Doug Conant

Doug Conant

  • As CEO, Reversed the decline of Campbell’s Soup Company
  • Top Thought Leader on Trust, 2014 and 2015; Top Leadership Speaker – Inc. Magazine
  • Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute

Travels from Pennsylvania

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Douglas R. Conant is a New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker with over 40 years of leadership experience at world-class global companies. He is Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI) at Northwestern University, Chairman of CECP, and Chairman of Avon Products. From 2001 to 2011 he served as President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company where he dramatically reversed a precipitous decline in market  value, delivered cumulative shareholder returns in the top tier of the food industry, and led employee engagement levels from being among the worst in the Fortune 500 to being  consistently among the best.

Having worked his way from the bottom of the corporate ladder to the top, and having overcome career setbacks and personal challenges along the way, Doug brings a unique “in-the-trenches” expertise to his groundbreaking speeches.  Before serving as CEO of Campbell, Conant worked in marketing at General Mills, held leadership positions in marketing and strategy at Kraft, and served as President of the Nabisco Foods Company. Doug was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust for 2014 and 2015, a Top 100 Leadership Speaker by Inc. Magazine, a Top 30 Leadership Professional for 2015 by Global Gurus, and a Leader to Watch in 2015 by the American Management Association (AMA).

He earned a BA degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.



Mastering Effective Practices for Top-Tier Performance in the New Millennium

The 21st century is unfolding at an unprecedented pace with exponential complexity. Mastering the craft of leadership today demands an understanding of both enduring leadership principles and high-impact leadership practices for delivery of consistently superior outcomes. In this energetic keynote, Doug shares powerful lessons gleaned from his success in leading organizations to top-of-class performance. Learn why leadership that works is:

  • Devoted to the spirited pursuit of high performance
  • Focused on continuous improvement
  • Committed to creating value for all stakeholders



Making Tough Decisions in a Fiercely Complex World

In this spirited keynote, Doug uses personal anecdotes from his successful tenure as a Fortune 500 CEO to show why embracing an abundant approach to leadership is essential to making tough decisions and creating high-performance organizations. Learn why leaders must reject a scarcity mindset; discover how to embody an Abundant Approach. Empower your team to achieve superior and sustainable outcomes by being Tough-Minded on Standards and Tender-Hearted with People.



The “Soft Stuff” is the “Hard Stuff” It’s All About the People

In this impactful keynote on Employee Engagement, Doug challenges 21st century leaders to champion a People-First approach to building powerful organizations that win in the workplace and in the marketplace.

  • Learn CEO tips for Attracting, Developing, Engaging, and Retaining the best employees.
  • Master strategies for building sustainable high-performance relationships.



Unlocking Your Full Leadership Potential in an On-Demand Age

In this counter-intuitive keynote, Doug illustrates how the many moments in a day that seem like “interruptions” aren’t preventing leaders from doing their work; these moments are the real work of leadership today. Building on his New York Times best-selling book, Touchpoints, Doug provides immediately applicable strategies for creating powerful leadership connections in the smallest of moments.

  • Learn the “Listen, Frame, Advance” model for interactions.
  • Get Doug’s actionable blueprint for making every moment more productive


“Douglas Conant’s keynote presentation and insights were of enormous value in preparing our members to assume the CEO role in their companies. They particularly appreciated the time he took to have individual conversations between each session. Doug practices what he preaches, and these personal interactions had a profound impact on our members.” KENDALL CROLIUS, PRESIDENT, G100 NEXT GENERATION LEADERS

“We all found Doug’s words insightful and inspiring. He is an engaging and thoughtful speaker and his approach and advice regarding interpersonal skills and relationships in the workplace was immediately actionable and practical.”  GOOGLE

”Doug Conant has proven himself to be a very disciplined CEO – focused, able to let go of what doesn’t fit, building greatness step-by-step, laying foundations for decades down the road while delivering results today.    His example shows how effective business leadership can be quiet and bold, studious and decisive, disciplined and creative.  He and Mette Norgaard make a great team for bringing these leadership lessons to the world.” Jim Collins, author of Good to Great

“Doug Conant’s deep understanding of business, leadership and people all come together in TouchPoints. With Mette Norgaard, he provides an excellent guide for driving results through the skilled use of personal interactions.” James M. Kilts, former Chairman and CEO, The Gillette Company

“There are few opinions in the world I trust more than Doug Conant’s on the subject of real human development of colleagues. He and Mette Norgaard have delivered an inspired book that will aid in your personal success.” Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup

“We all found Doug’s words insightful and inspiring. He is an engaging and thoughtful speaker and his approach and advice regarding interpersonal skills and relationships in the workplace was immediately actionable and practical. “Google

“Doug Conant is famous in the consumer food industry for transforming struggling companies like Nabisco and Campbell Soup into high functioning, high potential organizations.  TouchPoints, which details Conant and Norgaard’s strategy of viewing daily interruptions as a leader’s opportunity to influence, inspire, and shape events, is a must-read for new and seasoned executives alike.” – Alexandra Levit, syndicated business columnist; author of New Job, New You

“Doug Conant was the perfect keynote for our daylong conference with regional leaders from the business, civic and government sectors. His down-to-earth style and lessons from his long and distinguished career as a business leader, set the tone for a great day for our group. His remarks played to all members of our audience, not just business leaders and gave people easy-to-apply lessons for their own work. Doug also was excellent in the unscripted portion of his segment, providing great responses to a wide array of challenging and thought-provoking questions. Thanks again for recommending Doug as our keynote speaker!” Steven T. Wray, Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

Praise for TouchPoints


“In TouchPoints Campbell Soup’s extraordinary CEO Doug Conant and Mette Norgaard have created a superb leadership guide to empower people by leading in every interaction – up close and personal, hands on, and tough-minded, yet tender-hearted. You’ll learn an enormous amount about leadership if you let them mentor you through this remarkable book.” Bill George, Professor, Harvard Business School and Author of True North

“A profoundly relevant book on the fundamental power of human connections—and how it drives lasting change for every leader, every time.” Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me

“Being an effective executive in today’s over-scheduled, fast-paced ‘interruption age’ is not mutually exclusive with being an accessible and engaged leader. Indeed, recognizing that everyday ’touchpoints’ represent opportunities to teach and to enhance corporate culture is a prerequisite for success.”  Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext

“Leave it to Conant and Norgaard to define the future of leadership.  In this brilliant new view, they uncover hidden opportunities we each have to turn everyday ‘warm moments’ into powerful venues for breakthrough thinking in your organization.  This book makes all the rest seem old and tired.” Faith Popcorn, CEO of BrainReserve, futurist, and bestselling author

“Conant and Norgaard reveal the secrets of great leadership. Yes, hard skills count, but soft skills – deftly managing a conversation, caring about the people around you, posing the perfect question in a crisis – make all the difference. This practical and insightful book shows how to transform the behaviors and results around you.” Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind