John Maxwell speaker

John Maxwell

Leadership Author, Coach and Speaker

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John C. Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach, and author with more than 22 million books sold. Dr. Maxwell founded The John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 185 countries. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 and 100 companies, international government leaders, and organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the NFL, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership has sold more than 2 million copies. Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold more than 1 million copies.

Steve McClatchy speaker

Steve McClatchy

New York Times Best Selling Author & Consultant to The Fortune 1000

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Steve McClatchy is a keynote speaker, workshop leader and author of the New York Times Bestseller Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example.  Steve has spoken before thousands of audiences on the topics of leadership, performance, personal growth, and work/life engagement.  His client list includes the NFL, Google, Pfizer, Microsoft, Disney, NBC Universal, Accenture, John Deere, HP, Discovery Channel, Under Armour, Tiffany’s, Wells Fargo and Campbell’s Soup.  

Steve is a frequent guest lecturer in many of America’s top business graduate schools including Harvard and Wharton. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC’s Today Show and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, WebMD Magazine, Fast Company, Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur and Investor’s Business Daily.  Steve’s passion is for continual improvement and believes that when we stop growing, learning, gaining experience and achieving goals we stop living. Steve is best known for his passion, sense of humor and energetic personality. You will be captivated, motivated and truly inspired by his unique and practical approach to effectiveness and success. 

Matt McFadyen speaker

Matt McFadyen

Record breaking polar adventurer, sailor and inspirational speaker

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A Very few people have the ability to combine the adventure world and the business world quite like Matt McFadyen. For over a decade Matt has worked with organizations all over the world to align leaders, energize culture and build winning teams. 

Matt is a world-class speaker and facilitator who addresses, leadership, building high performing teams, motivation and inspiration. 

From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world’s deadliest oceans, adventurer Matt McFadyen has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential. 

He has been a leader of teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet. This includes three recordbreaking expeditions to the North Pole & two long-haul sailing trips to Antarctica & in 2013 Matt rowed, sailed & dragged a small boat 2000 miles across the North West Passage. 

Matt’s presentations not only inspire and motivate the audience but more importantly challenge them to think and act differently both personally and professionally. 

Scott McKain speaker

Scott McKain

Dynamic speaker on sales and customer service.

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Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers and how to stand out and move up, regardless of the economic climate in your industry. McKain's calling is business - and his passion is platform presentations. He is a unique combination of vast speaking experience and new, cutting-edge information. His presentations benefit from three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful ideas. McKain has spoken before and consulted for the world's most influential corporations. His keynote presentations help organizations conquer change and increase sales.

In today's Facebook/Twitter/social media world, a dissatisfied customer now has a platform to broadcast his or her opinions regarding your organization to the world instantaneously. In this environment, it's never been more important to understand and execute the steps necessary to create the ultimate customer experience. McKain is one of about 150 living members of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. He was also recently recognized by Social Media Marketing Magazine as one of the fifty most influential marketing authors on Twitter and GenJuice, a leading resource for emerging professionals, as one of the Top 25 people for Gen Y and Millennial leaders to follow on Twitter.

There are a myriad of choices in the marketplace for prospects and customers seeking the products and services of your industry. So, how does your organization - and the professionals who work with you - stand out from the plethora of competitors? In his book, Collapse of Distinction, McKain takes a revolutionary approach by showing how organizations and individual professionals create differentiation in the marketplace. Collapse of Distinction was named one of the Top 10 Business Books of the year by the Miami Herald, Huffington Post, and other major media outlets and reached the number one spot on Amazon.com's list of business bestsellers.

McKain is also the author of All Business Is Show Business and What Customers REALLY Want which received rave reviews and top charts rankings. Its groundbreaking examination of the Six Major Disconnections between Customers and Organizations has made a significant impact in the manner in which companies approach their client and prospect bases.

McKain has appeared multiple times as a commentator on FOX News to discuss business, politics, and American culture. In his earlier career as a broadcast journalist, two million people saw his commentaries each week on 80 television stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He has also been a news anchor for a CBS-TV affiliate in one of the nation's 25 largest markets.

