Awarded Grand Prize for Top Innovator of the Year, Internationally Acclaimed Innovation CEO, Social Entrepreneur
Alexander Blass is a strategic consultant, CEO and sought-after innovation speaker. He is also the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award. Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander speaks across all industries and cultures, on the topics of innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development and entrepreneurship.
Awards and Recognition
Blass also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award” and The Daily Record’s “Influential Marylanders Award.” He was honored as “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at the Wharton School of Business.
Previously, Blass was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Blass has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.
Alexander Blass keynotes to some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation and creativity, leadership and change, business development and entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.
Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits and students.
Blass received a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.
Blass has spoken to employees from many of the world’s leading organizations. A first-generation American, Blass is always exploring and has traveled to 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
The Human Side of Innovation: How to Awaken Your Innovator Within
Leadership through innovation and creativity are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals how you can reinvent yourself and your company to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo. In this captivating and high-energy keynote presentation delivered to executive audiences on five continents worldwide, you will: Explore 5 essential principles and characteristics of leading innovators and companies; Learn how you can infuse an innovative mindset and culture into your organization and your life, regardless of role or title; Discover where big ideas come from and how you can reinvent yourself as an innovator; Study 4 fascinating case studies from different industries and countries; Be inspired and educated by Alexander Blass’s story of how he won the Top Innovator of the Year Award; and invoke your passions and values to achieve your innovative and leadership potential.
Innovation Explosion: How to Imagine and Sell Market-Dominating Products & Services
Particularly in challenging economic times, it is essential to be constantly innovating to stay ahead of the competition by coming up with creative new products and services to market and sell to your current and prospective customers. In this popular content-rich keynote presentation, you will: Grasp the various types of innovation, such as incremental, revolutionary, breakthrough, and game-changing innovations; Learn 7 specific and practical innovation and creativity strategies and methodologies that you can apply to your business immediately to develop big new ideas for innovative products and services; and study 6 international case studies from various industries that have generated billions of dollars in sales, dominated their markets, and beaten their competition using these specific strategies.
Breakthrough Sales & Marketing Strategies: How to Build "Buzz" and Get the World Talking
A decisive factor that separates companies with average sales from those with extraordinary sales is their ability to create fanatical, loyal customers and dominate “mindshare”. In this keynote presentation full of breakthrough strategies, you will: Study 5 sales and marketing secrets and strategies, plus 6 fascinating international case studies across industries and cultures; Uncover innovative secrets to generating unparalleled excitement and free worldwide media coverage and publicity for your business; Learn how to build innovative “buzz” marketing & viral campaigns, get the world talking, & render your competition obsolete; Discover how innovative companies are using psychological principles and state-of-the-art online social media tools to harness the power of crowds and “people power” to market their brands and boost their sales; Study innovative customer engagement strategies such as “gamification” and “crowdsourcing” to improve customer service; and learn how to increase customer loyalty by creating powerful emotional connections between your products and customers.
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I sat through Alexander’s presentation and I must say it was truly awesome. He communicated the message of innovation very clearly. I also found it very impressive – and he did it extremely well — that he localized his presentation for India which was absolutely great, and he really connected with the audience. I really appreciate it. Thank you!
- Director of Global Alliances | IBM
This session was truly great. It brought about the hidden self in myself and others. It ignited the passion to innovate. The message was very clear that nothing can stop innovation; you have to innovate. This was kindled in everyone. Innovation can happen in all aspects, small and large. I will take back wonderful messages and will come up with something bright and useful. Thank you!
- Software Engineer | Tata Consultancy Services