Gregg Vanourek (@GVanourek) is an entrepreneurial leader, author, speaker, and changemaker. He leads workshops, speaks, teaches, and coaches on leadership, entrepreneurship, personal development, and life and work choices and transitions.
Vanourek is Vice Center Director for KTH for the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES), and also a Course Director there. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and teaches at KTH, SSES, and Stockholm Business School. Previously, he taught at the Euromed School of Management (now called KEDGE, in Marseille, France), University of Denver, and Colorado Mountain College. He teaches master’s and executive education courses.
Vanourek runs Far Horizon, co-founded New Mountain Ventures, and served as Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc. during its startup years. Previously, he helped to launch the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and was a research fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Vanourek has written three books, numerous book chapters and scholarly articles, and more than a hundred published articles.
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.). Born and raised in the U.S., he has lived in Europe since 2009 with his wife and two daughters.
Gregg brings transformational insights to his speeches and presentations. He has spoken to companies, universities, social ventures, and foundations around the world (U.S., Sweden, Belgium, France, Malaysia, Croatia). Gregg, a U.S. citizen now based in Sweden, is available for speaking and training engagements worldwide.
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See Gregg’s keynote address “A Quest and a Call.”
Listen to this podcast on Life Entrepreneurship.
Crafting a Life that Matters. Not sure about the path you are on? Don’t know where to go from here? Not sure about your direction in life and work? Start here and dig deep: design your entrepreneurial life and craft a life that matters–a life of purpose, passion, fulfillment, and significance. Don’t just live. Don’t sit around waiting for a break. Don’t follow the crowd. Look within. Dig deep. Find inspiration. Start. Build. Come alive. Design your entrepreneurial life. Craft a good life and good work.
Triple Crown Leadership. Not just excellent. Not just ethical. Not just enduring. All three—the triple crown of leadership. Audacious? Yes. But possible. And necessary. What kind of leadership does it take to build an organization that achieves exceptional results, operates with integrity, and stands the test of time? Learn five advanced leadership practices based on our experience, research, and interviews worldwide.
Living and Leading by Values. Too many people drift away from what they value most, or get pulled astray. Too many people work in organizations that fail to live up to their values and aspirations. Too many leaders get caught up in the game and compromise their values under pressure. At our best, we live by our values and build a culture of character and high performance in our work. This presentation provides a road map for living and leading by values—the cornerstone of good living and great work.
Startup Secrets of Entrepreneurial Leaders. “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it” (Chinese proverb). Startup founders, changemakers, and innovative “intrapreneurs” face the challenges of launching despite extreme time pressure, resource constraints, uncertainty, and chaos. Here we reveal the startup leadership practices needed to overcome those challenges and create impact with pioneering new ventures. For startup founders and intrapreneurs with bold aspirations.
Unleashing the Power of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Take a walk down the entrepreneurial path, including ideation, business modeling, lean startups, customer development, and building culture and organizational fundamentals like purpose, values, and vision. Learn powerful processes for hiring, onboarding, development, and rewarding people; for flexing your leadership style according to the situation; and for aligning the venture. Hear stories of successful entrepreneurs and learn about the pitfalls that get in their way—and how to avoid them. Innovation is widely revered but poorly understood and badly misapplied. Learn about the “accelerators” that dramatically boost innovation in an organization and that catalyze creativity in people. Learn how to create an innovation-friendly climate. Learn to create an entrepreneurial organization—and transform an organization of employees into nimble networks of “intrapreneurs.”
Ideation—Developing and Evaluating Innovative Startup Ideas. Learn advanced ideation techniques—how to generate original ideas for innovative and impactful startup ventures and how to evaluate their viability. Learn how to generate, develop, and pitch innovative startup ideas, and recognize potential risks and biases when evaluating them. This is a fun, high-energy, and high-impact workshop.
