Stay Agile: Innovation Speakers

If you want to make an impression with your event programming, you’ll need innovation speakers who can guide your audience towards the future trends in business, technology, and more. Leaders who can help any brand stay agile in a constantly-shifting marketplace. WSB’s impressive lineup of innovation speakers are the right fit for you.

Our roster of innovation speakers includes business visionaries who have sparked change and driven growth at some of the best-known brands in the world and are sure to leave your audience excited and inspired. Don’t see the voice you’re looking for? As always, you can explore more speakers on the WSB website, or contact us to inquire about availability.

Featured Innovation Speakers:

Innovation Speakers - Kat Cole

Kat Cole

Group President, FOCUS Brands Inc. (Parent Company to Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s Deli); President and Chief Operating Officer, Cinnabon (2011–2015); Advisor to Early Stage Startups and Multinational, High-Growth Companies

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Sharing the story of her accelerated rise up the corporate ladder, from her start working as a hostess to leading some of the world’s best-known food brands, Kat Cole provides insight and perspective on what it takes to create and lead successful teams, drive innovation and growth, lead with heart and sustain excellence.

Innovation Speakers - Mark King

Mark King

Innovation Expert; President, adidas Group North America and Chairman, TaylorMade Golf Company

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Inspiring, dynamic, optimistic and personable, Mark King shares stories of leading change, transforming cultures, and competing in today’s world to make extraordinary happen.

Innovation Speakers - George Blankenship

George Blankenship

Former Executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc.

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Former Tesla, Apple and GAP Inc. executive, George Blankenship, drives businesses toward innovation and transforms companies from status quo market contenders to forward-thinking and dynamic companies of the future.

Innovation Speakers - Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock

Senior Advisor, Google; Senior Vice President of People Operations, Google (2006–2016); Best-Selling Author, Work Rules!

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As a member of Alphabet/Google’s management team for a decade, Laszlo Bock grew the company into one of the two most valuable companies in the world. A best-selling author and architect of Google’s people strategy and brand, Bock shows how to apply breakthrough science and meaning to make work better everywhere.

Innovation Speakers - Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough

White House Chief of Staff (2013–2017); Deputy National Security Advisor (2010–2013)

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White House chief of staff and national security leader Denis McDonough shares an insider’s perspective on current political events, the future of America, and the day’s most pressing national and global security issues. 

Innovation Speakers - Ash Carter

Ash Carter

U.S. Secretary of Defense (2015–2017); Deputy Secretary of Defense (2011–2013)

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As Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter led the Pentagon to launch game-changing initiatives and embrace innovative practices to ensure the Defense Department wins today’s fights and prepares for tomorrow’s challenges. His unique insight and experience leading the Pentagon at a time of global change allows him to speak to the complexity of global events, large-scale operations, technology and cybersecurity, and the future of business transformation.

Innovation Speakers - Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra

Visionary Technology Thought Leader, Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2012) and Author, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

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Appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra clearly outlines ways technology can spur innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the world and solve the vexing problems facing the domains of health care, education and energy.

Innovation Speakers - Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-2015); Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (2011); Chairman, USA Basketball; Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy

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A specialist in leading effectively and operating in complexity, General Martin Dempsey shares experienced insight on security in a multifaceted geopolitical environment, the 21st-century challenges facing the U.S., and capturing innovation.

Innovation Speakers - Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Best-Selling Author, Leonardo da Vinci (2017), The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014) and Steve Jobs (2011); Acclaimed Historian and Journalist; President and CEO of the Aspen Institute

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Best-selling author and highly acclaimed journalist, Isaacson gives voice to the historical figures and business icons who have shaped and transformed our nation and the world.

Innovation Speakers - Sam Kass

Sam Kass

Former Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Executive Director, Let’s Move!; Founder, Trove; Partner, Acre Venture Partners

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Sam Kass offers fresh and informative insights as he explores the latest developments in health, wellness, and the future of consumption. A tech entrepreneur, food expert and former senior policy advisor for the White House, Kass brings a wealth of expertise and experiences to redefine and inspire the way consumers and corporations approach these evolving markets.

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