Speaking: About Rohit – Bios & Headshots
Welcome event planners + media! This page has all my “official” bio information and links to headshots for print or media usage. Below you will find several different length bios ready for cutting and pasting. My headshot is at left, and book cover shots and more images are available lower on this page.
ABOUT ROHIT – The “Just The Facts” One-Liner Bio
Rohit Bhargava – Trend Curator | Storyteller | Listener | Nice Guy
Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator, storyteller and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five business books. He is the founder of multiple companies and also teaches marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University.
ABOUT ROHIT – The “Short On Space” Under 100 Word Short Bio
Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator, marketing expert, storyteller and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books including Non-Obvious and Likeonomics. After spending 15 years leading brand strategy at two of the most highly respected marketing agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett), Rohit left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur and is currently the founder of multiple companies including the Influential Marketing Group and Ideapress Publishing. He teaches marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University and regularly travels the world as an entertaining, humble and non-boring keynote speaker.
ABOUT ROHIT – The “Tell Us Everything” Full Bio
Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator and storyteller who has dedicated his career to helping brands and leaders be more influential and believable by embracing their humanity and personality. He is the author of five best selling business books on wide ranging topics including business trends (Non-Obvious – Wall Street Journal bestseller) and trust and believability (Likeonomics – shortlisted for Best Sales/Marketing Book of the Year by 1800CEORead).
His first book, Personality Not Included (published by McGraw-Hill in 2008), won the prestigious Gold Atticus award and is still widely cited as a favorite of executive leaders and CEOs around the world for its groundbreaking ideas on leadership, branding and personality.
Over the past 18 years, Rohit has advised hundreds of global brands as a former executive at two highly respected marketing agencies (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett) and has lived and worked in multiple countries, including Australia and the Philippines. Since leaving the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, Rohit has founded multiple companies including the Influential Marketing Group – an independent marketing + strategy consultancy, Ideapress Publishing – an independent publisher of business books and most recently, The Non-Obvious Company – a unique network of experts dedicated to helping pioneering leaders evolve and transform their business to succeed in the future.
Due to his reputation as an entertaining, humble and non-boring keynote speaker, Rohit has been invited to headline events in 31 countries around the world where his popular talks have inspired audiences from 10 to 10,000 people. He is a two time TEDx speaker and routinely rated among the top speakers in the world on marketing, branding and actionable business trends.
Beyond his presence on stage, Rohit is a dedicated writer (and proud English major in college!) and written thinking on business trends and signature annual trend research report called the Non-Obvious Trend Report has been read and shared over a million times online. For the past 12 years he has also been writing his personal “Influential Marketing Blog” which has been featured in global media and named one of the top 25 marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine. He is also regularly interviewed and featured as an expert commentator in global media including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR.
Rohit is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University with concentrations in Global Marketing and English and completed a Masters Degree in English at the George Mason University. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
On a personal level, Rohit is married and lives with his wife and two young boys in the Washington DC area. He is a lifelong fan of anything having to do with the Olympics (he’s been to five so far!), actively avoids anything having to do with cauliflower (yuck!), and believes that the most entertaining and impactful job he will ever have is being a great dad and teaching his sons to be kind when no one expects it, curious about the things others take for granted, and confident enough to change the world.
ABOUT ROHIT – MORE DOWNLOADABLE IMAGES
Sometimes event planners need more than just the standard headshot for promotional purposes. To help, I have collected images of me speaking, book cover shots and an assortment of additional images into a single Flickr gallery. You are welcome to use any of these images for promotional purposes – and all images are available in multiple sizes directly from the gallery (including high resolution).
ABOUT ROHIT – “Bullet Point Lover” Quick Facts Bio
- Award winning keynote speaker with recent invitations to speak at Global Communications Forum in Davos, multiple TEDx events, Wharton Business School, Canadian Marketing Association, and dozens of other large and exclusive events in 27 countries around the world.
- Former co-founder of the world’s largest team of social media strategists at Ogilvy (one of the world’s largest marketing agencies) – and currently CEO of the Influential Marketing Group.
- Bestselling author of five books, including his latest Non-Obvious (Wall Street Journal Best Seller)
- Author of the highly anticipated annual “Non-Obvious Trend Report,” viewed online by more than half a million people.
