inspire all to explore, empower and move into the future with PEACE (her proven framework for change).

Audiences leave with:

  • Clear understanding of what AI is and how people can succeed in AI powered world.
  • Practical approaches they can use to safely explore and use AI in daily activities.
  • Framework for approaching, adopting and working with AI and other technologies.

AI, VR, Robotics, Web3, Quantum: The real path to future success

Technology is dramatically changing society, work and life. People are pressured to adapt, disrupt or face career death.  Forward-thinking leaders are harnessing advanced technology to drive growth.  Yet, for many, it can be scary.  Learn how 25 global corporations are successfully selecting, implementing and benefiting from advanced technology – while increasing the engagement and future success of their people.

Audiences leave with:

  • Proven techniques they can use organization-wide to successfully identify, select and adopt AI and other technology.
  • Inspiration to responsibly embrace new technology with PEACE (proven framework for success).
  • Tools and commitment to succeed with advanced technology.

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