Rick Smith is a speaker, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author with an eclectic range of accomplishments.
He founded World 50, the leading global senior executive networking organization. World 50 contributors include Robert Redford, Bono, Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Francis Ford Coppola and more than 100 other iconic leaders. More than half of the Fortune Global 1000 are World 50 customers.
Smith is the co-founder of Fast Radius, an innovative company aiming to shape the future of digital manufacturing. He is the co-founder of Bionic, and the founder of the Bionic Network, working with the most respected organizations (GE, Boeing, Tyco, Cisco, etc.) to launch net new growth businesses in a repeatable, scalable way.
Rick is the founding CEO of Next Generation Leadership, the leading CEO succession development program for the Fortune 500, with faculty representing the most respected Chief Executives of a generation, including Anne Mulcahy, A.G. Lafley, Jim Kilts, Carlos Gutiérrez, Jack Welch and others.
He is the author of two nationally bestselling books, The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Random House/ 2003), and The Leap (Penguin Portfolio/2009), both of which reached #1 on the Amazon business bestseller list, and have been translated into more than 13 languages.