Soren Kaplan

Disruptive Innovation Expert

Soren Kaplan is an innovator down to his core. Recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world's top thought leaders in business strategy and innovation, Soren is a leading expert in disruptive innovation, innovation culture and business model innovation. Top U.S. companies seem to agree. Soren works with Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Hershey, Red Bull, Medtronic, Roche, Philips, Cisco, Visa, Ascension Health, Kaiser Permanente, CSAA Insurance Group, American Nurses Association and many others.

He previously led the strategy consulting group at Hewlett-Packard, is a founder of InnovationPoint, a strategic innovation and development consulting company and is a co-founder of upBOARD, the world's first "no-code" software platform for business process best practices. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and possesses dual US-French citizenship.

He has been quoted, published and interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, National Public Radio, USA Today and The International Handbook on Innovation among many others.

Author & Professor

Soren is the author of the bestselling and award-winning books Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage. The recipient of the Best Leadership Book by the Axiom Book Awards, Leapfrogging encourages you to use the power of surprise as a primer to your next business breakthrough. You'll learn that surprises come when you least expect them but only appear when you are looking for them. The Invisible Advantage, which was awarded Best General Business Book by the International Book Awards, shows how any organization can create a culture of innovation - an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. He is also a writer for Fast Company and Inc. Magazine.

An Affiliated Professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, he has also lectured at the Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School and Melbourne Business School.

What to Expect

Soren believes that most leaders and organizations want breakthroughs, but many struggle with the often unspoken principles and practices required for creating them. Using his highly interactive approach, he delivers a deep dive into the ins, outs, ups and downs of what it actually takes to lead game-changing innovation, both personally and organizationally.

His engaging speaking style leads his audiences through a journey of exploration and discovery to insight and practical application, ensuring that everyone walks away energized and with a sense of actionable direction.

Soren offers three unforgettable presentations.

Business Model Innovation: Soren reveals the future of business model innovation with a focus on the strategies and steps for identifying, developing and driving innovative business models that generate new revenue streams, create competitive differentiation and add a step-change in value to the market.

Disruptive Innovation: Soren highlights the importance of disruptive innovation for leaders, organizations and business functions.

Culture of Innovation: Soren reveals the secrets for creating an organizational culture that drives continuous innovation.