Bill Acheson speaker

Bill Acheson

Non-verbal body language communication expert for sales and marketing professionals.

 About

Bill Acheson is an expert in nonverbal communication. Since 1985, Bill has taught communication at the University of Pittsburgh. As a keynote speaker, he uses his knowledge of nonverbal communication, body language, to teach professionals how to project themselves with greater impact. In the process they also learn to interpret the subconscious messages sent by others.

Presenting academic research with humor and an engaging personality, Bill Acheson presents a model so compelling that people use the information before they leave the room.

Bill Acheson has worked with professionals from such companies as 3M, American Express, AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, Finance America, Merrill Lynch, MorganStanley, Nationwide, SmithBarney, and Van Kampen Investments.


David Barrett speaker

David Barrett

President of Solutions Network Ltd., Speaks on Project Management, Business Analysis, and Relationship Management

 About

David is a National Program Director for project management and business analysis for The Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also a regular blogger, podcaster and professional speaker specializing in leadership, strategy execution and professional growth. 

He has published three books: The Power of The Plan, The Keys to Our Success and The Business Analyst Book of Mentors.

Previously, he was the Group Conference Director at Diversified Business Communications where he ran project management and business analysis events around the world and he was the Executive Editor and founder of ProjectTimes.com and BATimes.com.

Ty Bennett speaker

Ty Bennett

Leadership, Communication, and Sales Speaker

 About

More than one million people from 50 countries have learned from Ty Bennett's insights on Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Communication.

When Ty was 21 years old he started a business with his brother Scott, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. He was recently featured in Utah Business Top 40 Under 40.

Ty currently sits on several boards, including two non-profits. He will also be serving as the President of The Mountain West chapter of The National Speakers Association beginning in July.

As a speaker Ty is a young, fresh voice with a fun, engaging style. He speaks on Leadership, Influence, Entrepreneurship and Storytelling, and has shared the stage with celebrities, world renowned thought leaders and recently with President Bush and President Clinton.

Ty is the author of The Power of Influence as well as his newest book - The Power of Storytelling. His message is changing lives and reaching people around the world.

Dianna Booher speaker

Dianna Booher

Bestselling Author and Speaker on Communication and Leadership

 About

Dianna Booher works with organizations to increase their effectiveness through clear communication and with leaders to increase their impact by a stronger personal presence.

She is a prolific author of 46 books, published in 26 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her latest books include:

  • What MORE Can I Say? Why Communication Fails and What to Do About It
  • Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader
  • Communicate with Confidence: How to Say it Right the First Time and Every Time
  • The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know

Several have been major book club selections. Her work is also widely available in audio, video, and online courseware.

Major Media: Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Forbes.com, Investor's Business Daily, Bloomberg, NPR, CNN International, FOX, CNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Industry Week, Success, and Entrepreneur have interviewed her for opinions on critical workplace communication issues. She also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and The CEO Magazine.

Founder of International Training Company: As founder of Booher Consultants and more recently Booher Research, Dianna and her staff of trainers have taken her communication principles and techniques to hundreds of organizations around the world. Communication programs offered by Booher Consultants, her former training company, include business and technical writing, proposal writing, sales presentation skills, interpersonal skills, customer service, resolving conflict, effective meetings, and listening.

National Awards: Dianna delivers very focused programs addressing clients’ specific communication needs as well as keynotes on other personal growth topics. She has spoken to audiences on six continents.

IBM has honored Dianna with its Star Quality Award, given to the highest rated external supplier of professional education. Booher was also named Frito-Lay's Vendor of the Year. She also received the New York Film Festival's Cindy Award for her elearning series. Executive Book Summaries included Dianna’s Cutting Paperwork in the Corporate Culture in their "Best of the Best Business Books of the Decade." Additionally, Successful Meetings magazine named Dianna on its list of “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” Executive Excellence Publishing named her as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of the “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development.”

Nicholas Boothman speaker

Nicholas Boothman

Communication expert and author of How To Connect In Business in 90 Seconds or Less.

 About

Nicholas Boothman spent more than 35 years studying the way people connect, communicate face-to-face and collaborate through teamwork. A former fashion and advertising photographer who dealt with hundreds of new faces a week for clients like AT&T, Revlon and Coca-Cola, he now shows businesses around the world how to naturally connect and build trust, from first impressions to profitable relationships, and all the communicating in-between.

Today The New York Times calls him Dale Carnegie for a rushed era. The Economist Magazine's Matthew Bishop calls him truly inspirational, and Good Morning America says, His book is my bible.

