Aaron McDaniel

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Aaron McDaniel is a globally recognized corporate manager, entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, and author with a passion for helping companies innovate at a global scale. Aaron is the co-author of The Wall Street Journal and National Bestseller, Global Class, a playbook for how to build a global company, developed through interviewing more than 300 executives from 50+ countries who have scaled the world’s fastest-growing companies.


Aaron is currently a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (where he is also an alumnus) and is the co-founder of 10X Innovation Lab, an international consulting firm and accelerator helping corporations and governments across 4 continents build and leverage innovation ecosystems. He is also the managing partner of Grow Scale, a real estate private equity firm.


Aaron began his corporate career at AT&T, as part of its flagship Leadership Development Program. He rose to become one of the youngest to serve as Regional Vice President (at age 27) and was an AT&T Diamond Club honoree, being part of the Top 1% of sales managers worldwide (out of an organization of 10,000+). Aaron is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded 3 companies that were acquired (Pong360, Tycoon, Access Invest), one of which he turned down an offer for on ABC’s Shark Tank.


He is also the author of The Young Professional’s Guide to the Working World (an international top 10 listed book printed in multiple languages, with a foreword by New York Times Bestseller Marshall Goldsmith) and The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing (foreword by the co-author of The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes), has been featured in numerous media outlets including Forbes, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CBSRadio, Entrepreneur, and US News & World Report, and is trusted by top companies including Microsoft, the Ritz-Carlton, Deloitte Consulting, Wells Fargo, Principal Financial and UnitedHealth Group. Aaron is the Vice Chairman of Project Giving Kids, nonprofit helping kids learn empathy through age-appropriate volunteering opportunities and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Speaking Topics:

The Global Class Mindset: Building the right mindset, team, culture and structures to enable your business to thrive at global scale (both for companies looking to expand and established global companies looking to get more market share in international markets)


The INTERpreneur - Nurturing Globally Minded Leaders: Identify and nurture the next generation of global business leaders to be a catalyst for your company's growth


Rapid Global Growth: How to effectively expand into to new global markets and penetrate your existing international footprint


Ignite Your Innovation: Building an agile culture and processes to harness your organization’s entrepreneurial spirit and thrive in a rapidly changing marketplace


Thriving in a Multi-Generational Workplace: Amplify your ROI by engaging your younger employees and learn how to facilitate Multi-Generational collaboration

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"At WBA, we value speakers who can deliver dynamic content; that’s why we’ve booked Aaron for THREE events, speaking to three different audiences. If you’re looking for a speaker who commands the stage, engages the audience, and offers the practical and tactical tools necessary for sustainable success, Aaron is the speaker for you."

Gina Stratos, Vice President - Western Bankers Association

"Our group stayed engaged with you and your meaningful content throughout the day. In these days after I have heard you quoted AT LEAST 6 times, from the CEO to HR to Engineering. Thanks for making a difference!"

Beth English, VP of Marketing - Truck-Lite

"Aaron did his homework and customized his presentation to be relevant to the banking industry and to my company specifically. His understanding of and discussion around the Millennial generation is critical knowledge for every company and manager in today’s workplace. Aaron’s presentation style is relaxed and confident, which allowed him to really engage with the audience individually and as a group. Aaron was a true pleasure to work with, start to finish."

Al Giobbie, Sr. Vice President - Provident Bank

"We had the opportunity to feature Aaron McDaniel at one of the Young Professional Networking events. Our members left feeling inspired to enact the strategies he presented during the event. His strong communication and facilitation skills were impressive. He provided invaluable insight and we look forward to collaborating in the future."

Perrine Zen, President - Wells Fargo Young Professional’s Network- San Francisco

"As a professional speaker and workshop facilitator myself, I take a much more critical and unique view of speakers I hire for events. I have found few that can top Aaron McDaniel. His topic around hiring, coaching and nurturing millennial talent is most timely and he executes on stage with style and grace. From the initial meeting to his post-session follow up, Aaron is world class. He beats deadlines and provides outstanding and easy to understand materials that are customized to the audience. In front of the group he provides practical insights. He knows his subject inside and out. He lands relevant stories into the lives of the audience. He does it all with humor and an easy to listen style that keeps people engaged regardless of age. If you are looking for someone to discuss how to blend millennials into the workplace, hire Aaron McDaniel, hire him now."

Jack Hubbard, Chairman & Chief Sales Officer - St. Meyer & Hubbard