Doug Conant

Keynote Speaker on Leadership

ConantLeadership Founder, Doug Conant, brings unique expertise and deep perspective to speaking engagements, delivering wide-ranging keynotes on effective leadership practices for the new millennium.

  • Engaging Virtual Programs, Keynotes, Masterclasses, Team Seminars & Fireside Chats 
  • Former Fortune 500 CEO & NYT Bestselling Author
  • Named a Top 50 Leadership Innovator
  • Named a Top 100 Leadership Speaker
  • Twice Named a Top 100 Most Influential Author in the World
Trusted by some of the world’s leading brands

Book Doug For Your Speaking Event

In a world undergoing rapid transformation, change is the only constant. Doug Conant brings hard-earned wisdom to contemporary workplace challenges based on his 45+ years of corporate leadership experience. As an active teacher, author, mentor, consultant, CEO, and speaker, Doug is in daily conversation with leaders in the trenches and is uniquely plugged into offering modern solutions that work right now, in today’s environment. Find out how he can help you meet the urgency of the moment.

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Sample Speaking Topics

These topics are offered as examples of Doug Conant’s considerable experience and expertise. We are happy to work with event organizers to personalize each speaking engagement for your specific audience or hairy leadership conundrum.

The BLUEPRINT: A Proven Process for Lifting Your Leadership Impact Right Now

  • Learn the 6 practical steps that can lift your leadership profile to new heights in today’s ever-changing world
  • Master the same 6-step process Doug Conant used to change his own career trajectory—from getting fired to ascending to the top ranks of the Fortune 500
  • Get empowering practices for continuous improvement that you can put to work immediately, no matter the circumstances

Forget Perfection: The Power of Small Steps to Create Big Impact Today

  • Learn why the business world has transitioned from VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) to BANI (Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear, Incomprehensible) over the past few decades
  • Get tips for moving out of anxiety and into action in today’s unprecedented, challenging environment
  • Discover how to master small, manageable steps on the path to enduring impact, improved employee engagement, and high performance

Yes, You Can: Create Extraordinary Leadership Moments in a Chaotic World

  • Discover Doug’s empowering, experience-backed tips for embracing pragmatic optimism, honed over a 45-year leadership career
  • Find out why yes, you can create positive connections, boost employee engagement, and deliver high performance in a volatile business climate using the TouchPoints framework for more effective interactions and the Blueprint process for incremental progress
  • Master actionable strategies for meeting the urgency of the moment—today and tomorrow

From Worst to First: Tales of Transformation from a Contemporary Fortune 500 Turnaround CEO

  • Hear how Doug Conant transformed the culture of several iconic Fortune 500 companies—as President of Nabisco Foods, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, Chairman of Avon Products, and more—and learn how you can too
  • Discover the true-and-tested people-management practices that helped Doug transform employee engagement “from swamp water to Perrier, to champagne.”
  • Learn how to apply these generative principles to kick-start transformation in your organization instantly

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Unique Expertise & Deep Perspective

Doug is the only former Fortune 500 CEO who is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator, a Top 100 Leadership Speaker, and was twice named one of the 100 Most Influential Authors in the World.

Doug is the Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, former President of Nabisco Foods, and former Chairman of Avon Products. He is also Retired Chairman and curent Board Member of CECP—Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose, and the recently retired Chairman of The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. He has previously served as Chairman of The Conference Board, Chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Chairman of Enactus, and he has served on the boards of AmerisourceBergen, RHR International, and many more

A devoted leadership practitioner and teacher, Doug’s 45-year career has been defined by achieving high performance through an intentional commitment to studying, practicing, improving, and spreading the tenets of “leadership that works.”

What Attendees Have to Say

Daryl Brewster

CEO, CECP; Former Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Doug Conant is truly one of the great leaders in American business. He understands the requirements of business as well as the motivations of people.

Sara Mathew

CEO & Chairman, Dun & Bradstreet Inc.

It’s not just what Doug does; it’s how he gets it done, and there is much to be learned by observing him and from his work on the subject of leadership. As leaders go, Doug is truly ‘one of a kind.’

Peter Malkin

Chairman, Malkin Securities Corp

ConantLeadership is providing essential leadership in mobilizing corporate support for societal improvement and social betterment.

Russ Eisenstat

Executive Director, Center for Higher Ambition Leadership

Doug is the living embodiment of the power of a great leader as teacher. He has an extraordinary capacity to share the lessons of his experience in a way that enlightens and inspires.

Jim Goldman

CEO & President, Godiva Chocolatier NV

Doug is a unique individual — a leader who leads with integrity, vision, and a passion for what is possible. He has touched the lives of many, establishing a legacy of extraordinary leadership

Dan Pink

Author, To Sell Is Human; Author, Drive

Doug Conant is a rare combination — someone who thinks like a leader and leads like a thinker. When he talks, not only does the C-suite listen, but they also take notes.

Kendall Crolius

President, G100 Next Generation Leadership

Douglas Conant’s keynote presentation and insights were of enormous value in preparing our members to assume the CEO role in their companies. He practices what he preaches.

Avid Modjtabai

Senior Executive Vice President, Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo

Doug’s leadership lessons around what it takes to achieve the best by building, training, and leading highly effective teams are very applicable to our work at Wells Fargo. Your keynote inspired us!

YoStephen M.R. Covey

Author of The New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, The Speed of Trust

Touchpoints is a remarkable book that will forever change how we view the work of leadership

Tony Earley

Chairman & CEO, Pacific Gas & Electric

Doug, your presentation was a big hit! You weren’t just a consultant telling us what we should be doing. You had been in our chairs and saw first-hand what worked and what didn’t work.

Fred Hassan

Partner, Warburg Pincus; Former Chairman & CEO, Schering Plough Corp & Pharmacia

Doug stands out as a high performance CEO who is also a people builder. He demonstrates that one can get outstanding results while also being a good human being