Richie Norton

Richie Norton

  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Expert in corporate growth and personal development industries
  • “Top 40 Under 40 Best and Brightest Young Businessman.” Pacific Bus. News

Travels from Honolulu, Hawaii

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Richie Norton is the bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid as well as the #1 Amazon download Résumés Are Dead and What to Do about It. He is an international speaker and consultant for the corporate growth and personal development industries, a social entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of Global Consulting Circle.

Norton has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and other national publications both in print and online. The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival named The Power of Starting Something Stupid the winner of the business category and the grand prize winner of all book categories in its annual competition. In 2010, Pacific Business News recognized Norton as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii.

He founded the Empower Laie Project in Hawaii which has educated hundreds of families on principles of self-reliance. Norton helped institute/manage the International Business Conference where executives from over 100 companies from the USA, Asia and Canada were trained over 3 years. He created a joint-venture cashmere export company in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a joint-venture inflatable bouncer company in Apia, Samoa.

He taught The 7 Habits, applied business and social entrepreneurship at BYU Hawaii. He also served as the Chairman of the Business Advisory Board of BYUH’s national award winning SIFE team.

Norton founded an international mentor capital company with the mission to help end poverty and foster self-reliance through self-employment. He created a joint-venture cashmere export company in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and a joint-venture inflatable bouncer company in Apia, Samoa. He also helped to establish what is now known as the Mark & Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship (CIE), where he also serves on the Mentor Venture Capital Board, helping budding entrepreneurs in Mongolia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Fiji, Australia, Japan and other countries.

Norton was instrumental in the institution and management of the annual International Business Conference (IBC). The main focus of the conference(s) has been “Creating Wealth in a Global Economy” and “Creating Wealth in a Changing World” with a focus on “Doing Business in China,” and “Venture Capital and Private Equity: Building Wealth in a Declining Economy.” This conference has established a network of top CEO’s and business leaders from the USA, Canada and Asia from over 100 companies and numerous industries. He served as President of a financial services company for over 3 years.



Learn firsthand The Power of Starting Something Stupid (Shadow Mountain, 2012) as it relates to the unique DNA of your group or organization.  Participants will leave with the clarity, drive and actionable steps necessary to institute intentional change and foster engagement (both personally and professionally)–with the inspiration and resolve to make the necessary changes stick.


This topic is compelling and not for the faint of heart. Stephen M.R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author called the book “sheer genius.” Resumes Are Dead tackles one of life’s toughest choices: money or meaning? The training is relevant, timely and career-critical. Learn how to design a career that supports your quest for both money and meaning—providing you the freedom to pursue your dreams.

Do you want to land your dream job? Would you like to create a dream job for your employees so your top talent sticks around and contributes profoundly to your bottom line? How can you get a job if there’s a hiring freeze? Learn the 5 steps that will allow you to create money, meaning and freedom in your life. This is career development reworked, unconventional and results-driven.


Norton loves to speak and consult on other related topics as well. Such as (listed in no particular order): business for creatives, business management, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, leadership, international business and marketing. Each presentation is a unique experience, created to address the fundamental issues of each respective group. Whatever your occasion, he’ll discuss your particular needs before the event and develop material crafted to meet the needs of your organization.


“I have experienced many dynamic speakers. Richie Norton is among the best. Richie captivates his audience with personal and relevant stories that bring a contagious amount of energy, and he effectively ignites a passion within all who are listening that they can be more.”   Kyle Tresner, President & Executive Director at The Journey Foundation

“I heard about Richie Norton a long time before I met him in person, so when the opportunity came to meet and then be trained by this incredible young American, I began by believing he had surely been oversold. Instead, he more than lived up to his advance press.  When he speaks, he delivers the 3 E’s of successful training:  He EDUCATES, he ENTERTAINS and he EMPOWERS! Richie has a remarkable gift of communication.”  James W. Ritchie, Former Sr. V.P. of Franklin Quest and General Partner of Ritchie Enterprises, LP