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Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune; Bestselling Author Arming Leaders to Confront Disruptive Change and Win

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Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business and how top leaders and companies adapt and transform to win in spite of them. The big takeaway, Geoff says, is that winning companies and leaders summon the courage to act – they stop protecting the past and start inventing the future – and they confront this reality faster than the competition. As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light – revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future. His columns and cover stories for Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans. Many of them also hear him dispense critical business insights on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff’s bestselling books include The Upside of the Downturn, Talent is Overrated, and Humans are Underrated. A keynote speaker with compelling content, Geoff Colvin is also a brilliant panel moderator and interviewer.

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The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help them do just that. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing. As a result, Geoff can provide audiences with a clearer path for an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights on the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change. Geoff’s columns and cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans, many of whom also hear him on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff Colvin is author of four books including the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. His latest book is The New York Times bestseller Humans are Underrated which looks at the future of work and how humans will fit into a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.

As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the InfoTech revolution, human performance and related issues.

In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments, Geoff has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, PBS's Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS.

In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee and interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and many others.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book is Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates, and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin arms audiences with insights to help them lead their organizations into the future. He connects the dots to provide an unparalleled update on the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces driving business disruption – and opportunity. Geoff has an important message for business leaders gleaned from 40 years at Fortune: the companies who win most often have leaders who summon the courage to act in spite of great uncertainty. Those leaders stopped protecting the past and started inventing the future – and they did it faster than the competition. Geoff reveals how the most successful leaders are confronting and adapting to this business environment right now. Winning in business today demands extraordinary leadership acting on the best intelligence it can find. Geoff provides valuable insights wrapped in a message that is optimistic and energizing: Opportunity is more widely available than ever, he says, and someone is going to win – why shouldn’t it be you?


The coronavirus pandemic launched many companies that weren’t ready into a world of virtual work. It also transformed the way we think about relationships in the process. Couple that with robots and smart machines doing more of the work humans used to do – and doing it faster, cheaper, and better – and you have to ask: what’s the future of work and how do humans fit in? Based on research for his New York Times bestselling book Humans are Underrated, Geoff Colvin helps audiences understand how work is changing and the critical skills they’ll need most to adapt and compete going forward. The key skills are those of social collaboration: storytelling, social sensitivity, brainstorming, creating and innovating with others, leading, and above all – empathy. Geoff reveals what top organizations are doing now to build a competitive advantage by strengthening these capabilities.


The coronavirus pandemic launched many companies that weren’t ready into a world of virtual work. It also transformed the way we think about relationships in the process. Couple that with robots and smart machines doing more of the work humans used to do – and doing it faster, cheaper, and better – and you have to ask: what’s the future of work and how do humans fit in? Based on research for his New York Times bestselling book Humans are Underrated, Geoff Colvin helps audiences understand how work is changing and the critical skills they’ll need most to adapt and compete going forward. The key skills are those of social collaboration: storytelling, social sensitivity, brainstorming, creating and innovating with others, leading, and above all – empathy. Geoff reveals what top organizations are doing now to build a competitive advantage by strengthening these capabilities.


Suppose most of what we believe about hard work and raw talent is wrong. That would mean most of us will never have the chance to perform as well as we could. Geoff Colvin, author of the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, explains the surprising truths about great performers and relates them to real life in real organizations. He shows how most organizations value the wrong things – passion, honesty, and learning are more valuable than hours, IQ, or “native ability.” Geoff demonstrates that world-class performance comes from behaviors that every person and organization can adopt. Those who apply these principles gain a tremendous competitive advantage. Geoff cites relevant examples to prove it and to launch an important conversation in your organization.


Geoff Colvin’s unique gift is his ability to brilliantly moderate panels, lead onstage interviews, and host/emcee. He’s played these roles for more than three decades at Fortune conferences worldwide. Top companies and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he gets the most out of participants; he asks the right questions, listens intently to what’s being said on stage, and responds to that. He also connects ideas and insights across sessions, transforming a multi-part program into a satisfying, unified whole. He always keeps the discussion relevant and the energy high.


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EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • “Geoff hit a home run today!!!!!!!!!!!! Outstanding…” – Head of Conf Planning & Travel, Putnam Investments

  • “Geoff, you were definitely the highlight of our conference. In reviewing our surveys today, you were overwhelmingly ranked as the favorite speaker and one they would most like to hear from again.”

  • “Geoff hit it out of the park. We will ask you back.” – CEO, American Pacific Mortgage

  • “Geoff did a fantastic job and really set the stage for the remainder of the day and his perspectives were repeated during later sessions.” – Group Communications Director, The Coca-Cola Company