Paralympic swimming champion, inspiring speaker on achievement, performance and goal-setting.
Just like all of us, peak performance expert Andrew Haley has had his share of ups and downs. As a child Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to survive. Even though he lost part of his right leg, Andrew never let it dictate his life.
Andrew is a living reminder that no matter what negative things may happen in your life, you can always try and turn it into something positive. Take control of your life and always try to learn and be better next time. We each have the power to be amazing. The only question is, are you ready to take it to the next level? To control your own destiny?
Andrew’s real and inspiring views cover three decades of real-life in-the-trenches sport and personal experience. He appreciates and shares with his audience that being a champion and turning pressure into performance is a moment-to-moment choice and is able to relate and inspire each listener that success is more than title, tenure or position. Excellence is for everyone, everyday. It's how we should live our life. In his talk, Andrew’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.
Andrew is a former world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer having won, among other competitions, gold medals at the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Paralympic games. He has served as his swim team’s captain and is a recognized leader in Paralympic sport. He is also a successful businessman who works for the Toronto Blue Jays. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the performance excellence field.
Andrew also finds time to give back to his community. He is involved with the charity RIGHT TO PLAY and also visits schools in Ontario and his native Nova Scotia. In addition he volunteers his time working with AthletesCAN, a national group that supports athletes. He looks forward to partnering with you in the future.
Some companies that have partnered with Andrew include: HSBC, Re/Max, Manulife, Teva Pharmaceuticals, National Bank, Sun Life, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Childhood Cancer Society, Xerox Canada, Four Seasons Hotel, and various conference to name a few.
Andrew was inducted into Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence in March 2015.
Expert in the areas of achievement psychology, which includes brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking.
Scott Halford is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, an engaging presenter and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams. His expertise and experience enrich his contribution to his clients' success. Scott's brilliance in focusing on strategy and application of progressive concepts distinguishes his work from others' and gains praise from executives around the world. His expansive knowledge in the areas of achievement psychology, which includes brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and the principles of influence add richness and depth to his programs. His workshops and keynotes are filled with humor, wit and depth.
Scott is an accredited and certified Emotional Intelligence Provider through the Hay/McBer Consulting Group in Boston and through Multi-Health Systems in Toronto. Scott is also a Certified Associate in Emergenetics, the study of performance and preferences based on genes and the environment. Currently, Scott is a postgraduate student in the neuroscience of leadership through Middlesex University in London.
Additionally, Scott is a guest lecturer for the MBA program at the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. He is the Brainy Business columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine online, and the author of Be a Shortcut: The Secret Fast Track to Business Success, available online from John Wiley & Sons.
World-renowned speaker on strategy and innovation. Author of Leading the Revolution.
Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange .
Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.”
Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.
Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management Innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations.
Expert on nutrition and exercise in energy management for increased productivity, engagement and performance.
As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. She is also a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
Heidi’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), and the follow-up release Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014). Her latest book, Recharge: Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource is available now.
Heidi is actively involved with several non-profit organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association and is a National Board Member for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Heidi created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.
Heidi holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For nearly a decade, Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, Co-Creator of the Best-Selling Chicken Soup For The Soul Series
Mark Victor Hansen is Co-Creator of the Best-Selling Chicken Soup For The Soul Series. Recent years have seen Mark and his business partner Jack Canfield create what TIME magazine calls
the publishing phenomenon of the decade. With more than 90 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold in North America alone and over 100 licensed products in the marketplace, it is one of the most successful publishing franchises in America today.
Mark's energy and exuberance travels still further through mediums such as television (Oprah, CNN and The Today Show), print (TIME, US News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and Entrepreneur) and countless radio and newspaper interviews as he assures our planet's people that
you can easily create the life you deserve.
Mark is also known as a passionate philanthropist and humanitarian, working tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, ChildHelp USA and many others.
Publisher and Founding Editor of SUCCESS magazine and Leadership Speaker
Darren Hardy is the visionary force behind SUCCESS magazine as its Publisher and Founding Editor. As a business leader in the success industry for two decades, Darren has had unique and unfettered access to the most successful people on the planet, including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, Howard Schultz, Charles Schwab, Jeff Bezos and many more. He has uncovered the secrets to their success and now reveals them to us.
Darren mentors many of today’s high-performing CEOs, advises many large corporations and sits on the board of several companies and nonprofit organizations.
Darren is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker, media contributor and the New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever. Darren champions the message of success, hope and abundant opportunity to more than 3 million people each month through the pages of SUCCESS magazine, his blog and before live audiences of entrepreneurs across the country. Darren distills the best of the best information and strategies available, mixing in his own street-tested principles of success to mentor and empower millions of entrepreneurs globally.
Keynote speaker on leadership, communication and change management.
Robert Harris is able to make the complex, simple, especially when it comes to succeeding at organizational change. Most change initiatives fail, not for lack of a good plan, but for an inability to manage the difficult
people challenges that invariably accompany change.
