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Faisal Hoque | International Keynote Speaker & Entrepreneur

One of the prime forces behind business technology convergence, entrepreneur Faisal Hoque began his first business at age 14 assembling stereos from scrap parts and selling them out of his father’s home in Dhaka, Bangladesh so that he could save up money to pursue a college education in the U.S. He’s come a long way since then, having been named one of the “Leaders to Watch in 2015” by the American Management Association as well as one of The Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside entrepreneurial icons Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. “Faisal Hoque, the entrepreneur, innovator, was born in Bangladesh (nearby where Buddha was once born) and found himself in the boardrooms of Fortune 100s by the time he was 27.” – Dr. Marshall Goldsmith (Goldsmith was recognized as the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World in 2015 by the Thinkers50 organization.) As a child, he saw war and famine. As a college student, he worked as a janitor on the graveyard shift. As a corporate professional, he was recruited by giants like GE, Dun and Bradstreet, and Pitney Bowes. As a serial entrepreneur since the early 90s, he has been a cutting edge innovator in the fast-paced world of technology and global businesss. “Talk about a trip: entrepreneur Faisal Hoque started his career in the U.S. as a “janitorial engineer,” but eventually went on to raise $95 million for his businesses, despite setbacks like being ousted as CEO of his own company (sound familiar, Apple?).” – Fast Company Today he is the founder of Shadoka and leads the company to enable aspirations to lead, innovate, and transform. Shadoka’s accelerators and solutions bring together the management frameworks, digital platforms, and thought leadership to enable innovation, transformation, entrepreneurship, growth and social impact. Faisal built his first software product while still an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, attracting the attention of Pitney Bowes who offered him a position in one of their R&D groups. From there he embarked on a career in which he innovated products and systems that took business efficiency and customer service to a new level. To date he has acted as CEO, Chairman of the Board, and advisor to various Fortune 500s, architecting multiple cross-industry ventures and partnerships between key global players such as GE, JP Morgan Chase, and MasterCard. In addition to working with corporate giants and US federal government, Faisal has vast experience raising funds and collaborating with investors to build up several start-ups that have spurred technological advances revolutionizing the way we do business. As a renowned thinker and authority in mindful leadership, Faisal is frequently invited to speak at business conferences worldwide. His books, blog, and articles on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and building resilience attract readers worldwide, including many high profile CEOs. As a prolific author, he has written several books, including Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (McGraw Hill,) and Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Motivational Press). He regularly contributes to Fast Company, Business Insider, and others. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Mergers & Acquisitions, CBS, Fox, Forbes, Financial Times, and Leadership Excellence, Huffington Post among others. RECENT SPEAKING TOPICS: > FUTURE OF WORK WITH AI AND MACHINE LEARNING Still in the early stages of development and use, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning are already impacting how we live, work, and play. Is your organization ready to embrace and leverage these disruptive innovations? See sample presentation @ > HOW HIGHLY RESILIENT PEOPLE SURVIVE TO THRIVE Resilience is the universal human capacity to face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity - bending like bamboo instead of breaking. How we cultivate our inner focus is by taking steps on our personal journey with resilience. This is the focus of this presentation. See sample presentation @ > HOW TO LEAD DIGITAL TRANSFORMATIONS How To Lead Digital Transformations Digital transformation can be defined as a process whereby an organization shifts their business models, processes, and organizational culture with digital technologies to adapt to changing customer behaviors. They adapt to meet ever-changing customer expectations and engage with consumers in innovative ways. Agenda includes: •  Defining Digital Transformation •  What Is Shaping Our World •  Assess, Learn, Grow, Monitor See sample presentation @ > HOW TO TRANSFORM AND LEAD IN THE AGE OF AGILITY AND INNOVATION Transformation is driven by an acknowledged need to grow and change, followed by thinking differently about the old ways and means. The term transformation originated with biology and genetics. In short, biological transformation refers to the introduction of something organic and systemic that can change the essential nature of a cell. Its purpose is to invoke change. The transformative process is nearly identical for every organization today: introduce a new goal, add the variable, and transform it into creativity and innovation. Agenda includes: •  Mindset •  Platform •  Capabilities See sample presentation @ > LEADERSHIP IN UNCERTAIN TIMES The constant cascade of social, economic, and technological change is reshaping our globe. Workforces are increasingly dispersed, demanding of self-expression, and quite possibly disengaged. Within this topsy-turvy context, leaders must spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure sustainability. What are the remedies? The newest problems of the world find solutions in the oldest and timeless practices such as mindfulness, authenticity, perseverance, and empathy―because Everything Connects. Agenda Includes: •  Our Ever Changing World •  Everything Connects • Growth And Disruption •  Capabilities And Platforms See sample presentation @


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Center for Creative Leadership
One conversation with Faisal Hoque...

"One conversation with Faisal Hoque and you understand why his book Everything Connects is powerful. "

July 2018

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