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Alexander Blass    

Grand Prize Winner, Top Innovator of the Year Award, Internationally Acclaimed and Inspirational CEO, Social Entrepreneur and Innovator, Founder and Inventor of the "eBay of Giving"

Alexander Blass keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation and creativity, leadership and change, business development and entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.

Blass also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award” and the Daily Record’s “Influential Marylanders Award”. He was honored as “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Blass was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Blass has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

Blass received a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.

Frequently interviewed by the media, Blass is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Master Class presenter, invited expert and consultant.

Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and students.

Blass has spoken to employees from many of the world’s leading organizations, including. A first-generation American, Alexander is always exploring and has traveled to 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Speech Topics

INNOVATION EXPLOSION: How to Imagine and Sell Market Dominating Products and Services

Leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of "The Daily Records Top Innovator of the Year Award", reveals his principles for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about what's next and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and principles of successful leaders, innovators and innovative companies. Learn how to craft innovative and highly valuable buzz marketing and viral campaigns, to generate international excitement for your products and services and render your competition obsolete.

Priceless Strategies From an Innovator: How to Thrive in Challenging Times

In a constantly evolving world and todays challenging economic climate, innovating is no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, now 36 and the youngest grand prize winner of the Daily Records "Top Innovator of the Year Award", which credited him with revolutionizing charitable giving in 2007, recounts the journey that led him to become an acclaimed entrepreneur and innovator. In this keynote, he reveals how you can reinvent yourself and get on the path to innovation today. Discover the essential characteristics of successful innovators, grasp some of the challenges you must overcome, and learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovations with increasingly limited resources.

Finding Your Passion: You Too, Can Change The World

As a child, Alexander Blass often gazed at the black and white photos on his parents piano of his father's family members who perished in the Holocaust. The lessons he learned as a boy about the preciousness of human life, combined with world events, ultimately led him to a lightbulb moment. He left a career in finance to make a difference, inventing and patenting a new way to make philanthropic contributions in 50 countries through the power of the Internet. Blass draws from his experience and the lessons learned as a social entrepreneur to inspire and motivate, ensuring audiences that by finding their passion, maximizing their unique abilities, and embracing change, one person can indeed change our world.

Social Media Marketing Secrets and Web 2.0: Priceless Strategies From The Top Innovator Of The Year

Nearly 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing catch up to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies.

In this fascinating keynote speech that is not to be missed, you will learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Blass, one of the worlds most acclaimed social entrepreneurs and grand prize winner of the "Top Innovator of the Year Award" for revolutionizing charitable giving through the invention of person-to-person social networking technology and online communities for the philanthropy market, shows you how to develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global. Explore how to avoid potential social marketing disasters. Discover key platforms you should be using now, which ones may be a waste of your time and resources, and how to measure results.

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