McKain has been named as a Hoosier Hero in his home state because of his commitment to youth and philanthropy. He was selected by Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the emcee and speaker for the Great American Workout, held on the White House lawn with the President in the audience carried live on CNN and NBC's Today show. He also portrayed the villain in a film by internationally esteemed director Werner Herzog, acclaimed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the best movies ever made.

Greg  McKeown speaker

Greg McKeown

Social Innovator and Peak Performance Speaker

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Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t. 

The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project: the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success. 

McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.

His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.

McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Press: Here. Entrepreneur Magazine voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success. 

Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University.

Michael Melnik speaker

Michael Melnik

Business speaker, occupational therapist, teaches organizations about change and effective leadership.

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Michael Melnik is an Occupational Therapist with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. For more than twenty years, Michael has delivered his unique, high-energy message to over a quarter of a million participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also produced and starred in award-winning videos utilized by numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

When an organization is looking to effectively implement change or simply wants to energize the work environment, Michael's presentations hit the mark. With his simple, practical and time-tested tools, Michael's message promotes positive changes long after your event is over.

John G. Miller speaker

John G. Miller

Author of QBQ! and Speaker on Personal Accountability

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John G. Miller is the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the QuestionFlipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal AccountabilityOutstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional and co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way

He is founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to “Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value.”

A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Karen. They have seven children and three grandchildren.

Kaplan Mobray speaker

Kaplan Mobray

Founder of the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute, Author, Speaker and Consultant

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Kaplan Mobray is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers and best-selling author of The 10 K's of Personal Branding.  An innovative mastermind, Kaplan has inspired and transformed countless lives through his insightful and groundbreaking approach to personal branding and leadership development.  Kaplan inspires audiences with practical strategies, “ah-ha moments”, that powerfully create real results to immediately elevate one’s career and improve one’s life.   

A highly sought after, vibrant and energetic speaker, professional musician, and entrepreneur Kaplan Mobray learned early in his career that “to master quality of life you must first master quality of effort”.  He uses this personal philosophy to develop his extraordinarily creative insights and unique presentation content.  Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies.  Through his unconventional and innovative presentation style he teaches organizations how to transform their business, increase their brand reputation and motivates individuals to become effective leaders at all levels.

Kaplan has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for his leadership and branding insights.  He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shared his message to NFL players at Super Bowls forty-four and forty-five.  Through his latest venture Kaplan is revolutionizing high performance online learning with his virtual interactive Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute.  

Dr. Nick Morgan speaker

Dr. Nick Morgan

One of America's Top Communication Theorists and Coaches

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Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.  

Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, was published by Harvard in 2003 and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. His book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. His new book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014.

Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 – 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, and appears frequently on radio and TV. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.    

After earning his PhD. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, and Princeton University. He first started writing speeches for Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb and went on to found his own communications consulting organization, Public Words, in 1997.    

Nick attributes his success to his honest and direct approach that challenges even the most confident orators to rethink how they communicate.

Mike Mullane speaker

Mike Mullane

Retired NASA Astronaut, author, member of the International Space Hall of Fame and inspiring leadership speaker.

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Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.

Mullane is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book. He is also the author of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Colonel Mullane hosted Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network.

Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado's highest peaks.

Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs. Mike Mullane's clients include Intel, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Gillette, Verizon, and many others.

Jim Murphy speaker

Jim Murphy

Founder of inspiring 'Afterburner' fighter pilot corporate speaking group. Speaks on leadership, teamwork and execution.

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Jim 'Murph' Murphy is the Founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc. He has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He has logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and has accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance jet aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained Fighter Pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he has flown missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.

After years in the military, Murph returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murph became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless ExecutionSM model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model - Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. - and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner in early 1996.

Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 List twice. Murph has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless ExecutionSM Model, and its unique, high-energy programs.

Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution through Harper Collins publishing and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

David Nour speaker

David Nour

Social networking strategist and renowned keynote speaker on the quantifiable value of business relationships.

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David Nour is a growth strategist and the thought leader on Relationship Economics - the quantifiable value of business relationships. In a global economy that is becoming increasingly disconnected, The Nour Group, Inc. has attracted consulting engagements from over 100 marquee organizations in driving unprecedented growth through unique return on their strategic relationships. David has pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off balance sheet asset any organization possesses, large and small, public and private.

He annually delivers 50 global keynotes on business relationships, social & mobile disruptive technologies, and adaptive innovation at leading industry association conferences, corporate meetings, and academic forums. He is often a guest lecturer at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Georgia Tech's College of Management. David serves as the lead independent director on the board of introNetworks, a privately held intelligent community technology firm based in Santa Barbara, California.

David's unique perspective and independent insights on business relationships as well as social and mobile innovation have been featured in a variety of prominent blogs and publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, [email protected], Associations Now, Huffington Post Business, Medium, Entrepreneur and Success magazine. He is the author of several books including the best selling Relationship Economics (Wiley), ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill), The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger) and Return on Impact (ASAE).

An Eagle Scout himself, David is passionate about youth with his foundation's support of the Centennial Scouting movement, Junior Achievement, One Voice aiming to create peace in the Middle East, and the High Tech Ministries. He is currently an active member of the FBI Citizens' Academy, Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he has earned the Governance Fellow accreditation.

A native of Iran, David came to the U.S. with a suitcase, $100, limited family ties and no fluency in English! He earned an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA degree in Management from Georgia State University.

Alan Parisse speaker

Alan Parisse

Speaker with inspiring ideas on selling, leadership and the changing marketplace.

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Rising from garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse uses his diverse life experience to deliver relevant messages on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, managers, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Alan's audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is a speaker on change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.

An expert in dealing with difficult challenges, Parisse helps leaders and professionals address challenging markets, rapid change, mergers and more.

When Successful Meetings magazine named Parisse one of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century it was not a surprise. Alan is well known for helping individuals and organizations deal with challenging transitions. Often called the thinking person's motivator, Parisse helps audiences reframe their thinking, let go of the past, organize for the future and take action. The insights and strategies he shares are a culmination of a career dedicated to overcoming difficulties by finding new ways to harness the forces of change and shape the future.

Parisse is a seasoned, financial services professional with over 20 years of experience. He is internationally respected for his insights into the impact of the changing, global economy on investment cycles and financial marketing. Alan's clients include a wide variety of industry and governmental organizations. In high demand, Parisse has been a keynote speaker for a long list of securities firms, insurance companies and banks. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Business School, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business, UCLA Graduate School of Management and the University Of Pennsylvania Wharton School Of Business.

Prior to establishing his speaking business, Alan Parisse spent 20 years as a real estate investment professional. He was the National President of an Institute of the National Association of Realtors. In addition, he served on the Real Estate Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers.

He has written numerous articles for The National Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Today and The Real Estate Review and has been quoted on real estate matters in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Business Week and The New York Times.

Alan has written and co-authored numerous books and audio programs including: This Is Your Time, Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership, The Great Salesperson, Questions Great Advisors Ask, 101 Best Marketing Ideas and The Real Estate Investment Pocket Guide.

Now a lifetime away from his garbage collection days, Alan works with the very best in financial services, healthcare, real estate, technology and more. Alan Parisse is the proven master, making lasting contributions to companies and industries undergoing major transitions throughout the world.

Neil Pasricha speaker

Neil Pasricha

Bestselling Author & Speaker on Leadership Development

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Neil Pasricha helps people live happy lives. He has written five books including: The Book of Awesome, a catalog of simple pleasures based on his 50-million hit, award-winning blog, Awesome is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to meditation, and most recently, The Happiness Equation, the #1 international bestselling guidebook to happiness based on new research. His books have been on New York Times and International bestseller lists`for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies.

