Inspiring story of leadership from former Commander of USS Benfold
Mike Abrashoff's inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.
The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that Abrashoff calls The Leadership Roadmap. At the core of his leadership approach on Benfold was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and by engaging the hearts, minds, and loyalties of workers, with conviction and humility.
The most important thing that a captain can do is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew. According to Abrashoff, The Leadership Roadmap is a practice that empowers every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence. "
It's your ship", he was known to say. His former sailors to this day still remind him of it.
By every measure, these principles were able to achieve breakthrough results. Personnel turnover decreased to an unprecedented 1 percent. The rate of military promotions tripled, and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25 percent. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness. Most important this transformation took place with the same crew. What had changed was the ship's culture and Abrashoff's leadership style.
Abrashoff recounted the leadership lessons from the turnaround of USS Benfold in It's Your Ship, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, with over 800,000 copies sold to date. This extraordinary interest in Abrashoff's leadership journey and Benfold's organizational lessons led to two follow-up books - Get Your Ship Together and It's Our Ship. These books took readers deeper into ways these principles have been put into action by business leaders in their own organizations.
Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, coinciding with Iraq's invasion of Kuwait; and served as the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
Mike Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and business challenges within their organization. The firm challenges leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.
Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. Shawn's research on happiness and human potential has received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR. His keynotes help organizations to improve performance, leadership and manage change.
Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for
Positive Psychology, the most popular course at Harvard at the time.
In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world's largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe.
Former Professor and Dean at the University of California, Author & Speaker on the Brain Science of Success
Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations rise to their potential. As the former Chief Learning Officer for Lynda.com, her research on the brain science of success has transformed the talent/learning industry.
She is the CEO and President of 7th Mind Inc. providing groundbreaking research and science-based solutions for today's workplace challenges. Britt has published several titles on learning and leadership including her books Wired to Connect: The Brain Science of Teams and a New Model to Create Collaboration and Inclusion, Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any Skill and Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success. Britt is currently writing her next books on the neuroscience of purpose and the conscious evolution of organizations.
Britt is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience consulting with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Corporate clients include Fortune 100 companies like Comcast and Apple as well as companies such as Ernst&Young, Avvo, LinkedIn, Franklin Covey, AlterEco Foods, DPR Construction, and 15Five. Dr. Andreatta has also worked with major educational institutions like the University of California, Dartmouth University, and the University of New Mexico as well as non-profit organizations like the YMCA and Norton Healthcare.
She has received over 8 million views worldwide of her courses on Lynda.com/ LinkedIn Learning. Titles include The Neuroscience of Learning, Creating a Culture of Learning, Organizational Learning & Development, Leading Change, Having Difficult Conversations, and Leading with Emotional Intelligence.
A highly sought-after and engaging speaker, Britt delivered a TEDx talk called “How Your Past Hijacks Your Future” and she regularly speaks at corporate events and international conferences receiving rave reviews like “best speaker of the conference” or “best keynote I’ve ever heard.”
Dr. Andreatta has served as professor and dean at the University of California, Antioch University, and several graduate schools. She regularly consults with executives and organizations on how to maximize their full potential.
Brian Biro is known as America's Breakthrough Coach, and is a speaker and author on leadership, thriving on change, and team building. He has delivered over 1,200 presentations around the world over the last 20 years. A major client described Brian Biro best when
Brian Biro has the energy of a ten-year-old, the enthusiasm of a twenty-year-old, and the wisdom of a seventy-five-year-old.
A former vice-president of a major transportation corporation and the author of nine books including bestseller, Beyond Success!, Brian was rated #1 from over 40 Speakers at four consecutive INC. Magazine International Conferences.
With degrees from Stanford University and UCLA, Brian Biro has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual, and the Fox News Network and as a featured speaker at the Disney Institute in Orlando. He was recently named one of the top 100 most inspirational graduates of the UCLA Graduate School of Business in honor of their 75th Anniversary.
Grand prize winner of the Daily Record's Top Innovator of the Year Award, speaker on creating innovation Culture.
Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to over 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record's Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with
revolutionizing charitable giving for inventing person-to-person giving
technology on the Internet. He presently serves as CEO of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based near Washington, DC.
Alexander keynotes some of the world's most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development and entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Entrepreneurship Summit, EPIC in New York, ExpoMeetings in Mexico, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, INNOCONF in Malaysia, the Business Leadership Forum in South America, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.
Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record's Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.
Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund's portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, and made investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government as an invited expert at the National Science Foundation.
He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, FOX, The Independent, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Dubai Eye, HRM Asia, Portafolio, and many more.
Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.
CEO of futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. She is a recognized global leader on innovation foresight and change management, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired with a vision and armed with tools towards action. A dynamic speaker and futurist, Lisa Bodell has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. Her presentations are frequently the highest-rated sessions at conferences, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources to start innovating immediately.
Bodell’s takeaways are proven transformational methods that she and her team at future think, an innovation-training firm, have successfully implemented with Fortune 500 companies around the world. The characteristics that define Bodell as a successful global speaker are the same as those that define her success as a CEO, a laser-focused ability to provide radical thinking and offer on-the-spot business solutions, with an inspired vision thatmotivates people to action.
Her new book and keynote: WHY SIMPLE WINS: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to the Work that Matters, is a sought-after topic at every organizational level. In her presentation, Bodell shares tools and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can eradicate complexity and allow Simplicity to be their new operating system, and North Star towards an innovative workplace culture.
With a deep understanding of best practices across industries Lisa Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media, including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and CNN.
Lisa Bodell serves on the Board of the NSA, is a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum and is an adviser on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists. She has taught at both American University and Fordham University, and has served as an adviser on Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel
Author and Keynote Speaker on Marketing, Change, and Innovation
René Boender is an renowned and inspiring speaker - capturing his audience right from the start.
He began his career in marketing and advertising in his early twenties. The US-based agency McCann discovered his talent and immediately threw him into the deep end of the international advertising market. He was responsible for their largest accounts: Black & Decker, Coca-Cola, CNN, L’Oréal, H&M, and Levi’s. In the late-80's, people called him the “Rainmaker on Madison Avenue,” the best new business driver in advertising.
In the early 90's, René Boender started his own successful agency: BBCW. After ten more years in business he then started to give talks at international conferences and worked as a guest lecturer - and he continues to be involved in several high profile projects.
From 2012 - 2014, René Boender was named the best foreign speaker in the USA with his keynote “The Chance to Change is now.” As the author of the bestselling Great to Cool René Boender shares his knowledge, his experience and vision. He focuses on increasing business happiness and believes that everything hinges on the power of communication. Furthermore, he is an expert on ‘Generation Z’ and published a best-selling book on this target group, which made it to number one on the top 100 management books list - twice! Again a big success, René Boender’s third book, Cool is Hot, also rose to number one!
René’s professional vision and energetic communication skills enable him to give exciting talks and connect with his audience. René Boender speaks on various topics. He looks at the way one deals with difficulties and helps you to start with yourself and take the reins. His keynotes are about pushing boundaries and the courage to change.
Consultant and Speaker on Leadership, Peak Performance, and Change Management
Eric Boles is the president of The Game Changers Inc., a training and development company dedicated to maximizing the human asset. Through assessment, consulting, coaching and corporate training, The Game Changers Inc. has set the standard for helping organizations enhance their culture and develop greater levels of commitment and performance.
Eric Boles is also a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world. His insights on Leadership, Peak Performance, Team Dynamics, and Managing Change has been shared with clients such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Nationwide Insurance, AVIVA Insurance, Alaska Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Starbucks Coffee, USAA, MetLife, and Novo Nordisk . Eric also speaks to a variety of organizations and associations, including those in sales, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.
Prior to becoming an authority on high performance, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics and leadership from his experience playing in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers. While in the NFL, he had the privilege of being coached and mentored by some of the finest coaches and players in the game.
Eric is an avid sports fan, golfer and reader. He is married to his wife Cindy, and they have two daughters, Taylor and Madison.
Expert on change and leadership. Author of The Ring in the Rubble.
Dr. Gary Bradt is a speaker and writer who helps individuals and organizations adapt to change faster and better.
Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestselling book which has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. "Cheese" gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Gary's extraordinary ability to cut through their frustration and fear and get to the heart of the matter; delivering powerful tools that help them adapt to change faster and better.
Gary Bradt is uniquely qualified to deliver advice, counsel and strategies on leading change. He has spoken for clients all over the globe including IBM, American Express, eBay, FedEx, Proctor & Gamble, Prudential, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, VISA, NASA, GlaxoSmithKline, Capital One, and hundreds more.
As a speaker, what makes Gary Bradt special is his ability to engage audiences: his warmth, his humor, his content, his ability to get people to absorb his message and put it to use. More than anything, Gary is genuine. His storytelling, examples and exercises are authentic and bring his principles to life in a way few other communicators can.
Because change happens in our personal lives too, Gary Bradt delivers a powerful message on that front. He is a husband and father who learned to cope with one of the toughest challenges of all, a child's chronic, life-threatening illness, and shares his personal narrative with audiences when appropriate.
Highly sought after talent expert, speaker, and advisor on Change, Leadership, and the Digital Economy
As Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a Silicon Valley-based talent strategies advisory firm, Steve Cadigan offers an array of specialties including: The future of Leadership and why leading in the digital economy requires a new set of skills; The Future of Work; The Future of Recruiting; Building a Winning Organization in the digital era; Change management for high growth companies; Acquisition integration, Converting Culture into a Competitive Advantage; Leading and Scaling in hyper-growth; IPO Transitions; and Strategies for retaining and attracting the very best technical talent to elevate business performance.
