Speaking Engagements

Board & Advisory services for middle market, technology companies
Rick Williams - CEO & Board Advisor
Rick is available for speaking engagements nationally.
Topics building on themes from his writing include:
 Create the Future™ - for your company and yourself  
     - What does success look like?
     - How to choose the future.
     - Finding your Zone of Leadership.
• You board of directors – a value accelerator for your company
• Preparing to Raise Capital
• Overcoming Barriers to Growth
• Preparing Your Company for Sale
• What Business Are We In?

Your Board of Directors – A Value Accelerator - Podcast Interview

Gregg Stein runs Triple G Ventures. Gregg interviewed me for his Success at Scale Podcast. We discussed why a fully engaged board of directors can be valuable to companies of all sizes. Gregg is a drummer like I am a sailor. You will enjoy the energy of this short video.

"Rick is a rare breed. He understands the nuances associated with building sustainable businesses through cohesive board leadership. It was an absolute pleasure hosting him on Success at Scale with Triple G Ventures."

Gregg M. Stein
Founding Partner | Triple G Ventures

A Founder’s Guide to Startup Boards

Everything Founders Need to Know About Setting-Up a Board for maximum success.

View video of Rick moderating this panel discussion for the national Young Startup Venture Summit.


“Thanks for leading this engaging discussion of CEOs and a venture investor on the value of a quality board of directors to early-stage companies.”

Andy Clapp
Managing Partner | Brightside Venture Partners, LLC

“You were a great guest for our board of director podcast. Our listeners were impressed and found your comments interesting and informative. Thanks for making us look good!" Joe Ayoub, Co-Host, On Boards Podcast & President, Varuna Strategies

"Rick Williams was masterful as the moderator. His questions were insightful and direct - he has the unique ability to distill complex topics into an easy to understand narrative."  Raj Sharma, Managing Director – Wealth Management, Merrill Private Wealth Management

"Rick has the rare ability to deliver relevant and useful information that keeps the audience engaged. He was incredibly informative with his deep leadership experience coming out through the stories and examples. Without hesitation, I recommend Rick as a speaker." Beth Yohai, Vice President Business Development, AIM (Associated Industries of Massachusetts) 

“Rick led us through a discussion of how to think about success for a new initiative with case examples. He drew on his book Create the Future. Interesting with valuable insights and take aways.”
Stephanie Oestreich Board Director, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network & Chief Business Officer, Galecto, Inc

"Rick is a former President of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. He has also organized and spoken at many of the most important programs we have organized for the HBS alumni community and the greater Boston business leadership community. I know Rick as a thought leader for issues facing business leaders and an articulate communicator."  Stephen Pittman, President, Harvard Business School Association of Boston, CEO, SD Pittman & Co. LLC

I have been Chairman of the ENET, the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network, for several years. Rick’s talk to our early stage company founders and leaders on the value of a high performance board of directors was one of the best presentations we have had. I highly recommend Rick as a thought leader and speaker.”  Rob Adelson, Partner, Engel & Schultz, LLP; Chairman, ENET

“You were a terrific lead speaker for our program “A Board of Directors – Making Your Company More Successful and You a Better Leader” Thank you for helping organize the program and leading the panel discussion. Great feedback!”  David Bertoni, President, North Shore Technology Council

“Rick moderated and organized our program on Financing Strategy: From Creation to Exit. Rick is a strong facilitator and contributor. His leadership resulted in a successful event for healthcare executives representing a broad range of markets including medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health IT.”  Alan Lucas, Founder of New England Healthcare Executive Network.”

“Rick’s thought leadership videos for BusinessTown.com offer deep insight and take viewers to the next level of understanding.” Bob Adams, Founder, and CEO of Business Town

“Rick shared compelling business insights on my WCUW radio interview program and the feedback we’ve received has been great!" Jonjy Ananth, President, WCUW

"Rick did a fantastic job for our inaugural Latinos in Bio (LiB) Board-Ready Program. He outlined the role and responsibilities of a board of directors’ member and the value a board brings to the company. Our participants got an incredible value and insight from Rick's presentation and from his vast experience serving on and managing boards. We're looking forward to having him back next year!" Carolina Alarco, Co-Founder and Chair, Latinos in Bio, Founder & Principal, Bio Strategy Advisors
Representative Speaking Engagements
Harvard Business School Association of Boston

Future for the Stock Market – Election Impact & Economic Uncertainty
Virtual national audience of 700+ with Prof. Jeremy Siegel from Wharton Business School
Co-hosted with Wharton Alumni Club of Philadelphia

Healthcare Delivery – A Business Model in Crisis
Boston, MA

Leadership of a Multi-Generational Workforce
Boston, MA

How Companies Succeed - Why Many Don’t

Boston, MA
Directors Roundtable

SEC Enforcement Initiatives and Their Implications for Corporate Directors

Boston, MA

Corporate Pension Plans: Best Practice Governance & Personal Liability Issues for Boards of Directors

New York, NY

World Recognition for Simon Fish, Bank of Montreal

Toronto, Canada

Director Self-Protection in a Hostile Environment 

Baltimore, MD

New England Healthcare Executive Network

Healthcare Technology – Challenges to the Supply Chain – The COVID Era
Virtual national Audience of 300+

Another Funding Round, an IPO, or Exit?
Boston, MA

Private Equity - Capital Driver of Healthcare Technology

Boston, MA

M&A in Med Device - Path to Exit, Source of Growth

Boston, MA

Associated Industries of Massachusetts 
What Business Are You In?
Company Owner & CEO Peer Support Groups

Overcoming Barriers to Growth
Company Owner & CEO Peer Support Groups
Private Directors Association
Chicago, IL

Maximizing the Value of Your Board of Directors
Virtual national audience of 300+

What Is the Role of an Independent Director
Virtual national Audience of 400+
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