Neil is one of the most popular TED speakers of all time with his first TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” ranked as one of the ten most inspiring and his second “How will you maximize your tiny, short life?” the world’s first ever TED Listen, an artistic project composed entirely of questions. Neil has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world including Fortune 100 companies, Ivy League Deans, and Royal Families in the Middle East.

Neil spent a decade running Leadership Development and working directly for two CEOs at Walmart, the world’s largest company. He was responsible for CEO onboarding, executive development, and talent management across the organization. Today he serves as Director for The Institute for Global Happiness.

Neil’s work has been featured in thousands of outlets including CNN, BBC, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes. Neil has an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Terry Paulson speaker

Terry Paulson

Author and Speaker on Change, Leadership and Motivation

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Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and a leading authority on change management and in turning positive psychology research into practical insights that produce real-world results. He's a national columnist and author of the new book, The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results. He's brought us practical, easy-reading insights in books such as They Shoot Managers Don't They, Leadership Truths One Story at a Time, Making Humor Work, and Speak Like a Pro.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Paulson has been helping audiences transform their self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their personal and professional goals. Terry will motivate your audience through his unique and memorable personal stories and engaging humor, teaching them leadership and life lessons that they can use for years to come. He will help your people transform challenges into choices, obstacles into opportunities, and setbacks into stepping stones to success.

Terry programs on optimism and change leadership have touched thousands around the globe through his live keynote programs and books. Terry's presentations are more than motivational. His dynamic and compelling programs provide both the attitude adjustment and the practical strategies for organizations, leaders and teams to leverage optimism to make strategic change work.

Terry moves with remarkable ease from one very different field to another, working with clients in different businesses, industries and professions. His clients include everyone from sole entrepreneurs to huge corporations. Some of Terry's clients are: 3M, Boeing, Federal Reserve Bank, FINRA, HBO, Honda, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Merck, NASA, Nintendo, SBC, Sony, Starbucks, Verizon, Wal-Mart, as well as hundreds of organizations, hospitals, government agencies, and associations.

Neal Petersen speaker

Neal Petersen

Inspiring speaker who overcame adversity and sailed around the world alone.

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How do you navigate forward, deal with constant wind shifts, sudden storms, conquer fear, isolation, while dealing with an ever present changing world?  Neal Petersen will take you on a personal journey and show you by example ~ There are No Barriers – Only Solutions!

Neal Petersen has completed two amazing journeys in his life: A single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea, alone, and in the smallest yacht he designed and built himself; and, an even more arduous and eventful trip of overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa, poverty, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line! While sharing his riveting life story - and philosophy, Neal's personal messages and unique delivery  open the mind, with new hope and a determination to break down the barriers, real or perceived, that now exist and to take adversity head on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work you can achieve your goals. 

An award-winning author and the subject of a PBS documentary, Neal has the ability to correlate his story and connect to audience challenges, resulting in consistent extraordinary reviews and rousing standing ovations.   

Petersen carries a treasure chest on stage, and in it symbols of how he reached his dream by always turning barriers into opportunities, then into solutions. He empowers and challenges audiences to use their experience and treasures in navigating these economic challenging times to their advantage - it's an opportunity to excel by choosing a winning course. 

Jeffrey Pfeffer speaker

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Management and leadership expert. Stanford University Graduate and Professor of Organizational Behavior.

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Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1979.  He is the author or co-author of 14 books on topics including power in organizations, managing people, evidence-based management and The Knowing-Doing Gap.  His latest book, Leadership B.S.:  Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, was published in September, 2015.  Author of more than 150 articles and book chapters, Pfeffer has won numerous awards for his scholarly research, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Jeffrey Pfeffer has taught seminars in 39 countries and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, London Business School, Singapore Management University, and IESE in Barcelona.  Prior to joining Stanford, he was on the faculty at the business schools at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois.  Jeffrey Pfeffer has served on the board of directors of several human capital software companies as well as other public and private company and non-profit boards.

Robert Piché speaker

Robert Piché

Inspiring Captain who landed Air Transat Flight 236 over the Azores with no fuel.

