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Leah Coss is an Entrepreneur with a background in Franchising & Culture Development with brands such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Having specialized in an industry based on automation and watching as technology is quickly adopted, among even the most resistant industries, she saw that Businesses & individuals were being “blindsided” by change and had to confront their Value within the economy. Even more alarming was that the education system was not preparing youth for The Future of Work. Co-Founding Build a Biz Kids & The Fuel Academy, Leah’ mission is to help Businesses & individuals remain relevant in this ever-changing economy.

Speaking Topics for Businesses

Employee Obsolescence. Hiring for The Future of Work

You have a role that needs to be filled and they need the right technical skills for the job. But how long will those skills remain relevant in this rapidly advancing climate? If you’re not looking beyond technical skills when hiring, then your employees could become obsolete within 3-5 years. Turnover is expensive, as is lost productivity. What should you look for when hiring a candidate and how can you ensure they will thrive within the role over time? Discover how you can hire smarter, reduce turnover, and create a culture of development, rather than complacency and entitlement.

Automation Has Always Been the Key to Success. We Just Have Fancy Computers Now.

Michael Gerber’s E-Myth back in 1986, and then revisited in 1995, became a bible for franchise and non-franchised businesses. It was essentially the non tech version of automation. It made tasks faster, easier to duplicate and less expensive workers were able to be hired for the roles. So why is Automation in the Tech age such a Hot Topic for controversy, fear, blamed for mass layoffs and the idea of AI sends quivers down the spines of some like the movie Terminator did to my kid self in the 80’s. In this talk we will discuss what Automation really is and how it can be a good thing for Management & staff at all levels, when executed with proper timing & strategy. 

Speaking Topics for Individuals & Youth

Staying Relevant in An Ever Changing Economy

You know that change is inevitable. You may even like the idea of change and progress. But when it comes to our job and the value we perceive that we add to the world, the idea of change can be daunting. How can you stay relevant in an economy that is evolving faster every day? If I choose a career, will it become obsolete in a few years? If I go to school, will my education still be in demand by the time I graduate? If new technology can do what I do, where will I go? This discussion will dive into which skills you should double down on and how to remain relevant & valuable in your career and the economy. 

Perspective is the Key to Happiness & Finding Your Passion

Find your passion and you will have a life of success and happiness. Great, HOW and WHEN will I find it?

Life is about the journey, not the destination. Also great, but what if the journey is hurts and it is a struggle to get out of bed each day?

There are many books and speakers who do a great job uncovering different ideas on these topics, but yet so many of us are still trying to answer those questions. I believe that Perspective is the answer. Gaining perspective is the journey, perspective is the passion. Perspective breeds empathy and understanding. It helps us to visualize how we fit into the larger, and even larger, scope of things. Perspective is something we all have a bit of, but not quite enough of, and that is the journey we will take in this talk. 

Speaking On Topics In Education

Preparing Students for the next 30-40 Years of their Careers

We are fortunate that our students are entitled to go to school for 12 years before we let them out into the world to build their futures, contribute to society and be a part of the growth of our economy. They can Vote, they can Work, they are Consumers and they can Reproduce. But is education preparing them for these critical aspects of life? Is it the educations responsibility to prepare them in these areas? If not, who? And who were they taught by? We will explore new ways of looking at education and it’s ability to fuel our economy in more ways than it has ever before. 

Soft Skills vs Academic Skills. What is the Balance?

It’s hard to ignore the research and case studies arising regularly around the importance of Soft Skills in the workplace. Hiring based on Academic or Technical skills is no longer a safe long term plan for an employer. But what is the balance? What is removed in order to make way for the new? And how can education remain relevant? Introducing Foundational Skills. We will discuss the evolution of foundational skills and how educational institutions can assess their curriculum through new lenses based on new objectives.

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Let’s Talk about the current future

Schedule Leah Coss for Your Next Event 

Keynotes, Panel Discussions, Workshops

If it involves:
* Tech, AI & Automation
* Future of Work
* Preparing Youth Through Foundational Education
* Managing Change in the Workplace
* Skills Labour Gap
* Fighting Obsolescence as a Business or Individual
* Perspective Economics
* The Education “System”

Or what all of these topics mean for your Industry, your Business, your Employees, you as an Individual or our Youth, Leah would love to be a part of the discussion.