Vanessa Mason - Keynote speaker,  March 4, 2021  

Vanessa Mason is the research director at the Institute for the Future, a 52 year old nonprofit organization that helps individuals, organizations and communities think systematically about the future. Her futures research explores how we can redesign and reimagine health and well-being across business, social, and civic spheres.

Her newsletter, Future of Belonging, explores how we can redesign tools and remodel approaches to fulfill the basic human need for belonging over the next decade as loneliness, alienation, and exclusion become more pervasive.

Throughout her career, she has worked to design and scale products, services, experiences, and communities that improve health. 

Vanessa has written for and been quoted in several media outlets including NPR and Fast Company. She has been recognized as a 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health Scholar, 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley, 2016 New Leaders Council San Francisco Fellow, 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter and as a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University.