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Those who knew Captain Robert Piché instantly reacted the same way when they heard radio and TV reports that the pilot of an Air Transat Airbus A330 had just made an emergency landing in the Azores after running out of fuel - and that all 291 passengers and 13 crew members were safe and sound.

Captain Robert Piché is no stranger to turbulence and he is the first to wonder if the ups and downs of his life were a necessary prelude to the supreme test he would face on August 24, 2001. As a keynote speaker his story of adventure inspires and motivates audiences everywhere. He presents in both English and French.

The tale begins in Quebec on the snow-covered runways of the Gaspé, James Bay and the lower North Shore, and weaves its way to Vietnam and the stormy skies over Ho Chi Minh City, back to the American South and a Georgia prison, then into the pulsating night jungle of Montreal, and on the roads of Iqaluit. Until that unforgettable moment when Captain Piché finds himself at the controls of an aircraft whose engines have run out of fuel 39,000 feet up at night in the mid-Atlantic. A moment that will leave you breathless and help you understand the real meaning of courage under pressure and Leadership when it counts.

In August 2002, Captain Piché and First Officer De Jager received the Superior Airmanship Award from the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) in Washington. The Air Line Pilots Association is composed of 66,000 members in North America and 300,000 members in the world. This award acknowledged Piché and De Jagers extraordinary piloting abilities as well as the professionalism they demonstrated in extreme adversity. That November of same year Captain Piché was honored by Quebec Premier Bernard Landry at the National Assembly. He also published his biography, Robert Piché: Hands on Destiny with journalist Pierre Cayouette.

Captain Piché also received The Trans-Canada (or "McKee") Trophy, the oldest aviation award in Canada, by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in April 2003. The Trophy is awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of air operations.

Charlie Plumb speaker

Charlie Plumb

Inspiring story of survival from a Vietnam P.O.W

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Captain Charlie Plumb has lived what he believes to be the American Dream. As a farm kid from Kansas, he fantasized about airplanes although he felt certain he would never have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy who afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Plumb completed Navy Flight Training and reported to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as TOP GUN. The next year, Plumb's squadron the Aardvarks launched on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk with Fighter Squadron 114 to fly the Navy's hottest airplane, the F-4 Phantom Jet. Code named Plumber, Charlie Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Viet Nam and made over 100 carrier landings. On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, Plumb was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War.

Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were the on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.

To this day, Captain Plumb continues to fly left-seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned 8 airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.

Lewis Pugh speaker

Lewis Pugh

Ocean Advocate, Pioneer Swimmer, and Keynote Speaker

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Lewis Pugh goes to extremes. He’s been to the world’s most inaccessible places. He’s put his body through unimaginably difficult conditions. He’s learned how to harness the energy that comes from overcoming extraordinary odds. And he knows how to inspire audiences to rise to their own internal challenges. His talks make a difference, to individuals, and to organisations.

His dream is that they will make a difference to the world.

Over 5 million people have viewed Lewis’s TED talks, and countless others have followed him on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Jay Leno and more. His 2 books “Achieving the Impossible” and “21 Yaks and a Speedo” were both bestsellers.

Lewis has received a number of awards including France and South Africa’s highest honours, as well as the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for his “potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership” and in 2013 the United Nations Environment Program appointed him “Patron of the Oceans.”

Howard D. Putnam speaker

Howard D. Putnam

Former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Inspirational leadership speaker.

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Howard Putnam led the visioning process at Southwest as well as further developing the fun culture and excellent customer service that Southwest is still known for today. Southwest has been profitable every year for over thirty years, a record unsurpassed by any other airline.

Howard was raised on an Iowa farm and learned to fly out of a pasture in his Father's J-3 Piper Cub. He entered the airline business as a baggage handler at Midway Airport in Chicago for Capital Airlines at age 17. Capital was soon merged into United and Howard held thirteen different positions in sales, services and staff assignments in several cities, before being named Group Vice President of Marketing for United Airlines, the world's largest airline, in 1976.