Nicholas has taught his revolutionary technique of Rapport by Design to thousands of corporations, colleges and universities around the world including the Queens, Harvard and London Business schools.

A Licensed Master-Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Nicholas is the author of 4 best-selling book, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less, How to Make Someone Fall in Love with You in 90 Minutes or Less and Convince Them in 90 Seconds.

British by birth, North American by location, and Universal in his message, Nicholas Boothman brings a fresh perspective to connecting face-to-face in this impersonal age of high technology. His clients include: Ernst and Young, Bank of America, U.S. Dept of Justice, Arizona State University, Harvard Business School, Cognos, RE/MAX, National Bank, Sony, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Manulife, HSBC Bank, American Medical Association, Hertz Corporation, IBM, General Motors, and many others.

Anthony Bourke speaker

Anthony Bourke

Former Fighter Pilot, Speaks on Leadership, Communication and Sales.

 About

Major Anthony “AB” Bourke is a highly accomplished and decorated F-16 fighter pilot who flew tactical missions in service to our country all over the world.  He has accumulated more than 2,700 hours of flight time in various high performance aircraft and was one of the first pilots to fly an F-16 in homeland defense efforts over New York City in the aftermath of September 11th.  

Following his impressive military career, AB applied the tools and techniques that made him one of our nation's premier fighter pilots to the competitive world of business.  He ascended rapidly to become the top producing mortgage banker in the Western US for a prominent lending institution. His success in the mortgage banking industry led to an opportunity with a California based start-up where his team dramatically grew annual revenue from $500,000 to $65M in just three years. 

Following these two endeavors, AB combined his love of business with his passion for tactical aviation to build Afterburner Seminars, a global training company based on the lessons he learned in the military.  While President & CEO, Afterburner grew into a best-in-class training company that was twice named one of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest growing companies. 

Currently AB serves as CEO & Founder of Mach 2 Consulting and has shared his message of peak performance to more than 100,000 people in twelve different countries.  AB brings his tactical knowledge and business acumen to the forefront of the management training world to share how fighter pilots, and other organizations where performance truly matters, can develop a feedback system to ensure continuous improvement and peak performance. His wealth of experience and ability to connect with audiences landed AB in Inc Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.

Dr. Travis Bradberry speaker

Dr. Travis Bradberry

World-renowned expert in emotional intelligence and author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0

 About

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning author of the #1 best selling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies and is the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training.

His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Dr. Bradberry's latest book is Leadership 2.0.

Dr. Bradberry is a world-renowned expert in emotional intelligence who speaks regularly in corporate and public settings. Example engagements include Intel, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Fortune Brands, Boston Scientific, the Fortune Growth Summit, The Conference Board: Learning from Legends, the American Society for Training and Development, the Society for Human Resource Management, and Excellence in Government.

Dr. Bradberry holds a Dual Ph.D. in Clinical and Industrial-Organizational psychology. He received his bachelor of science in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

Peter Bregman speaker

Peter Bregman

Author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done and speaker on leadership & personal growth.

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Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a firm which advises, coaches, and develops leaders at all levels to take powerful and ambitious actions to achieve the things that are most important to them and their organizations.  

His most recent book is Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want, a New York Post top pick for your career in 2015. His previous book was the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top 10 business book. He is also the author of Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change and contributor to five other books. Featured on PBS, ABC and CNN, Peter’s articles and commentary appear frequently in Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

Peter began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions and then moved into the consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. Peter has advised CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, and many others.

Peter bases his work on the notion that everyone–no matter their job or level—has the opportunity to lead. Unfortunately, most don’t. There is a massive difference between what we know about leadership and what we do as leaders. What makes leadership hard isn’t theoretical, it’s practical. It’s not about knowing what to say or do. It’s about whether you’re willing to experience the discomfort, risk and uncertainty of saying or doing it. In other words, the critical challenge of leadership is, mostly, the challenge of emotional courage. Since 1989, Peter has trained and coached all levels of management and individuals to recognize their leadership, exhibit leadership behaviors, model and stimulate change, and foster growth of their own emotional courage as well as that of their teams and colleagues.

Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. 

Chris Brogan speaker

Chris Brogan

Expert on social media marketing, web and mobile technologies and business communication

 About

Chris Brogan is CEO of Owner Media Group, providing simple plans and projects for business success. He is also a highly sought after professional speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including his forthcoming book, Insider: Strategies and Secrets for Business Growth in the Age of Distractions.

