Learn from Disruption & Innovation Speakers and Spark Change

We are living in an era of disruption. Companies are being displaced at an alarming rate by new technologies that are disrupting entire business models. In today's world, where the new corporate model is "disrupt or be disrupted," the key to success is innovation, and an innovation keynote speaker can bring your organization the insight it needs. Whether your group is looking for a keynote speech on disruptive new ideas, the keys to creating a culture of innovation, or ways to incentivize breakthroughs, our innovation speakers know what works and why. Take a look at our top disruption and innovation speakers before your next event.

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Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc.

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An award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie Fils-Aimé is a top innovation speaker and proven expert on transforming companies, re-vitalizing brands, and reshaping industries to solve daunting challenges and achieve ‘the impossible.’ Most recently, he was the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America – the first American and African-American to hold this position. Internationally recognized and revered by business leaders and gaming fans alike, Fils-Aimé helped bring Nintendo’s greatest successes – including the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and the Nintendo Switch – to the global marketplace. Using his personal story of a leading futurist as an example, he shares with audiences his principles for effective and innovative leadership, including defining a vision, courage in decision-making, and “irrefutable integrity.”

Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution, Stanford University Adjunct Professor, Chief Technology Officer at Trimble Navigation, Neuroscientist, and Technologist

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Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As an innovative strategist and a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world. Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems. As a tech entrepreneur, business strategist, and one of the top innovators and innovation experts, Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She is a frequent speaker/author on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies that will change the world.

Innovator and CEO, Uncharted

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Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted, an award-winning energy and data technology company that develops infrastructure solutions for communities, facilities, and Internet of Things. The company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old, relying on innovation and creativity. Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, innovative ideas, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S. and Founder and CEO of her own company, Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19. One of the best speakers on innovation, Jessica is one of our most requested speakers and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.

Entrepreneurial Disruptor, Co-founder and former CEO of StockX

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A business trailblazer and industry disruptor, Josh Luber combined his passion for entrepreneurship and sneakers to co-found his fast company StockX, the world’s first “Stock Market of Things,” with partners Dan Gilbert (co-founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers), Greg Schwartz, and Chris Kaufman in 2015, backed by a venture capitalist and angel investor. As CEO, Luber led StockX’s rise from idea to billion-dollar company and cemented its status as the leading marketplace for sneakers, apparel, and collectibles in under three years. One of the top keynote speakers, business speakers, public speakers can deliver an in-person or virtual keynote on the worlds leading sneakers.

Marketing Professor and Best-Selling Author of Contagious

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Have you ever wondered why more salespeople buy BMWs than other cars? Or why a name’s popularity grows after a hurricane of that name hits? New York Times bestselling author Jonah Berger has the answers. A marketing professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the New York Times best-selling author of the books "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" and "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior," Berger has spent the last decade studying how social influence works, why certain ideas and products catch on, and what we can do to make ourselves more influential. He shares with audiences the keys to harnessing this “influence” to forge great partnerships, sell slow-moving products, and be more intentional with business strategies. As a New York Times bestseller and creativity speaker, his work is regularly published in top-tier journals, he consults for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like Harvard Business Review often cover his work.

Grammy-Nominated Creator of "Poetic Voice" & Inspirational Speaker

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A school teacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may now find Sekou keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, award winning, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable. For over 15 years, Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”

Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

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Neil Jacobstein is the chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, an organization whose founders hail from Google and the X PRIZE Foundation and has a goal “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” Jacobstein, one of the best conference speakers, shares one of the most thoughtful and up-to-date looks at the future of technology and how it will impact a variety of industries. One of the top leadership experts, he explores innovation, disruption, and artificial intelligence through innovation keynotes as he offers audience a glimpse into the future and its real-world applications.

Founder & CEO of Not Impossible Labs and Author of Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done

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Mick Ebeling is an American film, television and commercial executive producer as well as an author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was named as on one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014, won the SXSW Innovation Award twice in a row (2014 and 2015), and was awarded the 2014 Muhammed Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. He is the CEO of Not Impossible, an organization that develops creative technology solutions to address real-world problems.

Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, and Former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC Xerox

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Michael (Mike) Steep is the executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities and the former senior vice president of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox. He draws on first-hand experience and anecdotes from time spent with the biggest names in Silicon Valley to instruct audiences on how to get ahead of disruptive innovation. Viewing new technology as opportunity, Mike highlights the importance of allowing innovation to trump company culture and legacies—and not the other way around.

Legendary Business Leader, Fmr. CEO of Flywheel Sports, & Fmr. President of Nike, Gatorade, & Equinox

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Executive, activist, and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother, and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Sarah's career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic brands. She is the former CEO of Flywheel Sports, former President of Gatorade, former Director at Nike, and an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands. She is the founder of Extreme Living, a consultancy focused on bringing the best out of individuals and organizations, and CEO of Exos, the world leader in elite performance training that helps people reach higher and achieve more.

Social Robotics Expert & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

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A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research specialist at the MIT Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property, she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Dr. Darling’s work has been featured in international media, and she has authored multiple academic publications and contributed to industry publications from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.

