Geoff Colvin Speaker

Geoff Colvin

Bestselling author and senior editor-at-large, Fortune Magazine helping leaders respond to disruptive trends impacting business

Geoff Colvin: Biography highlights

The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help them do just that. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing.

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Authors
Futurists
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Languages spoken:

English

Full biography of Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin’s Background

As a result, Geoff can provide audiences with a clearer path for an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights on the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change. Geoff’s columns and cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans, many of whom also hear him on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week.

Geoff Colvin is author of four books including the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. His latest book is The New York Times bestseller Humans are Underrated which looks at the future of work and how humans will fit into a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.

As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the InfoTech revolution, human performance and related issues.

In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments, Geoff has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS.

In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee and interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and many others.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Timeswas named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book is Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will.

It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortunearticle “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates, and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

 

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After Dinner Engagement
Moderating and Emcee

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Geoff Colvin Overview Video Feb 2018
Geoff Colvin Overview Video Feb 2018
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The Future of Work – GEOFF COLVIN: Robots Rising but Humans Are Underrated
The Future of Work – GEOFF COLVIN: Robots Rising but Humans Are Underrated
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Bestselling Author GEOFF COLVIN: Talent Is Overrated Speech Overview
Bestselling Author GEOFF COLVIN: Talent Is Overrated Speech Overview
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Great Panel Moderator & Interviewer GEOFF COLVIN: Overview Video
Great Panel Moderator & Interviewer GEOFF COLVIN: Overview Video
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GEOFF COLVIN:  Moderating CEO Panel at Fortune Global Forum in China
GEOFF COLVIN: Moderating CEO Panel at Fortune Global Forum in China
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GEOFF COLVIN:  Moderating Dell World – Big Data Experts Panel
GEOFF COLVIN: Moderating Dell World – Big Data Experts Panel
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Thanks so very much for your moderating today. I felt relaxed and right at home.

George H.W. Bush
Cisco

Once again your stewardship of the business sessions opened the door for a truly interactive and valuable dialogue for everyone. Your depth of understanding of the challenges these companies are facing and the opportunities that lie ahead added tremendously to our conversations.

John Chambers
CEO
BIFMA

What a master! I was a bit worried when we got word that he wouldn’t be using any slides but everybody loved him. And for the panel, he conducted the “interviews” and wove it all together seamlessly. He had 4 people he had never met but got their best thinking and made it relate to the audience. We were all very impressed.

Brad Miller
Advocacy & Communications
The Elliot Group

No surprise, Geoff was articulate and insightful, thoughtful on global and fiscal issues affecting industry and candid on impressions of leadership. Not to mention, a wonderful man who I will forever be indebted to.

CEO
The Coca-Cola Company

“Geoff did a fantastic job and really set the stage for the remainder of the day and his perspectives were repeated during later sessions.”

Group Communications Director
CareerSource Pinellas

“He was so awesome!!! Thank you so much for sending him to us! He was amazing.”

Director of Economic Development Services
Certent

“Thank you very much for speaking at our Summit –I got fantastic feedback on your message! It was uplifting and inspiring, and you certainly made me look good!”

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Liberty Global

“A quick thank you again for a wonderful talk last night. I received great feedback from our group -everyone thought you were insightful and engaging. Particularly, I heard, “Spot on.” As mentioned, please be in touch if you would like a reference for future speaking engagements; I would be happy to help in the format most useful to you."

Vice President
Arch Capital Group

“Thank you for your email and for inspiring my team! The feedback is unanimous, they loved your presentation, the Q&A that followed and how you inspired them and boosted their confidence. That was exactly my goal. Thank you.”

CEO
L’ATTITUDE

“Thank youso much for your participation in the first annual L’ATTITUDE event! Your participation, both as participant and moderator was brilliant. Your [precision], command of facts and data AND unique ability to weave it into a logical, easy to understand outcomeis special.”

Co-Founder
SoftwareAG North America

“I can’t tell you how many people, customers and employees, came up to me and said how good your session was. Honestly, it set a tone that I was hoping for so to me it was a huge win. I also appreciate you filling in the time gap on such short notice.”

President and COO
Microsoft

In a word: fantastic! Geoff really was perfect for this. He kept the conversation lively. Geoff really knocked it out of the ballpark.

Institute for Public Relations

It was GREAT. We have only heard great things. Geoff tailored it to the audience. He is a gem!

Gala Organizer
Lovett Productions

Geoff turned in two outstanding performances for Commonfund. His grasp of business issues is second to none and his engaging style consistently pulls the best comments from our panelists. What more could one ask? But actually Geoff delivers more without our asking. He is one of the most genuinely respectful and caring people on the speaking circuit. And despite his vast business knowledge and superior interviewing skill, he hasn’t a trace of ego.

Producer
IBM

Thank you for joining me last week at our THINK Forum in New York and for moderating our sessions on “The Promise of Cognitive Systems and Watson” and “The Future of Computing – Augmenting Human Intelligence.” I have to say that your skill as a moderator is unmatched, and your comments during the conversations were terrific. You were able to lead our speakers into valuable dialogues about their experiences working with Watson and the possibilities of cognitive computing. I know our audience benefited from your expertise, and several attendees commented specifically to me on these thought-provoking sessions.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cisco

“Once again your stewardship of the business sessions opened the door for a truly interactive and valuable dialogue for everyone. Your depth of understanding of the challenges these companies are facing and the opportunities that lie ahead added tremendously to our conversations.”

John Chambers
CEO

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