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Sarah Baldeo

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Elevate your organization with Sarah Baldeo, a renowned neuroscientist and tech strategist.

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Experience the expertise of Sarah Baldeo, a leader with 20 years of neuroscience, tech, and strategy prowess. From TED to ELEVATE, her keynotes inspire global audiences. Honored with top awards and nominations, Sarah's impact extends to guiding companies through IPOs and leading innovation at CGI. As CEO of IDQ Advisory Group, her visionary leadership continues, driving excellence and diversity in tech. Elevate your event with Sarah Baldeo's transformative insights.

Why you should book Sarah Baldeo for your next event

  • With a proven track record of consulting for industry giants like Uber and Google, Sarah Baldeo offers unparalleled insights into innovation and technology.
  • Sarah’s leadership has steered companies through successful IPOs, providing invaluable expertise in navigating complex transitions.
  • Sarah Baldeo’s accolades as an award-winning strategist and entrepreneur underscore her ability to deliver results and drive organizational success.

Known for her captivating presence and insightful expertise, Sarah Baldeo is not just a motivational speaker; she’s a catalyst for transformation. She is an experienced neuroscientist, technologist, corporate strategist and entrepreneur, closing on 20 years of leadership experience. In 2023 Sarah graced more than 50 stages, and gave 24 keynotes, was featured on 960AM radio, and most recently nominated for the DMZ 2024 Women of the Year Award & the Top 25 Women of Influence Award.

As CEO of IDQ Advisory Group, Sarah continues to drive innovation, drawing on her executive roles at esteemed organizations like Deloitte Canada and FinancialForce. With a diverse educational background, including an Executive MBA and a neuroscience degree, Sarah brings a unique blend of analytical rigor and creative insight to her keynotes. But Sarah’s impact extends beyond boardrooms and conference halls; her involvement in mentorship programs and advisory boards reflects her dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

From prestigious events like TED Conferences to grassroots initiatives like FEM for STEM, Sarah’s dynamic presence captivates audiences worldwide. Whether she’s sharing insights on stage or appearing in national TV commercials, Sarah’s commitment to improving accessibility and equity resonates deeply with audiences. As she prepares to release her upcoming book, “The Resilience Equation,” Sarah’s influence continues to grow, offering organizations a roadmap for navigating change and building a more resilient future.

But what truly sets Sarah apart is her ability to connect with her audience on a personal level. Her engaging storytelling and relatable anecdotes create an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, sparking meaningful conversations and driving real change. Whether you’re a seasoned executive or a budding entrepreneur, booking Sarah Baldeo for your event is the first step towards unlocking your organization’s full potential and charting a course for success in today’s competitive landscape.

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Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

The Next Frontier of AI: Metacognitive Intelligence

An overview of Artificial General intelligence and the current landscape of sentient AI, how it’s tested, the results of tests and where self-aware AI is beginning to evolve. The keynote covers the implications for responsible AI and safety as well as concerns around bias in algorithms

Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Quantum Computing

What is Quantum Computing? Some experts claim that it will take decades for quantum computers to be real but in late 2024 a 50-Qubit computer is slated to be released.

How will quantum computers change our public key infrastructure, how we store data, and how we encrypt sensitive information. What are the risk mitigation approaches we can take in cybersecurity and fraud prevention.

Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

AI & Deep Fakes

This keynote contains:

  • An overview of multi-factor authentication, KYC/AML, digital identity and the changing landscape of fraud and bias in AI as deep fakes becoming easier to create.
  • Solutions to deep fakes and fraud.
  • How to detect when ChatGPT has been used or image generation.
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Neurotechnology – The Next Step

This keynote contains:

  • An overview of the newest neuro-tech available and how it will impact human relationships, brain damage, rehabilitation and the potential to become part of everyday life with wearables and even memory adjustments.
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

AI 101

An overview of AI – neural networks, machine learning, generative AI, neuromorphic engineering – what does it all mean, how does it work? And most important, what does it mean for your industry. This talk focuses on demystifying AI and the complex lexicon for any audience, whether they have a tech background or not.


  • Understanding AI
  • AI and applications in the client industry
  • Resources and learning tools to practice AI in real time

Key Takeaways:

  • AI is not new, it’s been around since 1956
  • AI lexicon can feel confusing but there is a 4-pronged approach to understanding how it works and how it can work to make your life easier and more productive
  • Tools to use and practice AI with for anyone with any background
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Business Transformation and the Impact of Change on Your Brain

The 5th Industrial revolution is here – RPA, digitalization, and AI are driving the pace of change forward at rates previously unseen. Across industry lines business transformation has taken hold and within the workforce definitive lines have formed – those who can adapt and those who are struggling with adjustment.

The best digital transformation plans have a structure that encapsulates Business Structure, Processes, Operations, IT, Security, and People – unfortunately most DX plans evaluate decisions segregated from the workforce impact.

This presentation will focus on the neuroscience of change and how understanding these impacts can help you form a better Business Transformation Plan.


