Soren Kaplan is a bestselling and award winning author, an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, a Columnist for Inc. Magazine, a globally recognized keynote speaker, and the Founder of Praxie.com. Business Insider and the Thinkers50 have named him one of the world’s top management thought leaders and consultants.
Soren has advised and led professional development programs for thousands of executives around the world, including Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Hershey, Red Bull, Medtronic, Roche, Philips, Cisco, Visa, Ascension Health, Kaiser Permanente, CSAA Insurance Group, American Nurses Association, and many others. He has lectured at the Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne Business School, Breda University in the Netherlands, and with other MBA and executive education programs globally. Soren’s debut book, Leapfrogging, was named “Best Leadership Book” and The Invisible Advantage received the “Best General Business Book” distinction by the International Book Awards. He has been quoted, published, and interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, National Public Radio, the American Management Association, USA Today, Strategy & Leadership, and The International Handbook on Innovation, among many others. He holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology and possesses dual US-French citizenship.
Soren’s perspective on personal growth and development, team collaboration, and innovation is informed by diverse experiences. With dual American and French citizenship, he comes from a rich heritage grounded in art, design, and a tenacious spirit to challenge the status quo. As one of the world’s first female professional photographers, Soren’s great grandmother, Georgette Chadourne, captured portraits of European artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
His great grandfather, the silversmith Jean Puiforcat, represented the high point of the French art deco movement. His revolutionary designs and namesake are now owned by the luxury brand Hermes. And his grandfather, Jacques Kaplan, an internationally known fur designer in the 1960’s, was the first furrier to denounce using endangered species and was recognized by the World Wildlife Fund for his boldness in challenging an entire industry – which was inspired by his direct involvement in the modern art movement including his friendship with Andy Warhol. Soren continues his family’s tradition of trailblazing new paths to surprising new ideas and solutions that make a positive mark on the world.