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Addressing the importance of innovation

Sterling Hawkins

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Inspirational innovator and co-founder of CART who can help your organization enhance your dynamics

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Speaker Sterling Hawkins is a futurist, business leader and a forward-thinking innovator proven to enhance you and your business' dynamics. Working closely with large companies in reaching their goals, Sterling provides insight for those looking to invite change and innovation(into their everyday life).

Sterling Hawkins is out to break the status quo to create what’s actually possible for humanity in our time. He has spent his career igniting new views and inspiring people to act on them.

His journey has been non-traditional right from the beginning. Sterling grew up a fifth-generation retailer, having to master the intersection of human behavior and technology under extreme competition. In 2004, Sterling co-founded, launched and sold his first technology company, Convena, where he developed innovative approaches to beat competition, handle high-growth and achieve performance no matter the obstacles.

He went on to be involved with the launch, growth or investment in over 50 companies. Today, Sterling reviews over 1,000 new technology companies every year further refining the keys to realizing breakthrough innovation and giving back that experience as a mentor to leading entrepreneurs working through exponential growth. He is the co-founder of CART, a platform to drive adoption of emerging technologies at fortune 500 companies. And he speaks and runs workshops around the world for clients such as Samsung, Criteo, Synchrony Financial and the United Nations.

Sterling is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, transformational leadership and exponential growth. His keynotes share meaningful strategies to drive change delivered with the inspiration to leave attendees in action. Sterling is a certified yoga teacher and adventure seeker regularly pushing his own boundaries of what’s
possible by skydiving, century bike riding, shark diving, and even camping in the Sahara. He brings that energy of maximizing human potential and breaking past limiting beliefs to everything he does. Currently living in Los Angeles, he has been seen in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Times and Forbes. Sterling is inspiring a network of entrepreneurs, investors and fortune 500 companies, actively shaping the future for the betterment of business, communities and the human condition.

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NoMatterWhat — The 5 Systems to Achieve Breakthrough Results in Your Business & Life Regardless of Circumstances

In this keynote, you’ll learn the most important systems that have been at the core of — multi-billion dollar wins, industry disruptions, and even hardened criminals transforming their lives to get out of jail — to take and implement as soon as you walk out the door. Getting this unique perspective will forever change how you approach business and life. Sterling uses heart-wrenching personal stories, hilarious anecdotes, and inspirational videos that are not only informational and entertaining but contains exactly what it takes to transform your business.

Audiences participate as an undeniable truth sets in, that each one of them can embody the 5 practices it takes to realize even the most audacious growth under the most difficult circumstances. Participants are left empowered, excited, and equipped to change the world, #NoMatterWhat.

Audience takeaways:

  • See how to avoid the pitfalls of transformational growth.
  • Discover that a breakthrough isn’t a place to get to, but a place to come from (and how).
  • Learn the brain science behind this radical new approach.
  • Master how to use the 5 #NoMatterWhat systems to create transformational growth regardless of the circumstances.
  • Be inspired and excited to implement the tools in every aspect of your business and life.
Special Virtual Keynote by speaker Sterling Hawkins

Harnessing COVID-19 Chaos for Significant Positive Change

Nobody would wish a pandemic on the world; it has disrupted world economies, neighborhood businesses and even family life. Amidst the chaos, we can look our world as a forum for action, for what can be done and how we can achieve breakthrough results no matter the circumstances. Whether your business is totally disrupted by the pandemic, still going strong, or even starting something new, this keynote is designed to give you access to significant positive change starting now.

Audience takeaways:

  • Understand the conditions necessary for innovation and how to use them
  • Learn a proven step by step process for realizing significant positive change that can be used in your business
  • See examples of businesses (like yours) using that process shared in step by step stories
  • Be inspired to take the learning and make it real in your business
Keynote by speaker Sterling Hawkins

The Innovation Gap™

According to social scientists, people are not built for change and there is a difference between what we plan and what is possible – The Innovation Gap™. Top companies like Amazon, Apple and Facebook already figured this out, yet they still experience incredible growth. In this keynote, speaker Sterling Hawkins steps into this gap and works with his audience to discover what these organizations have already uncovered. This is where Sterling and his keynote works magic to take advantage of a growth potential your organization haven’t even discovered yet.

  • Develop a perspective which seeks what’s possible – rather than what’s not
  • Embrace change and create a world where transformational performance is possible
  • Gain insight on how leaders in an organization are the main driving force of the innovation process
  • Learn how to develop innovation thinking and take profits to the next level
Keynote by speaker Sterling Hawkins

The Illusion of The Impossible™

Results are always determined by action or non-action. In this talk, speaker Sterling Hawkins reveals The Illusion of The Impossible™, opening up new possibilities for all the partakers. The impossible is an illusion and it can disappear. It was impossible to fly before the Wright Brothers. It was impossible to go to the moon with the computer processing power of a desk calculator before JFK. The same limiting “impossibilities” can occur within our businesses. 

  • Learn to distinguish innovative thought patterns, ideas and possibilities in your organization
  • Unleash your organization’s potential by developing access to impacting your organizational culture
  • Lift the veil of the impossible and get access to the solutions that will make the biggest difference.
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How Leaders Innovate

The only constant is change – as Sterling highlighted as a TEDx talk. His background of working with hundreds of startups and Fortune 500 companies has led to the discovery that money has little to do with innovation, who you know or even with being in the right place at the right time. It’s all about discomfort. 

  • Intentionally creating discomfort in the current workplace leads to innovative thinking
  • Hardships and problems are not conditions to be rid of but circumstances to be embraced, fostering innovation
  • An ecology of people who create big goals allows and even forces actions that were previously unimaginable
Keynote by speaker Sterling Hawkins

Creating The Future of Commerce

The retail industry has experienced tremendous changes recently. As commerce is moving towards being conducted online and the scale trade is constantly expanding, it is crucial to adapt to new technologies. With Sterling’s vision, this talk helps retailers to revitalize their businesses by adopting a culture of change.

  • Embrace the power shift in the supply chain – customers are now in charge
  • Open up new possibilities in retail based on case studies and real results
  • Create new possibilities and potential for your brand and your retail operations
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“He was an incredible speaker and all of our attendees enjoyed the content he delivered focused around living in the information age and what that means for brands. It was a captivating presentation and I look forward to working with Sterling again in the future!”

Jorey Rekoon

Senior Conference Producer at WBR Connect

“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!”

Michael Mikyska

Managing Director at Innerworkings, Inc.

“Sterling delivered an outstanding keynote [...] during our GM19 Marketing Conference. As always, Sterling was engaging, provocative, and optimistic about the opportunities ahead. Sterling is a credible - and genuine - thought leader, and we’ll look forward to using him at future events.”

Patrick Spear

President/CEO at GMDC & Retail Tomorrow

“Sterling was not only a delight to work with, but had rave reviews from our audience of executives! His energy was contagious, and he provided real strategies for success and inspiration, to send us out with a bang after three full days of content. Highly recommend Sterling as your next keynote!”

Maddie Rollason

Senior Manager of Production at Winsight LLC
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