Ken is a well-known Business Talk Radio personality, an innovative strategist, business futurist, and is considered one of the premiere experts in emerging business technologies, New Media, the Digital Economy and Connection.
As a consultant, a board member, and through business partnerships, Ken has made his work connecting with entrepreneurs, governments, and founders all over the world for the past 20+ years. His specialty in the business landscape is uncovering and revealing new trends and technologies, then collaborating and mapping out how to implement them.
He created and hosted the first-ever podcast on Mark Cuban’s first-ever radio platform on the internet in the 90’s. Recently, as the creator and host of “Business Rockstars,” Ken had the #1 Business Radio Talk Show in America – in 200 markets in the U.S.. Ken’s latest shows are: “Voice of Disruption” an insider’s guide to global disruptive leaders, and “Coin DMZ”, a viral podcast that shares insights on the latest news and info in Crypto Tech. With over one million followers on Twitter, 65k on Instagram, and 75k followers on Facebook, Ken is a social media influencer with massive reach.
Over the past decade Ken has interviewed thousands of CEOs and Founders of top companies, causing a weekly increase of his vast knowledge of relevant and impactful business techniques, trends, and future predictions that keep him a step ahead. Using rich statistical data coupled with insight from his interviews, Ken brings the future of the business world into today’s grasp. Knowing what “will be” and what is working for successful businesses right now, gives executives and entrepreneurs the edge they need, banking on opportunities to capitalize on what generally is hidden from the masses.
As a thought leader, networker, super connector, serial entrepreneur and influencer across multiple industries, Ken has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, Business Week, and many more.
Ken the dealmaker has brought together over $3 billion US dollars in business deals. Working with fortune 100 companies, top entertainment studios and governments, Ken’s inherent talent of bridging opportunity together is part of his DNA makeup. He has spoken to, collaborated with, grown, enhanced, sat on the board, and consulted with companies including the likes of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, SurfAir, Motorola, AT&T, Telstra, Singtel, SBS, Dish Network/ Echostar, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and many more. Ken has also collaborated and consulted with various governments including Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, and Panama.
“We recently held an event in which one of our keynote speakers pulled out at the last minute. I asked Chris Lee (Cal Entertainment) who he would suggest that would fit our business summit. He recommended Mr. Ken Rutkowski, and we are so grateful. Ken was an exceptional keynote speaker who brought significant insight and knowledge to our business summit. He was the consummate gentleman, a brilliant speaker and presenter. Ken focused on making our event successful. Our next event will start with and be built around Ken.”
— Troy Brazell
“The conference wrapped just an hour ago, and the survey will go out to the attendees now. I will let you know what we hear back, but the initial response was very good. Here is an example of the feedback – this is an exerpt of an email sent by one of our members (as he waited for his flight home) to our CEO, talking about the conference.
Speakers, 11 out of 10! I come to these events hoping to glean 2-5 nuggets of information I can take back to the business. I think I found over a dozen. Ken Rutkowski opened in his key note that to be considered a successful conference, we needed to get a 10x-100x return on this event. I would seriously put my personal ROI at 30x. Ken and the other speakers all added to that.
I, personally, really liked Ken’s presentation and I have had overwhelming positive feedback about his keynote. Thanks for making this happen.
I’m breathing a sigh of relief because he did a helluva job as the kickoff speaker and I was so glad he had an immediate and positive impact with our attendees.
Also, it’s the most our association has ever spent on a speaker and if he didn’t deliver they would have been upset with me and that would be the end of writing the big checks. But instead, people raved.”
— Adriane Harrison
Director, Human Relations
Printing Industries of America
“Ken did an amazing job at our event! Jim Brady the CIO of Kaiser said, ‘he’s just what we need to get people excited’
The reviews were great, I look forward to working with Ken in the future.”
— Ian Slade
HIMSS So Cal
“Ken was a fantastic speaker, and we were lucky to have him as our opening keynote speaker for our annual HR conference. When we were looking for speakers to fill this spot we knew we needed someone who would be able to provide valuable content and cutting edge content on a topic new to much of our attendee base. At the same time we needed our speaker to create energy and buzz in the room, and encouraging participation with our attendees. No easy feat at 8:30 am on a Monday morning! We selected Ken because of his versatility, willingness to curate specific content geared towards our audience, and knowledge of entrepreneurship, and business acumen. We were not disappointed. When Ken took the stage, his presence, demeanor, and approachability quickly won the crowd over. His presentation was spot on with what we asked him to build, and our attendees were very pleased with the amount of takeaways they were able to leave with. Overwhelmingly our attendees rated his presentation as 5 out of 5 or 4 out of 5, which speakers for itself. Specific comments included in the feedback were:
· “Engaging speaker – Great insight.”
