Sterling Hawkins


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  • Leading Speaker on Growth, Performance, Overcoming Adversity and Transformational Leadership
  • Talks about 5 Practices to Unlock Unstoppable Growth and Hunting Discomfort
  • Featured contributor in Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times and Inc. Magazine
  • Past clients include: Energizer, Intel, Kraft Novartis, Samsung, United Airlines, XPrize

About Sterling Hawkins - Keynote Speaker on Growth, Performance, Overcoming Adversity and Transformational Leadership:

Sterling Hawkins is out to break the status quo on how we view discomfort in our professional and personal lives. As we continue to face unrelenting uncertainty and change, he is creating bold action and inspired energy by teaching leaders and their people how to use discomfort to their advantage. The essence lies in building the mental fortitude to break through the paralysis of fear and the unknown, and seize discomfort in order to transform it into a competitive advantage within ourselves and our organizations.

As an innovator, investor, author, and foremost expert on growth and transformation, he has worked with some of the largest companies in the world sharing his powerful #NoMatterWhat framework that is helping leaders and their people forge a path of unwavering determination and unstoppable progress. More than a framework for growth, #NoMatterWhat is quickly becoming a movement that is energizing workplace cultures, opening new opportunities and creating community and deeper collaboration among colleagues and leaders.

Sterling’s work has been featured in publications like Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Times and Forbes. The hundreds of thousands who have joined Sterling, find that all the unpredictability in the world is no match for their creativity, determination and inspiration to achieve even the most audacious goals, #NoMatterWhat is standing in their way.

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What Sterling Hawkins Talks About:

#NoMatterWhat: 5 practices to unlock your potential, unleash unstoppable growth and produce breakthrough results in an increasingly uncertain world
The world today is permanently transformed with pandemic fallout, tech disruption, talent shortages and global instability leaving massive and debilitating uncertainty in its wake. Change has always been inevitable for leaders to contend with, but the sheer scale and accelerating pace of change has become overwhelming for even the most diligent leaders. Unchecked, it can unconsciously leave people and companies fearful to take risk, resistant to growth and fatigued, fighting to keep up. 

The world of predictability is dead. This defining moment is requiring leaders to get uncomfortable and radically re-orientate their relationship to change. Hunting discomfort is the critical new competency required to effectively navigate post-pandemic disruption and thrive in this forever changed world. There are 5 mission-critical practices that have been used to create everything from billion dollar business wins to Olympic gold medalists, that anyone can grab onto and use to build the necessary courage to take intelligent risks, declare big visions and unlock their potential, regardless of the circumstances. 

From multi-billion dollar startup collapse and coming back to launch, invest in and grow over 50 companies, Sterling has very personal experience confronting the unknown himself. Combined with research, psychology, the latest brain science discoveries and transformation work with leadership teams around the world, this unique perspective will forever change how you approach both business and life. You’ll discover through heart-wrenching stories, hilarious anecdotes and compelling data an undeniable truth: that during even the most difficult times, we can all realize the most audacious growth, #NoMatterWhat. 

Attendee Results:

  • Mobilize your team into change agents with the 5 #NoMatterWhat practices to create meaningful growth regardless of the circumstances.
  • Lean into the transformation illuminated by the latest brain science behind this radical new approach. 
  • See how to avoid the pitfalls of growth and how to use the unknown, uncertain and unexpected to advance your objectives. 
  • Find the presence, peace and authentic connection behind the fear of the unknown 
  • Be inspired to take and implement the necessary tools to create breakthroughs in every aspect of your business and life.

Hunting Discomfort: Build the Muscle to Thrive in the Modern Workplace
Leaders are battling a future of uncertainty with no end in sight. They are quickly coming to the realization that in order to succeed, they need to make radical changes within their organizations but many don’t know how to change the status quo. What’s needed is an inflection point to kick start the process.

