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Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin

Keynote Speaker: Senior Editor-at-Large at Fortune & Bestselling Author

Geoff Colvin Biography

Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business and how top leaders and companies adapt and transform to win in spite of them. The big takeaway, Colvin says, is that winning companies and leaders summon the courage to act –they stop protecting the past and start inventing the future –and they confront this reality faster than the competition. As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light –revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future. His columns and cover stories for Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans. Many of them also hear him dispense critical business insights on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Colvin’s bestselling books include "The Upside of the Downturn," "Talent is Overrated," and "Humans are Underrated." A keynote speaker with compelling content, Geoff Colvin is also a brilliant panel moderator and interviewer.

As Fortune‘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 (he’s done over 15,000 since 1995), Colvin 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, Colvin is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee, and interviewer whose subjects have included Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Janet Yellen, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Alan Greenspan, Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others.

Colvin 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 Times" was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Colvin’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 Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of advancing technology performing ever more tasks better than people perform them, 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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Geoff Colvin Speaking Topics

“POLITICAL CHAOS AND YOUR BUSINESS”

The political pros have been wrong about almost everything in the election cycle so far. How can business people even hope to make sense of it – or make plans for their businesses and themselves?

Geoff Colvin has answers, explaining what’s at stake in terms you won’t hear elsewhere. This election may profoundly alter the factors and forces that business people really care about. Economic growth, consumer demand, interest rates, taxes, employment costs – cable news doesn’t spend much time on those issues, but all of them could be affected by the election’s outcome, transforming the business environment in important ways.

That’s why business people must keep the most significant issues in mind, even if candidates don’t want to talk about them. In the era of the gig economy, the Uberization of everything, advancing technology, and a large-scale global labor market, Washington is still in the 20th century on business policy. In addition, business people need to remember that three giant, long-term issues – entitlement reform, comprehensive tax reform, and immigration reform – are the real keys to how Washington can turbocharge or hinder the overall U.S. economy in the years ahead. Those issues often get lost in the daily coverage of candidates’ latest tweets.

Geoff explains why partisanship won’t decrease, regardless of the election results. So one thing most business people want from government – policy stability – will remain a dream. Yet we can’t afford to be paralyzed, and Geoff shows how the most successful business people are competing and winning in this uncertain environment. Calling on his deep relationships in the worlds of Washington and corporate America, Geoff brings a message of optimism as we look past the rough and tumble of an election cycle unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The 21st Century Corporation - Winning in a Friction - Free World

Imagine an economy without friction – a new world in which labor, information, and money move easily, cheaply, and almost instantly. Psst – it’s here. Is your company ready?

The most successful companies today are forming starkly new, more fluid relationships with customers, workers, and owners. They’re rethinking the role of capital (as traditionally defined) and finding they can thrive while owning less and less of it. They are creating value in new ways as they reinvent R&D and marketing. And finally, they’re measuring their performance by new metrics because traditional gauges no longer capture what counts. These companies aren’t all glamorous Silicon Valley startups. They can be of any age and in any industry. Every company will have to become one, creating value in innovative ways, or lose out to competitors that do so. Geoff Colvin’s presentation is optimistic and energizing showing that opportunity is more widely available than ever – and how to seize it.

What Makes You Better Than a Computer

Every day, technology is doing something else better than humans, and the trend is picking up speed. For the first time in 200 years, mainstream economists are seriously considering whether technology is pushing unemployment up and wages down. Where does that leave growing numbers of NEWLY insecure workers, from taxi drivers to lawyers? What will be the high-value skills that will raise living standards for us and our children? Answers are becoming clear, and they involve elements of our deepest humanity –empathy, emotion, narrative, creativity. For the individuals, companies, and whole economies that can master them, these will be the counter intuitive keys to competitive advantage.

