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Surrounded by Geniuses

Surrounded by Geniuses, now available in a new paperback edition, is an award-winning guide to unlocking the brilliance in yourself, your colleagues, and your organization, and finding new and more powerful ways to deliver amazing value to the customers, citizens, members and associates you serve.

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Lessons from the Sandbox

Lessons from the Sandbox, a critically-acclaimed international bestseller, is all about how to create greater innovation and business success based on a set of wonderful gifts and abilities we all had as children.

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Lessons from the Sandbox


We also provide a wide range of consulting services to leading companies and organizations that are designed to enhance innovation and business success. Click here to be directed to the VENTURE WORKS Inc. website to learn more about our range of strategy, innovation, customer experience, and leadership development services and solutions…

For more information on any of these programs please contact Alan directly at: or 301.585.1600


Looking for a great keynote presentation, seminar, or a customized training program to bring out the best in all of your people? If so, we can help…

In fact, we’ve designed a wonderful and dynamic set of keynotes, seminars, and workshops that will challenge and inspire everyone in your organization. These sessions run from 45 minutes to two days in length and can be tailored to meet your specific needs and the results you are trying to achieve.

Our current programs are titled:

  • Surrounded by Geniuses: Unlocking Brilliance in Yourself, Your Colleagues and Your Organization
  • Reinventing the Customer Experience
  • Leading Innovation and Change: Seven Keys to Building a More Innovative and Successful Organization
  • Discovering the Real Meaning and Power of Diversity
  • Childhood Lessons for Business and Adult Success

We also offer remarkable one- and two-day Team Learning Adventures at your location or in leading cities around the United States and the world.

These programs are based on Alan Gregerman’s highly-acclaimed books Lessons from the Sandbox and Surrounded by Geniuses, and have earned the highest reviews from business and civic leaders, trade and professional associations, entrepreneurs and educators. They have been featured on National Public Radio, ABC World News, CNN, and in Business Week, the Washington Post and more than 250 other publications around the world. They are ideal for audiences interested in understanding the real keys to innovation and business success, bringing out the best in people at all levels, being different in ways that matter to customers, and thinking creatively for fun and profit.

We also offer free and reduced cost programs for nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of at-risk children, low-income communities and people with develop-mental disabilities.

For more information on any of these programs please contact Alan directly at: or 301.585.1600

Or Tom Neilssen at the BrightSight Group: or 609.924.3060

The BrightSight Group is the exclusive representative for my speaking and seminars.


Short and to the Point Version

Alan Gregerman is an award-winning and best-selling author, consultant, teacher, keynote speaker, and all-around nice guy who has been called “one of the most original thinkers in business today” and “the Robin Williams of business consulting.” An internationally-renowned authority on business strategy, innovation, and the hidden potential of adults, his work focuses on helping companies and organizations to unlock the genius in all of their people in order to deliver the most compelling value to their customers.

Slightly Longer Version

Dr. Alan S. Gregerman is President and Chief Innovation Officer of VENTURE WORKS Inc., a consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area that helps leading companies and organizations to develop winning strategies and create successful new products, services, ventures, and new ways of doing business. His customers are a wide range of Fortune 500 corporations, growing firms, start-ups and nonprofits including Discovery Communications, Marriott International, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Lockheed Martin, L-3, Raytheon, Omnicom, CGI, ICF International, the International Finance Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, Children’s National Medical Center, and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Alan is an internationally-known expert on strategy, innovation, and unlocking the talent in people at all levels of organizations. In the past 20 years he has helped more than 300 teams and organizations to create important innovations—with a 90% success rate. He is also an award-winning teacher, author, and keynote speaker who has been called “one of the most original thinkers in business today” and “the Robin Williams of business consulting.” His first book, Lessons from the Sandbox, provided a powerful formula for business success based on the magic of childhood. His newest book, Surrounded by Geniuses—winner of the Axiom Award as one of the best leadership books of 2008—shows companies and organizations how to unlock compelling value by finding powerful insight in their own people and the world around them. Before starting VENTURE WORKS Alan was Director of Entrepreneurial Services for a national consulting firm, Special Assistant for Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the first Visiting Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Library of Congress. He has also worked as a mapmaker, subway mechanic, and hotel housekeeper.

Alan earned his B.A. in geography, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, and his M.A. in economic geography and Ph.D. in urban and technological planning, with highest honors, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In his free time, he is founder and President of Passion for Learning, Inc., where he is involved in efforts to build innovative partnerships between the business community and low-income schools to make curriculum come alive for at-risk children. Alan is also an active member of Leadership Greater Washington, serves on the boards of the Primary Care Coalition and the Promise of Good Sports, and is math and writing tutor in the public schools. He and his wife Lisa have three children, Sara (17), Carly (13) and Noah (10).