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Jos Dirkx

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International, award-winning speaker, founder and author whose work on The Future of Work, Learning, Diversity & Inclusion, and Conscious Leadership has influenced thousands across the world.

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World-traveled keynote speaker and Singularity University Faculty member Jos Dirkx is a two-time founder, best-selling author, global D&I expert and CEO of an Artificial and Emotional Intelligence startup. Jos is energetic, compelling and able to move the audience through exciting stories and engaging, data driven narratives. She is an experienced daychair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. She has traveled to over 100 countries and has lived in thirteen. She has speaking experience across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Her speeches for top executives – from global banks, to advertising agencies, to large corporations – are honest, clear and engaging. She has worked hand-in-hand with global dignitaries, including UN officials, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and Fortune50 CEOs. With experience across the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Jos builds connections seamlessly to motivate, inspire and move the audience. She has spoken at online conferences, with virtual audiences of up to 24, 000 viewers. Her energy, enthusiasm and ability to connect with any audience means a guaranteed opportunity for engagement and enlightenment. Her global experience means she speaks with confidence on an array of topical issues. Jos connects with corporate and casual audiences alike – embodying a natural, engaging and honest demeanor. 

Jos knows the ins and outs of the Future of Work, Inclusion, and mental health: with a diverse team of ten, her two year-old education focused startup was featured on Peter Diamandis’ Abundance360 and garners global interest given their emphasis on scalable 21st century learning models. Alongside Esther Wojcicki, best-selling author and world famous mother of three super star daughters, Jos most recently co-launched The Trick Method, which takes the globally renowned TRICK methodology to corporates. Originally from The Netherlands, Jos was born in Brazil and has lived in thirteen countries – from Bangladesh, to Senegal, to Norway, to Canada – having visited 100. Her international upbringing means she seamlessly connects with any audience – in multiple languages, if required! 

Jos co-founded Girls & Football SA, an award-winning NGO which received a letter from Former First Lady Michelle Obama. She co-launched mGirls, providing health information to over 65,000 girls across South Africa. Jos wrote 2017 Amazon Best-Seller Tackled! With contributions from Siya Kolisi and Fabio Cannavaro, launched in London, Dubai and Johannesburg and 2018 Best Book Girls Do Good with forewords from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee and self-made business mogul Huda Kattan. She has mentored, coached and trained over 3,000 people in cities as diverse as Luanda, New York, Riyadh and Amsterdam. 

Jos was selected as a 50 Global Heroes Ending Violence Against Children (alongside others like Hilary Clinton and Maria Eitel), a 2019 Woman To Watch, a Women Deliver Young Leader, a Nike Girl Effect Challenge winner, a Microsoft YouthSpark winner, an Ashoka Changemaker, and has spoken at global events from the TEDx Stage, to Glowork in Saudi Arabia, to World Economic Forum: Women in Leadership in Dubai. Her work and research have been awarded and featured in publications worldwide. 

Jos finds beauty and power at the intersection of creativity, technology and education to change our world. Jos is happy to travel and able to attend live events.

Here’s some of Jos’ most recent talks (updated October 2021):

  • Keynote September 2021 – Ahlstrom – Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Keynote July 2021 Global Skills Day – Inclusivity at Work and in Tech 
  • Keynote May 2021: CIPD ME People Conference – Future of Exponential Education
  • Panel May 2021: TieCon 2021: Future of Work with VP Facebook, EVP VmWare, EVP RingCentral, EVP 
  • Keynote April 2021: General Electric – Future of Work 
  • Keynote April 2021: Absa Bank – AI and the Future of Work 
  • Keynote March 2021: PwC – Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Keynote February 2021: Ahlstrom – Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Keynote February 2021: SingularityU – Future of Exponential Education
  • Interview February 2021: The51 – AI and Exponential Education
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    The Future of Work

    What will it take to develop and design a long-term, sustainable Future of Work strategy that allows you and your teams to grow, develop and keep up with the changing world of work?

    It’s great that you are interested in understanding how to make the Future of Work work for you. What a smart and relevant commitment to our rapidly changing world. And, demonstrating this dedication by seeking to understand more about how you can make our changing world work for your teams is key.

