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Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin is a bestselling author, Fortune Senior Editor-at-Large, keynote speaker, moderator, and emcee known for his 40-year career covering the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business.

Meet Geoff Colvin

Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business and how top leaders and companies adapt and transform to win despite them. The big takeaway, Geoff says, 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. Geoff Colvin is available to be hired for corporate and private events. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Geoff Colvin’s fees.

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As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light – revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future. A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin holds an honors graduate Harvard economics degree and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

As Fortune‘s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. His columns and cover stories for Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans. Many of them also hear him dispense critical business insights on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week.

In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments (he’s done over 15,000 since 1995), Geoff has appeared on TodayGood Morning AmericaSquawk BoxCBS This MorningABC’s World News TonightCNNPBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS.

Bestselling Author

Also a respected author, Geoff’s groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated has been published in a dozen languages. Additionally, his book The Upside of the Downturn was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book, Humans are Underrated, is based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of advancing technology performing ever more tasks better than people perform them, 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.

Hire Geoff Colvin for Speaking, Moderating, & Emceeing

A keynote speaker with compelling content, Geoff is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators. Organizations hire Geoff Colvin for discussions on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the infotech revolution, human performance, and related issues. In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee, and interviewer whose subjects have included:

  • Madeleine Albright
  • Ben Bernanke
  • Tony Blair
  • Gordon Brown
  • George W. Bush
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Bill Gates
  • Timothy Geithner
  • Alan Greenspan
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Henry M. Paulson
  • Colin Powell
  • Robert Reich
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Desmond Tutu
  • H.R.H. the Prince of Wales
  • Jack Welch
  • Janet Yellen
  • and many others.

How to Hire Geoff Colvin

Find out how to hire Geoff Colvin to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Geoff Colvin’s availability and cost. When booking Geoff Colvin for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Geoff Colvin is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Geoff Colvin booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Geoff Colvin Booking Price

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Key Audience Takeaways

Confronting the Reality of Change

When change comes at us from every direction, it can feel like our only option is to play defense. “Not so,” says Geoff Colvin of Fortune. “The best leaders I’ve reported on have found ways to embrace a world of continuous disruption and build a powerful competitive advantage in the process.” Geoff is optimistic about the future as he unpacks step-by-step how we can all respond faster to change and even get ahead of it as individuals, teams, and enterprises. Geoff provides actionable takeaways to help leaders face change smarter.

Key Takeaways:

  • What are the best leaders and companies doing right now to create the future?
  • Why confronting reality faster is the key to seizing new opportunities.
  • Biggest pandemic lessons for business.
  • Scenario planning: surviving bad times begins with better decisions in good times.
  • 3 best ways to lead during crisis and disruption.
  • Creativity and innovation – how to unleash it individually and organizationally.


Lessons From The World’s Greatest Leaders

Through his work at Fortune, Geoff Colvin gets to see top business leaders up close and know many of them on a personal level. Watching them and talking with them has revealed eye-opening insights into how they cope with change, wrestle with transforming their companies, and face the economic, competitive, technological, and political forces buffeting their businesses. Geoff unpacks their stories in this talk uniquely crafted for each audience, showing relevant lessons learned from leaders and companies we all know. This talk can focus on several themes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The crucial process of making tough decisions.
  • Finding and keeping great employees.
  • Navigating regulatory uncertainty.
  • Adopting new technology.
  • Managing in a crisis.
  • Leading cultural change.


Risks & Opportunities In This Economy

Global turmoil has roiled an already fragile economic order in ways that are still unfolding. At Fortune, Geoff tells the economic story in terms that focus on the risks and opportunities. Business people already know the numbers – what they might miss is the big picture; the forces driving the trends causing disruptive change in their world and, most importantly, what to do about it. This presentation isn’t a stream of economic statistics; it’s an optimistic story that Geoff tells engagingly, humorously, and memorably with valuable takeaways because, as he says, “Even in tough times, somebody’s going to win, why not you?” 

Key Takeaways:

  • Why, even in times like this, it’s vital to remain optimistic.
  • The latest data and trends curated for your audience/industry.
  • A plain-spoken explanation of what’s going on now – on Main Street, Wall Street, in Washington, and globally.
  • How are successful companies winning in this economy?


Future-Proof Your Business Model

Four big trends are causing business leaders angst as they confront the idea that their business model needs to change. In this talk, Geoff Colvin looks at how the economic climate, advancements in tech, global and domestic politics, and workers are moving to render many business models obsolete. As a result, business model innovation has become a must-have competence for all companies. That’s a problem for those who are unprepared but a huge opportunity for those who are paying attention and taking this challenge seriously. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Inspiring examples of companies transforming their business model and winning.
  • Key trends driving the need for business model change.
  • How to just do it: Stop protecting yesterday and start creating the future.
  • The secrets to becoming a business model innovator.
  • How to adapt to a friction-free economy and create outsized opportunities.
  • Why human capital is the most valuable kind and how to make the most of it.


Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

Geoff Colvin’s unique gift is his ability to brilliantly moderate panels, lead onstage interviews, and host/emcee. In fact, he has played these roles for more than three decades at Fortune conferences worldwide. Top companies and associations regularly hire Geoff Colvin because he gets the most out of participants; he asks the right questions, listens intently to what’s being said on stage, and responds to that. He also connects ideas and insights across sessions, transforming a multi-part program into a satisfying, unified whole. He always keeps the discussion relevant and the energy high.

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Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

It's easy to imagine a nightmare scenario in which computers simply take over most of the tasks that people now get paid to do. The unavoidable question: will millions of people lose out, unable to best the machine? Is increasingly dominating business, education, economics, and policy.

The bestselling author of Talent Is Overrated explains how the skills and economy values are changing in historic ways and offers a guide to what's next for all workers. Mastering technical skills that have historically been in demand no longer differentiates us as it used to. Instead, our greatest advantage lies in our deepest, most essentially human abilities—empathy, creativity, social sensitivity, storytelling, humor, relationship building, and expressing ourselves with greater power than logic can ever achieve.

These high-value skills create tremendous competitive advantage—more devoted customers, stronger cultures, breakthrough ideas, and more effective teams. And while many of us regard these abilities as innate traits, it turns out they can all be developed. As Colvin shows, they're already being developed in a range of farsighted organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic, the U.S. Army, and Stanford Business School.

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