  • Effective Change Management Practices
  • Understanding the physiology of change on the brain
  • How to bring your team on the transformation journey

Key Takeaways

  • The 5 th industrial revolution: AI, Blockchain, Robotics – what this means for the workforce
  • The neuroscience of change – the prefrontal cortex, the hippocampus, the amygdala all work together to tie decision making, memory and emotion together
  • We are wired to experience change as negative as a result of how new neural synapses formulate – make change a part of your process consistently and your teams will react positively.
  • Positive reinforcement and behavioural conditioning can minimize negative impacts to your teams.
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Ageism & AI, How technology can drive inclusivity for all ages

Modernization and transformation are two key buzz words that have been en vogue long before Covid-19. As we consider artificial intelligence, neural networks, robotic process automation and deep learning – how do the approaches, methodologies, applications and solutions that we design created and launched in an inclusive way?

Technology is often designed to automate – but user experiences can sometimes fall short of being accessible to users of all age groups. Beyond ageism in applications – we can also reflect upon how to adjust our organizational change management strategies to avoid using exclusionary jargon, or leverages lexicons that make it even more difficult for all age groups to participate in change.


  • How to structure your organizational change in a way that includes users of all ages
  • Terms in AI and digital transformation that may be unfamiliar
  • Approaches to creating solutions that are accessible for all age groups

Key Takeaways

  • Accessibility and inclusive strategies to ensure digital transformation includes age groups across the board
  • Different archetypes we can use in the framework for change that are designed for Gen X
  • How Gen Z, Gen Y, Gen X all have similarities in processing change
  • Generative design and advanced personalization – what do these concepts mean in UX Design and why do they matter in battling ageism
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Investing in Digital Transformation on any budget

Most businesses consider AI an expense that will be far too exorbitant for them to actually implement unless they have a $100k plus budget. The perception of AI and Machine Learning are that often they are cost prohibitive for small to medium businesses – and beyond this, that the ROI for non-tech businesses is quite low. Once entrepreneurs have made the commitment to invest in AI and ML they often seek guidance on where to invest their funds, the timing of the investment, and what pricing models exist in the market.

This presentation will focus on devising a budget plan to effectively utilize a realistic budget for AI for entrepreneurs. Subscription models and implementation costs for AI tools will be reviewed, as well as key questions to ask service providers during the pricing discussion. Often AI service providers do not disclose the long-term costs of AI tools – the session will also provide an overview of key questions to ask before signing a contract. Lastly, we will go through the exercise of which investments have the highest ROI for small businesses, the fastest.

Key Takeaways

  • Review the 7 elements of a business that are most impacted by AI.
  • Talk about Return on Investment and reasonable timelines for AI to start generating profit.
  • Allocation of a theoretical $1000 budget.
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Introducing Agile Methodology into Any Organization

Many companies make a decision to pivot from one technology framework to another without understanding that Agile is not one size fit’s all.

This presentation will focus on providing insights around Kanban, scrum, agile, waterfall, ITIL and illustrate that organizational structures need to be matched and aligned with the right technology approaches.

The presentation will provide use cases, examples and specific tools for 1) determining your organization’s culture and tech alignment and 2) Introducing tools across the organization to ensure successful and lasting tech evolution.


  • Public versus private sector organizations have different regulatory compliance needs. These requirements directly influence selecting a tech protocol that aligns with Operations, HR, Delivery, and  IT.
  • C-suite executives need to be aligned across the value chain in order to ensure effective implementation of ANY restructuring to a tech stack approach.

Key Takeaways:

  • Agile works perfectly for companies with a bias for action and a low need for stringent documentation.
  • ITIL often suits public sector organizations best as moving to quickly between iterations of a technology makes documentation and compliance difficult.
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

Mindful DEI – Why Humans are naturally Biased

This presentation will share crucial insights on understanding why human beings are inherently biased based on the neuroscience and engineering of our minds. The focus will be on providing tactical strategies for creating diversity in a mindful and meaningful manner in an executive network.

Sarah Baldeo will cover power and influence theory, attribution bias, and themes centralized around both science and psychology of how we can program ourselves to build new neural networks in our minds that help us to be more successful in any project.


  • Understanding power dynamics in a network and how to build diversity in a deliberate manner.
  • Teaching the audience how to create a “network map” and identifying areas for inclusion.
  • Illustrating life examples from Sarah’s own experience pivoting from being a neuroscientist to a corporate technologist.

Key Takeaways:

  • Survival mechanisms engineered human beings to consider anything different from ourselves as a “threat”.
  • There are specific tools we can leverage today to evaluate our decision making as it pertains to network building.
Keynote by speaker Sarah Baldeo

The Metaverse, Understanding Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality for any Environment

The Metaverse is a big audacious and fascinating topic for manner. This presentation will unpack the topic of metaverse and explain in relatable terms how augmented reality and virtual reality can change any element of our lives, how metaverse will impact how we work and entertain ourselves and lastly how society can be positively impacted by metaverse experiences.

Most of the fears around metaverse include concerns about people limiting real life interaction or the threats of surveillance/lack of controls on identity authentication behind avatars.

Sarah Baldeo will walk the audience through a down-to-earth explanation of where metaverse tech stands today, how it’s changing lives through psychology and accessibility use cases, and where metaverse is headed.


  • The audience will understand how the metaverse is built, where it is built and how people can interact with the metaverse and each other.
  • Explanation of key terms: blockchain, interoperability, ZKPs.
  • Overview of current and future use cases for metaverse.
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