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Want a keynote speaker who inspires, but also challenges your attendees?

Carol Sanford is such a person—she educates and motivates when she speaks.

For over 30 years she has led a revolution in how business is is to be conducted. With long-term engagements, Carol Sanford functioned as a supra-executive decoding a company’s DNA and aligning systems to yield game-changing innovation, market leadership and financial returns. Through her A-rated speeches and award-winning books, Carol tells these stories to inspire and instruct businesses to re-imagine their way of working and change industries, social systems, cultural beliefs and governing practices.

Her highly-praised books, The Responsible Business and her latest The Responsible Entrepreneur, are required reading at leading business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley and MIT. Universities that use her book include her as a speaker and lecturer not only to students but faculty.

Carol Sanford offers a fundamentally different way of working that has been tested and proven successful on three continents in multiply industries. Her contrarian strategy, leadership and management approaches challenge myths she has proven to undermine success, which many mistakenly call best practices.

Carol is not only a visionary who offers great ideas.  Carol offers proven success.

Through deep direct experience she has repeatedly seen the fruits of her instruction succeed. In each engagement, Carol worked with all functions and levels of the business; from C-suite executives of Finance, Business Development and Sales, Marketing, IT, R&D, to operations leadership. In most instances this included acquisition, merger, brand development, product management and channel building resulting in decades long market leadership.

Carol Sanford is the real deal—an experienced thought leader and expert that brings about innovative, meaningful and profitable change. As a result she is a captivating speaker with a wealth of real world stories, from her across-the-board experience, that will uplift your audience and get them moving.

If you want attendees to walk away motivated from your event, you need Carol Sanford to shake them up and show them a revolutionary, but demonstrated path to success.

In Praise of Carol Sanford

Chad Holliday, Chairman, Bank of America, formerly Chairman, President and CEO, DuPont  said “Carol has the mind of a CEO.”

Holliday wrote the foreword to her 2011 book, The Responsible Business, to underline the significance of her work. He co-sponsored and introduced her at the launch of the book in New York from his position at Bank of America.

Michiel Bakker, Global Innovation Lab, Google

“I strongly recommend Carol’s work for running a balanced and responsible organization. The framework provides a great roadmap and is the basis of our overall strategy and way of planning.”

Google is currently using Carol’s innovation frameworks and guidance across communities of practice in which Google wants to influence and advance change.

Stephen Denning, author, The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management, and contributor Forbes

“Several decades ago, Peter Drucker declared that we were entering the Entrepreneurial Society. Carol Sanford’s book spells out in concrete terms what it will take to make that a life-enhancing reality with responsible entrepreneurs who, instead of working within the system or even despite the system, transforms industries and society itself.”

Stelios Tzesos, General Manager for Colgate Africa

Tzesos introduced Carol to Nelson Mandela as his co-CEO and credited her with advancing their efforts to ensure Colgate’s business growth while simultaneously helping build a more certain future for South Africa. Colgate infused Carol’s innovative business processes into township council governance, retained over 6,000 jobs and grew Colgate’s business over 30% per annum during the tumultuous initial five years of the Mandela transition.

Jeff Gill, Manager of Organization Design, UNOCAL Energy

“The only time in my career that I have had a learning experience where I deeply examined my principles was when Carol helped us rethink how we do business. She helped the leadership reframe their thinking and developed a cadre of leaders (hourly and salaried) for the company. We gained the competence to maintain a developmental way of working in a business.”

Pravin Jain, serial successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder, Synergen Energy

“Carol is a very early thought leader, way beyond the pack. She has an exceedingly high level of intelligence for working on very complex subjects, with workable approaches. Whole enterprises change permanently for the better. I know. I have been engaged with her work, for decades in several successful entrepreneur start-ups and as an executive in Fortune 500 companies.”

Speaking Topics

Although Carol tailors each address to the audience, topics she can present include:

  • Using your business to change the world- really! How visionary business owners change an industry, a social system, cultural beliefs or how a nation governs.
  • Linking, inextricably, every employee’s, contractor’s and supplier’s mind and action to your customer’s success, therefore your own success
  • The three rarely posed or answered questions that position your business for enduring market and industry leadership
  • The most popular “toxic” practices that undermine your businesses’ strategic, financial, responsibility and operations results—and what to do instead.
  • Your employees are not your greatest asset; rather make them your customer’s indispensable strategists, innovators and champions for results.
  • A value-adding (versus value-extractive or value-addED) worldview of business that makes you the perpetual choice as preferred product source, best place to work and top pick for responsibility awards.

Video Clips

Tedx Berkeley

Living Future 2012 Keynote

FLII in Merida, Mexico

International Living Future Institute

Booking Information

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