Keynote Speaker Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb

The World's Leading Authority on the Application of Genius Thinking to Personal and Organizational Development

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    New York, USA

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Michael J. Gelb‘s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 
Michael Gelb is a renowned speaker on creativity, innovation and the author of the international best-seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every DayInnovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison and Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices. Michael Gelb is also the winner (along with Senator John Glenn) of the Brain Trust “Brain of the Year” Award for 1999. Previous winners include Gene Rodenberry, Stephen Hawking and Garry Kasparov.

Michael Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. In his captivating keynotes, Michael Gelb, an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant, expounds on the principles and practices described in his best-selling books to help you solve your most important business challenges. Michael Gelb teaches you to be more creative, cultivate a more innovative culture, manage change intelligently and craft your vision, mission, values and strategy…and make them real.

Why Michael J. Gelb

  • Learn how to think like the greatest genius who ever lived: Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Learn the innovation strategies of history’s greatest inventor: Thomas Edison.
  • Learn the secrets of Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius.

More About Michael Gelb . . . 
A professional speaker since 1978, Michael Gelb’s unique, creative approach makes his keynote presentations the highlight of every conference or event he attends. His custom workshops and seminars, organizational development and consulting projects, and team-building activities help organizations around the world, including British Petroleum, DuPont, IBM, Nike, Microsoft, and The Young Presidents Organization, achieve their key objectives.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on Creative Thinking and Accelerated Learning, Michael Gelb is also a 5th Degree Black Belt in Aikido. An expert juggler, who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building.

Testimonials 8

  • “Our organization hired Michael because of his novel approach and unique programs inspiring innovation, creativity and leadership. We designed a 3-year program that resulted in substantially and permanently changing the culture of our 300+ person department; from executives to union employees. There were measurable, significant increases in employee satisfaction, team effectiveness and communications. Michael’s programs are for business executives/leaders who truly want to leverage the creative and innovative talent in their department, division or company to improve productivity and employee retention.”

    Liz Faison

    Project Director, Merck

  • “Another successful conference for TMA Resources – and we couldn’t have done it without you! From start to finish, working with you has been such a pleasure – and to have two fabulous keynote speeches in a row is a conference planner’s dream. Even better when they are delivered by the same person and to such acclaim! Both speeches were so different, but both were of such high caliber and energy that you captured the imagination of our conference attendees to once again achieve the highest rating of any of our plenary sessions… Thank you for everything that you have done for TMA Resources, our customers and our employees.”

    Bridget Ann Serchak

    Senior Marketing Communications Strategist, TMA Resources

  • “Michael is an astounding individual whose skills span a surprising and wide array of disciplines. I first met Michael during his initial work when he reverse engineered da Vinci to understand the dynamics of innovation present in that genius – and of course he has since amplified his work to understand Edison. All journeys of innovation must begin with – and include throughout – the skills and principles that Michael espouses. I can think of no one better qualified than him to help advise us in this space.”

    Jim Karkanias

    Senior Director (Partner), Microsoft

  • Michael Gelb’s coaching, training, and consulting were profoundly helpful in forging high performance teams in two very different organizations. First at C & P Telephone where we collaborated to transform the monopolistic heritage of the Bell System into a competitive, contemporary communications company, and then at NPR where we focused on developing a more entrepreneurial culture and creating a more diverse workforce while lobbying Congress to continue it’s support for public radio. In both of these assignments, I was impressed with Michael’s ability to understand our business challenges and to tailor his techniques and methods to help us solve our most important problems.

    Delano Lewis

    Former President & CEO C&P Telephone, National Public Radio, US Ambassador to South Africa

  • No one else on the planet has had the impact on me that Michael and his coaching have.

    Tom Jenkins

    PhD Director Learning Resources DuPont

  • Michael offers a unique combination of practical business savvy, original intellectual capital, and inspiring creative teaching skill.  I highly recommend him as an executive coach and leadership development resource.

    Sarah A. Murray

    SPHR Director, Human Resources, Hunter Roberts Construction Group

  • The best keynote we’ve ever had at Emerson Exchange.

    Bruce Johnson

    Emerson Conference Manager

  • You rocked it! Beyond a 10! Fantastic program.

    Education Chair WPO (YPO-Gold) Houston

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The New Symposium: Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking

The philosophy behind a lot of team building seems to be something like this: You’ve been complaining that your job is very stressful. So we are going to take you out of your very stressful job for a day or two and make you do something even more stressful so that when we send you back to work you will stop complaining.

This exercise is based on a different philosophy of bringing people together: Create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and then gently guide participants to get a glimpse of the creative spark in their colleagues and themselves. In the sometimes-soulless world of commerce we need to create an environment where the soul can shine; where we can gain insight and appreciation of the hidden depths of our associates and ourselves. The key is to do this without causing any unnecessary additional stress; and to avoid invasive, touchy-feely activities.

Innovate Like Edison: Workshop

This dynamic, highly-interactive program brings da Vinci’s genius to life through fascinating biographical and historical information, setting the stage for an introduction to seven principles for thinking “a la Leonardo.” Participants are then guided to apply the principles, through a proven series of practical exercises, to your organization’s greatest challenges.Participants will learn how to:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Think creatively.
  • Cultivate independent thinking.
  • Improve learning ability with age.
  • Find opportunity in uncertainty.
  • Improve memory and problem solving.
  • Balance mind and body to reduce stress.
  • Nurture creativity and innovation in the workplace.

COVID-19 special virtual keynote fees are available for webinars. Fees listed above are for a live keynote – Please ask your advisor for special pricing on virtual keynote / webinar fees.

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