Cheryl Cran

Futurist and Future of Work Consultant, Best Selling Author

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams to build future workplaces, today. Her research into the future of work, technology, innovation, and generations impact provides data and strategies to help drive transformation in a fast paced world. Thousands of her clients have benefited from her expertise in change leadership, organizational development, leadership development, communication planning, project management to result in growth, evolution, and success.

Cheryl’s background includes being a high performing leader in the corporate finance and insurance industries. While in the banking industry, she was promoted quickly to management, and from there was groomed to senior leadership. After ten successful years as a leader in banking, she was head-hunted by a national financial insurance company to head up their regional portfolio. In the two years she was there, her team helped to grow the company and increase market share by over 30%.

She is the author of six books, including her upcoming fall 2015 release, The Art of Change Leadership –Driving Transformation in a Fast Paced World; 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work; and Leadership Mastery In a Digital Age. Her articles have been featured in EntrepreneurForbesMetro New York, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Selling Power, Builder Woman, Managing People, Meeting Planners Industry and more.

Cheryl was awarded the Global Consultant of the Year award in Shanghai at the TMI World Partners meeting in 2014. She is the Past President of the Global Speakers Federation 2012-2013, and on the board of directors since 2010. In 2012 she was inducted into the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame.

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  1. The Future of Work Is Now – Are You Ready? Trends, insights and research on the Future of Work
    Employee engagement, creating future ready leaders, attracting and retaining top talent are all elements that are rapidly changing and impacting the way we work and how we need to change to meet the challenges of the future workplace today.  This keynote will provide researched global business insights, thought provoking, creative, leading edge ideas and strategies on how leaders can take immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability and execution NOW as we head towards 2030.
    Attendees will leave this session with:
    • A look at the trends and technologies shaping the future workplace today
    • Ideas for leaders and their teams to adapt their personality style and leadership style to the fast changing workplace
    • “How” to successfully work with and engage the multiple generations in the workplace
    • Insights into how leaders need to adapt to the ever-changing reality of worker attitudes and shifting attitudes on loyalty, job satisfaction and how work is done
    • Mindset model on how to navigate fast pace of change as we head to future of work
    • Research on the multiple intelligences needed to navigate the future of work
    • Case studies and examples of progressive companies and leaders on the leading edge of creating innovative future ready workplaces
    • Strategies on how to get everyone on board with the overall future vision, build excitement for the company’s direction and create commitment and buy-in to taking action today and for the future
  2. The Best Way to Create the Future is to Map It: Map your future with creativity and agility
    Many disruptions including government shifts, global disasters, mergers and acquisitions, artificial intelligence, robotics, and changing worker attitudes is causing the need for leaders to be able to map the future of work for their company and for their teams.  The type of leadership that is needed during these fast-paced times is the ability to flex in times of flux. Agility, adaptability and innovation are key attributes that will help leaders to drive the change and transformation needed to get to the future of work.  This future of work keynote provides insights into the future of work and strategies to proactively map the future as a leader. Dynamic ideas and creative approaches to help build future ready leadership that drives transformation towards the future of work.
    Attendees will leave this session with:
    • Insights on the impact of AI and robotics on your industry locally and globally
    • A bi-modal model on how to leverage the best of what’s working now with data from future trends research
    • Case studies of organizations that have successfully mapped their future by being on top of trends and future of work
    • How to harness the ‘people first’ principle of future workplaces and a look at leaders who have leveraged technology to enable extraordinary value for clients and employee experience
    • A ‘what needs to change’ and ‘what will never change’ checklist to help prioritize strategic actions towards future of work
    • Inspiration, ideas and a ‘map’ of the future for self/teams/business that can be put into practical application right away
    • NextMapping™ model and steps to create your future for self/business
  3. Future Ready Teams - How to Create Agile, Adaptable & Innovative Teams

    Agile, flexible and innovative teams are the Future of Work. This future of teams’ keynote provides dynamic insights into the future of teams and how team structure is morphing to meet the real-time disruptions and demands of fast changing world. Research shows that small teams with highly motivated and engaged individuals are able to innovate and execute very quickly. The impact on business with high performing teams is faster ideas to market, nimble solutions for client experience and ultimately competitive advantage.

