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Journalist and digital pioneer, Robert Safian built Fast Company into one of the most trusted sources for what’s next to come. As editor-and-chief of the award-winning monthly publication, he seeks out business trends and innovators, identifying and profiling the next breakthrough leaders, companies, and products before they go mainstream. While Fast Company showcases the latest in technology, business, and design, Safian also aims to inspire “a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business” as well as the way we live and work.

Uncannily gifted at finding "the next big thing," Safian published the first cover story about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, when the company was just three-years-old and still relatively unknown. Under his watch, Fast Company has also been one of the first major media outlets to run features on Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix before they exploded into mainstream culture.

As managing director, Safian's responsibilities extend beyond the editing room. For the past ten years, he has worked closely with Fast Company's advertising, marketing, and finance departments, setting and meeting business goals as well as expanding the publication's paid subscription base to over 800,000 readers and tripling traffic and revenue year after year.

Prior to joining Fast Company, Safian spurred growth and buzz at Fortune, Time, and Money. When he took the reigns at Money, the publication was in a financial slump, plagued by dwindling readership. Safian's leadership and editorial savvy revitalized the magazine, increasing ad pages by 7% and revenue by 13.5% in two years.

As part of his commitment to inspiring positive change, Safian organizes and hosts the Fast Company Innovation Festival as well as several live events that feature interviews with the most creative minds working today in technology, healthcare, fashion, Hollywood, and other influential sectors.

Full Profile

Robert Safian is one of the most sought after speakers, moderators and interviewers in modern business by chronicling thousands of odds-defying organizations and leaders, getting inside access to their secrets of success. He synthesizes their lessons into insightful and thoroughly entertaining presentations filled with compelling storytelling.

Robert Safian is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company, the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation, technology and leadership. Written for, by, and about the most creative business leaders, Fast Company and its affiliates inspire people to think beyond traditional boundaries and embrace a future that is evolving more rapidly than ever. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2009, Safian has also served as an executive editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its chief editor for six years.

Safian has emerged as a leading voice in the Innovation Economy, propelled by a reputation for near-clairvoyant prediction. He was the first editor to put Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on a magazine cover and covered Airbnb, Netflix and Uber long before they were household names. Whether assessing a startup in Detroit or the tech scene in Palo Alto, an innovator in Shanghai or an iconoclast in Cape Town, Safian is constantly translating what is cutting-edge to the mainstream. By presenting stories of the people behind innovative business thinking, he provides hope to millions of talented professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders that meaningful change is possible.

Safian stewards several of the most groundbreaking business gatherings, including The Innovation Festival in New York City and the Creativity-Counter Conference in Los Angeles. He has conducted onstage interviews with many of the world’s most intriguing leaders including Serena Williams, Chelsea Clinton, Princess Reema Bint Bandour of Saudi Arabia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sarah Jessica Parker and the CEOs of Pepsico, Chobani, Pixar, Nike, Under Armour, J Crew, Warby Parker and more. He has been a keynote presenter at events ranging from SxSW Interactive to the United Nation’s Global Accelerators Council, the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show” to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. He is a frequent guest on CBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and other TV networks.

In addition to all of Safian’s wide experiences, pool of knowledge, and deft storytelling skills, he is also warm, approachable, and an” expert at working with event organizers to personalize his presentations for each audience.


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Robert Safian, Business Keynote Speaker: TEDxConnecticutCollege


Business keynote speaker and the award-winning editor of Fast Company, Robert Safian illustrates what kind of people will best thrive in today's volatile business environment and how you can become a member of a group he refers to as "Generation Flux." He clarifies that this group is not based on chronological age, but rather "a willingness or ability to creatively adapt to changes" that are unfolding around us.

Surveying trends from the Dot-com Era onward, Safian shows how the accelerated rate of change has led to a market that moves so quickly that we can no longer identify what it takes to have long-term success. "We are in a very real sense living in a time of chaos," he admits.

What distinguishes members of Generation Flux and drives their success is their ability to quickly and constantly add new skills to their tool kit. More often than not, this involves trailblazing new frontiers in areas that no one is trained for. "We're going to be over our heads a lot, and that's a good thing," Safian comments. "That's what we need to prepare ourselves for the world we're moving into."

Robert Safian, Business Keynote Speaker: Moderated Conversation with Michael Dell


Robert Safian, Business Keynote Speaker: Predictions for the Next 20 Years



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


As editor-in-chief and managing director of the highly regarded business magazine, Fast Company, Robert Safian’s access to business masterminds and industry influencers is unmatched. An inspiring storyteller with an unrivaled understanding of the difficulties today’s organizations face, he challenges companies to rethink their business model in a modern atmosphere where “there are no more rules.” Drawing from interviews with over 1,000 CEOs, founders, and innovators, Safian outlines new developments that truly matter, how successful businesses frequently reinvent themselves, and what it takes to thrive in a market where the only constant is change.