· “Lots of valuable tips about useful sites and helping build yourself. High energy.”
· “Extremely impressive and motivating”
· “Awesome speaker and a fellow Orland Park citizen!”
— Julie Rischmiller
HOW TO SPEAK ANYONE’S LANGUAGE:
With so many distractions in the world today, people are having more difficulty communicating than ever before. Between people’s technical devices in their hands, in their ears and on their desks, there is a giant doorway open for miscommunication and misunderstanding. But there are also more opportunities for connection than have ever existed before. Ken Rutkowski, is a super connector who understands how to speak the language of everyone on the planet, having interviewed upwards of ten thousand founders, executives and entrepreneurs on one of his extremely successful radio shows – including the first-ever podcast he hosted on Mark Cuban’s first ever radio platform on the internet in the 90’s. So, what are the best ways to avoid miscommunication or misunderstanding? And what are the best ways to engage superiors, subordinates, and collaborators, and as importantly; how best to connect with consumers and customers? Ken Rutkowski deep dives into the 10 most important languages we all need to understand and master in order to communicate and achieve greater levels of success in all of our endeavors.
It’s hard to predict the future, especially if you’re still struggling to figure out what’s happening in today’s economy. But peeking into the future is exactly what Ken Rutkowski does by showing what business will bring within the next ten years. Using trends, rich statistical data and interviews with over 1,000 CEOs, Founders and successful entrepreneurs, Ken brings the future of the business world into today’s grasp.
Knowing what “will be” gives any executive an extra edge up on their competitors, banking on opportunities to capitalize on what generally is hidden from the masses.
THE RISE OF COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP:
In a world of partnerships, joint ventures and outsourcing, leaders need to be able to deliver results by working across organizational boundaries. No matter how senior they are or how powerful they may appear, leaders have to accept the realities of interdependence and the limits of their own authority. In short, one of the key attributes of the successful leader is their ability to lead collaboratively.
So what are the traits of the leaders of tomorrow?
- Being part of the team
- Repair from mistakes,
- Having the power of resilience
- Agility is to second nature
- Understand patience will create success
- Empathy connects the team.
The next generation professionals have a vital role to play in building collaborative leadership capability. The inclusion of collaborative leadership attributes in recruitment specifications and senior job profiles, the creation of collaborative leadership 360 tools and development programs, will all play a part. But most of all it will be leaders acting as role models that will make the difference, because if there is one simple truth about being a collaborative leader it’s that you can’t do it on your own. It’s all about the power of the “WE” not the “I”..
THE WE FACTOR:
Discover how today’s most successful people have stopped networking and learned to connect. This goes beyond social media and mobile apps but how to create an epicenter of opportunity by becoming the individual
SUPER-CONNECTING AND NETWORKING:
In today’s socially and digitally connected world, simple networking is not always enough to move your career forward. We all know connections matter and social relationships can become the building blocks of success. No one understands this better than the elite group referred to as “super-connectors.”
Ken Rutkowski is considered one of the most connected individuals in the world. He is ranked in the top 1% of Facebook & Linkedin, having over one million listeners globally from social and from his top ranked nationally syndicated radio show, “Business Rockstars”. Ken has interviewed over 1,000 high profiled CEOs, founders and executives discovering what makes them tick. If super-connectors are personalization engines for entrepreneurs, then Rutkowski is the Pandora of Gen-Y networking.
In Ken’s talk, he brings a keen insight to the secrets of building strategic relationships and a world class rolodex.
BLOCKCHAIN 3.0 – THE RISE OF THE CRYPTO CYBORG:
Heeding the lessons of the past to teach us how to find success for the future in both Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies is what Ken Rutkowski delivers in he “new” talk called “Blockchain 3.0 – The Raise of the Crypto Cyborg”. The pre-internet days of AOL & CompuServe where disruptive by the open web (www), bringing a decentralized world of openness making everything from content to commerce possible. The new normal of blockchain & crypto hasn’t establish a “real” marketplace yet and digital cyborgs (AI platforms) are about to take over right before our eyes. Ken has been publicly credited in coining the phrase “Web 3.0” by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and now he sees where Blockchain is heading with new constructs like DAOs (distrubutive automative organizations), POSs (platform operating systems) and the direction of the cyberpunk movement.
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