Sterling Hawkins

Entrepreneur, Speaker, Transformational Leadership Expert

Sterling is a top entrepreneur speaker and transformational leadership expert. His journey has been non-traditional right from the beginning. Sterling grew up in a fifth-generation retailer, having to master the intersection of human behavior and technology under extreme competition. In 2004, Sterling co-founded, launched, and sold his first technology company, Convena, where he developed innovative approaches to beat the competition, handle high-growth and achieve performance no matter the obstacles.

  • Sterling Hawkins`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Sterling Hawkins`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Sterling Hawkins`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Sterling Hawkins`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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BREAKTHROUGH! — THE SYSTEMS TO ACHIEVE EXPONENTIAL VALUE GROWTH (NO MATTER WHAT) IN YOUR BUSINESS & LIFE

Everyone should have the radical idea behind achieving breakthrough growth no matter what, it’s now your turn. Having sold his first company to join a group that reached a multi-billion dollar valuation before going bankrupt to ...

Everyone should have the radical idea behind achieving breakthrough growth no matter what, it’s now your turn. Having sold his first company to join a group that reached a multi-billion dollar valuation before going bankrupt to today looking at over a thousand new companies every year as an investor, Sterling has discovered through research and life experience that it is not the ideas, connections or even investment that makes the transformational difference.
Meaningful growth is driven by one thing and one thing only: the culture. You’ll learn the most important culture systems that have been at the core of governments being overthrown, industries being disrupted and companies growing exponentially to take and implement as soon as you walk out the door. Getting this unique perspective will forever change how you approach anything.
Sterling uses heart-wrenching personal stories, hilarious anecdotes and inspirational videos that deliver not only great entertainment, but contains exactly what it takes to transform your business. Audiences participate and have recognition ignited in themselves that they have what it takes to create change, leaving them empowered, excited and most importantly equipped to literally change the world.
Learning Objectives:
• See how to avoid the pitfalls of transformation
• Discover that a breakthrough isn’t a place to get to, but a place to come from (and how)
• Learn the brain science behind this radical new approach
• Master how to use the 3 most important culture systems to create transformational growth
• Be inspired and excited to implement the tools in every aspect of your business and life

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The Innovation Gap™

There’s a difference between what we plan on (or what we accept) and what’s actually possible: The Innovation GapTM. In this talk, Sterling first explores...

There’s a difference between what we plan on (or what we accept) and what’s actually possible: The Innovation GapTM. In this talk, Sterling first explores Innovation ThinkingTM to see that gap in our businesses and our lives, and then, with the audience, steps into the gap. Starting with the fact that social scientists know but most businesses don’t: people aren’t built for change. Amazon, Facebook and Apple are some organizations who have figured this out and experienced exponential growth at times. Learn the keys to developing a culture of innovation to take advantage of the growth potential all around us.

Key Take Aways:

  1. Access to The Innovation Gap™ requires special kinds of know-how: letting go of everything we think we already know to discover what’s possible and developing a perspective which seeks what’s possible rather than what’s not.

  2. Leadership for the future needs to be leadership that embraces change to create a world where transformational performance is possible and proven.

  3. Gain insight on how leaders in an organization are the facilitators of the innovation process and become the agents of change, igniting that spirit in others.

  4. Sterling shows audiences, through various examples, how to develop innovation thinking to gain perspective and clarity, taking profits to the next level inside the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where anything is possible.

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The Illusion of the Impossible™

Our action (or lack of action) determines our results. If we see something as impossible, we don’t do anything about it. This wouldn’t be a problem other than the fact that most of what we see as impossible is an illusion. It’s ...

Our action (or lack of action) determines our results. If we see something as impossible, we don’t do anything about it. This wouldn’t be a problem other than the fact that most of what we see as impossible is an illusion. It’s not actually impossible. It was impossible to fly before the Wright Brothers. It was impossible to go to the moon with the computer processing power of a desk calculator before JFK. The same limiting “impossibilities” occur within our businesses. In this talk Sterling unveils the illusion of the impossible opening up new possibilities for everyone in attendance. He brings case studies such as IBM, Amazon and Apple together with pop culture references to give attendees valuable takeaways they’re excited to do something about.

Key Take Aways:

  1. There are key tools to unmask The Illusion of the Impossible™. Participants learn to distinguish innovative thought patterns, ideas and possibilities within their organization.

  2. Organizations and groups only work as well as the people in them work. Every organization has multiple groups of people who comprise the whole. From this integrated group, an organization creates its culture. Attendees will learn to develop access to impacting organizational culture while minimizing constrained thinking and unleashing the organization’s potential.

  3. Seeing an action to take is easy. Seeing the most effective action to take is not. Thinking that there is only one action to take in any given circumstance stops possibility. Lifting the veil of the impossible gives us access to seeing ALL the actions, products, services or solutions that will make the biggest difference.

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How Leaders Innovate

The only constant is change. Sterling’s background in working with hundreds of startups and fortune 500 companies has led to a discovery. Told as a story inside the 80s TV show MacGyver, innovation isn’t about money, who you know, ...

