Former President & COO of Microsoft
Rick Belluzzo, a son of Italian immigrants, was born in San Francisco and spent his entire childhood in northern California. Belluzzo learned early in life the importance of hard work and ambition. Upon graduating San Francisco’s Golden Gate University, he began his career as a cost account at Hewlett-Packard. He continued at Hewlett-Packard for 23 years, eventually leading 76,000 employees and accounting for over two-thirds of the company revenue. Read More >
Building Business: People, Persistence, & Innovation
Business is All About People
Many companies and organizations are struggling to respond to the challenges brought about by disruption and change. New technology, competition, changing regulations, and shifting business models are but a few of the forces that can result in disappointing results and even failure. Often the challenge begins with a culture that was not developed to reflect these new demands and unable to innovate and capitalize on new opportunity. Read More >
Belluzzo will lead the audience through a series of principles that he has found to be effective in tackling this problem. These principles are based on specific experiences developed while working in the technology industry and driving cultural change that can become the basis for a world-class company, built for a modern environment. These case studies will capture his experiences at Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, SGI, Quantum, and other companies where efforts to transform a culture was a critical priority. Read Less ^
In the fall of 2009, Rick Belluzzo was asked to speak to leaders of the UK National Health System, as they began to embark on massive change as a result of a significant and permanent decline in the government funding for healthcare. Out of this two-hour seminar, Belluzzo has brought together a collection of "lessons learned" on leading organizations through transformation. These lessons can be applied to businesses and organizations in all industries and organizations - large and small. Read More >
The material is presented in a positive manner reinforced by successful outcomes. It captures all critical aspects of leading change from business strategy, execution, innovation, and leading people. Read Less ^
In today's ultra competitive, fast changing business environment, the path to success and achievement requires a long-term approach that is creative, yet grounded in a set of enduring principles. Rick Belluzzo has shared his experience and principles for success to large audiences around the world. These principles are based on his personal story - growing up in an immigrant family and achieving success at the highest level of several global corporations. Read More >
These principles are intended to both challenge and motivate people to expand their career horizon. Read Less ^
"Rick is a true professional. He is a grounded, wonderful person—and did his best to reach our audience! As I made my rounds to the different sessions after his talk (as many as 20+ at one time, in different rooms on different topics), I heard presenters referring to Rick's presentation and reiterating his wise words that related to their product and talk."
"Rick even showed interest in our company enough to attend a session—his idea! The Q&A could have been really tough for Rick because our attendees are not corporate—but he handled each question like a pro. His stories were wonderful and his delivery was perceived as if you were in his living room, not a stage and auditorium. In fact, the audience was as comfortable with him as he was with himself. After the Q&A and his talk, people still approached him—and he has the patience of a saint!!!"
"Rick was a success, and everyone came out of his session energized and informed! I really enjoyed my time with him. Like I said, he is a mensch! Rick never got frustrated or put off. He rolled with the punches! And, with a great sense of humor, he can definitely take a joke! I consider it an honor to have met him, been in his presence and I hope to hear him speak again sometime. Thanks—you were right—he is tremendous!"