Soren delivers new principles and tools that anyone can apply to their business, whether they’re just starting out or leading an established organization.

Glenn Allen, Co-Founder of OpenTable

Keynote Speaking – Disruptive Innovation, New Business Models, and Innovation Culture

Soren Kaplan is a leading keynote speaker, the author of the bestselling and award winning book, Leapfrogging, a writer for FastCompany, Affiliated Professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and the Founder of InnovationPoint.

Some of his most popular keynote presentations include Disruptive Innovation is Everyone’s BusinessDisrupt It! Leading Disruptive Innovation, and How to Create a Culture of Innovation.  Soren often customizes his keynotes and leadership development programs for specific business functions and industries such as healthcarefinancial services, and design. He also frequently leads and facilitates collaborative working sessions and breakouts following his keynotes – something that sets him apart from other traditional speakers.

Book Soren today for a keynote to help jump-start new ways of thinking, innovation, and your future.


2015-2016 Keynote Speaking & Events

(see list of 2013-14 keynotes)

January 12-14, 2015: Executive Development Program, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

January 19-21, 2015:  Imagineering Executive Program, NHTV University, Breda, Netherlands

January 27, 2015: Ascension Healthcare, Leadership Program, Palo Alto, CA

February 25, 2015: How to Create a Culture of Innovation, Executive Education Program, Tempe, AZ

March 2, 2015:  Create a Culture of Strategic Innovation, Keynote & Workshop, Silicon Valley Organizational Development Network, Sunnyvale, CA

March 5, 2015: Keynote Presentation, Digital Solutions Cooperative Conference, Washington, DC

March 24, 2015:  Keynote Presentation, R&D Symposium, Sealed Air Corporation

April 7, 2015: ExecExcel HR Conference, How HR Can Create a Culture of Innovation, Tempe, AZ

April 16, 2015: Innovation Keynote, California State Automobile Association, Walnut Creek, CA

April 22, 2015: International Car Wash Association, Keynote Presentation, Las Vegas, NV

May 12, 2015: Innovation Keynote, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Philadelphia, PA

May 28, 2015: Building a Culture of Innovation through Operational Alignment, Public Media Broadcasting Association, Washington, DC.

July 15, 2015:  Business Strategy Working Session, Destination Marketing Association International Conference, Austin, TX

July 21, 2015:  Leadership Development Program, NBCUniversal, Miami, FL

September 7-8, 2015:  Melbourne Business School, PwC Ascent Leadership Program, Australia

September 21-22, 2015: Executive Leadership Program, Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA

October 1-2, 2015: Keynote Presentation & Workshop, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

October 21-22, 2015: Emerging Leaders Program, Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA

October 27, 2015: How to Create a Culture of Innovation, Executive Education Program, Tempe, AZ

October 28-29, 2015: Ascension Healthcare, Leadership Program, Phoenix, AZ

November 3, 2015: Disruptive Innovation, California State Automobile Association Insurance Group, Walnut Creek, CA

November 4, 2015: Keynote, Novation Healthcare Conference, Dallas, TX

November 17, 2015: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, John F Kennedy University, Center for Entrepreneural Leadership, Concord, CA

January 6, 2016: Leadership Conference Keynote, California State Automobile Association Insurance Group, San Jose, CA

January 13, 2016: Ascension Healthcare, Leadership Program, Phoenix, AZ

January 16, 2016: Keynote & Executive Workshop, Building Service Contractors Association, Princeville, HI

January 19, 2016: Business Model Innovation, Imagineering Academy, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

January 20, 2016: Keynote & Workshop, Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA

February 24, 2016: How to Create a Culture of Innovation, Executive Education Program, Tempe, AZ

March 31, 2016: Ascension Healthcare, Leadership Program, Phoenix, AZ

April 20, 2016: Keynote & Workshop, Center for Effective Organizations at USC, CA.

April 27, 2016: Keynote & Workshop, Advantage Solutions, CA.

May 6, 2016: Keynote Presentation, Wisconsin Credit Union League, WI

May 10, 2016: Keynote Presentation, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA

June 1, 2016: Keynote Presentation, Marketing Association of Credit Unions, Las Vegas, NV

June 23, 2016: Keynote Presentation, Advantage Solutions, CA

June 28, 2016: Keynote Presentation, TMG, Nashville, TN

October 19, 2016: Emerging Leaders Program, Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA

October 26, 2016: How to Create a Culture of Innovation, Executive Education Program, Tempe, AZ

Leapfrogging in the News


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  • Predicting relationships with big data innovation - Red hot business models

    Can what you binge-watch can make you more attractive?

    We’re familiar with dating sites and apps like Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid and stalwart 40 million Americans use online dating sites and apps, so there are 40 Million Americans giving out personal information, in the hopes that whatever predictive algorithm being used will lead them to a compatible match.

    But did you know that companies can predict your perfect match based on the data that you provide them?  And they’re creating disruptive business models in the process.


    Netflix just released a Valentine’s Day infographic detailing the watching behaviors that lead to modern love, or what Netflix has coined as “showmance”.

    They surveyed over 1,000 18 to 39 year-olds to find out what people’s habits were when it came to relationships and their Netflix account. They found that what you watch on Netflix can actually make you sexier to potential mates. It’s a phenomenon they’re calling “show goggles,” and they’re defining it as a “psychological phenomenon resulting in a drastic change in perceived attractiveness based on taste in TV shows.” 25 percent of users find this to be true. 58 percent of people actually added shows to their watch list in order to make themselves more appealing.

    They found that how couples define the relationship these days can be determined by sharing a Netflix password. 51 percent of people considered a relationship serious when passcodes are swapped. 17 percent believe that passwords should only be shared along with a ring.


    Over at Facebook spring is already in the air. The social giant looked at how different times of the year affect the beginnings and endings of relationships. They tracked the changes from non-coupled relationship status, like “Single” or “Divorced,” to coupled status, like “In a relationship” or “Engaged.” and compared the data against the number of changes in the other direction, from coupled to non-coupled, in order to calculate the net percentage change.

    While the numbers aren’t exact they do give us some insights into when love is everywhere.

    Data showed people paired up around or joined the ranks of the newly single on the dates listed below.

    •  Feb. 14: 49% more new relationships than break-ups
    • Dec. 25: 34% more new relationships than break-ups
    • Dec. 24: 28% more new relationships than break-ups
    • Feb. 15: 22% more new relationships than break-ups
    • Apr. 2: 11% more break-ups than new relationships

    Findings showed patterns over the course of the week as well. With a net gain in relationships after the weekend. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were the biggest days for new romance. As for breakups, more happened leading up to the weekend, peaking on Friday and Saturday among people in the older age groups. Facebook found that among younger people (those under 25), this weekly pattern was similar but temporally shifted just a bit, with the low point in net relationship growth coming on Thursday and Friday, followed by a slightly earlier weekend bump starting on Saturday.


    On the more scandalous side of data grabbing who can forget the racy Fitbit info. leak. The company used to have user profiles and activity public by default, to “encourage social sharing and competitiveness.” But, some Fitbit users may not have realized this, given that the records of approximately 200 Fitbit users’ um, sex-ercise were showing up in Google search results!



    The self-trackers were revealing their sexual activity stats online. Not the kind of thing you want floating around the web. While the company has now hidden the stats from searches, it was a wake-up call to checking the default sharing settings of most apps.


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