Michael Perman | Innovation, Creativity and Future Trends Expert & Keynote Speaker


Clients include: Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix, Google, Levi Strauss & Company, Starbucks, Nike, Adidas, Hyundai Motors, Dairy Farmers of America, Gensler Design, Naval Postgraduate School. Michael Perman galvanizes teams and whole organizations to think and act differently, while helping them envision a future of prosperity and growth. Michael is the founder of C’EST WHAT? The Mindful Innovation firm based in Portland. Under his leadership, people become better equipped to make strategic choices regarding where to invest their time, energy, and resources for growth. During his 30 plus year career in new product development, brand strategy, innovation and organizational transformation, Michael has gathered ethnographic insights from hundreds of sessions where people live, work, play, shop and find their inspiration. These sessions were creative fodder for dozens of innovation initiatives in categories of food, fashion, sports, energy, government, finance and retailing. Michael’s experience includes projects for Levi’s, Starbucks, Adidas, Gap, Banana Republic, General Mills, Nike, US Bank, Google, The Naval Postgraduate School and the Electric Power Research Institute. His transformational programs were implemented with thousands of employees, leading to more effective teams, more motivated people and growth. Michael’s experience is global – having activated insights, innovation and marketing initiatives in several international cities. He also advises smaller organizations, start-ups, agricultural commissions and non-profits to create a path forward. Most recently. Michael was “Dean” of Innovation for Gap across all brands and functions where he orchestrated 30 innovation leaders and enabled more than 2000 employees to experience and utilize best-in-class innovation tools. His team drove development of new products, new experiences, brand strategy and organizational effectiveness. Prior to Gap, Michael held several roles at Levi’s including Head of Consumer Insights and Senior Director of Global Marketing where he helped reposition and turn around Levi’s women’s business. He also drove insights leading to the creation of several new sub-brands products including Waterless, Commuter and Denizen, which generated more than $600 MM in revenue. Michael was previously founder of Brand New Corporation, the innovation and strategy consultancy based in Portland, Oregon where he created new methods of generating insights and ideas. Michael believes innovation is the “ability to perceive alternative realities and the courage to act upon those visions.” His dynamic and creative presentations and workshops illuminate this concept and provides advice on how organizations can take action. ​ Michael lives in Portland, Oregon where he enjoys trail running with his dog Artimus, mountain biking, cooking fish and trying to make things grow in the garden. Michael is ranked as one of the top 25 speakers in the US for 2018 among 1300 candidates and 24,000 votes cast, his most requested presentations include: - CRAVING THE FUTURE: In this engaging audience experience, Michael reveals the connection between understanding what people CRAVE and generating meaningful innovation for them. Michael has developed deep insights from interviews with more than 25 thought leaders that are represented in his podcast in iTunes called CRAVING THE FUTURE. He will also share finding from quantitative research and more than 100 ethnographic studies. You’ll hear curious stories about courage and creativity as well as the future trends of many business and cultural fields including the future of currency, engagement, sports, gaming, virtual reality, design, creativity, wisdom, learning and more. Michael also includes optional musicians for a truly memorable, informative and engaging audience experience. _______________________ - Mindful Innovation Mindful Innovation: “Mindful Innovation” is an advanced level of Design Thinking that accesses deeper levels of empathy and collective consciousness - liberating more holistic ideation. The technique also leverages meditation and social consciousness as contemporary tools that enable organizations to develop more purpose-driven cultures where employees thrive in greater harmony. In this presentation, Michael Perman shares ideas from years of experience implementing Design Thinking. You’ll learn how your organization can evolve and thrive amidst a higher level of consciousness. You’ll also feel really peaceful, relaxed and inspired to create what’s next... _______________________ - Building Creative Cultures Building Creative Cultures - For organizations that want to drive more creativity and innovation in their culture, leading to growth and employee satisfaction. Michael will reveal the right behaviors, tools, insights and ways of working that lead to more innovative, growth-oriented cultures. The presentation, accompanied by music, film, interesting graphics and stories will inform and entertain your audience. This presentation is for organizations who want to see creativity flourish and people motivated. _______________________ UNLOCK YOUR BIG creative MUSE (Live Music Experience): Music and song are vital to the creative process. They humanize our intellect and give voice to our emotions. Lyrics and stories connect us to something greater, opening up a world of possibilities. In this experience your people will learn to create songs and have a full rock band play their stories live and improvisational. Creativity is what happens when we are deeply engaged in the things we believe in - and they will be engaged! Grammy and Emmy nominated musician, author, and Kellogg School of Management alumnus, Peter Himmelman and his BIG MUSE team will show you a quick, fun, and effective way to build a high performance team. Partnering with Michael Perman and the C'EST WHAT? team - and you have a game-changing set of experiences and tools to drive creativity and innovation for your event, conference and your organization. This powerful duo will craft a memorable experience that ignites energy among thousands of people. And, then take that energy to enable a very focused and strategic perspective for a core team of leaders. People who attend your event will record this as one of the most memorable and powerful experiences of their career. Your team will depart inspired to create what's next!

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4 Reviews
John Harris, President and CEO, Worldwide Partners, Inc.
Michael connects with an audience.

”Michael connects with an audience, opening up their minds by opening up his heart. We crave innovation, we fear complexity, but we find comfort in connection; and Michael helps us with all three.“

March 2018

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Jeffrey Friedman, Head of Production, Brain Exchange
Michael was amazing...

”Michael was amazing at delivering the humor and insight our audience loves and other people gravitate to. He’s an incredible speaker and has great presence with the audience.“

March 2018

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Heather McKenzie, Senior Producer, Marcus Evans
Michael won’t just speak on your program—he will transform it!

”Michael was definitely our most innovative Master of Ceremony. He turned our Design Thinking Forum into a masterpiece. Michael won’t just speak on your program—he will transform it!“

March 2018

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