Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Mark C. Thompson

February 5, 2014
Mark C. Thompson

Mark C. Thompson

Expertise:   Leadership, Executive Coaching, Business Growth, Change, Teambuilding, Employee Engagement

Speaking Style:  Dynamic. Thought-provoking. Entertaining

Travels From:  San Francisco, California

Nancy Says:  “Mark is one of the few speakers I’ve encountered who is one of the true greats. Yet, even with all of his phenomenal achievements, on and off the platform, he is a genuinely down-to-earth human being. When you are in his presence you know he is there for one purpose…you and your organization.”

New York Times Bestselling Author and Acclaimed Leadership Expert 

When a speaker’s business partners include three of the world’s most innovative leaders – Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Sir Richard Branson – you have to expect nothing but the best from your presenter. That is a guarantee when Mark C. Thompson is on the platform. In his inimitable style, Mark has the uncanny ability to reach deep and uncover perspectives you’ve never even considered. Scores of the world’s greatest corporations can attest to it, such as:  Coca-Cola, Cisco, Nike, Ford Motor Company, AT&T, Visa, Chevron, Virgin, Genetech, Twitter, and many, many more. Mark’s leadership, business and success keynotes, as well as his intensive executive coaching programs, all receive acclaim.

Mark is a successful business leader in his own right. He is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation, and he is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and cofounder of the Schwab Foundation. He served as the Executive Producer of, is a prolific venture capitalist and a Tony-nominated Broadway producer.  Mark is also the author of a number of bestselling books, including:  Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters; and Now…Build a Great Business: 7 Ways to Maximize Your Profits in any Market.

Learn more about Mark C. Thompson...

Based in Silicon Valley, Mark C. Thompson is a senior executive leadership coach, a successful business leader, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer – and brings real-time solutions to today’s leadership challenges.

Mark is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation and is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Mark is also Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Mark is Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and cofounder of the Schwab Foundation. He served as the Executive Producer of, with assets of over $1.4 Trillion. Forbes Magazine called Mark one of “America’s top investors with the ‘Midas’ touch.”

He is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and the World Business Forum. He is a member of the Clinton Initiative and an executive coach for TED.

Mark served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was Chairman of Rioport – which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod and iTunes and was Chairman of Integration which was acquired by Silicon Labs.

Mark is an investor in entertainment software and health care companies. He is a Founding Board Member of Smule, which is Google and Apple’s top music applications company – including a top selling app for the hit TV series Glee – with over 60 million active users. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA- based cancer diagnostics for personalized clinical management of cancer treatment.

Among his passions is Broadway. As a producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and ten nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys. He is a partner in the Broadway Times Square Theatre, which is being converted into a 4D permanent Broadway attraction.

Mark lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Manhattan with two extraordinary women – his wife Bonita and their daughter Vanessa.


Presentation Topics

How to be the Most Admired Leaders in Your Business 

Boost Employee Engagement and Double Your Value to Clients

Based on Mark’s book, Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value

How can your team become the ‘Most Admired’ in your industry? Mark shares his new study (with Stanford and Northwestern researchers) revealing what Highly Engaged Employees admire and value in companies, teams and leaders.

  • What 8 Leadership Traits engage top performers most?
  • What 21 tools will double the value you provide customers?
  • How can you become the MVP of your team?

Make Change Happen 

How Great Teams Lead Change

Based on Mark’s book, Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters

How do you convince your team not only to embrace change, but actually lead the transformation now – with urgency? In this exciting keynote and seminar, Mark shares insights and video from world-class companies that at first struggled with change and then reinvented their businesses.

  • What 3 factors galvanize change in every person?
  • How do world-class teams generate unstoppable growth?
  • What 5 Customer Service strategies are Built to Last?
  • How do you grow leaders from Good to Great – Level 1 to 5
  • What steps are necessary to develop high-performing teams?

Build a Great Business 

Seven Ways to Grow Sales and Profits

Based on Mark’s book, Now…Build a Great Business: 7 Ways to Maximize Your Profits in Any Market

In this high-impact keynote, Mark reveals the 3 critical drivers of influence for every great business and high performance leaders.