In early 2017, Steve co-founded ISDI Digital University to help address the growing digital divide. ISDI offers a Masters Degree in Internet Business (MIB) and is the first of its kind in the United States.
With more than 25 years of leadership and executive experience in global Human Resources, Steve has practiced HR in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific within a variety of industries. Through leading worldwide HR efforts for more than 60 M&A transactions at three global organizations since 1998, Steve has cultivated a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and the key elements required to forge an organization’s sustainability. Over the course of his career, the teams, cultures and organizations he has led and helped build have been recognized as exceptional, “world class” performers by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.
Steve served as VP Talent at LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today. The groundbreaking work Steve did at LinkedIn as the executive responsible for culture, leadership, talent and organizational development is widely seen as the textbook example of how a company can leverage its culture to scale profitably in record time. Steve’s work in building LinkedIn’s culture led Stanford University to build a case study about it and today, it is taught to their business students.
Entertainer and inspirational speaker on embracing change and dealing with stress.
Fun. Uplifting. Humorous. That's how audiences describe John Cassis. With a rare blend of content, humor and entertainment , John knows firsthand how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. After three years of professional baseball, he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
John has a diverse background. From 1973 to 1975, he directed a youth counseling center. In 1975, he became a minister of a small church in Colorado, where the congregation grew from 80 to 2,000 in five years. Then in 1980 as Director of Special Projects for World Relief, John accepted the challenge to motivate people across the country to help feed hungry children and their families. As a professional speaker, he encourages people to step into the arena and live their dreams. In keeping with his philosophy, he became a professional golfer in 2002.
He incorporates real life examples into his presentations by sharing his experiences as an athlete, minister, publisher, company founder, pre-game inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears (1983-95), loving husband and father, and an extremely perceptive human being. His genuine style helps audiences re-energize lives, careers and relationships and see life from a new perspective.
Expert on change strategies, human development, and strategic planning.
Kathy Cleveland Bull is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her company, N~Compass Consulting, helps clients
Navigate the Art and Science of Change. Kathy conducts personal and professional development seminars for Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. She consults on successful change strategies, human performance, and strategic planning. Her recent clients include such diverse organizations as Pfizer, Novartis, Weyerhaeuser, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, Max & Erma's Restaurants, Nationwide Financial, Marzetti's, and more than 45 colleges and universities in the US and Canada.
In September of 2008 Kathy keynoted an international medical conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands inspiring professionals, caregivers and family members to successfully adapt to the diagnosis of dementia in a loved one. Previously, Kathy had the opportunity to present a 2 day seminar on Change for African business leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, and has appeared with
Dr. Phil and Deepak Chopra at The Power Within Live Event touring cities across North America.
Kathy was one of three professional speakers recommended by Dr. Spencer Johnson to provide training built upon his book Who Moved My Cheese? She has trained more than 85,000 people to successfully manage change in their work and life using the
Prior to forming her own firm in 2001, Kathy was the Director of Training and Organizational Development at The Ohio State University. Kathy has held various leadership positions in student affairs administration, admissions, leadership development, event planning, and residence life at Bowling Green State University, North Carolina State University, and Ohio State.
A Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kathy has two BGSU Master's degrees, in College Student Development and Guidance and Counseling. She has served her alma mater as a member of the university's Alumni Board of Trustees and chaired the Arts and Sciences Board of Advocates. She received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the BGSU Alumni Association and was honored to deliver the May 2006 Commencement Address at BGSU.
Author of Leading at the Edge of Chaos and Managing At the Speed of Change . Internationally Recognized Change Management Expert.
About Daryl Conner - Speaker on Leadership, Strategy Execution and Change Management:
Daryl Conner is chairman of Conner Partners, an advisory firm that specializes in strategy execution. Daryl and the firm have a steadfast focus: they help clients deliver the promised benefits for the most difficult type of strategic change - change that transforms the business. As an internationally recognized leader in organizational change, Daryl serves as an advisor and mentor to senior executives around the globe.
Over his extensive career, Daryl has worked with many of the most successful organizations in the world, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions, to help them achieve the full intent of their most urgent and critically important initiatives. A dynamic and engaging public speaker, he has addressed thousands of executives in corporate settings, national conferences, and public programs.
Daryl grounds his work on a strong foundation of research and extensive consulting. He has authored two books Managing at the Speed of Change (Random House, 1993) and Leading at the Edge of Chaos (John Wiley & Sons, 1998) and more than 250 publications, including journal and magazine articles, monographs, book chapters, and videos. Daryl's blog, Change Thinking, is written for change management professionals who want to raise the level of their game and that of the field of change execution.
