Alexander Blass

Grand Prize Winner of the "Top Innovator of the Year" Award; Dynamic Wharton-Educated Innovation Speaker

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Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American entrepreneur and innovator who has traveled to over 40 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories.  He is the grand » Read Full Bio

Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American entrepreneur and innovator who has traveled to over 40 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories.  He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” in 2007 for inventing person-to-person giving technology on the Internet. He presently serves as CEO of Alexander Blass International, an executive consulting and training firm.

Alexander keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on topics including innovation, leadership, creativity/change, business development, and entrepreneurship, including the 2011 Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the 2011 European Conference on Creativity and Innovation, EPIC 2010 in New York City, and IBM’s INNOVATE 2010 in India to an audience of 2,000 people, to name a few.

Through his high energy, dynamic and inspirational presentation style, he enjoys sharing his vast expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and university students.

Alexander is also the recipient of the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award, as well as the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award for executives. He was also honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, and many more.

Alexander received a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business. A proud first-generation American, Alexander is the son of a Holocaust survivor who instilled in him the sanctity of life and importance of making a difference in the world.

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Priceless Strategies from an Innovator, How to Strive in Challenging Times (leaders driving innovation)
In a constantly evolving world and today's challenging economic climate, leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech which has been delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, Wharton and Oxford-educated Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record's Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his strategies for success and an actionable blueprint. Learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today and think about what's next. Discover the 10 essential characteristics of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative organizations; grasp some of the challenges you must overcome; and learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovative endeavors with increasingly limited resources.
Finding Your Passion, You Too, Can Change the World
As a child, Alexander Blass often gazed at the black and white photos on his parents' piano of his father's family members who perished in the Holocaust. The lessons he learned as a boy about the preciousness of human life, combined with world events, ultimately led him to a lightbulb moment. He left a career in finance to make a difference, inventing a new way to make philanthropic contributions in dozens of countries through the power of the Internet. Blass draws from his experience and the lessons learned as a social entrepreneur to inspire and motivate, ensuring audiences that by finding their passion, maximizing their unique abilities, and embracing change, one person can indeed change our world.
Social Media Marketing Secrets and Web 2.0, Harness the Power of Community
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing catch up to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.
Fundraising 2.0, Revealing and Raising the Invisible Millions
Blass, credited with revolutionizing charitable giving, offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.

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  • Leadership (Driving Innovation)
  • Marketing
  • Social Media & E-Marketing

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