LAST FOR 2017: Into the Future with Radia Funna

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There's no better way to close out a year, than to look ahead - to the future! Join us to learn from Radia Funna, a futurist at heart who's thrilled to enlighten us on her perspective of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We will also hear from UN Creative and TEDx vet Lisa Russell on what she's building to help tech and culture intersect for the social good. Characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human - how will it redefine the way we live, work and relate to one another? Join us to find out!


6:00 - 6:15pm: Sign-In and Network
6:15 - 6:30pm: Welcoming Remarks
6:30 - 6:45pm: Pitch from Lisa Russell, StoryShifter + Q/A
6:45 - 7:30pm: Into the Future with Radia Funna + Q/A
7:30 - 8:00pm: Networking and Light Refreshments

An entrepreneur, strategist, writer and advocate for futurism to solve the world’s most vexing challenges; Radia Funna is the Founder & Chief Blazer at Build n Blaze and a special advisor in the technology and innovation space.

For going on two decades, Radia has developed and led complex partnerships and thought leadership infrastructures with the World Economic Forum, Fortune, Financial Times, New York Stock Exchange, etc. She has also executed corporate strategy for brands including Nike, Calvin Klein and Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

In 2012, she created the concept of disruptive organizational strategy and founded Build n Blaze to operate as a tool maker and platform provider for the public and private sectors to develop strategic structures that can disrupt themselves at the pace of exponential technology and other disruptors including geo-political shifts, industrial amorphousness, etc. Further to Radia’s belief that organizations should align their social impact and bottom-lines, she established the firm’s impact program in October 2012 to help non-profit organizations increase their positive impact on the populations they serve; to date benefiting Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Foundation, New York Public Library, and more.

In July 2016, she launched an innovation unit into the Secretariat to facilitate the role of disruptive innovation and emerging technology to enable the UN’s most critical goals including the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs; and served on World Economic Forum’s Responsible Capitalism Steering Board to help drive global discussions including the responsibility of the professional services sector to create opportunities that stimulate global economies by fostering talent mobility and identifying global talent risks.

Radia sits on the Lebanese American University’s Model United Nations board of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, serves as a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship, the future of education, the future of work, the future of gender parity and the general role of futurism in solving the world’s most vexing challenges. Radia earned her Bachelor of Arts in English & Pre-Law at The Catholic University of America.

Lisa Russell, MPH is an Emmy-winning filmmaker with a Masters in International Health who produces films and creative projects for UN/NGO agencies. Lisa founded StoryShifter after her TEDx talk with Johnson & Johnson on Big Data and Creativity. StoryShifter is a new entertainment and creative platform intended to change the narrative of the people, places and events of our time, by revolutionizing storytelling for the social good. StoryShifter's prototype is launching in April 2018 and will house creative content (films, music, poetry, etc) on social good topics as well as action steps (such as donating to a cause, signing a petition, supporting a conscious brand). StoryShifter uses machine learning and data analytics to evaluate how users respond to its creative content. Data generated will then provide content producers and sponsors with advanced data-driven tools to promote responsible storytelling and link users interested in socially conscious entertainment to relevant UN/NGO agencies, nonprofits and socially responsible brands. For more information, visit (

Want to dig even deeper? Check out Klaus Schwab's The Fourth Industrial Revolution (