Keynote Speaker Aaron McDaniel

Aaron McDaniel

Top Innovation Expert and Authority on Millennial Hiring, Retention and Customer Engagement. Corporate Leader, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Faculty

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

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Aaron McDaniel’s Key Accomplishments Include:

Aaron McDaniel is a globally recognized corporate manager, speaker and author with a passion for helping organizations innovate and attract, engage & retain top talent. Aaron began his corporate career at AT&T, as part of its flagship Leadership Development Program. He rose to become one of the youngest to serve as Regional Vice President (at age 27) and was part of AT&T’s Diamond Club, Top 1% of sales leaders worldwide. Aaron is currently one of the youngest faculty members at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (where he is also an alumnus) and is the co-founder of 10X Innovation Lab, an international consulting firm helping corporations and governments across 4 continents build and leverage innovation ecosystems.

Why Aaron?

Called the “Stephen Covey of his generation!” Aaron combines Corporate (youngest to serve as Regional VP @ AT&T), Entrepreneurial (3 successful exits of companies he founded) and Academic (one of the youngest Berkeley/Haas faculty members) experience to offer practical insights to your audience on Innovation & Millennial topics.

Aaron is a serial entrepreneur, having founded 3 companies that were acquired, one of which he turned down an offer for on ABC’s Shark Tank.  Aaron is the author of The Young Professional’s Guide to the Working World (an international top 10 listed book printed in multiple languages, with a foreword by New York Times Bestseller Marshall Goldsmith) and The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing (foreword by co-author of The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes), has been featured in numerous media outlets including: Forbes, Inc., Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CBSRadio, and US News & World Report, and is trusted by top companies including: the Ritz-Carlton, Deloitte Consulting, Wells Fargo and UnitedHealth Group.

Aaron’s Areas of Expertise:

  1. Rich Corporate Experience-Aaron worked at AT&T for nearly a decade managing large organization and becoming one of the youngest ever to serve as Regional VP (at age 27). He is also a graduate of AT&T’s flagship Leadership Development Program (an MBA-grad program he joined with only an Undergraduate degree). His advice to audiences is based on real corporate experience
  2. Proven Innovator-Aaron has founded, built and sold 3 technology companies based in the Silicon Valley. He has scaled businesses and is a sought-after teacher of entrepreneurship and innovation
  3. Engaging Teacher-Aaron is one of the youngest members of the faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, one of the top business schools in the world, where he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation
  4. Accomplished Seller- Aaron is an AT&T “Diamond Club” honoree, being part of the top 1% of sales leaders worldwide
  5. Member of the Millennial Generation-Aaron is a Millennial, giving him a more keen knowledge of his peers than other experts on the topic

Testimonials 11

  • We value speakers who can deliver dynamic content; that’s why we’ve booked Aaron for three events, speaking to three different audiences. If you’re looking for a speaker who commands the stage, engages the audience, & offers the practical and tactical tools necessary for sustainable success, Aaron is the speaker for you.

    Gina Stratos

    Vice President, Western Bankers Association

  • I saw Aaron speak at a conference I attended and immediately knew he would be perfect for an event I was hosting. Based on the 100% positive feedback we received, it turns out I was right – Aaron was perfect for our conference. I can recommend him to you without reservation.

    Ron Balmer

    Managing Director, Greenwich Association

  • In these days after I have heard Aaron quoted AT LEAST 6 times, from the CEO to HR to Engineering. Thanks for making a difference!

    Beth English

    VP of Marketing, Truck-Lite

  • Aaron was very collaborative in preparing his keynote for our agency conference. He stayed in touch in the months leading up to his session and interviewed a few key stakeholders in advance to customize his remarks. He was very professional and personable, and his presentation was engaging and informative. If you’re looking for someone who knows the Millennial generation well and brings a lot of enthusiasm to a presentation, Aaron is a strong choice.

    Peg Zwicker

    Market Development Manager, Sentry Insurance

  • I invited Aaron to speak for our group and he did not disappoint! He was funny, engaging, and so well-versed in the topics on which he presented. We all walked away with information that we could apply immediately in not just the workplace, but our everyday lives. He was fantastic!!!

    Kim Ross

    President, NCOMS

  • Aaron is the Stephen Covey of his generation!

    Frank Gambuzza, President

    Intercoiffure America/Canada

  • I have found few that can top Aaron McDaniel… If you are looking for someone to discuss how to blend millennials into the workplace, hire Aaron, HIRE HIM NOW.

    Jack Hubbard, Chairman

    St. Meyer & Hubbard

  • Aaron is energetic and engaging.  He quickly had the audience focused on his well thought out presentation.  Our group gained tremendous insight on the differences between the baby boomers in the audience and millennials, like Aaron.  He helped us understand how to meet the needs of his generation to successfully motivate and challenge them in the workplace.  I strongly endorse Aaron as a speaker

    Tom Morrow, Executive Director

    Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors

  • Aaron did his homework and customized his presentation to be relevant to the banking industry and to my company specifically.  His understanding of and discussion around the Millennial generation is critical knowledge for every company and manager in today’s workplace.  Aaron’s presentation style is relaxed and confident, which allowed him to really engage with the audience individually and as a group.  Aaron was a true pleasure to work with, start to finish.

    Sr. Vice President

    Provident Bank

  • Aaron was amazing to work with from start to finish. He worked with me to customize his talk for our group and really focused on what would be interesting and relevant for the audience. His session was really dynamic and engaging with multiple people coming up immediately to me after the talk to compliment the session. We would love to bring Aaron in again to speak to our group!

    Chief of Staff

    Deloitte Consulting

  • Outstanding! Thank you for taking part and being a part of our leadership conference. [Aaron’s] thoughtful presentation hit the minds and the hearts of all assembled. Clearly [his] message added the dimension to our gathering that was at the center of our vision for the organization.

    District Manager


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