Throughout his career, Daryl has documented the actions leaders take that lead to successful and unsuccessful implementation of strategic change. The patterns of successful execution are known, reliable, and replicable. Daryl provides candid guidance and focus around these patterns of success to executives responsible for strategic initiatives and to the teams that support them.
One common thread connects all of Daryl's work: helping businesses operate more effectively in a turbulent world by applying fundamental principles about change.
Provides practical tools and creative strategies to help companies build the leadership capacity needed to change the world through business.
Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com, and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc.
NextMapping™ was developed as a proprietary business solution brand that encompasses all of Cheryl's work and research on the future of work, and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. It's time to not just hear about the future but to use NextMapping™ to get there! Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people.
Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, and author of 7 books including NextMapping™ — How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Create the Future of Work.
Other book titles include “The Art of Change Leadership — Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced- World" (Wiley 2015), “101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work” (2010), and 4 other books on the ultimate leadership skills needed to be future of work ready.
Cheryl's future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online, and more.
For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value to clients that include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telcomm, Manulife, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries that include technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance, and more.
The common theme of all of Cheryl's life’s work is a ‘people first’ and digital second approach to create a more human future, helping companies to build the leadership capacity needed to ‘change the world through business.’
Dr. Mark DeVolder is the change specialist who advised high profile transitions like NAFTA implementations, $50 billion mergers and the ending of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Mark’s presentations on change, disruptive innovation and resilience are the perfect combination of inspiration, entertainment and practical take-aways.
To Mark DeVolder, adaptability, innovation and resilience are the essentials of success during exponential change. As such, he's dedicated his career to equipping and motivating leaders to harness the hurricane of change.
Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist and is one of today's original thinkers and motivators on transitions. In demand as a keynote speaker, consultant and mediator, Mark prepares people for change. Often in the spotlight for high profile transitions, Mark offered guidance for the ending of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, helped Colombian business leaders adapt to the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement and has coached industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, some as large as $50 billion dollars.
As an internationally acclaimed speaker, Mark has received the Top 5 Speaker Award in Business Management, Top 10 Speakers in Change Management and the Top 25 Speakers Award three years running.
DeVolder's client list is impressive: NASA, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, GE, Marriott, Siemens, Medtronic, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, Verizon, RE/MAX, BP Oil and Monsanto, to name a few. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to London, and from Istanbul to Barcelona.
Dr. DeVolder is the author of "Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement" and "Unity in Diversity Through Synergy."
As a top-rated speaker, Mark DeVolder guides industry-leading organizations on change, disruptive innovation and resilience. Mark not only inspires, but equips audiences with actionable strategies and practical tools to drive sustainable outcomes. Mark's mission and passion is to help people and organizations adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in the midst of exponential change.
Sahara Desert Adventurer, Change Leadership and Engagement Expert
Change your narrative and you can change anything. That’s why Steve Donahue is in global demand as a speaker, consultant and thought leader. He has worked with over 500 organizations to accelerate change, transform culture and energize teams from the inside out.
Steve is a pioneer in the emerging field of Narrative Intelligence and its application for individual and organizational renaissance. He has delivered over 1,000 presentations on 4 continents. Some of his clients include AT&T, Boeing, Pepsico, UPS, Ford, Hilton Hotels and The World Bank.
Steve’s first book, Shifting Sands, has sold over 100,000 copies. An international bestseller, it uses his harrowing journey across the Sahara Desert as a metaphor for personal growth and corporate change. He also co-produced the highly acclaimed documentary film, Take My Advice, I Can’t. The film chronicles his 3 year-72,000 mile search for a new story and a reason to tell it. It was on this quest that Steve discovered how narratives drive change and revitalize engagement.
Donahue is known for insightful presentations that are both heart touching and hilarious. He is a spellbinding storyteller with a special gift for inspiring international audiences. All of Steve’s presentations are deeply researched to be industry specific, immediately relevant and packed with actionable content.
Thought Leader & Speaker on Organizational Accountability and Personal Leadership
Mike Evans has developed a unique perspective from 20+ years of working alongside a star studded list of world-renowned thought leaders. He served in senior leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. In addition to being a leading authority on Unleashing Personal and Organizational Accountability, clients rely upon Mike’s solutions to; Accelerate Change, Shape Their Optimal Culture, Flawlessly Execute Key Strategies, Ignite Leadership Capacity at all Levels, and Amplify Employee Engagement.
Mike works with organizations around the globe and in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and the US Government. Clients include: Intel, Capital One, Apple, BNY Mellon, Pfizer, The United States Navy, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Cigna Corporation, PharMerica, Oracle, Astra Zeneca, Baxter International Inc., Shell Oil, Cargill, American Airlines, DuPont USA, and NASA.
