Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author
Arming Leaders to Confront Disruptive Change and Win

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author
Arming Leaders to Confront Disruption Change and Win

“Human ingenuity, passion, and energy are beyond any economist’s ability to predict. They are what get us through times of trial.”
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“Human ingenuity, passion, and energy are beyond any economist’s ability to predict. They are what get us through times of trial.”
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Key Speech Themes

Leading Ahead of Disruption  • How to Create the Future

Friction-free Business  • Purpose vs. Profits  • Economic Outlook

Business Model Innovation  • High-Value Job Skills

New Tech Will Change Your Business Even More  • The Future of Work

Washington Policy Update  • Regional Development Focus

How Great Performers Get Great  • Moderator/Host/Emcee

Geoff’s Story

Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business and how top leaders and companies adapt and transform to win in spite of them. The big takeaway, Geoff says, is that winning companies and leaders summon the courage to act – they stop protecting the past and start inventing the future – and they confront this reality faster than the competition. As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light – revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future.

His columns and cover stories for Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans. Many of them also hear him dispense critical business insights on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff’s bestselling books include The Upside of the Downturn, Talent is Overrated, and Humans are Underrated. A keynote speaker with compelling content, Geoff Colvin is also a brilliant panel moderator and interviewer.

As Fortune’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the infotech revolution, human performance, and related issues.

In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments, Geoff has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS.

In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee, and interviewer whose subjects have included Janet Yellen, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Alan Greenspan, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book is Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of advancing technology performing ever more tasks better than people perform them, and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Video Playlists by Topic


Geoff Colvin Preview

Recalibrate: How to Succeed in This Business Climate

Humans: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Rebuilding the Economy – An Update

Talent is Overrated – How Great Performers Really Get Great

Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

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Speech Descriptions

Recalibrate: How to Succeed in This Business Climate

As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin arms audiences with insights to help them lead their organizations into the future. He connects the dots to provide an unparalleled update on the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces driving business disruption – and opportunity. Geoff has an important message for business leaders gleaned from 40 years at Fortune:

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Humans: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

The coronavirus pandemic launched many companies that weren’t ready into a world of virtual work. It also transformed the way we think about relationships in the process. Couple that with robots and smart machines doing more of the work humans used to do – and doing it faster, cheaper, and better – and you have to ask: what’s the future of work and how do humans fit in?

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Rebuilding the Economy – An Update

No one could have imagined the turn of economic fortunes that took place in 2020. Coming back from such economic devastation will take time and every business leader is looking for valuable insights to help set their strategic course of action. In this talk, Geoff Colvin briefs his audience on where the U.S. and global economies are going. Trade, monetary policy, fiscal policy, government regulation, and global dynamics all factor into the equation. With Washington already having provided trillions of dollars in stimulus,

Read More >

Talent is Overrated – How Great Performers Really Get Great

Suppose most of what we believe about hard work and raw talent is wrong. That would mean most of us will never have the chance to perform as well as we could. Geoff Colvin, author of the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, explains the surprising truths about great performers and relates them to real life in real organizations.

Read More >

Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

Geoff Colvin’s unique gift is his ability to brilliantly moderate panels, lead onstage interviews, and host/emcee. He’s played these roles for more than three decades at Fortune conferences worldwide. Top companies and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he gets the most out of participants; he asks the right questions, listens intently to what’s being said on stage, and responds to that. He also connects ideas and insights across sessions, transforming a multi-part program into a satisfying, unified whole. He always keeps the discussion relevant and the energy high.

Read More >

Speech Descriptions

Recalibrate: How to Succeed in This Business Climate

As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin arms audiences with insights to help them lead their organizations into the future. He connects the dots to provide an unparalleled update on the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces driving business disruption – and opportunity. Geoff has an important message for business leaders gleaned from 40 years at Fortune:

Read More >

Humans: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

The coronavirus pandemic launched many companies that weren’t ready into a world of virtual work. It also transformed the way we think about relationships in the process. Couple that with robots and smart machines doing more of the work humans used to do – and doing it faster, cheaper, and better – and you have to ask: what’s the future of work and how do humans fit in?

Read More >

Rebuilding the Economy – An Update

No one could have imagined the turn of economic fortunes that took place in 2020. Coming back from such economic devastation will take time and every business leader is looking for valuable insights to help set their strategic course of action. In this talk, Geoff Colvin briefs his audience on where the U.S. and global economies are going. Trade, monetary policy, fiscal policy, government regulation, and global dynamics all factor into the equation. With Washington already having provided trillions of dollars in stimulus,

Read More >

Talent is Overrated – How Great Performers Really Get Great

Suppose most of what we believe about hard work and raw talent is wrong. That would mean most of us will never have the chance to perform as well as we could. Geoff Colvin, author of the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, explains the surprising truths about great performers and relates them to real life in real organizations.

Read More >

Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

Geoff Colvin’s unique gift is his ability to brilliantly moderate panels, lead onstage interviews, and host/emcee. He’s played these roles for more than three decades at Fortune conferences worldwide. Top companies and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he gets the most out of participants; he asks the right questions, listens intently to what’s being said on stage, and responds to that. He also connects ideas and insights across sessions, transforming a multi-part program into a satisfying, unified whole. He always keeps the discussion relevant and the energy high.

Read More >

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