In 1978 he was recruited to become President and CEO of fledgling Southwest Airlines in Dallas, TX. While at Southwest Howard and his team tripled the revenues and tripled profitability in three years. They also successfully guided Southwest through airline deregulation and Southwest was the first air carrier to order the Boeing 737-300, which later became the largest selling aircraft ever for Boeing.

In 1981, Howard was recruited by the board of directors of Braniff International to come aboard as CEO and save and/or restructure the financially failing airline. He was the first airline CEO to successfully take a major carrier into, through and out of chapter 11. Braniff flew again in 1984.

He is the author of The Winds of Turbulence on leadership and ethics. Harvard University wrote a case study on his experiences at Braniff, The Ethics of Bankruptcy as a model as to how to handle stakeholders in crisis.

Erik Qualman speaker

Erik Qualman

Author of Socialnomics and Speaker on Digital Leadership

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Called a Digital Dale Carnegie and the Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics. Socialnomics made Amazon's #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. His book Digital Leader helped him be voted the 2nd “Most Likeable Author in the World” behind Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is being adopted by the top universities and global brands and is nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize!

He is no stranger to the executive suite, having served as the Head of Marketing at Travelzoo (TZOO). Yet, he may be best known for writing and producing the world’s most watched social media video. His work has been highlighted on 60 Minutes,The New York Times, WSJ, USA Today, ABC News, Financial Times, Forbes, CBS News, and The Huffington Post. He also helped achieve the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest continuous podcast. Socialnomics was a finalist for the ”Book of the Year.” Fast Company lists Professor Qualman as a Top 100 Digital Influencer.  He made Forbes Top 50 Power Influencer list. Qualman was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and been honored as the Michigan State University Alum of the Year. Qualman has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. A proud husband and father, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin.
Michelle Ray speaker

Michelle Ray

Sought-after keynote speaker on change, communication and leadership.

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Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, leadership expert, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks. She worked her way up the management ladder and was responsible for the sales revenues of 25 radio and television affiliate stations. She was subsequently hired by one of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractors to lead the company’s sales team and was also responsible for successfully generating record–breaking revenues during a severely depressed economic climate.

In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement, an internationally renowned non-profit organization committed to educating future generations about business. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators.

As an in-demand business conference speaker for the past twenty years, Michelle has delivered her powerful messages on leadership, accountability and engaged workplaces to the “C-Suites” of global corporations, academia, diverse associations, government groups, as well as front-line staff. Her client list includes notable brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shell, Xerox, PayPal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Playboy Enterprises and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Having addressed thousands of audiences across five continents, Michelle’s combination of wit, masterful humor, practical content and an engaging, interactive style resonates with a diverse clientele seeking to inspire, educate and captivate the imagination of their leaders and teams.

Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV, Global TV and was featured in esteemed publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, The National Post, Huffington Post, BC Business and Inc Magazine. Michelle is a regular contributor for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Column.

Why Michelle Ray can add value to your conference:

  • Proven track record as a seasoned presenter at corporate and association meetings throughout North America as well as internationally since 1995
  • Renowned business motivational speaker for numerous annual conferences and professional development day events
  • Qualified as a “Certified Speaking Professional”, the National Speakers Association’s highest – earned designation held by less than 10% of members
  • From thousands of entries received, Michelle Ray reached the Top Ten Finals of “North America’s Next Greatest Speaker” Contest.
  • Undertakes due diligence with in-depth research prior to every engagement
  • Consistently engages audiences with humor, passion and a powerful message
  • Delivers a return on investment with solid content; tailored for each client

Frederick Reichheld speaker

Frederick Reichheld

Business management and customer loyalty speaker.

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Fred Reichheld is a Bain Fellow and founder of Bain & Company's Loyalty Practice, which helps companies achieve results through customer and employee loyalty. He is the creator of the Net Promoter system of management.

His work in the area of customer and employee retention has quantified the link between loyalty and profits. Fred's books, The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth, Profits, and Lasting Value (HBSP 1996); Loyalty Rules! How Today's Leaders Build Lasting Relationships (HBSP 2001), and The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth (HBSP, 2006) have each become best sellers.