Mike consults with senior teams, facilitates custom workshops, delivers keynote speeches and provides coaching and consulting on all of these subject areas. He uses his unique insights, passion, experience, and humor to positively affect individuals, teams and organizations around the world. He is experienced with executive leadership teams and groups at all organizational levels.
His style is engaging, upbeat, entertaining, thought-provoking, compelling, and most importantly educational, relevant and impactful. Individuals, teams and organizations yield immediate results by applying what they learn.
His personal mission is to help individuals, teams and organizations accelerate their ability to achieve more than they ever believed possible. Clients describe him as inspiring, motivating and a ball of energy with an unequaled focus and passion for helping them achieve their desired results.
Best-Selling Author of Never Eat Alone and Speaker on Relationship Development
Keith Ferrazzi is one of the rare individuals to discover the essential formula for reaching
the top - a powerful combination of marketing acumen and a remarkable ability to connect with others. Both Forbes and Inc. have designated him one of the world's most
Ferrazzi grew up in Pittsburgh; his father a steelworker, his mother a cleaning lady. His father worked double shifts to send him to the very best prep schools - and ultimately to Yale undergrad and Harvard Business School - imbuing in Ferrazzi a sense of gratitude that has deeply influenced his message: Generosity in relationships as the cornerstone of success.
Thanks to that remarkable insight, Ferrazzi has developed a network of relationships that stretches from Washington's corridors of power, to America's top corporate leaders, to Hollywood's A-list.
As Founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, he provides market leaders with strategic consulting and training services to increase company sales and enhance personal careers. Ferrazzi Greenlight strategically leverages the insight of its executive team, whose careers span the highest echelons of corporate America, along with principles from Ferrazzi's best-selling book, Never Eat Alone, which has been recognized as one of the best business books of 2005, 2006, and 2007. His recent book, Who's Got Your Back?, guides readers to develop an intimate inner circle, a handful of people who they trust completely to hold them accountable to ever higher levels of achievement.
Ferrazzi is a frequent contributor to CNN and CNBC. He has authored numerous
articles for leading business and consumer publications, including Forbes, Inc.,
The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and Reader's Digest.
He has been named a
Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, one of the top
40 Under 40 business leaders by Crain's Business, one of the most distinguished young
Californians by the Jaycees, and one of the most creative Americans in Richard Wurman's Who's
Really Who. Ferrazzi's extraordinary rise to prominence, which includes a stint as the youngest
Chief Marketing Officer in the Fortune 500, has even inspired a Stanford Business School case
As CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, he draws upon a rich professional history to guide organizations and
business leaders worldwide. Ferrazzi was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Starwood Hotels, where
he oversaw marketing activities for global brands including Sheraton, Westin, The Luxury Collection,
St. Regis, and W Hotels. Ferrazzi also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte Consulting, a
leading global management consulting firm, where he developed and managed the industry's first
globally integrated marketing organization. His creative marketing strategy drove the ascent of
Consulting brand recognition from the lowest in the industry to a primary position
and spurred the highest featured growth rate in the industry.
Ferrazzi actively supports numerous civic, charitable, and educational organizations. He serves on the Yale University Board of Alumni Governors and the Board of Trustees of the Kiski School, and is also a Fellow of the Berkeley College at Yale. Additionally, Ferrazzi founded Big Task Weekend, an annual executive roundtable focused on how businesses can help contribute to America's health and wellness. Ferrazzi's interests also include an examination of the relationship between leadership success and spirituality.
Lisa Ford is a speaker with over 20 years of experience presenting to businesses, associations and government. She speaks across North America and internationally on topics of customer service, leadership, teamwork issues and change. Lisa is best known for her work in the areas of customer service. She is the author of the videotape series How to Give Exceptional Customer Service, the #1 selling business tapes in the U.S. for over 3 years. Her other videos and audiotapes include: Developing a Customer Retention Program, Building a Customer Driven Organization: The Manager's Role and Personal Power. Her recent book is Exceptional Customer Service: Going Beyond Good Service to Exceed the Customer's Expectations.
Lisa designs content personalized to the audience and issues they face. She has also customized numerous videos for clients to use in their ongoing education efforts. Lisa's experience includes working with Pfizer, Viacom, Edward Jones, CSX, Kaiser Permanente, Morton's of Chicago, Citgo, American Gas Association, American Diabetes Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.
In 2002, Lisa was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association. She is one of 140 speakers who have been honored over 30 years. She also serves a Board Member of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee.
Bestselling Business Author, Keynote Speaker on Innovation, Leadership, and the SheEconomy
Dr. Jackie Freiberg is recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” and is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation. She is dedicated to helping leaders create BEST places where the BEST people can do their BEST work to make the world BETTER.
Jackie is NOT into canned speeches. You will never get an off-the-shelf or ready-made speech. When you book Jackie, your speech will be “tailor made,” she will work closely with you to thread your objectives into her message and co-create a keynote that has ROI and lasting impact.
