Rohit Bhargava



  • Rohit talks about what it takes to bring more innovative thinking into your organization, and how leaders can harness the power of innovation to drive performance.
  • Audience participants will learn the five essential principles of leading transformation and building a team that sees the world differently.
  • Guest lecturer at Stanford and Wharton, Bestselling author of 6 books including, Non Obvious.
  • Past clients include: AT&T, Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford Motor Company, Prudential Financial, PwC, Under Armour

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Rohit Bhargava is an innovation and marketing expert, skilled facilitator, and keynote speaker. After a successful 15-year career as a brand and marketing strategist at two of the largest agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett) - Rohit became an entrepreneur and has since started three companies.

He is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of six books on topics as wide ranging as the future of business and building a brand with personality - and has delivered sold out keynote presentations and workshops to business leaders in 32 countries. His hallmark book Non Obvious is updated annually with 15 new trend predictions, has been read and shared by more than 1 million readers - and is translated in ten languages. His new updated version slated for release on 07-January-2020 is Non Obvious Megatrends: How to See What Others Miss, Predict Trends and Win the Future. Rohit has been invited to share his insights at some of the most forward-looking organizations in the world including Intel, NASA, Disney, JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn, Microsoft, American Express, BP, the World Bank, Coca-Cola and hundreds of others.

Outside of his consulting work, Rohit also teaches his popular signature course on storytelling and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington DC - and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at many other prestigious schools including Stanford and Wharton. For the past 14 years Rohit has also been writing his personal “Influential Marketing Blog” which has been featured in global media and named One of The top 25 Marketing Blogs in the World by AdAge Magazine. He is regularly interviewed and featured as an expert commentator in global media including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR. Rohit also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine in Brazil on technology and trends.

Thanks to his many years of sharing insights, Rohit has been recognized alongside visionary business leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tom Peters as a “Top 100 Thought Leader In Trustworthy Business Behaviour” and was named by global recruiting firm Korn Ferry as one of the “Most Influential South Asians in Media and Entertainment.”

On a personal level, Rohit is married and lives with his wife and two young boys in the Washington DC area. He is a lifelong fan of anything having to do with the Olympics (he’s been to five so far!), actively avoids anything having to do with cauliflower (yuck!) - and believes the most entertaining and impactful job he will ever have is being a great dad and teaching his sons to be kind when no one expects it, curious about the things others take for granted, and confident enough to change the world.

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What Rohit Bhargava Talks About:

How to Lead the Future with Non-Obvious Thinking
This candid, fast-paced session reveals the five habits of non-obvious thinkers that can help you see opportunities others don’t, be more resilient, and lead the future.

This program is ideal for leaders and teams who want to:

  • Create a strategy to take their organization into the future and navigate significant change or disruption
  • Understand their future customers and prepare their business to serve needs those customers haven’t demanded yet (but will one day)
  • Broaden their perspective outside their industry so they can take ideas from many sectors and expertly apply them to their own roles and business

The audience will leave with a grasp of:

  • Five immediately usable habits they can integrate into their daily lives to broaden their perspective, be more creative, and see the world differently
  • The fundamental forces of disruption that are shifting consumer behavior and beliefs across industries and what this means for them
  • What trends are, what they aren’t, why they matter and how they can start to identify trends and patterns of behavior for themselves

How Leaders and Brands Can Be More Trusted In A Skeptical World
This entertaining talk reveals the five “non-obvious” secrets of building trust so you can stand out as authentic, human, and trustworthy in an untrusting world.

This program will empower leaders and teams to:

  • Build a culture of trust and improve employee retention by inspiring their team to believe in the work they do and the leaders who lead them
  • Spot the “trust killers” in everyday management and communications practices and fix them so trust can thrive both internally and externally
  • Learn from the examples of high-trust organizations whose reputation allows them to maintain loyal customers and an inspired team

The audience will leave with:

  • Insights on how trust is earned and lost in the middle of our modern “believability crisis”
  • Techniques anyone can use to be more trustworthy and believable
  • A leadership model for establishing more authenticity and trust among teams that can be replicated at all levels of the organization
  • A roadmap for identifying the practices and policies that kill trust and rethinking them in a way that will create an immediate impact

The Art of Non-Obvious Storytelling, Marketing & Branding
This “non-obvious” keynote will teach you how to apply the secrets of the world’s best storytellers to create more persuasive marketing and a brand that commands trust.

This program will help leaders and teams:

  • Achieve buy-in at all levels of an organization for branding, messaging, or strategic shifts either planned or already happening
  • Align a team across departments with a shared understanding of branding, positioning, marketing, storytelling, and the part everyone plays in shaping the organization’s perception in the marketplace
  • Articulate why storytelling matters and make it more approachable and realistic for everyone to use in their daily roles.

The audience will leave with:

  • The key principles of storytelling and guidelines for applying them in a business context to improve communications and be more persuasive
  • A 360-degree view of marketing, branding, communications and sales, and the way these elements should collaborate, no matter what department they work for within your organization
  • A template for crafting a persuasive company story and then bringing that story to life through actions, communications, and everyday practices

7 Non-Obvious Secrets To Thriving In The World of Virtual and Hybrid Work
This highly actionable keynote teaches proven methods for inspiring a team, leading remotely, and being better at virtual presentations, as well as tools and techniques for managing your time in or out of the office.

This highly actionable keynote will help leaders and teams:

  • Build trusted relationships across a blended team of people, whether they work with them in person or virtually (and may never have met them in real life)
  • Deliver a compelling virtual presentation that takes advantage of the platforms they use and engages their audience’s attention and participation
  • Optimize their team across remote and in-office work so they can efficiently use their time in either situation

The audience will leave with:

  • A new understanding of how an optimal day might look
  • Time management tips for this new blended world of hybrid work
  • Insights on every aspect of delivering a great virtual presentation, from remote presentation skills to choosing and implementing the right technical setup, so they look and sound great

How To Build A More Inclusive Team, Business, and World
This approachable, upbeat keynote reveals a new way to think about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), through a story-driven look at how the world is changing today. If you want to demystify DEI, make your organization more inclusive, and appeal to a more diverse group of customers, this keynote is for you.

This program will help leaders and teams:

  • Understand why building a more diverse and inclusive world matters and what is driving the current conversation and cultural demand for this to be a priority for all companies
  • Put DEI efforts into context and understand what matters most when it comes to creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace and company culture
  • Shift away from “blaming and shaming” and instead approach the topic of DEI from a place of positivity and optimism to help everyone shift their thinking without feeling forced or minimized in the process

The audience will leave with:

  • An understanding of why DEI matters
  • A shared sense of purpose and the tools for adapting their current workplace or business practices to be more inclusive and equitable
  • The ability to better identify instances of unconscious bias or unintentional discrimination and correct these moments or the policies that enable them

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 Recent Publications

Rohit’s presentation was one of the most successful in our chapter’s history - his presentation drew rave reviews for delivering real content in an entertaining and easily accessible style.

American Marketing Association

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