Robert presents practical tools and innovation methodologies for turbo-charging your change projects. His approach is practical, yet totally unique from what is typically done when leading change. Robert specializes in how to plan and then deliver difficult change news in a way that removes distrust and misunderstanding and, instead, generates commitment and energy for the change.
Robert also teaches personal leadership skills for getting the commitment of others and ensuring
win-win outcomes that enhance personal relationships. His approach is
play to your strengths. Robert explains how we can leverage key strengths, add in new strengths that are valued by other, and eliminate ineffective tendencies where we might
overdo our strengths. Robert has presented this workshop to employees and managers at all levels - invariably, people gain insights and awareness that help them succeed in achieving their goals.
Robert's corporate experience includes senior management roles in the high technology, beverage, healthcare, and public sectors. As Director of Human Resources for Molson Breweries, Robert was on the Steering Committee coordinating the merger with Carling O'Keefe.
Robert is President of Robert Harris Resources Inc. He has published numerous articles in the business press and is the co-author of three books Global Impact - Award Winning Performance Programs from Around the World, Navigating Your Career - A Roadmap to Individual and Career Success, and Change Leadership: Inform, Involve, Ignite!.
Robert has a distinctive ability to provide audiences with practical solutions that can be applied in their work and personal lives. Robert quickly connects with audiences of all sizes in presenting simple yet innovative strategies for improving workplace effectiveness.
Tyler Hayden has been a full-time professional speaker and innovative team builder for almost two decades. His business is personal development and non-traditional team-building programs. Tyler’s clients include some of the world’s largest corporations and associations. Groups such as the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Project Management Institute (PMI), Bell, and Honeywell have all benefited from Tyler’s programs.
Tyler is a keynoter, team builder, and author. He has developed program solutions across industries in leadership, structured mentoring, team building, staff motivation, personal development, and quality improvement.
Tyler is the author of over 16 books, plus audio CDs, educational programs, interactive CD-ROMs, board games, card games, apps, and full-length DVDs. His training materials have been sold worldwide, and he has delivered several thousand high-energy keynotes and train-the-trainer programs internationally.
As a keynoter Tyler has spoken to groups ranging in number from 20 to 5,000. He delivers a professional presentation that ensures that the message is designed with the audience’s learning in mind. Tyler’s electric energy on stage is second to none–in fact some say he is our planet’s answer to alternative energy.
Working with Tyler as a team builder and keynoter is fun. Whether he brings his 9-hole mini golf course, paints and canvas, or remote control cars, his bag of tricks always delivers a great time! Tyler’s team events are high energy and information packed. Tyler works diligently beforehand along-side your team leads to ensure the delivery of consistent and powerful messages that resonate with your team.
Finally, a description of Tyler would not be complete without a word about his greatest source of affluence: family. Tyler is a loving husband to Laurie, a teacher, and proud father of Tait and Breton, his beautiful little girls. Tyler and Laurie look forward to building a loving family and continuing to make a difference in their quiet seaside community in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where they operate a chicken farm and Tyler sits on Town Council.
Host of 'C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett' on Bloomberg Television
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and primetime television show host on Bloomberg Television. From small business to international corporations, his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the c-suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling business books The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet, and one of the most compelling figures in business today.
Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business. Jeffrey appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking and public appearances, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.
Troy Hazard is serial entrepreneur, who has founded and nurtured eleven businesses over two decades, and has consulted to countless successful companies over the last 20 years.
Through his business career he has owned a diverse range of businesses including a recording studio, an advertising agency, a pizza outlet, real estate brokerage, property development company, leading franchise-consulting business, and a technology business.
These business talents earned him international respect, so much so that he was elected by the world's foremost business leaders for the role of Global President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.
He is also one of the few Australians to crack the USA market with his own TV talk show. "Gettin' Down 2 Business" airs in the USA on the BizTV Cable Network into 20 million homes each week 9pm EST. And he is a regular Co-Host on "The Big Biz Show" on the CBS Talk Radio Network and the Business Talk Radio Network broadcasting to 1.5 million radio listeners, and simulcast on the BizTV Network in the United States.
Troy's lessons from the edge provide businesses with potent and refined tools, a collection of which you will find in his Amazon bestselling business book, Future-Proofing Your Business - Real life strategies to prepare your business for tomorrow, today!
Two times TED speaker, Charles Hazlewood is a British conductor of international renown. He has conducted some of the greatest classical repertoire with some of the best orchestras in the world. But Charles Hazlewood is more than a conductor, he is a visionary with a mission to bring the ever modern joy of orchestral music to a new audience and in doing so, change lives and communities for the better.
