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Nelson Cabral

Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership


Creatively acclaimed and internationally recognized, Creative Leadership & Innovation Expert Nelson Cabral spent the better part of his career as a successful and award-winning Business Leader and Senior Executive in the industries of advertising, marketing, design, and entertainment. His career also includes stints in Europe and South America where he worked with leading creative agencies.

Nelson has been leading teams, building companies, and inspiring breakthrough innovative thinking on Fortune 500 brands for over 20 years. He’s been an award winning advertising Writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected global brands including adidas, Air Canada, Anheuser-Busch, Bridgestone-Firestone, Cadbury, GE, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Toshiba, and many others. His work has been recognized by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, Mobius, The Marketing Awards, and his Pro-Line “Bar Hopping Aliens” TV spot won first place, “best TV spot in Canada”, in Playback Magazine’s TOP SPOT AWARDS.

With dramatic stage presence and contagious?enthusiasm, Nelson delivers keynotes, consulting, and training focused on building creative organizations and cultures around them. As the world’s only Triple Threat Creative Leadership Expert and management consultant to brands and CEOs, he shares with audiences his management approaches and leadership philosophies from decades worth of experiences as an award-winning advertising executive creative director, TV, film, and video director, and Broadway musical theatre leading man. Nelson believes creativity requires stimulation and collaboration, and you, as the leader, have the responsibility to unleash a creative storm in your team. 

Now a Professional Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Innovation Facilitator, Nelson continues to energize leaders, teams and organizations to boost management effectiveness, drive superior levels of performance, and build pervasive cultures of innovation. He is also the author of “The Creative Storm” book series.

Nelson holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto. He was recently President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and is a distinguished member of North America’s Professional Performers Union, SAG-ACTRA. Progress Magazine recently named Nelson and his boutique training firm CABRAL Creative Leadership International Inc. a “Fastest Growing Company”, having landed #2 on the ONES TO WATCH list, with 1227% growth.

According to a study by IBM, CEOs cited creativity as the most important and desired quality in leaders at all levels. So Nelson fresh perspective on creative leadership and innovation is hot and highly relevant – to today’s, and tomorrow’s, business market. He is on a mission to develop and inspire a new breed of leaders: a creative CEO in every enterprise.


- Leadership, Creativity, & Performance: The Future of Leadership - How To Ignite Creative Leadership In Your Organization

- Culture, Innovation, & Change: Accelerating Innovation - Creating A High-Performance Culture of Innovation

- Performance, Productivity, & Time Management: The Nelson Touch - Sparking Individual Creativity To Achieve Personal And Organizational Excellence

- People Management, Employee Engagement, & Happiness: The Creative Storm for Managers & Team Leaders - Nine Forces To Ignite Workplace Happiness

- Customer Service, Sales Effectiveness, & Brand Loyalty: The Creative Storm for Sales Professionals - Seven Ways to Blow Your Customers' Mind, Every Day

- Marketing & Branding: The Creative Storm For Marketing Managers, Business Owners, & Entrepreneurs – How To Unleash The Beat of Your Brand



“I admit the honor of hosting Mr. Cabral at our offices in Warsaw, Poland, where he enraptured the staff and executive team with his winning formula for unlocking the hidden creative treasures within.”
John Van Kannel, CEO/Managing Director, The Lowe Group, Warsaw, Poland (Lowe GGK, PanMedia Western, GGK PR)


Nelson was amazing with our team. I am actually in awe of his talent as a professional speaker and motivator. He was composed, confident, lucid in his thoughts and very personable. We learned a lot from Nelson. I have total respect for Nelson’s talent - and he is ‘The Creative Storm’!”

Gary McGuire, Vice President Brand & Communications, VODAFONE, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe


“Nelson’s keynote program to our Project Managers at our North American Conference was highly engaging and he was able to convey A LOT of highly useful management skills and strategies. Here’s what I heard from our PMIers/audience members: “Loved the "Lord Nelson" approach to be innovative - I will use it for my business; Great pace and masterful delivery; Nelson was great, and I'd love to see similar speakers for our events; Nelson was a great presenter and gave our team and managers a much needed spark and boost.”
Michael G. Smith, PMP, PMI Region 3 Summit Project Manager, U.S.


“If you need help in creating?synergy and elevating?management effectiveness in your leaders and managers, we recommend Nelson. We?loved him because of his contagious enthusiasm and willingness to genuinely listen to our management team and inspire them to drive productivity and performance. The outcome of Nelson’s work was our leaders being prepared to drive business growth, capture employee commitment, and elevate performance."
Andrew Peters, Mercedes-Benz Canada

"It was truly delightful to see you in action. One rarely sees such dedication in tailor-making a presentation for a specific audience. Your performance was outstanding both in content and delivery. Bravo!"

André Noël Chaker, C&C Global Advocates

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