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Your playing small doesn't serve the world. We help visionary leaders play bigger.

We are in an extraordinary moment in which old systems, approaches, philosophies and institutions are breaking down. The new ones—which will likely look very different—are yet to be created. Successfully navigating between what exists now and what will be created for the first time ever requires a very different way of thinking and behaving. We must reorient our organizational structures away from those that manage and control resources from the top, to ones built to sense and deliver more collaboratively and responsively, harnessing the potential of a highly digital future, in humane and caring ways.



Do you know what the future needs and expects from you? Can you see what you are uniquely able to create and contribute to it?

Biased in optimism and wonder, Play Big Inc is committed to helping leaders answer these two fundamental questions in order to advance the new structures and mindsets necessary to ensure a safe and thriving future for us all.

Change your mindset. Change the world. As we accelerate the transition from the mechanical, Industrial Era to the cyber-digital, Productivity Era, we need to rethink the ways we create and distribute value. Moving away from a myopic focus on short-term wins and growth at all costs, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink, reimagine and reshape every industry and social construct; to build a much better next in which we all thrive and the planet heals. But to do so, we need to change not just what we think but how we think. It’s time we shift from Leadership (an outdated noun) to Leadering (the verb we are looking for). Here is a sampling of the visionary leaders we have advised, inspired and learned with:


Strategic Consulting & Keynote Talks

We spend a lot of time with those building the future — the technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, scientists and authors coding (and decoding) the big shifts transforming how we work, pay, collaborate, learn, play and ultimately connect and coordinate. As champions for the future, we are especially excited to put these insights into action in a wide range of Strategic Consulting, Custom Workshops, Virtual and Live Keynotes, Executive Learning Events, and more. Here some of the strategic projects we’ve helped shape:

Strategically designed Executive Summits and Conferences

New ideas, new connections and most of all, new possibilities rev us up! Using every touchpoint to more deeply immerse and engage participants, we apply our intellectual energy and unique strategic approach to design and produce experiences that expand understanding and inspire action. Here are some of these events we have created:

Projects We Champion.

Many bold initiatives are actively architecting a bright future and we are doing all we can to shape, support and/or champion their growth.


A collection of compelling conversations with the thoughtful women actively shaping our world. Find out more here.

Announcing partnership with KUNGFU.AI

Nancy joins KUNGFU.AI as Post-Digital Futurist. KUNGFU.AI is an artificial intelligence agency who helps start and accelerate AI programs by providing strategy development services. In her role, Nancy will help clients find innovation pathways by applying AI technologies in a culturally responsible, inclusive way.

Find out more here.


The future is fluid and so is our team...

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

Strategic Futurist | Keynote Speaker | Gatherer

Nancy built a formidable career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA and for more than a decade has been the Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc., a strategic inspiration company. Her current work dives deeply into the emerging intersection of tech, business and society.

She recently helped build the team for an artificial intelligence start-up, produced a conference on the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise, is board member for a non-profit trade organization focused on the future of retail, and is working with a leading fintech/martech provider to ensure the survival of community banks and credit unions nationwide. She also helping usher in the world of distributed applications and computing by launching emergent cryptographic technologies Holochain + Holo.

Nancy was also the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens. She lives in Austin with her three fast growing, very curly haired family.


Emma Pezzack

Idea Amplifier | Advocate for the Future

A champion for world-changing ideas, Emma brings a visionary perspective and an infectious energy to inspiring and educating others about the opportunities ahead. Her refined design aesthetic and insatiable curiosity have been the keys to the entrepreneurial endeavors she has launched and supported.

Always a step ahead, Emma launched her award-winning online sustainable beauty retailer, Futurenatural, in 2007. And as Marketing Director for an air-purifier company, she reshaped the brand to tap into the cultural zeitgeist (and growing concerns) that air quality is pivotal to everyone’s wellness and health. Her passion for helping others see the potential ahead fueled her roles as Strategic Editor for futurist blog Cultural Acupuncture, Creative Director for GigaomChange—an exec conference for enterprise leaders eager to learn more about the exponential technologies reshaping our economy—and as co-founder of the recently launched Femme Futurists Society.

Fascinated with the ways exponential technologies are changing the world and their potential to elevate all living systems, her current work leading communication, connection and community for global futurist Nancy Giordano, the Career Fair For The Future and futurist consultancy Play Big Inc is one of her most fulfilling roles yet.

When not trying to inspire those to build a thriving world ahead, Emma loves spending time with her twin boys. On any given weekend they can be found on dirt bikes, BMX riding and wakeboarding.

Kathryn Irwin

Events Engine | Content Curator | Production Ninja

Having left SXSW after a tenure as 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 Et Cultura, MULTICOIN SUMMIT, Kasasa Nation, Gigaom Change, TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, and The 2016 Austin Reggae Festival.

Apart from her passion for event planning, which ultimately aides in her love of acting as a connector within the community, she spends her off hours doting on her daughter and dog.

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

Meet our


People You Need to Know

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.

Aaron Huey
Amy Zalman
April Rinne
Arthur Brock
Byron Reese
Dan Goodwin
Danielle Gould
Dominique Bel
Donna Ferrato
Doug Rushkoff
Eric Horvitz
Gilad Berenstein
Heike Riel
Jackie Huba
Jacqueline Novogratz
James V Hart
Jeff Leitner
Jerry Michalski
Joel Selanikio, MD
John McClurg
Laurie Frick
Maranda Pleasant
Maria Popova
Mark Rolston
Marti Spiegelman
Matthew Schutte
Mike Pell
Milton Pedraza
Noah Karesh
Ondi Timoner
Peter Vander Auwera
Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Rob Barnett
Robyn O’Brien
Rosie Von Lila
Sasha Dichter
Scott Draves
Steve Brown
Steven Kotler
Suzi Sosa
Tina Eisenberg Roth
Tom Gruber
Kevin Clark
Chip Conley
Leyla Acaroglu
Trey Holder
Mark Halverson
Elliot Kotek
Doreen Lorenzo
David Rose
Julia Ormond
Mike North, PhD
Jacki Morie, PhD
Chris Riley
Brett Hurt
Ashish Gadnis
Hazami Barmada
Stephen Couchman
Shaku Selvakumar
Samantha Snabes

Client Testimonials

We did it! Nancy brought the energy, insights and look into the future that not only made the meeting a smashing success, but guided us through the planning process to ensure we were building a program that would inspire, educate and (appropriately) instill a little caution about each attendees preparedness for what’s ahead. The feedback from our participants and internal team has been F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

Lori Stillman - EVP, Analytics, Insights and Intelligence Advantage Solutions

Nancy, Kathryn and their team both conceived of and executed a major event for my company, GigaOm. I cannot image anyone on the planet better capable of both having such a big, clear vision, and also executing on that vision. They are excellence personified, and not incidentally, an incredibly nice people as well.

Byron Reese - Publisher, GigaOm

Play Big Inc is profound yet nimble, learned yet intuitive, systematic yet ingenious... a perfect blend of right and left brain, the yin and yang necessary to further a brand in today's and tomorrow's consumer world. They are the brains you wish you had on staff but sadly realize you don't.

Pam McNeely - Tournament of Roses

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