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Mark Thompson California
Mark Thompson

Based in Silicon Valley, Mark Thompson is a senior executive leadership coach, a successful business leader, a New York Times bestselling author, a venture capitalist and a Tony-nominated Broadway producer - who brings real-time solutions to today's leadership challenges.

Mark is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson's network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation, and he is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite's Entrepreneurship Centre. Mark is also Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Mark is Charles Schwab's former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and cofounder of the Schwab Foundation. He served as the Executive Producer of Schwab.com, with assets of over $1.4 Trillion. Forbes Magazine called Mark one of "America's top investors with the 'Midas' touch."

He is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab and a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and the World Business Forum. He is a member of the Clinton Initiative and an executive coach for TED. Mark served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was Chairman of Rioport - which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod and iTunes and was Chairman of Integration which was acquired by Silicon Labs.

Mark is an investor in entertainment software and health care companies. He is a Founding Board Member of Smule, which is Google and Apple's top music applications company - including a top selling app for the hit TV series Glee - with over 60 million active users. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA- based cancer diagnostics for personalized clinical management of cancer treatment.

Among his passions is Broadway. As a producer, Mark's plays have earned five Tony Awards and ten nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney and StickFly with Alicia Keys. He is a partner in the Broadway Times Square Theatre, which is being converted into a 4D permanent Broadway attraction.


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  • Doing it All: Getting Done What Matters Most - Being a leader in the "new normal" means that you're multitasking 24/7, and you're expected to produce great results with fewer resources. It's no surprise that maintaining focus on the highest priorities can be a major hurdle. With so many simultaneous demands on your time, passionate engagement is a "must have" skill. New York Times bestselling author Mark C. Thompson will give your team the Productive Passion Test: Six steps that ignite passionate engagement and how to get back on track when you are thrown off course. Learn how the most productive, high achievers get it all done!

    This keynote is based on Mark's long-time research partnership with Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass - who pioneered studies at the Stanford MediaLab on relationships and multitasking - as well as Mark's experience as a founding advisor with the Virgin Unite Richard Branson Entrepreneurship Innovation Centres. The American Management Association (AMA) is launching a series of AMA Leadership Webinars on this topic with Mark, and the series will feature Q&A with other top global business leaders including Sir Richard Branson.
    • How to get into Productive Flow
    • Build a Resilient Edge to bounce back from challenges
    • Tap the passions that inspire Engaged Accountability
    • Find innovative ways to manage Overcommitment
    • Balance Humility with Political Incorrectness
    • Ignite Collaborative Leadership - Get the Right People in the Right Seats to Embrace Change

  • Most Admired Company: Boost Employee Engagement - How can your team become the 'Most Admired' in your industry? Mark shares his new study (with Stanford and Northwestern researchers) revealing what Highly Engaged Employees admire and value in companies, teams and leaders.
    • What 8 Leadership Traits engage top performers most?
    • What 21 tools will double the value you provide customers?
    • How can you become the MVP of your team?

  • Make Change Happen: Success Built to Last - How do you convince your team not only to embrace change, but actually lead the transformation now - with urgency? In this exciting keynote and seminar, Mark shares insights and video from world-class companies that at first struggled with change and then reinvented their business.
    • What 3 factors galvanize change in every person?
    • How do world-class teams generate unstoppable growth?
    • What 5 Customer Service strategies are Built to Last?
    • How do you grow leaders from Good to Great - Level 1 to 5 - what are the steps necessary for developing teams?

  • Build a Great Business: Boost Sales & Profit Growth - In this high-impact keynote, Mark reveals the 3 critical drivers of influence for every great business and high performance leaders.
    • 5 Mistakes That Cut Sales in Half.
    • Helping clients understand the cost of ignoring your offer.
    • What Does Your Market Crave?
    • Five Tools To Double Sales: Positioning-Pain-Promise-Proof-Planning.
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