Sterling Hawkins

Internationally-recognized thought leader on innovation, transformational leadership and exponential growth.



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.

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 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 in over 50 companies. He is the co-founder of CART, a platform to drive adoption of emerging technologies at fortune 500 companies. He speaks and runs workshops around the world for clients such as Samsung,Criteo, Synchrony Financial and the United Nations.

Most Popular Keynotes

The Innovation Gap:
There’s a difference between what we plan on (or what we accept) and what’s actually possible. In this talk, Sterling first explores Innovation Thinking™ to see that gap in our businesses and our lives, and then, with the audience, steps into the gap. He provides the keys to developing a culture of innovation to take advantage of the growth potential all around us.

The Illusion of the Impossible:
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.

How Leaders Innovate:
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.

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