Alan Deutschman


Alan Deutschman, professor and Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, is one of America's most provocative thinkers about leadership and change. His inspiring book, Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders, was selected as one of the best business books of the year by Strategy + Business magazine as well as by the Miami Herald. In a 25-year career as a journalist, Alan has been the Silicon Valley correspondent for Fortune, a senior writer at Fast Company, the "Profit Motive" columnist for GQ, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and New York Magazine. 

His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Newsweek, and Alan is also the author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Change or Die and A Tale of Two Valleys, and his books have been translated into eight languages. He has been the keynote speaker at leadership conferences for organizations ranging from General Electric to National Public Radio.



Leadership is the art of transforming how people think, feel, and act. Though some experts make it seem overly complicated, it really has only two elements: what you say and how you act. And according to Alan Deutschman, most aspiring leaders focus too much on words and not nearly enough on setting an example. In this talk based on his book, Walk the Walk, Deutschman presents a clear, focused, and insightful theory of leadership. He tells revealing true stories about a wide range of authentic leaders (in business, education, the military, community, social change, and non-profits) who always walked the walk, especially when times got tough. Deutschman also shows the devastating consequences of not walking the walk, even on seemingly minor matters. The eye-opening examples in Walk the Walk will inspire leaders at all levels to rethink their priorities.

Appropriate Audience:  Adults; can be tailored for high- and middle-school students.

Duration: 1-1½  hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Wireless microphone preferred

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter. 

Categories: Professional and Organizational Development