Often referred to as the “Digital Dale Carnegie” and the “Tony Robbins of Tech,” Erik Qualman is a five-time bestselling author and motivational keynote speaker who has spoken in 55 countries and reached more than 50 million people. He’s also a TEDx speaker

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes and in the Wall Street Journal, and has been used by organizations ranging from the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the “2nd Most Likeable Author in the World” behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

Formerly a sitting professor at Harvard and MIT’s edX labs, Qualman was awarded an honorary doctorate by NYU School of Business for his groundbreaking work on his Pulitzer Prize nominated book, What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube. The university signified that “Qualman is to digital leadership what Deming is to quality and Drucker is to management.”

Qualman is also the founder of Equalman Studios which has produced film and animation projects for the likes of Disney, Cartier, CompuCom, Chase, Hearts on Fire, IBM, and many other global brands.

Digital Leadership + AI: The Future of Innovation & Growth
We don’t have a choice on whether we team-up with AI, the choice is how well we do it. As a leading futurist, practitioner, author, and speaker, Erik Qualman is at the forefront of the AI revolution and the impact it’s having across all sectors: business, education, healthcare, government, and beyond. 
In entertaining fashion, Qualman will cover these 3 critical organizational outcomes:
  1. How AI is revolutionizing the way we live and work and how your organization can harness AI to drive innovation, enhance customer experiences, and streamline operations. 
  2. Overcoming the challenges these new technologies present including: successfully navigating ethical implications, job adjustments, algorithmic bias, privacy, security, and more.
  3. Striking the right balance between AI and Eye-to-Eye (Jetsons + Flintstones).
This entertaining, educating, and empowering experience will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed today, and tomorrow, to harness the power of AI to drive growth and innovation. Your audience will learn how to stay a year ahead of your competition but never a year ahead of your market. 


  • Digital Leadership: The 5 Simple Habits of Digital Leaders
  • Focus: How and What to Focus On in a World of Change
  • Innovation by Design: Becoming the Disruptor vs. the Disrupted
  • Socialnomics: Winning Customers’ Hearts and Minds at Scale
  • Digital Transformation: We Don’t Have a Choice On Whether We Digitally Transform, The Choice Is On How Well We Do It
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His depth of insight and breadth of examples have prompted us to shift our thinking on leadership.
– Starbucks
Qualman is to Digital Leadership what Deming is to quality and Drucker is to management.
– Scott Galloway, NYU Professor
Equalman raised the bar to a new high that few will be able to match. His presentation delivered a perfect mix of thought leadership, trends, and the building blocks required to thrive in this digital era.
– Sony PlayStation
Qualman was dynamic and inspiring. We appreciated that he tailored his presentation to suit our agency and audience.
Qualman is to digital leadership what Deming is to quality and Drucker is to management.
– NYU Stern
Equalman's presentation was the most important business presentation — in terms of immediate impact in how I approach my job in sales — that I have sat through in 10 years!
– SVP of Sales, ADP
In an hour, Erik took us through the fast and immediate world of digital communication while delivering an inspirational message on how to get noticed professionally, improve personal brand image and how to be “FLAWSOME!” through the new rules of reputation. Thank you for your time and personally interacting after your presentation with each of our customers. Your time spent with us was inspirational and valuable.
– Global VP Sales | Hyatt
You've made such a difference for us — it's hard to articulate the different types of positive impact your virtual messages have had.
– Disney

Booksby Erik Qualman

The Focus Project

What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube


How To Sell In On Linkedin


What Happens In Vegas Stays On youtube

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