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Sterling Hawkins, speaker

Sterling Hawkins

    • Leading Speaker on Innovation and Transformational Leadership 
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Fee Range

$20,000 - $30,000

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California

2017 demo

2017 demo

Seamless Asia 2017

Seamless Asia 2017

Creating the Future of Commerce

Creating the Future of Commerce

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Sterling Hawkins is a business leader, entrepreneur, and investor living at the intersection of in-store and online. Currently running operations and venture relations for CART, his legacy is that of a 5th generation retailer whose family name is synonymous with retail. From that springboard, he has worked with clients on best practices in consumer marketing, loyalty and retail technology including Mitsubishi, M&M Meat Shop, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Through CART, he has also partnered with universities including Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to incorporate the future of retail into their curricula and provider a go-to-market channel for relevant startups.

In 2004, Sterling co-founded, launched and sold his first retail technology company, Convena. Since, we have been actively involved in the community speaking at business conferences around the world. He has been seen in ABC Money, Comstock, RetailWire and Forbes. Sterling lives in Los Angeles and spends his time mobilizing a network of startups, investors and retailers to bring together online and in-store for the betterment of business, communities and the human condition.  

The Innovation Puzzle

Examine the puzzle of innovation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most businesses don't: people aren't built for change

Sterling’s family grocery store went from a local market on to become the benchmark of innovation in the industry as the culture transformed to not just embrace change, but to actually cause it. Recognizing in a traditionally humancentric retail industry, where fear of change can be high and morale low, Sterling created an atmosphere of freedom to innovate with concrete methodology which not only encouraged everyday people to embrace change by involving them in the process, he ignited their spirit to actually become agents of change and facilitators of the innovation process to ignite the spirit in others. This moving talk is based on the lessons learned as Sterling worked to create a culture free to innovate first at his family’s store and then with leading companies around the world. Sterling learned along the way that before you can embrace change, you have to give up the status quo and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

Creating the Future of Commerce

In a culture of consumerism and technology, how did we get here and the surprising place we're headed in the future to fulfill on our wants and needs.

Retail used to be different when Sterling was growing up in his family’s supermarket — it was all about customers and all about the community. Walmart, Amazon, and others broke that traditional mold making it all about scale, mass and technology.  With venture dollars and startups flooding the market, Sterling first worked in his family’s store and now across the global retail industry to shape how emerging technologies such as robots, drones, artificial intelligence, and countless other technologies will transform how people fulfill on their wants and needs. For those in retail or interested in retail, this is a hands-on roadmap of what technologies will be part of the future, who are using them already, and how to inspire a culture that that embraces change. His leadership and vision enabled retailers and their teams to step past the hype of traditional retail being dead to empower them to use technology to unify experiences and redefine what retail is.

Great Leaders Inspire Innovation (And Big Business Kills It)

People aren't built for change, they're built for survival.  In today's fast-paced world, change is necessary and learning how to first accept it and get out ahead of it is the only competitive advantage.

The only constant is change. Sterling learned that first hand as he worked with retailers and brands to embrace the technologies of the 4th industrial revolution including robots, IoT and Artificial Intelligence. At the same time, it required him and the companies he worked with to think differently to truly embrace technology coming together with humanity to unlock something new. And to do that, it was a special kind of skill to let go of everything we think we already know to discover what’s possible. He shows how inside of a leadership style that embraces change, transformational performance is possible and proven. Sterling shows audiences, by example and by case studies on great leaders, how to develop innovative thinking to gain perspective, clarity and take profits to the next level inside the 4th Industrial Revolution where anything is possible.

 

 

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