    Having designed inclusive AI that handles Future of Work challenges, having built Future of Work Frameworks (eg around 21st Century Competences and the World Economic Forum’s methodologies) and with work experience across five continents and over 26 countries, I’ve developed an incredible methodology of skills and values that allow me to truly speak about collaborative workplaces that thrive in the 21st century.

    This Future of Work methodology includes openness, adaptability, trust and empathy.

    Why are these skills and values so important to The Future of Work?

    • Openness

    Cultural Anthropology shows us that to build an inclusive community, we listen to understand common interests, we close gaps and build bridges, and we build a relatable structure that meets a variety of needs.

    As a DEI Expert, I’ve designed and launched successful communities by listening first, communicating clearly, and by promoting equal and safe spaces.

    • Adaptability

    Things aren’t always straight-forward. Definitely not since 2020. Adaptability brings diverse communities together through creativity, connection, leadership, analytical skills and collaboration.

    Having faced my own challenges in business and as a result of a global upbringing, I know what it takes to wake up each day and motivate those around me. I find strength in working effectively as a diverse team.

    • Trust

    Leading diversity efforts is an honor. It is about taking on the collective well-being of a group, while nurturing individual talent, skills and desires. It means reading the data and the emotional quotient of a group.

    As a Future of Work leader, I build trust by demonstrating trust. I manage remote teams seamlessly and connect people from countries as diverse as The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway to New Zealand, and everywhere in between.

    • Empathy

    Being quiet enough to hear those around us is key. Through empathy, we strengthen the ability and confidence of those around us – meaning we all have an opportunity to be heard, valued and seen.

    Designing a community that embodies belonging and empathy is by nature dependent on our ability to lead and follow with a conscious and kind disposition. Strategic leadership is conscious and empathetic at its core.

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    Creativity and Innovation – how do we best prepare for the future of learning?

    • In this keynote, Jos talks about important skills for the future like empathy, confidence and storytelling and how to leverage technology in getting these narratives across. Jos focuses on building a mindset for creativity – get ready to be challenged, to get up on your feet and to think outside of your comfort zone!

    Keynote by speaker Jos Dirkx

    Does anyone really get Diversity & Inclusion?

    We all talk about it, but do any of us really understand D&I? How can we ensure D&I becomes an automatic element in decision-making? How do we honestly and openly challenge our own perceptions around unconscious bias?

    • Through a series of exercises and real-life examples, Jos leverages an understanding of our own cultural bias in order to take responsibility for change.

    Keynote by speaker Jos Dirkx

    The Global Impact of Listening – how we can shift cultural perceptions

    • In this keynote, Jos looks at how we can have difficult conversations based on conscious communication and mindful messaging, in order to shift cultural perceptions and challenge our pre-existing bias. Through Energy Based Leadership, Jos helps executives become aware of simple cues that could change the way they do business.


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“Hugely engaging, passionate and provocative in the most positive of ways, we were delighted to host Jos on our panel.”


Jos is just amazing! She’s so humble and kind, considering her huge background, having won awards in media and being a world traveler. And despite all this she remains so beautiful in and out, and so simple and kind...


“Charming, energetic, great stage presence are the first things that come to mind. Jos is a very experienced professional that managed to fully grab the attention of the crowd with her stunning speech and passion on the subject of Diversity & Inclusion. Everything went perfectly well. Jos is a true professional and her speech was inspirational.”


At TED, we seek collaborative relationships with partners who are as interested in surfacing great ideas and stories as we are. That's precisely what we found in working with Jos


Awesome two-day program! I loved the way it was interactive…Jos makes you feel completely human. She is so amazing and follows her dreams with courage. Best two days at work. #investinyourself.

Dell EMC

Jos is so inspiring! She’s hands-on and we would not hesitate to recommend Jos!


Jos is incredible - I would recommend her in a heartbeat...She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I would go to her without a second thought...


Jos, you're phenomenal...We love the way you underlined the importance of having a deep sense of self-awareness as a key role to future proof business and personal success...

General Electric

Jos is naturally elegant while presenting...she helped us craft our presentations to make them exciting and engaging. We are all looking forward to working with Jos again...!

Van Cleef & Arpels

Beyond Jos’s leadership, what really stood out was her ability to inspire and motivate.

Evolvence Knowledge Investments
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Jos is an insightful leader, a visionary and highly motivational.

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