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About John

“I love ideas—learning about them, connecting them and occasionally creating them. My curiosity takes me on unpredictable journeys across widely disparate landscapes of issues, questions and possibilities.”

—John Danner

John Danner is a thought leader, trusted advisor and respected teacher at the intersection of leadership, innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship.

For over four decades, John has helped senior business, nonprofit and government executives all over the world navigate rapidly changing environments like high tech, healthcare, energy, financial services, and consumer products.

John is a sought-after advisor to Fortune 500 enterprises, mid-market businesses and emerging ventures worldwide.

He co-founded a widely-read national business newspaper in healthcare.

John has held senior-level state and federal positions, working for then-Governor Bill Clinton and the first U.S. Secretary of Education.


And at Morrison & Foerster, he represented major legal clients in telecommunications, real estate, energy, and investment banking. 

John teaches at two of the nation’s finest universities: the University of California Berkeley and Princeton University.

In addition, he anchors executive education programs on five continents, including Aspen Institute leadership seminars.  


John’s media coverage includes The New York Times, The Economist, and LA Times. He created the idea for TED University, and is a popular keynote speaker for executive and industry audiences globally.  

John earned JD, MPH and MAEd degrees at UC Berkeley, and his BA from Harvard.

For more information on working with John, click here.

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