In his latest book, The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer Driven World (HBR Press-Sept. 2011), Fred reveals how NPS practitioners including Apple Retail, Philips, Schwab, Allianz, American Express, and Intuit, have utilized the Net Promoter System (NPS) to generate extraordinary results. He explains how NPS helps companies become truly customer-centric, unleashing profitable growth through systematically converting more customers into promoters and fewer into detractors.

Fred is a frequent speaker at major business forums and his work on loyalty has been widely covered in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Fortune, Business Week and The Economist. He is the author of eight Harvard Business Review articles on the subject of loyalty.

Consulting Magazine chose Fred as one of the "25 Most Influential Consultants" in its 2003 annual survey. According to The New York Times, "[He] put loyalty economics on the map."The Economist refers to him as the "high priest" of loyalty.

Reichheld graduated with Honors both from Harvard College (B.A., 1974) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1978).

James Robbins speaker

James Robbins

Adventurer and Management Consultant, Speaks on Leadership and Motivational Strategies

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James Robbins is a rare mix of management consultant, adventurer and motivational speaker. He has been teaching leadership and peak performance for the last 17 years. James is also the author of Nine Minutes on Monday; The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader, which gives managers a simple solution to motivate and engage their staff even when things are crazy and hectic.

James also created the web show Help Me Lead to help managers find creative ways to lead their staff. He is always creating video content on the topic of leadership and often use them in his presentations.

James first career was in ministry before founding the The Robbins Group to help organizations increase their productivity and lower their employee turn over. He has given over 1,000 presentations in the last 10 years and has been teaching, training and coaching leaders since 1995.

James combines stories of his adventures with practical truths that help audiences make simple changes that stick. He is a thought leader in the field of human motivation and its role in leadership, the workplace, and our personal lives. James has a way of inspiring people to raise their game, persevere in the face of difficulty, and bring their best on a daily basis.

Mel Robbins speaker

Mel Robbins

Award-Winning CNN Commentator, Co-Founder of Inspire52, and Motivational Speaker

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Mel Robbins is a powerful motivational speaker who is trusted by global brands to design and deliver multi-media, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and business growth. Mel is best known for creating “The 5 Second Rule” and Her TEDx Talk on "How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over" which has over 3 million views, Her book on the brain and productivity, Stop Saying You’re Fine, is a business bestseller that has been translated into four languages. 

She started her career as a criminal defense attorney and went on to launch and sell a retail and internet technology company. Mel has led multi-year coaching programs at: Johnson&Johnson, AG Edwards, Bear Stearns and Partners Healthcare. The media has tapped Mel to host award-winning shows for FOX, A&E, Cox Media Group and now CNN. Mel is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers; her articles on human behavior drive tens of millions of page views for CNN.com. Mel has an extensive television résumé as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News. She was named America's Outstanding News Talkshow Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards. 

Mel is a speaker, TV personality and coach with the credibility and experience to deliver the goods for audiences of all shapes and sizes: men and women; small to massive; technical sales training to innovation summits. She will work with you to design an unforgettable, high energy and motivating event that reinforces brand and sponsor objectives, delivers fresh, actionable content and engages and entertains your attendees with music, original videos and interactive leadership exercises. 

Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate and a serial entrepreneur that’s on a mission to help us all thrive at work and in life.   She and her husband of twenty years have three young kids and live outside of Boston.

Mike Robbins speaker

Mike Robbins

Former Baseball Player & Speaker on Teamwork and Leadership.

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As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike Robbins delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into fourteen different languages.

His clients include some of the top organizations and institutions in the world, such as: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Twitter, and many others. 

He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Mike is the host of his own radio show, “Nothing Changes Until You Do,” on Hay House Radio.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 and he was laid off, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

David Rock speaker

David Rock

Neuroleadership and performance speaker.

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David Rock is a keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Results Coaching Systems (RCS), which has operations in 15 countries across the globe. In his capacity as CEO, David works with Fortune 500 clients specializing in embedding internal coaching capacity within organizations to develop leadership, retain talent, turn managers into coaches, improve performance, and change culture.

