Stephen Dubner

Bestselling Author, Host of Freakonomics Radio, Co-Star of Freakonomics Documentary

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • Stephen Dubner`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Stephen Dubner`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Business & Management Lessons from Freakonomics & SuperFreakonomics

In this engaging presentation, Dubner addresses the fact that the old rules of business just don’t apply and therefore the ideas he and co-author Steven Levitt have presented inFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics make even ...

In this engaging presentation, Dubner addresses the fact that the old rules of business just don’t apply and therefore the ideas he and co-author Steven Levitt have presented inFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics make even more sense now than they did a few years ago. It’s a new world, and that demands a new way of thinking. He offers audiences a way of getting beneath the surface of modern business practices. Using humor and first-rate storytelling he discusses the sort of topics that are on every business person’s mind these days: the ways to create behavior change, the incentives that work and don’t work, and the value of asking unpopular questions. The difference between the Freakonomics presentation and other “economic” presentations is that while most economics presentations present great tools for coming up with answers, they don’t come up with the interesting questions. This presentation offers both. Here is a sample of additional questions that  Dubner addresses:

– Why is behavior change so difficult? How can I change the behavior of my employees? Why are our incentive programs not working?

– How can I capture more customers from my competitors? How can I influence current customers to increase loyalty?

– Why am I not getting the project outcomes I expected? How do I keep the tyranny of emotion, opinion and anecdote out of my project plan?

– Why is consensus building often a waste of time and resources?

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Freakonomics and the Power of Incentives

No matter what your program theme, consider bringing Dubner to put a unique spin on any topic as incentives are key to all of them. His presentations are as entertaining as they are illuminating as he offers data-based stories that show audiences how to inspire change in their...

No matter what your program theme, consider bringing Dubner to put a unique spin on any topic as incentives are key to all of them. His presentations are as entertaining as they are illuminating as he offers data-based stories that show audiences how to inspire change in their own company and community. But in order to change aspects of our world, we first have to understand it. Believe it or not, if we can understand the incentives that lead a schoolteacher to cheat, we can understand how the global economic crisis has come to pass.

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Think Like A Freak

The third installment of the highly successful series and another New York Times bestseller, Think Like A Freak is Levitt and Dubner’s latest—and most revolutionary—book.  Taking their successful Freakonomics ideas to...

The third installment of the highly successful series and another New York Times bestseller, Think Like A Freak is Levitt and Dubner’s latest—and most revolutionary—book.  Taking their successful Freakonomics ideas to the next level, Levitt and Dubner offer an engaging and innovative new program sure to inspire and enlighten audiences. Each idea presented by Levitt and Dubner will be illustrated by a story or example, in their ever-popular counterintuitive style, that will provide your audience with illuminating thoughts for profitable thinking. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally—to think, that is, like a Freak.

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About Keynote Speaker Stephen Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the books in the Freakonomics series, including Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, Think Like a Freak and When to Rob a Bank. They have sold more than 7 million copies in more than 40 countries. Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets 5 million downloads a month.

Freakonomics, published in 2005, was an instant international bestseller and cultural phenomenon. SuperFreakonomics followed in 2009, to similar acclaim, and in 2010 a documentary film version of Freakonomics was chosen as the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. The third book in the Freak trilogy, Think Like a Freak, was published in 2014 and immediately took up a long residency near the top of international bestseller lists. In 2015, marking the 10 year anniversary of this phenomenal series, When to Rob a Bank was published as a collection of the most popular Freakonomics.com blog posts.

Dubner maintains the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.”  He has appeared widely on television, including as a regular contributor to ABC News and as host of the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program, Football Freakonomics.

Dubner is also the author of several other books, including Turbulent Souls/Choosing My Religion (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and the children’s book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons (2007). His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and others. Turbulent Souls is currently being developed as a film.

The eighth and last child of an upstate New York newspaperman, Dubner has been writing since he was a child. (His first published work appeared in Highlights magazine.) As an undergraduate at Appalachian State University, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records, which landed him in New York City. He ultimately quit playing music to earn an M.F.A. in writing at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He became an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before quitting to write books.

He lives in New York with his wife, the documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their two children.

Testimonials

“Everything went absolutely amazing with Stephen’s appearance! HWA was invaluable to the success of this event. Stephen was well aware of what we wanted and was able to cater to our event to the last detail. At lunch, he was the center of attention and was a captivating conversationalist. He was particularly talented at relating to each individual’s personal ambitions. During the speech, everyone was enthralled by his accounts of how incentives can motivate and direct society and social behavior, his accounts of a Japanese hot dog-eating champion, the lack of hand-washing at airport bathrooms and major U.S. hospitals, and the developing monkey economy at a Yale research lab. He elicited boisterous laughter, some gasps and generally commanded the stage to perfection. He was very gracious during our Q&A period and the book-signing/reception. I believe the students really enjoyed this personal interaction with him. Everyone who attended this event left happy!”

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

 

“Thank YOU for everything that you did to help us out. The students could not be more pleased with how the program turned out. Stephen was an absolute delight and did an amazing job! We are so incredibly appreciative that he was so understanding and flexible when people kept wanting to talk to him, which made it challenging to get him out by 9 pm exactly. He recorded videos for professors and took pictures.”

Texas A&M

 

“We hosted a group of 20 CFOs in late September and Stephen was our keynote dinner speaker. He arrived on time, mingled expertly with our guests, and was incredibly easy-going and approachable. His discussion with our audience was fabulous; tying his comments to the themes of our conference, keeping the group engaged, and focusing on thinking outside of the box (like a Freak!). He signed books for about 30 minutes after the presentation and was patient and conversational with each guest. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking to engage business professionals in a unique and fun evening/session. I got the feeling that Stephen could provide thoughtful insight on just about anything.”

Financial Services Firm

 

“The event went over incredibly well! We had over 400 people attend, mostly students, but also some professors. Stephen held a great Q&A and met several fans/signed their books afterwards.”

Boston College

 

“Stephen was fantastic – I heard from several sources that customers really enjoyed his presentation. It was funny, full of stories, and on target for our audience. He was also a very engaging, approachable and insightful during the breakfast, the media briefing, and even in the downtimes in between these events.”

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