Keynote speaker, Business Leader
“The way out is through. ”
Discomfort is Necessary for Innovation
What is the core element of innovation? Sterling Hawkins explores discomfort, a key ingredient of innovation. Through weaving personal, and business story framed through reflecting back to MacGyver, ’80’s tv show, Sterling connects us to the complexity of innovation through discomfort.
About Sterling Hawkins
Sterling Hawkins is a master of innovation, having overcome massive changes and obstacles in his past. These include going from flat broke to selling his first company, turning a broken family business to a successful one, and overcoming fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world. His story will motivate you to make the most out of any situation. Hawkins is a renowned keynote speaker, business leader, entrepreneur, investor, and futurist. Passionate about retail innovation, he has worked with universities such as Stanford and Cornell to create a vision for future commerce. He evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually to dramatically transform retail and how it fulfills the needs and wants of consumers. Moreover, he has worked with investment groups, startups, brands and Fortune 500 companies, including Zebra Technologies and Starter Bros. Markets.
“An idea is anything that can change how people see the world. If you can conjure up a compelling idea in people’s minds, you have done something wondrous. You have given them a gift of incalculable value. In a very real sense, a little piece of you has become part of them.”
Chris J. Anderson – TED Organization
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