Gregg Vanourek is a high-impact executive, leadership developer, changemaker, and award-winning author training and speaking internationally on leadership, entrepreneurship, and life design. He helps people craft good lives—living and leading with purpose and impact. He has been a senior executive in market-leading startups and is co-author of three influential books: “Triple Crown Leadership” (a winner of the International Book Awards and called “the best book on leadership since Good to Great”), “LIFE Entrepreneurs,” and “Charter Schools in Action.” His writing has appeared in or been reviewed by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more. He has written regular Harvard Business blogs. Gregg runs Gregg Vanourek LLC and Triple Crown Leadership (leadership development ventures) and teaches executive leadership programs. Having worked in the U.S. and Europe, he was Vice Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Program at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and Vice Center Director for the award-winning Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship at KTH. He served as Chairman of the Board of SE Forum (a social entrepreneurship accelerator) in Stockholm. Gregg was a tech startup executive at K12 Inc. (now a market leader with $900 million in sales) and co-founded New Mountain Ventures (developing entrepreneurial leaders). He taught more than 2,500 students over 9 years at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and Stockholm Business School Executive MBA Program in executive and master’s courses. Gregg was a senior vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, research fellow at the Hudson Institute (think tank), and board member of the Vail Leadership Institute. Gregg has given talks all over the world, including Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, and Malaysia, Sweden, and all over the U.S. His TEDx talk, “Discover Mode,” addresses common traps that many ambitious professionals fall into as they navigate their career. Gregg graduated from 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), where he was an Academic All American soccer player. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and daughters. Specialties: leadership, entrepreneurship, and life design (and the nexus between them).
View Gregg’s TEDx talk on “Discover Mode: Finding Your Quest.”
Note from Gregg: I work at the nexus between the good life and good work—connecting personal and professional excellence. I help people live and lead with purpose and impact. I do this through my work with leadership, conscious business, social enterprise, and life design. I offer customized professional development and training for established and aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs and people who want to thrive in their chosen context or navigate a transition.
I help people and organizations thrive with excellent, ethical, and enduring work—sustainable high performance. My aim is to help people integrate life and work by aligning purpose and values with aspirations and actions. I believe that a good life is something that we can craft purposefully, and that good work is an important part of it. I help people avoid common traps of leading and living, and invite them to bring their whole selves to work, including their strengths, passions, values, aspirations, and vulnerabilities. And I believe in asking provocative questions—and letting them guide us.
Interests: the good life, life design, leadership, conscious business, social impact, sustainability, creativity, entrepreneurship, spirituality. Many of my interests spring from my mentors and formative years in university, when I took courses like “Theories of the Good Life” and learned about the power of questions, dialogue, and interdisciplinary inquiry. I enjoy writing, reading, deep conversations, traveling, exercising, music, sunshine, tea, podcasts, the Denver Broncos, World Cup soccer, and being a husband and father.
• 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–ones that achieve exceptional positive impacts for their stakeholders, ethically, and sustainably. It draws upon our own experience, extensive research, and interviews with leaders in 61 organizations in 11 countries. This book was a winner of the International Book Awards.
• 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. It tells the stories of people who have reinvented themselves and infused their life and work with passion, connection, service, and fulfillment. The book draws upon our own experiences and interviews with 55 remarkable people.
• I co-wrote Charter Schools in Action with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Bruno V. Manno. The book outlines a bold vision for how to renew public education with the needs of children, families, and educators in mind. It draws on interviews and site visits with hundreds of education entrepreneurs, leaders, and teachers and surveys of thousands of education stakeholders.
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