Alexander Blass was the grand prize winner of the Top Innovator of the Year Award. He is currently one of the most in-demand and best innovation keynote speakers. He also serves as an invited expert, Master Class presenter, and consultant to various types of audiences. He enjoys inspiring others to succeed by sharing his passion, vision, expertise, and his fascinating experiences.
President and CEO of Alexander Blass International
Educated at Wharton and Oxford, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American entrepreneur and innovator and he has traveled to over 40 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including several cover stories. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award. They credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” in 2007 for inventing the person-to-person giving technology available on the Internet. He presently serves as CEO of Alexander Blass International, an executive training and consulting firm.
Alexander is the keynote at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences. He covers topics including innovation/creativity, leadership change, entrepreneurship and business development. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation, EPIC in New York City, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of thousands of people, to name a few.
Frequently interviewed by the media, Alexander is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Masterclass presenter, invited expert and consultant. Through his raw energy, along with his dynamic and inspirational presentation style, he enjoys sharing his vast expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as with associations, non-profits, students, and other types of audiences.
Alexander is the recipient of the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award, and the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award. He has also honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.
Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, a strategy consultant, a senior government executive, and a software developer. He began his career at KPMG Consulting. During his time as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, in addition to serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has served as an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.
He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Sun, Information Week, Voice of Africa, SME Advisor Middle East, Khaleej Times, Private Sector Qatar, and many others.
Alexander received his Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he simultaneously studied at the Wharton School of Business. A proud first-generation American, Alexander is the son of a Holocaust survivor who instilled in him the sanctity of life and the importance of truly making a difference in the world.
- INNOVATION EXPLOSION: HOW TO IMAGINE AND SELL MARKET-DOMINATING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his principles for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and principles of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative companies. Learn how to craft innovative and highly valuable buzz marketing and viral campaigns, to generate international excitement for your products and services and render your competition obsolete.
- FINDING YOUR PASSION: YOU TOO, CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
Themes: Social entrepreneurship and change, Motivation, Corporate Social Responsibility
As a child, Alexander Blass often gazed at the black and white photos on his parents’ piano of his father’s family members who perished in the Holocaust. The lessons he learned as a boy about the preciousness of human life, combined with world events, ultimately led him to a “lightbulb moment.” He left a career in finance to make a difference, inventing a new way to make philanthropic contributions in dozens of countries through the power of the Internet. Blass draws from his experience and the lessons learned as a social entrepreneur to inspire and motivate, ensuring audiences that by finding their passion, maximizing their unique abilities, and embracing change, one person can indeed change our world.
- SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SECRETS AND WEB 2.0: HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Themes: Social Media Marketing, Business Development, Customer Service, Strategy
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing “catch up” to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.
- FUNDRAISING 2.0: REVEALING AND RAISING THE INVISIBLE MILLIONS
Themes: Fundraising, Technology, Social Networking, Creativity, Marketing
Blass, credited with “revolutionizing charitable giving,” offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.
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