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Soren Kaplan

Leading expert on disruptive innovation & strategy
Country: USA

Keynote Speaker Soren Kaplan is a leading expert in strategic innovation, disruptive technology, and innovation culture. An engaging and motivating speaker, he gives tailored keynote speeches that provide audiences with exclusive insight and actionable direction.

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Soren Kaplan is a thought-leader and expert in disruptive innovation, strategy, and innovation culture. He is an affiliate professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business and has lectured at the Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne Business School, and other MBA and executive education programs. He is the founder and Managing Principal of InnovationPoint, a leading strategic innovation & strategy consulting firm.

As a leading expert in the field of innovation and strategic change, Soren Kaplan works with Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Hershey, Red Bull, Medtronic, Roche, Philips, Cisco, Visa, Ascension Health, Kaiser Permanente, CSAA Insurance Group, American Council on Exercise, and numerous other major organizations. In the roaring 1990s Soren led the internal strategy and innovation group at Hewlett-Packard (HP) in Silicon Valley, and was a co-founder of iCohere, one of the first web collaboration platforms for online learning and social networking.

Soren Kaplan is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Leapfrogging (2012) which was recognized as “Best General Business Book” by the International Book Awards and “Best Leadership Book by the Axiom Book Awards. He regularly appears as an expert in the media and has been quoted, published, and interviewed by FastCompany, Forbes, CNBN, National Public Radio, the American Management Association, USA Today, Strategy & Leadership, and The International Handbook on Innovation, among many others. Soren Kaplan holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology.

With his engaging and motivational speaking style, Soren Kaplan leads his audiences through a journey of exploration and discovery to insight and practical application, ensuring that everyone walks away energized and motivated – and with a sense of actionable direction. Soren Kaplan customizes his talks to his specific audiences, since he’s an adamant believer that it’s only possible to truly connect to others when one has an understanding of their needs, challenges and passions.

    Keynote by Speaker Soren Kaplan 

    Leapfrogging to Breakthrough Innovation

    In this high-energy and provocative keynote, Soren highlights the importance of breakthrough innovation for leaders, organizations and business functions – and helps participants identify future opportunities in products, services, processes, and/or business models. Definitions of the different types of innovation are provided along with concrete examples and emerging practices for driving the type of innovation that “leapfrogs” the competition.

    ⦁ Learn about the different types of innovation – from incremental to disruptive
    ⦁ Obtain principles and practices for innovating products, services, process, and business models
    ⦁ Gain insight from real-world trailblazers like Intuit, OpenTable, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate, Gatorade, & many others
    ⦁ Instantly apply new knowledge to real business issues or opportunities through interactive, facilitated group breakouts


    Keynote by Speaker Soren Kaplan 

    How to Create a Culture of Innovation

    Based on 20+ years’ experience and his widely recognized FastCompany article on the topic, Soren reveals the secrets for creating a culture of innovation. While “disruptive” or “breakthrough” innovation may seem easy for companies like Apple or Google, Soren outlines why most organizations struggle to create an environment that produces sustainable innovation – and then reveals how anyone can foster a culture that promotes new thinking, customer focus, experimentation, continuous improvement and business growth.

    ⦁ Learn how organizational culture impacts behavior and how it can be shaped to foster innovation
    ⦁ Gain insight into the levers that influence culture, including leadership behavior, storytelling, metrics, rewards, and organizational structures and processes
    ⦁ Obtain models and tools for transforming your organization’s own culture
    ⦁ Instantly apply new knowledge through interactive, facilitated group breakouts


    Keynote by Speaker Soren Kaplan 

    Disrupt it! The Future of Disruptive Technology

    Soren Kaplan’s diverse, hands-on experience with disruptive technology, disruptive innovation, and emerging business models, gives him a unique perspective that keeps his audiences on the edge of their seats. With an eye on the future, he outlines the intersecting trends, technologies, and the forces shaping the future. But he doesn’t stop there. He also reveals the disruptive applications of these technologies that represent both opportunities and potential threats, while outlining implications for business leaders and organizations as they move into their increasingly fast-paced and uncertain futures. Having worked in the field of “strategic innovation” for over 20 years, he has led hands-on innovation programs for companies including Cisco, Disney, Visa, Colgate-Palmolive, Red Bull, Medtronic, Roche, and many others. He has also led innovation research and executive development programs for the Danish Technology Institute, the Copenhagen Business School, Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation), and other universities and government organizations. And having served as the head of strategy and innovation for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the roaring 1990’s in Silicon Valley, he understands the practical challenges of disruptive innovation.

    ⦁ Learn about the emerging technology trends changing the face of every industry
    ⦁ Gain insight into specific technology-driven trends including 3D printing, augmented reality, cloud computing, big data, wearable devices, sensors and beacons, robotics, social media, and other disruptors
    ⦁ Obtain insights into specific opportunity areas and potential disruptive threats
    ⦁ Instantly apply new knowledge through interactive, facilitated group breakouts

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