TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Krister is a unique technology keynote speaker who shares stories of firsthand experience growing one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world. Under his leadership, the company mushroomed from a handful of people in St Louis to a global market leader with hundreds of employees in 8 countries, on 5 continents.
Krister retired at age 42 to become the world’s first Leadership Archaeologist and a professional keynote speaker. On stage, Krister shares secrets he uncovered on his global journey to leadership lands undiscovered by traditional business media. He captivates audiences with tales of his perspective-shifting journey to find the leadership secrets that eluded him while he was the award-winning CEO of a global company that saw 3,000% growth.
As CEO, he led the transformation of the company culture that resulted in 5 consecutive Top Workplace awards.
Technology companies are competing for talent. Win the war for talent, and the battle for customers is easy. Attracting, motivating and retaining engineers, not to mention getting analytical introverts and extroverts to play well in the sandbox, is a common challenge in technology that limits the ability to pursue growth aggressively.
As a business keynote speaker, Krister’s message resonates broadly with technology audiences because he has hands-on experience working with nearly every functional area in a technology company. Krister began as a software engineer at age 12 and later worked in IBM’s prestigious Rochester software development lab at age 19. He led his first software development team at age 21 and moved into full-time leadership roles at age 24. He shifted his focus to professional services, customer success and product management teams. Later, he led the marketing, sales teams and global business units that fueled the company’s growth.
Krister creates leadership keynotes for growing tech companies by hand-selecting the tools from Leadership Archaeologist’s Toolkit that will deliver the most ROI for your attendees. The Leadership Archaeologist’s Toolkit is a set of tools to help leaders inspire followership covering a wide-range of leadership topics, including employee engagement, emotional intelligence, servant leadership and the language of listening.
“Krister was a memorable and incredible speaker. His talk had the audience fully engaged in his inspiring story of the unique, practical, and surprising leadership lessons he learned during and after his time as a successful CEO.”
Bernice Chao, Creative Director,
“Krister blends Brené Brown’s compassion with Dan Pink’s discovery and storytelling. Powerful yet humble. Energizing yet practical. Krister shares surprising ideas and approaches from around the world that make a huge impact.”
Doug Bauche, Chief Credit Officer
Enterprise Bank & Trust
“I would highly recommend Krister for your next keynote. Krister’s approach to leadership is all about discovery. He takes you on a journey looking in unexpected places for the secrets of leadership. He helps your people realize their full potential."
Vicki Hawarden, VP of Events,
Meeting Professionals International
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TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE SPEAKING TOPICS
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TOP 8 REASONS TO BOOK KRISTER
8. CEO CREDIBILITY
Krister is a proven hyper-growth CEO, with a shelf full of awards to show for it.
Krister has traveled to 40 countries, built companies in six, lived in three.
No canned speeches here. Every event is uniquely tailored to the specific needs and objectives of the audience.
From the first call to the thunderous applause of your audience, Krister is the epitome of professionalism, responsiveness, and service.
Unlike any other speaker, Krister takes audiences on a vulnerable journey of discovery, packed with unexpected twists, actionable ideas, and powerful inspiration.
Krister shares his setbacks, not only his successes. His deeply personal, revealing approach leaves audiences leaning forward and then leaping to their feet.
2. ACTIONABLE TIPS
Krister’s keynotes are fun and energizing, but audiences get more than a good time. They emerge with practical and actionable ideas and insights to drive meaningful performance for years to come.
Krister’s principles come to life through energizing, uplifting, and memorable stories that moves audiences to courageous actions - personally and professionally.