Dubbed, the 'British Bernstein' by the New York Sun, Hazlewood believes that music can overcome barriers of language, class and culture and has proved this over his career: an opera company recruited from black townships in South Africa that won the Golden Bear Award for best film, a pay-what-you-can orchestral music festival attended by 1000’s of people who had never heard an orchestra live before, and the world’s first orchestra of disabled musicians, who played alongside Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 paralympics and continue to tour, world demonstrating the incredible creative talent of disabled people to new audiences all over the world. And these are just the headlines.
Hazlewood is not only well known for what he has achieved but how he achieved it. Eschewing the model of conductor as dictator; he has evolved a creative leadership style that has won the hearts and minds of many in the world of arts, business, education, sports, medicine and industry.
Hazlewood guest-conducts orchestras around the world and is a familiar figure on British TV and radio.
Motivating speaker on leadership, engagement and customer service.
With 8 years of experience in television, Lou can kick off your meeting, attend the rest of the sessions and take notes, and then provide your attendees with a humorous and poignant summary at the close of the event. Since he also conducted more than 2,000 live television interviews, he can also serve as an interviewer up on the stage if you have an executive or other speaker who is more comfortable answering questions than going it alone.
While Lou was receiving dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he also served as news editor and anchorman on the WUNC-TV public television system. By the time he was graduated from the University, he had already logged over 1,000 live television broadcasts.
Lou joined the US Army six months after graduation. During his two and a half years of service, Lou served as a speech instructor and course supervisor at the Defense Information School (then at Fort Harrison, IN). The school trained broadcasters and public affairs people for all the US military branches and for military personnel and civilians from many foreign countries. On the weekends, he was a news anchorman at WTTV, an independent television station serving Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN.
When Lou returned to television, he first served as News Director of an NBC television affiliate in Richmond, VA and then as Community Affairs Director at WBTV in Charlotte. For the last year and half of Lou's television career, he served WBTV's parent corporation (Jefferson Pilot Communications) as its management training director.
Always of an entrepreneurial spirit, Lou then began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics. The University of Michigan tapped Lou to join the adjunct faculty at their Executive Education Center (part of the Graduate School of Business Administration) and that launched a 19-year relationship during which Lou led more than 200 programs for the University in Ann Arbor, as well as a number of on-site programs in New York City, Hong Kong, Atlantic City, Chicago, and a number of cities throughout Michigan. He maintained this post while still at the helm of his own business.
Lou Heckler does the closing essay every Friday night on the PBS show
Nightly Business Report. It is seen on more than 500 stations across North America.
His easy, intimate style makes audience members feel he is speaking right to them as he delivers a message filled with high concepts, hilarious insights, and hope.
Chris challenges and inspires organizations and individuals toward Wild leadership, compassionate presence, and daring authenticity. Featured on The Discovery Channel's “National Geographic Today,” she brings decades of leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders, helping us recognize that leadership and teamwork doesn't have to be so complicated.
Selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, Chris was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional International's 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!
With remarkable parallels to the work world, Chris shares hilarious stories from her sled dog team with their quirky personalities and from guiding whitewater trips, where successfully navigating obstacles (mostly) is part of the journey.
She sits on the board of the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center, is a Wilderness First Responder and a graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). She holds a bachelor's degree in recreation and social work from George Williams College, where she recently received the Distinguished Alumnae Award. She is a poet and shares her writing and Wild Dares through her newsletter, Wild Thoughts.
Entrepreneur, CEO, Speaker and Author of Willful Blindness
Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. She worked in BBC Radio for five years where she wrote, directed, produced and commissioned dozens of documentaries and dramas.
As a television producer, she made documentary films for Timewatch, Arena, and Newsnight. She was one of the producers of Out of the Doll's House, the prize-winning documentary series about the history of women in the twentieth century. She designed and executive produced a thirteen part series on The French Revolution for the BBC and A&E. The series featured, among others, Alan Rickman, Alfred Molina, Janet Suzman, Simon Callow and Jim Broadbent and introduced both historian Simon Schama and playwright Peter Barnes to British television. She also produced music videos with Virgin Records and the London Chamber Orchestra to raise attention and funds for Unicef's Lebanese fund.
Leaving the BBC, she ran the trade association IPPA, which represented the interests of independent film and television producers and was once described by the Financial Times as "the most formidable lobbying organization in England."
In 1994, she returned to the United States where she worked on public affair campaigns in Massachusetts and with software companies trying to break into multimedia. She developed interactive multimedia products with Peter Lynch, Tom Peters, Standard & Poors and The Learning Company.
She then joined CMGI where she ran, bought and sold leading Internet businesses, serving as Chief Executive Officer for InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and iCAST Corporation.
She was named one of the Internet's Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999, one of the Top 25 by Streaming Media magazine and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter. Her "Tear Down the Wall" campaign against AOL won the 2001 Silver SABRE award for public relations.
Her third book, Wilful Blindness (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Bloomsbury in the US and Doubleday in Canada) was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award. Her most recent book A Bigger Prize (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Public Affairs in the US and Doubleday in Canada) is published in spring 2014. She is a Trustee of the London Library and sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as one the boards of several private companies. Margaret blogs for the Huffington Post in the US and the UK, for CBSMoneywatch and for Inc.com.
