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Mark C. Thompson - Biography

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Mark C. Thompson is a world-renowned authority and top speaker on Leadership, Driving Change and Innovation, Sales Growth, and Customer and Employee Engagement

Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.

Currently a highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’. Mark was recently featured as one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches” by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the “Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015” by Global Gurus. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.

A New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for Forbes.com, Inc.com and FastCompany.com. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to “Most Admired Leaders”.

Mark has worked side by side with three of the world’s most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth.

Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets over $2.4 Trillion. He is a co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres and an advisor to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs.

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

A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix and eSurance. He has been a Board Member for many well known technology, biotech and retail companies, including: Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA-based diagnostics for clinical management of cancer treatment.

Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and a total of ten Tony nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys.

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

Mark Thompsonon stage at Xerox

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Jean Maxwell, Chair Vistage Executive Summit (0:27)

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Jean Burbank, Senior Manager, Veritas Global Enablement, Symantec (0:21)

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Greg Bailey, CMO, Athene USA (0:34)

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Darren Cassidy, Managing Director, Xerox UK (0:38)

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Chris Preuss, Head of Corporate Communications, Delphi Automotive (0:33)

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Katie Sieck, Director of Marketing, North America, KANA (0:16)

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Ed Hoffman, NASA, Chief Technology Officer (0:34)

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Jim Jameson, Vice President, Enterprise Services, Americas, Hewlett-Packard (0:17)

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Laura V. Morrison, Senior Vice President, New York Stock Exchange (0:26)

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Marty Crane, Senior Vice President, Spirits Sales - Pernod Ricard USA (0:20)

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Jeff Wiemelt, President, Sundyne (0:13)

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Alberto Ulloa, Latin American Business Unit Director, Coca Cola Company (0:20)

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Matthew Kirk, Senior Vice President, SVP Sales and Distribution, The Hartford (0:27)

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Michael Wege, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, The Hershey Company (0:20)

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Susie Tobin, Manager of Enterprise Services Briefing Centers, Hewlett Packard (0:28)

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Greg Keenan, Vice President, AstraZeneca (0:27)

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Cindy Bates, Vice President, USSMB Business, Microsoft (0:37)

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Jay Brown, Vice President, PEMA Professional Association (0:41)

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John Celli, President, Loral Space Systems (0:16)

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Alfredo Rivera, President, Latin Central Business Unit, Coca Cola Company (0:34)

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Jorge Suarez, Director Strategic Planning & HR, Ocean Mist Distributors, Inc. (0:29)

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Event Manager for Westland Steel (0:31)

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Chris Reynolds, CEO Investment Planning Counsel (0:14)

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Sean Jackson, CEO Credit Union Association (0:20)

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Jan Collier, AT&T University, Leading with Distinction Exec Ed Program (0:12)

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Joann Burns, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Research and New Media 20th Television and MyNetworkTV (0:24)

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Pat Patrick, President, Lodi Chamber of Commerce (0:26)

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Georges Tawil, Chief Marketing Director, Fix Auto - Quebec (0:51)

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Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia - Chair, Vancouver Board of Trade; CEO, Century Plaza Hotel and Absolute Spa Group (0:38)

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Carol Farron - Lodi Chamber of Commerce (0:44)

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Chyai Mulberg, Conference Producer, Richmond Events (0:22)

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Dr. Larry Barton, Equitable Life/AXA Advisors. CEO of American College (00:42)

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Bob Thompson, Executive Vice President, Rite Aid (00:33)

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Paul Cunningham, President & CEO of WGI Westman Group, Inc. (00:33)

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Tracy Christman, Vice President of Vendor Alliance, Budget Blinds (0:21)

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Doug Hinzie, Vice President of the Americas for Chevron Lubricants (0:29)

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Eileen Forrest, Head of Sales Support, Equitable Life/AXA Advisors (0:18)

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Todd Jackson, COO, Budget Blinds (0:18)

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CEO Hugo Van Nispen and Event Director Elizabeth Durney at America's Energy Conference (02:45)

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Tom Pierson, Chairman - Association of Chambers of Commerce (00:23)

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Sean Skelly, General Manager - EFI (00:45)

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Gene Longobardi - Online Trading Academy Franchisees (00:40)

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Anand Sharma - TBM Lean Global Summit (00:45)

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Debora Kuchka-Craig, Corporate Vice President, Managed Care, MedStar Health (00:54)

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Richard McIntyre - DSW Securities and Financial Services (00:54)

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Chad Hallock, CEO, Budget Blinds (0:15)

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Frank Sablone, President - TLMI (00:32)

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Joe Roddy - Hospital Corporation of America/Parallon Business Solutions (01:11)

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Melissa Navarro - Trade Association & Economic Conference, Mexico (01:21)

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Unilever Brazil & So. Africa (00:40)

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John O'Donnell - Online Trading Academy (00:15)

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Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO, 1-800-Got-Junk? (0:15)

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Simon Lowe, VP, Franchise Operations, 1-800-Got-Junk? (0:36)

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