Keynote Speaker Category: Climate Change, Environment, Storytelling, Sustainability,


Shaun Tomson started, managed and sold two multi-million dollar clothing brands – Instinct in the 80’s and Solitude (co-founded with his wife Carla) in the 90’s.

He is the author of the best-selling books “Surfer’s Code” and “The Code: The Power of “I Will“, and the writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door. Shaun is a Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of Natal and has a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University. He is a World Surfing Champion,

Shaun is a past board member and ambassador for Surfrider Foundation, the world’s largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches and he received the SIMA Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2002.

For more information on Shaun see his full Bio below: –

Topics: Purpose-led Organisations

Purpose is the energy that empowers organisations and individuals to thrive. It positively impacts schools and the workplace too – recent research from EY indicates that purpose-led organisations perform 42% better than those that are simply in business.

However, according to a Gallup poll, two-thirds of employees in the United States are purposeless – bored, detached and ready to actively sabotage plans, projects and other people. Considering you spend around a third of your life at work, this disengaged culture means that helping people to find a sense of purpose isn’t just vital for business, but also for people’s overall wellbeing. Shaun will bring your audience in on a fascinating discussion on this topic.

His talks are motivational & Inspirational, based on business culture, entrepreneurship and Health and lifestyle. Shaun will tailor each of his presentations to suit YOUR audience.

Shaun Tomson – The Code for the Next Wave – Virtual Keynote & Workshop
Shaun Tomson: Live the Code

Shaun Tomson – The Code for the Next Wave – Virtual Keynote & Workshop


A critical thinker on self- empowerment, positive values and peak performance, Shaun Tomson is a sought after speaker for Fortune 500 companies, schools and universities and talks about the influence of a positive attitude on success in life and business based on his own experiences of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges on land and in the world’s most dangerous waves. A self-empowering attitude of Commitment and Positivity is the basis for his unique holistic business philosophy.

Shaun has spoken internationally and inspired and touched the hearts of audiences as large as 3,000 people, has shared the stage with well-known personalities including Sir Richard Branson and Malcolm Gladwell, and inspired corporations like General Motors, Cisco, Price Waterhouse, Sasol, Disney, Patagonia and Google.

Shaun is a true entrepreneur having founded, managed and sold two $50-$100 million clothing brands – Instinct in the 80’s and Solitude in the 90’s – and has held executive positions with market leading lifestyle brands Patagonia and O’Neill. He is the author of the best-selling books Surfer’s Code and The Code -The Power of “I Will” and the writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door.

He is a Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of Natal, a World Surfing Champion, an inductee in the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame and the US Surfing Hall of Fame. Tomson has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time (Surfing Magazine 2004) and one of the most influential surfers of the century (Surfer Magazine 1999). He is a board member and ambassador for Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.

Shaun has worked with some of the world’s best-known organisations – GM, Cisco, PWC, Google, Disney and Gap and is available for selected dates in 2020. Let leadership and positive attitude expert, Shaun Tomson empower, re-connect and energise your team.

Thank you for two of the finest hours of my life. Your presentation was inspirational, uplifting and life giving. The 20 minutes I spent writing my personal code at the end were the most reflective and peaceful of my week. You are changing the world one life at a time. Paddle back out!

Patrick D. JonesExecutive Director and CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association

Shaun Tomson shared a powerful message in his keynote and workshop with our Talent Acquisition and Talent, Development & Inclusion teams working remotely across the globe: ‘What is our Code and what is our purpose?’ Shaun showed how we can we all use the power of purpose to drive forward through this uncertain time. Thanks Shaun for the incredibly moving and important messages and tools you shared with us. I’ve continued to hear fantastic feedback from the team!

Bill StottVP Gilead Sciences, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

Our teams and my staff found your talk incredibly inspiring. We now better appreciate the power of the I will statement in shaping our aspirations going forward.

Paul TomkinsGilead Sciences

Very powerful – perfect topic for these challenging times. Your story was so moving and inspiring.

Wendy CarmodyGilead Sciences

Shaun's contribution was amazingly inspirational and captivating - left the 600+ audiencespeechless. One of the best, if not the best, speech in all the 10 years of the RSM Leadership Summit.

Steef Van De VeldeDean and Professor of Operations Management & Technology, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

I was convinced there was no way our company leadership would respond positively to this program. How could I have been so wrong? In 30 years in the military I’ve never seen a group respond to an inspirational leader this way. We’ve taken it so far as to incorporate. Shaun’s Code process into our corporate strategic planning

Edward KertisColonel, U.S. Army (RET), COO, The DAWSON Companies



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