Chris has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Scotts, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more. He’s appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success magazine, and once even presented to a Princess. People like Paulo Coelho, Harvey Mackay, and Steven Pressfield enjoy sharing their projects and best ideas with Chris, because they know he’ll share them with you. Tony Robbins had Chris on his Internet Money Masters series. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, plus listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs. Statsocial rated Chris the #3 power influencer online.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, by teaching you which actions will get you what you want. Through books, speeches, courses, and workshops, Chris is dedicated to helping you grow your capabilities and connections and to getting you to that next level of success, no matter where you are in the process right now. Chris also offers limited personal coaching, and offers limited consulting to businesses.

Chris lives in northern Massachusetts. His better half is Jacqueline Carly. Between the two of them, they have three kids, and love to explore many challenging and exciting hobbies and pastimes.

Dr. Brene Brown speaker

Dr. Brene Brown

Professor and vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, author of The Gifts of Imperfection: Letting Go of Who We Think We Should Be.

 About

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012) and The Gifts of Imperfection (Hazelden, 2010).

Brené is the CEO and Chief Learning Officer for The Daring Way™, a training and certification program for helping professionals who want to facilitate her work on vulnerability and courage with individuals, groups, and organizations.

Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 14 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation. 

Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

Les Brown speaker

Les Brown

Motivational Speaker and Author

 About

As a renowned author, speaker, television and radio personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by inspiring others to shake off mediocrity and live up to their full potential. With no formal education beyond high school, Les has distinguished himself as an international authority on harnessing human potential. 

Born a twin in low-income Liberty City in Miami, Florida, Les and his twin brother were adopted when they were six weeks old by Miss Mamie Brown. As a single woman with a big heart, Miss Brown had very little education or financial means. With young Les' inattention to school work, his restless energy, and the failure of his teachers to recognize his potential, Les was misdiagnosed as educable mentally retarded. Suffering for years by the label and the stigma, Les was nevertheless driven by his passion to learn and his hunger to achieve his goal as a radio disc jockey.

In a humorous twist of fate and cunning, Les rose from a hip-talkin' morning DJ to a broadcast manager; from voracious reader to author; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term state legislator; from a banquet and nightclub emcee to a premier keynote speaker for Fortune 100 companies. 

In 1986, Les entered the public speaking arena on a full-time basis and formed his own company, Les Brown Enterprises Inc., aimed at individuals and organizations, the company provides motivational products, personal development programs, speaker development workshops, keynote presentations and interactive business trainings. 

In 1989, Les received the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers in 1992 by Toastmasters International and became the recipient of the Golden Gavel Award.

Commencing in 1990 and recording the first in a series of six PBS specials, Les launched You Deserve which was awarded a Chicago-area Emmy. It became the leading fundraiser for pledges to PBS stations nationwide.

In 1993, Les became the host of his own nationally syndicated daily television talk show, The Les Brown Show, in which he focused on solutions to the day's challenges rather than the problems. 

Recognized internationally, Les is the author of three bestselling books: Up Thoughts for Down Times, Live Your Dreams, and It's Not Over Until You Win. With his Sunday morning radio talk show, Chicago Speaks with Les Brown, Les' outreach embraces the homeless and the world's most powerful leaders.

A leading authority in understanding and stimulating human potential, Les' electric and powerful delivery, stage presence and personal insights have built his international brand of "What's Possible". Les' customized presentation is driven by his approach to each unique audience. Before he gives a speech, he builds a speech. The end result is that Les teaches and inspires each audience to new levels of awareness and achievement.

Christine Cashen speaker

Christine Cashen

Authority on innovative ideas to handle conflict, reduce stress and motivate employees.

 About

Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride! Christine Cashen delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. For more than 15 years, she has jazzed an amazing variety of audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Christine is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.

Before hitting the speaking scene, Christine was a university admissions officer, corporate trainer and broadcaster. Hey — she even votes. Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

In July of 2014, Christine was inducted into the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®, Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication.

What makes her unique is the “real” factor. Whether talking about her “hottie engineer” husband, her pet peeves or growing up in an Italian/Irish household, audiences always relate to her experiences, struggles and lessons. She combines a down-to-earth attitude with a colorful artistic streak. Comments such as “I feel like I’ve known her forever,” “we must take her back to our workplace” and “it felt as if Christine was speaking directly to me,” are a testament to her effectiveness and style.

Christine is the author of THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness, which was named motivational book of the year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She has also been featured as a creativity expert in HOW Designs at Work magazine. Her learning resources also include: Get What You Want With What You’ve Got DVD, The Fun Factor DVD, The Good Stuff CD Audio Book and Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along CD.