Beauty Industry Leader, Founder & CEO of Skinphorea Facial Bar, and Creator of RevitalizeU Skincare Line

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A beauty industry vanguard, Jessie Hayes-Stallings is the founder and CEO of Skinphorea Facial Bar & Acne Clinic who took her passion for skincare and manifested it into the first facial bar and acne clinic in Metro Detroit — a concept that has made waves in the industry. She has set Skinphorea apart by providing customers with medical-grade skin treatments while creating an elevated and personalized, yet convenient relaxation experience. Not only does she create experiences for Skinphorea’s skincare clients, she also creates opportunities for beauty industry hopefuls. As an investor and a mentor, she has partnered with the state to develop an apprenticeship program that offers aspiring estheticians the opportunity to train to earn their esthetic license at Skinphorea before being offered a full-time position at the company.

Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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With a medical, scientific, and philanthropic career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has devoted her life to improving the human condition through innovation. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. She was formerly the first female chancellor of University of California at San Francisco and spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech, leading the development of a number of breakthrough medicines. An innovator and leader in life sciences, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann’s diverse training as an oncologist, scientist, and business executive leads to her endless curiosity about the world and her desire to change it for the better. In speeches, she shares her unique insights not only on revolutionizing global health, but also on effective and innovative leadership. Using lessons-learned as a trailblazing female leader of one of the world’s largest philanthropies, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann inspires audiences with her unparalleled perspective on how to foster an environment of collaboration and relentless innovation to drive disruptive solutions that make an impact.

Co-Founder & Exec Editor of Axios, Frmr POLITICO Chief WH Correspondent

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Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, a new company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country’s influential readers and across social platforms. In addition to starting Axios, Allen was a co-founder at POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe.

Co-Founder and CEO of Axios; Co-Founder and Former CEO of POLITICO

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Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on American politics. He is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Axios, a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country's most influential readers and across social platforms.
What is Disruption in the Workplace?

Disruption, according to The Balance Small Business, is innovation that radically changes the way something operates. Specifically, disruption in the workplace refers to innovation that enhances and improves the way things are typically done. Being able to identify anything from simple, everyday tasks to big-picture, future-focused ideas that have the possibility of being performed better, are good candidates for disruptive innovation. Disruption scares some people, especially those that have been involved in organizations for a long time and have the mindset “we’ve always done it this way and we will continue to do it this way.” Disruption in the workplace is not something to be feared, rather, it should be embraced.

Why are Innovation Speakers so Popular?

What are disruption and innovation speakers? They’re some of the most popular types of speakers—and interest among audiences is only growing as technology advances. Speakers on disruption and innovation talk about the impact of emerging technology on business models and how innovation can help you get ahead of it. Additionally these innovation keynote speakers can cover topics such as emotional intelligence, workplace culture, social innovation, business creativity, and how to lead, innovate, and disrupt in today's work environment.

Why are our keynote speakers on disruption and innovation the most qualified for this topic? Some are emerging technology, disruption, and innovation experts while others have led companies that needed to adapt to counterbalance the impact of technology on their business model.

Why are our Innovation Keynote Speakers the Best?

Consider how Apple pioneered the streaming music game, or how Buzzfeed built itself on the rise of social media’s role in news. Our speakers were a part of these innovative companies and more, including Gatorade, Nike, and Trader Joe’s. And these innovation keynote speakers can be a part of your event.

Tech Entrepreneurs

Tech entrepreneurs are paving the way in how the world operates. Rapidly improving technologies make day-to-day tasks easier and allow humans to focus on big-picture projects that technology can’t do. Although technology may be capable to do the things we want it to do in the future, we need tech entrepreneurs to visualize and make these ideas come to life. Additionally, lots of the technology that we have today is thanks to other projects that has evolved to benefit the greater human good.

Nichol Bradford, a futurist and the founder of Transformative Tech, ignites new ways to use technology to expand beyond our perceived limits and reach our fullest potential. Poppy Crum, an expert in technology-driven innovation and human evolution, builds innovative technologies that leverage human physiology to improve the ways we interact with the world. These tech entrepreneurs and innovators are challenging businesses and organizations to analyze their current relationships with technology and determine new ways to utilize everyday technology.

Workplace Innovation Experts and Business Strategists

Workplace and business innovation is what most people typically think of when they hear the word disruption. Workplace innovation experts are those that see the way their current work environment functions and believes that work can be done better or more efficiently through a different process. On a broader scale, business strategists look at an entire company or organization and see a way that business can be greatly improved by being performed a different way. Jessie Hayes-Stallings, a beauty industry leader and founder and CEO of Skinphorea Facial Bar, is a business disruptor. She noticed a gap in the market for the on-the-go client with limited time for professional skincare services and created an express service that offers women a faster, best-in-class facial spa experience. Another example of a business strategist is co-founder and former CEO of StockX, Josh Luber. Luber turned his passion for sneakers into a billion-dollar industry by creating the world’s first “Stock Market of Things."

Leadership Experts

Leadership experts are key to ensuring that disruption and innovation happens successfully. A good idea is only as strong as the way that it is executed. Leadership expert Reggie Fils-Aimé, former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc., knows this better than anyone. As an award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie helped bring the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the Nintendo Switch, and other products to the global marketplace. Leadership experts within the world of disruption empower innovators and disruptors to come up with new ideas and trust that they can get the work down. A strong leader believes in its employees and trusts those within their organization.

Other key leadership experts that are beneficial in sparking change within an organization are Jessica O. Matthews, Innovator and CEO of Uncharted; and Sarah Robb O'Hagan, a legendary business leader and disruption expert known for shaking up legacy products at big brands. Both of these speakers saw current products and practices that had the potential to be done better, and executed on these beliefs.

Deliver Innovation With The Best Speakers On Disruption

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