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Karlgaard was great. He is really a fantastic speaker
National Petrochemical Refiners Association
We had over 1,000 business leaders at our Annual Meeting. The feedback has been immediate, broad and consistent: the best keynote speaker we've ever had.
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Rich Karlgaard is intelligent, articulate, humble and very charming. He was so accommodating as we introduced him to many of our guests and our local media.
Kern Economic Development Corporation
The best speaker we’ve ever had.
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Rich Karlgaard's "10 Point Framework" for organizations was a major hit with the leadership team.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Rich Karlgaard's presentation was great. I had immediate feedback from some of my officers right after he was done that said he was great. His points were right on, he was down to earth and very refreshing. His presentation style was great, it was conversational which really appealed to folks. I continued to have feedback throughout the day and into to last evening. All was positive. I'd definitely recommend him to others.
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Rich Karlgaard was great. He is super sharp and can quote data to support even his answers in Q&A. I am always looking for a presentation with substance rather than a speech. Rich fits that bill perfectly.
Journalistic, Inc.
Rich was all class. He was very generous with his time and insights. He provided an enormous amount of information that will serve as a spring board for new areas of exploration.
Corporex Companies, Inc.
I liked Rich Karlgaard’s book, The Soft Edge, so much that I read it twice. I knew we wanted him to speak about it to our company’s top 1,000 executives. Rich spoke for 60 minutes and took questions for 30 minutes. He was great.
Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft
It was our sincere pleasure to have you speak at our conference. We have heard nothing but positive comments about your knowledge, your presentation style and the relevance of your topics. I can't image one single person there who wouldn't want to sit down with you over a coffee and pick your brain for hours!
TriWest Capital Partners
Rich gave a fabulous speech!
Ursula Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Xerox
Thanks for your presentation today - very insightful and tremendously impressive. After your presentation, our CEO has instructed us to procure your new book and circulate to the entire senior management team.
Temasek (Singapore's Sovereign Wealth Fund)
An outstanding moderator, speaker and host.
Saddleback Church
Rich Karlgaard did an amazing job as a speaker. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.
Glassman Wealth Services LLC

Rich Karlgaard

Columnist and Publisher, Forbes; Author, The Soft Edge; Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard has a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

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Forecasting 2016-2018 – Years of Tumult and Opportunity

As 2016 began, stocks and oil prices continued to slide. Talk of global recession grew louder. The U.S. presidential campaign in 2016 has the world’s attention.

Against this wall of uncertainty, Forbes magazine publisher and columnist, Rich Karlgaard, predicts 2016-2018 will be selectively robust. In this timely, and universally relevant presentation, Karlgaard explores with audiences some of these pressing issues, and why he sees opportunity—in spite of some of the dire headlines. Here are just a few things Karlgaard can discuss as they may be relevant to your organization:

  • Why China’s demise is greatly exaggerated. 
  • Why 2016 will be remembered as the year the “Internet of Things” went mainstream
  • How the strong U.S. dollar, which initially hurt the U.S. export economy in 2015, has planted the seeds of a robust revival. 
  • Three best practices to steer your organization through turbulent times.

Four Megatrends and Three Best Practices That Will Shape Your Business Future

A common mistake among business, investment and government leaders is to overestimate change in the short run (less than two years), but badly underestimate it the long run (five years or more).

Forbes publisher and author of the magazine’s featured Innovation Rules column, Rich Karlgaard, cuts through the clutter. He forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next two, five, and ten years.

Karlgaard operates in the heart of Silicon Valley and is close to its business and technology leaders, as well as the investors and venture capitalists that keep it a hotbed of growth. Rich's Four Megatrends and Three Best Practices speech shares with audiences thought-provoking, actionable, and lasting ideas that help leaders “future proof” their organizations and investments.

Why Culture and Teams Are Tomorrow’s Killer Apps

The old way of creating a sustainable competitive advantage was to build moats and barriers to entry. But smart phones and digital commerce have proven they can tunnel under the moats and fly over the barriers with ease—and often with astonishingly little invested capital. What can smart companies do to “future proof” their businesses against such disruption?

Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, has identified culture and “team genius” as pillars of sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world.

In this presentation, Karlgaard draws upon his recent books, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success and Team GeniusThe New Science of High-Performing Organizations, to analyze what great organizations do to create long-run success.

Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft, recently invited Rich to come speak to the top 1,000 global executives at Microsoft on this topic. The session was enthusiastically received. “Rich was great! He spoke for 60 minutes and took questions for 30,” said Turner.

Meet Rich Karlgaard


Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard has a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a biweekly column known for its witty and honest assessment of current business issues, a regular panelist on cable news' most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and was a frequent guest analyst on CNBC's The Kudlow Report. He's also a successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year Award." More than just a business journalist, Karlgaard as a private investor and board director understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today's business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. His assessment of the current business issues and trends gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions. Karlgaard, who speaks without notes, has a remarkable ability to connect with his audience. He shows his quick mind and even quicker good sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Karlgaard is unfailingly gracious, putting his insights out for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics on the environment for business and invention. In his book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success (April 2014), Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to high performance and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage. He is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations (July 2015).

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