Deborah Perry Piscione

Tagline: Digital Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Innovation, Future of Work + Leadership Expert
  • The New York Times Bestselling Author
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Executive Consultant
  • Keynote Speaker and Moderator

Keynote Topics

We all understand how hard it is to manage people.  Since human behavior can be unpredictable, we set policies and procedures to limit behavior, and focus our energies on managing productivity and investing in technological solutions.

This has led to organization cultures that over-reward production at the expense of under-rewarding creativity, risk-taking, problem-solving, and a general passion for innovation and improvement. Veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur and consultant Deborah Perry Piscione says investments in new technologies or operations do not create innovations–people do. For innovation to happen, organizations need to be people-centric.

In this breakthrough presentation based on her new book, The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products, she shows that every organization can develop a mindset, an organizational structure, and a product development process that will maximize creativity and innovation. 

Using examples from admired organizations and from her research into successful business practices, Piscione shows how to create a culture where risk-taking is rewarded, mavericks are encouraged, collaboration between highly competent people is nurtured, and, when experiments and new initiatives are proposed, the response is to ask how rather than question why.

This is a truly inspiring and pragmatic presentation on harnessing the creative energy in every organization.

In this presentation, Piscione discusses a methodology in innovation called, “Improvisational Innovation,” which democratizes the ability for anyone at any level to create and experiment. Improvisational innovation offers a formal process by which anyone can submit ideas, be taken seriously, and be protected in the process.

She explores how to allow good ideas to bubble up from anyone at any time, and solve the age-old leadership dilemma of, “How do I know if someone in our company has a brilliant idea that will either generate new revenue or save the company money?”

She answers this dilemma by describing how to create a culture of “Yes, and…” – a well-known improv technique, capable of radically changing the fortunes of any company.

The practice of responding, “Yes, and…” to employee suggestions (whether they are home runs or not), keeps the conversation going by encouraging a flow of new ideas with the support and validation of a positive reaction.

When employees are encouraged rather than stifled, and given the courage to speak up, that one game-changing idea may only be one water cooler conversation away.

It’s no coincidence that our most revered business icons are also the boldest risk-takers, such as Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. Yet with so much emphasis on short-term stock price gains and bottom line focus, organizations tend to act too safe, resulting in a stagnant business culture which generates entirely forgettable results in a world that demands significant solutions. 

If groundbreaking innovation is about taking calculated risks, then why do companies not only set reams of policies and procedures to limit risk, but also spend no resources developing the key skills and systems for effective risk-taking? In this poignant presentation, Deborah discusses how to get back into the business of taking risk.

Based on her series of books, including The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure, Deborah Perry Piscione explores risk-taking as a powerful tool for leaders and their organizations.

Exemplifying the heroes of risk, entrepreneurship, and venture capitalism, and the role risk-taking play in their success, Piscione makes the case that for your culture to act smarter, faster, with more agility in reacting to competition and developing innovative ways to grow, you must explore the one core leadership skill that has been completely ignored in corporate cultures.

She explores both the individual skills and organization systems to unleash risk-taking. This is a very exciting speech for an entire audience.

Why do governments around the globe keep sending delegations to Silicon Valley to try to discover its secrets? What is it that Silicon Valley can teach the rest of the world about creating value from ideas, entrepreneurialism and innovation?

The secret is in the synergy that creates an entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this keynote, speaker Deborah Perry Piscione explains how different parts of the ecosystem come together as an interconnected web, such as the collaborative dynamics between private and public sectors, and the interplay between higher education and the business community.

She also illustrates the commercialization of know-how, the open attitude toward immigrants, and all other factors that attract the creative class, and boost the quality of life.  Piscione takes a close look at the spirit of entrepreneurialism, examining the six characteristics that all Silicon Valley entrepreneurs radiate – passion, authenticity, love of ideas, an appetite for risk, trustworthiness, and resilience.  You will find this an extremely enlightening and inspiring keynote.


From her experiences running the renowned national women’s networking program Alley to the Valley, Deborah Perry Piscione has an unparalleled understanding of what enables women to become great leaders and at the end of the day, accomplish her ultimate goals.

Even with the rapid rise of women in great leadership roles, the playing field is still pitched away from women. Deborah not only talks about the skills and networks you need to develop, but more importantly the collective risks that women need to take to showcase the strengths of women leaders and improve organizational cultures and productivity.

She addresses enduring myths that permeate the minds of decision-makers, and provides clear-cut solutions that will have you on your feet.

Deborah believes that the onus in on women to stop talking, stop focusing on the negative statistics of women in the workplace, stop trying to adapt to male cultures and for once and for all, craft a coordinated effort to change the rules of the game.

Leadership is about courage. The courage to chance failure as the price for succeeding big. The courage to ignite the passions of your workforce and being open to great ideas from anyone at any time. It is about doing what is right, and seizing the moment when the iron is hot.