For many, it’s time to stop avoiding, denying and simply surviving the discomfort of change and instead turn to a framework that will build a mindset to Hunt Discomfort. With his unique #NoMatterWhat strategies, Sterling Hawkins inspires audiences to make proactive choices forward rather than becoming crushed by uncertainty, burnout and disruption. His energizing #NoMatterWhat mantra instantly becomes an internal catalyst for individuals and teams to harness their greatest strengths. His technique creates connection, and breaks down siloed thinking and working, all while elevating employees at every level to rethink the way they perceive uncertainty and ultimately take control of how that discomfort creates opportunity. Sterling helps the audience reimagine what it means to have a growth mindset and provides access to a system that instead focuses on growth belief.


  • Unveiling Transformation through Embracing Discomfort: Recognize and challenge the prevailing “survival” narrative within your business, and witness the profound metamorphosis that arises when you embrace discomfort as a catalyst for positive change.
  • Harnessing Discomfort for Accelerated Growth: Shift your perspective on discomfort, understanding its potential as a potent tool for driving growth with reduced stress, heightened efficiency, and swifter decision-making.
  • Empowerment through the #NoMatterWhat System: Learn how to employ the #NoMatterWhat system to establish intent and yield immediate breakthrough results, regardless of challenges or obstacles.
  • Leveraging Psychological Insights for Rapid Learning: Explore the latest findings in psychology and brain research to uncover strategies for harnessing discomfort’s power, propelling learning at a rate four times faster while fostering action.
  • Unveiling the Transformational Power of Discomfort: Unearth the concealed potential within discomfort by tapping into the latest psychological and brain research. This knowledge not only accelerates learning by a factor of four but also motivates decisive action.
  • Cultivating Collective Resilience: Discover how to nurture a culture of resilience within your team, leveraging discomfort as a collective force to foster accelerated learning, decisive action, and holistic growth.

BEYOND LEADERSHIP: Values-Driven Leadership
Embrace the transformative power of values-driven leadership and watch as it breathes new life into your corporate culture. In a rapidly evolving business landscape, where profits and innovations often take center stage, it’s the alignment of leaders’ actions with a clear set of core values that can steer an organization towards lasting success. Values-driven leadership is not just about ticking off boxes on a checklist; it’s a philosophy that infuses purpose, authenticity, and empathy into every decision and interaction #NoMatterWhat. By championing integrity, transparency, diversity, and social responsibility, leaders become role models, inspiring employees to engage more passionately and meaningfully with their work. This paradigm shift sparks a chain reaction, fostering a culture of collaboration, open communication, and shared vision. As employees feel valued and connected, their dedication amplifies, turnover diminishes, and innovation flourishes. The ripple effect of values-driven leadership not only enhances the workplace but also resonates positively with clients and stakeholders, nurturing enduring relationships built on trust. The true transformation lies not just in the bottom line, but in the collective ethos that shapes the soul of the organization.


  • Awakening Inner Peak Performance: Recognize that peak performance isn’t an external destination; it’s a latent strength we evoke from within ourselves. Demystify the misconceptions surrounding the true elements of peak performance.
  • Venturing Beyond Comfort for Greater Potential: Learn how to step outside your comfort zone and venture into the realm of greater potential, unlocking pathways to unprecedented achievement.
  • Cultivating Sustainable Peak Performance: Engage in practices that nurture your capacity to access and maintain states of peak or optimal performance, ensuring consistency in your endeavors.
  • Evidence-Based Strategies for Goal Attainment: Explore research that unveils the genuine requirements for achieving goals, offering insights with up to 95% certainty on the pathways to success.
  • Sustaining Peak Performance Amidst Adversity: Discover techniques to uphold peak performance even when confronted with challenging news, difficult situations, or adversity of any kind.

Essential Tools for Sharing Peak Performance: Acquire critical tools that enable you to propagate peak performance within an interconnected ecosystem of colleagues, peers, clients, and partners, creating a collaborative environment of excellence.

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As industry disruptors, it was critical for us to find a speaker that understood the importance and value of innovating at a fast pace. Sterling did a great job captivating our audience and aligning his presentation with the key takeaways of the conference. He was very engaging - and a great kick-off to the rest of the event!

Vice President & Head of Marketing at Syndigo

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