Paul Allen


Paul is a mission-driven entrepreneur, tech visionary, and lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation, technology, strengths psychology, workplace culture, and human potential. Paul has founded 8 companies in his 29-year career in tech.

He is best known for co-founding in 1997. He was its original CEO and he created the content subscription business model and marketing strategies. He served in many executive roles as Ancestry became the leading genealogy company in the world.

From 2012-2017 Paul was Global Strengths Evangelist for Gallup, helping lead a worldwide movement to bring strengths psychology into schools and workplaces. The StrengthsFinder 2.0 customer base grew from 7 million to 16 million during that time.

Speaker Sessions

June 13th 4:45-5:30

Opening Keynote

Grand Ballroom

Ancestry Founder Paul Allen was once on a mission to connect you to your past. And now? Now he is on a mission to connect you to a future where you and everyone you know discovers their strengths and get to use them every day. After 5 years as Gallup’s Global Strengths Evangelist, Paul founded Soar, a human development platform which aims to unlock the power of people through strengths discovery and coaching. Paul shares powerful stories, statistics, and interactive learning that changes how we view audiences and others. He shows how our education system and workplace cultures often limit human development and stifle possibilities - and how to overcome that. He shares keys to creating a strengths-based culture that brings incredible results related to employee engagement, profitability, productivity, and overall wellness.