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Gregg Vanourek

Gregg Vanourek is an entrepreneurial leader, teacher speaker, and author. He has been a leader in market-leading startups and other ventures. He conducts workshops and speaking engagements worldwide, and teaches master’s and executive course. He is co-author of three influential books: Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations (a 2013 International Book Awards winner, business: general, and a book that has been called “the best leadership book since Good to Great”), Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (Jossey-Bass), and Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education (Princeton University Press).

Vanourek is adjunct lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the entrepreneurship and innovation unit, Course Director at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and teaches at Stockholm Business School. Previously, he taught at the Euromed School of Management (now KEDGE), University of Denver, and Colorado Mountain College.

Gregg Vanourek co-founded New Mountain Ventures (an entrepreneurial leadership development company) and served as Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 (a market-leading online education company) during its startup years. Previously, he served as Vice President for Programs at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation (an influential education reform foundation) during its startup years and research fellow at the Hudson Institute (a think tank).

Gregg Vanourek has written 3 books, 7 book chapters, 10 scholarly articles, and more than 100 published articles.  His writing has been featured in or reviewed by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Leader to Leader, Publishers Weekly, Entrepreneur, Inc., American Management Association, Center for Creative Leadership, and more. He has written regular Harvard Business, ATD, and ColoradoBiz 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.). He served on the board of the Vail Leadership Institute (now Vail Centre) and coaches and mentors emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. A native of California, Vanourek lives in Sweden with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, working out, and playing the guitar.

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Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations (a 2013 International Book Awards winner, business: general), co-authored with Bob Vanourek. Incorporates interviews with leaders in 61 organizations in 11 countries.

Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (Jossey-Bass, 2008), co-authored with Christopher Gergen. Stories and strategies for integrating life, work, and purpose. Incorporates interviews with 55 leading business, social, and “life” entreprenurs.

Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education (Princeton University Press, 2000), co-authored with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Bruno V. Manno. A look at this innovative form of social enterprise in which parents, teachers, or others create innovative schools in their communities. Incorporates interviews with about 100 charter school leaders/administrators plus surveys of thousands of parents and students and hundreds of teachers.


Book Chapters:

Gregg Vanourek and Bob Vanourek, “Stewards Build Trust,” Barbara Brooks Kimmel, editor, Trust, Inc.: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset, Next Decade, Inc., November 1, 2013.

Gregg Vanourek and Christopher Gergen, “Dynamic Organizations for an Entrepreneurial Age,” in Organization of the Future 2: Visions, Strategies, and Insights on Managing in a New Era (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Leader to Leader Institute/Drucker Foundation, 2009).

Gregg Vanourek and Christopher Gergen, “Talent Development: Looking Outside the Education Sector,” in The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship, American Enterprise Institute (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2009).

Gregg Vanourek and Chester E. Finn, Jr., “Lessons from the U.S. Experience with Charter Schools,” in Harry Anthony Patrinos and Shobhana Sosale, editors, Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Education: A View from the Trenches (Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2007).