Keynote Speaker Chris Laping

Chris Laping

Keynote Speaker, Author, Consultant

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Colorado, USA

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Chris Laping has been engaging audiences with disruptive ideas on innovation and roller coaster storytelling. Now, he is hitting the stage as author of his debut book, People Before Things, to take audiences on a journey that focuses on how great organizations take care of people and inspire a culture of change. Whether it’s a large audience at a national conference or a small, private group, Chris brings the same passion and energy to each talk—and with content that’s tailored for each unique situation!

Prior to founding People Before Things, LLC, Chris served as SVP, Business Transformation and CIO at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In these roles, he was a highly contributing member of a management team that completed a successful turnaround, taking the company from an $8 stock price to $89 in just a few years. Chris has 25 years of technology and change leadership experience across multiple brands and industries and has been widely recognized for his innovative thought leadership. He was named a Top 5 Social Business Leader by The Economist, Social Business Technology Leader by InformationWeek and Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld. The work of the teams he led has been spotlighted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company and CIO Magazine, among others.

Testimonials 6

  • “Chris came to speak to our innovation community. He did a great job and really framed how accepting failure is essential to becoming a learning organization and driving success. Chris was engaging, entertaining and inspiring. He sparked in us a different way to think about the challenges we face each day.”

    Frank Palase

    SVP Strategy & Innovation, AT&T

  • “Chris gave an outstanding keynote address at our annual leadership conference. His willingness to spend time tailoring his presentation by getting an in-depth understanding of our organization helped him deliver a message that resonated with our employees and left everyone feeling motivated.”

    Jeff Puttkammer, M. Ed.

    Director, Learning and Development, HSS

  • “Every organization—for-profit, non-profit, secular, sacred—will benefit from Chris’ expertise, experience and vision. His presentation ignited dialog that rippled from ourselves as clergy leadership to the congregational level. This is a vital conversation for every leader!”

    Rev. Brigette Weier

    Pastor of Faith Formation, Bethany Lutheran Church

  • “I have witnessed few presenters in my life who in just minutes are able to evoke laughter and head nodding across a large audience like Chris does.”

    Tyler Beecher

    CEO at Trace3

  • “Chris Laping remains one of the most memorable and influential speakers Hospitality Technology has had the pleasure of working with.”

    Abigail A. Lorden

    Group Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Technology & Vertical Systems Reseller magazines

  • “Thanks so much for being there! You are AMAZING and have found your calling. I wish you would have had a longer time slot!!!”

    2016 Evolve Conference Attendee

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