She was featured on television in The Secret Millionaire and on BBC Radio 4 in Changing the Rules, which won the 2008 Prowess Media Award. She has had three plays broadcast by the BBC and in 2011 has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath. She mentors senior executives and contributes to corporate conferences around the world. She is married with two children.
Founding Director of Center for Public Leadership, renowned leadership speaker
Ronald Heifetz is a renowned leadership speaker, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership and King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. He is known worldwide for his seminal work on the practice of teaching and leadership. His research focuses on how to build adaptive capacity in societies, businesses, and nonprofits. For twenty-five years, Heifetz's courses on leadership have been among the most highly valued in the University. His first book, Leadership Without Easy Answers (1994), currently in its thirteenth printing, has been translated into many languages. His bestselling book, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading (2002) was co-authored with Marty Linsky. His recent book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World, was coauthored with Linsky and Alexander Grashow.
The subject of many interviews, articles, and the book by Sharon Daloz Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught ( 2005), Heifetz speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad and consults widely with senior executives in government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Heifetz is a founding principal in Cambridge Leadership Associates.
A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School, Heifetz is both a doctor and a musician. He trained initially in surgery before deciding to devote himself to the study of leadership in politics and business. Heifetz completed his medical training in psychiatry. As a cellist, he studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.
Chris Helder is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming specialising in advanced communication and behavioural modelling. Chris is one of today's highest booked speakers and he presents his high-impact presentations to some of the biggest names in business throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, the US and Europe.
The author of two best-selling books on the power of genuine communication, Chris has wowed over 2,000 audiences with his brilliant combination of energy, wit, humor and tailored content ensuring he relates to every audience member.
A dynamic speaker who delivers the “Power of Influence”, Chris' highly entertaining messages have literally transformed how businesses communicate with their clients.
Chris' global client list includes: Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Glaxo Smith Kline, Toyota, Fuji Xerox, Levi’s and IBM. Chris speaks at conferences in the areas of sales, communication, influence, leadership and mastering the face to face customer experience.
Former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk?, Speaks on Leadership, Business Strategy
For over 20 years Cameron Herold has been coaching, speaking to, or helping entrepreneurs build companies on five continents. He launched BackPocket COO to coach & mentor young, fun, entrepreneurial, growth companies and help make their dreams happen. He is one of the country's most innovative business leaders and was a leading force behind one of the most successful businesses of the decade, 1-800-GOTJUNK?. He is currently mentoring companies based in Switzerland, Germany, the UK, USA & Canada.
He was Chief Operating Officer of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for just under seven years and his innovative business leadership helped enable them to build a presence in 46 states, 9 provinces, and 4 countries while being ranked the
2nd Best Company to Work for in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine and
the #1 Company in BC to Work for twice by BC Business Magazine. During his tenure the company was studied by numerous MBA programs including Queen's University in Canada & Harvard.
Cameron Herold helped this leading edge company grow from $2 Million to $105 Million in revenue in six years with no debt or outside shareholders. Prior to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? he had two EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) qualifying companies. From 1998 through 2000 he was VP, Corporate Development at Ubarter.com a division of 900-person firm with a $900 Million market cap based in Seattle. He was also, President of Barter Business Exchange in Vancouver. From 1994 to 1998, Herold was VP, Franchise Development for Coast-to-Coast Franchise Services (Boyd Autobody & Glass).
In these positions over 20 years since starting his first company at 21 years old he has gained real world insight into tried-and-true systems from having been involved in the sale, branding and integration of 450+ franchise locations with three franchisors. He's worked on the development and deployment of ecommerce and Internet strategies, negotiation of corporate acquisitions and development of numerous strategic partnerships. He has a unique understanding of business and growing companies from having led business areas of Operations, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Alliances, Sales, Call Centers and Franchising.
His work has helped companies be featured in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune, as well as TV shows like Donny Deutsch, Oprah, and Dr. Phil.
Cameron's new book is Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less.
Jay Hewitt will get you to your Finish Line. An elite Ironman triathlete, Jay is the only person with Type 1 diabetes to race for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He balanced years of grueling physical triathlon training, racing and world travel, managing his blood sugar and hourly insulin dosage, and maintaining a demanding full-time law practice. In 2004, he began public speaking while racing and practicing law. After numerous engagements and repeated requests, he followed his passion and launched a full-time professional speaking career in 2011. His balance of work, life and pursuit of goals has taken remarkable focus and discipline, converting physical and mental challenges into motivation for success. That is exactly the message he shares with rapt audiences all over the world. Jay’s principles translate perfectly into life as well as business, inspiring improvement in everyone—from leadership and management to everyday employees, from athletes and non-athletes to students and adults.