In addition to speaking, Jackie is an international bestselling author, business owner, and a leadership and culture consultant to various executive teams nationwide. She teaches graduate classes part-time at the University of San Diego, School of Leadership & Education Sciences and she also writes and speaks on the SheEconomy, a $20 Trillion female strength to know.
Her books include: the international bestseller, NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, its sequel GUTS!, BOOM! (7-timeless choices for inspiring leadership and accountability). NANOVATION (a how-to on innovation) and DO SOMETHING NOW and Be a PERSON OF IMPACT, two quick reads that will change your organization and your life. And most recently, CAUSE: A Business Strategy for Standing Out In A Sea of Sameness. Companies that define themselves as cause-oriented stand out! They have better employee engagement, customer loyalty, stronger profitability and growth, all of which the Freibergs document in CAUSE!
Bestselling Business Author, Keynote Speaker on Innovation, Leadership, and Change
These are a few reasons why clients in every part of the world invite Kevin Freiberg to be their featured speaker. Dr. Freiberg is on a short list of global thought leaders that Fortune 1000 CEOs turn to for the kind of disruptive thinking that drives growth and gets people excited about the future.
Regardless of how many speakers you’ve hired, you’ll be hard pressed to find a speaker who does as much customizing as Dr. Kevin Freiberg. If you want a keynote that truly speaks the language of your business and addresses the nuances of your industry, Kevin is the speaker to book. Over 2000 companies in 60 industries across the globe have given Kevin rave reviews. His insights have helped ambitious leaders accelerate innovation, and STAND OUT in a sea of sameness by building companies that are hungry for change.
His books include: the international bestseller, NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, its sequel, GUTS!, BOOM! (7-timeless choices for inspiring leadership and accountability). NANOVATION (a how to on innovation) and DO SOMETHING NOW and Be a PERSON OF IMPACT, two quick reads that will change your organization and your life. And most recently, CAUSE: A Business Strategy for Standing Out In A Sea of Sameness. Companies that define themselves as cause -oriented stand out! They have better employee engagement, customer loyalty, stronger profitability and growth, all of which the Freibergs document in CAUSE!
Kevin‘s clients span a wide range of industries and include: •KPMG • Humana •Kaiser Permanente • QVC • FedEx • National Fire Sprinkler Association • Vail Resorts • AARP • Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers • MGM Resorts • Microsoft • University of San Diego • CUNA • L’Oréal • Credit Union Association New York • Vail Resorts • Kraft • Bank of America • Honeywell •National Life • American Express • Unisys •AT&T •Beef USA • Sony •Tire Pros • Powder River Energy Corporation
Named one of the "Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership" by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Dr. Freiberg has appeared on CNBC, CBS Sunday Morning and the CBS Morning News for his views on the critical links between leadership,corporate culture, change, and innovation. He has also appeared on the television series Lessons in Excellence for CNBC India. His articles and interviews have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Washington Post, Investor's Business Daily, India's Economic Times, India's Business Standard, India's Financial Times and Capital Business & Finance Magazine of Dubai.
Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and Positive Communication Expert
Michelle Gielan, founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, researches the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a partner at GoodThink, a positive psychology consulting firm, and she holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS, and she formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.
Speaker on energizing individuals and organizations to thrive in environments of change.
Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker, specializing in leadership and nonverbal communication. She coaches executives, women leaders, salespeople, and managers to build strong and productive business relationships by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma. A frequent presenter for The Conference Board, The Executive Forum, and the International Association of Business Communicators, Carol presents keynote addresses and seminars on leadership, body language in the workplace, collaboration, and change communication to corporations, government agencies and major trade associations.
Her clients include over 100 organizations in 24 countries -- corporate giants such as Consolidated Edison, 3M, and PepsiCo; major non-profit organizations such as the American Institute of Banking, the Healthcare Forum, and the American Society of Training and Development; high-tech firms such as Hewlett-Packard and Texas Instruments; agencies such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, and the Library of Congress; and international firms such as Petroleos de Venezuela, Dairy Farm in Hong Kong, SCA Hygiene in Germany, and Wartsilla Diesel in Finland.
Carol has been cited as an authority in media such as Industry Week, Investors Business Daily, CNN's Business Unusual, PBS Marketplace, MarketWatch radio, and the NBC Nightly News. She is a leadership blogger for Forbes and an expert contributor to the Washington Post's On Leadership column. She has published over 300 articles in the fields of organizational change, leadership, innovation, communication, the multi-generational work force, collaboration, employee engagement, and body language in the workplace. She's the author of twelve business books, including The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work and The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How You Lead. Her latest book is The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars at Work and How to Deal with Them.
Carol has served as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the International MBA program, at the University of California in the Executive Education Department, and for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States at their Institutes for Organization Management. She's a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, presenting training seminars internationally.
