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Soren Kaplan

Best-Selling Author, 'Leapfrogging'; Writer, Fast Company; Founder of InnovationPoint; Helping Innovative Leaders Disrupt Mindsets and Markets

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California
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

Soren Kaplan is the bestselling and award winning author of Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage, an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, a writer for FastCompany and Inc. Magazine, a globally recognized keynote speaker, and the Founder of InnovationPoint and upBOARD. He has been recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top thought leaders in business strategy and innovation.

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Bio

Soren Kaplan is the bestselling and award winning author of Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage, an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, a writer for FastCompany and Inc. Magazine, a globally recognized keynote speaker, and the Founder of InnovationPoint and upBOARD. He has been recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top thought leaders in business strategy and innovation.

As a leading expert in disruptive innovation, innovation culture, and business model innovation, Soren works with Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Hershey, Red Bull, Medtronic, Roche, Philips, Cisco, Visa, Ascension Health, Kaiser Permanente, CSAA Insurance Group, American Nurses Association, and numerous other organizations.

Soren previously led the internal strategy and innovation group at Hewlett-Packard (HP) during the roaring 1990’s in Silicon Valley and is a co-founder of upBOARD, the world’s first no-code software platform for business best practices.

He has lectured at the Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne Business School, and with other MBA and executive education programs globally. His Wall Street Journal bestseller, Leapfrogging, was recognized as “Best Leadership Book” by the Axiom Book Awards and his latest book The Invisible Advantage was awarded “Best General Business Book” by the International Book Awards.

He has been quoted, published, and interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, National Public Radio, the American Management Association, USA Today, Strategy & Leadership, and The International Handbook on Innovation, among many others. He holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology, resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and possesses dual US-French citizenship.

Soren’s Silicon Valley perspective on innovation is informed by much more than just high tech. With dual American and French citizenship, he comes from a rich heritage grounded in art, design, and a tenacious spirit to challenge the status quo. As one of the world’s first female professional photographers, Soren’s great grandmother, Georgette Chadourne, captured portraits of European artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

His great grandfather, the silversmith Jean Puiforcat, represented the high point of the French art deco movement. His revolutionary designs and namesake are now owned by the luxury brand Hermes. And his grandfather, Jacques Kaplan, an internationally known fur designer in the 1960’s, was the first furrier to denounce using endangered species and was recognized by the World Wildlife Fund for his boldness in challenging an entire industry – which was likely inspired by his direct involvement in the modern art movement including his friendship with Andy Warhol. Soren continues his family’s tradition of trailblazing new paths to surprising new ideas and solutions that make a positive mark on the world.

Speech Topics

In this high-energy and provocative keynote, Soren highlights the importance of disruptive innovation for leaders, organizations and business functions.

• Learn about the different types of innovation – from incremental to disruptive

• Obtain principles and practices for innovating products, services, process, and business models

• Gain insight from real-world trailblazers from across industries

• Instantly apply new knowledge to real business issues or opportunities


Soren reveals the secrets for creating an organizational culture that drives continuous innovation.

• Learn how organizational culture impacts behavior and how it can be shaped to foster innovation

• Gain insight into the levers that influence culture, including leadership behavior, storytelling, metrics, rewards, and organizational structures and processes

• Obtain models and tools for transforming your organization’s own culture

• Instantly apply new knowledge through interactive discussions


Soren reveals the future of business model innovation with a focus on the strategies and steps for identifying, developing, and driving innovative business models that generate new revenue streams, create competitive differentiation, and add a step-change in value to the market.

• Learn about the emerging technology trends changing the face of every industry

• Gain insight into the three dimensions of business models – value, differentiation, and revenue

• Obtain tools and strategies for business model innovation


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EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • "You hit a home run for us in Las Vegas!"

  • "The de facto expert on Disruptive Innovation!"

  • "Kaplan is who Disney, NBC Universal, Red Bull and others go to for advice…"

  • "Soren's unique ability to tailor his message, facilitate collaboration, and push the thinking of senior executives, puts him in the top tier of speakers we work with."

  • "We initially engaged Soren to deliver a top level, executive education workshop to kickoff an event with over 300 C-Suite executives from the healthcare industry. The feedback was so outstanding we invited him back to lead another event."

  • "Soren keynoted our CEO conference and he was a huge hit with our executive audience."

  • "We liked [Soren's] collaborative and customized approach so much that we brought him back to keynote our international conference with over 700 participants. He hit another home run."