Dr. Robert Cialdini speaker

Dr. Robert Cialdini

Expert in the fields of communication, compliance, and negotiation. Author of acclaimed book Influence: Science & Practice.

 About

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of communication, leadership, teamwork, persuasion and negotiation.

His books, including Influence: Science & Practice, are the results of years of study into the reasons why people comply with requests in business settings. Worldwide, Influence has sold over 2 million copies. Influence has been published in twenty-five languages.

His new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, published by Simon & Schuster, quickly became a Wall Street Journal and a New York Times Bestseller.

Because of the world-wide recognition of Dr. Cialdini’s cutting-edge scientific research and his ethical business and policy applications, he is frequently regarded as the “Godfather of influence.”

Dr. Cialdini received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina and post doctoral training from Columbia University. He has held Visiting Scholar Appointments at Ohio State University, the University of California, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Currently, Dr Cialdini is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University.

Dr. Cialdini is President of Influence at Work, an international consulting, strategic planning and training organization based on the Six Principles of Influence.

Dr. Cialdini's clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Washington Mutual Group of Funds, Bayer, Coca Cola, KPMG, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Kodak, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Insurance, Pfizer, AAA, Northern Trust, IBM, Prudential, The Mayo Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard University - Kennedy School, The Weather Channel, the United States Department of Justice, and NATO.

Tim Clue speaker

Tim Clue

Funny Motivational and Team-Building Speaker and Host/MC

 About

Hailing from a small town outside Chicago (and now making his home in the Windy City with his wife and daughter), Tim has brought to bear all his experiences from his years as an award-winning educator, his training at Second City and decades in stand-up comedy, and has synthesized his calling as a Humorous Motivational Speaker and Corporate Entertainer. 

After a decade as a professor of communications and speech, Tim took his then-budding comedy writing skills to the clubs. During his years as an ultra-clean comedian, Tim swiftly progressed to working with many well-known comics such as Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright and Larry Miller, to namedrop just a few and you may have caught some of Tim's humor on YouTube or XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. As a playwright and director, Clue's stage comedy "Leaving Iowa" nominated Best New Play in the Country during its premiere at actor Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre Company, is now published and performed in theaters all over the U.S. and Canada.

Now, as a Humorous Motivational Speaker and Team Builder, Tim has spoken before such notables as former President George H.W. Bush and economist Paul Krugman. Bringing 'social' back into the meeting space and inspiring and connecting his audiences through laughter, Tim Clue is dedicated to reinventing conferences one funny experience at a time.

Cheryl Cran speaker

Cheryl Cran

Provides practical tools and creative strategies to improve your communication and leadership skills.

 About

Cheryl Cran is the CEO of Evolutionary Business Solutions (parent company Synthesis at Work Inc) where leaders enhance their abilities to lead change, transform people and grow business.

For over twenty years Cheryl has worked with over one hundred different industries, in over one dozen countries and with thousands of audiences worldwide. Her company Evolutionary Business Solutions provides consulting solutions, training solutions and keynote presentations on leadership, change and business growth.

Industries that Cheryl has worked with include agriculture, health, pharma, finance, insurance, associations, medical, retail, manufacturing, pest control, funeral, entrepreneurs, education and many more. The common elements among all industries is the need for leaders to effectively deal with ongoing challenges such as attracting and retaining top talent, leading multiple generations, leading change in traditional organizations, transforming people to perform at higher levels and ultimately to grow the business.

In the twenty years of being the CEO of the consulting firm Synthesis at Work Inc. Cheryl Cran has helped leaders and their teams to evolve their executive, leadership and team skill levels so that they can increase results.

Cheryl’s background includes being a high performing leader in her early twenties in the finance and insurance industries. While in the banking industry she was promoted quickly at the age of twenty three to management and from there was groomed to area manager leadership. After ten successful years as a leader in banking she was head hunted by a national financial insurance company to head up their regional portfolio. In the two years she was there her team helped to grow the company and increase market share by thirty percent.

From insurance she was wooed back to finance and was in charge of growing a mortgage portfolio to ten million and she and her partner did so within a ten month time frame. In the early nineties she was approached by a major consulting firm and became an intern for one year before setting out to set up her own practice in 1994.

Since then Cheryl’s experience and training in organizational development, leadership development, communication planning, project management and more has provided growth, evolution and success for her global clients.

She is the author of 4 books including the best selling, 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work and her NEW book  released in E-Book format Leadership Mastery In a Digital Age.

