Inspiring Story of Leadership from Former Commander of USS Benfold
Mike Abrashoff has a personal tagline: “You can tell people what to do but you can’t order excellence.” When Mike was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy -- using the same crew. The story of that stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters -- and culture is everything. Mike’s written three books -- his first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over 1 million copies. His Leadership Roadmap offers clear, battle-tested, and actionable steps. Mike shows people at every level of the organization how to engage and take incremental steps toward change that can make a dramatic difference at work. Mike is clear, “I didn’t turn the ship around -- my crew did that. What I did was to create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported. When you do that, anything is possible.”
In many ways, what Mike was able to do with the USS Benfold was an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. That’s why dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company have cited Mike’s story as an inspiring lesson for business. Leaders especially identify with Mike’s being accountable for the results in an environment where he couldn’t make the rules.
“When my crew came to me with a problem, I’d say ‘It’s your ship -- how would you fix it?’.” Mike focused on the one thing he could influence: his crew’s attitude, because culture is the ultimate competitive weapon for any organization.
Mike’s established a set of management principles that he 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 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. The idea is to empower every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence.”
By every measure, these principles achieved breakthrough results: turnover decreased to an unprecedented 1%; the rate of promotions tripled; and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25%. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness. This remarkable turnaround was accomplished by the very same crew that had performed so poorly just months before.
Mike is author of three books. His first, It’s Your Ship, has a timeless message: don’t use outside forces that stand in your way as excuses -- control the things you can influence and amazing results will happen. His next books, It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together, showed how these principles have been put into action by business leaders in their own organizations.
A popular keynote speaker for audiences looking to ramp up organizational performance, Mike has spoken to every industry and kind of audience -- from board retreats to front line personnel; from sales groups to universities; from Fortune 500s to startups. He inspires audiences to rethink their beliefs about leadership and organizational culture and tailors the message to focus on engagement, execution, change, safety, diversity, leadership, teamwork, innovation, accountability and more.
Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Mike 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 Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm that works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and performance challenges within their organizations. Mike and his team prompt 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.
Globally Recognized Futurist and Expert on Simplification and Innovation
Lisa Bodell is a global leader on behavior change, whose skill-building firm has transformed hundreds of thousands of employees from Fortune 500 companies by showing them how to eliminate the complexity that holds them back and get to the work that matters.
Her talks offer a roadmap to eradicate the workplace complexity that is killing organizations’ ability to be agile, fast and innovative. In order to experience this trifecta of competitive advantage, organizations must embrace simplicity as a basic operating principle, and Lisa’s content and energy move them to action.
A dynamic keynote speaker, Lisa empowers audiences with thought-provoking examples and practical techniques that ignite simplification and innovation immediately. Praise for her talks include: “the best speaker yet -- engaging and energetic” (Google); “revolutionary and compelling” (Accenture); “incredibly unique and thought provoking” (Mastercard Worldwide); “immediately actionable” (Citigroup). Recently, Lisa was awarded Most Inspirational Woman in Communications Strategy and Execution 2019 (Acquisitions International), Most Innovative Business Workshop Training Facilitator 2019 (Acquisitions International), Silver Medalist 2018 North American Book Awards - Why Simple Wins and Most Innovative Management Consulting Firm 2019 NY (CV Magazine).
Accolades continue for Lisa, who was recently presented with the:
- Most Inspirational Woman in Communications Strategy and Execution 2019 (Acquisitions International)
- Most Innovative Business Workshop Training Facilitator 2019 (Acquisitions International)
- Silver Medalist 2018 North American Book Awards - Why Simple Wins
- Most Innovative Management Consulting Firm 2019 NY (CV Magazine)
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.
Dr. Gary Bradt is a world-class speaker, author, and leadership expert who helps individuals and organizations 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. Gary is also a contributing writer to Forbes.com.
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.
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.
Dr. Bradt earned his BA in psychology from Duquesne, University in Pittsburgh PA. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University and Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, which in 2007 honored him with the “Excellence in Professional Psychology” award. Only the second graduate to be so recognized at the time, this award underscored Dr. Bradt’s contributions to the field of professional psychology through his achievements as world-class speaker, author, and leadership expert.
Gary’s popular book is Change: The Tools You Need For The Life You Want At Work And Home. His first book The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts. He serves as president of Bradt Leadership, Inc., a leadership consulting firm he co-founded with his wife, Dr. Peggy Bradt, in 1993. He resides in North Carolina with Peggy. They have two grown children.
Uses his Powerful Success Formula: Vision, Mindset and Grit to Inspire and Motivate Audiences
Scott Burrows is living proof your life can change in an instant. By the age of 19, he was playing college football at Florida State University as a wide receiver and a top-ranked kick-boxing champion, with his last fight broadcast by ESPN.
On November 3, 1984, Scott’s life took a dramatic and irreversible turn. He was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.
Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. He was determined to become motivated and made the decision to take action, to focus on the positives of the experience as opposed to dwelling on the obvious and overwhelming negatives.
With the tremendous clarity provided by his singular focus, Scott resolved to thrive in his life by using three principles:
- Vision helped him see complete success in his mind’s eye first
- Using Mindset, he let go of the past and focused 100% on what he could control
- With Grit, he determined to take action and persevere until he succeeded
Scott’s application of these innovative concepts boosted and enhanced his recovery, and he achieved results that astonished doctors, therapists, family and friends alike. After graduating from college, he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table in the insurance and financial industry, a 100% commission-driven award achieved by fewer than 8% of agents worldwide. He also developed into a wheelchair athlete and became a best-selling author with his book Vision Mindset Grit: How to Stand Up When Life Paralyzes You.
Employing his paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott encourages his audiences to stand up to their challenges - regardless of circumstances - using the dynamic principles of Vision, Mindset and Grit. His presentations are inspirational, focused and enthusiastically received.
Scott has presented to hundreds of associations and corporations in the U.S. and around the globe. He has also shared the stage with iconic celebrities such as Rudolph Giuliani, Terry Bradshaw and Neil Armstrong. Speaking to more than 100,000 people a year, he influences the lives of millions as well through his keynote speeches, books, CDs and DVDs.
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.’
Author and Speaker on Skills & Change Management, and the Multigenerational Workforce
Dr. David DeLong is an author, speaker and president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations find solutions to critical skill shortages and risks of knowledge loss. A veteran researcher, David DeLong has spent more than 20 years studying the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics and knowledge loss on organizational performance. His source of insights, compiled from over 600 interviews in knowledge-intensive organizations, resulted in developing solutions for the knowledge retention and workforce development challenges posed by Baby Boomer retirements and changing values of Millennials. His research is focused on both the organizational and personal challenges posed by an aging workforce.
David DeLong is a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and an adjunct professor at Babson College, teaching MBA’s “Leading & Managing Change.” He is also an acclaimed keynote speaker and co-author of the The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), and author of the widely praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press).
Author of Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market (Longstone Press), based on more than 50 case studies of Millennials who have successfully launched their careers. David is widely quoted in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CIO Magazine, S. News & World Report, and the Boston Globe.
A former researcher at both Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School, Dr. DeLong is also co-author (with J.F. Rockart) of Executive Support Systems: The Emergence of Top Management Computer Use (Dow Jones-Irwin). He is the presenter of dozens of keynote talks and workshops in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South America.
A widely-published writer whose work has appeared in journals and magazines such as Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Sloan Management Review, The Boston Globe, Newsweek International, Organizational Dynamics, Computerworld, and Magazine.
David DeLong is recipient of a doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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, communication, 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.
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, he is 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 Business Relationship Development
Keith Ferrazzi is a charismatic and inspiring speaker, and also a renowned thought leader on change management and behavior engineering, and is in constant demand as a coach to C-Suite executives at some of the world’s largest organizations. Keith works toward inspiring teams to jump start organizational change.
By helping global organizations recognize and transform behaviours that block strategic goals, Keith Ferrazzi helps create new organizational habits which translate into increased value for both shareholders and the corporate bottom line.
This passion to understand human behavior and find actions and practices to effect positive change led to the founding of the Greenlight Institute, a think tank dedicated to finding the keys to sustainable human behavior change. Keith is also the founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and the author of the NY Times best-sellers Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone and is regularly published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company.
Keith’s keynotes go beyond the ordinary by tapping into the hearts and minds of attendees and challenging them to open up to one another. By connecting everyone in the room, Keith Ferrazzi facilitates the risk-taking and candor that pave the way to insight and actionable, sustained organizational change.
Former Rose Bowl Champion, Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Teamwork, and Change.
Tom Flick is a dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert who has delivered over 3,000 presentations to a "who's-who" list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes-Benz and the Pentagon. Mr. Flick addresses more than 100,000 men and women each year and has garnered a reputation around the world as an authority on leadership, helping organizations develop leaders, lead effective change and accelerate personal, team and organizational performance.
Mr. Flick’s passion for raising more effective leaders is achieved by his unique gift to connect with the listener's heart as well as their head. Understanding that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Tom draws on his leadership experience as a former NFL quarterback for seven seasons, his extensive work in corporate America, and his alliance with leadership guru, Dr. John Kotter, to provide actionable solutions around developing leaders, leading change, motivating and driving performance.
Mentored by leadership and change experts Dennis Goin, Executive Vice President of Kotter International, and Dr. John Kotter, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard School of Business, Flick uses his exceptional talent as a deft storyteller to inspire audiences to lead change, seize opportunities for growth, and to implement the power of leadership, whether in the role of executive, manager, salesperson, or front-line employee.
Mr. Flick customizes every engaging presentation based on each organization's needs and desired outcomes, collaborating directly with the client to ensure measurable takeaways for their organization. Tom’s exceptional ability to communicate clear business solutions with humor, wit and razor-sharp insight is why he is in such high demand.
