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Douglas Scherer’s keynote delivery is engaging, unique, and thoughtful.


He has presented at a diverse array of international conferences including the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Oracle OpenWorld, the Meaningful World Annual Mind-Body-Eco-Spirit Festival at the United Nations, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology Business School Gala.


The presentations he shares unite in leadership stories of presence and empowerment that support the kind of leaders we need now.

Keynote Topics

  • Productivity Metrics Are Not Productive. Engagement is the future.

  • Intuitive Decision-Making

  • Escape the Prison of Past Successes, Failures & Habits 

  • Change Agent Transformation 

  • Opening to New Strategic Directions


Uncertain crossroads force people to see things differently, to push past their assumptions and habitual ways of thinking, to rewrite their playbook.

​Douglas's highly participatory workshops support transformation and empowerment to explore strategic and flexible thinking, decision making, centering in crisis situations.

Join these events to better lead through community engagement built from trust and innovation for effective individuals and teams.

  • Welcoming Change, Impermanence and Transformation
  • Embracing Cognitive Dissonance while  Magnifying Resonance
  • Creating an Environment that Sparks Innovation and Commitment
  • Easing Your Stressors 
  • Inspiring Employee Engagement


Dr. Scherer is an accomplished author with a body of work that includes his most recent work, F.O.R.G.E.D. which provides guidance backed by interviews of leaders from major corporate boards of directors to leading the local food pantry. These stories become the six Forged Leader Practices:

Favor Compassion

Own the Unexpected

Recast Ideas

Go with Intuition

Employ Action Communications

Drive Community Bonds.

F.O.R.G.E.D. ranked #1 New Release and #1 Bestseller on


He also authored two technology books published by McGraw-Hill and Prentice-Hall and a video training series on Prentice-Hall which together sold nearly 50,000 copies.


About Douglas

Speaker – Facilitator - Author

Douglas Scherer is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential and achieve greater fulfillment, happiness, and productivity. He is a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and retreat leader who believes in fostering a culture of trust, transparency, and collaboration. With a diverse background in mindfulness, reflective learning, and leadership, he takes a holistic approach to his work, addressing the needs of the whole person and organization.


Dr. Scherer's latest bestseller, F.O.R.G.E.D.: Six Practices of Great Leaders in Volatile Times, is a testament to his passion for empowering individuals through conscious leadership development. He is also a professor at Columbia University, where he has designed courses on leadership and technology, and published numerous books and papers.

If you're looking to unlock the full potential of your team, Dr. Scherer invites you to join him on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and transformation. Together, you can create a positive and productive work environment where everyone thrives.


Praise for F.O.R.G.E.D.: Six Practices of Great Leaders in Volatile Times

Douglas Scherer draws on his many years of research and organizational experience to set out practices that will help leaders develop the attitudes, values, and approaches that will serve them well as they execute their roles. These are the practices that are learned through experience in challenging times (what Douglas calls “The Forge”), from working creatively and with an open mind to communicating and building communities around the work to bringing compassion and intuition into the leadership style. Douglas presents examples from business, the Military, and the not-for-profit world to help readers see the practices in action. Leaders (current and aspiring) will find good guidance on preparing themselves to assume key roles in any form of entity. 

— Deirdre Silberstein, President, Silberstein & Associates LLC

Even More Praise

"Each anecdote and story perfectly illustrates essential life wisdom followed by quick, practical ways to help navigate and courageously manage the beautiful chaos that is leadership. This book is for anyone seeking to humbly be shaped and forged into a better leader, while compassionately helping others do the same."

— Miri Rodriguez, CEO of Mindful Leadership, Author of Brand Storytelling and Storyteller at Microsoft Corporation


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