Her articles have been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, Metro New York, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Selling Power, Builder Woman magazine, Managing People, Meeting Planners Industry and more.

Cheryl’s work is being licensed in countries worldwide such as Malaysia, Singapore, China, Italy, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Canada, United States and more.

Her company Synthesis at Work Inc is the parent company to Evolutionary Business Solutions, TMI Canada and TACK Canada multinational training and consulting firms in over sixty countries.

Cheryl is the Past President of the Global Speakers Federation 2012/2013 and on the board of directors since 2010. In December 2012 she was inducted into the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame and is a Certified Speaking Professional, a globally recognized designation.

Mark C. Crowley speaker

Mark C. Crowley

Speaker and Author of "Lead From The Heart"

 About

Employee Engagement Won’t Get Better Until We Change How We Lead. 

Survey after survey reveals the top issue facing organizations today is employee engagement – more specifically, how to build a workplace culture that not only attracts and retains great people, but one that also delivers sustainably greater financial performance.  Making this happen is proving far more difficult than most companies ever imagined. In mid 2013, Gallup announced that only 30% of American workers were fully committed in their jobs. Gravely concerned by these statistics, organizations quickly mobilized by introducing ambitious initiatives to rapidly turn things around. And at the start of 2017 – three-plus years later – engagement has actually fallen to just 28%.

Whatever it is we’re collectively doing to fix the problem, clearly isn’t working.

It was Albert Einstein who famously said, “We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them,” and leadership and millennial expert, Mark C. Crowley, believes Einstein’s logic applies here. It’s Mark’s conviction that “restoring high engagement will continue to prove illusive until we adopt entirely new leadership methods and approaches.”  Mark’s challenge to ambitious, courageous and enlightened organizations is to embrace the idea that traditional ways of motivating human performance are mismatched to the 21st Century workplace.

Mark has devoted nearly a decade to studying what truly inspires greatness in the workplace – and that’s after spending twenty years as a high-performing senior leader in the dog-eat-dog financial services industry.  And he’s made these important discoveries:

  •  More than anything else, feelings and emotions drive human performance – what people care about and commit themselves to most in their lives.
  • Consequently, leaders and companies that intentionally make people feel valued, supported, developed and cared for experience phenomenal loyalty, commitment and performance.
  • While we often think employee engagement is driven by attractive pay schemes, Mark’s research proves we have it all wrong. Employee engagement is a decision of the heart, not the mind.

Mark C. Crowley’s mission is to influence organizations across the globe to adopt new leadership practices that match up to what groundbreaking scientific research has proven:  When we give employees what they need in order to thrive as human beings, they instinctively respond by committing themselves fully in their jobs.

Mark is recognized as a major thought leader in workplace leadership:

  •  His Amazon best-selling book, Lead from the Heart is being taught at five American universities
  • He’s a frequent contributor to Fast Company Magazine, and has been published by USA Today, the Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, Reuters, Gallup, and The Great Place To Work Institute. 
  • Two of his most recent LinkedIn Pulse articles, Millennials Don't Want Fun, They Want to Lead Better and Employment Engagement isn't Getting Better, have been read over 1 million times.
  •  In its article, Four Radical Leadership Practices That Will Dramatically Increase Engagement" Forbes Magazine spotlighted Mark’s work saying his ideas “represent the future of workplace leadership.”
  •  As a former senior executive at one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, he was named “Leader Of The Year.”
  • Mark was named a “Trust Across America 2016 Visionary” by TRUST! Magazine and has over 100,000 Twitter followers.

Mark has interviewed CEOs and senior leaders at path-cutting firms including Google, SAS, Gallup, Wharton, The Cleveland Clinic, The Conference Board and Parnassus Investments, and has discovered the unique leadership practices they use to drive extraordinary workplace happiness (and profits). As a truly compelling keynote speaker, Mark has spoken to diverse groups including A&E Television, Yahoo!, the Washington Banker’s Association, UCLA Law School, and the Young President’s Organization’s (YPO) Global Conference.  Mark also was invited to give the commencement address to Masters and Ph.D graduates at both Colorado Technical University and Brandman (Chapman) University.

The essence of the Mark’s message defies traditional business wisdom but is backed by ground-breaking medical science:  When you lead from the heart, your people will follow.”

 

 

Dr. Mark DeVolder speaker

Dr. Mark DeVolder

Expert in the dynamics of change and communication.

 About

Dr. Mark DeVolder is a change expert and an internationally acclaimed motivational keynote speaker. As a top professional speaker, Mark speaks on topics like change, communication, engagement, leadership, and teamwork.