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
About Dr. Jackie Freiberg - Award Winning Author & Speaker on Leadership and Accountability:
Dr. Jackie Freiberg is dedicated to helping leaders create BEST places where the BEST people can do their BEST work to make the world BETTER. According to a national survey, Jackie 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.
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, entrepreneur, 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), DO SOMETHING NOW and Be a PERSON OF IMPACT, (two quick reads that will change your organization and your life), CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing Out In A Sea of Sameness, and most recently, BOCHY BALL!, an account of 3-time World Series Champion Bruce Bochy’s wins and losses in baseball, business, and life.
Jackie‘s clients span a wide range of industries and include:
Prudential, GNReSound, PULSE Network, Smurfit Kappa, TEDx, Navy Federal Credit Union, National Restaurant Assoc., Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, Eli Lilly, Tampa General Hospital, Kohl’s, Hallmark, Stanford Children’s Hospital, CUNA, USAA, PNC Financial, Vail Resorts, Sony, Ken Blanchard Companies, McDonalds, National Life Group, Sundance Resorts, Kiewitt, Victoria Secret, Associated Builders & Contractors, MorphoTrust, Cisco, CVS, National Human Resources Association.
Bestselling Business Author, Keynote Speaker on Innovation, Leadership, and Change
My interests include sprinting to keep up with my work-out-aholic wife, doing anything adventurous with our three incredible children, compelling conversations with friends over good wine, and a periodic mental lapse into skydiving.
I grew up as a competitive snow skier and water skier. I’ve never won a World Cup, but in both sports I’ve skied with the best in the world. These gifted athletes taught me how to step through fear and adapt to ever-changing competitors, conditions, technologies and geographies. I have learned that if you take enough risks, eventually you will crash. But you only grow by getting out of the comfort zone. It’s also how you strengthen resilience and develop the ability to bounce back. Most of all, I learned that success is never final. I’m still chasing the best in the world, still learning and still getting better.
Keynote Speaker on Accountability, Educator, Consultant, and Author
Linda Galindo is a fierce advocate for personal accountability. She wants to create a world in which everyone, regardless of circumstances or position, is accountable for their results. Galindo’s mission is to help others to find the courage to see, hear and tell their own truth so they can live fully accountable lives.
After years as a journalist covering government and business, Linda Galindo was fed up covering stories focused on a lack of accountability. She left journalism and decided to do something about it. Today, Galindo speaks, writes and consults internationally, teaching the principles of personal accountability. She looks for the hidden places where lack of accountability flourishes – often masked by ‘the culture’ – and shines light on them. With humor, directness and compassion, she calls out the truth.
Galindo delivers keynotes, and works directly with leaders and their teams to create accountable organizations. Her clients include some of the world’s most notable corporations, health care systems, government entities and educational institutions, as well as entrepreneurial companies and non-profits. Clients include: Genentech, Pharmacylics, Abbott and the YMCA.
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.
Bestselling Author, Brand Strategist and Executive Coach, Speaks on Leadership and Employee Engagement
Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. She started her first job in entertainment only to go through three mergers in five years, where she went from assistant in a small production company to vice president of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group.
After heading communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby left the corporate world after nearly twenty years to become an entrepreneur. In her mid-forties when many people are slowing down, Libby founded Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in Los Angeles.
Libby now guides clients - including Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Disney, Eli Lilly, First American Insurance, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Speedo, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo - to lead their teams through change, challenge, and chaos.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Libby shows high-performing individuals and organizations why hope IS a strategy - if you have the right mindset, methodology and expertise. She shares the science-based concepts of hope theory to provide the structured business discipline and competitive advantage you need in today’s swiftly changing world. In her executive coaching, leadership consulting, and keynote presentations, Libby guides you to:
- Reframe change as your biggest growth opportunity
- Re-energize your best performers to reach their potential
- Re-invent your company culture to embrace ambiguity
As Libby was reinventing her professional life, her 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.
Business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed Libby’s award-winning book, You Unstuck: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-Taking in Work and Life. Her latest book, The Hope-Driven Leader: Harness the Power of Positivity at Work (Spring, 2018).
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. A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous millennials, one in graduate school and one in college.
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.
Primetime TV & Podcast Host, Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Global Business Celebrity
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business podcast host The HERO Factor Podcast on C-Suite Radio. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. His creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the C-Suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking and public appearances, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change.
Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, former Fortune 100 CMO, and author of numerous best-selling business books including: The Hero Factor; How Great Leaders Transform Organizations and Create Winning Cultures, Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, Running the Gauntlet and The Mirror Test. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today and is in five business hall of fames including Speaker Hall of Fame, Sales and Marketing Executives, Business Marketing Hall of Fame, Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, and the Industry Award of Distinction from the National Association of Quick Printers.
As a leading business expert, Hayzlett is frequently cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and c-suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.
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