Master Networker and World Foremost Expert on Professional Relationship Development
Keith Ferrazzi has transformed the lives and careers of clients and readers worldwide, bringing 20 years of research and experience to the art and science of business relationship development. His signature focus on success through relationships – a deeply energizing passion – has fueled his own incredible rise to prominence. Both Forbes and Inc. have called him one of the world’s most “connected” individuals.
Professional Relationship Development Keynote Speaker Keith Ferrazzi has won a place as one of the top thought leaders in American business. His first book, Never Eat Alone, redefined networking today. His #1 NY Times bestseller Who’s Got Your Back focuses on lifeline relationships, a narrow category of deep, trusting peer relationships that disproportionately affect our careers and well-being. Ferrazzi has been named a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, one of the top “40 Under 40” business leaders by Crain’s Business, and one of the most creative Americans in Who’s Really Who. His latest book is Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration. His latest book is Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest.
Education and Background
Ferrazzi grew up in Latrobe, PA, where his father was a steelworker and his mother a cleaning lady. He and his entire family worked double shifts to send him to the very best prep schools – and ultimately to Yale undergrad and Harvard Business School – imbuing in Ferrazzi a sense of gratitude that has deeply influenced his message: Generosity in relationships as the cornerstone of success.
As founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research-based consulting and training company, Ferrazzi provides corporate leaders with strategic consulting and training to improve sales, performance, and team cohesion, with an emphasis on personal transformation. Ferrazzi launched his career as the youngest Chief Marketing Officer in the Fortune 500 at Deloitte Consulting, and was also CMO at Starwood Hotels and CEO at YaYa Media.
Ferrazzi’s foundation, Greenlight Giving, engages collaborative action to bring together visionary leaders to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Greenlight Giving leverages developments in relationship science from Ferrazzi Greenlight’s Research institute to change lives through programs including Serve & Grow – bringing sustainable changes to Guatemala, Words 2 Life – helping kids in the foster care system to develop a network of positive mentors and role models through music, and CollegeCONNECT – teaching students techniques and skills to develop meaningful, lasting, and mutually beneficial relationships.
Ferrazzi moves audiences to action and has been enthusiastically recognized as one the world’s most dynamic, engaging speakers. He has received accolades from an impressively diverse list of listeners: Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, the United Nations, Facebook, the World Economic Forum, Kraft, GM, Century 21, AT&T, and Aon, to name a few. Ferrazzi has been a contributor to CNN and CNBC, and a guest on Larry King Live and the Today Show. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc., Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.
Competing in a New World of Work
The pandemic forced us to shed antiquated ways of doing business and make bold leaps into the future of work. In this keynote, Keith uncovers the emerging best practices of thousands of c-suite executives on how to remain competitive and impactful in a post-pandemic world. You’ll leave inspired and ready to catapult your organization forward, embrace new realities, and discover new frontiers.
8 Ways You're Doing Hybrid Work Wrong
As we move into a new paradigm of work post-pandemic, the hybrid workforce is our new reality. Yet today’s thinking about remote and hybrid work is full of failed use cases rather than best practices. Before we write off remote and hybrid work, let's do it right. In this engaging keynote, Keith will share eight myths about collaboration, inclusion, innovation, culture-building, people management, and well-being in the hybrid workplace and give participants the knowledge and strategies they need to do it better.
High-Performing Teams - Accelerate Collaboration through Co-Elevation®
Now more than ever, leaders need to build teams that are committed to going higher together. This is possible through Co-Elevation® - a powerful approach to collaboration for high-performing teams. You’ll walk away with a roadmap for implementing Co-Elevation® and an understanding of its power to break down silos, transform teams, and re-invent asynchronous collaboration.
Why Relationships are Crucial to Success
Let’s face it: the future of work is human. Effective leaders understand that they can’t achieve success on their own. In this keynote, you’ll learn how to engender trust and develop genuine connections, how to motivate others to higher levels of performance, how to build an inclusive and high-performing team, and how to lead with passion and purpose.
Deeper Relationships for Revenue Growth
Sales professionals not only face the difficult reality of their products and services becoming commodities in today’s competitive marketplace. Now, they have the added challenge of building relationships in a virtual environment. No matter the setting, the one lasting strategy for consistently growing revenue is to proactively build genuine relationships with clients. You’ll leave inspired and enabled to expand and deepen your connections for greater revenue growth.
How to Lead Without Authority - The Roadmap for Organizations Going forward to Work
As leaders, we can no longer cling to the constraining models of authority and control. In this keynote, you’ll learn why “great businesses require radical interdependency” and how to employ that concept in your business, allowing you to connect to the people involved in it.
All Keith Ferrazzi Books
Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the RestPurchase Book
Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent CollaborationPurchase Book
Who’s Got Your BackPurchase Book
NEVER EAT ALONE: And Other Secrets To Success, One Relationship At A TimePurchase Book
“Ferrazzi's insights on networking are indispensable, whether you are just starting out or 30 years into your career. His instruction on how to create and leverage one's network for professional advancement and revenue growth reminded us how we developed in our positions to begin with, through our personal and professional relationships. We left energized and focused on rekindling our personal network strategy."
- Ed Faruolo | Cigna Corporate Marketing
I was blown away, as were the rest of the Forbes staff and all the attendees I spoke with. We're definitely doing that again."
- Quentin Hardy | Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine
“I consider myself a great networker and connector. Keith brought me to the next level!”
- Michelle LaBrosse | CEO, Cheetah Learning
“I thought that was just tremendous. I sat there myself thinking this is one of those people you wish you’d met 20 years earlier. It was very powerful. Outstanding!”
- Senior Vice President | IBM