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Rick Smith, Executive Speaker

Rick Smith

    • One of World’s Foremost Authorities on Leadership and Innovation
    • Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur who has founded 5 successful companies
    • Inspires audiences to embrace disruption and shares how leaders and organizations can position themselves for success
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$15,000 - $20,000

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Rick Smith - TED 2015 in Vancouver - How Industrial 3D Printing Will Change the World Forever

Rick Smith - TED 2015 in Vancouver - How Industrial 3D Printing Will Change the World Forever

Rick Smith is an entrepreneur, bestselling author and TED speaker with an eclectic range of accomplishments.

He is the Founder of Fast Radius, a revolutionary on-demand manufacturing company backed by UPS which operates the world's first fully-automated 3D printing production factory, bringing unprecedented speed and scale to additive manufacturing. 

Smith is the founder and former CEO of World 50, the world's premier senior executive networking organization. World 50 contributors include Robert Redford, Bono, Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Francis Ford Coppola and more than 200 other iconic leaders. A majority of the Fortune Global 1000 are World 50 customers. 

Rick is the founder and former CEO of G100 Next Generation Leadership, the leading CEO succession development program for public company Chief Executives, utilizing 35 CEOs as faculty including Jack Welch, AG Lafley, Jim Kilts, Anne Mulcahy and Carlos Gutierrez, and whose alumni now include more than 60 Fortune 1000 CEOs. He is also the founding CEO of the Talent Academy and a co-founder of Bionic Solutions.  

He is the author of THE GREAT DISRUPTION: Competing and Surviving in the Second Wave of the Industrial Revolution (St. Martin Press/2016). He is also the author of two WSJ national bestselling books, The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Random House/ 2003), and The Leap (Penguin/2009), both of which reached #1 on the Amazon business bestseller list, and have been translated into more than 13 languages. He is an active professional speaker and has keynoted more than 100 events. 

Rick is a semi-professional singer, songwriter, currently performing with the band Men Without Youth, which has opened for Zac Brown (twice) and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

To book Rick Smith call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Leadership in Disruption 

Drawing from the lessons of his latest book, The Great Disruption, Rick Smith lays out a compelling framework to explain the predictable patterns of technology disruption impacting every industry. He explores the dramatic shifts required to stay competitive; from static to dynamic decision environments, from assets to information advantages, and from management hierarchy to the network’s edge. Interweaving history, insight and humor, he reveals what leaders can and should be doing right now to turn disruption and change into a strategic advantage. In exploring this radical but predictable future with audiences, Smith answers two questions that strike at the heart of every leader in every organization: How might the future unfold in front of us? And how can we position ourselves and our organizations to successfully navigate change to our greatest benefit?

Our 3D Printed Future: How to Position Yourself and Your Organization to Successfully Navigate this Historic Shift

3D printing production will change the world more in this century then the industrial revolution has over the last 300 years. So says author and entrepreneur Rick Smith in this provocative and entertaining talk based on his new book, The Great Disruption. Smith lays out a compelling framework to explain the growth and inevitability of 3D printing as it permanently displaces conventional manufacturing. He reveals a brave new future where objects are 3D printed using plastics and steel, skin and stem cells, chocolate, and Kevlar, where pipes are printed that can automatically repair themselves and batteries are printed the size of a grain of sand, where global supply chains collapse and the wealth of nations is flipped on its head.

As the founder and CEO of one of the 3D printing industry’s hottest companies, Fast Radius, Smith reveals first hand the changes that advanced manufacturing is now ushering in, while also moving back in history to the fascinating cast of characters who shaped other great technological shifts. This talk answers two questions that strike at the heart of every leader in every organization: How will the future unfold in front of us? And how can we position ourselves and our organizations to successfully navigate this historic shift to our greatest benefit?

The Leadership Leap: Three Steps to a Breakthrough Performance

Inside every individual, there is untapped potential. Rick Smith shows the simple steps that can help anyone unlock it. In this talk, adapted from the national best-selling books, The Leap and The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, Smith shows that guiding yourself toward roles that fully leverage your strengths and passions – not fixing your weaknesses – will increase engagement and performance and accelerate individual development. He reveals how anyone can be true to themselves and lead authentically while leveraging the powerful leadership platform utilized by the most successful iconic leaders of the last several centuries. Finally, he shows how you can open numerous new doors in your life while simultaneously mitigating risk, not increasing it. 

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