Gregg Vanourek (@GVanourek) is an entrepreneurial leader, author, and speaker. He leads workshops, speaks, teaches, and coaches on personal growth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and life and work choices and transitions.
He is co-author of three influential books: Life Entrepreneurs (a widely acclaimed manifesto for living and leading with purpose and passion), Triple Crown Leadership (an International Book Awards winner, and called “the best leadership book since Good to Great”), and Charter Schools in Action (a classic education reform book also translated into Japanese).
Vanourek teaches at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and Stockholm Business School. Previously, he taught at the Euromed School of Management (Marseille, France), University of Denver, and Colorado Mountain College. He teaches master’s and executive education courses.
Vanourek runs Far Horizon and co-founded New Mountain Ventures (entrepreneurial leadership development companies) and served as Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 (a market-leading online education company) during its startup years. Previously, he helped to launch the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation (as Vice President for Programs) and was a research fellow at the Hudson Institute (an influential think tank).
Vanourek has written three books, numerous book chapters and scholarly articles, and more than a hundred published articles. His writing has appeared in or been reviewed by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Leader to Leader, Publishers Weekly, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more. He has written regular Harvard Business, ColoradoBiz, and ATD blogs and Washington Times columns.
Vanourek is a graduate of the Yale School of Management (M.B.A.), London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.), and Claremont McKenna College (B.A., magna cum laude). He served on the board of the Vail Leadership Institute (which incubated the Vail Centre) and coaches and mentors emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. Born and raised in the U.S., he has lived in Europe since 2009 with his wife and two daughters.
Note from Gregg:
I help people craft a life that matters and live and lead with purpose, integrity, and impact. I do this through my work with personal growth, leadership, startups, social enterprise, and work choices and changes: connecting “the good life“ with good work. My intention is to help people integrate life and work by aligning purpose and values with aspirations and actions. I help people and organizations thrive, with high-performing work and deeply fulfilling lives.
I have a wide array of interests: the good life, personal and professional growth and change, work-life integration, purpose, values, leadership, startups, social impact, sustainability, education, innovation, motivation, renewal and reinvention, and spirituality. Many of my interests spring from my mentors, college studies, formative years, when I basked in courses like “Theories of the Good Life” and learned about the power of deep questions, dialogue, and interdisciplinary inquiry. I enjoy writing, reading, deep conversations, traveling, exercising, music (especially guitar and piano), sunshine, beaches, a great cup of tea, the Denver Broncos, World Cup soccer, and being a husband and father.
• I co-wrote Life Entrepreneurs with Christopher Gergen, a dynamic social entrepreneur (and friend). The book is a clarion call for integrating our life and work with purpose and passion, and tells the stories of business and social entrepreneurs and ordinary people who have reinvented themselves and infused their life and work with entrepreneurial energy and deep fulfillment. The book draws upon our own experiences and interviews with 55 “life entrepreneurs,” widely varying but deeply inspiring.
• I co-wrote Triple Crown Leadership with my Dad, Bob Vanourek, a distinguished turnaround CEO, servant leader, and exceptional father. The book champions a better brand of leadership that builds excellent, ethical, and enduring organizations, and draws upon research and interviews with leaders in 61 organizations in 11 countries.
• I co-wrote Charter Schools in Action with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Bruno V. Manno, two distinguished education reformers (and mentors). The book has been called a “classic” on the charter movement and outlines a bold vision for how to renew and reinvent public education with the needs of children, families, educators, and communities in mind. It draws on interviews with hundreds of education entrepreneurs, leaders, and teachers and surveys of thousands of education stakeholders.
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