So, why is this so hard?

Because in all of the books and speeches about leadership, what has been neglected is how to master the art of risk-taking. In this exciting presentation, Piscione shows how risk can become an incredibly powerful tool in the leader’s tool belt.

Deborah reveals the key differences between gambling and calculated risk-taking, and how to master the skills of risk.

Audiences are then able to build a culture that not only focuses on producing the work, but to also create and execute a steady flow of ideas to improve every aspect of the organization, and recognize a leader’s bias toward their own ideas to find the balance between long-term value creation and short-term profitability.


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  • San Francisco, CA

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $35,001 - $50,000




Deborah Perry Piscione, a renowned authority in innovation, entrepreneurship, and the future of work in the metaverse. With a distinguished career spanning decades, Deborah has garnered international recognition for her groundbreaking insights into the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and its impact on business and society. As a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and thought leader, […]

Deborah Perry Piscione, a renowned authority in innovation, entrepreneurship, and the future of work in the metaverse. With a distinguished career spanning decades, Deborah has garnered international recognition for her groundbreaking insights into the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and its impact on business and society.

As a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and thought leader, Deborah brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the forefront of discussions on innovation, digital transformation, and the emerging metaverse.

About Deborah Perry Piscione

Deborah Perry Piscione is not just another speaker; she is a visionary strategist, an entrepreneur, and a pioneer in understanding the transformative potential of technology. With a deep-rooted passion for innovation and a keen understanding of emerging trends, Deborah has established herself as a leading voice in navigating the complexities of the digital age. Her diverse background, ranging from technology entrepreneurship to policy advocacy, provides her with a unique perspective that resonates with audiences across industries.

Areas of Expertise
Deborah Perry Piscione’s expertise spans a wide range of topics at the forefront of technological innovation and the future of work. Some of her key areas of expertise include:

  • The Metaverse and Virtual Reality:
    Deborah is at the forefront of exploring the implications of the metaverse, a virtual-reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users. She delves into how businesses can leverage this immersive technology to create new opportunities for engagement, collaboration, and innovation.
  • Digital Transformation and Disruption:
    With a deep understanding of the digital landscape, Deborah helps organizations navigate the complexities of digital transformation and embrace disruptive technologies. She provides practical strategies for leveraging emerging technologies to drive growth, efficiency, and competitive advantage.
  • Future of Work and Remote Collaboration:
    As remote work becomes increasingly prevalent, Deborah offers insights into the future of work and remote collaboration. She explores the challenges and opportunities presented by distributed teams and provides actionable strategies for building effective remote work environments.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystems:
    Drawing from her experience as a serial entrepreneur, Deborah shares invaluable insights into fostering entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. She explores the critical factors that drive innovation, from fostering a culture of creativity to navigating regulatory challenges.
  • Leadership in the Digital Age:
    Deborah examines the evolving role of leadership in the digital age, emphasizing the importance of adaptability, resilience, and visionary leadership. She provides actionable advice for leaders seeking to navigate uncertainty and drive organizational success in a rapidly changing world.

Why Book Deborah Perry Piscione as a Keynote Speaker?
Deborah Perry Piscione is not your typical keynote speaker; she is a dynamic and engaging presenter who captivates audiences with her visionary insights and practical wisdom. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider booking

Deborah for your next event through Speakers Inc:

  1. Unparalleled Expertise:
    With decades of experience at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Deborah brings unparalleled expertise to the stage. Her deep understanding of emerging trends and disruptive technologies ensures that her presentations are both informative and forward-thinking.
  2. Inspirational Storytelling:
    Deborah’s journey as a serial entrepreneur and thought leader provides a compelling backdrop for her presentations. Through inspirational storytelling and real-world examples, she brings her insights to life, inspiring audiences to embrace change and seize new opportunities.
  3. Actionable Insights:
    Unlike speakers who focus solely on theory, Deborah delivers actionable insights that attendees can immediately apply to their own organizations. Her practical advice and proven strategies empower leaders and teams to drive innovation and achieve tangible results.
  4. Engaging Delivery:
    Known for her dynamic and engaging delivery style, Deborah captivates audiences from start to finish. Whether speaking to a small group or a large audience, she maintains a high level of energy and interaction, ensuring that every attendee feels fully engaged and inspired.
  5. Customized Presentations:
    Deborah understands that every audience is unique, which is why she takes the time to customize her presentations to meet the specific needs and objectives of each event. Whether addressing industry-specific challenges or broader themes, she tailors her content to resonate with attendees and drive meaningful impact.

Book Deborah Perry Piscione Today!

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage your audience with the transformative insights of Deborah Perry Piscione. Whether you’re seeking to navigate the complexities of the metaverse, drive digital transformation, or inspire innovation, Deborah’s expertise and passion will leave a lasting impression on your audience.

Contact Speakers Inc today to book Deborah for your next event and take the first step towards a future of limitless possibilities.

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