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2020 Breakout 5


Strategy for Disruptive Intersections: Technology, Human Geography, and World Order

The changes that define new eras are typically unexpected. What we can be sure of, is that our common-sense expectations based on past experiences tend not to serve us well as fundamental conditions change. However, flexibility, adaptability, and creativity are all  habits of mind that can be cultivated. One way to avoid being blindsided by unexpected changes is to consider multiple and divergent possible futures. In this hands-on interactive strategic foresight exercise you will engage in an activity that will ask you to consider how different changes to world order, human geography, and engineering, science, and technology may come together to shape a potential future and impact your strategic direction. We’ll share the strategic activity, the power of using design thinking techniques to engage participants, and discuss how to translate this activity to the organizations you support.


Thursday 14th May 2020
11.15am - 12.45pm 



Elizabeth Roll is the Senior Strategist and an Executive Coach at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.

She is the lead architect for the Labs-wide strategic planning activity, consulting to the organization’s senior-most executives.  Elizabeth is the program lead for the Lab’s flagship leadership development program for high-potential executives. Her expertise is in strategic planning, change management, and leadership development.

Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and her MBA, with a concentration in Corporate Strategy and Finance, is from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She was trained in organizational development, group process, and coaching at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Elizabeth is a Gestalt Professional Coach, a Board-Certified Coach (BCC), and the International Coaching Federation (ICF) has recognized her as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).



Elizabeth Kistin Keller leads the Strategic Futures Program at Sandia National Laboratories. In this role, she enables Sandia to anticipate and adapt to changing global security and organizational dynamics through strategic foresight, systems analysis, and decision support.

Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American Studies as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her master’s and PhD in International Development Studies (a combination of anthropology, economics, and political science) as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Before joining Sandia National Laboratories, Elizabeth spent several years working on water conflict and cooperation in North America, Southern Africa and South and South East Asia. She currently serves as an active member of the N Square Innovation Network and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico.







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