Institute for the Future
Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, he has helped organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future including corporations such as P&G, Walmart, United Rentals, and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a range of major universities and nonprofits.
The author or co-author of twelve books, including the best-selling Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present, Leaders Make the Future, and The New Leadership Literacies: Thriving in a Future of Extreme Disruption and Distributed Everything. He is currently writing a new book that will be out in early 2020 called Full-Spectrum Thinking: Escaping the Boxes in a Post-Categorical Future. Johansen’s books are used widely in corporations, universities, nonprofits, and at the Army War College.
Johansen holds a bachelor’s from the University of Illinois, which he attended on a basketball scholarship and a doctorate from Northwestern University, as well as a master’s that focused on world religions.
President and CEO
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Héctor Colón is the president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS). Under Colón’s visionary and innovative leadership, LSS has adapted new models and business strategies to increase relevance and operational efficiency. Before the start of Colón’s tenure in 2017, the organization had not met its budget for four consecutive years. Since that time, LSS has generated multi-million-dollar surpluses with a gain of $2.4 million in 2019. He recently was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year byBizTimes Media and the Hispanic Man of the year by UMOS.
Héctor Colón is no stranger to financial turnarounds. As executive director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Colón worked with a team to turn multi-million-dollar deficits into multi-million-dollar surpluses. There, he led several countywide initiatives including efforts to reform the juvenile justice system, end chronic homelessness, transform mental health care, and end a 30-year waitlist for disabilities services.
Héctor will say that his own personal and professional turnaround began in boxing. As a member and champion of the U.S. national boxing team, he won seven national titles and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials. At the height of his boxing career, Colón stepped away from his Olympic dreams and the potential of millions to serve God. Today, he is an independent director on the board of USA Boxing, with a focus on inspiring athletes to discover their own paths toward personal and professional greatness.
Colón’s first book, From Boxing Ring to Board Room is set to release in June 2020.