For over 20 years, Scott Greenberg has captivated audiences with his high-energy presentations on leadership and peak performance mindset. His diverse client list includes Nike, Coffee Beanery, the Wyndham Hotel Group, the U.S. Air Force and countless other businesses, schools and associations. He’s presented in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in Canada, Ecuador, Jamaica, Aruba and Saudi Arabia.
Discussing both skill set and mindset, Scott helps business leaders and their teams elevate performance and grow their companies. He challenges conventional thinking and gets people immediately focused on the ideas and action that matter most.
In 2005, Scott built his first of two “Edible Arrangements” franchises in Los Angeles. His company regularly ranks among the top grossing operations in California and has won the Edible Arrangements “Best Customer Service” and “Manager of the Year” awards out of more than 1000 franchisees worldwide.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1992 and was awarded a scholarship to attend graduate film school at New York University. He was diagnosed with cancer after only one semester and returned to California for treatment. After successfully beating the disease, he celebrated by running the Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for cancer research.
Scott currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.
Business communication expert, author of Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High.
Over the past twenty-five years, Joseph Grenny has taught and advised thousands of leaders on every major continent from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to small communities in Nairobi, Kenya. He has advised CEOs and senior executives on more than a dozen major change initiatives - receiving credit from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' President as a key factor in helping the organization win the $200 billion Joint Strike Fighter program. Joseph teaches organizations how to communicate best when it matters most. His experience and research into the best practices of leaders and influencers has made him a leading industry expert and speaker in communication, change, leadership, organizational effectiveness, and corporate culture.
Joseph is coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High, and Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior. An expert in topics ranging from influence and leadership to organizational change and effectiveness, Joseph has been cited in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Joseph also writes The Influential Leader, a regular column on BusinessWeek.com. He has also appeared on more than one hundred radio and television programs including ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and the Today Show.
Joseph regularly speaks and consults with leaders across the globe from East Asia, to India, to Europe. He has spoken at events such as the HSM World Business Forum and to organizations including NASA, the American Bankers Association, the Supreme Court of California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Training and Development.
A seasoned executive and business strategy expert, Joseph has addressed executive level teams for clients including Baxter, Yale Medical School, IBM, Progressive Insurance, Sprint, Textron, McGraw-Hill, Allstate, Eli Lilly, Texas Instruments, and Genentech. Whether he's speaking to an audience of more than ten thousand or to a small executive team, Joseph's dynamic and captivating style keeps his skills in high demand.
Joseph was cofounder and president of California Computer Corporation. In 1990, he cofounded VitalSmarts, which today is one of the most respected corporate training and organizational development companies in the world. VitalSmarts has helped more than three hundred of the Fortune 500 realize significant results using a proven method for driving rapid, sustainable, and measurable change in behaviors.
In 2007, Joseph and his coauthors were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for their work in founding and leading VitalSmarts. Named the 2008 Business of the Year by The Association of Learning Providers, VitalSmarts has also been ranked four times by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Products resulting from Joseph's research have been used to train over two million people worldwide.
There are many inspirational and motivational Speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, an Award-Winning Singer, a Best-Selling Author and a National Television & Radio Personality. The Business Ad Hoc Committee recently tabbed him as
The #1 Inspirational Speaker/Singer in America!
Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer (who was replaced by a karaoke machine!). He has gone on to be named
One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World &
Inspirational/Motivational Speaker of The Year by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association. In addition, he is also the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award and the African American Chamber of Commerce DC Business Leadership Award.
Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits.
No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his SiriusXM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, Ford, GM, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table. Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day at a time!
Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey.
Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate Degree in Achievement, a Master Degree in Theology and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Dee.
New York Times best-selling author, pioneer in sports psychology. Speaker on strategy and change.
Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative,
out of the box strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today's dynamic marketplace.
Author of the national bestseller: If it ain't broke...BREAK IT!, Dr. Kriegel has been called by U.S. News & World Report one of this country's leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. His latest book is Performance Under Pressure: Being at your best when it counts. His book, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers, made Business Week's bestseller list in it's first month! A commentator on National Public Radio's Marketplace program, Kriegel recently made two specials for PBS.
An all American athlete and pioneer in the field of sports psychology, Kriegel has coached both Olympic and pro athletes. The New York Times said his work
spurred a revolution in performance practices. He is the co-author of Inner Skiing and has done color commentary for the US Professional Ski Tour on ESPN.
A former advertising executive for Young and Rubicam in New York, Kriegel taught at Stanford University's Executive Management Program and was a member of the California Governor's Council.
Dr. Kriegel's customized speeches and programs will entertain you, inform you and inspire you. He will teach you how to develop and lead Change- Ready people and organizations. You will learn how to round up sacred cows that cost money and inhibit change and new opportunities. He also outlines strategies for gaining the competitive edge by not competing but changing the game, leading customers not following them and rethinking rules, redefining roles and reinventing your business.
