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Lectures & Speeches

Presented in his signature no-holds-barred style, Scott Gerber’s lively keynotes combine proven advice, anecdotes of failures past and real-world insight to teach aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, students, business leaders, nonprofit executives and recent college graduates about a variety of topics. He has served as a keynote and moderator at dozens of corporate events, conferences and universities. His signature keynotes include:

Featured Keynotes

Rise of the Superconnector
Fast Company has called Scott Gerber “Gen Y’s super connector.” In this presentation, he shares the inside story of building YEC from 0 people to an invite-only community of over 1,000 of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. During the presentation, Gerber outlines his step-by-step approach to building meaningful relationships, offers advice on how to adjust your “networking mindset,” and shares actionable tips for curating an engaged community of your own.

How to #FixYoungAmerica
Get a behind-the-scenes overview of the real-world policy, private sector and academic solutions that can help make the American workforce more employable and entrepreneurial. Gerber outlines a variety of solutions, including: using community colleges to bridge practical gaps between local business and educators; why integrated vertical degrees in entrepreneurship actually create new companies; franchising for youth and vets; a peek at the “Teach for America” for startups; and the best political idea you’ve never heard of.

Never Get a “Real” Job: My 10 Biggest Mistakes
Find out how Gerber bounced back from his first failure (and near bankruptcy) to go on to start many successful businesses, without ever having a “real” job. Gerber shares various lessons learned, including why you must kill your ego; Darwin + Murphy = Reality; avoiding a bottomless money pit; business plans suck; how to act like a startup; and shoestrapping, because the boot is too expensive.

How to Make Your Brand Matter to Gen Y
Learn how to engage Millennials in your mission, company and culture. Gerber covers how to let go of your message so Millenials can grab it; why message is more important than platform; why a lack of listening is the biggest reason Millennials don’t care about you; how to build a stable of Millenial brand ambassadors; why establishing a social community is everything; and why you need to MATTER in order to matter to Gen Y.

How to Unleash Gen Y’s Talent: Engaging the Most Educated, Tech-Savvy Generation in History
Learn how to effectively manage the most educated, diverse and technologically advanced generation in history by understanding their psyche and upbringing BEFORE you hire them. Gerber’s lessons for leaders include how Millennials work smarter, not harder; how to motivate and engage Millennial employees while maintaining corporate culture, values and efficiency; how to utilize the power of your employees’ personal brands; collaboration and community is the key to cohesion; how to leverage Millennials 24/7 versus 9-to-5; how to create a mentorship hierarchy; and more.

Other topics include building a strong community online and offline; the best strategies for raising capital for your business or startup; how to pitch the media and win; building selling systems; and how to run your business from mobile devices. Gerber also creates custom presentations based on client requests, and is available to moderate panel discussions and host corporate events. For more information please contact us at info@theyec.org.

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About Scott

Scott Gerber is an expert on youth entrepreneurship, youth unemployment in America, recent college grad unemployment and small business. He is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated columnist, TV commentator and author. Scott is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council and co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners.

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