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Barry Winkless

Strategic Design & Change Expert

Barry Winkless

Strategic Design & Change Expert

Strategic design and change expert Barry Winkless is a thought leader in innovation and engagement. With a particular focus on how society is changing and what that means to the world of work, Barry has worked globally with some of the world’s most respected organisations. With over 23 years of cross functional expertise, Barry Winkless is also a frequent author and speaker at numerous client and external events.

Barry heads up the Future of Work Institute (part of Cpl & Outsourcing Inc- a global Talent organisation), a multidisciplinary team working globally to question, explore and design future work solutions with organisations. So he isn’t just a speaker but is actively pushing the frontiers of the future of work everyday in the real world.

An example of strategic design and change expert Barry Winkless’ exceptional keynotes is ‘The Future of Work: The next competitive advantage‘. At approximately one hour long including a Q&A, This talk will give an overview of what the future of work is and why as leaders we should take this opportunity to re-frame what we know and alter our organisations DNA for the better. Drawing from the latest research program ‘Future of Work Land’ this talk will highlight the most important word for the future of work, why experience design is the new critical competency for HR leaders and introduce the 3W FOW model as a decision making tool for connected leadership.


  • The future of work and society,
  • creativity & creative leadership,
  • designing employee & client experiences,
  • technology foresight,
  • immersive storytelling
  • new operating models.


‘Even on a very early, grey rainy morning, Barry’s fascinating and impassioned talk took hold of our group and the attention span quickly. His unique anecdotal style interspersed with theory and facts showing the depth of his own research in these interconnected areas means that he is accessible to all types of personalities and thinkers that make up a large group and department. If anything tops that, it is Barry’s lived experience and openness together with his professional acumen that made this talk so effective and unexpectedly meaningful. Barry and his seminar work give so much more back to us than they take in time we allocate for them. What better ROI is there?’ – Linda Ni Chualladh, Chief Privacy Officer at Citi

‘Barry Winkless is a fantastic speaker. We have had the privilege of having Barry speak at France Ireland Chamber of Commerce events on this topic and always very insightful.  Merci Barry’- Cliona McGowan, Director of France Ireland Chamber

‘Barry is a like a breath of fresh air as he communicates and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to think about our changing society and the future of work. He recently provided a keynote address for TYTalks21 attended by 16,000 transition year students during Covid, telling them that they hold the keys to a better future and inviting them to think like designers – designers of their own future. The quality of his thinking along with his ability to engage with a young audience were instrumental in making the event a huge success.’ – Sharon Higgins, Director at Ibec.

To book Barry Winkless for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email
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