5 Mistakes That Cut Sales in Half
Helping clients understand the cost of ignoring your offer.
What Does Your Market Crave?
5 Tools To Double Sales: Positioning-Pain-Promise-Proof-Planning.

Doing it All: Getting Done What Matters Most 

Six Steps to Passionate Engagement Despite Pressure & Change

Being a leader in the “new normal” means that you’re multitasking 24/7 and you’re expected to produce great results with fewer resources. It’s no surprise that maintaining focus on the highest priorities can be a major hurdle. With so many simultaneous demands on your time, passionate engagement is a “must have” skill.

New York Times bestselling author Mark C. Thompson will give your team the Productive Passion Test: Six steps that ignite passionate engagement and how to get back on track when you are thrown off course. Learn how the most productive, high achievers get it all done!

  • How to get into the Productive Flow
  • Build a Resilient Edge to bounce back from challenges
  • Tap the passions that inspired Engaged Accountability
  • Find innovative ways to manage Overcommitment
  • Balance Humility with Political Incorrectness
  • Igniter Collaborative Leadership – Get the Right People in the Right Seats to Embrace Change

This keynote is based on Mark’s long-time research partnership with Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass – who pioneered studies at the Stanford MediaLab on relationships and multitasking – as well as Mark’s experience as as founding advisor with the Virgin Unite Richard Branson Entrepreneurship Innovation Centres.

Beyond the Keynote: Seminars and More...


Half/Full/Multiple Day Executive Programs

You’re under the gun to make your event a success AND demonstrate a high ROI. Your boss is demanding ACTION coming right out of your conference. Mark’s seminars and workships energize and engage your leaders to achieve tangible results.


Corporate Change Agent Seminars

During a period of massive change at two great companies – Charles Schwab and Virgin, Mark and his team provided a series of three-hour in-depth sessions with ten smaller groups of managers at each company to cascade the message of transformation their regional divisions throughout the U.S. and Europe. These seminars include:

  • Rapid Planning Sessions
  • Targeted Leadership
  • Goals to RESULTS


Collaborative Engagement Sessions

Mark leads more extensive breakout sessions or day-long workshops following a keynote – enabling companies or associations to address more specific industry or company challenges, to accelerate performance with sales teams, or to inspire collaboration and engagement through- out the organization. He leads teams through activities including:

  • Peer Strategy Reviews
  • Sales and Growth Acceleration Workshops
  • World Class Performance/ World Records


World Record Setting Events

Imagine setting a World Record during the meeting and beating the company’s financial targets! Kaiser Permanente set 19 world records during a year of transformation and growth including: “The Most Eye Tests in 8 Hours” (1,109) and the “Largest Skin Cancer Screening” (780). IBM set a world record during their National Sales Summit with the “World’s Longest Handshake Chain with 2,380 participants. Genentech created the “Largest Human DNA Helix” with 2,640 participants and a lasting memory for all of their employees reflecting their overall mission as a company.


Leadership Development

A recent Executive Coaching Survey from Stanford University found that only 1/3 of CEOs were receiving regular coaching or outside advising, yet nearly 100% said that they wanted it. The top leaders of successful organizations benefit from the advice of trusted outside counsel in the same way that elite athletes do from their coaches – to continue to improve their skills and keep them at the highest performance level.

Mark helps his executive coaching clients to deliver measurable results as they navigate rapidly changing markets, manage organizational growth and to develop and lead highly engaged, high performing teams.


Senior Executive Coaching: Coaching for the C-Suite

An operating executive, board member and investor in high growth companies, as well as an expert in the area of enduring success and leadership – Mark Thompson understands first hand the demands of a company’s most senior executives whose performance is key to the success of the entire organization.

He offers a combination of vast opera- tional experience in organizaitons of all sizes and access to an incredible network of global business leaders with whom he works – including Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Jim Collins and Marshall Goldsmith.

Mark is an expert in Collins’ Level 5 Leadership, as well as the Marshall Goldsmith coaching method and works with Marshall in coaching high-potential leaders and C-level executives from startups to Fortune 100 companies.




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