All of Mark's customized keynote programs contain lively audience connection and interaction, cutting edge content, practical ideas, lots of opportunities to laugh and learn, all illustrated by humor and memorable stories. Audiences leave with the tools they need to re-energize, re-engage and transform their workplaces and lives.

An expert in the dynamics of organizational change, Mark DeVolder reveals why 70 percent of all change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. Most leaders focus the majority of their time on the numbers, but it is the people issues that often make or break a deal. With straight-forward strategies and convincing business examples, Mark shows leaders how to improve the bottom line.

Mark is skilled in both boardroom settings and conference halls, as a sought-after trainer, as a mediator in emotion-charged negotiations and as a guest speaker delivering high-energy messages to audiences of all sizes.

Dr. DeVolder's clients have included IBM, Genivar, PricewaterhouseCoopers, AIG Financial, as well as many Federal Government departments and Aboriginal First Nations.

Mark is the author of Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement..

Connie Dieken speaker

Connie Dieken

Best-selling Author and Thought Leader on The Art of Influence

 About

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchorwoman, reporter, broadcast personality, and talk show host, including co-hosting The Morning Exchange, America's longest running television talk show. She is a multiple Emmy® award-winning and Telly® award-winning journalist and her excellence has led to her induction to the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Connie has represented more than 50 companies as their spokesperson, including Intel, Sealy, GE, American Greetings, Ernst and Young and Goodyear.

Connie spent her career with the most successful and influential people in business and entertainment and recognized a pattern to their success. After years of research, she learned the common traits each of these people shared, and discovered people could learn how to be influential with the right training. Armed with unique insight into the power that influence has over each of us, she developed a proven methodology to transform any leader or executive into an influencer. In 2000, she founded onPoint Communication to train leaders and emerging leaders in critical influential leadership, communication, media and presentation skills.

For nearly 12 years, Connie has been the trusted executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. She has become the most respected and in-demand executive coach, keynote speaker, author and authority on learning the skills needed to become an influential personality in all forms of leadership and communication.

Connie is the author and co-author of five books, dedicated to teaching individuals influential leadership, communication and presentation techniques. Her most recent bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, takes Connie's knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders and condenses it into a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator with anyone, anywhere.

Connie's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's Business, The Chicago Tribune, Women's Day, and many more nationwide.


Mimi Donaldson speaker

Mimi Donaldson

Expert on negotiation, communication, leadership skills, and reducing stress in your organization.

 About

When Mimi Donaldson speaks, people listen. And they laugh even if they weren't expecting to. And they learn a lot! But mostly, they never forget the entirely new perspective Mimi gives them. She has a flair for leaving her audiences feeling that they've just unlocked the secrets to a truly authentic and rewarding communication method. As a speaker Mimi's sharp wit and intelligent humor get straight to the heart of any matter. She brings audiences to their feet with her motivating insights on communicating with bosses, coworkers, kids and the opposite sex.

As the co-author of the smash hit, Negotiating for Dummies, Mimi has seen her work published in many languages around the globe, making her an internationally sought-after expert in a myriad of aspects of both business and human interaction. In her new book Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life, Mimi Donaldson teaches women how to watch football. Women are made for this contact sport that mimics life because they have commitment, they're great team players, good leaders and they're in tune with intention which makes you unstoppable.

Mimi has spoken to many Fortune 500 companies throughout Canada, Europe and Mexico. Some of them include American Express, American Honda, and FedEx. She holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from Columbia University and was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International.

Mimi has been a featured guest on countless radio stations including KABC Radio in Los Angeles and numerous television appearances including Good Day New York. She's been the subject of over 200 articles in newspapers and magazines, having been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Harvard Management Review. Mimi has shared the stage with such notable celebrities as Colin Powell, Elizabeth Dole, Maya Angelou, and Katie Couric.

Janine Driver speaker

Janine Driver

Entertainer, body language expert, author, business coach, and former radio personality.

 About

Janine Driver is the CEO of the Body Language Institute, an exclusive certification program that provides companies the fastest way to save time and make money. She is also an international trainer and keynote speaker who playfully provides salespeople, professionals, and executives with cutting-edge, scientifically-based communication tools on how to win new business, increase sales, improve selection of salespeople, and sales managers, and generate a significant return on investment.

Janine is a popular media guest who had made appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC™ TODAY, and NBC™, Weekend TODAY, FOX News, and CNN™, Larry King Live. She has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Psychology Today.