The Ironman triathlon is the world’s most grueling athletic event—a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon run—racing 140 miles in a single day. Jay is a three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Distance Triathlon, having raced for Team USA at the World Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in Denmark, Sweden and Australia. He’s competed in 14 Ironman triathlons, 20 half-Ironman triathlons and 8 individual marathons, and is a three-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. In 2006, he and his teammates won the 3,000-mile Race Across America, cycling nonstop from San Diego to Atlantic City in 5 days and 16 hours.
Since 1993, Jay has practiced law in Greenville, SC as a partner in both a large 200-lawyer corporate law firm and then starting his own small boutique firm specializing in business, sports and entertainment law. He has negotiated multimillion-dollar business agreements and handled all aspects of complex business litigation, product liability, settlements, trials and appeals. He has been lead trial counsel for several Fortune 500 companies and argued appeals before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals. In over 20 years as an attorney, Jay has lived the challenges facing large corporations and small business while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Jay has been featured on the cover of Diabetes Health, Diabetes Forecast and many other national publications. He has also been the focus of television documentaries on networks such as CNBC, WGN and Lifetime. A board member for several health-related organizations, Jay is the author of Finish Line Vision, which chronicles his remarkable journey and approach to life.
Entertaining & motivating Speaker on Goal Setting and the Engagement Experience
Jason Hewlett’s speaking career began following the performance of his popular One-Man Show at a corporate event. The client was so impressed with the powerful messaging Jason included in his act that he was asked to be the keynote speaker for their Management & Leadership Conference the following year. Jason’s customized presentation and content, combined with music and comedy, was so well received it has turned into multiple speeches for nationwide clients.
While Jason has received awards in the arts and entertainment industry, he has been hired for some of the largest corporate events in the world. His reputation has transformed from someone who delivers an incredible, standing ovation show worthy of Las Vegas praise, AND a keynote speaker sharing practical business principles applicable for leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural impact.
Having delivered hundreds of corporate presentations for front-line motivation and management instruction, Jason’s talks combine message, authenticity, humor, music, and impersonations. His talks feel like a show with a message, or a keynote speech with entertainment, while remaining a G-rated, family-friendly, corporate ready experience. Few performers can match the level of laughs, energy, and appropriate material for any audience. Jason Hewlett is constantly brought back again and again by his clients.
In addition, combining his ability as a seasoned speaker, entertainer, and behind-the-scenes event advisor, Jason has become one of America’s top Master of Ceremonies/Emcees for the largest corporate and charity events. Whether a 3-day convention or an awards gala, Jason keeps the energy, laughs, and excitement going throughout, while allowing executives to take a back seat and enjoy the conference rather than stress about running it.
With over 2,000 presentations for Fortune 500 companies and clients such as American Express, Delta Airlines, the Salt Lake Olympics, Experian, NuSkin, Younique, Coca~Cola and Wells Fargo, Jason Hewlett is your go-to solution for a keynote, entertainment and emcee.
William Higham is a worldwide authority on future and evolving consumer behaviors. He helps organizations to understand how tomorrow’s Smart Consumers will think, feel, behave and how they can benefit from this in their business. William creates consumer strategy reports, runs management planning and innovation workshops, and writes and presents on trends.
He gained his initial experience with consumers in the entertainment industry in the 1990's. He began in marketing communications at Sony Music, where he worked on Michael Jackson, Motorhead and Alice Cooper. He later worked as Marketing Manager at Virgin & Universal, where he ran campaigns for The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Meat Loaf, Verve, XTC and Smashing Pumpkins.
His first trends role was Senior Trends Consultant at the Breaking Trends consultancy, whose clients included British Telecom and Levis. He was later appointed MD of research agency OnePoll, whose clients included Kelloggs, Findus and Hilton Hotels. He founded strategic consultancy Next Big Thing in 2002. The company has worked with a wide range of blue chip clients: from BBC to HSBC, Sainsbury’s to Siemens.
William has spoken at, chaired and facilitated conferences and internal events for brands, media and industry bodies: from Barclaycard to Retail Week, Hiscox to FHM.
He’s been interviewed across the media - BBC to Bloomberg TV, Cosmopolitan to The Times. He currently writes consumer trends columns for The Institute of Directors (IoD) magazine ‘Director’ and The Huffington Post.
He wrote one of the first ever handbooks for consumer trend forecasters: The Next Big Thing: Spotting & Forecasting Consumer Trends For Profit (Kogan Page, 2009), which has been translated into four languages.
William’s interactive cocktail of the most up to date research guarantees maximum audience engagement. He mixes insight, inspiration and information in a way that always leaves an audience feeling energized and inspired.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, former Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces. Winner of the Vimy Award.
General Rick Hillier was Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff - the highest ranking position in the Canadian Forces - from February 4, 2005 to July 1, 2008. Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, General Hillier joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. Having enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program, he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
After completing his armor officer classification training, he joined his first regiment, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) in Petawawa, Ontario. Subsequently, he served with, and later commanded, the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Canada and Germany. In July 2008 after 35 years of loyal service General Hillier retired from the Canadian Armed Forces.
