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 – with technology and people.
Today is a tipping point – economically, geopolitically, environmentally and technologically – people are under pressure to deliver, adapt and engage. Jennifer delivers proven tools, guidelines and inspiration for people to:
• Embrace change, innovate while delivering shareholder value
• Apply AI and other advanced technology within the business
• Transform and build a future-ready organization
• Empower people through humane leadership, reskilling and technology
• Accelerate growth through AI and co-creation with customers
• Lead through change with PEACE
Her bold insights, real-world lessons learned from Silicon Valley and actionable takeaways such as her PEACE methodology make Jennifer the ideal speaker for organizations seeking 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 Vessels’ Silicon Valley insider insights, global business experience and optimistic views of the future inspire people to embrace the future with AI, future technology and transformative leadership approaches. Her proven PEACE methodology and actionable takeaways provide a road map for success.
From Chat GPT to Real, Hybrid and Strong AI, artificial intelligence and its impact on society is accelerating at quantum speed. In her speeches, Jennifer Vessels shares Silicon Valley insider insights as she demystifies AI. Through her real-world examples of people AND technology working together to deliver exponentially greater results audiences leave with actionable takeaways to increase their human value while exploring AI and other advanced technologies.
We are at a tipping point of change – leaders must navigate through uncertainty, embracing technology culture, innovating and disrupting to avoid being disrupted. Based on her experience leading transformation for Adobe, Avinor, CDW +, Jennifer provides clear guidelines and methodology for PEACE during change. People leave her sessions committed to shift mindset, transform culture and business models while innovating and empowering people to achieve future success.
Business as usual is no longer an option – AI, multi-generational diverse teams, hybrid workplaces and rapidly changing market needs are redefining work, the value of people and purpose of business. Jennifer’s inspiring view of the future of work from Silicon Valley insights combined with her real-world experience with worlds’ leading companies provide a roadmap and proven methodology for success in the future of work – with PEACE. All of Jennifer’s keynotes and workshops are customized to fully address client needs and can be offered in person or virtually.
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“EXACTLY what we needed to inspire and equip people for future success – with AI”
Geir Fodstad, VP Group LinkMobility
“Truly best insider perspective on AI and the future – addressed all of our concerns”
Daniel Ras-Vidal, CEO Kjeller Innovation
“You gave us the inspiration AND practical tools needed to shift mindset and culture.”
Elise Hagen, Business Partner, LinkMobility
“Thanks Jennifer - thoroughly enjoyed your thought provoking presentation.”
Andronicca Masemola, Chief Operating Officer, Barloworld
“Your depiction of the ‘purpose of tech and the role of people in a digitized world’ was spot on – it really set the stage for where we need to go over the next year."
“Thanks to Jennifer’s engaging workshops, our team moved from chaos to profitability within weeks.”
Sandra Klein, Parts America
“ Of all the speakers available, Jennifer is the most reliable to deliver high impact results and real bottom line value “
Patricia Dragovich, Senior Director, Cisco
“Jennifer has an amazing ability to engage, move and inspire people at all levels to take action and succeed.”
Thomas Anglero, Director of Innovation, IBM
"A lot of consultants assess and report Jennifer uniquely provides us with comprehensive, practical guidance to enhance our market position and sales results."
Ken Wilkens, Autodesk
“ The keynote from Jennifer was a real life-changer. It gave me the tools and confidence I needed to succeed.”
Steve Goodman, CEO, Sonics
“ Thanks to Jennifer’s workshops, we achieved >300% improvement in productivity within 5 years.”
Patricia Salmon, COO, Goodwill Industries International
“For moderation, Jennifer is by far the best –real world experience, collaborative style pays off.”
Theresa Lewis, Program Director, Gartner Group
“ Jennifer is amazing – she integrates, connects and delivers real world inspiration.”
Kathleen Moore, Director, Google
“Jennifer’s strategic perspective and dedication to results facilitated Adobe’s transformation to cloud. We couldn’t have done it without her.”
Lisa Graham, Senior Director, Adobe
“When you want to get something done successfully, call Jennifer.”
Daniel Evans, Microsoft
"Based on real world experience, deep insights into global 50 leadership approaches and Silicon Valley energy, Jennifer’s keynotes are extraordinary."
"Jennifer’s engaging, and practical style is unmatchable. Her keynote was perfectly matched to the audience – with many real-world Silicon Valley examples applied to the local culture."
“Adobe’s successful transformation from software to services was accelerated by Jennifer and her team. We truly could not have done it without her.”
“It´s unusual for a speaker to be so dedicated to delivering results – more than a talk – you gave us PEACE and a proven roadmap to future success.”
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