Sweeney Agency Speakers

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, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Smith Barney, and Van Kampen Investments.

Ryan Avery Speaker

Ryan Avery

The Youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in History, Speaks on Personal Achievement, Leadership, Sales & Strategic Communication

 About

Ryan Avery’s keynotes are about improving communication and showing leaders and their teams how to go from A to THE® in their industry. Known for being one of the Millennial generation’s most profound voices on strategic communication and achievement, Ryan’s keynotes present you and your team with the actionable strategies you can use to 'Go From A Leader to THE Leader®' in your industry. Working with Fortune 500 companies, organizations, and associations on every continent in the world, Ryan uses his experience as Marketing Director, World Champion and Entrepreneur to show leaders and their teams how to reach their goals with lightning speed, communicate their message with absolute clarity and turn their ideas into measurable, momentum-building action!

His keynotes are jammed-packed with takeaways that you can start using immediately to improve yourself, your team, and your business! From the moment Ryan steps on the stage to the moment he leaves, people will be saying, “I learned more in Ryan’s one-hour keynote, than I have learned all year!” Ryan is the leader’s GPS to success and uses his proprietary 4D Success Model™ to take you to the next level in sales, leadership, and strategic communication. He shows you the turn-by-turn guidance every step of the way from helping people decide what they want, design the plan to get there, develop the skills needed to make it happen and deliver the results that make customers satisfied yet wanting more!

In 2012, Ryan Avery competed against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the World Championship title and to become the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history. In 2015, Ryan and his wife, Chelsea, set the World Record for being the Youngest Couple to Professionally Speak on All Seven Continents.

Ryan is a best-selling and international author with more than 500+ keynotes and trainings delivered world-wide. Ryan’s latest book Motivating Millennials: How to Recognize, Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders (2017) was published by Avery Today, Inc.

Ryan is an avid scuba diver and will eat anything except olives. Born and raised in Texas he say’s “all y’all” way too many times a day and currently lives with his wife Chelsea in Colorado. They have been together for over ten years, and share life with their beautiful daughter Atlas.

David Barrett Speaker

David Barrett

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

 About

David Barrett 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

Ty Bennett is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to improve communications and empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships, and compete in extraordinary ways. He has worked with over 500 leaders, in over 37 countries, to help them fine-tune their sales and leadership skills. He’s changing lives - one leader at a time.

At 21, Ty and his brother built a direct sales business to over $20 million in annual revenues. He was featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, and was dubbed one of the 10 Coolest Entrepreneurs in Utah.

He has traversed the world speaking to tens of thousands of audience members transforming the lives, careers, and business practices of leaders from some of the most recognizable brands in the world such as: Coca-Cola, Subway, Blue Cross Blue Shield and RE/MAX.

Ty is the author of three best-selling books, with all three being used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”:

  • Partnership is the New Leadership,
  • The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication, and
  • The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact

He’s one of the youngest speakers ever to receive the CSP Designation from the National Association of Speakers - of which less than 5% of the world’s speakers earn this honor.

Ty is a husband and a father, and he’s PASSIONATE about helping leaders cultivate the relevance and influence they need to challenge old ways and open new doors.

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 co-founder of TalentSmart, a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies and is the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence (EQ) tests and training. Dr. Bradberry's research finds that EQ is responsible for 58% of job performance. With that in mind, he discusses skills that are critical to leadership performance in order to optimize organizational performance. 

His best-selling 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

 About

Peter Bregman is 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.

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

Christine Cashen has people across the globe raving about her - and her refreshing take on everyday life. For 20 years Christine has shared her expertise in a humorous manner - on such topics as conflict resolution, stress management, and cultivating a healthier, happier more productive workplace. Audiences have related so much to her experiences, struggles, and lessons that listeners have wanted to take her back with them to the office.

Author of the award-winning books THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness and It’s YOUR Business: Good Stuff for Your Personal, Professional, and Funny Business. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Adult Education. In 2016, she was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.

