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 Corporate transformation coach   ·     Award-winning keynote speaker   ·     Proven entrepreneur

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Helping Companies to Grow Exponentially

Emilie Sydney-Smith is CEO of ExO Works, helping large companies like Siemens Energy, UBS, Visa, HP, P&G, Rio Tinto, Bristol-Myers Squibb and BHP to emulate the world’s fastest growing companies.


She draws from her track record in helping build a startup to a $300 million valuation over 2 years.  She also spent a decade in private equity, evaluating the growth potential of around 100 business opportunities per annum.  That gave her a deep understanding of the patterns that make a business likely to thrive or fail.


Emilie is a consistently highly-rated keynote speaker, panelist and workshop leader.  In 2019, she spoke for clients and at conferences in Bahrain, Bangkok, Boston, Budapest, Cape Town, Dallas, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Paris, Perth, Sao Paolo, Silicon Valley, and Sydney.  In 2020, she delivered nearly 100 online keynotes.

We are entering the era of the highest wealth creation and destruction the world has ever seen.  18 emerging technologies will transform our everyday lives and each create trillion dollar new industries.  Yet most existing companies are simply iterating on their existing core products and services, many of which will soon be obsolete.  In fact, $3.5 trillion has been wasted on corporate innovation in the last decade, while Big Tech created $7 trillion in value.


ExO Works is the only company that has created billions of dollars of return on investment for large corporations by helping them graduate beyond incremental innovation on yesterday’s businesses, to implementing a genuine 4th Industrial Revolution transformation.  

ExO Works coaches the clients’ own people to improve their current businesses with innovations that are tenfold (10X) better than the status quo and to create the new profit centers of the future.  Therefore, she shares the latest proprietary case studies of achieving multiple +$100 million per annum gains per client within 18 months for under $10 million total investment.  ExO Works is averaging a 70X realised returns for its clients and 3X retention of their A-players; converting their cost centres into profit centres; combining innovation and growth with updating skillsets, mindsets and culture in companies; and unscrambling their "spaghetti balls" of data to get genuine real-time insights to decision-makers.  She offers a practical roadmap to actioning change throughout companies.  


ExO Works was Founded by Chairman, Salim Ismail.  He determined the shared attributes between the world’s fastest growing companies and shared them in Exponential Organizations, one of the best-selling business books ever published.  He was the Founding CEO of Singularity University and has presented the ExO methodology to many of the world’s top business and leaders and Heads of State.


ExO Works delivers the next generation methodology beyond Agile, Lean or Design Thinking.  It creates ultra-engaged new SWAT teams that help companies avoid disruption and place smart bets faster than their competitors.


60% of corporate innovation teams have failed, and many more are in zombie-mode.  They produce only “Innovation Theatre”.  In contrast, ExO Works helps innovators navigate the politics of the corporate immune system to get 10X innovations into implementation and create the best-selling products and services of the future.  


Audiences also love hearing about how futuristic technologies like flying taxis, genomics, 3D printing, quantum computing, virtual reality and machine learning are actually being applied by her clients.


"It's the best presentation I can remember (in any forum)"

"We won’t find anybody more inspirational to motivate us."

"Emilie was wonderfully inspiring, especially in a time when many are feeling disconnected and uncertain. It’s was fantastic to hear about the potential."

" Wow – that is mind boggling. Can I book a slot for my team?"

“The best presentation to investors I have seen in 10 years”

Winner of GasSpeak award for the best presentation of the year.

“Emilie reads a tech book per week and it really shows”

"Loved all of it Emilie, you’re a pro, thank you! The personal touch in the deck – excellent! Not easy to keep a digital audience engaged, and you’re a master."

"That content was so important, you should be presenting to the UN General Assembly"

"You mesmerised the audience (as expected).  Some colleagues are texting me liking very much your presentation".

"The whole project and the meeting today are opening my eyes.  I see how limited we used to be in our daily work with all these “processes for processes”  and approvals and restrictions etc.  How did I forget that I wanted to change the world?  This opportunity is exactly what I was looking for to find the direction!  I don’t know what would be the result of the sprint, but for sure you are changing my life."

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