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Shawn Kanungo

Called “The Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen” by Forbes, Shawn Kanugo has spent his entire career preparing organizations for disruptive innovation.

Meet Shawn Kanungo

As a globally recognized innovation strategist and bestselling author, Shawn Kanungo works at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Shawn Kanungo is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Shawn Kanungo’s fees.

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Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group at 215-510-6607 to book Shawn Kanungo for corporate or private events, keynote speeches, workshops, fireside chats, motivational speaking, or virtual appearances. Our agency will work directly with your organization and our keynote speakers to create an unforgettable event.

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Disruptive Innovation

Shawn Kanungo began his business career at Deloitte. During his 12 years there, he developed his idea of disruptive innovation. Disruptive innovation, as he explains, happens to companies when new models arise, sometimes overnight – think Uber competing with taxis. As a senior manager, Shawn worked closely with leaders to better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation.

Since leaving Deloitte, Shawn has worked with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He’s led complex projects incorporating artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, behavioral economics, Web3, and more. Today, Kanungo is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends and invests in early-stage ventures.

In 2016, Edify recognized Shawn as one of their Top 40 Under 40. Additionally, in 2021, Forbes called him “The Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen.” A prolific content creator, Shawn’s content on innovation has garnered millions of views across LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook. 

The Bold Ones

He is also the first innovation expert to have a streaming special, released on Apple TV and Prime Video in August 2023. In the special, Shawn explores what it means to be bold and dynamic in a culture overflowing with disruption, technology, and uncertainty. It complements and shares the name of his bestselling debut book, The Bold Ones, a playbook for individuals to become bolder and push their careers and organizations forward. The Bold Ones has been touted as one of McKinsey’s top decision-making books for leaders. Shawn’s work has also been featured in the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CBC, and CTV.

Hire Shawn Kanungo

Shawn Kanungo is one of the most prolific keynote speakers in the world – working with Fortune 500 companies, associations, and leading governments. In his high-energy keynotes, Kanungo draws on his extensive experience to provide audiences with an optimistic roadmap for the future; one that embraces unexpected approaches to innovation to remain competitive and relevant.

In addition to in-person keynotes, Shawn’s virtual keynotes are considered world-class, interactive cinematic experiences. Every performance is produced with an award-winning film crew in awe-inspiring theaters.

How to Hire Shawn Kanungo

Find out how to hire Shawn Kanungo to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Shawn Kanungo’s availability and cost. When booking Shawn Kanungo for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Shawn Kanungo 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 Shawn Kanungo booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Shawn Kanungo Booking Price

How much to book Shawn Kanungo depends on the type of event. So, the cost to hire Shawn Kanungo for corporate or private events is available by contacting a Mollie Plotkin Group Agent. Notably, Shawn Kanungo is available for conferences, festivals, private parties, and events. Just contact the Mollie Plotkin Group and tell the booking agent the proposed date, time, and location.

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Key Audience Takeaways

Bold Ones: How to Innovate and Disrupt Ourselves

The world is getting weirder, wackier, and wilder by the minute. It has never been more crucial to adapt and evolve with the times. Yet, when faced with radical change, we tend to double down on what made us successful in the past.

Bold Ones is an awe-inspiring and provocative keynote on how individuals can apply the innovations and disruptions occurring around them to become more dynamic and valuable. From uncovering “secrets” within your field to creating an unstoppable personal flywheel, Shawn delivers specific, actionable techniques that will help you evolve and excel.


Strategy in a World of Disruption

The business world has fundamentally changed forever. The growth and adoption of new technologies happen at a dizzying pace. Customer and employee expectations have been pushed forward 10 years due to the pandemic. We are now looking for organizations to be fearless in a changing world.

These drivers are forcing everyone to reimagine their entire organizations. How do we disrupt ourselves before someone else does? How do we deliver better experiences to our clients, customers, and teams? Most importantly, how do we survive? Today, we need to be bold, brave, and experimental.

In this awe-inspiring talk, Shawn Kanungo provides an optimistic roadmap for the future. He explores how we can take unexpected approaches to innovation to remain competitive and relevant.


Fearless Government

For decades, we have designed the public sector to be operationally excellent. Now, the game has changed. We are now looking for our government to be a fearless enabler for radical change.

From leveraging automation, ecosystem partnerships, and the crowd, Shawn Kanungo paints a vision of how governments can be a catalyst for innovation. He will also help make sense of the rapidly changing demographic, societal, economic, and technological trends shaping the future of government.

Sharing insights from leading organizations and his own experiences on the ground floor of driving transformation in government – Shawn reveals the technologies, citizen expectations, and service delivery models that will drive this revolution.


The Age of Infinity – Generative AI & Our Future

We are on the brink of a revolution based on the meteoric rise of Generative AI, most notably ChatGPT. These exponential technologies are transforming the way we communicate, collaborate, and create, revolutionizing industries around the world. However, when everyone has an AI co-pilot, who will stand out? Shawn Kanungo argues that we need more freaks – leaders who are both unique and bold.

With the rise of generative AI, cloud technologies, and remote talent, we’re entering into an age of infinite leverage where our work can be replicated at no cost, and we don’t need permission to get started. As a result, we can build exponential organizations – a new breed of businesses that can be more nimble, flexible, and highly leveraged.

In this provocative keynote, Kanungo dives deep into the age of artificial intelligence and infinite leverage. He explores why this will shape the future, and how it will impact culture, business, technology, and individuals. Ultimately, the future will favor the freaks.

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The Bold Ones

Disruption for disruption’s sake isn’t a smart strategy when you’re seeking ways to accelerate your career and become truly indispensable. In The Bold Ones, you’ll discover it’s more about being “dangerous” than disruptive: being simultaneously bold enough to challenge industries, yet practical enough to recreate them. This book is a practical and inspirational playbook that shows you how to use innovation and disruption to become truly unstoppable.

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