Rita J. King
EVP, Business Development
Rita works with leadership teams around the world. She is the author of the forthcoming Wiley book, POWER PAIRS, a creative, pragmatic approach for building collaborative relationships and strong teams in the workplace, using cutting edge organizational and behavioral science to argue that human personalities aren't so much static "types," but a combination of innate impulses and shifting relational dynamics.
Features by Rita or about her work have been published in many places including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, TIME, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Design Observer and the BBC.
She is known for wearing a sparkly gown to deliver a NASA talk at the request of children who planned to attend. The topic of the talk focused on her specialty – applying imagination to complex problems including our relationships with our creations, each other and ourselves.
She has served as Innovator-in-Residence at IBM and futurist at NASA Langley’s think-tank. Rita is currently a futurist at the Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, for which she invents technologies, novel characters and story architecture for Hollywood and TV. Earlier in her career she was an investigative journalist and a Senior Fellow at multiple think tanks including the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, where she conducted two years of research across 17 countries, focused on the real world impact of digital culture and identity. She contributes to the ongoing debate around autonomous technology and how humans create and relate to it. She studies crows to learn about intelligence and communication.