Greg McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in Silicon Valley. He is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less." He has spoken or taught at companies that include Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter and VMware. He was also recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
He has conducted research in the field of strategy and leadership and is the coauthor of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (Harper Business, June 2010). He is also a regular contributor for Harvard Business Review including "Bringing Out the Best in Your People" (Harvard Business Review, May 2010) and "Are You An Accidental Diminisher?" (Ivey Business Journal, August 2010).
Prior to this research and teaching, Greg worked for Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Leadership Practice assessing senior executives. His work included being a part of a year long project for Mark Hurd (then CEO of Hewlett Packard) assessing the top 300 executives at HP.
Greg is an active Social Innovator. He currently serves as a Board Member for Washington D.C. policy group Resolve (KONY 2012) and has been a mentor with 2 Seeds a non-profit incubator for agricultural projects in Africa. Greg has also been a guest speaker at non-profit groups including The Kauffman Fellows, St. Jude and the Minnesota Community Education Association.