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Robert "Bob" Safian    

Founder of The Flux Group, Former Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company

Robert Safian is the founder of The Flux Group. From 2007 through 2017, Safian oversaw Fast Company’s print, digital and live-events content, as well as its brand management and business operations. Under his leadership, Fast Company won the coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of The Year in 2014, beating out competing titles including The New Yorker, Time, Fortune, The Atlantic and The New York Times Magazine. Safian created prestigious annual features like The World’s Most Innovative Companies and The Most Creative People in Business. He personally wrote more than 100 thought-leadership articles.

Safian has appeared numerous times on TV outlets including CBS This Morning, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNBC’s Squawk Box. He has shared insights at industry-leading forums all around the world, from SxSW Interactive to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, HSM Brazil to The World Congress on Intelligent Transport, The National Retail Federation to the Gartner Symposium ITxpo. He has interviewed numerous CEOs on stage, including the heads of Ford, Starbucks, Nike, Pepsico, Target, AOL, YouTube, Buzzfeed, Casper, LinkedIn, KPMG, UnderArmour, WME-IMG Endeavor, as well as celebrities including Alicia Keys, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Serena Williams, Jared Leto, Kate Hudson, Jordan Spieth, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chelsea Clinton and Saudi Princess Reema Bint Bandar.

Before joining Fast Company, Safian served as an executive editor at Fortune and at Time. He was the youngest-ever chief editor at Time Inc, when at 33 he was named head of Money Magazine, a position he held for six years. An honors graduate of Brown University, Safian is married and has three sons.

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How to Thrive Amid Chaos

The pace of change in culture and business has never been more intense—from healthcare to technology, media to transportation—and it can be paralyzing. However, it also signals dramatic opportunity for those who are able to take advantage. A cohort of leaders is pointing the way, defined not by chronological age but by a mindset. These are the members of Generation Flux, whose perspectives and strategies offer insights and solutions for all of us. Chaos is increasingly the norm, but chaotic change should not slow us down. If we have the right tools and can surf the wave of change, great things are possible. Safian mixes the most effective case studies with his business acumen and natural curiosity to tailor his presentation to the specific needs of your organizations and audience. Both inspiring and educating, he offers the knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the journey of change.

Lessons of the World's Most Innovative Companies

In this informative and enlightening presentation, Fast Company magazine's award-winning editor Robert Safian shares his firsthand experience with the likes of Apple, Facebook, and Twitter, offering insights on today's most innovative companies. He shows how companies can thrive, even in tough times, by embracing the power of innovative ideas and creative execution.

The Secrets of Generation Flux

As the velocity of change in our economy is accelerating, we must learn to accept we are living through a time of flux. How do you navigate through the chaos when there are no precedents for success? Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company, an award-winning business media brand, will share his insights on how to survive and thrive through this disruptive time in business.

Is Your Company a "Fast" Company?

In stressful economic conditions, it can be very hard for business leaders to look toward the future. Robert Safian, editor of the award-winning innovative business magazine Fast Company, provides three distinct guidelines to help companies and businesspeople determine if they are "fast" and how to ensure future success. Audiences walk away with the tools necessary to assess and implement a "fast" approach to business.

Tuning Out the Noise

In a 24/7, nonstop media world, what news and information is really worth paying attention to? And how do you keep up on all the social media across multiple platforms without driving yourself crazy? Robert Safian, editor of award-winning business magazine Fast Company, offers his rules for navigating this daunting yet exciting new reality.

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