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Engage with John Kao by inviting him to speak, having him provide advisory services, or by scheduling an executive session at the Innovation Hub at Miraval.


John’s accomplishments read like the most interesting man in the world. Known as Mr. Creativity, he is past Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation and advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. The U.S. government calls him “the innovation Sherpa”. John has advised the countries of Finland and Singapore on their innovation strategies as well as companies such as Nike, Intel and BASF.

John is a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor in emerging technology, and a Tony-nominated producer of film and stage. He was producer of the Broadway play, Golden Child, production executive on Sex, Lies and Videotape, and executive producer of Mr. Baseball.  A jazz pianist at heart, he spent the summer of 1969 playing keyboards for rock legend Frank Zappa.


Your organization needs creativity, a hard commodity to buy off-the-shelf.  John Kao, brings creativity to life, he helps get innovation done! John has inspired audiences around the globe. Invite John to speak at your event. He will instill the spirit of creativity as well as the how to of innovation.

Keynote Topics:

  • Innovation: More than a Buzzword

The word innovation seems to be used everywhere today. In many cases it’s lost its meaning. Let John show your organization how to bring “real innovation” to bear on your greatest issues.

  • Reset the Innovation Button

This keynote is great for teams that have innovation strangulation. Brainstorming may have turned into gridlock. John’s multi-functional perspective and transformational presentation will inspire your team and allow you to reset the innovation button at your organization.

  • Unleashing Creativity

In “Unleashing Creativity” John shares insights on re-igniting the spark around the true meaning of creativity and innovation. This is a great keynote for any large, diverse event.

  • Jazz and Business

John offers an approach that demystifies a topic traditionally confounding to businesspeople everywhere. He begins by showing how creativity, like the musical discipline of jazz, has a vocabulary and a grammar. It is a process, and because of that it can be observed, analyzed, understood, replicated, taught and managed. 


Is your organization stuck? New product development is lacking, sales are falling? Are you in an industry with what John Kao calls “wicked” problems? It might be time to engage John for a 3-5 day intensive working session or a series of face-to-face or digital advisory meetings.


Bring you executive team to Tucson for an immersive 2-day innovation retreat with John. This is a high-touch workshop with concrete results. You and your team will depart ready to embrace our ever faster-changing world, whether your challenges are in product development, sales or operations. 

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