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About us

ExO Works is a global business advisory group comprised of a core leadership team and a global ecosystem that helps catapult organizations into the world of exponential thinking.

Solutions

ExO Works provides corporate solutions driven by a higher purpose, designed to implement invention, innovation, and creativity within the traditional organizational structure.

Development

Our goal is to support you in transforming your organization. To create a new mindset. To teach you how to be adaptable. To provide you with necessary resources.

Development

Our goal is to support you in transforming your organization. To create a new mindset. To teach you how to be adaptable. To provide you with necessary resources.

Coaching

ExO Works was built to catapult the established organization into the world of exponentiality and innovation. Our team of certified coaches and industry experts will be your guides.

ExO Works Core Team

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

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Michael is the CEO of ExO Works, a specialized global business advisory group working with organizations industry-wide, supporting senior leadership in understanding and responding to the emergence of the Exponential Organization (ExO). Michael previously spent 20+ years in corporate development roles with the leading education and media companies: Euromoney Institutional Investor, Kaplan Inc and Pearson Inc before founding Greenshoot EdTech an advisory practise in 2014. He has most recently consulted to CEO’s of The Princeton Review and Singularity University. He has worked across multiple client industries including financial services, healthcare, education and real estate. His career has seen him based in Hong Kong and New York and conducting business through South East Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. His career started in Hong Kong. Michael is a regular speaker on disruption, exponential technologies, exponential organizations and innovation. He has recently conducted sessions in Bangalore, Cartagena, Copenhagen, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro and St Tropez.

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

Michael oversees sales, marketing and product/market strategy for ExO Works. He has 22+… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

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Michael is the CEO of ExO Works, a specialized global business advisory group working with organizations industry-wide, supporting senior leadership in understanding and responding to the emergence of the Exponential Organization (ExO). Michael previously spent 20+ years in corporate development roles with the leading education and media companies: Euromoney Institutional Investor, Kaplan Inc and Pearson Inc before founding Greenshoot EdTech an advisory practise in 2014. He has most recently consulted to CEO’s of The Princeton Review and Singularity University. He has worked across multiple client industries including financial services, healthcare, education and real estate. His career has seen him based in Hong Kong and New York and conducting business through South East Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. His career started in Hong Kong. Michael is a regular speaker on disruption, exponential technologies, exponential organizations and innovation. He has recently conducted sessions in Bangalore, Cartagena, Copenhagen, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro and St Tropez.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Bryan Johnson

Director of Operations

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Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery and consultant certification. He has over a decade of corporate experience focused on enhancing leadership capability as well as driving innovation through corporate strategy and succession planning. He brings an extensive background of guiding business leadership in defining and implementing strategic direction tied to growth objectives.

Bryan Johnson

Director of Operations

Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Bryan Johnson

Director of Operations

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Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery and consultant certification. He has over a decade of corporate experience focused on enhancing leadership capability as well as driving innovation through corporate strategy and succession planning. He brings an extensive background of guiding business leadership in defining and implementing strategic direction tied to growth objectives.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

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Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message, voice and style guide within our global network. Vanessa has a background in business operations, marketing and social media, and has consulted a variety of businesses on brand development and promotional strategy.

Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message… Read more>

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Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

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Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message, voice and style guide within our global network. Vanessa has a background in business operations, marketing and social media, and has consulted a variety of businesses on brand development and promotional strategy.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Lars Lin Villebaek

Consulting Director

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Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has 25+ years of experience in the technology sector from Fortune100’s to a series of his own startups in China, India and Europe.

Lars Lin Villebaek

Consulting Director

Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has…Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Lars Lin Villebaek

Consulting Director

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Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has 25+ years of experience in the technology sector from Fortune100’s to a series of his own startups in China, India and Europe.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Kelsey Driscoll

Director of ExO Speakers

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Kelsey oversees the ExO Speakers hub, in addition to managing the ExO Works Circle community. With a background in International Relations, she has applied knowledge in business operations, event coordination, client relations and innovative business models.

Kelsey Driscoll

Director of ExO Speakers

Kelsey oversees the ExO Speakers hub, in addition to managing the ExO Works Circle community…Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Kelsey Driscoll

Director of ExO Speakers

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Kelsey oversees the ExO Speakers hub, in addition to managing the ExO Works Circle community. With a background in International Relations, she has applied knowledge in business operations, event coordination, client relations and innovative business models.

ExO Works Founders

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Salim Ismail

Serial Entrepreneur, investor, author 

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ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general. Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization’s mindset forward by two years. Salim has also been building Singularity University (SU) since 2010 initially as its founding Executive Director and currently as Global Ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is the author of best-seller Exponential Organizations.

Salim Ismail

Co-Founder

ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Salim Ismail

Serial Entrepreneur, investor, author 

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ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general. Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization’s mindset forward by two years. Salim has also been building Singularity University (SU) since 2010 initially as its founding Executive Director and currently as Global Ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is the author of best-seller Exponential Organizations.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

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Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations around the world to design and implement disruptive innovation strategies. He is the co-author of the book Transform: How to Become an Exponential Organization in 10 Weeks, designed to help companies implement the ExO model step by step. Francisco collaborates with leading business schools and universities, such as Singularity University and IE Business School teaching entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He has been honored with several prestigious international recognitions and was granted the TR35 award by MIT, honoring the Top Innovators under 35. Francisco holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Granada, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School. He is also a graduate student of Singularity University and was mentored by Steve Blank on Lean Startup Methodologies at Berkley University.

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

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Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations around the world to design and implement disruptive innovation strategies. He is the co-author of the book Transform: How to Become an Exponential Organization in 10 Weeks, designed to help companies implement the ExO model step by step. Francisco collaborates with leading business schools and universities, such as Singularity University and IE Business School teaching entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He has been honored with several prestigious international recognitions and was granted the TR35 award by MIT, honoring the Top Innovators under 35. Francisco holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Granada, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School. He is also a graduate student of Singularity University and was mentored by Steve Blank on Lean Startup Methodologies at Berkley University.

