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Frans Johansson

Best-Selling Author & Face of Innovation Thought Leadership


An author, entrepreneur, and acclaimed international keynote speaker, Frans Johansson has addressed audiences around the world. His debut book, The Medici Effect, available in 18 languages, was named one of the "Best Books on Innovation" by BusinessWeek and one of the top 10 best business books of the year by Amazon. His follow up book, The Click Moment was named top 10 best business book of the year by Fast Company.

Frans has advised some of the world’s leading organizations, including The Walt Disney Company, Nike, IBM, Caterpillar, CNN, Novartis, and American Express as well as startups, investment firms, government agencies, and universities around the world.

Raised in Sweden by his African-American/ Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Frans has lived all his life at the Intersection. He has founded a software company, an international healthcare firm, and a hedge fund. Frans holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is the CEO of The Medici Group, the innovation and strategy firm he founded to put his ideas into practice with Fortune 500 companies.


The Seven Traps of Innovation

There are seven traps that can kill any innovation effort. Johansson has worked with over 2,000 teams worldwide to help anticipate and avoid these traps and will share his insights in this talk packed with critical take-away.

The Medici Effect

In this classic talk, Johansson urges individuals and organizations to break down the silos and step into the Intersection - a place where different fields, disciplines, departments, and cultures converge to create new, remarkable breakthroughs.

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Even exceptionally capable leaders hold back out of fear that they will fail - and what the consequences of such a failure could be. In this talk, Johansson focuses on what leaders can do both strategically and mentally to overcome this fear and unleash their true potential.

Hypergrowth: Boosting the Engine of Regional Economies

Johansson demonstrates how his Renaissance ideas have driven regional growth throughout the world, such as medical City in Orlando, startup incubators in Sweden, the economy of Trinidad and Tobago - and how you can do the same in your region.

Diversity Drives Innovation

Johansson demonstrates why diversity is a key driver in innovative success and how you can capitalize on this fact. This talk has singlehandedly catalyzed organizational change across industry after industry.

Reinventing Diversity and Inclusion

Johansson calls for a complete overhaul of how an organization delivers on its diversity and inclusion promise. He outlines the steps an organization must take to turn diversity and inclusion into a strategic force. It is a perfect follow-up talk after Diversity Drives Innovation.

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