Purpose Driven Change Agent, Former Global CMO, Hyatt, Gannett, NBC Universal & Univision
A purpose-driven change agent in the tradition of Simon Sinek, Jim Collins and Roy Spence, Maryam Banikarim shows organizations how to shift mindsets and build themselves through the lens of purpose. Known as a fearless force for change with a track record of creating and leading successful brands such as Hyatt, Gannett, NBCUniversal and Univision, Maryam’s game-changing presentation demonstrates how to define your purpose, differentiate your brand, make the case for change, rally the troops internally and share it with the world. As a dedicated press freedom advocate, in 2019 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) elected Banikarim as the next chair of RSF USA's board of directors after serving as an advisory board member since 2013. She is also sought after as a thought leader on transformation, purpose-based branding, multi-cultural marketing, the changing role of the CMO and women’s leadership. A builder of businesses, teams and brands who brings boundless energy and an incredible range of experience to the speaking stage, Maryam is catalyst for any organization that is looking to evolve, change and become purpose-driven. Read More >
Interview with Forbes
Make a Difference Day With Maryam Banikarim
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It’s not about what you make. It’s what you stand for. Purpose-driven organizations define the deeper reasons for their organization’s existence to inspire stronger commitment from their employees and higher levels of loyalty and engagement from their customers. They also achieve extraordinary business results, outperforming the general market by 15:1. In this transformational presentation, Maryam Banikarim shows you how to define your purpose, create a case for change, rally the troops internally and share it with the world. Sharing case studies from Southwest Airlines, Hyatt, Gannett and others, she provides actionable steps for building an organization through the lens of purpose. Bringing contagious passion and memorable success stories Maryam makes the case for becoming purpose-driven—energizing leaders and employees alike.
Drawing upon her experiences as Global CMO at Hyatt and CMO at Gannett and Univision, Maryam Banikarim builds upon her signature presentation on purpose-driven organizations to specifically focus on purpose-driven marketing. Sharing examples from brands such as Southwest, Starbucks and BMW as well as her own breakthrough work at Univision, NBCUniveral, Gannett and Hyatt, she examines what works, what doesn’t, and the importance of making purpose the foundation of your external brand identity. From developing a purpose statement to leveraging consumer insights to develop effective—and most importantly, authentic—external messaging. This energizing and inspiring presentation provides audiences with an invaluable purpose-driven playbook that can be applied to any brand in any industry.
Apple. Mini Cooper. Starbucks. Harley Davidson. Dove. These are the brands that consumers covet. They have reached the pinnacle of branding by achieving the “irrational loyalty” of their customers, which Maryam describes as “consumer behavior that is decidedly crazy”. How did they foster a love, passion and preference for their brands that defies mere logic? Which strategies and practices can any organization put in place? Marketing maven Maryam Banikarim explains how truly great brands create experiences that foster strong relationships—and drive results.
Back in ‘90s New York, when Mark Zuckerberg was still in middle school and having an email address meant that you were a dork, a group of pioneering tech entrepreneurs in “Silicon Alley” were busy changing the world. Maryam Banikarim was part of this group, launching the first generation of web-based media companies. It was then she learned to peer over the horizon and chart a course to the future—empowering her own future success as a global CMO and purpose-driven change agent. In this inspiring presentation, she shares the seven secrets to success in an ever-changing business world—from embracing risk to never leaving the learning curve. Filled with wisdom from the entrepreneurs and thought leaders she admires, Banikarim provides a blueprint for innovation and transformation that will have you seizing the day, your potential, and the future.
"Maryam's knowledge and energy combined with her sense of humor and creativity truly delights an audience and makes them excited to listen and learn. It's always a treat to hear her speak. I always learn something new."
"Maryam was a huge hit! Her candor, passion and honesty shines through and several participants told me she was one of the highlights of their experience."
"With wit and humor, Maryam's speaking style connects with audiences in a conversational manner. Her experience in disruption and reinvention allows her to speak on topics that both guide and inspire."
"Maryam has the experience and style that engages her audience. Her authenticity, combined with her deep content, and empathy for our work brought out some great discussion. My team cannot wait to have Maryam back."
"Maryam Banikarim is an engaging and vibrant speaker who was able to immediately establish a connection with the audience during her remarks. Her energy, sense of humor, and remarkable background made for a fascinating presentation on the work-life equation that kept the audience absorbed and led to a lively Q&A afterwards from many who wanted to hear more. Maryam’s candor and genuine desire to foster dialogue and support around women facing career transitions set her apart as a speaker and allowed for a truly valuable and high-impact event."