Artist, Author and Expert on Creativity and Innovation
Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, # 1 bestselling author and entrepreneur. Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance.
His list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize; Erik has even been featured as a TED presenter. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.
His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik’s previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”
Erik’s understanding of vision was originally born in the school of disappointment. After a eight-year career as a partner in a corporate firm, he became frustrated by the lack of innovative thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking, while simultaneously pursuing his own individual passions. He rediscovered his love for art, and now plays in the business world by working through his art.
In the past 10 years, he has shared his incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. He’s the Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, the Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of… well, having a Job.
He is Erik Wahl: graffiti artist, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
VIRTUAL TOPIC: Constant Creativity through the Covid Chaos - “shift happens”
Erik helps audiences to reframe change, embrace the positive, and leverage their creativity. He has been doing zoom calls and podcasts with different organizations throughout this challenging time. This pandemic will be remembered as a seminal moment in history. This will be recorded as the disruption of our lifetime. Erik’s messages will use examples of how wildly successful entrepreneurs and inventors built something from nothing, and give audiences the tools to do the same. Topics covered: Embracing Disruption and Resiliency; Chaos Creates opportunities for Innovation; Differentiating from the competition; Amplifying your Unique value proposition; Shifting to habits to fortify our mindset.
VIRTUAL TOPIC: Disruption = Innovation
Our greatest growth happens on the border between chaos and order. In this presentation, Erik provides a history of innovation through disruption (Instagram, AirBnB, iPhone, Uber, AIDS, 9/11 and himself) and shows audiences how to spot and create opportunities to benefit their communities and their organizations. Topics covered: Adopting a growth mindset; Beginner’s mind leads to discovery; Overcoming fear and achieving peak performance; Dynamic Intelligence ; Navigating ambiguity; and Divergent thinking.
VIRTUAL TOPIC: Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity
When the global economy has gone off the rails, it’s time to rethink who you are and what you can offer to a new world. In this presentation, Erik discusses how to leverage your digital and human capital to emerge stronger and more authentically than ever before. Topics covered: Purpose, passion and performance; Humanizing your brand in a digital future; Amplifying trust to build authenticity; and Driving a new competitive narrative
THE ART OF VISION
Your best sustainable edge is being better at mastering change and innovation than your competition. Erik’s Signature keynote, The Art of Vision is an entertaining and highly practical program that uncovers new ways to make your organization more creative, more productive and ultimately, more profitable. This 45-60 minute multi-media format is ideally suited to open or close your meeting on a dynamic high note.
THE ART OF LEADERSHIP
As the business landscape continues to change, Leaders need to stay ahead of the game by fostering a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions to revive stagnant markets or completely reinvent the competitive dynamics of an industry. Disruptive thinking requires a culture of innovative leadership which can provide the framework and motivation to generate those strategies and execute those solutions. It is an essential skill for any business leader, from a small start-up to a global corporation, with the desire to transform organizational processes and behaviors
UNthink is the signature keynote experience from Erik’s bestselling book. It is dynamic multi media keynote experience specifically designed to challenge audiences to achieve superior levels of performance. It will inspire them to let go of their traditional thought patterns and better understand how to create disruptive strategies of innovation. Creativity is in all of us. We simply need to rediscover the keys that will unlock our untapped potential. UNthink will Unleash organizational excellence and help your audience better understand that they are all capable of so much more than they have been conditioned to believe.
““Erik’s presentation was one of the highlights of our three day conference for financial institutions! People were not just inspired, they were challenged to look at things differently, which I believe will make a positive impact on the financial service’s industry. Erik and his entire team were wonderful to work with and I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend him to others!”
- Digital Insight, an NCR company | Gwen Peters, Senior Event Manager
“Erik Wahl was the highlight of our entire conference. He captured everyone’s imagination with his creativity and added a whole new dimension to the usual motivational message. Not to mention his artistic finale was a complete knockout!”
- | AT&T
“Erik’s keynote set our twitter feed on fire. His revolutionary show gave our attendees an experience they won’t soon forget”
- | Association for Talent Development
- | Microsoft