Associations Keynotes

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Spark everyday creativity, agility & resilience to navigate an ever-evolving landscape with association keynote speaker Josh Linkner.

Key trends and opportunities that Josh helps Associations leaders navigate

Josh has extensive experience speaking to, advising, and participating as a member of associations. He's delivered keynotes and led workshops for some of the leading trade and business associations, including ASAE, National Association of Realtors, American Bankers Association, American Petroleum Institute, NEMRA, FINRA, International Foodservice Distributors, NADA, National Retail Federation, American Dental Association, American Nurses Association, and the American Bus Association.

Digital Transformation and Tech Integration

In the ever-evolving digital landscape,  business and trade associations are not just adopting new technologies; they're leading with them.

  Imagine leveraging AI not just for efficiency but for creating deeply personalized member experiences. It's not about the technology itself but about how we use it to foster innovation and connection.

Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Think bigger than the bottom line. Today's associations are integrating sustainability not just as a practice but as a core value, driving not only environmental stewardship but also social impact.

 It's about harnessing the collective power of members to make a tangible difference in the world, turning green practices into gold standards in corporate responsibility.

Data Security and Privacy

In an age where data breaches are the new normal, prioritizing security is not just prudent; it's paramount.

Associations are stepping up, adopting robust cybersecurity measures to protect their most valuable asset: trust. By safeguarding member data, we're not just preventing loss; we're building a fortress of credibility and reliability.

Lifelong Learning and Micro-Credentials

Learning never stops. By offering micro-credentials, associations are not just educating; they're empowering.

 Each course, each certification, is a building block in the lifelong journey of professional growth. It's the accumulation of these blocks that builds a career and maximizes impact.

Advocacy and Policy Influence

 Associations are wielding their collective voice not just to speak up but to speak out, influencing policy decisions that shape the industries they represent.

 It's about moving beyond networking and knowledge sharing to become a powerful force for change, championing the interests of members on the grand stage of policy and advocacy.

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Hi, I'm Josh.

Josh Linkner — a New York Times bestselling author — is a rare blend of business, art, and science.

On the business front, he’s been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which created over 10,000 jobs and sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

He’s the co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā Venture Partners - an early-stage venture capital firm investing in groundbreaking technologies.

Over the last 30 years, he’s helped over 100 startups launch and scale, creating over $1 billion in investor returns. He’s twice been named the EY Entrepreneur of The Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

Josh has extensive experience speaking to, advising, and participating as a member of associations. He’s delivered keynotes to some of the leading trade and business associations including: ASAE, American Society for Quality, National Association of Realtors, American Bankers Association, American Petroleum Institute, Edison Electric Institute, NEMRA, CUNA, FINRA, International Foodservice Distributors, NADA, National Retail Federation, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Dental Association, American Nurses Association, and the American Bus Association.

While proud of his business success, his roots are in the dangerous world of jazz music. He’s been playing guitar in smoky jazz clubs for 40 years, studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has performed over 1000 concerts around the world.

His experiences in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation. Josh is the co-founder and Chairman of Platypus Labs, a global research, training, and consulting firm.

Today, he’s on a mission to help leaders Find A Way™ through creative problem-solving, inventive thinking, and ingenuity.

Keynote Topics
+ Outcomes

Find A WayTM

Every problem can be solved, and every opportunity can be seized. Through a proven innovative framework, you'll discover new paths to explosive growth, competitive advantage, and sustainable results.

Expand organization-wide capability for creative problem-solving and inventive thinking.

Big Little BreakthroughsTM

Instead of high-risk moonshots, the most innovative leaders cultivate a high volume of ‘micro-innovations’ and build a culture of everyday innovation.

Gain the tools to become an everyday innovator.

The Music of Business

What business leaders can learn about agility, collaboration, creativity, and performance under pressure from the mysterious world of jazz.

Inject artistry and agility into your business through an unforgettable, interactive experience.

*Please note this topic requires additional talent + gear.  Accordingly, additional costs apply.

The Innovative Leader

Become an unstoppable force by unlocking your and your team's ingenuity, gaining confidence, and boosting results in times of dramatic uncertainty and disruption.

Elevate your capacity to lead and win in volatile times.

Disciplined DreamingTM

A proven system for driving breakthrough creativity. Learn how to balance raw imagination with business rigor to achieve profound and predictable results.

Boost creativity and rigor simultaneously to achieve better outcomes.

Rethink. Reboot.

The business you’ll be running in five years will be dramatically different than today. Unlock the definitive playbook on reinvention, relevancy, and sustainable success.

Gain the confidence to venture into the unknown and thrive, no matter what the future brings.

Innovation in the Age of AI

A modern framework to unlock sustained profitable growth at the intersection of technology and human creativity.

Josh shows you how the path forward involves integrating human creativity with artificial intelligence to thrive amidst uncertainty, rapid change, and disruption.

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5 Ways Josh Turns Your Event Up To "11"

sparks a mindset

Sparks a mindset & movement.

His authentic, relatable, research-backed content - with real-world case studies and a high-energy delivery - will inspire your audience to uncover and activate new opportunities every day.


Moves your team into action.

Your audience will not only be energized, motivated, and inspired, they’ll become better equipped with specific tools, frameworks, and techniques to drive meaningful results in the months and years ahead.


Handcrafted, not canned.

Josh takes the time to listen deeply before custom-building a keynote experience just for you. This ensures that every minute is on-point, relevant, and targeted to your unique challenges and opportunities.


Real and accessible.

Josh applies Find A Way™ principles in his everyday work as a leader, venture capitalist, musician, and author. Leaders inspired by his keynote often reach out to him for help finding a way in their everyday work.


Impact - 11, Drama - 0.

Coming from a place of humility and service, Josh believes that a great keynote is about the audience, not the speaker. Meeting professionals often call Josh one of the best keynote speakers to work with.