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Erik Wahl

Erik Wahl

Internationally Recognized Graffiti Artist, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

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Fee Range: 40000-74999, 75000+
  • An internationally recognized graffiti artist
  • Entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • His on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance

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Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today.

On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.

His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik’s previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”

The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … Well, Jobs. Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.

In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist—though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.

Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize.

The Art Of Vision®

The best sustainable edge in business is the ability to differentiate yourself from your competition. Through this entertaining and highly practical program, we will uncover new ways to make your organization more creative, innovative and profitable, but more so, help your employees see the need to become better storytellers within and for your company and industry.

By embracing innovative strategies, professionals at all levels can achieve superior levels of performance by creatively and visibly differentiating themselves from the competition. No matter what kind of organization you have—from a small company to a large corporation—employees at all levels will better able to embrace the future by becoming more innovative, more productive and ultimately more profitable.


  • > Differentiation, differentiation, differentiation
  • > Telling a better story
  • > Outthinking the competition


  • > Working smarter, not harder
  • > Sustaining excellence in a changing economy
  • > Leveraging chaos to capitalize on opportunities
The Art of Leadership

Today’s leaders face a pressure to innovate—or else perish—unlike any other time in history. Advances in social, mobil and cloud technology, coupled with fierce global competition has made the business landscape nearly unrecognizable from what it was a mere 10 years ago.

Erik Wahl’s entertaining and invigorating Art of Leadership presentation paints a compelling new portrait for what the successful leaders of tomorrow will look like. He inspires audiences to shed old ways of thinking and “business as usual” processes that are outdated, inefficient and detrimental to productivity. Audience members learn new ways to build an emotional connection to drive future employee engagement. Erik’s presentation stretches traditional assumptions on leadership. The end results include:

  • – innovative solutions to further your organization
  • – attracting and engaging quality employees
  • – new efficiencies and the end of detrimental redundancies

Growth and comfort cannot co-exist. When leaders come from a place of authenticity, curiosity, exploration and purpose, this leads to more meaningful connections among team members and with clients and customers—and ultimately, a more profitable organization. An engaged employee equals an engaged customer.


Somehow we’ve come to believe that creativity is reserved for the chosen few: the poets, the painters, the writers. The truth is bigger and better than that. Creativity is in all of us. We simply need to rediscover the keys that will unlock our potential. UNthink is the keynote experience that will push members of your organization beyond their traditional thought patterns and habitual levels of performance. UNthink will inspire audiences to realize they are capable of so much more than they have been led to believe.

The UNthink program helps reframe your organization’s thinking so that new creative actions become possible. Learning how to UNthink will inject your daily grind with new passion, allowing employees to see how the organization wants and needs all of their talents and energies, not just the ones they’ve been using so far. You’ll begin the process of rethinking your life as a blank canvas of limitless opportunity on which to create your masterpiece.

This program will allow your organization to:

  • 1. Step outside convention to discover new and unexpected solutions to business challenges
  • 2. Challenge pre-conceived notions about what’s possible
  • 3. UNthink your way to increased creativity, productivity and passion
The Discipline of Creativity

It’s one thing to understand the importance of creativity to the success of your business, but what most people don’t understand is to how to put a structure in place so that innovation can find its way. The paradox of creativity is that structure creates freedom. Even the wildest minds require extreme orderliness and attention to detail so that they have the space and discipline to create.


  • – Beethoven sat down everyday at daybreak, regardless of season, and composed until 3:00pm.
  • – Kafka started writing at 11:30pm each night.
  • – Mozart taught lessons by day and composed only in the evenings.
  • – Picasso ate lunch each day with his family in silence and only allowed visitors one day per week.
  • – Mark Twain awoke at 5:30 am, ate a hearty breakfast, and wrote until 5:00 pm.

This training covers:

  • – Why fanatical discipline is necessary to creativity and innovation
  • – How to tap your “beginner’s mind,” which is a way to harness a fresh perspective on an issue and map uncharted solutions
  • – How to overcome mental fatigue and mind blocks
  • – How to set up a structure and culture in your organization that fosters creative work
Virtual options available through 2020

This is not our live keynote experience but rather a shift to what we are finding clients are asking for (keynote conversations, consulting and live Q and A) as they navigate the swiftly moving waters.

