Silicon Valley Futurist Will Provide Insights About Our ‘Messy’ Future

Bob Johansen Will Keynote The Annual ‘Securing the Future’ Conference in Cincinnati

Futurist Bob Johansen predicts that leaders will face an increasingly “complex, messy and threatening” future, and he’s coming to Cincinnati to help them prepare for those challenges.

Johansen, a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley, will deliver the keynote address and conduct a workshop at Securing the Future, a conference run by the Leadership Council for Nonprofits.

The 18th annual event will be held Thursday, March 8 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. This year, the topic is “Foresight-Insight-Action: Thriving in a Disruptive World.” The main part of the event will be 7:30 am to noon. Johansen’s optional luncheon workshop begins at 12:15.

Securing the Future is the largest gathering of its kind each year in Cincinnati, focusing on nonprofit leadership development. Last year, 375 people attended.

Traditionally, the event has been geared toward the nonprofit sector, including executives, board members and funders. But this year, Johansen’s presentations – and the break-out sessions afterward – are likely to enlighten the business world as well, including senior executives, human resources professionals and entrepreneurs.

“We all want to ensure the sustainability of the organizations we lead,” said Jenny Berg, executive director of the Leadership Council. “Bob can help. He will provoke, stimulate, inspire and motivate us to gain a broader understanding of the future so we can secure the futures of the organizations we serve.”

Drawing from his 10th book, The New Leadership Literacies, Johansen will provide his forecast for the coming decade and offer new approaches for leaders to address the massive global disruptions he’s predicting. Leaders will be facing a world that’s VUCA — volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – a term he learned from the U.S. Army.

For nearly 40 years, Johansen has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future. He has conducted workshops for universities, nonprofits, churches and corporations, including Procter & Gamble. He previously served as the keynote speaker for Securing the Future in 2009 based on his book, Leaders Make the Future.

“Always thought provoking, Bob makes us stop and consider whether we are doing enough to develop leaders to stay in tune with the ways business and the world around us is changing,” said Laura Mattimore, P&G’s vice president for global talent.

More information and registration for Securing the Future is available at

Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Jenny Berg at 513-607-1820 or Sponsors include the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Interact For Health and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Other sponsors are ADP, CompManagement, Flynn & Co. CPA & Business Consultants, Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News, Ignite Philanthropy and Anne M. Maxfield, LLC – Nonprofit Consulting & Implementation.

The Leadership Council for Nonprofits is an association of nonprofit agencies, with more than 170 members representing more than 14,000 employees and providing an economic impact of more than $1 billion in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Leadership Council’s mission is to maximize the impact of nonprofits, develop their leaders and strengthen the community. Founded more than 40 years ago, the Leadership Council offers leadership development programs, training, resources and networking opportunities. More information: