David L. Peterson

DAVID L. PETERSON has inspired international audiences to rethink how innovation happens in their organization. He helps business leaders foster a culture of innovation that capitalizes on workforce diversity and instills accountability for driving growth. As the founder and CEO of Goldleaf Technologies, a leading provider of electronic payments software and a pioneer in the fintech industry, David understands the critical need to combat status-quo thinking to achieve sustainable profits and competitiveness in any industry. He shares real world strategies and tools to foster an innovation mindset and encourages people to be innovative where they are regardless of job title.

David is the author of the best-selling book Grounded: Anchored Management for Strategic Leadership and Effective Decision-Making (Little River Publishing, 2016). His approach to strategic innovation has been praised by everyone from C-Suite executives to entrepreneurs to millennials. David’s clients describe his keynotes as “highly engaging” and “packed with solid takeaways”.

David is the Chief Strategic Officer of i7strategies, an independent strategic planning and innovation advisory firm. He serves on the board of several industry related companies and associations, and is a serial entrepreneur with start-ups in retail and professional services. He lives in Hahira, GA with his family and is an avid sailor.

What People Are Saying

Jenny Lorenz, President/CEO,
Area Linn Area Credit Union

“The concepts he shared helped out staff to think more creatively and be more open to innovative ideas. Our board and our staff found David to be extremely insightful, knowledgeable and engaging. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their efforts toward innovation within their organizations. He will help you see outside your current environment.”

“David Peterson combines charisma, professional knowledge, and meaningful stories to entertain and inform students. His historical and personal accounts not only define leadership – they drive home its importance in times of crisis. If you are looking for a captivating speaker who can inspire Millennials to become decisive and service-minded leaders, David should be high on your list.”

Dr. Thomas Payne,
Dean of the Business School,
Tennessee Tech University

Peggy Gachesa,
CEO, PaymentsFirst

“David’s 2015 General Session “Grounded” raised the bar! It was so unique and entertaining but had such a great message that spoke to everyone, regardless of rank or position.”

“The Grounded In and Grounded By principles were at once both accessible and applicable.”

Dr. Jon Krispin,
Valdosta State University

Deborah Gates
South Dakota Bankers

“David is a delight to work with. We had some ‘technology’ issues with the hotel’s overhead LCD and screen but he was a real pro and bounced around with all the changes in an unflappable way! He was so much fun and a real treasure trove of information.”