Keynote Speaker Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

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

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Mark C. Thompson is a New York Times bestselling author, coach, investor and advisor to leaders who are transforming their companies—from Virgin’s Richard Branson and Apple’s Steve Jobs, to Pinterest founder Evan Sharp, LYFT founder Logan Green, author Tony Robbins and World Bank President Jim Kim, to name a few.  At Schwab, Mark reported to founder Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwab as Senior Vice President/Executive Producer of, and later global retail and enterprise Chief Customer Experience Officer for The Charles Schwab Corporation.

Prior to Schwab, Mark was Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP-3 player before Apple’s iTunes, where Mark became an advisor to Steve Jobs. Mark was a founding board member at Esurance (sold to Allstate), founding Chairman of Integration (sold to Silicon Labs) founding board member of Interwoven (sold to HP), founding investor at Appurify (sold to Google Alphabet).

Mark is founding patron and leadership advisor to Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centers—more than 400 companies operate under the Virgin brand. He was founding advisor to the Stanford University Realtime Venture Design Lab. He is adjunct faculty at Harvard McLean’s Institute of Coaching and the Institute for Contemporary Leadership with Google’s David Peterson. Mark has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum, World Business Forum, and Drucker/Hesselebein Leader to Leader Institute. He is a Chancellor for Junior Achievement’s Success University and member of the board of trustees for the International Coaching Federation Foundation.

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  • “Mark demonstrates a rarely seen balance of business acumen, emotional intelligence, authenticity and warmth that makes his approach to coaching so valuable.  The resulting work is truly groundbreaking and results are easily measurable.”


    Nolan Townsend

    President, Pfizer Europe

  • “More companies around the world are incorporating strategies and approaches honed in Silicon Valley to their industries. Mark was instrumental in helping me develop and adapt my experiences and learning to transform a century-old company (American Express) known for its service, into one that was leveraging leading edge digital technology to strengthen and expand its brand. Mark’s encyclopedic knowledge, ability to define practical strategies, and connections to like-minded individuals was critical to our journey together.”


    Nik Sathe

    CTO, American Express and now Engineering at Google/Nest

  • “Mark has a unique coaching style that builds a partnership of trust, that includes a provoking and creative process that increases self-awareness and emotional intelligence.  His “been there and done that” experience improves one’s leadership skills and performance to increase impact and influence. Mark has the ability to develop an energetic, and positive environment that is contagious. This environment creates a win-win strategy for success.”

    Mark Wagner

    President, Walgreens

  • “Mark’s advice and coaching have been invaluable to us at the World Bank Group. He has the unique ability to sort through complexities and get to the essence of any situation; and his recommendations are always practical and spot on. With his humility and empathy, he establishes deep connections with our leaders from many different cultures and backgrounds.  I am grateful for all his generous efforts in support of our organization –  we have benefitted greatly from his impressive experience, management insights and his natural enthusiasm for our work.  Having a great leader work with our leaders has been a great gift to all of us.”


    Dr. Jim Kim, MD

    CEO, The World Bank

  • “My journey at Pinterest started coding alone in an apartment. Today I help lead a team that builds a product used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Having Mark as a coach has been transformative for me and the business. He has the EQ, IQ and experience to read our team, give insightful feedback and provide the simplest and direct course to address difficult leadership issues.  When I get stuck, Mark helps me focus and push through the ambiguities.  His availability, responsiveness and friendship have become invaluable to me.”


    Evan Sharp

    Cofounder, Pinterest

  • “The essence of Mark’s effectiveness as a coach and advisor is that he is an incredible human being with a genuine interest in the well-being and success of those around him.  He brings an uncanny knack to blend his rich experiences in the corporate world, academia and as an entrepreneur into his advice and coaching.  Mark has an ability to cut through a lot of clutter and provide succinct guidance that can be applied exact situation one faces.”

    Vinod Kumar


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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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