Douglas Conant

Former CEO, Campbell Soup Company; Chairman, Avon Products; Chairman, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute; New York Times Best Selling Business Author

Doug Conant is a top change management speaker who speaks widely to people and organizations on effective and enduring leadership practices for the modern age. He is the co-author with Mette Norgaard of the New York Times bestseller Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. He is also a featured blogger on leadership issues at Harvard Business Review online.

  • Douglas Conant`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Douglas Conant`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $50,001 and above

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • Douglas Conant`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Douglas Conant`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $50,001 and above

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

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Leadership that Works

Mastering Effective Practices for Top-Tier Performance in the New Millennium The 21st century is unfolding at an unprecedented pace with exponential complexity.  Mastering the craft of leadership today demands an understanding of both ...

Mastering Effective Practices for Top-Tier Performance in the New Millennium
The 21st century is unfolding at an unprecedented pace with exponential complexity.  Mastering the craft of leadership today demands an understanding of both enduring leadership principles and high-impact leadership practices for delivery of consistently superior outcomes. In this energetic keynote, Doug shares powerful lessons gleaned from his success in leading organizations to top-of-class performance. Learn why leadership that works is:
> Devoted to the spirited pursuit of high performance
> Committed to creating value for all stakeholders
> Focused on continuous improvement

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Embracing the Genius of the "And" for Superior Outcomes

Making Tough Decisions in a Fiercely Complex World In this spirited keynote, Doug uses personal anecdotes from his successful tenure as a Fortune 500 CEO to show why embracing an abundant approach to leadership is essential to making tough decisions and...

Making Tough Decisions in a Fiercely Complex World
In this spirited keynote, Doug uses personal anecdotes from his successful tenure as a Fortune 500 CEO to show why embracing an abundant approach to leadership is essential to making tough decisions and creating high-performance organizations.
> Learn why leaders must reject a scarcity mindset; discover how to embody an Abundant Approach.
> Empower your team to achieve superior and sustainable outcomes by being Tough-Minded on Standards and Tender-Hearted with People.

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Championing Engagement to Win in the Marketplace

The “Soft Stuff” is the “Hard Stuff” – It’s All About the People In this impactful keynote on Employee Engagement, Doug challenges 21st century leaders to champion a People-First approach to building powerful ...

The “Soft Stuff” is the “Hard Stuff” – It’s All About the People
In this impactful keynote on Employee Engagement, Doug challenges 21st century leaders to champion a People-First approach to building powerful organizations that win in the workplace and in the marketplace.
> Learn CEO tips for Attracting, Developing, Engaging, and Retaining the best employees.
> Master strategies for building sustainable high-performance relationships.t

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The Action is in the Interaction

Unlocking Your Full Leadership Potential in an On-Demand Age In this counter-intuitive keynote, Doug illustrates how the many moments in a day that seem like “interruptions” aren’t preventing leaders from doing their work; these moments ...

Unlocking Your Full Leadership Potential in an On-Demand Age
In this counter-intuitive keynote, Doug illustrates how the many moments in a day that seem like “interruptions” aren’t preventing leaders from doing their work; these moments are the real work of leadership today. Building on his New York Times best-selling book, Touchpoints, Doug provides immediately applicable strategies for creating powerful leadership connections in the smallest of moments.
> Learn the “Listen, Frame, Advance” model for interactions.
> Get Doug’s actionable blueprint for making every moment more productive.

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About Keynote Speaker Douglas Conant

Douglas R. Conant, New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker is dedicated to improving the quality of leadership in the 21st century. He serves as Chairman of Avon Products as well as Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI) at Northwestern University. The newly formed KELI initiative is designed to help leaders of today enhance their ability to lead in the “here and now.” This program combines the best insights of the Kellogg academic curriculum with the best practices of world-class leaders across the landscape at the highest levels of the organization.

Doug Conant speaks widely to people and organizations on effective and enduring leadership practices for the modern age. He is the co-author with Mette Norgaard of the New York Times bestseller Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. He is also a featured blogger on leadership issues at Harvard Business Review online.

From 2001 to 2011, Conant served as CEO and President of the Campbell Soup Company. He was the 11th leader of this iconic company’s 141-year history – faced with reversing a precipitous decline in market value. Conant succeeded by dramatically transforming the global leadership team, reconfiguring the portfolio, cutting costs and making strategic investments in Campbell’s products, marketing programs, innovation pipeline and infrastructure. As a result, the company was able to deliver cumulative shareholder returns in the top tier of the global food industry. The key enabler of this performance was Campbell’s march towards achieving world-class employee engagement levels.

During the decade of Conant’s leadership, employee engagement went from being among the worst in the Fortune 500 to being consistently among the best. Campbell has been widely recognized for its progress; its many honors range from being recognized by the Gallup organization with its “Great Workplace Award” for four years running to receiving the 2010 Catalyst Award for helping women advance their careers. During his tenure, the company was also recognized as a leader in social responsibility and ethical leadership.

Douglas Conant joined Campbell with 25 years of experience from three of the world’s leading food companies: General Mills, Kraft and Nabisco. He began his career in 1976 in marketing at General Mills. After 10 years, he moved to Kraft where he held top management positions in marketing and strategy. Immediately prior to coming to Campbell, Conant was President of the $3.5 billion Nabisco Foods Company where he led his team to improved marketplace performance and five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth.

More About Speaker, Doug Conant. . .
An advocate for ethical practices and corporate responsibility, Doug Conant is the current Chairman of CECP (formerly known as the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy). He is an active member of the boards of the National Organization on Disabilities (NOD), the Partnership for Public Service (PPS), Enactus, the Families and Work Institute (FWI), and the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF). He is also a former chairman of both the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and The Conference Board (TCB), where he remains a Global Counselor, and he is a former board member of Catalyst.

Conant earned his BA degree from Northwestern University and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Testimonials

“Douglas Conant’s keynote presentation and insights were of enormous value in preparing our members to assume the CEO role in their companies. They particularly appreciated the time he took to have individual conversations between each session. Doug practices what he preaches, and these personal interactions had a profound impact on our members.”

Kendall Crolius

Managing Director, G100 Next Generation Leadership

“Doug Conant was the perfect keynote for our daylong conference with regional leaders from the business, civic and government sectors. His down-to-earth style and lessons from his long and distinguished career as a business leader, set the tone for a great day for our group. His remarks played to all members of our audience, not just business leaders and gave people easy-to-apply lessons for their own work. The way you could tell he made a difference was how often his remarks were brought back into the conversations throughout the day.  Doug also was excellent in the unscripted portion of his segment, providing great responses to a wide array of challenging and thought-provoking questions. Thanks again for recommending Doug as our keynote speaker!”

Steven T. Wray

Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

“We all found Doug’s words insightful and inspiring. He is an engaging and thoughtful speaker and his approach and advice regarding interpersonal skills and relationships in the workplace was immediately actionable and practical.”

Google

 

“Doug Conant has proven himself to be a very disciplined CEO – focused, able to let go of what doesn’t fit, building greatness step-by-step, laying foundations for decades down the road while delivering results today. His example shows how effective business leadership can be quiet and bold, studious and decisive, disciplined and creative.”

Jim Collins

Author of Good to Great

“Thinking about leadership as managing an ongoing series of touch points is a fascinating concept. What you once considered to be interruptions will be appreciated as the serious stuff of business, to be managed and used every day.”

Shelly Lazarus

Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

“Walk every shift on the factory floor – you will learn more from that than what you read in the productivity reports. Make yourself available 24/7, care about people, they are the business. This is all about effective leadership, and effective leadership is what drives shareowner value and career progression.”

Bill Perez

Former President and CEO, Nike

“Doug’s thought provoking presentation at the CEO Alliance with over 40 Philadelphia CEOs in the audience provided a marvelous synthesis of his thirty five year business career, the steps he took to turnaround and sustain the performance at the iconic Campbell Soup Company, and his longstanding practice of taking a disciplined “tough-minded” approach to performance, coupled with a “tender-hearted” approach to people. In winning over this audience of experienced senior executives, he convincingly demonstrated his own adherence to competency, character, courage, and chemistry.”

Mitch Wienick

President/CEO, Kelleher Associates, LLC

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