Liz Alexander is Leading Thought’s in-house futurist and thought leadership book specialist. With broad industry and global experience working with organizations in the U.K., U.S., Europe and India for the past 30 years, she’s a one-woman “think tank.” In addition to having written or co-authored 20 nonfiction books, Liz devours large numbers of books, articles, research reports and substantive commentary to stay informed about the future of business and the world of work:
“I’ve always been interested in influencing and shaping the future, and every few years reinvent myself in order to stay energized and relevant. Never has there been a time when that kind of mindset and skill is most needed. Which is why I’m excited to introduce the concept and practice of strategic foresight to our firm, to help clients understand, anticipate and gain competitive advantage from the changes taking place in their market.”
Drawing on her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Master’s in Program Evaluation, Liz designed and facilitated the Strategic Communication Certificate Program for The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Continuing Education. The program comprised five courses, including Establishing Your Strategic Communication Toolbox and Effective Ways to Communicate Complex Ideas.
A “global hybrid,” Liz was born in St. Andrews, Scotland (home of the Royal Golf Course and Scotland’s first university, founded in 1413), raised in the Greater Manchester area, and her first job out of school was the publicity department of B.B.C. in London. She went on to work in television production and later appeared as a presenter.
After leaving broadcasting, Liz worked for Findus (part of the Nestlé Corporation), IBM, and civil engineering firm Mott, Hay & Anderson. She left corporate life to become a “solopreneur” and consultant, attracting global clients including Cathay Pacific Airways, Philips Electronics, and Transamerica Retirement Solutions. In addition, Liz has worked with non-profits, academic institutions and government departments worldwide.
Liz’s 20 books including the multiple award-winning Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Guide to Building Trust, Inspiring Respect and Creating Long-Lasting Business Relationships; Transform Tomorrow: Awakening the Super Saver in Pursuit of Retirement Readiness, and #Thought Leadership Tweet: 140 Prompts for Designing and Executing an Effective Thought Leadership Campaign. Her articles have appeared in a wide range of business magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including BL Global, British Airways’ Business Life, Harvard Business Press, Human Resources, and Training.
Liz speaks and consults around the globe on innovation, strategic foresight, and thought leadership strategy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society.
“Gallup® lists my top strengths as Strategic, Maximizer, and Futuristic, which is spot on. My purpose and passion is preparing people for their (and our) remarkable futures. In short, to become future-smart.”
- 40 Futurists on the Future of Work
- The Value Futurists Offer Business in a Complex, Uncertain World
- Build Influence to Boost Your Business: Advice from Ian Cleary
- Women of Foresight: Changes in Education for Future Student Success
- How To Stand Out in a Crowded Market, with Ian Cleary of Razor Social
- 40 Futurists: Your Child’s Success in Tomorrow’s World of Work
- UNESCO Futures Studies Chair: Your child’s futures work
- 40 Futurists: Your Child’s Success in Tomorrow’s World of Work (1)
- How to see your status soar: you need to be more curious.
- Spotlight Supply Chains: Will What You DON’T See, Hurt You?