Outsmarting Your Kids Online
A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents
Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail. Mac asks, “if it’s so easy to disrupt, the question we need to ask ourselves is why isn’t everyone doing it?” No matter how confident and established the company, everyone needs a blueprint—and Mac’s talks provide you with just that.
Disruption means to interrupt the normal course of things, and Amber Mac is especially fluent in the art of disruptive strategies. Mac started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. What others thought was a trend, she recognized as an explosion. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. Mac eventually left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. Then, she launched her own digital media agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach Tony Robbins. Since then, her client list also includes Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Nintendo, GE, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, and many more leading organizations.
“Canada’s top social-media expert on how to build a brand.”— Canadian Business
An insatiable media adopter, Mac is currently host of the top-rated (and award-winning) podcast, The AI Effect, now in its second season. The AI effect explores the Canadian AI ecosystem and the extraordinary pace of its technological growth, focusing on the rewards and perils for individuals, businesses, and society. With her co-host, Jodie Wallis of Accenture, Mac interviews guests like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Joelle Pineau of the Facebook AI Research Lab, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and many others about the challenges and benefits of AI adoption in Canada. In 2019, The AI Effect won Best Technology Podcast series at the Canadian Podcast Awards, beating out hundreds of others podcasts.
“Amber Mac is a virtual Swiss Army Knife of networking: she displays an endless amount of enthusiasm and energy that nearly crackles off the page. More importantly, she demonstrates a deep and practical understanding of the necessity of extending one’s personal and professional presence online.”— The Miami Herald
Mac is the author of the national bestseller Power Friending and Outsmarting Your Kids Online. Mac has delivered keynotes at more than 300 events around the world, including an event this spring where she interviewed PM Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Toby Lutke about the future of digital. Mac’s expertise includes business innovation, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. In 2018, DMZ named Amber one of 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio and has more than two million social media followers online.
“Amber was an outstanding keynote. The audience was very engaged, and I think they appreciated her honesty. I thought throughout she did a great job of referencing her experience in tech and business with her perspective as a parent. Her presentation was really thoughtful, a balance of optimism about the great things tech can do for us, along with a frank discussion of the possible pitfalls.”Halton District School Board, 2018 Parent Involvement Conference
“Amber was a big hit! She delivered a really great presentation and her message was very well received by our crowds. She was super lovely onsite too, so we're overall very happy. Thanks for following up, hopefully she enjoyed her time!”PwC Management Services
“Thank you for leading us to Amber MacArthur. She wowed the crowd at the Coremetrics Marketing Showcase in Austin! Amber has terrific energy and her message was right on target. It was rewarding to hear all the enthusiastic conversation about her presentation over the breaks and in the hallways. You might be interested to know that her session received a higher rating than any other session during the week, including keynotes, breakout sessions, and training. The top session is always the Product Roadmap, which received a 4.69 out of a possible 5.00, but this year Amber edged that out with a 4.73! I hope you’ll pass along our sincere appreciation and thanks to Amber; she’s a star! And once again, the Lavin Agency proved that you understand the qualities we’re looking for in a speaker and you delivered top-notch talent within our budget.”Coremetrics
“Amber filled the room with energy, providing lots of practical advice and free on-line tools to help build your personal brand. Delegates took the information to heart as we saw an increase in participation in our social media vehicles right away.”WiN-Canada
“I just wanted to follow up to thank-you for taking the time to work with us during our National Sales Conference. I know we only had a few weeks to work with you leading up, but your presentation was amazing! The energy you have and the breadth of insight you have in the digital space is so impressive. The team here is still buzzing about your presentation which is fantastic for our group! I’m not certain if it is still possible, but quite a few of the team members are asking if they can have a copy of your presentation. I know that you are probably quite busy but if this is still an option, we would love to share this with our teams. Thanks again for bringing so much value to our session!”Workopolis National Sales Conference
While we’ve obsessed about millennials for almost a decade, it’s time to shift focus to the next generation. Generation Z (people born between 1995 and 2010) is an economic powerhouse that represents a quarter of our population—and is growing. They buy differently, engage differently, connect differently, and think differently. In this talk, Amber Mac explains how to break down your digital strategy into four simple steps to reach this next audience: Rethink Mission, Rethink Work, Rethink Platform, and Rethink Communication. From the Internet of Things to big data, personal privacy to digital security, online marketing to social leadership, she incorporates today’s leading tech trends into a rich multimedia presentation. As the author of a recent book that focuses on this generation and a frequent innovation expert on Bloomberg, Fast Company, CNN, and other outlets, she understands firsthand why companies in all industries must fight to adapt to reach this post-millennial group successfully.
A decade ago, we saw our first warning that digital technology might rule us, and not the other way around. In 2007, hardcore Blackberry owners experienced what was quickly coined “phantom vibrations”— pesky little alerts going off in their pockets or purses, even when their devices weren’t anywhere nearby. Since those days, much has happened. Platform giants like Facebook and Amazon have come to affect nearly a quarter of the world’s economy. And while digital provides plenty of great opportunities, there are also plenty of dangers, too. In many ways, the digital economy could also rightfully be called the “distraction” economy: according to a 2016 Microsoft report, our average attention span has dropped from 12 to 8 seconds, and that means lost employee productivity for businesses, relationship issues for families, and physical accidents due to loss of concentration. Throughout this timely keynote, Amber Mac will discuss today’s distraction risks (such as procrastination) and distraction rewards (such as autonomy) that define our new reality. And as a digital productivity expert for organizations like Fast Company, she’ll also share the best remedies that can put us back in the driver’s seat with digital tech so we can better manage the distractions of today, and tomorrow.
Need a charismatic and authoritative host for your event? Beyond her dynamic keynotes, Amber Mac is also a seasoned emcee and moderator, comfortable leading Q&As with diverse guests in any setting. Drawing on her wealth of knowledge and palpable comfort with audiences, as a host, Amber Mac ensures a fun, focused event with her trademark ability to provide sparkling commentary and effortless flow.
We obsess over innovation. But innovation is overrated. If you look at the smart companies that are prized for “innovation,” you see that they are actually masters of “adaptation”—of knowing when to adjust, when to speed up, and when to capitalize. It’s not about being first; it’s about being flexible. In this thrilling new talk, Amber Mac looks to leading organizations, many of which she covers for Fast Company, to explore the practice of relentless adaptation. Is your company taking advantage of disruptive new technologies, or simply being disrupted by them? From the C-Suite to marketing to customer service and beyond, a newly adaptive corporate culture, defined by digital technology and bold leadership, is fundamentally changing business. And Amber Mac has had her ear to this fertile new ground for years. Fusing new concepts like crowdsourcing and gamification to a timeless strategic framework, this big picture talk sheds light on how to adapt, and how to win, in our fast-forward economy.
For parents, educators, policy makers, and marketers in the digital age, it’s increasingly difficult and stressful to understand the Internet from a young person’s perspective. Not only are children more comfortable with technology than adults, but they’re also getting better at hiding behind it. Privacy and security policies can’t keep up with the speed of new technology, leaving people of all ages vulnerable to threats. And as a result, kids are diving into all sorts of dangerous situations online and adults aren’t equipped to save them from drowning.
In this keynote, based on her new book Outsmarting Your Kids Online: A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents, tech expert Amber Mac provides 10 steps to better privacy, safety, and citizenship. Covering concerns around social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and so forth), online video, mobile applications, screen time, targeted attacks, and even the security hazards of tomorrow, this keynote is an ideal way for parents, educators, policy makers, marketers, and more to learn how the next generation is shaping the Internet.