Ron Jaworski speaker

Ron Jaworski

Former NFL Quarterback, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur

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After a 17-year distinguished career as an NFL quarterback, today Ron Jaworski is coaching football fans on TV with a multi-platform NFL analyst role that includes appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup, NFL-branded specials, Mike & Mike in the Morning, Pardon the Interruption, and other platforms and shows throughout the year. ESPN’S Mike Tirico said, “If you made a list of 10 guys on TV in any sport as an analyst who you'd want to have a beverage with and watch a game, he’s [Ron Jaworski] high on that list.”

Before switching to his current multi-platform analyst role with ESPN, Ron spent five seasons in the booth with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden as the color commentator for Monday Night Football.

The Los Angeles Rams drafted Jaworski in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft. After four years with the Rams, Jaworski joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1977. Under head coach Dick Vermeil and behind Jaworski’s ability and field leadership, the Eagles advanced to their first-ever berth in a Super Bowl vs. the Oakland Raiders. Jaworski finished the 1980 season as the No. 1-rated passer in the NFC and was the 1980 NFL MVP.

Along the way, Ron became known as "Jaws." The name was hung on him by his next-door neighbor at the time, Doug Collins, who was a star guard for the Philadelphia 76ers and today is their coach. “He didn’t come up with Jaws because of that shark movie, though.” Jaws says, “Doug said it was because my mouth was always open, talking.”

Until Ron suffered a broken leg at St. Louis during the 13th game of the 1984 season, he had started 116 straight NFL games, a record for most consecutive starts. Jaws held that record until 1999, when Brett Favre broke it.

He’s also the author of “The Games That Changed the Game,” which highlights seven games in NFL history that changed the strategies and tactics used in NFL football.

Today, Jaworski lives in Southern New Jersey and is civically active. Jaworski is committed to the Jaws Youth Playbook, which focuses on a mission to motivate and improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region. To date, the Jaworski family is proud to have donated over $3 million to at-risk youth.

Ron owns an exclusive business development company called Business Clubs America as well as owning four Signature Golf courses in South Jersey -- RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club, Valleybrook Country Club, Running Deer Golf Club, and Blue Heron Pines.

Jaworski also serves as the President of the Maxwell Football Club, Co-Majority Owner of the Philadelphia Soul and sits on the boards of PNC Bank.

The South Jersey Chamber of Commerce awarded Jaworski the Pinnacle Award for his outstanding volunteer work and longtime service to South Jersey Chamber & business community. The United Way honored Jaworski with their Volunteer Leadership Award, the highest award given by United Way.

Daymond John speaker

Daymond John

Founder/CEO of FUBU, CEO of The Shark Group and Marketing & Branding Expert

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Daymond John, from his wildly successful role on ABC’s smash hit, Shark Tank, to his distinguished status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, has become globally recognized for his relentless and commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs.

Daymond initially made his mark as the entrepreneur and branding expert behind the groundbreaking lifestyle brand, FUBU, which eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales. From the streets of Hollis, Queens, Daymond started a global movement from the basement of his mother’s house by capitalizing on the then fledgling hip-hop culture. Today, the streetwear market that FUBU pioneered is a $20 billion dollar industry.

Since then, Daymond has continued to challenge himself and the business world in which he operates. In 2009, Daymond was tapped by lauded television producer, Mark Burnett, to join the cast of a new business-reality concept, Shark Tank. After 8 seasons, 4 Emmy Awards, multiple Critic’s Choice Awards and millions of dollars in investments, the show has become the most watched program on Friday nights, and one of the most successful business reality series of all time. Over the course of the series, Daymond has been a mainstay of the cast of Sharks and is now affectionately referred to as, “The People’s Shark.”

Resolved to expand his own brand, Daymond has written three books, the most recent of which debuted at #2 on the New York Times best-seller list in January of 2016. The wildly successful release, The Power of Broke (Crown Publishing) takes an in-depth look at how successful entrepreneurs who started from broke were forced to think more creatively and to leverage their resources more efficiently, than their counterparts. While his previous books, Display of Power and The Brand Within were national best-sellers, The Power of Broke stands as the only New York Times best-selling book from any of the Sharks.