Author, psychologist, internationally known speaker. Very entertaining. Speaks on Change, Communication, Motivation and Teamwork.
What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. Janet shares the evidence-based results derived from years of experience in both her books and stage performances. She has a professor's ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist's knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.
Dr. Janet Lapp is a psychologist, author, and consultant for workplace transformation. She is known for her ability to create optimism, energy and an intense emotional connection. Her unique interactive approach engages the audience in a
change lab, where they first assess their leadership skills, then leave with tools to transform from where they are to where they need to be.
She understands the needs, wishes and language of each client by research, interviews, and visits to facilities such that when she appears on stage she seems to be part of the organization or company.
Both her change management books and her stage programs have created clear, actionable paths for organizations from Ritz-Carlton Hotels to IBM Sales to the government of St. Petersburg, Russia. Clients who book Dr. Janet Lapp for a transformational program/keynote speech experience inspirational and memorable events.
Janet is a Registered Nurse who also holds a PhD in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Admitted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, one year she was rated by Toastmasters as one of the top three speakers worldwide. Creator and host of the Emmy-nominated CBS series Keep Well, she has appeared regularly on INN, ABC, CNN, and NBC. She and her team have helped hundreds of organizations around the world including Allstate, Blue Shield, IBM, Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Unilever, and P&G to design systems to overcome resistance to change and expedite workplace transformation.
A flight instructor, Janet has flown her airplane throughout South America and Africa on medical and rescue missions, and is a long time member of the Flying Doctors of Mercy working in central Mexico. She currently lives in southern California.
Creator of the Zappos Culture Book, Inspiring Science-based Happiness, Passion, and Purpose
Jenn Lim is the CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and in everyday life. Delivering Happiness started as a book and a bus tour, and evolved into a company and global movement around happiness that has impacted and inspired over 250 companies in more than 110 countries.
Along with her responsibilities as CHO (Chief Happiness Officer), Jenn Lim travels around the world to deliver a message of passion, purpose, culture, and happiness.
Jenn has been a consultant with Zappos from its start-up days in 2003 to the $2 billion business it is today. She created the Zappos Culture Book, an embodiment of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability. Jenn’s experience with Zappos, combined with her development of scientific frameworks for workplace happiness, created the evidence that happier employees = happier customers = successful companies (and meaningful lives). What’s more, she discovered that every organization can have similar results.
Today, Jenn is dedicated to growing DH to inspire happiness in people, companies and communities so that together, we can create a happier world.
Best Selling Author on Change Management, Business Growth, Customer Service, and Team Performance
An authority on harnessing human potential and creating authentic business growth, Dean Lindsay is an engaging and highly sought-after business consultant and speaker. Dean Lindsay's motivational keynotes contain powerful and useful insight on workplace performance, building priceless business relationships, dealing with change, communication, and business growth that can be customized for sales professionals, leadership teams, customer service representatives, or those in management positions.
Dean is an active member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and the American Society of Training and Development.
Dean Lindsay has presented Keynotes and Seminars in everywhere from Spain (Barcelona, Madrid), Turkey (Istanbul), Sweden (Stockholm), Canada (Vancouver), Venezuela (Caracas), to the island of Aruba.
His unique and humorous style captivates and inspires audiences to take positive action. Dean's practical strategies,
street tested techniques and proven concepts increase productivity, boost sales, strengthen employee morale along with customer loyalty, and much more.
Using this trademarked 6 Ps of Progress, Dean Lindsay is a best selling author and business keynote speaker that delivers programs that help companies realize greater productivity, while creating a rewarding work environment for all team members.
Dean Lindsay knows that personal and professional progress is by design, not chance. He also knows that personal and professional progress is directly correlated to the progress you provide others and is therefore dedicated to your organization's progress.
He is the author of two books, The Progress Challenge: Working and Winning in World of Change and Cracking the Network CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships. He has been hailed as a
Master of Progress by Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of Guerilla Marketing.
With his refreshingly daring, imaginative and highly effective style, Dean Lindsay has the rare ability delivering profitable, valued and important information to a wide variety of audiences even in the midst of challenging economic times or negative change. Dean Lindsay's process for creating customized content includes:
Your organization deserves a truly forward focused motivational business keynote speaker who is funny, engaging and has something fresh and empowering to share.
The Sweeney Agency will help you find the perfect Change Management Speaker for your event by providing you with all the information you need to make the right decision. We take into account your conference or event objectives, audience dynamics and expected outcomes and provide you with professional speaker bios, video clips, topic outlines, and independent perspectives on the best Speakers on Change available. Working closely with the speaker you choose, we will ensure he or she delivers a customized presentation that informs, inspires and entertains.