David is one of the thought leaders in the global coaching profession. The integrated coaching system he developed in the mid-90's has been taught to over 10,000 professionals in more than fifteen countries.

He is the author of Personal Best, Quiet Leadership and Coaching with the Brain in Mind and Your Brain at Work released in October 2009.

In 2004, David founded the brain-based approach to coaching, which has gathered momentum as a theory base for coaching ever since. In collaboration with several leading neuroscientists, David is working to explain the neural basis of issues like self-awareness, reflection, insight and accountability.

In 2006 he co-authored a feature article in strategy business magazine with neuroscientist Dr Jeffrey Schwartz, called 'The Neuroscience of Leadership', the most downloaded article of the year at the magazine. In September 2006 CIO magazine ran a cover story featuring David and Jeff's work called 'The new science of change'. His paper 'Managing with the Brain in Mind' was the most downloaded of 2009 at Strategy & Business.

In late 2006, David founded the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science of leadership development. The Institute is now a worldwide network of researchers and practitioners building a new body of knowledge.

David is on the advisory board at CIMBA business school, and a guest lecturer at universities in 5 countries including at Oxford University Said Business School.

Rocky Romanella speaker

Rocky Romanella

Former UPS Executive & Inspiring Speaker on Customer Service and Leadership

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Rocky Romanella pulls in audiences with real life stories from an illustrious career spanning nearly 40 years at one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world, UPS, and later as CEO & Director for UniTek Global Services, a mid-cap telecommunications solution company. Having led record sales efforts, rapidly building brands and managing teams through difficult restructuring events and developing a culture needed to integrate past acquisitions, he inspires audiences to create a unified company with one vision.

An expert in cultural integration, operations and engineering, while in executive roles Rocky successfully launched one of the largest re-branding initiatives in franchising history, The UPS Store, which revolutionized the $9 billion retail shipping and business services market. In addition to leading the global strategy of all U.S. and international retail channels, he was an integral part of the integration of many acquisitions, which became UPS Supply Chain Solutions with responsibilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and South America and led UPS's entry into the healthcare industry as part of their supply chain logistics strategy. His responsibilities have also included overseeing nearly 72,000 employees throughout nine states. Rocky has experience in all facets of the UPS business operations. 

 For over three decades, Romanella held various management positions including hub and package operations and industrial engineering. He led project teams on numerous special assignments to develop customer solutions tools and processes for improving operational inefficiencies and was instrumental in generating revenue growth for UPS Supply Chain Solutions in North and South America. He is a winner of the UPS Chairman's Award for Excellence.

His book was released in March 2017, "Tighten The Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership." Rocky uses his over forty years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational management at UPS, and his CEO and Director roles, to explore the ways a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor, and visionary who uses a process approach to lead the organization and its people to new levels of success. In an engaging, personal, and witty style, Rocky Romanella details how leaders must make their three major constituents equal priority by actively listening to their needs and building strong relationships.

Dr. Michelle Rozen speaker

Dr. Michelle Rozen

Human Interaction Specialist and Founder of : GET ALONG WITH ANYBODY

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Dr. Michelle Rozen specializes in creating collaboration and promoting teamwork through diverse personalities, communication styles, cultures and backgrounds. Her specialty is in interpersonal communications. Dr. Rozen is the author of three books, among which is her most recent book, How to Build a Winning Company Culture. Dr. Rozen is a writer for the Huffington Post and a commentator for the NY Times and CNN, and recent presenter at TEDx.

As an incredibly energetic keynote speaker, Dr. Rozen presents powerful solutions for individuals, teams and corporations to work better in collaboration, do better in terms of productivity and live better as individuals and as business entities. Dr. Rozen’s practical solutions and vast experience not only help create change- but transform company cultures, companies’ path to success and people’s lives overall.

Dr. Rozen holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a Masters in Psychotherapy. She is located in NYC however presents to companies nationwide as well as internationally.

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