Innovation & Creativity Keynote Speaker

Unleashing the power of your creativity.


In today’s world if you’re not innovating you will be left behind!

Stephen Key is an innovation speaker, award-winning inventor, best selling author and is internationally known for his intellectual property strategy.

What does it take to become a successful innovator?

A roadmap to find solutions to overcome any obstacle!

When Stephen gave a Google talk this was the audience reaction:

“Thank you so much Stephen for this inspiring talk.”
-Brandon Alexander

“Mr. Key, thanks for your knowledge, is priceless!”

“Absolutely amazing!”
-Jonathan Appiah

“You are my inspiration!”
-Explore the world

“Excellent presentation!”
-V Pham

“Wow this is amazing knowledge!”
-Cameron Empey

“Wow!!! Great talk!”
-Venkat Krishna

“This speech was so much value.”

“Fascinating.I was riveted listening to this talk!”
-Kay Song

“Mr. Key your passion and experience are a great motivator!”

I barely passed the second grade because my dyslexia is so severe. Today, I’m an internationally recognized leader in the field of innovation who has published more than 1,000 articles for major business publications and five books. My mission is to break down the barriers to inventing so anyone can share their creativity with the world.

I have gone from selling my simple creations at street fairs to working with the largest companies in the world on innovative solutions to complex problems. Along the way, I’ve created products that have generated millions in royalties and sold in every major retailer, including Walmart and 7-Eleven.

How? By harnessing the power of my imagination. At every stage in my journey as a lifelong entrepreneur, I have relied on my imagination to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and, ultimately, support my family.

I am able to generate new ideas anytime that I want, and I know you can, too. With the right strategies, I believe anyone is capable of developing their creative muscle.

Let me show you how.


About Stephen Key

Stephen is an award-winning inventor who has repeatedly transformed the spark of an idea into a successful product. He has licensed numerous ideas from toys to packaging. People from more than 65 countries have paid to study his unique methods.



Stephen is responsible for creating an improvement to Ohio Art’s Michael Jordan Wall-Ball, which resulted in it being sold in every major retailer, including Walmart. He and Michael Jordan collected royalties for over 10 years.







Stephen created and patented a new label innovation that won two Edison Awards the same night Ford, Coke, and Apple were honored. His “Spin Label” went on to sell hundreds of millions of labels in partnership with major brands, including Nescafé coffee in Japan, Dekuyper from Jim Beam, Lawry’s Special Blend, and more. Alex Trebek became the spokesperson for Rexall Sundown’s use of the label, which sold in every major retailer including Walmart.





By changing the shape and look of a traditional guitar pick, Stephen turned the music industry on its head. His uniquely shaped guitar picks were sold not only in music retailers, but Walmart and 7-Eleven convenience stores nation-wide. He became a Disney licensee with his movie magic lenticular guitars picks, which showed 13 frames of a Disney movie when moved back and forth. Soon he began making Taylor Swift her own line of guitar picks! His unique designs won two “Best of Show” awards at the largest music trade show, NAMM.





Stephen teamed up with a group of fellow inventors to commercialize a product that eliminates the need for plastic rings to hold packs of beverages together. Together, they have licensed Fishbone — a 100% curbside-recyclable packaging innovation — to the largest privately held packaging company in North America, Atlantic Packaging.

Their first major client is Brita Water.



Keynote Presentations

Creativity As A Competitive Advantage

Technologies and ways of doing business are being invented and disrupted almost overnight. Organizations that do not innovate are sure to be left behind.

To compete in an increasingly global marketplace, establishing and maintaining a culture of creativity has become a must.

The good news is, you already possess the best resource to help you lead: The innate creativity of your team.

According to a study of 800 companies and 500,000 employees, “organizations in which everyone participates in generating new ideas, products, and services speed past their rivals and adjust rapidly to changing market conditions.”

Let Stephen show your team how to tap into their innate creativity to generate ideas for new products, solve problems, and overcome obstacles.

When your employees know their ideas are valued, they become loyal brand ambassadors who are passionate about providing your customers with the best experience possible.

Fighting to Get Paid: Patenting Strategies From A Business Perspective

The more successful an inventor is with their business, the more likely they are to become a repeat client.

Intellectual Property Awareness Keynote Speaker — Madeleine Key

Intellectual property is extremely important for many reasons — including national security and economic growth — yet most people do not understand anything about it, let alone why it matters. After writing about intellectual property, invention commercialization, and the innovation ecosystem online for popular business magazines online for over 15 years, Madeleine understands why there is so little intellectual property awareness and what to do about it.

Learn why concerted and well-meaning efforts to raise awareness of intellectual property continue to fall flat and what to do instead.

As an outsider (meaning neither an inventor, nor an attorney, nor a student of STEM) Madeleine brings a fresh perspective to the innovation ecosystem. She applies her training as a journalist from the University of California, Berkeley and her passion for storytelling — along with the insights she has gained from interviewing hundreds of inventors — to educate and inspire the next generation of change-agents.

All keynotes are completely customized to your needs.

Contact us today to find out if Stephen is a good fit for your audience.

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Stephen is an authoritative and entertaining speaker on the following topics. 

  • The Secret To Coming Up With Incredible New Ideas
  • Beat Creative Block And Generate New Ideas At Will
  • How To Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities To Achieve Your Goals
  • Selling Your Ideas To Others: Everything You Need To Know 
  • How To Outthink And Out-Perform The Competition: Strategies To Get And Stay Ahead 
  • How To Build Your Brand On Social Media By Creating An Army Of Raging Fans
  • How To Grow A Large And Highly Engaged Audience Using Social Media
  • 10 Brilliant Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Strategies For Creating Intellectual Property That Has Value In The Marketplace
  • Protect And Grow Your Business Using Intellectual Property
  • How To Empower Your Employees With Creativity
  • The Magic And Power Of Thinking Creatively
  • Find Your Hidden Intellectual Property And Generate Revenue 
  • How To “Rent” Your Intellectual Property To Increase Your Revenue
  • Failure Is The Stepping Stone To Success! Learn How To Embrace Failure 
  • Looking Outside Your Industry For New Ideas: Open Innovation Best Practices
  • Fun Games To Play To Build Your Creative Muscle
  • How To Test Your New Ideas Faster!

Attendees will leave this presentation empowered. They’ll be ready to take the next step to creating new ideas.

They will learn how to use their creative muscle to come up with ideas instantly!

Stephen has helped 1,000’s create new ideas and unleash their creativity to the world!

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

January 17th – Ohio Invention League Inventor Mentor Series  (Online-only)

January 19th – South Africa Inventors Club (Online-only)

February 3rd – UC Merced

February 24th – Florida State University

April 5th – Intellectual Property Awareness Summit 2022 @ UC Berkeley

July 28th 12-1pm – PTAB Inventor Hour at the USPTO – (Virtual)

September 11-13 – IPWatchdog Live 2022 – Dallas, TX

October 10-12th – World IP Forum in Bangkok, Thailand

Past Speaking Events

Sunday, October 9th, 2019 – Lunch n Learn : Reno, NV

Tuesday – Thursday, May 7-9, 2019 – National Hardware Show Meetup

Monday, June 17, 2019 – Engineering Academic Environments to Foster Invention and Innovation

Monday – Wednesday, June 24-26, 2019 – Judge – Silicon Valley International Invention Festival

Thursday, August 29, 2019 – 7th Annual Michigan Inventors Expo

February 9th, 2019, South Florida Inventor’s Society

February 14-16, 2019, AAAS National Conference Georgetown University Washington DC

February 21st, 2019, Tech to Market Conference Shreveport LA

March 4th & 5th, 2019, University of California Merced

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 6:30pm – Inventors Center of Kansas City

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, 6-9pm – Inventors Network of Minnesota

Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 7pm – San Diego Inventors Forum

Friday, September 14th, 2018 – Southern California Inventors Forum

August 17-18, 2018 – Invention-Con (United States Patent & Trademark Office) Meet Stephen

July 24, 2018 – Celebrate Invention 2018: AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program

 April 16, 2018 — Inventors Network of the Capital Area (Washington D.C.) Meet Stephen, Andrew, & David.

April 17-19, 2018 — Inventors Groups of America 1st Annual Conference (Washington D.C.)

October 21, 2017 – Keynote Speaker Chicago Inventors Association Conference

August 9 & 10, 2017 – University of Newcastle, Australia

July 31 & August 1, 2017 — How to Invent: Launch Your Idea – Capitol Hill Inventor Series, Washington D.C. 

July 10, 2017 – The Power of Inventing – Mesa, AZ.

April 4-17, 2017 – East Coast US Tour

March 16 & 17, 2017 – University of Michigan

March 7, 2017 – CSU Fullerton

February 20, 2016 – Proto Con – Charleston, South Carolina

February 24, 2016 – North Florida Inventors Group – Jacksonville, Florida

February 27, 2016 – Southeastern Inventors Association – Norcross, Georgia

April 9, 2016 – Chicago Inventors Organization – Chicago, Illinois

April 12, 2016 – Houston Inventors Association – Houston, Texas

April 13, 2016 – Alamo Inventors Group – San Antonio, Texas

April 15, 2016 – Austin Inventorpreneurs – Austin, Texas

May 10, 2016 – Invest Northern Ireland

September 7, 2016 – Michigan Inventors Expo – Lansing, MI

September 30, 2016 – Core77 Design Conference – Los Angeles, CA

October 13, 2016 – Inventors Forum (SD) – San Diego, CA

October 14, 2016 – Inventors Forum (OC) – Orange County, CA

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • USPTO Silicon Valley Office Grand Opening  – San Jose, CA
  • Make48 April & October 2015
  • San Diego Inventors Forum
  • Minnesota Inventors Network – Keynote
  • Central Kentucky Inventors Counsel – InventorCon – Keynote
  • Inventors Forum Orange County – Keynote
  • Invest Northern Ireland Conference
  • Featured Speaker at a Google Talk event.
  • A Keynote speaker at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference
  • Speaker at The Perfect Pitch – Sharing stage with billionaire Richard Branson & 30 other notable speakers.
  • Speaker at College of Art and Design, Pasadena, CA – #1 Art & Design School in the U.S.
  • Speaker at the Booming In The Bust Symposium – 3 Cities in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane)
  • The Today Show Australia
  • The Dr. Phil Show – Expert guest.
  • The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNBC
  • ABC Affiliate, News 10 Sacramento, CA
  • FOX Affiliate, KTVU 2 Bay Area, Silicon Valley Business News with Pam Cook
  • inventright seminars; full-day, half-day & 1-3 hour presentations
  • Inventor meetings across the USA
  • Guest lecturer at Stanford, San Jose State University & University of the Pacific
  • SVASE Panel Speaker Along With Jack Canfield and Others.
  • 51st Annual Minnesota Inventors Congress 2008 Keynote Speaker
  • Guest Lecturer – Everyday Edisons PBS Television Show Casting Call.

Booming In The Bust – Australia

Speaking along side Loral Langemeier, Harry Dent, Mark Victor Hansen, Joel Comm and others.

Pictured with Stephen above left to right are Greg Klopper, event organizer; Mark Victor Hansen, Best Selling Author of Chicken Soup For The Soul; and Kerwin Rae, Sales & Marketing specialist.


What others say…

“Truly the best, most informative, knowledgeable speaker in the industry. Stephen takes the MAJOR STING out of jumping into the arena of inventors/inventions. Especially as a novice. Thanks Stephen, you delivered in San Diego and we all walked out empowered by what you shared.”

Mary B.

“That presentation was great!!! It answered a lot of the questions that I had. Im glad that you have presented us with how you achieved such great inventions; now im in the process of getting a hold of sell sheets and putting this invention together and present it out to companies that work with the invention that im trying to create. But it was such a pleasure to hear from you Mr. Key. I am so looking forward to reading your book and hopefully get a better insert on how to get my invention created, but THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! YOUR SPEECH WAS SO HELPFUL TO ME AND IT DEFINITELY GAVE ME A BETTER INSIGHT ON HOW TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”


“I would like to thank for the excellent presentation that you gave in Minneapolis.  You are a very motivating speaker.  I was glad to see you intermingling and networking with the audience before hand.  What a great way to get  a feel for the crowd and introduce yourself first hand.  The information you covered was very informative.  With a little work, hopefully I will be putting some of your techniques into action.  It was nice to meet you.  Thank you for the seminar and and information.  Looking forward to another seminar.”

Thanks, Mike

“I really enjoyed the refresher. Your wisdom is worth its weight in gold and there are many Minnesotans that need to hear you. I brought an inventor from Arizona to hear you. She said she was not disappointed. I knew she wouldn’t be.”

Thank you, Pam

“Thanks for speaking to the group in Minneapolis on Tuesday.  I was a bit paralyzed with fear of confidentiality/NDA’s/patents, etc.  Your “speed to market” speech helped me get over that.”

Thanks, John

“The energy, the rush, the WOW! We like your style. You are contagious! You don’t need a PowerPoint – you just TALK! You keep your audience engaged for a solid hour or more. You make it interactive with audience participation by asking which key step to keep on point, and examining samples, keeping it informative and humorous. Your sell sheet. You practice what you preach!!!! And oh yeah, I have a memo notepad full of notes. You are GOOD – you EDUCATE; – you share -and this comes from a former educator. We THANK YOU! You gave us a very beneficial seminar at the HIA-Houston Inventors Association meeting. I am already in line at Barnes and Noble to get your book! Just can’t wait. It is very purposeful and delightful to have made your acquaintance, sir.”

Sincerely, Phyllis

“They say if you get just one good idea the seminar is paid for. I got ten and I was only able to stay for the first half.”


“I met you prior to the start of Tuesday evening’s event at Dunwoody College. Your presentation was fabulous…very straightforward (10 Steps) with an excellent “delivery”.  Your personal stories of what worked and didn’t work were invaluable.  I hope you can return to MN in the near future so others can learn from you as well.  Thank you for fitting Minneapolis into your schedule…it was a very enjoyable and educational evening learning from a pro! Congratulations on your success!”

Best regards, Barb

“I want to first thank you for coming to Minnesota to speak to our group it was definitely motivational and I’m looking forward to see you back in Minnesota soon.

I also would like to tell you how much I appreciated the positive feed back you gave on my Emergency Data Label, I have made note of your suggestions and am making some changes to my approach.”

Thanks again for your time, Joseph

“Just a note to say thank you will all sincerity for coming to Minneapolis and imparting your many years of wisdom to help others live out their dreams of becoming a product developer. The information you gave us will go far in helping us to realize our dreams as creative inventors. I wish you continued success in all your endeavors, and can hardly wait for your new book to be published. Also did you have the opportunity to add the content for what to say when we contact potential licensees?”

Thanks Again, Donna

“I wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for coming to Minneapolis and sharing your wisdom.  I am the guy who sat to your left in the front row with my little girl and my wife.  She loved the Mickey Mouse guitar pick you gave her.  It went to school with her to show her friends the next day.  She has also been talking non-stop about her invention ideas!

We all left much more excited and motivated to get “un stuck”.  We enjoy listening to your inventright Radio podcast and you are an even better speaker in person.  We all look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.”

Thanks again, Brian

“What a great speaker you are and you gave some great information. I am glad i went and it was a pleasure also to meet you. Hope to see you next year. I am the person that had spoke with you about the company that is infringing on my product.”

Again thank you, Brad

“Thank you for the information on the invention world and process of marketing. When you asked me why I was stuck on moving forward with my invention I didn’t know  I could do the marketing and other stuff until you told everybody at the meeting. I really thought I had to find a marketing firm to license it, or to get where I need to get to from here. So thank you for all the free valuable info it will be put to good use.

Sincerely, Dave

“I have enjoyed your presentation immensely and want to thank you for such upbeat lessons you gave to us. Although I am not an immediate inventor, instead, I am helping inventors to “bring your ideas to life”, I still found many helpful hints in your presentation.”

Best Regards, Alex

“It was a pleasure meeting you and listening to your presentation at Marketplace in Fargo. As someone involved in the planning of the event, I especially appreciated how much time you took to walk the floor, mingle, listen to stories, etc. Your participation beyond the keynote address added much to the event.

Thank you, Evan

“I truly appreciated your candor and content.  I was the choir and you were preaching to it.  Thanks for stepping foot in good ol’ Fargo, ND.  Tell California we all say “hello.”  Hope to have you back soon.  I’ve put your book on my “to buy & read” list.  It’s right behind ‘Catch-22’, but ahead of the bible.”

Thanks again! Aaron

“What you shared was so inspiring!  I’ve had ideas spinning around in my head for years and you actually gave me HOPE that I could possibly share my ideas and they would become something tangible that would help simplify life for people.  As a professional organizer I’m always looking for practical ideas for homes and offices.  However, my first idea back in 1979 was for a sanitary pad with wings.  I drew it up but never did anything with it.  I didn’t know how to go about it.  Well, lo and behold I was “blown away” when I saw an ad for “my idea” some 10 years later.  I know I can do it!  Thanks for the encouragement.”
Blessings to you, your family and your company, Julie

“Thanks for a great presentation at OCC on your 10-Steps.  You did finish on time, and you were truly great.  Your style, and the strong emphasis on challenging us to “do something” and keep it simple was artform. Just wanted to chime in and say thanks.”

Have a nice holiday, Bryan

Here are a few comments from a webinar that Stephen did for the American Society of Inventors.

Walt – “This is a wonderful seminar. Thank you so much again.”

Michael – “I enjoyed the webinar very much. There was a lot of information. Is it possible to get a copy?”

Brian – “Thank you for sharing the webinar seminar with me, it was very resourceful.”

Ruth – “What a great way to do a presentation. Excellent – [My husband] and I thoroughly enjoyed the program. Lots of valuable information.”

Chas – “THANKS!    That was great.”

Paul – “Thanks again.  That was excellent.  They really showed a different method of quickly getting an idea evaluated and to market. By the way, thanks for getting that webinar together and all of those other informative meetings. Great information and knowledge there. That is why I joined the ASOI for just such things to help me along.”

John – “I was hoping the seminar was recorded and I could get a copy of it. I thought it was awesome. Very informative and easy to fit into my schedule!!”

Bill – “Thanks so much for hosting the webinar Wednesday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you plan to invite Stephen Key and Andrew Krauss back again. The presentation subject matter and transmission were excellent. It was very convenient for me to attend. The 90 minutes flew by.”

Mike – “I picked up some good pointers and enjoyed the point of view regarding approaching prospective licensees! Thanks for organizing!”

Bruce – “I really enjoyed the webinar! The information was VERY constructive.  One of the main things I’ve come across talking to members at the meetings is their disillusionment over funding their patents. Even the last guest speaker showed a slide that confirmed that very few patents are successful when they are not linked to an in-house corporate drive.  This webinar showed it can be done on your own. Mr. Key is living proof that you just have to be smarter than the system. I hope we get to hear from him again. Is there a link to the recorded webinar where I can watch it again?  Thanks for running a very valuable organization.”

Richard — I really enjoyed the event and I thank you for it.  I hope to take advantage of more.

Inge — I thoroughly enjoyed this webinar.  The information and enthusiasm were invaluable.  Patenting and marketing and all that that entails are just too expensive and risky for me.  I have been sitting on my ideas for years, and I will now renew my efforts in research and product evaluation(s) and I am working on my benefit statement(s).  The Sell Sheet recommendation is a fantastic idea and also great  for web page content.  My only regret is that I missed the initial 15 minutes of the webinar.

For more information and to book Stephen for your next event
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