As the Executive Director for VisionGreenwood, my role is to focus on Greenwood’s future and position our community for growth and success. Through meaningful conversations and community collaboration, we can collectively ensure that our community is prepared for opportunities and is not left behind with the fast pace of emerging technologies. The reality is that we were drastically unprepared for the pandemic and the huge leap forward in technology such as robots, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, and now Web 3.0 and the Metaverse. Coupled with “the Great Resignation” and the change in the nature of work, I knew that it was essential to have this conversation in our community and that it is a vital link in the framework for the future. That’s when I reached out to John McElligott to deliver a keynote presentation for community leaders and students in my hometown of Greenwood, South Carolina.
I needed someone to be blatantly honest with our community while connecting the dots in a practical way, and John did not disappoint! His presentation was powerful, intriguing yet inspiring, and has created dozens of conversations from local government to entrepreneurs to organizations at the state level. But John went beyond just the keynote event; he took a personal interest in fully understanding our community. In fact, he went above and beyond by delivering two outreach presentations to all of the tenth-grade students in the school districts and gave an eye
opening experience that impacted their futures! In just 45 minutes, they went from knowing very little about robots, Artificial Intelligence or Advanced Technology, to nearly 300 students signing up to learn new skills, have their voices heard, and demand that we do better as a community in preparing for an uncertain future.
If you are looking for someone to consult or deliver a keynote at an event, the choices are endless. But if you’re looking for someone to help create and build a movement or transform a community, look no further because John McElligott will exceed your expectations.

Kay Self – Executive Director for VisionGreenwood

Wisconsin Public Service

I’ve had the pleasure to hear John speak at two recent conferences, in 2015 & 2016. He was equally engaging at both, very energetic and quite able to capture the audience’s attention. When you see the audience gaze at the speaker and not their cell phone, you’ve got a hit! John was dynamic, interesting, and thought provoking. He was on point with the audience and they could see the relevance in his presentation. I would absolutely recommend him for any number of speaking engagements.

Carol Karls – Manager at Business & Community Development at Wisconsin Public Service

Central Pennsylvania Business Journal

Not a cough could be heard in the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey conference room as manufacturing leaders from across the region gazed at projected images of a small drone hovering in the air with an attached handgun firing off shots. Forget all those old motivational poster platitudes about change and how it drives businesses to evolve and expand. John McElligott wants you to think about disruption. McElligott’s concept of disruption is a force for good — for those prepared to embrace it. His points weren’t lost on me. As a business journalist, scoping trends is my bread and butter. This is the challenge of our times.

Roger DuPuis – Central Pennsylvania Business Journal

Whittaker & Associates

John and I shared the podium at the Utility Economic Development Associates Fall Conference last year. The skill with which he presented the need to “embrace disruption” in his remarks held the audience’s attention and resulted in several follow on questions. More importantly, his remarks were still being discussed by the group at their spring conference held six months later. Johns ability to predict and communicate the disruptive changes that are coming and that now are upon us demonstrates the value of his insights. John is a personable articulate communicator of the future…a true time traveler.

Dean F. Whittaker – Founder & President Whittaker & Associates


John is a dynamic speaker who provided a thought provoking peek in to the future using trends and concepts that are on the cutting edge of becoming everyday reality. If your organization or region is going through change or you are starting a strategic planning process, John’s talks will open your mind to thinking differently to help steer you away from a typical outcome.

Ed Sitar – Manager of Economic and Business Development at ComEd


John’s thought provoking content about the pace of change, artificial intelligence and the need to embrace disruption wowed me at a Pennsylvania Economic Development Association conference and made me proud to introduce him at a national Utility Economic Development Association forum where he took the house down. He is young, energetic, well prepared and personable, super-intelligent and engaging, and on the cutting edge of innovation, a five-star addition to any line up! Highly recommended.

Maureen Sharkey – Senior Economic Development Specialist at PECO