ExO Core Team

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

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Michael is the CEO of ExO Works, a specialized global business advisory group working with organizations industry-wide, supporting senior leadership in understanding and responding to the emergence of the Exponential Organization (ExO). Michael previously spent 20+ years in corporate development roles with the leading education and media companies: Euromoney Institutional Investor, Kaplan Inc and Pearson Inc before founding Greenshoot EdTech an advisory practise in 2014. He has most recently consulted to CEO’s of The Princeton Review and Singularity University. He has worked across multiple client industries including financial services, healthcare, education and real estate. His career has seen him based in Hong Kong and New York and conducting business through South East Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. His career started in Hong Kong. Michael is a regular speaker on disruption, exponential technologies, exponential organizations and innovation. He has recently conducted sessions in Bangalore, Cartagena, Copenhagen, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro and St Tropez.

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

Michael oversees sales, marketing and product/market strategy for ExO Works. He has 22+… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

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Michael is the CEO of ExO Works, a specialized global business advisory group working with organizations industry-wide, supporting senior leadership in understanding and responding to the emergence of the Exponential Organization (ExO). Michael previously spent 20+ years in corporate development roles with the leading education and media companies: Euromoney Institutional Investor, Kaplan Inc and Pearson Inc before founding Greenshoot EdTech an advisory practise in 2014. He has most recently consulted to CEO’s of The Princeton Review and Singularity University. He has worked across multiple client industries including financial services, healthcare, education and real estate. His career has seen him based in Hong Kong and New York and conducting business through South East Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. His career started in Hong Kong. Michael is a regular speaker on disruption, exponential technologies, exponential organizations and innovation. He has recently conducted sessions in Bangalore, Cartagena, Copenhagen, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro and St Tropez.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Bryan Johnson

Director of Operations

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Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery and consultant certification. He has over a decade of corporate experience focused on enhancing leadership capability as well as driving innovation through corporate strategy and succession planning. He brings an extensive background of guiding business leadership in defining and implementing strategic direction tied to growth objectives.

Bryan Johnson

Director of Operations

Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Bryan Johnson

Director of Operations

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Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery and consultant certification. He has over a decade of corporate experience focused on enhancing leadership capability as well as driving innovation through corporate strategy and succession planning. He brings an extensive background of guiding business leadership in defining and implementing strategic direction tied to growth objectives.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

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Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message, voice and style guide within our global network. Vanessa has a background in business operations, marketing and social media, and has consulted a variety of businesses on brand development and promotional strategy.

Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

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Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message, voice and style guide within our global network. Vanessa has a background in business operations, marketing and social media, and has consulted a variety of businesses on brand development and promotional strategy.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Lars Lin Villebaek

Consulting Director

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Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has 25+ years of experience in the technology sector from Fortune100’s to a series of his own startups in China, India and Europe.

Lars Lin Villebaek

Consulting Director

Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has…Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Lars Lin Villebaek

Consulting Director

Linkedin-Follow  Twitter-Follow
Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has 25+ years of experience in the technology sector from Fortune100’s to a series of his own startups in China, India and Europe.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Kelsey Driscoll

Director of ExO Speakers

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Kelsey oversees the ExO Speakers hub, in addition to managing the ExO Works Circle community. With a background in International Relations, she has applied knowledge in business operations, event coordination, client relations and innovative business models.

Kelsey Descroll

Director of ExO Speakers

Kelsey oversees the ExO Speakers hub, in addition to managing the ExO Works Circle community…Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Kelsey Driscoll

Director of ExO Speakers

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Kelsey oversees the ExO Speakers hub, in addition to managing the ExO Works Circle community. With a background in International Relations, she has applied knowledge in business operations, event coordination, client relations and innovative business models.

ExO Works Founders

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Salim Ismail

Serial Entrepreneur, investor, author 

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ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general.

Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization’s mindset forward by two years.

Salim has also been building Singularity University (SU) since 2010 initially as its founding Executive Director and currently as Global Ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web.

He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is the author of best-seller Exponential Organizations.

Salim Ismail

Co-Founder

ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Salim Ismail

Serial Entrepreneur, investor, author 

Linkedin-Follow  Twitter-Follow

ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general.

Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization’s mindset forward by two years.

Salim has also been building Singularity University (SU) since 2010 initially as its founding Executive Director and currently as Global Ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web.

He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is the author of best-seller Exponential Organizations.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

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Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations around the world to design and implement disruptive innovation strategies. He is the co-author of the book Transform: How to Become an Exponential Organization in 10 Weeks, designed to help companies implement the ExO model step by step. Francisco collaborates with leading business schools and universities, such as Singularity University and IE Business School teaching entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He has been honored with several prestigious international recognitions and was granted the TR35 award by MIT, honoring the Top Innovators under 35. Francisco holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Granada, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School. He is also a graduate student of Singularity University and was mentored by Steve Blank on Lean Startup Methodologies at Berkley University.

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations… Read more>

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EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

Linkedin-Follow  Twitter-Follow
Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations around the world to design and implement disruptive innovation strategies. He is the co-author of the book Transform: How to Become an Exponential Organization in 10 Weeks, designed to help companies implement the ExO model step by step. Francisco collaborates with leading business schools and universities, such as Singularity University and IE Business School teaching entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He has been honored with several prestigious international recognitions and was granted the TR35 award by MIT, honoring the Top Innovators under 35. Francisco holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Granada, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School. He is also a graduate student of Singularity University and was mentored by Steve Blank on Lean Startup Methodologies at Berkley University.