Christine is one of the few individuals to meet the rigorous induction criteria of the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and there’s no question that she deserves that honour; her effortless ability to pull in any audience with her remarkable insights on commonplace situations make her and her messages unforgettable.

Before embarking on her journey as a speaker, she worked as a university admissions officer, corporate trainer, and broadcaster. She is a mother of two, wife of a “hottie engineer,” and caregiver of Murphy, a chocolate lab.

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 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in over 30 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 and CEO of Influence at Work, focusing on ethical influence training, corporate keynote programs, and the CMCT (Cialdini Method Certified Trainer) program.

Dr. Cialdini’s clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Bayer, Coca Cola, KPMG, Mutual of Omaha, RE/MAX, AstraZeneca, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 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.

Media coverage of Dr. Cialdini and his research include: Dateline NBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, the Washington Post, On Wall Street, Forbes Magazine, Business Week, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine.

Mark C. Crowley Speaker

Mark C. Crowley

Speaker and Author of “Lead From The Heart”

 About

Mark Crowley spent over 20 years in the Financial Industry eventually serving as a Senior Vice President & National Sales for nearly 2,000 stockbrokers. His Leadership skills, and unique approach to engaging his employees, delivered incredible results which garnered Mark the “Leader of the Year” award. Encouraged by other Leaders to share his ideas Mark decided to research a fascinating Leadership topic “What happens inside of people that makes them fully committed to doing extraordinary work?”

The research from that project led to the publication of Mark’s first book, Lead From The Heart, which resulted in numerous requests for Mark to speak at events for companies and organizations across the country. Mark helps Leaders who are seeking to achieve and sustain uncommonly high engagement and performance.

A regular leadership contributor to Fast Company Magazine, Mark has been published in the Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, Reuters, CEO Magazine Great Britain, USA Today, and by the Great Place To Work Institute.  He’s interviewed CEOs and senior executives at innumerable high-performing companies (including Google, SAS, Gallup, WD-40 and the Cleveland Clinic) who are models for “managing the emotional side of work.” 

Lead From The Heart consistently ranks as an Amazon Top-100 bestseller in workplace culture. Mark has also been named a “Trust Across America thought Leader” by TRUST! Magazine in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Mark’s two recent LinkedIn Pulse articles on Employee Engagement, and managing Millennials, have been read well over 1 million times.  And his book is now being taught at seven American universities including the graduate strategic leadership seminar at the University of Iowa, and the Leadership Development Ph.D Program at Brandman University. 

Mark is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. A businessman at heart, he holds several investment securities licenses (FINRA Registrations) and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.  He lives in La Jolla, California. 

Rachel DeAlto Speaker

Rachel DeAlto

Relationship expert, media personality, hypnotherapist, high-end mediator and keynote speaker

 About

Rachel DeAlto is a relationship expert, coach, media personality, speaker, and hypnotherapist. Rachel believes that relationships are the foundation of everything. She knows that navigating those relationships with great communication, a sense of perspective, and self-awareness is essential. As a relationship expert, Rachel is best known for her Lifetime’s hit show Married at First Sight. She is also the host of FYI’s Kiss Bang Love, a provocative social experiment based on the science of kissing. Additionally, Rachel was featured as an expert and coach on Lifetime's Second Chances. She is presently shooting with TLC for a series to be released in 2019.

As a speaker, Rachel integrates her humor and passion to deliver the most impactful presentation possible. She draws from a decade of experience as a relationship expert and her prior occupation as a trial attorney to help others succeed in the most challenging situations.

If you are looking for a speaker to motivate and inspire, while providing attendees with tangible practical steps to change their lives, reduce stress, and improve relationships, look no further.

Rachel DeAlto holds an undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. These two degrees and professional experience have provided her with a strong foundation in interpersonal communications and relationships. Further professional training as a coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and certification as a hypnotherapist via the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists (IACT) has allowed Rachel to bring a multidimensional approach to her work.

In addition to her regular appearances, Rachel has also been featured on a multitude of media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN/HLN, Access Hollywood Live, The Steve Harvey Show, and Fox News. She has also given three TEDx talks on Being Authentic in a Filtered World, the Power of Kindness and Killing Fear.