For over a decade while at the ATF, Janine trained thousands of law enforcement officers to decipher fact from fiction using the body language interpretation methods she writes about in her New York Times Best-Seller, You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan on Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want. Janine travels the globe speaking to the corporate world about the fastest way to save time and grow business.

Meridith Elliott Powell speaker

Meridith Elliott Powell

Author and Speaker on Business Strategy and Growth, and Employee Engagement

 About

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance.  Meridith worked her way up from entry-level to earn her position in the C-Suite. She is a Master Certified Strategist, Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest “Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose" about how to build cultures the inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. 

Meridith is regularly featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Investment News, and American Banker among others. High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s helps leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today. How today’s economy has changed. How that has changed today’s customers and employees. And specifically, how that affects your business. 

In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning

Keith Ferrazzi speaker

Keith Ferrazzi

Best-Selling Author of Never Eat Alone and Speaker on Relationship Development

 About

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 connected individuals.

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 study.

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 Deloitte's 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.

Donna Fisher speaker

Donna Fisher

Top networking speaker, marketing consultant and corporate trainer.

 About

Donna Fisher is a marketing consultant, author and expert on people and how people can best communicate and connect with one another to create opportunities. Her programs are ideal for people who want to increase their business by mastering their people skills and building strong alliances with others.

Donna is the president of both Donna Fisher Presents, a provider of keynotes and trainings for corporate meetings, conferences and conventions, and HiHat Inc., a manufacturing and retail business for drums and percussion instruments. Over 12 years ago she established Donna Fisher Presents in order to fulfill her lifelong desire to teach and inspire people to be all they can be. With her two businesses she combines her love of music and motivation.

Her four books, Power Networking, People Power, Power NetWeaving and Professional Networking for Dummies have been recommended by Time Magazine and used as reference books in corporations and universities.

Donna has trained top and middle management, sales and marketing staffs and support personnel for clients such as Hewlett Packard, JPMorgan Chase, Boeing and Mutual of Omaha.

Olivia Fox Cabane speaker

Olivia Fox Cabane

Author & Speaker in the fields of Charisma and Leadership

 About

A renowned expert in the fields of charisma and leadership, Olivia Fox Cabane shares with audiences around the world her unique knowledge from a variety of sciences and research. Cabane takes a hard-science approach to a heretofore mystical topic, covering what charisma actually is, how it is learned, what its side effects are, and how to handle them.

Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, the Marine Corps War College and the United Nations. As keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies, she helps people become more persuasive, influential, and inspiring. From a base of thorough behavioral science, Olivia extracts the most practical tools for business, applying the latest in global behavioral science to everyday leadership needs to improve her clients’ productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

In addition to being a columnist for Forbes and The Huffington Post, Olivia is often featured in media such as The New York Times, Bloomberg or BusinessWeek. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal as well as NPR’s Marketplace show. Olivia currently serves as Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford’s StartX program. Her course at Berkeley’s Business School was so popular that university staff had to guard the entrance to ensure that only the students admitted to that course gained entrance. Her book, The Charisma Myth, published by Penguin/ Random House, went into second printing before it even launched.

Scott Friedman speaker

Scott Friedman

Motivating speaker on using humor as a sales tool, to improve service, communicate and improve management.

 About

Scott Friedman speaks on a variety of topics include employee and customer engagement, branded customer service, and personal branding. He also specializes in humor as a tool in sales, improving service, public speaking techniques and change management.

Scott's varied experience has brought him success in many industries including: hospitality, meetings, real estate, insurance, health care, education, government and just about any association. Scott's greatest strength is his ability to customize the perfect program to fit the needs of any particular group. His improvisational comedy training, quick wit, and engaging material make Scott's valuable programs a bunch of fun to listen to.

Author of three books and co-author of four others, Scott's latest book, The Celebration Factor, is a practical handbook on how to bring more celebration into both your organization and your life. Based on Scott's extensive global research, interviews, and years of speaking around the world, this book offers strategies and examples from leading organizations that are successfully creating cultures of celebration in their workplaces.

Scott's book, Punchlines, Pitfalls and Powerful Programs - Ten Surefire Ways of Adding Humor to Your Presentations, is the perfect resource for those looking to connect with their clients. Scott outlines effective methods for engaging and educating an audience through humor and story telling. His book Using Humor for a Change is chock-full of great ideas to lighten-up the workload. The book proves to be the perfect remedy for stress and burnout.