The only constant is change. Sterling’s background in working with hundreds of startups and fortune 500 companies has led to a discovery. Told as a story inside the 80s TV show MacGyver, innovation isn’t about money, who you know, or even being in the right place at the right time. It’s about discomfort. And embracing that discomfort as our access to breakthrough growth. People aren’t built for that, they’re built for survival. In today’s fast-paced world, change is necessary and learning how to first accept it and get out ahead of it is the only competitive advantage. Sterling learned that first hand as he worked with clients to embrace the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution including robots, IoT and Artificial Intelligence. At the same time it required him and the companies he worked with to think differently to truly embrace technology coming together with humanity to unlock something new.

Key Take Aways:

  1. Intentionally creating discomfort in the current workplace or organizational situation leads to innovative thinking.

  2. See constraints, hardships and problems not as conditions to be rid of but rather as circumstances to be embraced and as the access to innovation.

  3. An ecology of people who create big goals allows for and even forces actions that were previously unthinkable.

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Creating the Future of Commerce

We live in a culture of consumerism and technology.  In this talk, Sterling explores how we arrived at this point, the surprising future in store for us and how we can create a future which fulfills on our wants and needs. When Sterling was growing ...

We live in a culture of consumerism and technology.  In this talk, Sterling explores how we arrived at this point, the surprising future in store for us and how we can create a future which fulfills on our wants and needs.

When Sterling was growing up in his family’s supermarket, business was all about customers and all about community. Walmart, Amazon and others broke that traditional mold, making it all about scale, expansion and technology.

Venture dollars have accelerated startups flooding the market. Sterling began with his family’s organization and has now spanned the global retail industry shaping how emerging technologies such as robots, drones, artificial intelligence and countless other technologies can and do transform businesses and their people fulfill on their wants and needs.

For those in retail or interested in retail, this talk is a hands-on roadmap of which technologies are part of the present and the future, which organizations are already engaged in using them. He explains how leaders can inspire an organizational culture which embraces the change necessary to keep pace and to eventually become the innovators.

Sterling’s leadership and vision has enabled retailers and their teams to step past the hype that traditional retail is dead.  He has empowered organizations to use technology to unify experiences and redefine retail as a flourishing force to be reckoned with now and in the future.

Key Take Aways:

  1. Look at the power shift in the supply chain. Hint, customers are now in charge.

  2. Opening up new possibilities for a retail group can be based on case studies and real results.

  3. Create new possibilities and potential for your retail and brand operations.

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About Keynote Speaker Sterling Hawkins

Sterling Hawkins is out to break the status quo to create what’s actually possible in our time. He has spent his career igniting new views and inspiring people to act on them.

His journey has been non-traditional right from the beginning. Sterling grew up in a fifth-generation retailer, having to master the intersection of human behavior and technology under extreme competition. In 2004, Sterling co-founded, launched, and sold his first technology company, Convena, where he developed innovative approaches to beat competition, handle high-growth and achieve performance no matter the obstacles.

He went on to be involved with the launch, growth or investment of over 50 companies. Today, Sterling reviews over 1,000 new technology companies every year, further refining the keys to realizing breakthrough, innovation and giving back that experience as a mentor to leading entrepreneurs working through exponential growth. He is the co-founder of CART, a platform to drive adoption of emerging technologies at fortune 500 companies. And he speaks and runs workshops around the world for clients such as Samsung, Criteo, Synchrony Financial and the United Nations.

Sterling is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, transformational leadership and exponential growth. His keynotes share meaningful strategies to drive change delivered with the inspiration to leave attendees in action.

Sterling is a certified yoga teacher and adventure seeker, regularly pushing his own boundaries of what’s possible by skydiving, century bike riding, shark diving, and even camping in the Sahara. He brings that energy of maximizing human potential and breaking past limiting beliefs to everything he does. Currently living in Los Angeles, he has been seen in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Tomes and Forbes.

Sterling is inspiring a network of entrepreneurs, investors and fortune 500 companies, actively shaping the future for the betterment of business, communities, and the human condition. Of course, he’s still regularly found on adventures.

Testimonials

Sterling combines powerful storytelling with meaningful information and tools leaving listeners excited and empowered to take action. He’s one of only a few speakers I’ve seen that actually makes a real difference. We’ll definitely have him back!

Michael Mikyska

Managing Director, Innerworkings, Inc.

Over my many years running events around the world, few if any of my 2,000+ speakers delivered as remarkable a performance as Sterling did at Seamless Asia.

Oliver Arscott

Director, Terrapinn

Sterling is one of the best speakers I’ve worked with in more than 5-years of producing events. He delivers that rare combination of insightful, well thought out content with a sparkling, entertaining and memorable presentation style. Audience members raved about him for weeks following the event.

Tyler Lettich

Team Lead & Senior Content Production Manager, Innovation Enterprise

Sterling was not only a delight to work with, but had rave reviews from our audience of executives! His energy was contagious, and he provided real strategies for success and inspiration, to send us out with a bang after three full days of content. Highly recommend Sterling as your next keynote!

Maddie Rollason

Senior Manager of Production at Winsight LLC

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