Victor Prince is a leadership author, speaker, trainer, and coach. His latest book, The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain (HarperCollins, July 2017) has reached the Top 100 Bestseller lists in 8 categories on Amazon.com, ranging from Business Leadership to Travel Writing. It was mentioned as a top business book of 2017 by Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, is stocked in public libraries in 15 countries across six continents, and comes out in Spanish from Harper Collins in August 2018 and in Korean and Chinese after that. His book Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide their Teams to Exceptional Results (Career Press, 2015) was named a Top 20 Leadership Book of 2016 by Leadership and Management Books. It is sold around the world, is stocked by public libraries across three continents, and has been translated into Korean. Victor delivers keynote presentations from his books and several other topics.
Victor is a corporate trainer with thoughtLEADERS LLC. He has trained students across 13 time zones in leadership, communications, and strategic problem-solving techniques.
Victor is a Certified Executive Coach who has helped clients in the US and overseas. He specializes in helping clients in the financial services and private equity industries. He brings a business-driven approach to coaching inspired by his time as a management consultant.
Previously, Victor had 20+ years of experience in corporate and government leadership positions using and teaching leadership, communication and analytical skills.
Victor was a consultant and case team leader for Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm. He worked on and led strategy engagements with clients in the US, UK, France and Spain. While at Bain, he was also a trainer in the two-week intensive session held annually to train new college hires from all of Bain's global offices in all aspects of Bain's consulting methodology.
Most recently, Victor was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In that role, he was a founding member of the team that built the new federal regulatory agency. He ran a division of 300+ staff and $100 million+ of budget that included human resources, finance, travel, procurement, facilities, security, information technology, equal employment opportunity, and the consumer complaint response center.
Prior to that, Victor was a member of Washington DC Mayor Fenty's cabinet as the Director of CapStat, the performance accountability program to improve performance of the $10 billion local government. In that role, he also served as the coordinator ("czar") for the District's implementation of the $240 million in federal funding received from the 2009 Recovery Act.
Victor was a Senior Director of Marketing & Analysis with Capital One responsible for internet marketing strategy. His team won a Center of Excellence award for success in web site strategy. He also taught several sessions of a full day course on structured problem-solving and writing to Capital One associates.
Victor was head of marketing for Webs.com, a do-it-yourself website building property with over 20 million sites built. In that role, he set up the email infrastructure and strategy, built a performance data dashboard, and launched advertising campaigns on Facebook and Google. Webs.com was purchased for $117 million in 2011.
Victor started his career as an Intelligence Analyst for the United States government. He held a Top Secret clearance and his analysis was published in the President's Daily Brief and elsewhere.
Victor earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, he served as Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the student government representing 10,000+ students in Penn's twelve graduate and professional schools. He earned a BA in International Studies and Economics (magna cum laude) from American University in Washington DC.
In addition, Victor has served in volunteer community service roles, including as a mayorally-appointed member of the DC Police Complaints Board and as a pro-bono consultant to a non-profit organization, Compass DC. He is also a member of Mensa.
Victor lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. When he is not at work, you can probably find him biking or hiking a trail somewhere in the world.