For nearly a decade, Rainn Wilson endeared himself to millions on the hit American edition of The Office, earning three Emmy nominations with his portrayal of Dwight Schrute, an eccentric paper salesman whose ego and dreams of being “#2” knew no bounds. As a speaker, Wilson draws on the offbeat genius behind his on-screen characterizations, showing audiences how creativity isn’t simply for artists. It’s for everyone.
Most recently, Rainn Wilson starred as Detective Everett Backstrom on the FOX series Backstrom, based on the popular Scandinavian book series by renowned criminologist and novelist Leif G.W. Persson. But acting is just a part of this versatile artist and speaker’s creative output. In 2008, Wilson and two of his friends created the company SoulPancake, making a space where people from all walks of life could discuss and question what it means to be human—a place to wrestle with the spiritual, philosophical, and creative journey that is life. Today SoulPancake spans multiple distribution channels, from web, to print, to video, to live talks and events. With his wife, Holiday Reinhorn, Wilson also founded LIDÈ, an educational initiative that uses the arts and literacy to build resiliency and empower at-risk adolescent girls in rural Haiti, helping them to transition into academic or vocational education.
In his warm, anecdote-filled talks, Wilson touches on subjects he is well-versed in—like creativity, and of course, office culture. How is a boss supposed to behave, react, and lead? How do you inspire employees with differing levels of talent and ambition? What will stoke their creativity? What will suppress it? Wilson serves as an amiable guide through the corporate struggles, teamwork challenges, human triumphs, and very real “personalities” that define your workplace. Funny, relatable, and illuminating, Wilson’s talks find universal lessons in the specifics of his fascinating, empathy-filled, and often fictional life.