phil hansen

award-winning multimedia artist

Creativity and innovation
Team Building and Collaboration


As an art student, Phil Hansen’s intense style of pointillism led to a tremor in his hand and a diagnosis of nerve damage. Devastated, he dropped out and lost his way, until a neurologist suggested he “embrace the shake”. This piece of advice put Phil on a quest to invent different approaches to making art by embracing personal and universal limitations.

Phil’s ability to draw art parallels to the corporate world has lead to him speaking at events such as the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table

Phil has designed a unique art experience beyond the talk. Companies who are seeking an unforgettable interactive experience for their audience are absolutely stunned by its originality, value and effect.

Phil's Clients

Phil Hansen presents for a wide variety of audiences including corporations, associations, educational professionals/students, and insurance companies/banks. Phil's additional collaboration art experience is popular among all audience types and are especially perfect for conferences and conventions. Phil's clients range from financial groups to fortune companies and health organizations, among many others.

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Phil Hansen, innovation and creativity, collaboration art, inspiring art

Internationally Recognized Multimedia Artist

Phil Hansen is an internationally-recognized multimedia artist whose work has been sought-after by many influential clients including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Phil's Art

Collaborative Art Experience for Attendees

As an optional add-on to the keynote, Phil is able to provide your group with an unforgettable conference experience through his collaborative art project. All attendees are encouraged to participate.
Collaboration Art Experience

Top TED Talk Speaker

Phil's "Embrace the Shake" keynote received a standing ovation on the TED stage and currently has over 2 million views.
Embrace the Shake

Best Experiential Speaker on Creativity & Innovation

Phil Hansen is a top keynote speaker on creativity and innovation. He effectively draws art parallels to the corporate world in an effort to relate to and engage with all audience types.
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Interactive Conference Experience: Add-On Collaboration Art

Collaboration Art Experience, team building experience for conferences

In addition to his keynote presentation, Phil also offers an interactive hands-on art experience for conference attendees. The collaborative art experience serves to bring attendees together in creating one cohesive and extraordinary piece of art, which may be hung in a prominent location as a reminder of the group’s teamwork. This add-on is popular among corporate groups and organizations.


Success, especially in today’s fast-changing business environment, depends on our ability to make creativity and innovation a continuous process. Leaders want to know how their teams can rise above any challenge and succeed no matter what comes their way. Whether the goal is to embrace change, overcome obstacles, sustain growth, or take your success to the next level, leaders and teams want to learn how to “Embrace the Shake.”

The term “Embrace the Shake” is coined from artist Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, but he also became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before. Upon sharing his message on the TED stage and million of other stages subsequently after, “Embrace the Shake” has become a motto for many businesses to approach their limitations in a new way.

Phil’s powerful message of finding creativity within limitations will inspire you to stop looking on the outside, and start looking inside of yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success. Like Phil’s art, “Embrace the Shake” isn’t just a talk — it’s an experience! Through jaw-dropping visuals and LIVE interactive art, get ready to break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand that will culminate with success.

Are you ready to Embrace your Shake?

Learning Outcomes
Participants will be able to:

  • Identify preconceived assumptions that cause us to believe that obstacles have the power to limit success.
  • Break down resistance to limitations by recognizing their role in driving – versus stifling – creativity.
  • Explore ways to view problems with a fresh perspective by activating internal resources, the most important being creativity.

Note: There is a separate fee to add this experience on to the keynote (fee is based on the amount of people participating).

In addition to his inspiring talk, Artist Phil Hansen designs a hands-on interactive art experience that brings your audience together to create a stunning and unexpected work of art. This fun, engaging and collaborative project furthers the experience of embracing challenges through teamwork, and demonstrates the power of coming together to create something new.

Key Takeaways:

– Phil Hansen’s collaborative art experience is a brilliant experiential metaphor that represents real team settings in which each team member must contribute to the collective whole. When the final artwork is revealed, attendees are in awe at the result. Not only are they blown away by the work of art they created, but they also come to the realization that it would not have been possible without each of their individual contributions.

– This experience is unlike any other and provides a definite WOW factor. One of the reasons the collaborative art experience receives such amazing feedback is because of how unique and fun of an experience it is. Attendees are often astounded at the work of art they create with the help of their entire team, highlighting the importance of teamwork in all settings.

– This unforgettable experience will be remembered by all attendees. After the event, the client is able to keep the final art piece. Clients often choose to hang the art in their office as a reminder of their team’s hard work and participation. It also serves to show that it truly is the people that make an organization.


Overcoming Adversity
Interactive Art
Attendee Experience
Innovation & Creativity
Team Building
Arts & Pop Culture

Best Client Types

Financial Industry


Best Attendee Types

Leadership Professionals
Financial Groups

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