Throughout his career, General Hillier has had the privilege and pleasure of commanding troops from the platoon to multi-national formation level within Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. He has worked as a staff officer in several headquarters, first at the Army level in Montreal and later at the strategic level in Ottawa.
In 1998 General Hillier was appointed as the first Canadian Deputy Commanding General of III Corps, US Army in Fort Hood, Texas. In 2000 he took command of NATO's Stabilization Force's Multinational Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In May 2003 General Hillier was appointed as Commander of the Army and subsequently, in October 2003, he was selected as the Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. General Hillier was promoted to Chief of the Defence Staff in February 2005.
In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War, with every casualty becoming front page news. There, as everywhere, Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding, more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.
A Solder First: Bullets, Bureaucrats, and the Politics of War was released in October of 2009. This hard-hitting, honest account of Hillier's role -- told in his own words -- will be one of the most important books published in Canada this decade. General Rick Hillier's newest book is entitled Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom for Today's Leaders.
General Hillier was recently named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He and his wife have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson. He enjoys most recreational pursuits but, in particular, runs slowly, plays hockey poorly and golfs very well as long as he does not have to sink the ball.
Blind Adventurer. Extraordinarily inspiring, funny and compelling speaker.
Miles Hilton-Barber has been blind since his early twenties, but has not let that stop him from challenging barriers and achieving his dreams. He has sought adventure and succeeded on expeditions to deserts, mountains and the polar regions.
Miles' accomplishments are staggering: he has completed the toughest foot-race in the World, the Marathon Des Sables, a 150 mile Ultra-Marathon through the 120 degree heat of the Sahara Desert. He has conquered Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. He competed in the Siberian Ice Marathon, billed as The Coldest Marathon on Earth. Some of his other achievements include white water rafting, flying microlights, tandem cycling, scuba-diving, para-sailing and 40 sky-diving jumps. For any person this would be an impressive record, but it is all the more astounding in that Miles has been blind for 25 years.
In other recent accomplishments, Miles was the first blind pilot to undertake a 55-day, 21,000 kilometer microlight flight from London to Sydney, relying on revolutionary speech-output technology on his instruments for navigation, accompanied by his sighted co-pilot. He also man-hauled a sledge over 250 miles across Antarctica.
An exceptional storyteller and corporate motivational speaker, Miles' messages of
never give up,
expect the unexpected and
think big to achieve big come wrapped in a package of humor and profound personal insight. He uses his experiences as an international adventurer to motivate and inspire others to achieve their potential. His words are not hollow generalizations - he offers practical ideas that work for everyone. Miles' managerial background complements his skills as a speaker, enabling him to tailor his talks to your particular business and personnel.
Miles is currently Director of Motivational Development at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) in the U.K.
Bruce Himelstein is the Ritz-Carlton executive who transformed customer service for one of the world's most recognizable luxury brands, as featured prominently in the New York Times bestseller, The New Gold Standard.
Recognized as “One of The Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing” by The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Bruce was featured on The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sirius radio channel discussing his experiences in marketing lifestyle brands.
An inductee into “The American Marketing Association” Hall of Fame, Himelstein also sits on many prominent industry boards, including the Luxury Institute Advisory Board. He is credited with leading some of the travel and hospitality industry’s most prestigious domestic and global brands during a 30+ year illustrious career setting the global standards in hospitality, marketing, and C-level executive management.
Successful at every level of his career, Bruce Himelstein now helps growing and established businesses achieve new levels of success as a marketing, hospitality industry, and luxury brand consultant, as well as a business facilitator.
Motivational Speaker and Author on how to cultivate positive working environments
Vicki Hitzges had a dream first job working in the Dallas Cowboy’s front office. That job led to a career in television in Dallas where she had the privilege of interviewing U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, both George Bush and George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. She attributes her ability to talk to audiences today because she had to think fast and speak to everyone from political figures to business moguls to movie stars and athletes under the pressure and bright lights of a television studio.
Later, as a publicist, she worked to get clients featured in the news. One of her clients, motivational guru, Zig Ziglar, admired Vicki’s creativity and urged her to speak. In fact, she became one of only a few speakers he personally mentored. Within three months, she’d spoken around the world.
Due to that rich background, Vicki learned to craft stories, use humor, share practical content and involve her audience. In 2004, she earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. CSP is the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association to recognize proven expertise and experience. Fewer than ten per cent of speakers worldwide hold the title.
She’s authored two books that enjoy five-star reviews and have sold more than 10,000 copies within the first year of being printed (rare for business books), Attitude is Everything and Stuck on Stop – How to Quit Procrastinating.
She’s spoken across the U.S. and as far away as Qatar, New Zealand (twice), Panama and Thailand.