Becoming Radically Customer-Centric: The New Opportunity

All companies like to claim they’re customer-centric, but few truly are. Most don’t deeply understand the varied wants and needs of their different customers, or craft different customer value propositions to meet those customers’ wants and needs—nor do they know how much money they actually make (or lose) with each customer or customer segment. Such companies are guaranteed to be wasting resources and losing customers to savvier competitors. There’s no excuse for that to happen. Big Data and powerful new analytic tools are changing the game, but they’re of no use unless companies know how to use them. Colvin, co-author of the groundbreaking book Angel Customers and Demon Customers, explains how smart companies are taking customer-centricity to undreamed-of heights—and how doing so turbocharges profits.

The Power of One: Aligning Your Organization’s Incredible Strengths

It’s one of the most striking trends in business today: companies feeling frustrated that the tremendous abilities inside their organizations—the knowledge, creativity, and innovation— aren’t being combined as one to deliver knockout products and services that leave competitors wondering what hit them. For most businesses it’s a huge missed opportunity. Yet a growing number of companies, as varied as Ford, Apple, Lego, Amazon, and Hershey, have cracked the code and are achieving extraordinary success as a result. Colvin explains how they do it and how your organization can too—before your competitors beat you to it.

Geoff Colvin Videos

"Hot Takes" with Geoff Colvin at #SHRM19
Geoff Colvin, Special Lecture, GSS IV, 2017 CNS Annual Meeting
Bestselling Author GEOFF COLVIN: Talent Is Overrated Speech ...

How to book Geoff Colvin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Geoff Colvin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Geoff Colvin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Geoff Colvin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Geoff Colvin?

Booking fees for Geoff Colvin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Geoff Colvin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Geoff Colvin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Geoff Colvin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Geoff Colvin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Geoff Colvin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Geoff Colvin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Geoff Colvin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Innovation and International Business. The estimated speaking fee range to book Geoff Colvin for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Geoff Colvin generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Richard Florida and Peter Diamandis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Geoff Colvin for an upcoming event.

Geoff Colvin Speaking Topics

  • “POLITICAL CHAOS AND YOUR BUSINESS”

    The political pros have been wrong about almost everything in the election cycle so far. How can business people even hope to make sense of it – or make plans for their businesses and themselves?

    Geoff Colvin has answers, explaining what’s at stake in terms you won’t hear elsewhere. This election may profoundly alter the factors and forces that business people really care about. Economic growth, consumer demand, interest rates, taxes, employment costs – cable news doesn’t spend much time on those issues, but all of them could be affected by the election’s outcome, transforming the business environment in important ways.

    That’s why business people must keep the most significant issues in mind, even if candidates don’t want to talk about them. In the era of the gig economy, the Uberization of everything, advancing technology, and a large-scale global labor market, Washington is still in the 20th century on business policy. In addition, business people need to remember that three giant, long-term issues – entitlement reform, comprehensive tax reform, and immigration reform – are the real keys to how Washington can turbocharge or hinder the overall U.S. economy in the years ahead. Those issues often get lost in the daily coverage of candidates’ latest tweets.

    Geoff explains why partisanship won’t decrease, regardless of the election results. So one thing most business people want from government – policy stability – will remain a dream. Yet we can’t afford to be paralyzed, and Geoff shows how the most successful business people are competing and winning in this uncertain environment. Calling on his deep relationships in the worlds of Washington and corporate America, Geoff brings a message of optimism as we look past the rough and tumble of an election cycle unlike anything we’ve seen before.

  • The 21st Century Corporation - Winning in a Friction - Free World

    Imagine an economy without friction – a new world in which labor, information, and money move easily, cheaply, and almost instantly. Psst – it’s here. Is your company ready?

    The most successful companies today are forming starkly new, more fluid relationships with customers, workers, and owners. They’re rethinking the role of capital (as traditionally defined) and finding they can thrive while owning less and less of it. They are creating value in new ways as they reinvent R&D and marketing. And finally, they’re measuring their performance by new metrics because traditional gauges no longer capture what counts. These companies aren’t all glamorous Silicon Valley startups. They can be of any age and in any industry. Every company will have to become one, creating value in innovative ways, or lose out to competitors that do so. Geoff Colvin’s presentation is optimistic and energizing showing that opportunity is more widely available than ever – and how to seize it.

