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Nat Irvin is a futurist, innovator, author, and composer. He’s the assistant dean of thought leadership and civic engagement as well as the Woodrow M. Strickler executive in residence and professor of management practice at University of Louisville College of Business. Irvin is also chief learning officer and musical consultant for Janelle Monaé and the Wondaland Arts Society. Previously, he created and led Future Focus 2020, an urban futurist think tank at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. He originated his THRIVALS programming in 2010 and continues to develop thought leaders through programming that attracts global innovators to discuss and develop new perspectives and transformational ideas with the next generation. Irvin has engaged leadership and management teams of Fortune 100 companies and organizations in strategic conversations on future trends. He has been a commentator for NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and an advisor to the TED Challenge.