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. Virtual Programs Now Available

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.

Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst &  Young, and XPrize.

  • 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.
  • I Am Artist

    Now included with all virtual events
    This digital bundle offers a short film and workbook as an innovative way to dig deeper into your own unique talents. By offering you key frameworks to unshackle yourself from the status quo and begin doing business as “unusual,” you can start solving existing challenges and possibly re-discover old passions you previously thought were impractical. After using these tools, past participants have seen improvements in their R&D, discovered new keys to profitability, and have seem more engagement from their workers.
  • Virtual Keynote Speeches, Live-Streams, Broadcasts and Podcast Interviews

    Author/artist Erik Wahl, an expert on creativity, reinventing business and rethinking education has delivered keynote speeches around the world. A pioneer in championing disruption, he is uniquely positioned to talk about turning the tragedy of the pandemic into new opportunities that will benefit the individuals, businesses, and the whole of humanity.   His inspiring message of hope, innovation and discipline is more relevant today than ever. He can custom-craft a speech for your organization, or use the following outlines:
  • Shift Happens: Constant Creativity Through Chaos

    Erik helps audiences to reframe change, embrace the positive, and leverage their creativity. This pandemic will be remembered as a seminal moment in history, the major disruption of our lifetime. Erik’s messages will use examples of how wildly successful entrepreneurs and inventors built something from nothing, and give audiences the tools to do the same.   
    Topics covered:
    -Embracing disruption and resiliency
    -Chaos creates opportunities for innovation
    -Differentiating from the competition
    -Amplifying your unique value proposition
    -Shifting to habits to fortify our mindset
  • Disruption = Innovation

    Our greatest growth happens on the border between chaos and order. In this presentation, Erik provides a history of innovation through disruption (Instagram, AirBnB, iPhone, Uber, AIDS, 9/11 and himself) and shows audiences how to spot and create opportunities to benefit their communities and their organizations.
    Topics covered:
    -Adopting a growth mindset
    -Beginner’s mind leads to discovery
    -Overcoming fear and achieving peak performance
    -Dynamic intelligence
    -Navigating ambiguity
    -Divergent thinking
  • Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity

    When the global economy has gone off the rails, it’s time to rethink who you are and what you can offer to a new world. In this presentation, Erik discusses how to leverage your digital and human capital to emerge stronger and more authentically than ever before. 
    Topics covered:
    -Purpose, passion and performance
    -Humanizing your brand in a digital future
    -Amplifying trust to build authenticity 
    -Driving a new competitive narrative
  • What happens when the world is upside down? When business is anything but usual? When we aren’t sure what the future looks like or how the next few weeks will unfold?

    Innovation, creativity, and disruption happen. Thought leader, Author, Artists and speaker Erik Wahl is here to help harness the chaos and unlock your organization’s creativity—all to allow for once-in-a-lifetime breakthroughs during the unknown. Our country is currently experiencing Dis-ease. Dis-ease politically, economically and socially. We don’t know what will happen, but we can be prepared for how to handle what ever does happen. What your company will learn: All of Erik’s virtual topics are fully customized to your group’s specific needs, topics include: · Shift Happens: Constant Creativity Through Chaos · Disruption = Innovation · Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity
  • Customizable Keynote

    A 20 -30 minute customized keynote for your audience. Based on the customization questionnaire, (attached) the keynote is specifically tailored for your audience. Customization starts with a conference call between you and our team to discuss the meeting in detail. Based on the customization call and questionnaire, Erik creates the keynote to address your audience, the theme of your meeting, as well as providing actionable takeaways for your attendees. Additionally our team will work with you to create a list of “Props” each audience member can be supplied that allows for an interactive and connected keynote experience. This keynote is filmed in Erik’s home studio. * included is a downloadable copy of our innovation boot camp, available to each member of your audience. http://www.theartofvision.com/product/i-am-artist-digital-download/ 2- Keynote as above plus a curated conversation with your leadership team. This is a pre discussed set of questions that your leadership team discusses with Erik over the course of 30-60 minutes.This is a chance for your leaders to interact with Erik and discuss relevant issues your company is facing. Filmed in Erik’s home office over Zoom.
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

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by Huffpost

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by Fast Company

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