Helping leaders succeed. Rick Williams is available for speaking engagements nationally and internationally.

Speaker And Event Moderator

Rick is an established and engaging speaker and program moderator. He has spoken at programs at the Harvard Cub of New York, numerous Directors Roundtable programs, Harvard Business School, industry associations, educational institutions, professional associations, and numerous podcasts.

Topics from his book Create the Future® include:

  • Start by Imagining Success
  • Making Difficult Decisions
  • Your Zone of Leadership – Where You Will Succeed

Topics from his published articles include:

  • You board of directors can be a value accelerator for your company
  • How to maximize the value of your board of directors
  • What Business Are We In?

Using Rick’s skills as a facilitator, he is often asked to moderate or facilitate events and panel discussions to ensure full engagement with the panelists bringing forward their insights on the topic.


“Rick has the rare ability to deliver relevant and useful information that keeps the audience engaged. He was incredibly informative with his deep leadership experience coming out through the stories and examples. Without hesitation, I recommend Rick as a speaker.” 

—Beth Yohai, Vice President Business Development, AIM (Associated Industries of Massachusetts)

“Rick led us through a discussion of how to think about success for a new initiative with case examples. He drew on his book Create the Future. Interesting with valuable insights and take aways.”

—Stephanie Oestreich, Board Director, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network & Chief Business Officer, Galecto, Inc

“Rick is a rare breed. He understands the nuances associated with building sustainable businesses through cohesive board leadership.”

—Gregg M. Stein, Founding Partner, Triple G Ventures

“Rick Williams was masterful as the moderator. His questions were insightful and direct—he has the unique ability to distill complex topics into an easy to understand narrative.”

—Raj Sharma, Managing Director – Wealth Management, Merrill Private Wealth Management

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Podcast Examples

Your Board of Directors – A Value Accelerator 

Gregg Stein of Triple G Ventures and Rick discuss why a fully engaged board of directors can be valuable to companies of all sizes.

A Founder’s Guide to Startup Boards

Everything Founders Need to Know About Setting-Up a Board for maximum success.

“Rick is a former President of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. He has also organized and spoken at many of the most important programs we have organized for the HBS alumni community and the greater Boston business leadership community. I know Rick as a thought leader for issues facing business leaders and an articulate communicator.”

Stephen Pittman, President, Harvard Business School Association of Boston, CEO, SD Pittman & Co. LLC

“Rick’s thought leadership videos for offer deep insight and take viewers to the next level of understanding.”

Bob Adams, Founder, and CEO of Business Town

“Rick moderated and organized our program on Financing Strategy: From Creation to Exit. Rick is a strong facilitator and contributor. His leadership resulted in a successful event for healthcare executives representing a broad range of markets including medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health IT.”

Alan Lucas, Founder of New England Healthcare Executive Network.

“I have been Chairman of the ENET, the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network, for several years. Rick’s talk to our early stage company founders and leaders on the value of a high performance board of directors was one of the best presentations we have had. I highly recommend Rick as a thought leader and speaker.”

Rob Adelson, Partner, Engel & Schultz, LLP; Chairman, ENET

“Rick did a fantastic job for our inaugural Latinos in Bio (LiB) Board-Ready Program. He outlined the role and responsibilities of a board of directors’ member and the value a board brings to the company. Our participants got an incredible value and insight from Rick's presentation and from his vast experience serving on and managing boards. We're looking forward to having him back next year!”

Carolina Alarco, Co-Founder and Chair, Latinos in Bio, Founder & Principal, Bio Strategy Advisors

“You were a great guest for our board of director podcast. Our listeners were impressed and found your comments interesting and informative. Thanks for making us look good!”

Joe Ayoub, Co-Host, On Boards Podcast & President, Varuna Strategies

“Rick shared compelling business insights on my WCUW radio interview program and the feedback we’ve received has been great!”

Jonjy Ananth, President, WCUW

“You were a terrific lead speaker for our program ‘A Board of Directors – Making Your Company More Successful and You a Better Leader’ Thank you for helping organize the program and leading the panel discussion. Great feedback!”

David Bertoni, President, North Shore Technology Council

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