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Life is happening faster.
Huge shifts are the norm.

We're all demanding more quality, transparency, innovation, well-being, and fun. For less time, energy, and money.

Old systems are shattering and new ones have yet to be created.

We have to change the game. Create with passion. Take a Leap!

We owe it to the future.

welcome to

play big, inc!

(Yep, Purple Telescope is now playing bigger as Play Big, Inc.)

Who We Are

Our Dynamic Team

Our Dynamic Team

The future is fluid and so is our team. Play Big Inc is the springboard for Nancy Giordano and Kathryn Irwin, who partner with a well curated tribe of cultural, strategic, technology and design innovators to inspire new thinking, drive meaningful change and guide those ready to design a more relevant future.

Nancy Giordano
Strategic Futurist | Corporate Strategist | Event Catalyst | Keynote Speaker
Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands with her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions for us all.

With an early career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA, Nancy has spent the past 10 years as Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc, a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing. Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. And through keynote talks to CXO leaders in wide range of industries including entertainment, travel, food, business, homebuilding, culture/talent and more.

Diving more deeply into the intersections of tech, business and society, she recently worked to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a provocative artificial intelligence company and currently is producing Gigaom Change, a Leader's Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise.

She has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.

Nancy’s distinctive ability to design meaningful, future-forward solutions and pathways is honed by her active collaboration with idea-centric organizations such as TED, The World Future Society, REX, Voice & Exit, and the newly forming Global Synthesis Network. She partners with (and learns from) many of the most provocative influencers currently building our collective futures — whom she describes as PYNKrs: people you need to know.

Nancy lives in Austin with three fast growing, very curly teens and her ideas can be found on her blog Cultural Acupuncture, often featured on The Huffington Post.

Emma Pezzack
Cultural Synthesist | Experience Designer | Communications Lead

Emma has over 15 years of content & communication experience incorporating ecommerce, social, digital, brand journalism and more, aimed at accelerating collective insights across a broad and diverse landscape of brands and companies.

Founding editor of Cultural Acupuncture, she has a critical and deep understanding of the major societal and social shifts shaping the way CXO leaders, consumers and businesses engage and the abundant opportunities these shifts represent to transform and meet escalating expectations.

Her experience as tech entrepreneur and beauty industry influencer have given her unique insights into the ways new ideas are shaped, shared and absorbed; and how they open new understandings, cultivate new initiatives and inspire powerful new solutions.

Kathryn E Irwin
CEvents Engine | Content Curator | Production Ninja

After departing SXSW after a tenure a Senior Conference team member who assisted in the development and launch of the SXSW Interactive Festival each year, Kathryn is now using her finely honed skills in event curation, managing key business partnerships, and organization to help produce such events as Multicoin Summit 2018, Kasasa Nation 2017, Gigaom Change 2016, TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2017 + 2016, and The 2016 Austin Reggae Festival.

In a former life, Kathryn put her talents to the test and founded the salon, which was named by ELLE Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Salons in the US” in 2009.

Apart from her passion for event design + planning — which fuels her love of acting as a connector within the tech community — she spends time dotting on her daughter and dogs.

+ our PYNKrs
This range of technologists, visionaries, authors, travelers, artists, filmmakers, creators, evangelists, educators, strategists and more are all actively architecting the future ahead for each of us.

They often play in our sandbox (or we in theirs) and add tremendous depth to our understanding.

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