Rana Florida

CEO of Creative Class Group, best selling business author, writer for Fast Company and Huffington Post, and TV personality

  • Rana Florida`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Rana Florida`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    New York, Florida, USA

  • Rana Florida`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Rana Florida`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    New York, Florida, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

How to Market Your Business, How to Market Yourself

Unleashing Your Creativity and Talent

Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary

About Keynote Speaker Rana Florida

As Chief Executive Officer of the Creative Class Group, Rana Florida manages new business development, marketing, consulting, research and global operations serving such diverse clients as BMW, Converse, IBM, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Zappos, and Johnson & Johnson – to name just a few. She brings to this leadership role more than two decades of experience in corporate strategy, communications, and marketing, having directed global strategic communications for HMSHost, the world’s largest airport developer, as well as having executed marketing initiatives for such premier brands as Disney and Starbucks and events experience working with The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute and The Knight Foundation.

Well known as a writer on business and leadership – for Fast Company, Inc.com and the Huffington Post – Rana has also served as a guest business analyst on The Today Show. and MSNBC’s, The Cycle, has been a Fox News contributor for several years, and has been featured in the Business section of The New York Times and in interviews for The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, CNN, The Globe and Mail and other major media outlets.

Her one-on-one high profile interviews have covered notables – from President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama to tennis great Andre Agassi and NBA owner (and TV star) Mark Cuban, from chefs Jeans-George Vongerichten and  Mario Batali to singer Nelly Furtado and fashion designer Tory Burch, from the United Nations Director of Girl Up to world renowned architects Peter Marino andZaha Hadid – and many more.

The thought-provoking chronicler of Creative Spaces for HGTV and the Huffington Post, highlighting public and private spaces that epitomize creativity, innovation, and design, Rana is particularly interested in the public-private intersection, and today serves as Director of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative, a collaboration demonstrating how creativity, culture, and design can drive a regional economy.

She is also involved in philanthropic work.  A former board member for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a co-chair for the Design-Exchange, and ambassador for Girls E Mentoring, she lent her expertise to the Boards of the Airports Council International in Washington, D.C., the Council for International Visitors, the The Founders Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Isabella Blow Foundation Committee, which supports aspiring art and fashion students.  As CEO of the Creative Class Group, she worked with UN Habitat, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She is currently an advisory board member for the online retailer Shop.ca.  She also serves as juror for the Marketing Magazine Awards in Design.

Rana holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a MBA in marketing and management.

Her book, Upgrade, Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary (McGraw Hill, 2013) was a ‘Business Best Seller’.

Testimonials

Rana’s perspective on business and life is a fresh new take, breaking the traditional corporate mold. Upgrade is a must read for anyone not buying into the conventional wisdom.

Ali Velshi, CNN Chief Business Correspondent

 

Rana Florida is the ultimate editor–life editor.  If I’m going to listen to anyone’s good advice about how to improve my approach to work and life, it’s Rana.  She is whip smart, endlessly creative, hysterically funny and totally real.

 

Contributing Editor at TIME

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