Marian Cook

Guest Speaker

Digital Transformation, Future of Cities, Technology Strategy

Areas of Expertise

Facilitator  •  Corporate Innovation  •  Future of Work

About Marian

Marian Cook is a seasoned executive, teacher, and author with nearly 30 years of experience in helping public and private sector enterprises digitally transform to thrive in the future. She is a trusted advisor to heads of governments and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Currently, Marian serves as Principal at Slalom Consulting leading their Digital Transformation consulting practice focused on emerging technology, organization design and effectiveness, and workforce development and innovation. She also leads a gubernatorial advisory board composed of heads of innovation from large corporations in the State of Illinois.

Previously, Marian served as the Chief Strategy Officer, Innovation & Technology for the State of Illinois working for the Governor where she led the state to create a vision and roadmap for a ‘Smart State’ powered by Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies. Illinois is the first state in the United States to have developed such a vision.

In addition to serving as a regular speaker on impact of emerging technologies, Marian serves as Head Learning Facilitator for MIT’s Blockchain Certification Program offered on-line by the Sloan School of Management.

Speaking Topics

  • Future of Cities

    The future is urban. As millions migrate to the cities and digital systems become pervasive within them, urban change is going from linear and local, to exponential and global. Within just a few decades, 80% of the world’s population will live in massive, interconnected cities. Accelerating technological change will be more intensive and disruptive. The city is being transformed by smart technologies, changing how it runs and manages public services.

    Cities aren’t all about technology however. They are about our social, physical, mental, economic and environmental health. They are manifestations of our humanity. In this discussion we will cover important questions such as: What will that future look like? Where can we glimpse it today? How can we prepare for it? What might be the unintended consequences? And how can we get it right?

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