My List0

We've now made it easier for you to research and save your favorite keynotes speakers. Click on the + sign to add a speaker to your Speaker List and email your favorites to colleagues and friends.

using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
Simone Ahuja keynote speaker

Simone Ahuja

    • Innovation Expert
    • Best selling author
    • Business School Advisor
    • Provides a practical playbook for sustainable innovation and "intrapreneurship."
Full Bio
In Person-Fee 🛈

$30,000 - $50,000

Virtual Fee:

Please Inquire

Travels From


Simone Ahuja Speaker Reel

Simone Ahuja Speaker Reel

Simone Ahuja Speaker Biography

Dr. Simone Ahuja is pioneering the idea of “intrapreneurship” and teaching organizations how to act more like fast and frugal startups, to drive sustainable innovation.

Simone is the founder of Blood Orange, a global innovation and strategy firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is co-author of the international bestseller, Jugaad Innovation, called “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation by the Economist. Her latest book, Disrupt-It-Yourself (HarperCollins Leadership), shares a clear set of tools and a practical playbook that helps organizations drive sustainable innovation by supporting “intrapreneurship” and acting more like fast and frugal startups.

Simone has served as an advisor to MIT’s Practical Impact Alliance and Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. She provides keynotes, interactive workshops, and innovation advisory services to organizations including United HealthGroup, 3M, Procter & Gamble, Target Corp, Stanley Black & Decker, and the World Economic Forum. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review online, and a practitioner of improvisational comedy.

Cracking the Intrapreneur’s Code: How To Think and Act Like a Startup in Large Organizations
Innovation isn’t just for R & D and the organizational elite. Some of the most impactful innovations come from passion and purpose-driven intrapreneurs – entrepreneurs in your organization without a formal mandate to innovate. Cracking the Intrapreneur’s Code empowers and inspires your intrapreneurs to take action through memorable stories, a clear process, and a whole lot of fun. Based on research from her book Disrupt It Yourself, Simone presents a proven approach to guide your intrapreneurs from ideas to innovation impact.

This program is perfect for leaders and teams who want to:
- Address disruption by out-innovating from within their organization
- Build a culture where everyone feels empowered to innovate – and knows how to do it
- Drive more innovation every day – without upending their entire organization

The audience will leave with:
- A clear framework for everyone to activate innovation
- A simple and proven action plan to accelerate ideas into bottom-line impact
- The creative confidence they need to get into intrapreneurial action

Revolution is an Inside Job: How to Think and Act Like an Internal Entrepreneur
Do you have ideas about changes needed in your organization but don’t have a clear pathway to bring them to life? Is problem-solving in your blood, but maybe not in your job description? Each of us can be a leader and changemaker – but what happens when we question the status quo within our division or industry?

In this interactive, practical, and fast-paced keynote, explore what you need to light your intrapreneurial fire. Examine the top challenges of successful intrapreneurs (internal entrepreneurs) and map strategies to navigate these in your life.

This session is perfect for leaders and teams who want to:
- Build a consistent pipeline for innovation and innovation talent
- Build a culture where everyone feels empowered to innovate
- Create a more inclusive culture that catalyzes innovation

The audience will learn to:
- Identify and develop ideas that will have the highest impact on your organization.
- Leverage a process that allows them to test ideas in low risk, high impact ways
- Get comfortable with so-called “failures” and re-frame them as learning.

Fast and Frugal Intrapreneurship: Solving Problems Now with the Resources You Already Have
Thinking like an entrepreneur isn’t just for startups. Solving even the biggest problems starts with you and the resources you already have. What you need is the right mindset and a simple toolkit to get you there.

Based on her research in emerging markets and her bestselling book, Jugaad Innovation, Simone shares inspiring stories of frugal innovators who solve problems large and small with the right mindset and a set of guiding principles. This high-value, low-resource approach to problem-solving occurs at the intersection of business, design, and social innovation.