Beyond the brands, the television series and the books, Daymond’s commitment to entrepreneurship has been celebrated on a global level. In 2015, he was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and was part of an exclusive group who joined President Obama at the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Kenya. In March, Daymond accompanied The President on his historic trip to Cuba, which represented the first time a sitting US president visited the island since Calvin Coolidge did in 1928.

One of Daymond’s greatest accomplishments is his continued fight against dyslexia. He has worked with the Yale Center for Dyslexia and he currently sits on the advisory board of Understood.org. Daymond has embraced his affliction allowing it to be a catalyst for his career as a highly sought after motivational public speaker and author.

As a dynamic speaker with more than twenty-five years of proven business experience, Daymond has become one of the most highly sought after speakers in the country. He regularly speaks at Fortune 100 companies, conferences, universities, and independent businesses alike. Daymond’s high energy presentations give audiences relatable advice and practical takeaways. His S.H.A.R.K. Points are actionable principles that bring long-term results. Entrepreneurship, marketing and branding, financial literacy and goal-setting are among his most popular topics. Daymond has delivered keynote speeches for organizations such as General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, AT&T and dozens more.

A recipient of more than thirty-five awards, including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year and Ernst & Young’s Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Daymond serves as CEO of the brand consultancy, The Shark Group, which specializes in brand strategy and development, artist relations and talent development. Under Daymond’s leadership, The Shark Group has re-written the script on how companies, brands and products can seamlessly work together to yield a sum greater than its parts. The Shark Group works with a wide range of businesses and brands, including Capital One, HSN, Forbes, Miller Lite, Gillette, Shopify and Infusionsoft and superstars such as Muhammad Ali, the Kardashians, Pitbull, Stan Lee, Carlos Santana, Jillian Michaels and others.

Chris Johnson speaker

Chris Johnson

Founder of On Target Living, Speaker on Health and Wellness.

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Chris Johnson is the leading authority on small steps to healthy living. As Founder/CEO of On Target Living, Chris is a highly respected expert and accomplished executive, who has spent over 30 years researching and building optimal health and performance programs for individuals and corporations. He is the architect of the Food Target® that shifts from counting calories to concentrating on the nutrient values of foods that guide healthy choices.

Chris likes to say he was 'raised by wolves'. Growing up struggling with terrible skin and chronic health issues, he had no idea how his lifestyle affected his health. The doctors couldn't help him, and despite all the medications they prescribed, his health did not improve. By his mid-20's, deeply frustrated and feeling hopeless, Chris set out to heal himself. On his quest, he learned how food affects the body, the importance of sleep, and why people need to move. These discoveries transformed his life. Conditions which plagued him for years disappeared, and his energy and attitude reached new heights. Amazed at how good he felt, Chris knew he’d found his calling, and needed to share his discoveries.

Today, Chris works with organizations to transform their performance from the inside out. He applies the principles of REST-EAT-MOVE to educate, engage and motivate teams around the world. Chris graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Western Michigan University. He holds certifications from The American College of Sports Medicine, The National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise and Certified Natural Health Professional. Chris earned and maintains a reputation of providing groundbreaking lifestyle modification strategies with integrity, humor and passion.

Willie Jolley speaker

Willie Jolley

Motivating Speaker on Leadership, Change and Sales

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There are many inspirational and motivational Speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, an Award-Winning Singer, a Best-Selling Author and a National Television & Radio Personality. The Business Ad Hoc Committee recently tabbed him as The #1 Inspirational Speaker/Singer in America!

Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer (who was replaced by a karaoke machine!). He has gone on to be named One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World & Inspirational/Motivational Speaker of The Year by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association. In addition, he is also the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award and the African American Chamber of Commerce DC Business Leadership Award.

Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits.

No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his SiriusXM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, Ford, GM, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table. Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day at a time!

Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey.

Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate Degree in Achievement, a Master Degree in Theology and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Dee.

Diana Jordan speaker

Diana Jordan

Corporate Comedian & Laughter Therapist

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If you don't want the same boring cookie cutter speaker meet Diana Jordan!

Dr. Oz says, "In her Presentation Diana demonstrated that Laughter is indeed the best medicine!" Diana also broke the glass ceiling when Oprah said, "Diana is one of the funniest people on the planet!"

