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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 is dead. Engagement is the future of work.

  • Intuitive Decision-Making

  • The Use of Seeking Tension


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.


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.

His work grows out of these core principles of leaders and teams:




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



Author & Lecturer

Dr. Douglas Scherer (Ed.D. / CISA, CDPSE, CSM / MBSR-QT, RYT200) is a seasoned information technology executive, experienced with developing worldwide collaborative teams and leading highly leveraged programs and a Lecturer in Columbia University’s M.S. in Technology Management programs.

Douglas has presented at a diverse array of international conferences including the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Oracle OpenWorld and the Meaningful World Annual Mind-Body-Eco-Spirit Festival at the United Nations. Having achieved Qualified Teacher status in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, he champions the power of compassion and leadership presence.

His unique multi-faceted background is accompanied by many published articles, books, and papers. His most recent book, F.O.R.G.E.D.: Six Practices of Great Leaders in Volatile Times, was ranked #1 for a month on Amazon’s new release list. His roles as author and series technical advisor yielded a body of Oracle technology books and videos published by Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill’s Oracle Press imprint, together selling over 50,000 copies.

Dr. Scherer’s long-term affiliation with Columbia University, where he received his M.S. and Doctoral degrees, includes many years as lecturer and course designer, as well as three years as Chair of the former Database and Design Certification program.


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

"I'm a huge fan of the metaphors in F.O.R.G.E.D. because being able to temper attributes like patience and persistence is key to thriving in business."

— David Meltzer, Co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing, best-selling author, and top business coach


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