In addition to speaking all over North America, Scott spends 20% of his time speaking throughout Asia and other locations around the globe. His international clients include Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Government, Gold Fields of South Africa, Young President's Organization, Hyatt Asia, and many of the Fortune 1000 companies. He offers to all of his clients a global and culturally sensitive perspective on how to get more out of work and out of life. He is always sure to do his homework to ensure that all groups feel at home no matter where they might be.

Michelle Gielan speaker

Michelle Gielan

Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and Positive Communication Expert

 About

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.

Libby Gill speaker

Libby Gill

Bestselling Author, Brand Strategist and Executive Coach, Speaks on Leadership and Employee Engagement

 About

After nearly twenty years in senior leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. A sought-after international speaker, she guides established and emerging leaders to increase passion and productivity in their organizations.

Her clients include ABC-Disney, AMC Networks, Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, GoDaddy, Kellogg's, Microsoft, Nike, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Safeway, The Conference Board, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, and many more. A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.

The PR & branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show, Libby helps individuals and organizations "capture the mindshare" that is, the heads and hearts – of their customers, colleagues and communities. She delivers keynote addresses, custom training programs, and executive coaching for companies desiring to create cultures of bold leadership and personal accountability. Her proven "Clarify, Simplify & Execute" process inspires people to drive workplace performance by maximizing their "Leadership DNA" building high-passion/high-performance teams; and increasing employee engagement through authentic communication.

Deciding she would answer the call of entrepreneurship, Libby left the corporate world and founded Libby Gill & Company in November 2000. As she was reinventing her professional life, Libby's personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book Traveling Hopefully: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.

Libby's award-winning book You Unstuck: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life has been endorsed by business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard. Her latest book, Capture The Mindshare and The Market Share Will Follow: The Art and Science of Building Brands, shows readers how to build brand loyalty through deep emotional connections.

A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News and a member of the Author's Guild, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous young men, an Oberlin College freshman and a first-year teacher with Teach for America.

Carol Kinsey Goman speaker

Carol Kinsey Goman

Speaker on energizing individuals and organizations to thrive in environments of change.

 About

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.

Amanda Gore speaker

Amanda Gore

Speaker, author, expert on neurolinguistics. Teaches stress reduction, health, communication, team building.

 About

As a communications and performance expert, Amanda Gore believes success in business is always about feelings - the the way we feel about a product, organization or person influences how we behave and informs our decisions about how we spend, or who we conduct business with.

Taking the stance that business has been paralyzed by its own over-analysis, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride towards self-discovery and ultimately, real and lasting change.

She demonstrates how people can re-connect to the energy and emotional layers that really drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in their business and personal life utilizing positive psychology, epigenetics and emotional intelligence.

....and all this very intelligent sounding stuff means basically that:

People who are happy at work are 31% more productive, sell 37% more and are three times more creative. They make better team players, handle change more effectively, become more positive and are much more engaged.

Amanda makes your audiences happier - for a long time and gives them strategies that work on how to stay happier!

She based herself in the US for eight years during which time she was voted as one of the top three speakers by leading speakers' bureaus and inducted into the US Speakers Hall of Fame.

Amanda is engaged by some of the world's biggest corporations to help business leaders achieve results by getting people engaged in, enthusiastic about and aligned with corporate goals and vision.

In between delivering an average of 60 presentations in Australia and the US every year Amanda has written five books, produced several DVD and audio visual training programs and has accumulated over 1 million views on her You Tube channel.

Bob Gray speaker

Bob Gray

Entertaining and humorous speaker, teaches audiences how to train their memories for business.

 About

A recognized authority on memory systems, Bob Gray has spent the last twenty years traveling the globe entertaining and training corporations, governments and associations to adapt memory systems for their particular needs. He has developed a series of sales oriented personal development keynotes and workshops, which have been popular on four continents, as well as writing the best selling book Right Brain Rapid Recall.

Bob Gray discovered his first memory technique when he was seven. He was given a magic book that showed him how to remember a twenty-item list. Shortly thereafter he was called on to do the memory trick at family parties and gatherings. Encouraged by praise at home, he began to find memory techniques could have a valuable role in other aspects of his life. With a little ingenuity, he adapted the memory trick to help him with his work at school. The reward was a significant rise in his grades.

Traveling and entertaining under the stage name of Backwards Bob the Memory Man, Bob demonstrated the unique abilities that have netted him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and a recent appearance on Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

Some of Bob's clients include General Electric, TD Bank, Kodak, General Motors, Ford, Mackenzie Financial, Andersen Consulting, Investors Group, Bell Canada, and many more.

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