Keynote Speaker Deborah Perry Piscione

Deborah Perry Piscione

Innovation & Leadership Expert, Best-selling Author, and Serial Entrepreneur

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

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We know that great leaders are defined by the extraordinary people that they lead. What makes Deborah Perry Piscione so special is that she has uncovered the DNA from the inspired cultures of the most innovative companies in the world. It is no surprise that organizations that build systems to grow the passions of their talented workforce are more productive, more innovative, more loyal, and consistently move faster than competitors. Provocative and wonderfully entertaining, Deborah’s presentations are a prerequisite for leaders looking to shake the status quo.

Thru her years of research and hands-on work with many of Silicon Valley’s pioneer companies, she has found the keys to building organizations into innovation machines and preparing leaders for the future.  Deborah’s discoveries are highlighted by her series of critically acclaimed books:

Why Deborah Perry Piscione?

Quick List Resume:

  • Author, The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products(April, 2017 release)
  • Author, Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World (a New York Times bestseller)
  • Author, The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure(another bestseller)
  • Co-author, Unfinished Business: The 10 Most Important Issues Women Face Today (a Washington Post  bestseller)
  • Principal and Co-founder ofVorto Consulting
  • Founder,Nobiyo Freshwear™
  • Founder,Alley to the Valley®
  • Co-founder & CEO, Desha Productions, Inc.
  • Co-founder,Chump Genius™
  • Staffer, US Congress & The White House
  • Media Commentator: CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, PBS and NPR
  • Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum
  • Awards: Silicon Valley Women Business Owner of the Year; Gracie Allen Award; The White House Project Award; Editorial Excellence – Best of the Web Awards
  • Case Study – Stanford University Graduate School of Business – Case E-424, “Deborah Perry Piscione” (Finding Opportunity in Silicon Valley)
  • The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products(release April 2017)
  • Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World
  • The Risk Factor: Why Every Company Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure

All of these books and the research in them stems from the differences between old-school power and new-school leadership, which Deborah understands well thru first-hand experience. Having worked as an insider at the White House and Capitol Hill, and then moving into the center of Silicon Valley, Deborah was struck by the vast differences in power and leadership between the two coasts.  She became fascinated by the collaborative cultures of innovation that dominate the Silicon Valley region, especially the voracious appetite for growing value from ideas.

This spurred her to launch four successful businesses and she is currently launching her fifth, Nobiyo Freshwear (under-apparel for women). Another, Alley to the Valley, has grown into the most influential program for connecting powerful business women.

It is this unique experience and understanding that has made her one of the most sought-after business speakers today.  With companies and industries looking for every new customer, every new idea, every advantage they can find, Deborah specializes in helping organizations do this by understand their under-realized assets — their talent workforce — that they already have under their nose, and build systems that unlock their full potential.  Both her keynotes and her innovation boot-camps for Fortune 500 leaders are fully customized for your very specific needs.

Her clients include Google, McKinsey, TED Talks, Cadence Design, London School of Economics, Microsoft, McDonalds, NetApp, Princeton University, KPMG, Innotown, Qualcomm, Society for Human Resource Management, Stanford University, Accenture, Texas Economic Development Council, Singularity University and many others.

Ultimately, Deborah is the perfect speaker if you are searching for an undeniably compelling presentation exploring how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly fast-paced, agile and unforgiving world.

Testimonials 9

  • “Deborah, that you for speaking to our global leads, and it was by far, the most valuable insights into Silicon Valley, innovation and the region’s economic prowess.”


  • “Thank you so much for your excellent presentation. I tremendously enjoyed the way you presented: clear, to the point and in a very energetic way. Thanks again for a truly engaging performance and for coming the long way!” 


  • “In her presentation, Deborah drilled down for us what it is going to take to create risk-taking cultures and what organizations are going to need in order to succeed in this economy.”

    Council of Foreign Relations

  • “One of the best speakers we’ve encountered in innovation process.  It was Deborah’s talk that made us transform our global innovation team and practices.”

    Phillip Morris International

  • “Deborah was all that we expected.  Her unique vision of innovation and leadership is exactly what the World Business Forum needed.” 

    WOBI Australia

  • “We brought in Deborah to speak to 100 manufacturing CEO’s as part of our innovation series, and her lessons were a hit.  Without a doubt, we are bringing her back.”

    Tecnologico de Monterrey

  • “I could not be happier with the choice to have her come to our event. She really impressed me and it was the general consensus among our students that she really stood her ground and represented women very well. She was so pleasant to work with and was so readily able to accommodate us. She truly shined.” 

    Northeastern University

  • “Deborah was a great asset to our client event. She connected with our audience immediately, took questions and spent time with many of the members afterward. She took considerable time to learn about the company and its audience, making the content as relevant as possible. This proved extremely valuable in her presentation the day of the event.” 

    The Learning Studio

  • We so enjoyed having you as our speaker. Great comments are still coming in!” 

    Georgia Department of Economic Development

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