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Geoff Colvin

Speaker

Stamford, Connecticut, USA

Bestselling Author & Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff has an insider’s perspective fueled by 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.

Keynote Speeches

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Rebuilding The Economy: An Update

No one could have imagined the turn of economic fortunes that took place in 2020. Coming back from such economic devastation will take time and every business leader is looking for valuable insights to help set their strategic course of action. Here, Geoff briefs audiences on where the US and global economies are going. Trade, monetary policy, fiscal policy, government regulation, and global dynamics all factor into the equation. With Washington already having provided trillions of dollars in stimulus, what does the future look like and how should business leaders navigate the path forward? This is a timely talk updated with headlines from the day’s news.

Recalibrate: How To Succeed In This Business Climate

As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff arms audiences with insights to help them lead their organizations into the future. He connects the dots to provide an unparalleled update on the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces driving business disruption – and opportunity. Geoff has an important message for business leaders: the companies who win most often have leaders who summon the courage to act in spite of great uncertainty. Geoff reveals how the most successful leaders are confronting and adapting to this business environment right now. Winning in business today demands extraordinary leadership acting on the best intelligence it can find. Geoff provides valuable insights wrapped in a message that is optimistic and energizing: Opportunity is more widely available than ever, and someone is going to win – why shouldn’t it be you?

Humans: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

The coronavirus pandemic launched many companies that weren’t ready into a world of virtual work. It also transformed the way we think about relationships in the process. Couple that with robots and smart machines doing more of the work humans used to do – and doing it faster, cheaper, and better – and you have to ask: what’s the future of work and how do humans fit in? Based on research for his New York Times bestselling book Humans are Underrated, Geoff helps audiences understand how work is changing and the critical skills they’ll need most to adapt and compete going forward. Geoff reveals what top organizations are doing now to build a competitive advantage by strengthening these capabilities.

Leading Ahead of What’s Next – The New Rules of Business

The whole world of business is changing in historic and profound ways – technological disruption, government’s role, and the balance of global economic power are shifting massively — and it’s happening fast!  While political winds may blow toward restrictions on trade and immigration, the trends powering the friction-free economy are technological and going strong. Competing and winning in business today requires extraordinary leadership at every level of the organization. Geoff has an 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. A unifying theme as the economy transforms is that in almost every business, barriers to entry are coming down. Geoff’s message is optimistic and energizing: Opportunity is more widely available than ever. Every organization, and every person, can possess the 21st Century’s most valuable assets – openness to new ideas, ingenuity, and imagination.

The Economic Outlook

Even before the new alignment of power in Washington, it was the question on every business leader’s mind: Where are the U.S. and global economies going?  Now it’s more urgent – and uncertain.  In opinion surveys, top CEOs and ordinary consumers say the same thing: There’s too much change, too fast; we can’t keep up. We all remember a time when it was easier to anticipate where things might be headed, when the consequences of misjudgment were less severe. Now a meltdown of financial markets in China can ripple globally and take down a trillion dollars in assets in a single day – and such volatility is becoming more common. The economic picture changes by the day, and Geoff Colvin has a brilliant perch at Fortune to view it all – to get ahead of official statistics to uncover what’s going on. He reflects on the varied forces driving economic change and offers a glimpse of where each may take us.

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Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host
Geoff Colvin’s unique gift is his ability to brilliantly 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. Top corporations and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he 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 that many top firms can’t imagine doing an important program without him. As an attendee at a recent conference told the event organizer, “Geoff Colvin literally made this conference.”

Audience reviews:

  • Geoff turned in two outstanding performances for Commonfund. His grasp of business issues is second to none and his engaging style consistently pulls the best comments from our panelists. What more could one ask? But actually Geoff delivers more without our asking. He is one of the most genuinely respectful and caring people on the speaking circuit. And despite his vast business knowledge and superior interviewing skill, he hasn’t a trace of ego.

    - Producer, Lovett Productions
  • Once again your stewardship of the business sessions opened the door for a truly interactive and valuable dialogue for everyone. Your depth of understanding of the challenges these companies are facing and the opportunities that lie ahead added tremendously to our conversations.

    - CEO, Cisco
  • 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
  • He was amazing! One of the best we've had . . . executives loved him as well as students, and he was so inspirational to our student group - they are a hard audience, and rallied around his message on Talent is Overrated.

    - Director of Executive Learning and Marketing, Belmont University
  • You helped to draw out important insights from our speakers and deliver tremendous value to our audience. We at IBM value the perspectives you brought to our session and appreciate the time you spent with us. Thank you again for making our event a priority.

    - IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Speaker Biography

Now in his fourth decade at Fortune, Geoff Colvin’s breadth of experience is impressive.  He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, human performance and related issues. Geoff’s regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal readers. The big takeaway is that winning companies and leaders summon the courage to act – they stop protecting the past and start inventing the future – and they confront this reality faster than the competition. As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff is the voice of experience who shines a light – revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future.

Geoff dispenses critical business insights on the CBS Radio Network, reaching seven million listeners weekly. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He served as anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS, and spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

As a keynote speaker, Geoff has a knack for bringing clarity to the most important and complex issues impacting business and the economy.  He has spoken for scores of corporate and association conferences on six continents including dozens of high level Fortune conferences.  His speeches pull together timely insights and strategies and are tailored to deliver relevant insights that help leaders understand what the future holds. 

In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee, and interviewer whose subjects have included Janet Yellen, Henry Kissinger, and Jack Welch.  

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book, Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will, is based on the idea in his wildly popular article in the 2014 Fortune 500 issue – “In The Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.

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