Disruption Readiness Live

Featuring Michelle Royal and Larry Quick

Thursday, May 18, 4-7 p.m.
USF Kate Tiedemann College of Business
140 7th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Disruption Readiness: LIVE featured Australian business strategist Larry Quick (co-founder Resilient Futures, author of Disrupted and The Disruption Readiness Test) and innovation expert Michelle Royal (CEO and founder of RIDG, author of the forthcoming One Billion Innovators). The program focused on the topics of leadership, teams and business strength and provided participants an in-person opportunity to learn about the Five Thresholds of Disruption.


The Speakers

Michelle Royal

CEO and Founder of RIDG

Michelle Royal is the CEO and founder of RIDG (Royal Innovation Design Group).

She is a self-made speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur, having been raised in the scaling Subway franchise empire. She has owned her own business for 15 years, and has helped her clients get six- to seven-figure returns on their growth, leveraging disruption through applied innovation principles.

She is an innovation expert with 20 years of experience, specializing in using visualization and facilitation to create breakthroughs in state of mind and behavior. She served as the first Innovation Coach for the European Union, is a Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Innovation and holds a Masters of Business Innovation (MBI) from the Deusto Business School in Bilbao, Spain.

She is an artist, with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, that brings visual stories together to unlock the creative potential of organizations and individuals.

Michelle has worked throughout North America as well as England, Spain and New Zealand and is proud to call St. Petersburg, FL her home. She has been named a 2016 finalist for the “Business Woman of the Year” award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and is a member of Leadership St. Pete. In addition, Michelle’s expertise has contributed to over $3,000,000 in funding for local start-up organizations in Florida.

Larry Quick

Strategist, Author and Speaker

Larry is a strategist with significant global experience in both the corporate and civic sectors. He is the co-author of Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change and The Disruption Readiness Test, author of the Strategy in Action framework and the founder of Resilient Futures.

For over twenty years Larry has researched disruption and resilience while helping organizations get on the front-foot in leveraging disruption – in all its forms. In his view, disruption promises significant strategic opportunity and must be approached as a tailwind and not a headwind.

Larry also draws upon a recent study by Resilient Futures titled – “Disruption 2016: What Business Leaders Think”. The survey provides rich data and compelling insight as to where organizations are at in their understanding and approach to disruption – both digital and other.

He has designed, led, and facilitated countless strategic programs that draw upon his expertise in corporate strategy, innovation, economic development, technology strategy, sustainability and urban planning.

A cancer survivor Larry is “committed to squeezing every ounce out of life that this great world can bring.” Larry lives in Woodend, Victoria with his wife Helen.

For an in-depth view of Larry’s background visit his Linkedin