Emilie Sydney-Smith

CEO ExO Works
Corporate Transformation Coach
Award-winning Keynote Speaker
Futurist strategic planner for exponential organisations with resourceful, action-oriented approach
Solid history of generating imaginative, commercially-successful solutions
MTP: Maximize the net benefit of technology to global business and society
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Emilie Sydney-Smith is the CEO of ExO Works, a corporate transformation consultancy which helps large organizations like Visa, HP and Procter & Gamble to:

  • Protect themselves against disruption;
  • Incorporate the attributes shared by the world’s fastest-growing companies; and
  • Build new business lines that could grow exponentially.

In her role as ExO Works CEO—and in her experiences as an ExO Sprint Coach and Ecosystem member before that—Emilie has helped Fortune 500 companies and other corporations around the globe protect against technological disruption while building new business lines capable of swiftly surpassing the profitability of their core revenue streams.

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With the support of the global ecosystem and community of ExO Coaches and Ambassadors, she is excited to continue helping organizations adopt the same methods that have propelled the world’s fastest-growing companies into exponential growth.

When not running ExO Sprints, Emilie can be found delivering other workshops, keynotes, and engaging with the global business community as a mentor, speaker, and thought leader.

First introduced to the Global Energy Sector during the early 2000s, Emilie would earn recognition as one of the field’s leading consultants after helping grow an energy production startup, Sydney Gas Ltd, to a US $300 million valuations over 30 months. From which, a shareholder would enjoy 400% gains.

She then spent a decade in private equity, evaluating nearly 100 potential US$20 – 200 million investments annually. This honed her ability to recognize patterns that could drive or kill company growth. Following this, Emilie went on to serve as the founder and CEO of Unearth Corp, a company that adapts and repurposes proven technology from aerospace and defense companies in order to reimagine the world’s energy infrastructure.

Emilie brings with her more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, private equity, and investment banking, technology commercialization, technology transfer, and corporate communications.

I think for Emilie, she should have 2 bios. A normal one about her. And another one that promotes her and ExO works (what she and ExO Works does.) For a bio about her, I’d take this out since part of it is in the next paragraph. But more about her and not what ExO does.

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How to Emulate the World's Fastest Growing Companies

As a result of accelerating technological disruption, a new breed of businesses is scaling ten times faster than other organizational structures – exponential organizations – while many established companies are failing.  Emilie describes the eleven shared attributes of the world’s fastest growing organizations, and reveals how your company can most effectively implement those attributes to scale just as fast.  We are living amidst the greatest wealth creation ever seen, so learn how to harness these new engines of wealth.

Investing in Tomorrow's Exponential Organizations

Emilie combines her decade of private equity, venture capital and investment banking experience with her work on transforming some of the world’s biggest companies into Exponential Organizations to advise investors around the world. She shares how to evaluate the potential of companies to delight future customers amidst accelerating market changes and avoid being disrupted.  She help investors spot companies that are leveraging new business tools to achieve tenfold improvements in cost, productivity, profits and influence.  She also helps sort the reality from the hype on emerging technologies.

How to Profit from Disruptive Convergence

Emilie describes major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies like renewables, sensors, 3D printing, VR/AR, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, robotics, biotech, drones, cybersecurity, and private space projects and how they may impact your industry and your customers’ needs. She describes the convergence of these technologies, which are turning “nice to have” single-play ideas into “must have” problem-solving products.  She helps audiences trace the flow-on effects that may surge through unexpected industries and society as a result.  She tailors this analysis to each specific audience.

Prosperity Amid the Clash of Ideologies

Accelerating technological disruption is widening the gap between tech optimists and those being economically and psychologically left behind or alarmed.  When presenting to organizations, Emilie explores the impact that this widening gulf is having on global governance and society, and describes the balance we need to find in developing safe, beneficial technologies for humanity.  She explores how the audience can best position themselves and their families to prosper from the coming technological disruptions.

Favorite New World-Changing Technologies

This is a fun, interactive one-day workshop sampling of the most mind-blowing new technologies that will soon transform our lives, health, economy, environment, democracy, safety and pursuit of happiness.

We are now inundated with an overwhelming amount of information.  Although everyone comes across many new technologies, it can feel chaotic working out where they fit into the big picture of accelerating change.

Emilie succinctly illustrates/showcases the main technologies and business trends disrupting our world, to arm you with a vision of the whole “chess board” and how each piece relates to the others.  She shares how “killer apps” are emerging for each technology, which can dramatically improve lives and profitability.  She also explores the existential risks from each.

She devotes the preparation time to tailor each session to the client or industry, rather than giving canned speeches.  Each client is brought dozens of actionable ideas.

Brainstorming of New Exponential Initiatives

Emilie leads outcome-obsessed brainstorming sessions, so that you can immediately start putting new technologies and business methodologies to profit-driving use.

She helps companies determine how to implement the same processes that were instrumental in making the world’s fastest growing companies into multi-billion dollar “unicorns”.

She often then helps companies to implement those new initiatives and access her global network of business chiefs, tech luminaries, innovators, investors, reformers and government leaders as partners, suppliers and customers.

Testing the truth in futuristic visions in movies

Emilie’s husband is an Oscars voter and Academy member, so she often talks technology with leading filmmakers.  She is also a futurist advisor to filmmakers through the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange.  In this session, we watch futuristic movie clips and together debate the likelihood of such visions becoming reality.  This fun, interactive session is suited to geeks, closet geeks and all mere mortals.


“Emilie gave the best speech to our clients that I have heard in the last five years.”

- CEO of a Financial Planning Firm
CEO ExO Works
Corporate Transformation Coach
Award-winning Keynote Speaker
Futurist strategic planner for exponential organisations with resourceful, action-oriented approach
Solid history of generating imaginative, commercially-successful solutions
MTP: Maximize the net benefit of technology to global business and society
Inquire About Emilie
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