Groundbreaking Artist

Erik Wahl

Fee Range

$40K - $70K

Travels From

San Diego, CALIFORNIA

At a glance:

Learn to unlock your creative potential and embrace innovation and risk, as this internationally recognized graffiti artist and author reveals the keys to being extraordinary in any competitive environment.

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today.

On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.

His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik’s previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as “The blueprint to actionable creativity,” and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”

The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … Well, Jobs.

Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.

In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist—though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.

  • The Art of Leadership

    Today’s leaders face a pressure to innovate—or else perish—unlike any other time in history. Advances in social, mobile and cloud technology, coupled with fierce global competition has made the business landscape nearly unrecognizable from what it was a mere 10 years ago.

    Erik Wahl’s entertaining and invigorating Art of Leadership presentation paints a compelling new portrait for what the successful leaders of tomorrow will look like. He inspires audiences to shed old ways of thinking and “business as usual” processes that are outdated, inefficient and detrimental to productivity. Audience members learn new ways to build an emotional connection to drive future employee engagement. Erik’s presentation stretches traditional assumptions on leadership.

    Growth and comfort cannot co-exist. When leaders come from a place of authenticity, curiosity, exploration and purpose, this leads to more meaningful connections among team members and with clients and customers—and ultimately, a more profitable organization. An engaged employee equals an engaged customer.
  • The Art Of Vision®

    The Art of Vision is a one-of-a-kind program designed to challenge organizations to discover their untapped potential. The format is fast-paced, entertaining, and full of surprises. No matter what kind of organization—from small companies to large corporations—employees at all levels will better embrace the future by becoming more innovative, more productive and ultimately more profitable. This 45-60 minute multi-media keynote experience is ideally suited to open or close your meeting on a dynamic high note.
  • UNthink™

    UNthink is the signature keynote experience from Erik’s best-selling book. It is dynamic multi-media keynote experience specifically designed to challenge audiences to achieve superior levels of performance. It will inspire them to let go of their traditional thought patterns and better understand how to create disruptive strategies of innovation. Creativity is in all of us. We simply need to rediscover the keys that will unlock our untapped potential. UNthink will unleash organizational excellence and help your audience better understand that they are all capable of so much more than they have been conditioned to believe.
Erik was by far the most entertaining and motivational speaker we have ever had.

—Colorado Bankers Association

Erik Wahl was the highlight of our entire conference. He captured everyone's imagination with his creativity and added a whole new dimension to the usual motivational message, not to mention his artistic finale was a complete knockout!

—American Express, Australia

The standing ovation Erik received was heartfelt and well warranted.

—State Farm Insurance Companies

Book Review: In “The Spark and the Grind,” Erik Wahl Exhorts Us to Start Living

“The daily grind.” The phrase describes monotony, yet it also captures how too many Americans exist: We wake up, slog off to the workplace, and detach—for eight hours becoming an extension of will, a means to ... Read more

by Huffpost

5 Traits Of Creative Leaders (And How To Become One)

Being a leader is difficult. That’s why most of us end up taking direction from others in our professional lives. But the ranks of the self-employed are swelling, hinting that more people are getting comfortable ... Read more

by Fast Company

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