Keynote Speeches, Live-Streams, Broadcasts

Author/artist Erik Wahl, an expert on creativity, reinventing business and rethinking education has delivered keynote speeches around the world. A pioneer in championing disruption, he is uniquely positioned to talk about turning the tragedy of the pandemic into new opportunities that will benefit the individuals, businesses, and the whole of humanity.

His inspiring message of hope, innovation and discipline is more relevant today than ever. He can custom-craft a speech for your organization, or use the following outlines:

Shift Happens: Constant Creativity Through Chaos

Erik helps audiences to reframe change, embrace the positive, and leverage their creativity. This pandemic will be remembered as a seminal moment in history, the major disruption of our lifetime. Erik’s messages will use examples of how successful entrepreneurs and inventors built something from nothing, and give audiences the tools to do the same.

Topics covered:

· Embracing disruption and resiliency

· Chaos creates opportunities for innovation

· Differentiating from the competition

· Amplifying your unique value proposition

· Shifting to habits to fortify our mindset

Disruption = Innovation

Our greatest growth happens on the border between chaos and order. In this presentation, Erik provides a history of innovation through disruption (Instagram, AirBnB, iPhone, Uber, AIDS, 9/11 and himself) and shows audiences how to spot and create opportunities to benefit their communities and their organizations.

Topics covered:

· Adopting a growth mindset

· Beginner’s mind leads to discovery

· Overcoming fear and achieving peak performance

· Dynamic intelligence

· Navigating ambiguity

· Divergent thinking

Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity

When the global economy has gone off the rails, it’s time to rethink who you are and what you can offer to a new world. In this presentation, Erik discusses how to leverage your digital and human capital to emerge stronger and more authentically than ever before.

Topics covered:

· Purpose, passion and performance

· Humanizing your brand in a digital future

· Amplifying trust to build authenticity

· Driving a new competitive narrative

Bonus materials to be made available to each member of the on line audience

I Am Artist: This digital bundle offers a short film and workbook as an innovative way to dig deeper into your own unique talents. By offering you key frameworks to unshackle yourself from the status quo and begin doing business as “unusual,” you can start solving existing challenges and possibly re-discover old passions you previously thought were impractical. After using these tools, past participants have seen improvements in their R&D, discovered new keys to profitability, and have seem more engagement from their workers. (Additional cost)

Virtual program information

About the Virtual event What happens when the world is upside down? When business is anything but usual? When we aren’t sure what the future looks like or how the next few weeks will unfold? Innovation, creativity, and disruption happen. Thought leader, Author, Artist and Speaker Erik Wahl is here to help harness the chaos and unlock your organization’s creativity—all to allow for once-in-a-lifetime breakthroughs during this unprecedented time. Our country is currently experiencing Dis-ease. Dis-ease politically, economically and socially. We don’t know what will happen, but we can be prepared for how to handle what ever does happen. What your company will learn: All of Erik’s virtual topics are fully customized to your group’s specific needs, topics include: · Shift Happens: Constant Creativity Through Chaos · Disruption = Innovation · Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity

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Virtual offerings

1 -Unlocking Zoom A 20 minute customized TED style talk for your audience. Based on the customization questionnaire, (attached) the keynote is specifically tailored for your audience. Customization starts with a conference call between you and our team to discuss the meeting in detail. Based on the customization call and questionnaire, Erik creates the keynote to address your audience, the theme of your meeting, as well as providing actionable takeaways for your attendees. This keynote is filmed in Erik’s home studio.

* included is a downloadable copy of our innovation boot camp, available to each member of your audience.

Please note this option does not include Erik performing paintings

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2 The full length customized keynote is professionally produced and filmed in a studio in San Diego. The keynote is captured with 3 cinema level cameras and then professionally edited into a visually beautiful and powerful film to be delivered to you for use in digital format. The 3 paintings Erik creates during his keynote, will be shipped to you post production. This film is the yours to present at your virtual event, and then to re-share internally for up to one calendar year.

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