Kiko Suarez

Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Central Indiana

Keynote Title: Positive Disruption

Complexity, leadership and change are concepts that are inextricably linked. The world is changing fast, and we live in turbulent times accelerated by the speed of technological change and massive amounts of information. It seems like society has decided to walk the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy in reverse gear, in search for answers in a sea of big data. Revolutions and recessions have caused some analysts and policymakers to believe that we are facing what they have called a big global reset, a new normal where many people suffer the consequences of increasingly more difficult conditions of living, and organizations must cope with change at a much faster rate.  How can leaders create the conditions for successful change in such chaotic times? How can we help ourselves and those around us thrive, not just survive, in a complex world? 

 Key Objectives/Takeaways Participants Will Learn: 

  1. Explore the differences between managing change and leading change 
  2. Discover the three axioms of successful change 
  3. Learn how wise leaders navigate complexity and thrive in turbulent times 

Speaker Bio

A native of Spain and a resident of the central Indiana, Dr. Kiko Suarez 25-year career includes a unique blend of international experience in strategic planning and philanthropy, community relations and communications. From 2009-2016, Suarez served as lead executive for communications and innovation at Lumina Foundation. He also directed the Foundation’s work in social impact investing and evaluation. Prior to 2009, he served as a public affairs and communications executive for NextPhase Wireless and CEMEX. Suarez’s extensive background in corporate communications also includes more than a decade at DuPont, where he rose from the ranks of the information technology team to global online leader. 

Suarez earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain), where he also earned secondary degrees in management of telecommunications and new media. He earned a master’s and executive MBA from Oxford International University and Theseus Business School (France), respectively. He holds a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University, Ohio. 

Among his many publications and speeches, Suarez presented “Eight dimensions of wise design that could change everything” at TEDx at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in 2014. Dr. Suarez has been serving as the Chief Community Impact Officer at United Way of Central Indiana since August 2017.