Dr. Mark DeVolder Speaker

Dr. Mark DeVolder

Expert in the Dynamics of Change and Communication.

 About

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.

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.

Her new book, Pitch Perfect, is a motivating book designed to improve the quality of how you present yourself. You never know who links to whom, so we need to be ready to “pitch” our products and services anytime. You may find riches in the elevator, in the check-out line, or on the side of a soccer field.  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 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.

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.

Cal Fussman Speaker

Cal Fussman

NYT Best-Selling Author & Writer-at-Large for Esquire Magazine

 About

Cal Fussman is a New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned interviewer, keynote speaker, podcast host and corporate storytelling consultant. His keynotes and interactive workshops are derived from decades of interviewing hundreds of the world’s most extraordinary people: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jack Welch, Kobe Bryant, Robert Deniro... the list goes on. Cal teaches his interview style to inspire individuals to take a fresh look at how they conduct business through storytelling, communication and the fundamental idea that Changing your Questions can Change Your Life.

You can close more sales, lead a stronger team, and even repair personal challenges all through the frame of intriguing questions. Cal enriches each keynote with exuberant stories while driving home key takeaways that his audience members have taken back to the office - and their personal lives - for tangible improvements.

Over the past year, Cal has delivered keynotes at dozens of companies, including General Motors, Pixar, Twitter, Apple Music, Snapchat, Samsung, Facebook, Turner Broadcasting, Vans, Lululemon; colleges like UCLA and Georgetown; and at conferences as far as South Africa and Kenya. After Cal spoke at Facebook, Chris Sanders in Global Marketing Solutions said: “We literally have people using the term, ‘Cal Question.’ He has become a part of our culture.”

As a writer for Esquire, GQ, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The Washington Post Sunday Magazine over the years, Cal has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with the icons who’ve shaped the last half-century of world history.

Born in Brooklyn, Fussman spent ten straight years traveling the world, swimming over 18-foot tiger sharks, rolling around with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and searching for gold in the Amazon. He boxed against then-undefeated world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, won a James Beard award and served as sommelier atop of the World Trade Center.

He now lives with his wife—whom he met while on his quest to discover the world’s most beautiful beach—and his three children in Los Angeles, where he spends every morning eating breakfast with Larry King.

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

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.

Amanda Gore Speaker

Amanda Gore

CEO of The Joy Project, Communication & Performance Expert, Author and Huffington Post Columnist

 About

Amanda Gore is a communications and performance expert who believes success in business is always about feelings. The way we feel about a product, organization, customer or person influences how we behave - and informs our decisions about how we spend, or how we conduct business. Facts, targets and figures don’t change behaviours - touching hearts, feelings and stories do.

Amanda is on point, and devoted to presenting the most reputable research available for professionals - salespeople, nurses, teachers - and anyone reaching for excellence in their work. Her material is backed by the latest findings in neuroscience, epigenetics, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology that are proven to reap huge rewards for your business.

Amanda understands that getting down to business isn’t all about targets and optimizing click-throughs. The heart and profit center of every business is about how people think, and consequently, feel about themselves; and how they make others feel. How we feel about a personal or business relationship informs every part of our decision to invest with them. Amanda offers an abundance of use-it-now tools to create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with family, customers, colleagues, and clients. Everyone leaves energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!

Instead of delivering facts and research, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride toward self-discovery - and gives them the tools to make real and lasting change – by getting real! For example, how is it that the most successful people and those who are average (or worse!) manage to get their results in exactly the same environment? The difference is mindset - looking honestly at yourself and choosing consciously.

She uses principles from positive psychology, epigenetics, neuroscience and emotional intelligence to deliver profound messages in stories that are funny. This teaches people to re-connect to the energy and emotional layers that really drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in their business  and personal life. Business today is about H2H. And it always has been, but we have forgotten it - Human2human!