  • What Makes You Better Than a Computer

    Every day, technology is doing something else better than humans, and the trend is picking up speed. For the first time in 200 years, mainstream economists are seriously considering whether technology is pushing unemployment up and wages down. Where does that leave growing numbers of NEWLY insecure workers, from taxi drivers to lawyers? What will be the high-value skills that will raise living standards for us and our children? Answers are becoming clear, and they involve elements of our deepest humanity –empathy, emotion, narrative, creativity. For the individuals, companies, and whole economies that can master them, these will be the counter intuitive keys to competitive advantage.

  • Becoming Radically Customer-Centric: The New Opportunity

    All companies like to claim they’re customer-centric, but few truly are. Most don’t deeply understand the varied wants and needs of their different customers, or craft different customer value propositions to meet those customers’ wants and needs—nor do they know how much money they actually make (or lose) with each customer or customer segment. Such companies are guaranteed to be wasting resources and losing customers to savvier competitors. There’s no excuse for that to happen. Big Data and powerful new analytic tools are changing the game, but they’re of no use unless companies know how to use them. Colvin, co-author of the groundbreaking book Angel Customers and Demon Customers, explains how smart companies are taking customer-centricity to undreamed-of heights—and how doing so turbocharges profits.

  • The Power of One: Aligning Your Organization’s Incredible Strengths

    It’s one of the most striking trends in business today: companies feeling frustrated that the tremendous abilities inside their organizations—the knowledge, creativity, and innovation— aren’t being combined as one to deliver knockout products and services that leave competitors wondering what hit them. For most businesses it’s a huge missed opportunity. Yet a growing number of companies, as varied as Ford, Apple, Lego, Amazon, and Hershey, have cracked the code and are achieving extraordinary success as a result. Colvin explains how they do it and how your organization can too—before your competitors beat you to it.

Geoff Colvin Videos

"Hot Takes" with Geoff Colvin at #SHRM19
Geoff Colvin, Special Lecture, GSS IV, 2017 CNS Annual Meeting
Bestselling Author GEOFF COLVIN: Talent Is Overrated Speech ...
Geoff Colvin Keynote Address | 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference ...

Geoff Colvin Reviews

  • A powerful exposition of the strengths and limitations of technology in shaping our lives and addressing today's greatest challenges. More than ever, as Colvin demonstrates, we need people who embody the most human of qualities. An uplifting account of the enduring potential of humanity itself.
    Unknown - Jul 16 2015

  • Through a series of practical case studies and insights, Colvin clearly demonstrates that – regardless of where the future takes us – emotional intelligence will remain one of the most valuable human skills and the Human Element will remain a differentiator.
    Unknown - Jul 16 2015

  • Beautifully written and deeply researched, Humans are Underrated is one of the most creative and insightful leadership books I have ever read. It is a triumph!
    Unknown - Jul 16 2015

Geoff Colvin News

  • The Role of the CEO Is Permanently Chnaged

    It was an unexpected introduction to the CEO’s job in the age of the pandemic. Laxman Narasimhan was running a video meeting with colleagues at Reckitt Benckiser Group, the U.K.-based maker of cleaning and personal care products—Lysol, Woolite, Clearasil, many others.

How to book Geoff Colvin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Geoff Colvin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Geoff Colvin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Geoff Colvin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Geoff Colvin?

Booking fees for Geoff Colvin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Geoff Colvin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Geoff Colvin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Geoff Colvin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Geoff Colvin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Geoff Colvin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Geoff Colvin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Geoff Colvin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Innovation and International Business. The estimated speaking fee range to book Geoff Colvin for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Geoff Colvin generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Richard Florida and Peter Diamandis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Geoff Colvin for an upcoming event.

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