Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin is a co-founder of Boma Global and the CEO of Boma New Zealand. She spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

She is also a co-founder and trustee of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome and has served on many boards, including as Chair of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and Deputy Chair of ChristchurchNZ and CORE Education Ltd.

After training with Brené Brown, Kaila became a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, and has worked with hundreds of people to increase courage as a core competency. She is also a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a Project Management Professional. She is a renowned national and international public speaker, sought after by corporates, government agencies, industry groups, and more.

Kaila was formerly the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica. A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.



“The future we’re living into”

We’re leading kids into a future that looks radically different to today. It’s not just technological change — it’s political change, economic change, social change, climate change… and all of these vectors of change are converging to create a highly uncertain and ambiguous world. 

In this talk, Kaila Colbin takes a startling look at the dramatic implications of the changes coming our way, and some profound insights into what’s truly important as we prepare ourselves — and our learners — to adapt and thrive in a dynamically changing world.



“The call to courage”

As we’re gearing up for an ever more volatile and ambiguous world, the one certainty is the importance of courage. But what exactly does this mean? Building on from her keynote, in these breakouts Kaila Colbin will touch on the four skill sets of courage, and work with participants to understand more deeply the one essential element that unites them.

Trained by world-renowned courage expert Dr Brené Brown, Kaila Colbin has facilitated courage-building programmes for more than 1,000 people. She has a profound and unique understanding of how our all-too-human fears and feelings play out in organisations—and how to work with that humanity for extraordinary results.

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