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“Gregg opened our conference with his moving, thoughtful, and evocative presentation titled ‘A Quest and a Call.’ It was a joy to collaborate with him on creating the topic for his presentation since he made it very clear from the beginning that he wanted to be highly relevant, valuable, and engaging to the attendees. Gregg is a gifted speaker and has a strong, clear, and also caring presence. He delivered above and beyond our expectations and set the entire tone of our conference from then on to be deeply meaningful.” –Jessica Brown, former Network Leader, Barrett Values Centre; now Programs Director, The Passion Company
“Working with Gregg was an absolute pleasure from initial preparation to execution. His approach was one of co-creation — making sure that he addressed exactly what our team needed, and it made my life so easy knowing I could customize our workshop by tapping into his wealth of knowledge across numerous topics related to entrepreneurship, leadership and transformation. When the day started, I was immediately impressed with his preparation — he had done research on each of our participants beforehand, so the day felt personalized from the first minute. And during the presentation I appreciated how deftly Gregg presented deep and powerful lessons in a variety of styles — from playful to reflective — to make sure that he reached each participant in different ways so that every single person walked away with new knowledge and inspiration.” –Alex Budak, former Country Manager, Reach for Change, Sweden; now consultant, Change.org
“In our search for excellence in leadership we come across Gregg Vanourek and his book, Triple Crown Leadership. During one of our customer events in 2015, Gregg gave a keynote presentation which was highly appreciated by the audience, consisting of managers from different companies and levels. Gregg left us with interesting thoughts and a challenge to raise our standards for how we lead.” –Fredrika Schartau, Founding Partner, Signpost
“Gregg Vanourek gave a keynote presentation at our annual conference and delivered a powerful, memorable, and impactful message. We found his talk to be uplifting and highly relevant both to the students we serve and our staff. His points have resonated long after his time with us.” –Robin Wise, President and CEO, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain
“When Gregg Vanourek gave a keynote presentation at the Strom Center for Entrepreneurship conference, he skillfully engaged the audience with his message and stories. His blending of visuals, props, and even a soundtrack kept audience attention and energy level high. He worked closely with staff before the event to make sure his talk was tailored and relevant for both major segments of the audience—students and business leaders. Gregg’s keynote was powerful and yet playful.” –Jeanne Stolp MacDonald, Management and Marketing Faculty/Advisor, Department of Business Administration, Minot State University at Bismarck State College
“When Gregg Vanourek facilitated an advanced leadership program here at El Pomar Foundation, I was impressed with his professionalism and his ability to connect with our team. By coordinating with us in advance, Gregg delivered an engaging and inspiring program designed to give our staff tangible actions to develop both personally and professionally. Powerful content, powerful presenter.” –Gary Butterworth, Senior Vice President, Programs, El Pomar Foundation
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gregg in his role as Course Director and member of the faculty at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES). Together with SSES, Gregg teaches academic courses and hosts interactive workshops for an environment of interdisciplinary students. Gregg always delivers inspirational and impactful content. Whether an audience of 14 people in an interactive workshop or 100 students in an evening lecture, he always manages to engage, enthuse, and energize in a truly unique manner. Throughout our time working together, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in and listening to many of his inspirational lectures. I have recommended him previously, and will continue to do so warmly.” –Maria Malmrud, Education and Training Manager, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
“Gregg is a passionate and outstandingly skilled speaker! I met Gregg at our interactive career development course ‘The Science of Your Future,’ designed to help students at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm build their careers. Gregg did not only fulfill my expectations, he by far exceeded them and left a lasting impression. I would love to work with him again on any project of mutual interest.” –Michael Gralla, Director, Karolinska Institute Career Retreat
“You have opened my eyes (and heart)! I will be forever thankful for the ideas you gave us. Those will influence my future opinions, awareness, and decisions. Thank you, thank you!” –Attendee in a Zagreb leadership conference, Spring 2015
“Perfection is the word to describe the workshop.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, April 2014
“You are one of the most inspirational people I have had the chance to listen to.” –Attendee in a Zagreb leadership conference, Spring 2015
“A fantastic workshop.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, April 2014
“I think you have just changed my life. Thank you.” –Attendee in a Zagreb leadership conference, Spring 2015
“Excellent facilitator who managed to create an atmosphere of sharing, honesty, reflection among a group of very inspiring participants. It was way above expectations.” –Participant in a leadership workshop, March 2015
“I liked that Gregg generously offered his deep knowledge and expertise on a complex topic such as leadership in a simple, easy to remember and beautiful way.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, October 2014
“I loved the workshop. I enjoyed every second of it.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, October 2014
“Simply excellent in all areas.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, October 2014
“This workshop was extraordinary. Gregg integrates well both the principles… and the real practice in the real firm. Also, participants were encouraged to speak up, share their thoughts, and I knew that everyone was really focused and listened to others’ comments.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, September 2013
“Great workshop with an amazing speaker.” –Participant in a Stockholm workshop, October 2014
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Triple Crown Leadership is a Winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the “Business: General” category.