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Sterling Hawkins

Keynote Speaker

Founder, Sterling Hawkins Group; Growth through adversity and resilience; Expert in Innovation, Transformational Leadership

Sterling Hawkins is a bestselling author, keynote speaker and globally recognized thought leader in organizational culture. His growth movement has helped thousands of people, teams, and companies commit to meaningful goals by embracing trust No Matter What.

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Sterling Hawkins is an author, investor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker who is globally recognized as a thought leader in organizational culture. Founder of the No Matter What Movement, he shows people how to practice trust to achieve the results they want regardless of obstacles.

Sterling developed his trust-powered success system to learn from the painful collapse of his multibillion dollar startup involvement. He’s since combined his business background, research, study, and practice to come back and launch, invest in, and grow more than 100 companies. He’s taken that experience to work with C-level teams and leaders and speak on stages around the world. He’s been featured in magazines like Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times and Inc.

He believes that the depth of your trust determines the extent of your growth and success in life and business. Getting results requires being brave, declaring big goals and stepping outside your comfort zone. To inspire people to unlock their own inherent potential, he shares five practices that help us push beyond our perceived limits to make a difference for our companies, communities, and families. When he’s not at home in Colorado, he may be out skydiving, swimming with sharks, or adventuring with the No Matter What Movement.

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Sterling Hawkins’s Speech Topics

  • No Matter What – Thriving Through Change and Uncertainty

    In a world permanently transformed by tech upheaval, competitive pressures, talent shortages, and global instability, change and uncertainty have never been more intense. But here’s the truth: change is constant, and it isn’t the enemy. It’s our approach to it that leaves us afraid of taking risks, struggling to adapt and limiting our progress.

    Sterling Hawkins shares how he went from multi-billion dollar startup success story to bankruptcy to growth leader and advisor to hundreds of leading companies. The experiences, research and real-world testing shared in this ground-breaking keynote will help you break through your own challenges by reframing your relationship with change. Sterling’s proven framework cultivates a resilient growth mindset that thrives in uncertainty by empowering audiences to commit to real progress rather than burning out or becoming crushed by it. 

    With his No Matter What mantra, Sterling lights a fire within individuals and teams, uniting them to capitalize on their strengths. By fostering connection, breaking down silos, and empowering team members at every level to confront uncertainty, his system transforms any change into opportunity and any challenge into greater potential.


    • Activate High Performance: Empower your team with proven practices that drive high performance, regardless of challenges.
    • Transform Discomfort into Growth: Challenge the “survival” narrative and use discomfort as a powerful catalyst for impact, resilience, and transformation.
    • Accelerate Learning and Results: Embrace a science-backed approach to harness the unknown, accelerating learning and achieving outstanding results.

    This inspirational keynote is designed for leaders who are:

    • Struggling to keep up with technology disruption, competitive pressures, and market shifts.
    • Disempowered dealing with unknowns and burned out from relentless change. 
    • Under pressure to deliver stronger results by rising to challenging circumstances or ambitious goals.
  • True Leadership for Transformational Growth

    In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, there are few constants, leaving paralyzing uncertainty in its wake. It is the role of transformational leaders to build a clear foundation of what can be trusted, enabling growth and consistent success. 

    From over a decade of exploring myriad growth modalities, Sterling Hawkins introduces a revolutionary methodology for transformational leadership centered on trust. Instead of focusing solely on goals and tasks, this method orients us to the real work of growth, aligns us to our ultimate goals, and connects us with what matters most. Modeled by leaders, these principles become the ground upon which transformation takes place. In practice, the principles inspire teams, win moments of opportunity, deliver differentiated solutions, and unlock greater potential.

    This paradigm shift not only reduces turnover and stimulates breakthrough approaches, but also resonates positively with partners, clients, and stakeholders. Embracing trust-driven leadership doesn’t just improve the bottom line; this proven approach enhances the workplace and shapes the very essence of the organization. 


    • Unlock Hidden Potential: Harness cutting-edge, research-backed methods to build trust, enhance learning, and reveal the inherent potential within your team.
    • Catalyze Transformative Action: Implement powerful, actionable leadership practices that drive immediate and lasting change.
    • Sustain Momentum: Create enduring performance improvements that continuously accelerate team momentum and organizational growth.

