Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles. Sterling Hawkins has overcome in his own life. From flat broke to selling the first company he founded in 2004, from a broken family business to a successful one, and from fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world, Sterling’s story is a perfect example of how anyone can take any situation and create anything from it.  

As a business leader, entrepreneur investor and futurist, Sterling Hawkins is an internationally renowned keynote speaker.

As a 5th generation retailer and still very active in retail innovation, he has worked with the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to create the future of commerce, and today evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually which are looking to dynamically transform retail and how people fulfill on their wants and needs.

He has worked with countless startups, investment groups, retailers, brands and Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Mitsubishi, Zebra Technologies, Stater Bros. and more to ignite innovation and innovation thinking inside their organizations. 

Sterling Hawkins has been seen in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, ABC Money, AlleyWatch, Yahoo Finance, Forbes and other major media outlets. Living at the intersection of in-store, online and the 4th Industrial Revolution, Sterling is actively shaping the future of commerce by helping others create and respond to innovation in a way that betters businesses, communities and the human condition.

Sterling Hawkins | Business Innovation


Testimonials from previous audiences:

Ryan Long Founder, City Summit & City Gala – 
“Thank you Sterling for a breath taking speech on Innovation!! Your 
mindset and delivery is epic and amazing and I am ever so grateful 
for your presentation at City Summit! Riveting!!”

Ravi Kanniganti Product & Program Leader, Zebra Technologies – 
“I highly recommend him and we’ll definitely have him back!” 
Molly Newman Director, Seamless Africa
“Sterling’s contribution to Seamless Africa 2018 was a vital part of an informative event which tackled pressing issues in the retail and ecommerce sector His willingness to engage with other conference attendees and speakers, have honest conversations, and pledge to work together with other players to provide effective payment solutions will have a lasting effect on the industry. It was nothing short of a pleasure working with Sterling and his team”

Michael Mikyska Retail Managing Director, Innerworkings, Inc. – “Sterling combines powerful storytelling with meaningful information and tools leaving listeners excited and empowered to take action. He’s one of only a few speakers I’ve seen that actually makes a real difference. We’ll definitely have him back!”

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