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

Amanda is one of 4 Australians inducted into the USA Speaker Hall of Fame. She works with small and large organizations around the globe, such as Flight Centre, McDonalds, Westpac, AMP, MDRT, CBA, Google, Remax, Disney, Hilton, The Direct Selling and many other associations, hospitals and schools to help them create cultures of joy and engagement and to bring the humanity back into their organizations.

Amanda’s action-packed, but scientifically based performances, offer an abundance of use-it-now tools to handle change and create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with customers, colleagues and family - leaving everyone feeling good about themselves, energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!

Remember - Joy is the ultimate business fuel.

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.

Joseph Grenny Speaker

Joseph Grenny

Business communication expert, author of Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High.

 About

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.

Richard Hadden Speaker

Richard Hadden

Author & Speaker on Leadership & Employee Engagement

 About

Richard Hadden is an author and leadership expert who focuses on the connection between people and profit. He is co-author of the popular Contented Cows leadership book series, including his latest book, Contented Cows STILL Give Better Milk, and also the book Rebooting Leadership.

Richard developed and practiced his leadership skills as a manager in both financial services and information technology. He was Director of Product Development for a software company in North Florida before starting his own technology consulting business in 1986. Gradually, his consulting focus shifted from information technology to human resources, leadership, and management.

While consulting, he taught software design, principles of management, and international economics at Jacksonville University from 1988-1991.

Since 1990 he has delivered keynote presentations and training programs on Leadership and Employee Engagement for more than 850 audiences on five continents. 

Richard has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in Business Week, Entrepreneur, and Inc. magazines, as well as in many trade and professional publications.

Scott Halford Speaker

Scott Halford

Expert in the Areas of Achievement Psychology, which includes Brain-based Behavioral Science, Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking.

 About

Scott Halford is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, an engaging communicator and presenter and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams. Scott’s expansive knowledge in the areas of achievement psychology, including brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and influence, add richness and depth to his programs.

You will appreciate Scott’s wise and timely insights into the human experience. His captivating ability to tell stories with humor, wit, and depth transports his audiences to destinations they may have never been; physically, mentally or emotionally. Participants laugh and learn, and consistently praise the rich and rewarding learning experience.

Scott is an accredited and certified Emotional Intelligence Provider as well as an Advanced Certified Associate in Emergenetics®. He holds an Executive Master’s degree from the NeuroLeadership Institute.

As an author, Scott has two best-selling books: Be a Shortcut, based on emotional intelligence and influence; and Activate Your Brain, a Wall Street Journal best-selling book and winner of the Bronze Axiom award for best business book.

Scott is on faculty at General Electric’s John Welch Center of Leadership in Crotonville, NY; is a guest lecturer for the MBA program at the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver; and is a Trustee for the Iliff School of Theology. Scott is Founder and Principal of Complete Intelligence, LLC.

Corporate clients span many industries and include General Electric, American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, First Data, Medtronic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Centura Health, MillerCoors, Western Union and many more. Scott’s books are available on Amazon.com.

Kindra Hall Speaker

Kindra Hall

Author, Speaker, Communication and Strategic Storytelling Expert

 About

Kindra Hall is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today’s communication challenges. Kindra is one of the most sought after keynote speakers trusted by global brands to deliver presentations and trainings that inspire teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products, sales and their individuality through strategic storytelling.

What began as a storytelling assignment in 5th grade, grew into a passion for not only telling stories, but a mastery for teaching others the methods and science of storytelling so they can better tell their own.

She was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they have those), member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and has her master’s degree in communications where she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture.

Kindra is a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales. Today, Kindra’s work can be seen at Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com and as a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine. Kindra’s message spans all industries and her clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Target, Berkshire Hathaway and the Harvard Medical School. Her much anticipated book Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business will be released by Harper Leadership in the fall of 2019.

Regardless of the industry, Kindra has become a conference favorite for her clients. The blend of inspiration and education in her keynotes mean that audiences leave feeling excited and equipped to finally put their stories to work in a tangible way.

Kindra lives in Manhattan with her husband, young son and daughter. When she is not traveling around the world speaking, Kindra can usually be found at spin class or in Central Park with her family.