Keith Ferrazzi has transformed the lives and careers of clients and readers worldwide, bringing 20 years of research and experience to the art and science of business relationship development. His signature focus on success through relationships – a deeply energizing passion – has fueled his own incredible rise to prominence. Both Forbes and Inc. have called him one of the world's most "connected" individuals.
Ferrazzi has won a place as one of the top thought leaders in American business. His first book, Never Eat Alone, redefined networking today. His #1 NY Times bestseller Who’s Got Your Back focuses on lifeline relationships, a narrow category of deep, trusting peer relationships that disproportionately affect our careers and well-being. Ferrazzi has been named a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, one of the top "40 Under 40" business leaders by Crain's Business, and one of the most creative Americans in Who's Really Who. His latest book is Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration.
Ferrazzi grew up in Latrobe, PA, where his father was a steelworker and his mother a cleaning lady. He and his entire family worked double shifts to send him to the very best prep schools – and ultimately to Yale undergrad and Harvard Business School – imbuing in Ferrazzi a sense of gratitude that has deeply influenced his message: Generosity in relationships as the cornerstone of success.
As founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research-based consulting and training company, Ferrazzi provides corporate leaders with strategic consulting and training to improve sales, performance, and team cohesion, with an emphasis on personal transformation. Ferrazzi launched his career as the youngest Chief Marketing Officer in the Fortune 500 at Deloitte Consulting, and was also CMO at Starwood Hotels and CEO at YaYa Media.
Ferrazzi’s foundation, Greenlight Giving, engages collaborative action to bring together visionary leaders to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Greenlight Giving leverages developments in relationship science from Ferrazzi Greenlight’s Research institute to change lives through programs including Serve & Grow - bringing sustainable changes to Guatemala, Words 2 Life - helping kids in the foster care system to develop a network of positive mentors and role models through music, and CollegeCONNECT - teaching students techniques and skills to develop meaningful, lasting, and mutually beneficial relationships.
Ferrazzi moves audiences to action and has been enthusiastically recognized as one the world’s most dynamic, engaging speakers. He has received accolades from an impressively diverse list of listeners: Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, the United Nations, Facebook, the World Economic Forum, Kraft, GM, Century 21, AT&T, and Aon, to name a few. Ferrazzi has been a contributor to CNN and CNBC, and a guest on Larry King Live and the Today Show. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc., Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.
“Ferrazzi's insights on networking are indispensable, whether you are just starting out or 30 years into your career. His instruction on how to create and leverage one's network for professional advancement and revenue growth reminded us how we developed in our positions to begin with, through our personal and professional relationships. We left energized and focused on rekindling our personal network strategy."
I was blown away, as were the rest of the Forbes staff and all the attendees I spoke with. We're definitely doing that again."
“I consider myself a great networker and connector. Keith brought me to the next level!”
“I thought that was just tremendous. I sat there myself thinking this is one of those people you
wish you’d met 20 years earlier. It was very powerful. Outstanding!”