The Secrets of Generation Flux
Modern business is pure chaos. To succeed in this climate requires a whole new approach. Organizations need to cultivate people who can thrive in an environment of constant change. They are the members of Generation Flux. Less a demographic designation than a psychographic one. Generation Flux describes a mindset that embraces instability and finds opportunity in disruption, recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.

Anyone can learn to be more GenFlux but the adjustments required are not simple. The vast bulk of our institutions -- educational, corporate, political -- are not built for flux. While many leaders talk about emphasizing agility, there is still an incomplete understanding on how to make that work.

Robert Safian, who coined the phrase Generation Flux, has delved deep inside cultures from Nike to Starbucks to Taco Bell, interviewing scores of GenFluxers, from established CEOs and leaders like General Stanley McChrystal to upstarts with diverse backgrounds and perspectives at places like Buzzfeed, FX Networks, Airbnb, Soulcycle and more. Safian offers a framework for understanding this rapidly changing playing field and compelling insights on how to recruit and empower GenFluxers to drive your future success.

Is Your Company a "Fast" Company?
With the rising pace of competition and ever-changing consumer demands, it can be very hard for business leaders to look toward the future. Robert Safian, editor of the award-winning innovative business magazine Fast Company, defines the important distinction of being "fast", and provides three distinct guidelines to help companies and business people determine how to ensure future success by incorporating elements of agility and adaptation. Audiences walk away with the tools necessary to assess and implement a "fast" approach to business.

How Breakthrough Leaders Thrive Amid Chaos
This may be one of the most intriguing leadership speeches you will ever experience. Safian shares the inside stories of amazing leaders who have transformed their organizations and their industries in the face of constant change in culture and business.

He explores how and why these leaders view rapid changes as a vast pool of opportunities, and how they develop and coordinate a talented workforce to creatively capture these opportunities. Both inspiring and educating, Safian shares the tools and knowledge necessary to become breakthrough leaders.

Lessons of the World's Most Innovative Companies
In this informative and enlightening presentation, Fast Company magazine's award-winning editor Robert Safian shares his firsthand experience with the likes of Apple, Starbucks, and Under Armour, offering insights on today's most innovative companies. He shows how companies can thrive, even in tough times, by embracing the power of innovative ideas and creative execution.

World-class Moderator
Getting to the heart of the story and digging to find insights that will resonate long after your event is over is Robert Safian's specialty. One of the best interviewers of our generation, he deploys a warm, disarming style, able to weave hard-hitting topics and emotional reflections into a compelling narrative. He also has an innate ability to tie varying speeches and panels together into one central message, creating more effective and entertaining general sessions. Take the time to learn more.



Robert Safian Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"Robert Safian was the perfect speaker for our Leadership and High Performance Conference. The audience loved him."
- Conference Director, HSM

"Yesterday's appearance was fantastic! Bob was a pleasure to meet and see in action. An interesting presentation and audience participation was exactly what VMware was looking for and they got it. He stayed and additional hour listening to the following panel discussion before departing."
- Event Planner, VMware

"€œBob Safian was an excellent speaker at our annual meeting. His keynote really resonated with our audience because of his intimate knowledge of events and the challenges that our attendees face on a day-to-day basis. His thought-provoking session provided valuable insight, allowing our audience to immediately connect with him. It was the perfect kickoff to start our annual event."
- CEO, Intl. Assn. of Exhibitions & Events

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for delivering such a thought-provoking experience at our Leadership Forum this week. In talking to my team, it was clear that they heard your message. A "Fast Company€" must relentlessly question, collaborate and challenge assumptions. Thank you again for reminding us to use a wide lens on our work."
- President, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

"Great Job Again! And he was so wonderful to work with. It no secret why we keep coming back to him."
- Senior Event Producer, August Jackson

"Thank you Bob for making our Sales Kickoff Meeting a huge success."
- Event Marketing Director, Abbott




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"Robert Safian was the perfect speaker for our Leadership and High Performance Conference. The audience loved him."
- Conference Director, HSM

"Yesterday's appearance was fantastic! Bob was a pleasure to meet and see in action. An interesting presentation and audience participation was exactly what VMware was looking for and they got it. He stayed and additional hour listening to the following panel discussion before departing."
- Event Planner, VMware

