Harris III (“the third”) has almost 30 years of experimentation as a creative entrepreneur.
Harris began his career at a young age, traveling the world as an award-winning, professional illustionist.
He has performed for and spoken live to more than two million people in more than 30 countries on five continents. His performances have been televised to millions more on the Travel Channel and ABC Family.
After traveling the globe and making a million dollars by the age of 21, only to go bankrupt a year later, Harris kick-started a decade-long journey to understand the stories we tell ourselves and how they drive all human behavior. Armed with a unique perspective, his career re-exploded as a world-renowned speaker, storyteller and entrepreneur.
He is the creator of Transformation Theory and author of the book, The Wonder Switch. Tapping into his background as a professional magician and understanding the intersection of storytelling and wonder, Harris developed a structured process that can dramatically change a team’s culture, or rapidly accelerate an individual’s transformation, from the story they feel stuck in, to the life they want to live.
At the age of 25, Harris was named by Catalyst as one of America’s “most influential young leaders.”
His expertise at crafting transformative learning experiences has since drawn the attention of creative leaders and executives at global brands like Apple, Disney, Nike and many more, along with some of the most innovative non-profit organizations and government agencies worldwide--even NASA.
In 2016, Harris founded the Istoria Collective, a consultancy and innovation lab.
He is also the visionary entrepreneur and curator behind STORY, the world’s premier gathering for artists, creators and storytellers. He is a sought after coach, creative consultant and experience designer, and a quiet producer behind a diverse slate of TV and film projects, backed by a 7-figure development fund. In 2019, he founded the STORY Foundation, a non-profit focused on raising up and empowering the next generation of storytellers to change the future.
Whether he and his team at Istoria are consulting with prestigious private foundations to shape needed policy changes or perform important humanitarian work, or he’s helping the next generation of creative leaders build the future at tech companies like Google or Microsoft, Harris’s leadership isn’t just having a ripple effect around the world--it’s beginning to make waves. Armed with the belief that every problem is a storytelling problem, he is proving through his work and narrative intelligence that storytellers really are the architects of culture.
Harris continues to personally speak at up to 50 events annually, delivering keynotes and leading workshops both virtually and in-person for companies, churches, schools, conferences and more. When he’s not traveling, he splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, always with his family. He and his wife, Kate, have been married for over 15 years, and have three young kids who keep their child-like wonder alive.
Through a diverse portfolio of projects, Harris is on a mission to help others find their way back to wonder, permitting them to change the untrue stories they tell themselves and begin to believe in magic again. He is succeeding at that mission, in ways only a magician who believes in real magic can.