We help visionary leaders play bigger.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

This invitation from Marianne Williamson has never been more relevant. Society is transforming. Exponential advances in connectivity and technology, precarious economic, political + social structures, and an emerging consciousness are causing an old economy of autonomy + extraction to quickly shift to a new economy of collaboration + contribution. Focus must shift from predictably replicating success (and constraining all risk) to learning how to responsibly navigate these rapid changes and embrace the abundant opportunities they offer.

why

what

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.

Strategic Consulting & Coaching

New business models, new competitors (collaborators?), new ethical questions, and abundant new opportunities require a completely fresh look at what it takes to thrive ahead. We apply our unique future-focused perspective and holistic strategic approach to help visionary teams uncover whole new areas of growth, productivity and innovation.

how

Executive Summits/Conferences

New ideas, new connections and most of all, new possibilities rev us up! We apply our intellectual energy and unique strategic approach to design and produce experiences that expand understanding and inspire action.

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.

who

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.

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.

Visit nancygiordano.com

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

PYNKrs

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
Christopher Allen
Dan Goodwin
Danielle Gould
David McConville
Dominique Bel
Donna Ferrato
Doug Rushkoff
Eric Horvitz
Gilad Berenstein
Heike Riel
Jackie Huba
Jacqueline Novogratz
James V Hart
Jean M Russell
Jeff Leitner
Jerry Michalski
Jessica Agneessens
Joel Selanikio, MD
John McClurg
John Papola
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
Whurley
Kevin Clark
Chip Conley
Leyla Acaroglu
Trey Holder
Mark Halverson
Elliot Kotek
Doreen Lorenzo
David Rose
Julia Ormond
Mike North, PhD
Jacki Morie, PhD

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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