The world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, Michael is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching and innovative leadership.  His clients include DuPont, Emerson, Genentech, Merck, Microsoft, Nike and the Young President’s Organization. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and is on the faculty of the Institute for Management Studies.  He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and executive coach to his diverse, international clientele.

Michael is the author of 14 books including the international bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: 7 Steps to Genius Every Day. Other titles include Creativity On DemandInnovate Like EdisonDiscover Your Genius and Thinking for a Change. Michael’s books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold more than one million copies.

Michael Gelb has devoted a lifetime to facilitating creativity in people and organizations. Whether your own interest is in cultivating the creative potential of other people or connecting more deeply with your personal talents and possibilities, he offers not only the inspiration, but also the practical guidance to help you make it happen.
~Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

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Michael Gelb is an astounding individual whose skills span a surprising and wide array of disciplines. All journeys of innovation must begin with – and include throughout – the skills and principles that he espouses. I can think of no one better qualified than him to advise us in this space. ~Jim Karkanias, Senior Director, Microsoft

Fun Facts

A professional juggler who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success.

A fifth degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.

A passionate wine lover, Gelb is the originator of a unique and enjoyable approach to teambuilding as expressed in Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices.

Michael trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Juilliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), while completing his Masters degree.  His thesis became his first book – Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique.

Michael Gelb is the rare YPO Resource who consistently scores 10s while offering different topics, (Creativity, Innovation, Leadership, Wine) in a range of settings, (Chapter events, University keynotes, Forum retreats, Company programs). I have engaged Michael for both large & small groups & intend to do so again. ~J. Smoke Wallin, Young President’s Organization, Indiana


  • Brain Trust Charity – Brain Of the Year (1999). Other recipients include Steven Hawking, Garry Kasparov, Ted Hughes, Edward De Bono, Gene Rodenberry
  • Batten Fellowship – The University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business (2003)
  • Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Series Award (2007)
  • Honorary Partner, Path North (2012)
  • Coyle Scholar, Green Farms Academy (2016)

10 reasons to Contact Michael for your next event

  1. Originality: Learn from an original thinker and creator.
  2. Energy: Clients describe his energy as “scintillating,” “inspiring,” “electric,” “charismatic,” and “enlivening.”
  3. Relevance: After careful consultation Michael will focus his message on your most important organizational issues.
  4. Reliability: He appears at every scheduled engagement on time!
  5. Authenticity: All keynotes are an expression of his lifetime interests.
  6. Passion: Michael’s passion for inspiring your group will lead to a presentation that exceeds your expectations.
  7. Global:  Michael has presented in more than 30 countries and has extensive experience with multi-national and multi-cultural groups.
  8. Resilience: Michael delivers an excellent program under all conditions.
  9. Humor: People learn better when they laugh and Michael inspires laughter in the most serious groups.
  10. Results: Michael is focused on achieving the results that are most important to you.

We invited Michael Gelb to be an Honorary Partner of PathNorth because he brings meaning, authenticity, and fresh perspective to the business leaders we serve. He is a unique and amazing source of inspiration and practical wisdom. ~Ambassador J. Douglas Holladay, Co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners and PathNorth

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