Jacob Morgan

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Jacob is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers on leadership, the future of work, and employee experience…and for good reason! He doesn’t deliver keynotes; he creates powerful experiences designed to create great leaders, engaged employees, and future-ready organizations. Jacob’s talks are customized, filled with research, unique stories, and, most importantly, actionable.


Coming from an immigrant family (The Republic of Georgia), Jacob was taught the values of hard work, fighting for your beliefs, and having a vision. He took a job after college working for a company that promised to treat him well and help him grow, but instead, he was stuck doing cold calling and PowerPoint presentations. Jacob quit shortly after the CEO made him fetch coffee. That was one of the last jobs he ever had.


Today, Jacob is an international best-selling author, acclaimed keynote speaker, and professionally trained futurist with a global audience. Using his proprietary research, which includes surveying tens of thousands of employees and working with thousands of CEOs worldwide, Jacob designs each speech to be impactful, filled with stories, and backed by data.


He is also the host of Great Leadership With Jacob Morgan, one of the most popular leadership podcasts. His work has been endorsed by the CEOs of Unilever, Cisco, Mastercard, Nestle, Best Buy, SAP, KPMG, T-Mobile, Audi, Kaiser Permanente, and many others. Jacob has also contributed to and been cited in publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, Glamour, the MIT Sloan Management Review, USA Today, and The Harvard Business Review. His passion and mission is to create great leaders, engaged employees, and future-ready organizations.


His speaking topics focus on leadership, the future of work, and employee experience. His goal with every presentation is to show your audience the art of the possible, to inspire people to take action, and to provide actionable tools to allow your people to turn the possible into reality. Jacob works collaboratively with your team to align the presentation with your vision for a successful event, whether for a group of ten CEOs or a packed house of thousands of team members.


Keynote Topics:


Leading With Vulnerability: Unlock Your Superpower and Transform Yourself, Your Team, And Your Company (Based on Jacob's Bestselling Book)


Vulnerability is crucial for leading through change, unlocking the potential of others, driving business performance, and creating trust. But is vulnerability for leaders the same as it is for everyone else? It turns out, it’s not. We all know what it feels like to be vulnerable, but very few know how to lead with vulnerability. Based on over 100 CEO interviews and a survey of 14,000 employees, Jacob shares groundbreaking new research that shows how leaders can tap into vulnerability to transform themselves, their teams, and their organization. Leading with vulnerability is the most powerful thing a leader can do when they know how to do it the right way, and that’s what this session uncovers. Filled with candid stories and examples, frameworks, and data to back everything up, this session will make everyone in the room a better leader.


  • How vulnerability can be used to lead through change.
  • The difference between vulnerability and vulnerable leadership.
  • Why leaders struggle with vulnerability.
  • The different types of vulnerable leaders and the pros and cons of each.
  • The eight attributes of vulnerable leaders.
  • The ROI of leading with vulnerability.
  • What happens if being vulnerable backfires?
  • The importance of competence.


The Future Leader: The 9 Skills and Mindsets to Lead in The Future Of Work (Based on Jacob's Bestselling Book)


Leadership is changing right before our eyes, and the pandemic only accelerated the transformation. It’s never been harder to be a leader, but leaders' impact has also never been greater. How should current and prospective leaders think, and what do they need to know how to do? In this groundbreaking keynote, Jacob shares insights from the exclusive research he conducted by interviewing over 140 of the world’s top CEOs and surveying nearly 14,000 employees. Jacob identified a specific set of four mindsets and five skills that all leaders must practice if they wish to guide themselves, their teams, and their organizations to success in the future of work. In this keynote, Jacob will explore why and how leadership is changing, what all of the mindsets and skills are, and give actionable steps that attendees can take to practice them. The session is filled with lots of stories, insights, and research. 


  • Why and how leadership is changing.
  • What it means to be a leader and the impact that leaders have.
  • The four mindsets and five skills leaders must practice.
  • Why many leaders struggle with change.
  • How to become a future-ready leader.


The Employee Experience Advantage: How To Create An Organization Where People Want, Not NEED to Show Up (Based on Jacob's Bestselling Book)


Nothing matters more than the experience organizations create for their people. This has become glaringly true in a post-pandemic world. For decades, organizations have invested in short-term “adrenaline shot” programs such as free food or work-from-home Fridays without impacting team members or the organization. Organizations have been using these “engagement programs” to distract employees from the sad reality of what it’s like to actually work there. But now it’s time to make actual changes to the core workplaces of organizations. Instead of forcing people into outdated workplace practices, the world’s top companies are redesigning work around their people by focusing on three environments: culture, technology, and space. In this session, Jacob will share his research on 252 organizations and uncover what the world’s top organizations are doing to attract and retain top talent. Employee experience is no longer an “HR thing.” It is a “leader thing,” and after this session, you will know why and what to do about it!


  • Why and how the workplace is changing.
  • The ROI of employee experience.
  • Why employee experience and employee engagement are not the same thing.
  • The three employee experience environments: culture, physical space, and technology.
  • Why employee experience is not an “HR thing.”
  • How you can design and create great employee experiences.


The Future of Work (Based on Jacob's Bestselling Book)


How is the world of work changing, and how should we set ourselves and our organizations up for success? Talent is transforming, there is fear of AI and automation taking jobs, change is accelerating, work and life are integrating, and leadership is evolving. In this talk, Jacob explores how employees, leaders, and organizations are evolving and what that means for all of us. 


  • Trends shaping the future of work.
  • How employees, leaders, and organizations are evolving.
  • The role technology plays.
  • How to think about the future of work.

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