Keynote Speaker Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Best Selling Business Author, Entrepreneur, Venture Investor and Executive Leadership Coach

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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Mark C. Thompson’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .

Mark C Thompson is a world-renowned authority and top speaker on Leadership, Driving Change and Innovation, and Sales Growth through Customer and Employee Engagement. Mark consults for Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies, advising top leaders in organizations worldwide as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today. Forbes called Mark one of “America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’”.

Mark was recently featured as one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches” by the American Management Association and #1 thought leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the “Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015” by Global Gurus.

Formerly Charles Schwab’s Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, Mark was the Executive Producer of which today has assets over $2.4 Trillion. He is a co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres and an advisor to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs. He works with the US State Department around the world as a speaker on Innovation and has recently been asked to join The World Bank’s President’s Leadership Council as their key authority on Growth and Innovation.

Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum, is a member of the Clinton Initiative, and an executive coach for TED Fellows.

Mark is a New York Times bestselling author, an executive coach, a venture capitalist and an Innovation Leadership columnist for, and His books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last – Creating a Life that Matters. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as research on the qualities that are common to the World’s “Most Admired Leaders” and most important to their most engaged employees.

Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and ten nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys.

Mark lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Manhattan with two extraordinary women – his wife Bonita and their daughter Vanessa.

Testimonials 5

  • “We were thrilled to have Mark present out our inaugural conference at our World Headquarters.  His keynote presentation received overwhelming high marks and feedback from all participants.”


  • “It was a pleasure and honor to have you as our keynote speaker. I would like to express our appreciation for your insightful and engaging presentation, and sharing your key learnings from the world leaders that you’ve met and interviewed. Your ability to convey the message through personal stories was really powerful.”

    Dr. Kai Oistamo

    Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia

  • “Mark Thompson was asked by IBM ThinkPad to create a custom keynote on innovation – at 3:00 am that day! Mark, being a consummate professional, was able to create his customized keynote to the delight of the participants at the Innovation Seminar. Mark lead a 90 minute session with the Global HR Team, followed by a two hour session with a diverse group of executives where even a WebEx Cisco robot was in attendance. Well done Mark!”

    Daryl Cromer

    VP, PC Innovation Lab, Distinguished Engr of IBM ThinkPad

  • “Mark Thompson’s inspiring message is just what your leadership team needs! He customizes his keynotes to provide actionable ideas and insight for your organization.”


    Susanne Lyons

    Chief Marketing Officer, VISA

  • “Mark Thompson is the Napoleon Hill of the 21st Century. A best selling author, corporate advisor, economic wizard and leadership guru whose best selling books and keynotes inspire leaders.”

    Teri Whitcraft

    ABC News

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Corporate Change Agent Seminars

During a period of massive change at two great companies – Charles Schwab and Virgin, Mark and his team provided a series of three-hour in-depth sessions with ten smaller groups of  managers at each company to cascade the message of transformation their regional divisions throughout the U.S. and Europe.
These seminars include:

•  Rapid Planning Sessions
•  Targeted Leadership
•  Goals to RESULTS

Collaborative Engagement Sessions

Mark leads more extensive breakout sessions or day-long workshops following a keynote – enabling companies or associations to address more specific industry or company challenges, to accelerate performance with sales teams, or to inspire collaboration and engagement through­out the organization. He leads teams through activities including:
•  Peer Strategy Reviews
•  Sales and Growth Acceleration Workshops
•  World Class Performance/ World Records

World Record Setting Events

Imagine setting a World Record during the meeting and beating the company’s financial targets! Kaiser Permanente set 19 world records during a year of transformation and growth including: “The Most Eye Tests in 8 Hours” (1,109) and the “Largest Skin Cancer Screening” (780). IBM set a world record during their National Sales Summit with the “World’s Longest Handshake Chain with 2,380 participants. Genentech created the “Largest Human DNA Helix” with 2,640 participants and a lasting memory for all of their employees reflecting their overall mission as a company.

Leadership Development

A recent Executive Coaching Survey from Stan­ford University, found that only 1/3 of CEOs were receiving regular coaching or outside advising, yet nearly 100% said that they wanted it. The top leaders of successful organizations benefit from the advice of trusted outside coun­sel in the same way that elite athletes do from their coaches – to continue to improve their skills and keep them at the highest performance level.

Mark helps his executive coaching clients to deliver measurable results as they navi­gate rapidly changing markets, manage or­ganizational growth, and to develop and lead highly engaged, high performing teams.

Coaching for the C-Suite

An operating executive, board member and investor in high growth companies, as well as an expert in the area of enduring success and leadership – Mark Thompson understands first-hand the demands of a company’s most senior executives whose performance is key to the success of the entire organization.

He offers a combination of vast opera­tional experience in organizations of all sizes and access to an incredible network of global business leaders with whom he works – including Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Jim Collins and Marshall Goldsmith.

Mark is an expert in Collins’ Level 5 Leadership, as well as the Marshall Goldsmith coaching method and works with Marshall in coaching high-potential leaders and C-level executives from startups to Fortune 100 companies.


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