Gil Friend | Keynote Speaker, Author, Thought Leader & Sustainable Business Pioneer

"I’m a business thought-leader and professional keynote speaker with a history of working with the world's best companies and a passion for driving innovation and creating new business value. I help companies uncover new possibilities and capture new value with provocative, pragmatic, science-based approaches If you’re leading or growing a company, and want to stay competitive in a chaotic, unpredictable world, you’ll need to know how to see the possibilities hidden in the chaos. I'll build your ability—and your organization's—to see your challenges clearly, uncover the opportunities, and align your organization to a brand-value vision. I’m driven to develop high-performance teams that can reliably generate the results they want to see. Learn how you can build on your highest aspirations to amplify value throughout your organization. If that sounds like something that could help grow your business, then contact me today!" - Gil Friend Chairman and founding CEO of Natural Logic Inc. (who recently served as the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto), Gil Friend is is widely considered one of the fathers of the sustainable business movement. He was named an inaugural member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame (along with Ray Anderson, Amory Lovins, Karl-Henrik Robert and Bob Willard), “one of the ten leading sustainability voices in the US," and “one of the top 25 movers and shakers in clean tech." A trusted advisor to some of the world’s leading companies, he’s an engaging speaker, a provocative thought leader and a pragmatic visionary. SPEAKING: Whether delivering a keynote address or MCing your conference, leading a workshop or speaking on a panel, whether speaking about strategy, finance, innovation, sustainability, industrial ecology, systems thinking or policy, Gil will tailor his content and style to your audience, and leave them informed, challenged and energized. TOP TOPICS: • The 3.8 Billion Year Old Open Source Business Plan—How It Can Help You Plug the Massive Leaks in Your Value Stream and thrive in the unparalleled uncertainty of the 21st century • Smart, Sustainable Cities: How cities have jumped to the forefront of the climate crisis—and what your city should do next • CFOs—The Next Sustainability Leader: What CFOs can do for sustainability—and what sustainability can do for CFOs • Getting the Prices Right: Why capitalism can’t work as long as it keeps lying to itself • Measuring What Matters: If what gets measured gets done, then what should you measure? *For full information on Gil's range of services and client options connect with Gil and his team directly from his website linked to this profile.


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6 Reviews
Bruce Klafter, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Executive, Applied Materials
Gil is an outstanding speaker.

Gil is an outstanding speaker and can stimulate the kind of free-wheeling exchange that most conferences are looking for.

March 2019

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Best sustainability lecture I’ve heard...

This was the best sustainability lecture I’ve heard in the last ten years.

March 2019

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Gene Kahn VP, Global Sustainability Officer, General Mills, Inc. (former)
This workshop changed my life.

This workshop changed my life. Gil Friend not only makes a compelling argument for urgent adoption of sustainable business principles, but also builds a practical and understandable blueprint for action.

March 2019

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