Zack Friedman

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  • Founder & CEO, Make Lemonade
  • Forbes Contributor
  • White House, Blackstone, Morgan Stanley Alum
  • Revolutionary CFO of the Year (Middle East)

Zack Friedman helps companies and people reach their full potential.

Millions of people rely on inspirational thought leader and financial expert Zack Friedman for advice. Through his appearances on CNN and MSNBC, and his regular column in Forbes, Zack Friedman is known for making his business advice simple, practical and empowering. 

Zack combines his deep experience as an entrepreneur, investor, executive and author to deliver inspiring, motivational and actionable keynotes that drive results.

Through engaging storytelling and real-world examples, Zack isolates the financial habits and behaviors that significantly drive innovation, creativity and energy for every audience.

A Wharton MBA and Harvard alum, his thought-provoking leadership lessons have been formed by his travel to all 50 states and 30 countries. Zack has interacted with presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and billionaires – and shares his fresh insights on leadership, transformational change and peak performance that will inspire you to take action.

Zack Friedman is an electrifying keynote speaker for audiences ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, from universities to government agencies, and to the general public.

 
  

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How Leaders Lead, While Managers Just Manage

Leadership and management are not one in the same. Zack Friedman harnesses his experiences from Wall Street to The White House to identify the powerful ways that leaders execute, innovate and drive results within organizations. Zack has interacted with presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and billionai ...

Leadership and management are not one in the same. Zack Friedman harnesses his experiences from Wall Street to The White House to identify the powerful ways that leaders execute, innovate and drive results within organizations. Zack has interacted with presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and billionaires – and knows what separates them from the pack. This presentation will help leaders:

  • Develop a transformational, results-driven style of leadership
  • Challenge conventional wisdom
  • Build, inspire and engage teams with long-term commitment
  • Create a mission-oriented organization with high performance results
  • Speak your truth with a unique voice

How To Build A Winning Culture That Drives Lasting Commitment

Companies like to talk about their culture, but what are the universal elements that create passion for executives and employees alike? Why are some companies more successful at attracting and retaining employees for the long-term? Today, employees view company culture as important as salary and ben ...

Companies like to talk about their culture, but what are the universal elements that create passion for executives and employees alike? Why are some companies more successful at attracting and retaining employees for the long-term? Today, employees view company culture as important as salary and benefits. A winning culture is more than the company handbook – it is ingrained intuition that every member of your organization can develop to bolster customer service and drive employee enthusiasm. Zack Friedman has advised Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, and has distilled the best elements that create high engagement and high performance. This presentation will help companies learn:

  • The underlying beliefs and behaviors that comprise successful company cultures
  • How to build a mission-driven, employee-centric organization
  • 7 companies with revolutionary corporate cultures that engage employees and create ever-lasting loyalty
  • 5 steps to develop a values-based organization
  • How to evolve your culture in changing times

Think Like A Start-Up: How To Compete In The A Tech-Driven World

No matter your industry, there is a young, hungry start-up planning and plotting to drive disruption and innovation. In a transformative, technology-driven world, . In this presentation, you will learn: How to think like a revolutionary start-up How to develop a passionate, mission-driven start-up ...

No matter your industry, there is a young, hungry start-up planning and plotting to drive disruption and innovation. In a transformative, technology-driven world, . In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How to think like a revolutionary start-up
  • How to develop a passionate, mission-driven start-up enterprise
  • Embrace the 5 character traits of a successful entrepreneur
  • How to position your organization to embrace a start-up philosophy to drive innovation and disruption
  • How to avoid the 5 pitfalls of start-up mentality
  • The 3 ways that disruptors disrupt the competition

What I Learned From Lunch With Warren Buffett

Zack had the honor of visiting Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha and having lunch with the world’s most successful investor, Warren Buffett. In this presentation, you will learn: How Warren Buffett selects winning investments The 3 character traits that set Warren Buffett apart Warren Buffett’s single wo ...

Zack had the honor of visiting Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha and having lunch with the world’s most successful investor, Warren Buffett. In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How Warren Buffett selects winning investments
  • The 3 character traits that set Warren Buffett apart
  • Warren Buffett’s single worst investment
  • How to apply Warren Buffett’s philosophy to your organization
  • Warren Buffett’s best life lessons

Live Your Daily Championship: How To Unlock Your Potential In 60 Minutes

We all want to reach our potential and live our best life. In our fast-paced world, our commitments to work, family and others often come first. That means that there is less time left for you. In this inspirational presentation, Zack Friedman takes you on an exhilarating ride where you will learn: ...

We all want to reach our potential and live our best life. In our fast-paced world, our commitments to work, family and others often come first. That means that there is less time left for you. In this inspirational presentation, Zack Friedman takes you on an exhilarating ride where you will learn:

  • How to develop your best self to achieve peak performance
  • How to remove the roadblocks to personal and professional happiness
  • The art of failure as an essential tool for self-improvement
  • How to live an inspired life with no regrets
  • How to find balance and equilibrium in your life

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<p>Zack Friedman is a regular Forbes contributor</p>

Zack Friedman is a regular Forbes contributor

Sharing his extensive financial expertise in Forbes, Zack Friedman is known for exceptional insights on current events and crafting simple, practical and empowering business advice.  Follow him regularly.

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<p>What Millennials Need To Know About The Equifax Credit Breach</p>

What Millennials Need To Know About The Equifax Credit Breach

CNN has called Zack Friedman “the guy for the case.” When it comes to issues of national financial importance, media outlets turn to Zack Friedman for answers. Take the Equifax data breach as one example. Zack Friedman offers this action-oriented game plan to the over 140 million Americans impacted by the Equifax credit breach, and what they can do to protect their credit and personal financial information.

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Biography

 

Zack Friedman combines his deep experience as an entrepreneur, investor, executive and author to deliver inspiring, motivational and actionable keynotes that drive results.

Entrepreneur & CEO. Zack is the Founder & CEO of Make Lemonade, a technology-driven, personal finance marketplace that helps consumers make smarter financial decisions so that they can live a better financial life.

Executive & Investor: Before founding Make Lemonade, Zack served as CFO of an international energy company, and worked on Wall Street as a hedge fund investor. Previously, he worked at The Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley, and advised boards of directors and management teams of Fortune 500 companies. Zack is a former White House intern to the Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton.

Thought Leader. A nationally-recognized author, Zack has written over 100 columns for Forbes. He is a national voice and thought leader on topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship and investing, among other topics. He regularly interviews top CEOs and entrepreneurs on leadership, strategy, growth and change.

Zack’s work has appeared or been referenced in numerous publications including Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, MSN, MarketWatch, NBC News, U.S. News & World Report, New York Magazine and others. He also appears regularly on television and radio, including for CNN, MSNBC, NPR and ABC. CNN has called him “the guy for the case.”

Education. Mr. Friedman received a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard. He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Leadership. Zack was named the “Revolutionary CFO of the Year” in the Middle East. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member emeritus of the Dean’s Council at Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and California Bar.

He has served as a board director for several energy and healthcare companies, and as a lecturer at Columbia Law School.

USA Today named him one of the Top 20 college students in America as a member of the All-USA College Academic Team. The Asia Society named him an Asia 21 Young Leader, one of the top leaders under the age of forty who will impact global affairs in coming decades.