Leadership Keynote Speaker: Gabe Zichermann

lead with intelligence, vulnerability & the ability to fail

Most organizations say that people are their greatest asset. But even if you have unlimited resources and an endless well of amazing talent (and you probably don’t), you need to be able to drive maximum performance from the people around you, today.

Leading in a time of great change and upheaval is tough even for the smartest and strongest executives. This has never been more true than now, and what separates the winners from the losers increasingly hinges on intelligent, vulnerable and failure-friendly leadership.

My leadership keynotes draw on my personal experience of co-founding 5+ companies and case studies gleaned from research into top innovators in athletics, the arts, technology, industry and politics. I’ve led diverse, global and challenging teams across industries, and these lessons are among the most valuable attendees can gain.

As a leadership motivational speaker, I bring together these ideas using my proprietary approach to information-rich leadership keynote presentations:

  1. Reframe the Challenge with Context

  2. Explain the Science

  3. Reveal the Underlying Process & Mechanics

  4. Layer in Relevant Examples

  5. Deliver Actionable Take-Aways to Spur Leadership

These 5 elements are woven together by diving deeply into your industry’s challenges and blending that with humor, plenty of a-ha moments and a quick pace that leaves audiences inspired, energized and ready to tackle the great personal and professional challenges they face.

Together, attendees will create the future with this inspiring, actionable innovation keynote


selected clients & testimonials


Selected Additional Keynotes & Workshops

TED Talks: Kids & Creativity

This is one of the first talks given on the concept of Gamification and covers the concepts and frameworks for a global audience.


Making Science & Data Accessible

I like to include science and data in all my talks, but this closing keynote from GSummit highlights my unique, story-driven approach to making tough concepts accessible.


Conquering Tech Addiction

Technology addiction (or overuse) is one of the greatest problems facing our society. Parents, Educators and experts are alarmed by all the screen time we use. Here I discuss how to use advanced approaches to conquer addiction.

TNW: Founding an Industry

Delivering a top-rated keynote at The Next Web in Amsterdam, my mission was to convey the inspiration and strategies necessary to go beyond entrepreneurship.


Theatre Marketing Industry

Asked to deliver a keynote to the largest gathering of live theatre marketers, I wove together relevant, actionable ideas with key concepts. This is especially important for less technical audiences.


O’Reilly Online Workshops & Teaching

I've created and delivered countless workshops online and offline, creating sound curriculum and providing educational scaffolding to a wide range of audiences.

Nuclear Energy Association

Bridging the gap between specialized industries and design concepts is core to my approach. Here, I bring games and nuclear energy together for a professional audience.


Zillow Corporate 

Along with dozens of other companies, Zillow invited me to give an internal talk to team members about gamification in context. Linking real estate and gaming isn't immediately obvious, so I crafted a fun, engaging talk around it.


Gamification for Civic Engagement

I’ve worked with Samantha Bee on 2 projects designed to use gamification to increase civic participation. Here, a humorous look at our first project.