Ask about Sterling Hawkins
Key Points
  • Sterling Hawkins is the co-founder of CART, a platform to drive adoption of emerging technologies at fortune 500 companies.
  • He is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, transformational leadership and exponential growth.
  • He co-founded, launched and sold his first technology company, Convena, in 2004.
  • He speaks and runs workshops around the world for clients such as Samsung, Criteo, Synchrony Financial and the United Nations.
  • He 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. 
  • Certified virtual presenter.
Topics
  • Breakthrough! - The systems to achieve exponential value growth (no matter what) in your business and life

    Learning objectives:
    • See how to avoid the pitfalls of transformation
    • 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 3 most important culture systems to create transformational growth
    • Be inspired and excited to implement the tools in every aspect of your business and life

Everyone should have the radical idea behind achieving breakthrough growth no matter what, it’s now your turn. Having sold his first company to join a group that reached a multi-billion dollar valuation before going bankrupt to today looking at over a thousand new companies every year as an investor, Sterling has discovered through research and life experience that it is not the ideas, connections or even investment that makes the transformational difference. Meaningful growth is driven by one thing and one thing only: the culture. You’ll learn the most important culture systems that have been at the core of governments being overthrown, industries being disrupted and companies growing exponentially to take and implement as soon as you walk out the door. Getting this unique perspective will forever change how you approach anything. Sterling uses heart-wrenching personal stories, hilarious anecdotes and inspirational videos that deliver not only great entertainment, but contains exactly what it takes to transform your business. Audiences participate and have recognition ignited in themselves that they have what it takes to create change, leaving them empowered, excited and most importantly equipped to literally change the world.

  • How leaders innovate - Capture the potential of your human experience

    Learning objectives:
    • The critical role our own discomfort plays in our business success (or lack thereof)
    • How using discomfort can lead to innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas
    • Experience what the human experience is with a moving and powerful example
    • Learn the methodology behind using constraints, hardships or problems as circumstances to be embraced as our access to innovation
    • Develop an ecology of people who create big goals allows for and even forces actions that were previously unthinkable

We live in a world today of exponential growth and accelerating change. Changing ourselves and our businesses is more necessary than ever. But how? Delivered to global rave reviews in his TEDx talk, Sterling’s background in working with hundreds of startups and Fortune 500 companies has led to the discovery that leading innovation is about embracing our human experience. He’ll illuminate how personal discomfort gives access to breakthrough growth of any type and how to find the courage to not just accept it but to get out ahead of it to be able to lead change as the only competitive advantage. In this provocative talk, you can step back and see your leadership potential and how it's directly tied to putting yourself on the line for the benefit of those you lead. The talk is a motivational and eye-opening experience where Sterling shares how leaders of companies of any size can embrace the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as robots, IoT and AI and create something completely new without losing who they are in the process.

  • Creating the future of commerce

    Learning objectives
    • Look at the power shift in the supply chain. Hint, customers are now in charge
    • Open up new possibilities for a retail group can be based on case studies and real results
    • Examine the latest case studies of what’s working and what’s not in the industry
    • Learn how to use the 4 steps of retail innovation
    • Create new possibilities and potential for your retail and brand operations

Sterling was raised in his family’s supermarket, where his Dad created one of the first digital loyalty programs in the US, and together they created the first personalized marketing system for retailers. Retail today is changing faster than ever before. Venture dollars have accelerated startups flooding the market and COVID-19 has forever changed the face of modern retailing. Taking what he learned in his family’s organization about the creation of value and the importance of people and connection, then combining it with unique, completely new abilities of countless technologies, Sterling explores how we arrived at this point, the surprising future in store for us and how we can create a future which fulfills on our business essentials and delivers on our customers' wants and needs.

Sterling’s leadership and vision has enabled retailers and their teams to step past the hype that traditional retail is dead. He has empowered organizations to use technology to unify experiences and redefine retail as a flourishing force to be reckoned with, now and in the future.

Testimonials

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!
Senior Manager of Production
Winsight LLC

Sterling was the keynote speaker at Syndigo’s first-ever IGNITE eCommerce leadership conference. As industry
disruptors, it was critical for us to find a speaker that understood the importance and value of innovating at a fast pace. Sterling did a great job captivating our audience and aligning his presentation with the key takeaways of the conference. He was very engaging and was a great kick-off to the rest of the event!
Vice President & Head of Marketing
Syndigo

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.
President/CEO
GMDC & Retail Tomorrow

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.
President/CEO
GMDC & Retail Tomorrow

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!
Managing Director
Innerworkings, Inc.

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!
Senior Conference Producer
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!
Retail Managing Director
Innerworkings, Inc.

Thank you Sterling for a breath taking speech on Innovation!! Your mindset and delivery is epic and amazing and I am ever so grateful for your presentation at City Summit! Riveting!!
Founder
City Summit & City Gala

Over my many years running events around the world, few if any of my 2,000+ speakers delivered as remarkable a performance as Sterling did at Seamless Asia 2017.
Director
Terrapinn