Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles as a business leader, entrepreneur investor and futurist, Sterling is an internationally renowned keynote speaker.
He has overcome in his own life. From flat broke to selling the first company he founded in 2004, from a broken family business to a successful one, and from fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world, Sterling’s story is a perfect example of how anyone can take any situation and create anything from it.
As a 5th generation retailer and still very active in retail innovation, he has worked with the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to create the future of commerce, Today evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually which are looking to dynamically transform retail and how people fulfill on their wants and needs.
He has worked with countless startups, investment groups, retailers, brands and Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Mitsubishi, Zebra Technologies, Stater Bros. and more to ignite innovation and innovation thinking inside their organizations.
Sterling has been seen in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, ABC Money, AlleyWatch, Yahoo Finance, Forbes and other major media outlets.
Living at the intersection of in-store, online and the 4th Industrial Revolution, Sterling is actively shaping the future of commerce by helping others create and respond to innovation in a way that betters businesses, communities and the human condition.
A list of speech topics with descriptions
The Innovation Puzzle: Examine the puzzle of innovation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most businesses don’t: people aren’t built for change.
Sterling’s family grocery store went from a local market on to become the benchmark of innovation in the industry as the culture transformed to not just embrace change, but to actually cause it.
Recognizing in a traditionally human-centric retail industry, where fear of change can be high and morale low, Sterling Hawkins created an atmosphere of freedom to innovate with concrete methodology which not only encouraged everyday people to embrace change by involving them in the process.
He ignited their spirit to actually become agents of change and facilitators of the innovation process to ignite the spirit in others.
This moving talk is based on the lessons learned as Sterling worked to create a culture free to innovate first at his family’s store and then with leading companies around the world.
Sterling learned along the way that before you can embrace change, you have to give up the status quo and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Creating the Future of Commerce: In a culture of consumerism and technology, how did we get here and the surprising place we’re headed in the future to fulfill on our wants and needs.
Retail used to be different when Sterling was growing up in his family’s supermarket — it was all about customers and all about community. Walmart, Amazon and others broke that traditional mold making it all about scale, mass and technology. With venture dollars and startups flooding the market, Sterling first worked in his family’s store and now across the global retail industry to shape how emerging technologies such as robots, drones, artificial intelligence and countless other technologies will transform how people fulfill on their wants and needs.
For those in retail or interested in retail, this is a hands on roadmap of what technologies will be part of the future, who is using them already, and how to inspire a culture that that embraces change.
Sterling Hawkins Leadership Innovation and vision enabled retailers and their teams to step past the hype of traditional retail being dead to empower them to use technology to unify experiences and redefine what retail is.
Great Leaders Inspire Innovation (And Big Business Kills it): People aren’t built for change, 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.
The only constant is change.
Sterling Hawkins learned that first hand as he worked with retailers and brands to embrace the technologies of the 4th 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.
And to do that, it was a special kind of skill to let go of everything we think we already know to discover what’s possible.
He shows how inside of a leadership style that embraces change, transformational performance is possible and proven.
Sterling shows audiences, by example, how to develop innovation thinking to gain perspective, clarity and take profits to the next level inside the 4th Industrial Revolution where anything is possible.
The 5 Step System to Achieve Results in Life and Business Regardless of the Circumstances
Everyone should have access to the radical idea behind achieving breakthrough growth #NoMatterWhat. Now it’s your turn. From having come back from the brink to sell companies, finish ultra-marathons and achieve results #NoMatterWhat it took, Sterling has integrated those experiences with extensive research to create a system that unlocks the potential inside of anyone and any company. Meaningful growth, regardless of circumstances, is driven by one thing and one thing only: your culture. You’ll learn the most important systems that have been at the core of — multi-billion dollar wins, industry disruptions and even hardened criminals transforming their lives to get out of jail — to take and implement as soon as you walk out the door. Getting this unique perspective will forever change how you approach business and life.
Sterling uses heart-wrenching personal stories, hilarious anecdotes and inspirational videos that are not only informative and entertaining, but contain exactly what it takes to transform your business.
See how to avoid the pitfalls of transformational growth.
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 5 #NoMatterWhat system to create transformational growth regardless of the circumstances.
Be inspired and excited to implement the tools in every aspect of your business and life.
Audiences participate as an undeniable truth sets in, that each one of them can embody the 5 practices it takes to realize even the most audacious growth under the most difficult circumstances.
Participants are left empowered, excited and equipped to change the world, #NoMatterWhat.
How Leaders Innovate: Capture the Potential of the Human Experience
We live in a world today of exponential growth and accelerating change. Changing ourselves and our businesses is more necessary than ever. But how? Delivered to global rave reviews in his TEDx talk, Sterling’s background in working with hundreds of startups and Fortune 500 companies has led to the discovery that leading innovation is about embracing our human experience.
He’ll illuminate how personal discomfort gives access to breakthrough growth of any type and how to find the courage to not just accept it but to get out ahead of it to be able to lead change as the only competitive advantage. In this provocative talk, you can step back and see your leadership potential and how it's directly tied to putting yourself on the line for the benefit of those you lead.
The critical role our own discomfort plays in our business success (or lack thereof)
How using discomfort can lead to innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas
Experience what the human experience is with a moving and powerful example
Learn the methodology behind using constraints, hardships or problems as circumstances to be embraced as our access to innovation
Develop an ecology of people who create big goals allows for and even forces actions that were previously unthinkable
The talk is a motivational and eye-opening experience where Sterling shares how leaders of companies of any size can embrace the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as robots, IoT and AI and create something completely new without losing who they are in the process.
Creating the Future of Commerce
Sterling was raised in his family’s supermarket, where his Dad created one of the first digital loyalty programs in the US, and together they created the first personalized marketing system for retailers.
Retail today is changing faster than ever before. Venture dollars have accelerated startups flooding the market and COVID-19 has forever changed the face of modern retailing. Taking what he learned in his family’s organization about the creation of value and the importance of people and connection, then combining it with unique, completely new abilities of countless technologies, 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 business essentials and delivers on our customers' wants, desires, and needs.
Look at the power shift in the supply chain. Hint, customers are now in charge.
Open up new possibilities for a retail group can be based on case studies and real results
Examine the latest case studies of what’s working and what’s not in the industry
Learn how to use the 4 steps of retail innovation
Create new possibilities and potential for your retail and brand operations.
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.
1/ #NoMatterWhat — THE 5 SYSTEMS TO ACHIEVE BREAKTHROUGH RESULTS IN YOUR BUSINESS & LIFE REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES
2/ HOW LEADERS INNOVATE — CAPTURE THE POTENTIAL OF YOUR HUMAN EXPERIENCE
3/ CREATING THE FUTURE OF COMMERCE
And I get it. Trusting me with your event, culture and company is a big deal. You want it to make a lasting difference. You want everyone involved to not only get key takeaways, but be inspired to act. That’s what we do. Every single time. I’m more than happy to discuss how we can best transform your company or conference leaving people talking about the impact it made well into the future.
#NoMatterWhat. Whether in our finances, our businesses, team performance or in our personal lives, we’re all looking for that transformative change that seems to be… just out of reach. At least until now.
From packed rooms of big company executives to high-growth entrepreneurs, Sterling’s message of exactly how to access #NoMatterWhat results lands with every audience in a customized, super-engaging and highly interactive way.
Each keynote is highly tailored to leave your audience with specific tools and inspiration to empower your leaders, energize your doers and enhance your communicators leaving you and your company poised for breakthrough growth.
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