    Attendees will leave this session with:
    • The latest research on team dynamics needed for future of work
    • Statistics and data on the best future of work structure of a team, the best mix of personalities, aptitudes and more
    • Strategies for team members to build a ‘me to we’ future of work attitude
    • A mindset model on how to shift towards a ‘shared leadership’ team culture
    • Ideas on how to cross collaborate, break down silos and innovate across the business
    • How to create agile, adaptable and innovative teams
    • Inspiration and plans to ‘map out’ what’s next for your teams to be future of work ready
  4. The Future of Attracting & Keeping Top Talent
    95% of companies surveyed cite a big focus for the future is finding and keeping top talent in the age of robotics, remote workers and increasing competition.  This keynote provides trends, case studies, and creative ideas on recruiting and retaining talent.  Fortune 500 CEO’s surveyed state that even with the age of robotics they are planning to continue to seek and hire talented people well into 2020 and beyond. The competition for attracting top talent is increasing, and as quickly as people are being hired and trained other industries are approaching and poaching talent. In addition, the increase in freelance and entrepreneur opportunities for millennials is making the talent search even more challenging.  What can companies do? What do leaders need to do to win the war for talent?  In this keynote, you will learn how to map out a strategy and plan on how to attract top talent and how to retain them for longer than average time frames.

    Attendees will leave this session with:

    • The latest research for your industry on future trends regarding attracting and retaining top talent
    • Insights into current reality of finding and keeping good people the stats and the best practices
    • Innovative ideas on finding the right people that are suited for your industry
    • Creative ideas and examples from global companies winning the war for talent
    • The top ten ‘attractors’ of what top talent want when looking to work for a company
    • How to be a company that ‘attracts’ talent, including having transformational leaders and creating a culture that focuses on shared leadership
    • The number one reason people leave an employer and how to fix it
    • A greater understanding of why investing in recruiting alone is a no-win approach
    • Creative solutions that you can put into place right away to increase your wins in attracting and keeping top talent
  5. The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World
    This change leadership keynote is for everyone because “everyone is a leader!”  Increasing fast pace of change requires a culture where everyone is a change leader.  Everyone in the workplace is working in times of intense technological innovation and dealing with ongoing rapid change and disruptions.  The key is how to inspire and engage everyone to be ‘leaders of change’ and to dynamically increase innovation, collaboration and success for everyone in the company and for the business overall.  This keynote focuses on how each individual can harness their own inner abilities to lead change and personal leadership in a positive and proactive way.  This keynote is based on Cheryl’s book “The Art of Change Leadership” (Wiley 2015)
    Attendees will leave this session with:
    • Further insight into how is fast change is impacting the speed of work and how we as leaders need to build adaptability to the new reality
    • A shifted perspective on how we as individuals can harness positive stress and leverage time in an increasingly fast-paced work environment
    • A clear understanding of how each generation views change, deals with change and strategies to improve change responses and actions
    • The change cycle and how to use this model to lead change for self and for others
    • Insight into their own personal change behaviors and tools to leverage their individual ability to adapt more quickly to ongoing change with a positive approach
    • Tools to lead change with multiple perspectives including emotional intelligence, generation intelligence and energetic intelligence
    • A change leadership ‘next map’ that will outline your next steps to creating the future that you want to create
  6. The Future of Leadership

    Never before have workplaces had so much ambiguity, uncertainty and constant change.  Workers are challenged with doing more with less, learning at the speed of disruption and working with diverse situations.  There is a massive opportunity for leaders to create the future for themselves and their teams.  With the increase of digital transformation there is a calling for leaders to be connected, empathetic and inspiring for their teams. 

    In this keynote leaders will learn: 

    The most recent and up to date research on the future workplace and what it means for leaders today Statistics and sentiment analysis on worker attitudes and what workers want today and in the future from their leaders Leadership models on the ‘me to we’ mindset and mapping the future of the leadership journey Tips and strategies on how to leverage leadership mastery to increase the attraction and retention of top talent Inspiring ideas that can be put into immediate action to increase employee motivation and engagement Practical daily actions to help leaders feel energized and to help their teams to be inspired and excited to create the future of work  Cheryl Cran future of work expert and founder of NextMapping shares inspiring, uplifting and practical ideas for leaders to be future ready now! 


