Sterling Hawkins | Innovation and Strategy Keynote Speaker

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Sterling Hawkins

Sterling Hawkins is out to break the status quo. He believes that we can all unlock incredible potential within ourselves, and he’s on a mission to support people, businesses and communities to realize that potential regardless of the circumstances.

From a multi-billion dollar startup to collapse and coming back to launch, invest in and grow over 50 companies, Sterling takes that experience to work with C-level teams from some of the largest organizations on the planet and speaks on stages around the world. 

Today, Sterling serves as CEO and founder of the Sterling Hawkins Group, a research, training and development company focused on human and organizational growth. He has been seen in publications like Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Times and Forbes. 

Based in Colorado, Sterling is a proud uncle of three and a passionate adventurer that can often be found skydiving, climbing mountains, shark diving or even trekking the Sahara. Maybe you’ll even join him for the next adventure – and discover the breakthrough results you’re looking for. He’ll have your back, #NoMatterWhat. 

Keynote Speaking Topics:

#NoMatterWhat


5 practices to unlock your potential, unleash unstoppable growth and produce breakthrough results in an increasingly uncertain world

The world today is permanently transformed with pandemic fallout, tech disruption, talent shortages and global instability leaving massive and debilitating uncertainty in its wake. Change has always been inevitable for leaders to contend with, but the sheer scale and accelerating pace of change has become overwhelming for even the most diligent leaders. Unchecked, it can unconsciously leave people and companies fearful to take risk, resistant to growth and fatigued, fighting to keep up. 

From multi-billion dollar startup collapse and coming back to launch, invest in and grow over 50 companies, Sterling has very personal experience confronting the unknown himself. Combined with research, psychology, the latest brain science discoveries and transformation work with leadership teams around the world, this unique perspective will forever change how you approach both business and life. You’ll discover through heart-wrenching stories, hilarious anecdotes and compelling data an undeniable truth: that during even the most difficult times, we can all realize the most audacious growth, #NoMatterWhat. 

Attendee Results:

  • Mobilize your team into change agents with the 5 #NoMatterWhat practices to create meaningful growth regardless of the circumstances.
  • Lean into the transformation illuminated by the latest brain science behind this radical new approach. 
  • See how to avoid the pitfalls of growth and how to use the unknown, uncertain and unexpected to advance your objectives. 
  • Find the presence, peace and authentic connection behind the fear of the unknown 
  • Be inspired to take and implement the necessary tools to create breakthroughs in every aspect of your business and life.

Hunting Discomfort

Leading courageous organizations to be resilience ready and built for breakthrough growth

Sterling has been through massive discomfort himself having come back from the brink to sell companies, finish ultra-marathons and get results no matter what it took. Using that experience to work with leaders to hunt their own discomfort and bolstered by cutting edge research, you’ll be equipped with 5 practices to build your discomfort muscle, your capacity to deal with discomfort in any flavor it comes in, to make your team ready for anything and poised to create breakthrough growth.

Attendee Results:

  • Radical reframing of discomfort as a necessary and inspiring path to growth (and how avoiding it is holding you back). 
  • Learn from the latest psychology and brain research on how to use discomfort to learn up to 4x faster.
  • See how to access the profound peace on the other side of discomfort to be able to act faster, more effectively and with less stress.
  • Understand from case studies and best practices how you can build yourself, your team and your culture to be ready for the unexpected.
  • Be lit up and excited to grab onto and use the 5 key practices to create immediate breakthrough results.

Creating a Future of Commerce

Sterling was raised in his family’s supermarket, where his Dad created one of the first digital loyalty programs in the US, and together they created the first personalized marketing system for retailers. 

Sterling’s leadership and vision has enabled retailers and their teams to step past the hype that traditional retail is dead. He has empowered organizations to use technology to unify experiences and redefine retail as a flourishing force to be reckoned with, now and in the future.

Attendee Results:

  • Look at the power shift in the supply chain. Hint, customers are now in charge.
  • Open up new possibilities for a retail group can be based on case studies and real results.
  • Examine the latest case studies of what’s working and what’s not in the industry.
  • Learn how to use the 4 steps of retail innovation.
  • Create new possibilities and potential for your retail and brand operations.
  • Humanize technology in the workplace. Confronting and overcoming fears employees may have in the workplace related to technology (taking their jobs, feeling threatened, etc).

How Leaders Innovate

Capture the potential of your human experience

We live in a world today of exponential growth and accelerating change. Changing ourselves and our businesses is more necessary than ever. But how? Delivered to global rave reviews in his TEDx talk, Sterling’s background in working with hundreds of startups and Fortune 500 companies has led to the discovery that leading innovation is about embracing our human experience.

In this provocative talk, you can step back and see your leadership potential and how it’s directly tied to putting yourself on the line for the benefit of those you lead. The talk is a motivational and eye-opening experience where Sterling shares how leaders of companies of any size can embrace the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as robots, IoT and AI and create something completely new without losing who they are in the process.

Attendee Results:

  • The critical role our own discomfort plays in our business success (or lack thereof)
  • How using discomfort can lead to innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas
  • Experience what the human experience is with a moving and powerful example
  • Learn the methodology behind using constraints, hardships or problems as circumstances to be embraced as our access to innovation
  • Develop an ecology of people who create big goals allows for and even forces actions that were previously unthinkable


Testimonials from previous audiences:

Ryan Long Founder, City Summit & City Gala – “Thank you Sterling for a breath taking speech on Innovation!! Your mindset and delivery is epic and amazing and I am ever so grateful for your presentation at City Summit! Riveting!!”

Ravi Kanniganti Product & Program Leader, Zebra Technologies – “I highly recommend him and we’ll definitely have him back!”

Molly Newman Director, Seamless Africa“Sterling’s contribution to Seamless Africa 2018 was a vital part of an informative event which tackled pressing issues in the retail and ecommerce sector. It was nothing short of a pleasure working with Sterling and his team”

Michael Mikyska Retail Managing Director, Innerworkings, Inc. – “Sterling combines powerful storytelling with meaningful information and tools leaving listeners excited and empowered to take action. He’s one of only a few speakers I’ve seen that actually makes a real difference. We’ll definitely have him back!”



Travels from: Denver, CO

Speaking fee range:

  • In-Person: $28,000
  • Virtual: $14,000

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