Ready to Change Your Future?
My name is Connie Reimers-Hild. I am the Founder and Chief Futurist at Wild Innovation as well as the creator of F * School.
In 2005, I discovered that personal fulfillment was the key to motivation in adult leaders and have been on a mission to help individuals and organizations create greater prosperity for themselves, their teams, and the planet ever since. I am a certified Futurist (yes, it is an actual profession), certified professional coach and self-proclaimed Funologist (a person dedicated to the practice and study of fun) on a mission to help 100,000 leaders create greater prosperity in the future by living more fully in the present.
Wild Innovation uses the “Wild Method” – a unique blend of strategic foresight, neuroscience and nature to help leaders and organizations create more prosperous and purposeful futures.
My path combines a twenty-five-year career at the University of Nebraska with twenty years of entrepreneurship. During this time, I helped more than 150 companies and 30,000 individuals better understand and create unique innovation plans designed to achieve their ideal futures while enjoying the present moment.
But, it hasn’t all been awesome.
After doing “whatever it takes” and playing by ”the rules” during my twenty-five-year academic career (while also having a family and running Wild Innovation), I was the first female to be appointed to an Executive Director (interim) role at a university-wide Institute. Leading the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska was an enjoyable experience because we had a dedicated team of people eager to partner and innovate with leaders throughout the United States and the world as well as a successful podcast. As a Futurist, I could see the possibilities! I loved working with leaders from a several countries as well as from companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple and Verizon. I even predicted the Rise of Rural in 2015 – which is now being fueled by the COVID pandemic!
While seemingly a “success” in an organization I cherished, I suddenly found myself and my team being sidelined by new administrators who had to make budget cuts. Unfortunately, they did not use people-first methods while doing this and made our lives very difficult for several years. I am hard wired as a high-achiever and had to make some decisions designed to improve my health, family life and wild-at-heart spirit. My career meant everything to me and was a HUGE part of my identity. The last straw was an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate greater job clarity and a pay raise designed to close a pay gap of more than $158,000.
It was time for ME to say “F* It” (Future It) because I no longer saw my future at the University and declared my freedom. I began focusing on my health, family and business. I also set out on a quest to rediscover what it means to be a human, a mom, a wife and a lover of life in a modern world.
Leaving a long-term career, as a middle-aged woman, has been a challenging and insightful process.
Finding effective resources that combined both strategic foresight with coaching was almost impossible, so I used what I knew and learned along the way to create them!
I had to change my self-identity, forgive many elements of my past (mom guilt anyone?) and reignite my soul. I also had to learn that life does not have to be hard. Rather, it can — and should be — enjoyable and fulfilling. Life should be fun!
My Futurist self knows that we create our future in the present. And, I had to uncover — and in many cases rediscover — my desired future while expanding my mindset and designing daily actions and habits designed to help me achieve both my personal and professional goals. Thus, the creation of F*School (Futures School).
The Launch of F * School
F*School uses the Wild Method to blend strategic foresight and neuroscience so leaders and organizations can both map out their Purposeful Futures and create the mindset shifts and habits to make them happen.
Elements of F*School are now used in the keynotes, workshops and coaching sessions I create for clients. There is also an online course just for women going through mid-career transitions.
Wild Innovation has emerged as a company dedicated to helping 100,000 leaders create greater purpose and prosperity both people and our planet.
Wild has helped more than 30,000 people around the world so far is on track to help 50,000 by 2025.
My biggest lesson? Sometimes you just have to “F*t!” Of course that means “Future It” in my world. 🙂 I am here to help you Go Wild and “F * It” whenever you, or your organization, is ready to uncover and pursue your Purposeful Future — all while having fun of course!
Live your Future,
Strategic Foresight Consulting
Served as a strategic advisor to a non-profit while they pivoted their leadership and business models when COVID disrupted every way they worked and served their stakeholders.
Customized Online Leadership Development
How to Deal with Conflict Post-COVID
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center‘s Leadership Institute
- Thinking Outside of the UCEDD Box: Strategies for Creative Leadership with Network with Dr. Matthew Wappett
- Leading Innovative Teams: Creating Collaboration in Times of Change and Challenge
Conversations about the Future
The Importance of a Purposeful Future, Leadership & the Longevity Economy
PhD in Human Sciences and Leadership Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master of Science in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Associate of Science in Radiography, Clarkson College
Certificate in Strategic Foresight, University of Houston
Certified Gallup Strengths Coach
Certified Professional Coach, International Coach Academy
Certified Real Colors Facilitator