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Keynote Speaker & Master Class Leader

A) Global Speaker for Corporations, Schools and Non-Profits

Gregory Burns is a catalyst for change and authenticity. Through transformational keynote speeches he enables individuals and teams to strengthen their sense of purpose. Since 1992, he has inspired others to overcome challenges and re-engage with their creativity and core values.

As an athlete, Gregory competed in three consecutive Paralympic Games, capturing five world records in swimming and has completed three individual IronMan events. Sharing a methodology of adaptation, resilience and teamwork, Gregory reminds audiences that we all must challenge ourselves a little each day.

B) Visualizing company culture through art master class

Holding a Master of Fine Art and educated in Europe, America, and Asia, as a professional fine artist, Gregory diverges from the status quo without the luxury of road maps or sign posts. Gregory believes that lessons learned in the painting studio can shed light on the creative and communicative processes essential to today’s businesses.

Through unique, innovative and empowering team building master classes for groups of up to 1,000, Gregory helps participants reinforce company culture and values by creating amazing artwork that staff craft in a collaborative effort that is a testament to the team and their objectives. With exceptional results, Gregory has shared his art and stimulated creativity through numerous programs worldwide, re-igniting the creative spirit in all those he enables.

Gregory has published three books and been featured on CNN, CNBC, BBC, ESPN, CCTV and CNA as well as in The AWSJ, Time Magazine and The China Daily.


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Clients and Testimonials


Client Testimonials

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your keynotes during our graduation ceremonies. All of our attendees; students, parents, faculty and staff alike were deeply moved by the emotion and strength, which shone through during your speech. We would be honored to welcome you again to Lausanne.”

Michel Rochat

CEO, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne


“Gregory joined our meeting of the 100 top global leaders as a key note speaker and to lead a team engagement project using art and innovation as the platform.  His talk was inspirational, down to earth, moving, on target with the meetings objectives and simply a highlight of our 3 days together.  To say that Greg was an “undeniable hit” would be an understatement!”

Roger Gaston

CHRO, Gates Corporation


“This program embodied so many of the things that were just concepts before. We engaged over 400 employ- ees directly, touching their hearts and minds, getting them to actually visual- ize what Equinx is all about for them.”

Pete Ferris
Chief Evangelist, Equinix


“I feel that you gave much more than a speech – I had a real sense of you connecting with the purpose of the summit and going significantly more than the extra mile!”

Jeremy Lindley

Marketing Director, Diageo


“I have seen a lot of motivational speakers in my years, and I am quite certain that your talk will stand the test of time with my organization as having left a real solid imprint.”

C.V. Bergh

President, Procter & Gamble, ASEAN/Australasia/India


“Gregory’s passion to help develop artistic talent in the young and his drive to challenge the perceived limitations of being disabled, have not only served to inspire the children involved in the program, but also the Journeys team and the staff of Credit Suisse as well.”

Didier von Daeniken

Managing Director, Credit Suisse, Singapore


“Perseverance, passion in relation to life and an ability to overcome adversity were the key approaches, which all clearly understood and appreciated in this demanding world.”

Angus Hamilton

Director of Corporate Security, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.


“Our entire team from the Asia Pacific Rim truly enjoyed your motivational messages and left our conference with a very positive attitude.”

Jack Rawle

Regional Manager, Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific


“The Creative Leader Workshop led by Gregory Burns at the Forbidden City had a phenomenal impact on our Middle East & Africa Global Sales Kick Off Meeting 2011.”

Vladimir Dabbah

Vice President, Marriott, Global Sales, Middle East & Africa





British Telecom


Goldman Sachs


Kuwait Finance House
The Economist

Standard Chartered Bank
Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse
ANZ Bank
Captive Finance




Procter & Gamble

Johnson & Johnson



BHP Billiton


Allied Domecq


Ritz Carlton Hotel

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Holiday Inn Worldwide
New World

Hotel Icon

The Tanglin Club

Seabourn Cruise Line

Asia Dive Expo

Life Underwriters Association

HBO Asia

Thomson Reuters
MCC Transport
Sanofi Aventis
Meta Sports

San Jose Museum of Art
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Utrecht Artist Materials
US Consulate Program Space, Chengdu, China
US Consulate Public Affairs Section, Shanghai, China




Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

TedX; Singapore Management University, Singapore

TedX; Johnson & Johnson, Singapore

Singapore Olympic Academy, Singapore
Singapore National Swim Team, Singapore

SOTA, Singapore
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
Singapore American School

Bullis Charter School, California

IvyMax, California

National Taipei Univ. of Education, Graduate School, Taiwan
Taipei American School, Taiwan
Lions Club, California
Rotary Club International
Ming Shen Newspaper, Taiwan
Taipei School for the Blind, Taiwan
YMCA, Taiwan
Hong Kong School for the Disabled
Saint Joseph’s Institute, Singapore
Club Rainbow, Singapore
Very Special Arts, Singapore
Teach Me School, Singapore
APSC Swim School, Singapore
Raffles Girls School, Singapore
Victoria Jr College, Singapore
New Hope Christian Academy, Memphis
Memphis University School
Memphis Grizzlies Academy
Soulsville Charter School, Memphis
Happy Hearts Home, Indonesia
Day Star Academy, Beijing
March of Dimes, Chicago
Tsinghua Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing
American Center for Educational Exchange, Beijing
Renmin University School of Arts, Beijing
Capital Normal University, Beijing
Rye College, UK
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School (severe learning needs), UK
Pent Valley Technology College, UK
Mandeville School, UK
Heritage House School (Severe Learning Needs), UK
Chalfonts Community College, UK
Buckingham Primary School Cressex School, UK
Bittern Park School, UK
Beaconsfield School, UK
Kellett School, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Int’l School, Hong Kong
Department of Education, Wash DC. USA
Singapore Embassy, Wash DC. USA
Waldorf School, Los Altos, USA
USA Embassy Mentorship Program, Singapore
Sichuan Multi-Colored Dreams Center, Chengdu, China
Ya An He Li Community Center, Chengdu, China
Multi-Colored Funds Foundation Studio in Blue Roof Arts Area, Chengdu, China
Lecture at the Guan Zhong Academy, Xian, China
Painting workshop with children in Xi’an Huiling Developmental Disabilities Service Center, Xian, China
Handicapped people of Xi’an Handicapped Association, Xian, China
Shaanxi Province Swimming Center, Xian, China
Beijing American Center, China
Liaoning Communications College, Shenyang, China
Painting Workshop, Liaoning Provincial Guangming School, Shenyang, China
Lizhou Poverty Alleviation Development Service Center, Shenyang, China
Shanghai Disabled People’s Federation, China
CereCare Wellness Center for Children, Shanghai, China
Huangpu Public Welfare Xin Tian Di, Shanghai, China
Painting Workshop, Jiuqian Volunteer Center for Migrant School Kids, Shanghai, China

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