Book Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith

Thinkers 50 #1 leadership thinker in the world and author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

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 – Strategic Innovation, Disruptive Technology & Innovation Culture

Soren Kaplan is a leading keynote speaker, the author of the bestselling and award winning book, Leapfrogging, a writer for FastCompany, faculty member in the executive education program at the Copenhagen Business School, and the Founder of InnovationPoint.

In his Wall Street Journal bestselling book Leapfrogging, Soren shows how any organization or business function can “change the game” through breakthrough innovation – by creating or doing something radically new or different that produces a significant leap forward.

Some of his most popular keynote presentations include Leapfrogging to Breakthroughs, How to Create a Culture of Innovation and Disrupt It! The Future of Disruptive Technology.  Soren often customizes his keynotes and leadership development 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 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

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

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


Leapfrogging in the News


 Book Awards

Leapfrogging Blog

  • Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation

    Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. 

    Ada Marissa

    2015 has so far been monumental for women. Hilary announced her run for office, and six women took home the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014).

    Yet, when it comes to business, women get screwed.

    Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Only 25 CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women, a mere 5%. How many bruised female heads have you seen slam up against the glass ceiling?

    This isn’t just unjust, it threatens the future of business innovation, the economy, and global competitiveness.

    Here’s why…

    Accordingly to Walter Isaacson, author of the book, The Innovators, one incredible woman was catalyst for the innovation and invention that has spawned the digital age as we know it today. Isaacson profiles Ada Lovelace who pioneered software programming and even roughly described the concept of the computer – in the 1840’s (yes, the 1840’s!). Thanks to Ada, we have the software that powers our computers, iPhones, and just about everything else in today’s modern world.

    We glorify Wozniac, Dell, Jobs, Gates, and other tech icons. We forget about Lovelace. Thanks to Walter Isaacson, she’s back on the radar.

    Fast forward to today…

    Of course the world has changed since Ada Lovelace looked at a weaving loom and conceived of the early concept of the computer punch card.  But the same creative connection-making that Lovelace demonstrated over 150 years ago exists today as an inherent competency of most… women.

    According to John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio, authors of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future, specific skills like cooperation, communication, and sharing are more commonly associated with women – the success factors required for 21st century leadership.

    Women’s acumen around systemic thinking, building networks, using empathy to better understand customer needs, and communication is exactly what drives innovation in today’s world. Business trends like virtual teams, global collaboration, open innovation, and partnerships and alliances all rely on fundamental “feminine” leadership competencies. And these competencies are the future.

    This is exactly why Marissa Meyer, Yahoo’s! CEO, abolished the company’s work from home policy. She received a lot of flack for her now famous “no work from home” memo. But if you pull back the layers of the onion, Meyer’s executive decision makes perfect sense, especially for a company that needs to find and create the next big thing in today’s digital world. Innovation requires direct collaboration, networking, and bouncing ideas around. And the easiest way to get this is to put really smart people with diverse backgrounds and skills in the same physical space.

    Oh, and this just happens to be the same conclusion that Walter Isaacson shares in his book.

    The ROI of all this is actually staring us in the face. Research shows that the organizations most inclusive of women in top management see a 35% higher return on equity (ROE) and 34% greater total shareholder return over their competitors. With these numbers, it’s a no-brainer that any white male with an MBA degree sitting in one of the other 475 Fortune 500 companies should understand – women are the future of business innovation.

    Income disparities? Men-only executive suites and board rooms? Time to leapfrog over this BS and into the future.


    Be sure to check out The Evolution of Women in Business, infographic,  here.



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