John Coleman

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John Coleman is an investor, writer, and public speaker. A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, John and his work has been featured in Forbes, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the LA Times among other publications. He previously published Passion & Purpose (HBP, 2011) and How to Argue Like Jesus (Crossway, 2009). A frequent public speaker, John has addressed hundreds of audiences on college campuses, at conferences, and for corporations and non-profits including Coca-Cola, Harvard University, Microsoft, and DHL.


John is a Managing Partner at Sovereign’s Capital, which invests in public equities, private equity, and venture capital. He has prior experience at McKinsey & Company, Invesco, and Bridgewater Associates among others. He’s active in the community, with current or prior experience on the boards of Berry College, the DeKalb County School System, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Georgia Charter Schools Association, and the Georgia Independent College Association. He’s been recognized as a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, and as one of both Georgia Trend’s and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40.”


John is a summa cum laude graduate of Berry College, where he was a student commencement speaker. He’s an MBA graduate with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Class Day Speaker and a Dean’s Award Winner. And he’s an MPA graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a George Fellow and a Zuckerman Fellow.


John lives in Atlanta with his wife Jackie, their four young children, and a bearded dragon affectionately named “Bruce Willis.”


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1. Crafting Your Purpose (Individuals): You don't find your purpose, you build it. In this 1 hour talk, I break down the three myths that keep us from realizing greater purpose in our lives and how to overcome them to craft greater meaning in our lives. 


2. Crafting Your Purpose (Companies and Leaders): Similar to Crafting Your Purpose for individuals but with a tilt towards creating flourishing company cultures which are purpose-driven and high-performing. 


3. The Six Components of Great Corporate Culture: An overview of the six fundamental characteristics of a great culture targeted to help companies and leaders develop them.


4. All Investing is Impact Investing: An overview of the investment landscape and the influence of asset managers, institutional investors and others on the world around us.


5. Good Money—Building a Financial Life for Flourishing: Money can either amplify our problems or be a tool for flourishing. In this 30-60 minute talk I lay out the habits, mindsets, and values to make money good and build a financial life for flourishing.

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