Ted Souder

Ted Souder Former Head of Industry, Retail at Google | Founder of the Google CFO Forum | Speaker | Advisor | Board Director


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  • Staying Ahead of the Curve: AI as Your Business Accelerator
  • Digital Transformation Is In Your Future
  • Building And Supporting Digital-First Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Leadership Lessons Straight From The Google Playbook
  • Building High-Performing Teams And Cultures of Innovation

Ted Souder's Biography

Ted Souder is a leading authority on the transformative power of embracing a digital mindset in today's business world. With an impressive tenure as one of Google's earliest employees, Ted dedicated over 20 years to contributing to one of the most remarkable business success stories in history. Throughout his time at Google, he held various senior roles, including Head of Industry, Retail, and Founder of the Google CFO Forum. Additionally, Ted served as Vice-Chair of the prestigious Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, one of the oldest and largest chambers in the United States.

Currently, Ted shares his expertise by teaching digital strategy on the Section school online learning platform. He is also a part-owner of the Monthly Barometer, a content platform and boutique geopolitical advisory based in Chamonix, France. The Monthly Barometer provides members with high-quality macroanalysis and fosters global community engagement at the intersection of Economics, Geo-Politics, Environment, Technology, and Society. Furthermore, Ted serves as a board director at 1871, one of the most successful and highly regarded tech incubators in the world, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an organization that is dedicated to increasing knowledge and engagement in global affairs. Finally, Ted is also a strategic advisor to HTAT Journeys, LLC, a conservation-focused safari operator, and the Rise of the Rest Fund, based in Washington, D.C.

Ted believes strongly in the idea that taking a digital-first approach to your business, community, and your life will be the key to driving economic vitality and job creation for years to come. Whether delivering large-scale keynotes to thousands or facilitating intimate workshops for business leaders, Ted's message combines inspiration with actionable insights. Participants can expect to leave with uplifted spirits and a robust toolkit of strategies and tactics tailored for our digital-first world.

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  • Leadership
  • Building High Performance Teams and Cultures of Innovation

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Ted Souder testimonials

David Macadam


Ted, was truly an amazing presentation you delivered. Your presence was so important in providing credibility to our organization and the RECON event. All positive comments from our delegates on your content and your delivery. Thank you!

Grace Casey


You are incredibly well-spoken and brought impactful insights to our invite only conference of industry leaders. We were thrilled with your session, and so were the attendees. One participant even let us know that the Innovation in Chicago panel made her "fall in love with her home again," so that is a major WIN! We can't wait to connect in the future.

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