Keynote Speaker John Danner

John Danner

Senior Fellow, The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley, Author

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John Danner is a sought-after adviser to Fortune 500 enterprises, mid-market businesses and emerging ventures worldwide. He co-founded a widely-read national business newspaper in healthcare and is co-author (along with Mark Coopersmith of the book The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work. In this provocative and practical book, the authors share failure-savvy insights from exclusive interviews with leaders from multinationals to startups. Acknowledging that organizations want faster growth, more innovation and deeper employee engagement, executives, entrepreneurs and teams quickly discover how hard it is to do. The good news? There’s a largely untapped resource immediately available that can help you advance this agenda. But most people have trouble even talking about it. It’s failure—the “Other F Word”—and it’s the one asset you and your colleagues create and pay for every day. You might as well put it to work.

Whether he is delivering a keynote, moderating a panel, or leading a workshop, John Danner is focused and engaged like no other. John’s passion is helping leaders and their organizations innovate in new ways that create value–for their customers, shareholders, and the world. John’s style is direct, engaged and collegial, and includes organizations’ leaders and their teams.

"I love ideas"

“I love ideas—learning about them, connecting them and occasionally creating them. My curiosity takes me on unpredictable journeys across widely disparate landscapes of issues, questions and possibilities.” –John Danner

More About John Danner:
John teaches at two of the nation’s finest universities: the University of California Berkeley and Princeton University. He has held senior-level state and federal positions, working for then-Governor Bill Clinton and the first U.S. Secretary of Education. And at Morrison & Foerster, he represented major legal clients in telecommunications, real estate, energy, and investment banking. In addition, he anchors executive education programs on five continents, including Aspen Institute leadership seminars.

John’s media coverage includes The New York Times, The Economist, and LA Times and is a popular keynote speaker for executive and industry audiences globally.

John earned JD, MPH and MAEd degrees at UC Berkeley, and his BA from Harvard.

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  • “John delivers! He wowed our audiences with his engaging style, wit, and wisdom in the US, Europe, Middle East, South America, and Asia.”

    Manav Subodh

    Global Director, Intel Entrepreneurship Program

  • “John delivered an outstanding and provocative speech that inspired our attendees to examine the importance of failure and its relevance to the growth and success of future entrepreneurial ventures.”

    Karl R. LaPan

    Chairman of the Board, National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)

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