Powerhouse clients include Microsoft, Allstate, Cisco, Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, New York Life, Chase Bank, GTE, EDS, Bell Helicopter, M&T Bank, the US Marines, the FBI, Baylor Hospital, Safeway, Victoria’s Secret, Deloitte & Touche, Merck, Abbott, and the CIA.
Your group will enjoy Vicki. (And if they want to hear behind-the-scenes scoop from her years of reporting about celebrities including President Bill Clinton, singer Better Midler, comedian Bill Cosby or actor-director Ron Howard…have ‘em ask!)
Leading authority on change management, customer relationships. Former Director of Customer Service and People & Culture at British Airways.
Larry Hochman is one of the most popular keynote speakers in the world. He is a globally recognized expert on Customer Relationships, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Talent Management and The Future of HR.
Larry Hochman spent 10 years in Senior Management roles with British Airways and the loyalty management company, Air Miles, in both New York and London. His roles included Director of Customer Service and separately, Director of People and Culture - he being the first person in Britain to hold this title. Since 1998, he has been running his own speaking, mentoring, and consulting business. Larry is one of the most popular keynote speakers in the world and has now delivered nearly 500 speeches in 60 countries and has spoken on every continent.
Alongside his numerous speaking engagements all over the world, Larry, who pioneered corporate mentoring work in the U.K. at Air Miles, is the personal mentor to several Chief Executives.
A powerful sales motivator and dynamic presenter who ignites his audiences into action.
Michael Hoffman has been igniting Fortune 500 organizations with his workshops and keynotes for over a decade. His firm, Igniting Performance, is a Dallas-based training and consulting firm specializing in the areas of leadership, sales, and customer loyalty.
From small independent entrepreneurs to blue chips, Michael can count companies such as IBM, EDS, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, State Farm, AFLAC, VHA, Capital One, Oracle, and hundreds more as not only clients but repeat customers. Using his performance comedy and interactive delivery, he has conducted extensive personal and professional development seminars for thousands of people across the United States and abroad.
Effective training combines the right informational tools with the right motivation. Motivation alone is fleeting, but the right tools without motivation are lifeless. Michael delivers both.
Branding and innovation expert, author of Radical Careering, one of advertising's most celebrated thinkers.
Sally Hogshead is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world's leading expert on fascination. Growing up with the last name Hogshead would give anyone an unconventional point of view. After graduating from Duke University and starting in advertising, Sally was named
the most successful junior copywriter of all time. At age 27 she opened her first agency, and went on to conquer the worlds of branding and marketing.
Over the past decade, Sally's research has uncovered surprising trends. In today's distracted world, people have a 9-second attention span. With only 9 seconds to communicate value, we must use our advantages to immediately break through. Sally teaches how to break through the distraction and competition by creating moments of intense focus.
When you fascinate a customer or employee, you create exciting moments of connection. Your listener is far more likely to remember and value you.
In her research, Sally has measured over 100,000 people to identify a scientific approach to personal branding.
A few findings in Sally's research:
Rather than measuring how you see the world, Sally measures how the world sees you.
Sally's first book was Radical Careering: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life. She toured the country as a spokesperson for CareerBuilder.com, teaching how to apply strengths at work.
Her next book, FASCINATE, was published around the globe, earning Sally a frequent spotlight in major media including Today Show and the New York Times. The press describes Sally as a
marketing icon who has
changed the face of North American advertising.
In 2013, HarperCollins will publish Sally's new book, How The World Sees You: From First Impressions to Lasting Value.
Few keynote speakers blend a research-based message with the high-energy delivery required to inspire big audiences. Sally is a 2012 recipient of the coveted CPAE award for lifetime achievement in speaking excellence. Recent clients include Intel, Cisco, Million Dollar Round Table, GE, New York Life, YPO, and Intuit. Her audiences ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.
A Stanford All-American, 5 time NFL All-Pro, and All-Star front line competitor, Brian Holloway was the 6'7" powerhouse at the core of the 1985 New England Patriots Super Bowl team. In 1986, Brian Holloway was elected by his peers to forge a new direction in NFL policy, becoming the youngest Vice-President of the NFL Player’s Association at age 23. Brian Holloway retired from the NFL in 1992 after eight distinguished seasons with the Patriots and two with the Los Angeles Raiders. In 2013, Brian Holloway was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as a motivational Speaker/Coach/Mentor/Voice of Experience, several days before they became world champions, winning Super Bowl XLVII.
Today, Brian Holloway is an international motivational speaker and renowned corporate trainer, mobilizing companies and organizations in search of peak productivity, helping them achieve new levels of excellence. He understands how to transform thinking within organizations and challenge the competitive spirit of diverse work teams.
Hired by over 200 Fortune 500 Companies from around the world, Brian Holloway has set himself apart in delivering high performance value for hard-charging corporate competitors. In fact, multi-billion dollar giant HP and Compaq called upon Brian Holloway to help meld their two extraordinary cultures into one, single, focused, turned-on team during one of the world’s largest industrial mergers.
Featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and The 700 Club, Brian Holloway is recognized as a team building expert & visionary. His client list includes: Wal-Mart, Albertsons, Honeywell, MBNA, Bank of America, Apple, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Cisco Systems, State Farm, SalomonSmithBarney, Knight Trading, AIG, Reebok, DaimlerChrysler, Google, Stanford, Yale, Fox, The White House, Best Buy, Wachovia Bank, and thousands more. Brian Holloway has been a featured guest lecturer at Harvard’s Business School, Stanford University, Princeton, New York Graduate School of Business and Williams College.
Brian Holloway’s stories and case studies are scenes from his own life. Entertaining, motivating and instructional, Brian Holloway uses multi-media technology along with actual NFL game footage to showcase critical points on competitive excellence. These powerful, high-impact presentations have immediate take-home value for everyone — athlete and non-athlete alike.
Brian Holloway’s accomplishments have landed him appearances on Good Morning America, the Today Show, ESPN and NBC Sports, as well as feature coverage in USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has testified before Congress, guest lectured at Harvard University Business School and been the featured speaker at Stanford University’s Centennial Celebration.
Brian Holloway grew up to face and overcome many challenges — he spent much of his youth adjusting to life in 12 different states, even being labeled a “slow learner”. Persistence and an unstoppable spirit propelled Brian Holloway through his early struggles and on to academic and athletic awards throughout his high school and college years. He was heavily recruited by Ivy League Universities Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Princeton, and inundated with over 350 scholarship offers. Brian Holloway chose Stanford University and earned varsity letters in both football and track under Coach Bill Walsh.
Brian Holloway’s commitment to service grew throughout his playing days, when he helped develop the first College Degree Completion Program for Professional Athletes. Beyond the game, he helped establish the Challenger Center for Space Science Education — a living education memorial to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Brian Holloway’s community activism embraces the homeless and inner city youth, and he vigorously supports Special Olympics, D.A.R.E., United Way and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Brian also maintains a seat on the Stanford Athletic Board.
Brian Holloway is more than “just another” professional athlete. A former All-Pro football player, Brian Holloway understands how to attain optimum results and, most importantly, he knows how to communicate. Brian Holloway excels at providing transformational outcomes for organizations and companies who must break through to an extraordinary future.
Brian Holloway is direct, frank and brings a level of intensity and focus to his presentations that moves, inspires and changes people. This intellectual capital comes from over 16 years of experience inside the super-culture of championship teams and the ten-plus years spent inside corporate boardrooms. As a consultant to billion dollar companies, Brian Holloway brings high-level sales and marketing expertise that transforms thinking, and translates into millions in increased sales. As an international motivator, his speaking engagements reach over 1 million people world-wide. President Bill Clinton recognized Brian Holloway as one of America’s top emerging leaders.
Author of The Trust Edge, shows how trust can impact the bottom line.
David Horsager is an international author, business strategist , and keynote speaker. Through his book and programs he shares the secrets of using trust to impact the bottom line. Combining humor, illustrations, and memorable stories with research and insight, David sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.
Through his Master's research, experience as Director of K-Life Inc., and founding partner of Special Delivery Productions, David learned firsthand how the world's most successful people gain and keep the trust of their customers and colleagues. He's taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible steps that audiences and readers can incorporate into their own lives right away.
As a Certified Speaking Professional, David has delivered life-changing presentations on four continents, with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 executives to the armed forces and professional sports teams. He's built his reputation on two things - being easy to work with and delivering engaging, high-energy speeches every time.
In his book The Trust Edge, David reveals the single uniqueness of the greatest leaders and organizations of all time: Trust. Based in research but made practical for today's leader, Horsager shows that trust is a quantifiable competency that brings dramatic results. When leaders learn how to implement the 8 Pillars of Trust, they enjoy better: Relationships, Reputations, Retention, Revenue, and Results.
When he's not speaking or writing, David continues to research and consult through Horsager Leadership. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership for Bethel University's graduate program.
Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, Rich leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 managers around the world develop their strategic thinking skills. A former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of strategy at the graduate level, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help companies build their strategic capabilities. Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management and has been introduced by Chief Executive Magazine as “The world’s foremost expert on strategic thinking.”
Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: “If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!” His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as “...the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking.” And Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life.
Rich's innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has created dozens of proprietary offerings, including the Deep Dive Strategic Thinking System, to help managers become truly strategic leaders. These offerings include strategy facilitation, strategic planning, group workshops, assessments, books, mobile apps, workbooks, software, podcasts, videos and one-to-one strategic coaching for executives. His monthly e-publication entitled Strategic Thinker is read by thousands of business leaders and academicians around the world.
Rich served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he was consistently ranked a top professor by students. He earned an MBA with Distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and has completed courses in strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He resides in Barrington Hills, IL.