This program is perfect for leaders and teams who:
- Want to create more business value with fewer resources consistently
- Want to democratize innovation, so it’s the domain of all employees
- Feel challenged and stressed by having to grow the business with less time and fewer resources.

The audience will learn to:
- Use your creativity to reframe problems as opportunities
- Gain support for new ideas to move faster and have a greater impact
- Leverage existing resources so they can start problem-solving now

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Catalyst for Innovation: A Roadmap for Creating Opportunities to Uncover Bias and Drive Innovation
Innovation is the most powerful way for organizations to stay relevant and grow in our rapidly evolving world. By increasing the diversity of their teams and creating space for diverse voices to be heard, business leaders can dramatically increase their innovation output. In this energizing and optimistic keynote, Dr. Ahuja shares engaging stories demonstrating why diverse teams create more “out of the box” ideas and drive nearly 20% higher revenue. She provides a fun and often surprising experience that uncovers your own biases in real-time and shares practical tools for building the psychological safety fundamental to successful innovation and business growth.

This program is great for the leaders and teams who:
- Want to reduce bias and build a more inclusive and curious culture
- Want to build a healthy culture of psychological safety to support diverse voices and ideas
- Want to harness curiosity to drive more inclusion and innovation

The audience will leave with:
- A crystal clear connection between DEI and innovation/business growth
- A clear strategy for removing barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Proven steps to navigate difficult conversations that fuel DEI and innovation

Related Speakers

David Houle, Healthcare speaker

David Houle

Futurist & Global Trends Expert

Ben Seidman keynote speaker

Ben Seidman


Marc Morial

Marc Morial

President & CEO of the National Urban League

Matt Lehrman keynote speaker

Matt Lehrman

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Social Prosperity Partners

Josh Linkner, Innovation Speaker

Josh Linkner

Founder and CEO of five tech companies

Scott Deming, Speaker

Scott Deming

Customer Service Guru

Alberto Savoia, Business Strategy Speaker

Alberto Savoia


Kimberly Reuter, keynote speaker

Kimberly Reuter

Retail & Logistics Innovator

Mike Walsh, speaker

Mike Walsh

CEO of Innovation Research Lab

Bill Taylor, speaker

Bill Taylor


Jessica Kreigel, keynote speaker

Jessica Kriegel

Founder and CEO of the Intentional Culture Institute (ICI)

Derek Hughes keynote speaker

Derek Hughes

Stand up magician called “thoroughly entertaining” by the New York Times



A wonderful bureau to work with! Big ups to everyone who helped make our event a success. Fingers crossed we get the chance to collaborate fo..

MDRT | Testimonial

"As always, you are the best most responsive speaker bureau I've ever worked with!"

Image Media

Angela Schelp was a great partner in finding the right kick-off speaker for our conference. This was my first conference identifying the keyn..


I just wanted to thank Matt Meyer and Sheryl Moon for their meticulous assistance with identifying, securing and preparing our chosen guest s..

Testimonials | TraceLink | Executive Speakers

This was my first experience using ESB to locate and secure a keynote speaker for my Corporate event. They were extremely easy to work with a..

AngMar Medical Holdings

"Matt Meyer was really wonderful in assisting me to find the correct keynote speaker for our conference. Jenny Foreman was completely on top ..

The Anchor Group

"As always, Executive Speakers Bureau helped us execute another flawless event. It is always so reassuring to know that you have a team behin..

Texas Hospital Association

"What stands out about the times I have worked with Executive Speakers Bureau is their lightning-fast response time. ESB’s account exec..

Keynote Speaker

"I've worked with Richard and ESB for many years and he's always able to deliver for us. He works hard to meet your speaker goals within the ..

Chem Dry

"Angela is the best!!! I can always count on her honest feedback about speakers. She helps me look like a hero to my company!"

Testimonials | Medtronic | Executive Speakers
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call to discuss how we can you help find the right speaker(s) for your organization.

© 2023 Executive Speakers Bureau. All Rights Reserved.

Design and Developed by eBiz Solutions

Get Ideas in 1 hour or less

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in one hour or less.

Please fill in information below