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Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large Fortune Magazine and Author of "Talent is Overrated"

Helping Audiences Rethink Leadership Achievement and Human Possibility

PREMIER BUSINESS JOURNALIST:
Geoff Colvin has a knack for bringing clarity to the complex issues impacting business and the economy. Colvin’s regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune magazine have earned him millions of loyal readers. His “On Leadership” series, which appears online on Money.CNN.com, provides a compelling look at what top leaders are doing to navigate uncertain times. And his 90-second “Inside Business” reports are heard every weekend on the CBS Radio Network. Colvin’s academic background includes a degree in economics from Harvard and an MBA from NYU.

SPEAKING ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IMPACTING BUSINESS:
Colvin’s presentations are tailored to deliver relevant insights that help leaders understand what the future holds. The range of his expertise is impressive: the economic outlook, global competitiveness, government regulation, Washington policy-making, innovation, corporate governance, leadership & management, innovation, health care and more. His timely talks dissect what’s happening right now and deliver an interesting, useful and actionable experience where people walk out saying, “here’s what I’m going to do differently.”

IN THE COMPANY OF TOP LEADERS:
In his fourth decade at Fortune, Colvin has established a solid rapport with many of the world’s top leaders in business and government. He speaks regularly with the great performers about how they’re addressing the tough challenges facing business – and sees what distinguishes them from the mediocre performers. His speeches pull together these timely insights and strategies and are different every time – because the news is different and the world has changed.

BEYOND KEYNOTES – A PANEL MODERATOR, DISCUSSION LEADER AND HOST/EMCEE:
Geoff Colvin’s unique gift is his ability to moderate panels, lead onstage interviews and host/emcee. He’s played these roles for more than two decades at Fortune magazine’s most prestigious conferences worldwide. And Fortune 500 firms regularly utilize Colvin in these roles because of his ability to get the most out of the people they have assembled onstage. Colvin has interviewed scores of top leaders on stage including Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Jamie Dimon, Tony Blair, Hank Paulson and Alan Greenspan.

  • Leading Ahead of What’s Next
  • The Economic Outlook
  • Talent is Overrated – Unexpected Truths of Great Performance
  • The Power of One – Aligning Your Organization’s Incredible Strengths
  • Becoming Radically Customer-Centric: The New Opportunity
  • Extraordinary Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

“No surprise, Geoff was articulate and insightful, thoughtful on global and fiscal issues affecting industry and candid on impressions of leadership. Not to mention, a wonderful man who I will forever be indebted to.”

CEO, The Elliot Group

“What a master! I was a bit worried when we got word that he wouldn’t be using any slides but everybody loved him. And for the panel, he conducted the “interviews” and wove it all together seamlessly. He had 4 people he had never met but got their best thinking and made it relate to the audience. We were all very impressed.”

Brad Miller, Advocacy & Communications, BIFMA

“You are as good as any interviewer I’ve ever worked with. You seem to bring out the best in everyone, and you sure do with me. I hope our paths cross again before too long.”

Hank Paulson, Former Secretary of the Treasury & Chairman, the Paulson Institute

Geoff’s Client List Includes…

  • A.G. Edwards
  • American Bankers Association
  • Charles Schwab
  • Credit Union Executives Society
  • Fifth Third
  • HSBC
  • Key Bank
  • KPMG
  • LPL Financial
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Northwest Mutual
Travels From:  Connecticut
City:
$20,001 to $30,000

Biography

Keynote speaker Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As Fortune‘s Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Colvin’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the Year and has been published in a dozen languages. Charlie Rose says it is “spectacular” and “fascinating.” Daniel H. Pink calls it “profoundly important.” Donald Trump calls it “enlightening” and “inspiring.” Colvin’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath was named the best management book of the year byStrategy + Business magazine.

Directorship magazine has named Colvin one of the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance.

As a speaker, Colvin has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and he serves as moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London.

Colvin is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.

Presentations

The whole world of business is changing in historic and profound ways – competition, technology, government’s role, and the balance of global economic power are shifting massively — and it’s happening fast! Successfully navigating the tumult is every leader’s great challenge today and Geoff Colvin helps them meet it.

Colvin has a unique perspective rooted in long-standing relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government. He knows what they’re seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they’re leading, making choices, and responding to today’s challenges in ways that others can learn from. Competing and winning in business today requires extraordinary leadership at every level of the organization.

In a presentation that’s as relevant as the day’s headlines, Colvin explains what’s important, what isn’t, and what’s next – offering audiences specific strategies they can put to work right now to navigate the future.

It’s what everybody wants to know. Today’s economic environment is more volatile and uncertain than at any time in memory: The BRICs are slowing, America’s growing, Europe’s a question mark; technology is upending whole industries; surging demographic changes are creating new challenges and opportunities; governments are playing a larger role than they have in decades. And it all changes by the day.

Colvin uses his relationships with top leaders to get ahead of official statistics and explain the latest trends and what they mean. Engaging, energetic, and topical, he helps his audience put it all together to make better decisions.

What if everything you know about raw talent, hard work, and great performance is wrong? Scientific research on great performance shows that what most of us believe is off-base – which means we’ll never perform as well as we could.

Geoff Colvin, author of the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else, explains the findings and relates them to real life in real organizations. He shows how most organizations value the wrong things – how passion, honesty, and learning are more valuable than hours, IQ, or “native ability.” In this engaging, entertaining talk.

Colvin demonstrates that world-class performance doesn’t come from mysterious natural gifts but rather from highly specific behaviors that every person and organization can adopt. Those who apply these principles gain a tremendous advantage.

It’s one of the most striking trends in business today: companies feeling frustrated that the tremendous abilities inside their organizations – the knowledge, creativity, and innovation – aren’t being combined as one to deliver knockout products and services that leave competitors wondering what hit them.

For most businesses it’s a huge missed opportunity. Yet a growing number of companies, as varied as Ford, Apple, Lego, Amazon, and Hershey, have cracked the code and are achieving extraordinary success as a result.

Colvin explains how they do it and how your organization can too – before your competitors beat you to it.

All companies like to claim they’re customer-centric, but few truly are. Most don’t deeply understand the varied wants and needs of their different customers, or craft different customer value propositions to meet those customers’ wants and needs – nor do they know how much money they actually make (or lose) with each customer or customer segment.

Such companies are guaranteed to be wasting resources and losing customers to savvier competitors. There’s no excuse for that to happen. Big Data and powerful new analytic tools are changing the game, but they’re of no use unless companies know how to use them.

Colvin, co-author of the groundbreaking book on this topic, Angel Customers and Demon Customers, explains how smart companies are taking customer-centricity to undreamed-of heights – and how doing so turbocharges profits.

Geoff Colvin is master of a rare skill: he creates great conversation. He’s honed that skill for years at FORTUNE magazine’s most important senior executive conferences all over the globe. Colvin has interviewed heads of state and top leaders from business and government — he’s also moderated panels of high profile executives and officials on the most challenging and sensitive of topics.

Colvin has a gift for getting the most out of participants; asking the right questions, listening intently to what’s being said on stage and responding to that — keeping the discussion relevant and the energy high. He is so skilled at this specialty that many top firms can’t imagine doing an important program without calling on his unique talents.

As an attendee at a recent conference told the event organizer, “Geoff Colvin literally made this conference.”

Areas of expertise

  • The Economy
  • Leadership & Management
  • Innovation
  • Business Trends
  • The Business Climate
  • Government Regulation
  • Global Competition
  • Secrets of High Achievers
  • Moderator/Interviewer/Emcee
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