"€œBob Safian was an excellent speaker at our annual meeting. His keynote really resonated with our audience because of his intimate knowledge of events and the challenges that our attendees face on a day-to-day basis. His thought-provoking session provided valuable insight, allowing our audience to immediately connect with him. It was the perfect kickoff to start our annual event."
- CEO, Intl. Assn. of Exhibitions & Events

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for delivering such a thought-provoking experience at our Leadership Forum this week. In talking to my team, it was clear that they heard your message. A "Fast Company€" must relentlessly question, collaborate and challenge assumptions. Thank you again for reminding us to use a wide lens on our work."
- President, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

"Great Job Again! And he was so wonderful to work with. It no secret why we keep coming back to him."
- Senior Event Producer, August Jackson

"Thank you Bob for making our Sales Kickoff Meeting a huge success."
- Event Marketing Director, Abbott


The Secrets of Generation Flux
Modern business is pure chaos. To succeed in this climate requires a whole new approach. Organizations need to cultivate people who can thrive in an environment of constant change. They are the members of Generation Flux. Less a demographic designation than a psychographic one. Generation Flux describes a mindset that embraces instability and finds opportunity in disruption, recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.

Anyone can learn to be more GenFlux but the adjustments required are not simple. The vast bulk of our institutions -- educational, corporate, political -- are not built for flux. While many leaders talk about emphasizing agility, there is still an incomplete understanding on how to make that work.

Robert Safian, who coined the phrase Generation Flux, has delved deep inside cultures from Nike to Starbucks to Taco Bell, interviewing scores of GenFluxers, from established CEOs and leaders like General Stanley McChrystal to upstarts with diverse backgrounds and perspectives at places like Buzzfeed, FX Networks, Airbnb, Soulcycle and more. Safian offers a framework for understanding this rapidly changing playing field and compelling insights on how to recruit and empower GenFluxers to drive your future success.

Is Your Company a "Fast" Company?
With the rising pace of competition and ever-changing consumer demands, it can be very hard for business leaders to look toward the future. Robert Safian, editor of the award-winning innovative business magazine Fast Company, defines the important distinction of being "fast", and provides three distinct guidelines to help companies and business people determine how to ensure future success by incorporating elements of agility and adaptation. Audiences walk away with the tools necessary to assess and implement a "fast" approach to business.

How Breakthrough Leaders Thrive Amid Chaos
This may be one of the most intriguing leadership speeches you will ever experience. Safian shares the inside stories of amazing leaders who have transformed their organizations and their industries in the face of constant change in culture and business.

He explores how and why these leaders view rapid changes as a vast pool of opportunities, and how they develop and coordinate a talented workforce to creatively capture these opportunities. Both inspiring and educating, Safian shares the tools and knowledge necessary to become breakthrough leaders.

Lessons of the World's Most Innovative Companies
In this informative and enlightening presentation, Fast Company magazine's award-winning editor Robert Safian shares his firsthand experience with the likes of Apple, Starbucks, and Under Armour, offering insights on today's most innovative companies. He shows how companies can thrive, even in tough times, by embracing the power of innovative ideas and creative execution.

World-class Moderator
Getting to the heart of the story and digging to find insights that will resonate long after your event is over is Robert Safian's specialty. One of the best interviewers of our generation, he deploys a warm, disarming style, able to weave hard-hitting topics and emotional reflections into a compelling narrative. He also has an innate ability to tie varying speeches and panels together into one central message, creating more effective and entertaining general sessions. Take the time to learn more.


Robert Safian, Business Keynote Speaker: TEDxConnecticutCollege


Business keynote speaker and the award-winning editor of Fast Company, Robert Safian illustrates what kind of people will best thrive in today's volatile business environment and how you can become a member of a group he refers to as "Generation Flux." He clarifies that this group is not based on chronological age, but rather "a willingness or ability to creatively adapt to changes" that are unfolding around us.

Surveying trends from the Dot-com Era onward, Safian shows how the accelerated rate of change has led to a market that moves so quickly that we can no longer identify what it takes to have long-term success. "We are in a very real sense living in a time of chaos," he admits.

What distinguishes members of Generation Flux and drives their success is their ability to quickly and constantly add new skills to their tool kit. More often than not, this involves trailblazing new frontiers in areas that no one is trained for. "We're going to be over our heads a lot, and that's a good thing," Safian comments. "That's what we need to prepare ourselves for the world we're moving into."

Robert Safian, Business Keynote Speaker: Moderated Conversation with Michael Dell


Robert Safian, Business Keynote Speaker: Predictions for the Next 20 Years