Gregg Vanourek (@GVanourek) is an entrepreneurial leader, author, educator, and changemaker. He teaches, trains, and speaks on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development.
Vanourek is Vice Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Program and Vice Center Director for the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship at the Royal Institute of Technology. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and Stockholm Business School Executive MBA Program.
Vanourek is Chairman of the Board of SE Forum, a Stockholm-based nonprofit supporting social entrepreneurs. Vanourek served as Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 (a market-leading online education company) during its startup years and co-founded New Mountain Ventures (an entrepreneurial leadership development company).
He is co-author of three influential books: Life Entrepreneurs (an acclaimed manifesto for living and leading with purpose, passion, and impact), Triple Crown Leadership (an International Book Awards winner, and called “the best leadership book since Good to Great”), and Charter Schools in Action (an education reform book also translated into Japanese). Vanourek has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles, and more than a hundred 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.
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). He also taught at the Euromed School of Management (now called Kedge Business School in Marseille, France), University of Denver, and Colorado Mountain College.
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). Born and raised in the U.S., Vanourek lives in Sweden with his wife, Kristina, and two daughters, Alexandra and Anya.
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 leadership, startups, social enterprise, personal growth, 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 excellent, ethical, and enduring work.
I have an array of interests, including the good life, personal and professional growth, purpose, values, leadership, startups, social impact, sustainability, education, innovation, and 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, meaningful conversations, traveling, exercising, music, beaches, 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. It tells the stories of business and social entrepreneurs and ordinary people who have reinvented themselves and infused their life and work with entrepreneurial energy, impact, and fulfillment. The book draws upon our own experiences and interviews with 55 “life entrepreneurs.”
• 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 our own experience, 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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