- One of the most highly rated Professors at Georgetown University in Washington DC (teaching Global Marketing and Public Speaking/Pitching)
- Has been interviewed or featured as a business expert by Fast Company, New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, MarketingChina, BBC, CBS, and many other media sources
- Dual citizen of Australia and USA with experience speaking in 31 countries around the world
- Named one of the “Most Influential South Asians In Media and Entertainment” by global recruiting firm Korn/Ferry
- Named to the “2013 Top 100 Thought Leaders In Trustworthy Business Behaviour” along with Sir Richard Branson and business guru Tom Peters
- Winner of the coveted Gold Atticus award for thought leadership (by media holding company WPP)
ABOUT ROHIT – “Who Really Cares About Word Count?” Gratuitously Long Bio
Rohit’s passion is helping brands and leaders be more influential by embracing their humanity and personality.
Rohit believes the world would be a better place if companies and leaders acted in more human ways, and he has dedicated his career to advising organizations and people on how to do it. For more than a decade, he has been recognized as a pioneer in digital marketing, branding and social business.
He is the author of five books on topics as wide ranging as the future of healthcare, how to build a brand with personality and why leaders never eat cauliflower. His most recent book Non-Obvious was an instant best seller on Amazon and was named a Wall Street Journal best seller. His second book, Likeonomics, was shortlisted by 800CEORead as the Best Sales/Marketing Book of the Year. Every year, he also publishes a highly anticipated “Non-Obvious Trend Report” that features 15 new trends that will shape the future of business. This interactive report has been viewed or downloaded online more than half a million times and been featured in the global media and on stage at dozens of events including the World Communications Forum in Davos.
For more than ten years, Rohit has also authored his Influential Marketing Blog which has been honored with multiple awards and named one of the top 25 marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine. His blog is best known for helping shape the emerging fields of digital marketing and social media marketing in multiple ways across more than 1200 articles he has published there so far. The blog has been read and shared by millions of readers and continues to be one of the most popular single-author marketing blogs in the world.
All of his thinking and writing is based on Rohit’s personal experiences over a 15+ year career as a marketing agency executive at two of the largest agencies in the world — Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Across those roles, and in his current position as CEO and Founder of the Influential Marketing Group (IMG), Rohit has advised hundreds of global brands on marketing strategy including IBM, American Express, Under Armour, Intel, Marriott, Pfizer, and The World Bank.
Prior to leaving the agency world in 2012 to start IMG, Rohit co-founded the world’s largest team of social media strategists at Ogilvy back in 2004 and helped start Leo Burnett’s first in house digital agency in Australia back in 2000. Showing a knack for looking around the corner at trends to come, Rohit first introduced the now industry standard practice of Social Media Optimization (SMO) on his blog, and predicted back in 2009 that content marketing and curation would be the future of social media.
Early in life Rohit developed his passion for the world outside America, growing up as a “World Bank kid” thanks to his father’s job. This hunger drove him to live in Australia for five years after graduating from Emory University (even getting his Aussie citizenship, fair dinkum!) and traveling the world for business and pleasure.
This global experience gives him a different perspective than most US-centric marketing experts. Rather than being a “guru” of one discipline (a tempting title since he is, in fact, Indian) … he instead believes that it is the intersections between these many industries, cultures and ways of thinking that allow the most pioneering brands and leaders today to prepare for success tomorrow.
Rohit is a two time TEDx speaker, and has headlined at events alongside business visionaries including Simon Sinek, Arianna Huffington, Gary Vaynerchuck and Malcolm Gladwell. His style at events is “non-obvious,” irreverent, story driven, and he always ensures that audiences leave with a combination of inspiration and real life actionable advice that will help them to DO something differently as a result of his talk. He has been invited to speak in 31 countries around the world and his books have been translated into 9 languages.
Aside from keynote speaking, he is regularly quoted by media outlets including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and NPR. As he often likes to joke, he is also an “occasional” Professor at Georgetown University where his first popular signature global marketing course challenged students each year to solve challenges from multiple regions of the world, and travel to London for a week to work on real life client challenges. Since then, he has launched a new signature course focused on “Non-Obvious Speaking and Pitching” which teaches masters level executive students about how to be more influential through their public speaking and using storytelling to be more compelling in any talk.
His teaching, speaking and consulting style all come down to a single word … non-obvious. He avoids hype, aims to provide real value, and at the heart of all his professional work still believes in the power of great marketing to change the world for the better.
Rohit also actively supports two important causes – encouraging more children to become entrepreneurs and supporting and mentoring more women business leaders. He has devoted his time and resources to multiple nonprofit groups working on both causes and sometimes also accepts probono advisory or speaking requests for these causes. He is also a former Board Member of the Center for Plain Language and creator of The Personality Project – a collaborative ebook featuring pioneering and successful female business leaders.
He lives and travels from the Washington DC area, where he lives with his wife Chhavi and two young boys.