We had Cheryl as our Keynote speaker at our annual strategic retreat for our senior leaders. Her presentation on “Leading With Power, Energy & Passion” was exactly what our team needed. Cheryl has the unique ability to ‘hear’ what we needed and to completely create a customized message that was EXACTLY what we needed . Her knowledge of technology, leadership tools and emotional intelligence and her ability to give us tools to leverage our skills was right on track with where we need to go as a leadership team. We have a team of highly intelligent and accomplished leaders who are quite jaded and we had one of our long term leaders say, “I have been coming to these for years and Cheryl was by far the most relevant and excellent leadership expert we have had to date”. As a leadership expert Cheryl combines research, applied knowledge and tremendous insight that ultimately will help our leaders to perform to their next level of success.
VP Sales & Marketing PHM Hotels
We had Cheryl Cran as one of our main speakers at our annual HR Summit 2013 in Singapore, this event is the largest HR event of its’ kind in Asia. Cheryl’s session on ‘Lead With 2020 Vision’ was eye opening and very relevant to the HR professionals attending this event. Her combination of trend research, humour, and audience interaction was a hit with our group. We would love to work with Cheryl again.
HR Summit 2013 Singapore
Cheryl Cran is not Sheryl Crow but she is a rock star none the less! We had Cheryl as our closing keynote speaker for a series of programs for our leadership groups. Cheryl worked with us on over a dozen events where she delivered to about 6000 general managers in total from the AT&T system. Her keynote, “Lead with 2020 Vision” was THE icing on the proverbial cake of our two day events. Her ability to weave in the messages of the other presenters, her ability to engage the groups with humor, fun, authenticity and provocative thought was quite simply amazing and EXACTLY what we needed as a close to our events. Her stage presence, her use of audience interaction and her depth of knowledge on how today’s leaders can lead change, transform people and grow business in the digital age was the reason we hired her and she is so easy to work with, it was a pleasure to have her on our team. We would definitely work with Cheryl again.
VP AT&T University
Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker at our leadership conference and her keynote titled: “The Art of Change Leadership – Make it Happen Make it Matter” was a great success with our store leadership team. At Rubicon we are growing and experiencing lots of internally driven change and externally imposed change. Cheryl’s research and customization for our group made an impact with us. We appreciated the texting, polling and interaction along with the usable content, actionable ideas and follow up responses to the groups text questions. Cheryl delivered on our objectives and helped our store leadership team to think in new and elevated ways about change, integration of business and future success.
COO, Rubicon Pharmacies
Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker at our recent MISA BC conference for municipal IT professionals – Cheryl’s keynote was a hit with our group! I appreciated a number of items with Cheryl’s keynote – there was the perfect balance of content, research and ideas along with inspiration. Feedback from our attendees was phenomenal and they were grateful for the ability to text questions to Cheryl and her candid responses along with the polling to engage the group. Attendees left Cheryl’s keynote feeling energized, inspired and ready to take ideas and action back to the workplace and put into place right away for increased success. Cheryl exceeded our expectations!
Conference Committee, Municipal Information Systems Association of BC (MISA-BC)
Cheryl was our keynote speaker at the UVA Wise Economic Forum and she presented “The Future of Work is Now – Are You Ready?” The response from our audience included comments such as: “Fantastic and inspirational view of the future” “Loved the blend of practicality along with a push to help us be more innovative” “Phenomenal ideas on how we can innovate and increase real time creativity for future success” “Excellent research and statistics on the future of work and its relevance to both education and business” “Inspired by Cheryl Cran” We would definitely have Cheryl back to provide more insights on the future of work, innovation and change leadership.
University Virginia at Wise
Cheryl Cran was a hit at our ISBN conference. Cheryl’s content was perfectly timed for our group of C-Level executives as it helped them organize a conference full of ideas into a concrete strategy to move their organization forward. Our group is very discerning and can be critical of speakers outside of the salon and spa industry, but Cheryl’s keynote dynamic and was right on the money. Cheryl customized her keynote for our group, The Future of Work Is Now – Is Your Salon Ready? and her message was the perfect balance of research, relevant ideas, enlightening looks into the future as well as preparing for future disruptions. Unlike most keynotes, Cheryl proactively offered teaser materials, including a video a blog and also offered to survey the attendees as well as conducting live polling engagement and including their feedback in her keynote. We also had Cheryl facilitate a mastermind discussion on attracting top talent and her group was standing room only. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to others.
International Salon Spa Business Network
Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for our Calgary Stampede Leadership Summit. Her keynote: Future Ready Teams – How to Create Agile, Adaptive and Future Ready Teams was phenomenal and very engaging for our people leaders. During the workshop, many of our people leaders text Cheryl during the keynote and were very complimentary about her thorough explanation and genuine responses. Our people leaders were excited about the content and eager to apply what they were learning to their roles. Cheryl’s time and care in preparing and ensuring she was in tune with our group was greatly appreciated including her pre survey to attendees, interactive polling during the keynote as well as the text message of questions. Cheryl modeled what it looks like to leverage technology while engaging and inspiring people to go from ‘me to we’. Cheryl provided excellent insights into future trends affecting business and she gave some creative ideas on how we can leverage our success. Cheryl’s approach is intuitive, research based and highly interactive which was the perfect fit for our discerning group of leaders.
The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd.
Cheryl was our opening keynote speaker for our Innovation Unplugged Skills Summit in Toronto. From our first conversation it was obvious that Cheryl was very knowledgeable in the Future of Work and took the time to understand the objectives of our organization and our event. Her presentation was engaging and informative and set up the rest of our day perfectly. We had a diverse audience which included secondary school students, educators, industry experts and government officials. Everyone took something away from Cheryl’s speech and commented on the power of the presentation in their feedback comments. I would welcome working with Cheryl again in the future.
ICTC President and CEO

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