    This transformational keynote is designed for leaders who are:

    • Called to lead in a meaningful new way to significantly improve morale and results.
    • Frustrated with surface-level approaches, lack of clarity and slow progress. 
    • Ready to truly align to produce breakthrough performance for themselves and their teams.

  • Maximize Your Impact

    True growth comes from stepping toward a place that many fear: the unknown. High performing people and organizations must develop their relationship with the uncertainty that comes from unknowns to reach even higher levels of success. 

    Created and field-tested alongside some of the world’s largest companies, Sterling Hawkins offers a proven methodology that doesn’t rely on working more or trying harder. Instead, he provides clear steps to radically rethink our relationship with the unknown and the uncomfortable. This shift builds trust that outweighs fear, courage that overrides worry and the capacity to shed our comfort zone and handle uncertainty.

    No matter your current situation or level of performance, Sterling’s compelling data, moving stories, and high-energy delivery enable audiences to think differently, elevate conversations, and align to greater goals to maximize the impact of individuals, teams, and organizations.


    • Master Uncertainty: Avoid common growth pitfalls and confidently navigate the unknown to propel your objectives forward.
    • Establish Psychological Safety: Apply proven practices to cultivate psychological safety within, unlocking dramatic new results in any situation.
    • Transform Your Culture: Shift from fear-driven reactions to proactive purposeful actions, fostering deep trust and maximizing long-term impact.

    This growth keynote is designed for leaders who are: 

    • Ready to reach the next level of performance with a radical new approach. 
    • Seeking a framework to advance sales, business results or breakthrough performance. 
    • Inspired to make a bigger difference without sacrificing health and wellbeing.
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation

    With AI and other disruptive changes as the new constant, fostering an innovation culture is mission-critical to stay ahead. The catch is, our natural human inclination is to resist any change, seeking comfort in the security of familiar routines. 

    Sterling Hawkins offers a fresh perspective on innovation built on launching, investing, and growing over 100 startups. He shares a science-backed approach to breakthrough innovation by coming from a place of curiosity, not certainty. To achieve the impact we desire in our businesses, communities and families, we need a complete perspective overhaul. 

    Learn Sterling’s holistic approach for cultivating a culture of creativity, ingenuity, and determination across all areas of an organization. This keynote goes deeper than a motivational talk: it’s a transformative experience that shows you how to innovate and create from true inspiration.


    • Break Free from History: Identify and release outdated narratives that hinder team progress.
    • Cultivate a Culture of Innovation: Apply practical tools to foster an innovative culture that distinguishes your organization in a competitive market.
    • Embrace Failure to Succeed: Adopt a neuroscience-backed approach to break down silos, embrace failures, and uncover breakthrough opportunities.

    This innovation keynote is designed for leaders who are:

    • Seeking a new approach to innovation that drives organic growth, competitive advantage and higher performance.
    • Looking to break free of legacy thinking, limiting beliefs and fear of failure to realize next- level breakthroughs.
    • Inspired to take smart risks, desire to embrace new technologies or approaches and need to collaborate in deeper ways.

What other organizations say about Sterling Hawkins

Thank you very much for your inspirational presentation! We have never heard a talk like Sterling’s before. Interesting examples to drill in the message, really nice how he understood BMS and pulled in the BMS behaviors, etc. Well done!


What other organizations say about Sterling Hawkins

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Sterling. He delivered the closing keynote speech, and it was a hit: timely, convincing, and truly motivating to act in today’s challenging and unpredictable times. It was what our audience needed to hear to leave the event inspired and with positive attitudes. He is an excellent speaker and an outstanding professional. Trust me: you want Sterling at your event.  


What other organizations say about Sterling Hawkins

Sterling is an inspiring, engaging and highly motivating speaker. His message is clear and driven to inspire action from the audience through his #NoMatterWhat campaign. Our team really enjoyed working with him.


What other organizations say about Sterling Hawkins

Sterling is an authentic difference maker. He has helped members of our association get unstuck and move forward in their businesses. He’s generous and adventurous and lives his message. I highly recommend Sterling for your personal ambitions and for your organizational goals. He’ll help with both.

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