Diana shines as motivational speaker with over 25 years experience as a top female Stand-up-Comedian. Her messages are strong and her humor is absolutely hilarious!

Having entertained over a million people live and on television, Diana Jordan came to realize that by making people laugh, she helped them deal with life's stresses, motivated them, and taught them what she'd learned over the past 25 years about how great laughter is in nourishing yourself and changing your outlook on life.

Diana has toured the country many times over as an extremely successful stand up comedian and successful author. She is also a cancer survivor and speaks of her journey to many cancer organizations.

When she does a Keynote address, Motivational messages ring loud and true about how we can make the choice to be happy, find the funny in your life, taking responsibility for your own health, and in doing just these three things can make a happier, healthier, and more productive you!

The best selling author of, A Wife's little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed! has sold over 500,000 copies is in five countries and is in five languages. A Wife's Little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed!Âwas featured on the Oprah show.

Diana is a member of The Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Association, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), and appeared as an actress in the hit movie, Jerry Macguire with Tom Cruise!

A world traveler, Diana has lived in Greece, Hawaii, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and even "starved" while working as a waitress in New York to get a job on Broadway. She got the job!

Diana has been nominated by the prestigious American Comedy Awards as one of the Top Five Female Comedians in the country. She can be seen on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and even interviewed Dr. Phil about male/female relationships!

Diana has performed at such legendary venues including Radio City Music Hall and The Kennedy Center. She has also been Master of Ceremonies for many gala events with such prestigious Speakers as Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell and Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Allan Karl speaker

Allan Karl

World traveler, Photographer, Adventurer & Inspiring Speaker on Overcoming challenges and Embracing Change

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World traveler, adventurer, photographer, author, entrepreneur, Allan Karl inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles, embrace change and smile -- especially in the face of adversity. And he knows how. Allan spent nearly three years riding around the world alone on a motorcycle.

Along the way, on a muddy dirt road miles from anywhere and 14,000 feet high in the Andes of Bolivia, Allan crashed and crushed his leg. But this didn't stop him. After a painful recovery, Allan, continued his journey, logging more than 62,000 miles over 5 continents and through 35 countries traveling alone on his motorcycle. 

Why does someone sell nearly everything he owns, pack up a motorcycle and travel for three years alone on a motorcycle? 

Many people dream about taking such a journey. Few pursue it. Fear, uncertainty and doubt usually stand in the way. During his three-year journey and through his inspirational keynote speeches and small group workshops, people are inspired by Allan's energy and infectious enthusiasm. Stories of his tenacious drive and positive outlook are relayed through his writings about the high and low points of his around-the-world odyssey at worldrider.com, an ongoing collection of his narratives, videos, podcasts and stunning photography. 

In a forthcoming book, The Beginning At The End of The Road, chronicling his three-year odyssey, Allan shares the places and faces he encountered during his journey, including visiting some 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Karl is principal of clearcloud, a digital marketing consultancy located in Southern California. clearcloud provides clients with brand reengineering, brand communications and digital marketing communications strategies and creative services. 

Prior to starting clearcloud, Karl founded Wirestone, one of the country's top 50 interactive ad agencies according to Advertising Age. At Wirestone, Karl served as director and chief marketing officer. Karl's client experience includes Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard and Quest Software. 

A dynamic and inspiring professional speaker, Allan shares his message with captivating storytelling and award-winning photography that touch themes of adventure, travel as education, personal growth, creativity, innovation, tolerance, environment, effective communication and the importance of pursuing dreams. 

A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, Karl also lectures, speaks and leads business-focused workshops on branding, digital marketing and strategic planning.

Ron Kaufman speaker

Ron Kaufman

Motivational Customer Service Speaker

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Ron Kaufman is the world's leading educator and motivator for uplifting customer service and building service cultures.

Rated one of the "Top 25 Who's Hot" speakers by Speaker Magazine, Ron presents powerful insights and global best practices from working with clients on every continent for more than twenty years. His energetic keynote speeches and workshops have inspired millions.

He is author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Uplifting Service! The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues and Everyone Else You Meet and 14 other books on service, business and inspiration. Ron is also the founder of UP! Your Service, a company that enables leaders and organizations to build Uplifting Service cultures for sustainable advantage.

Ron's experience and passionate commitment to results have been distilled into proven methods to help clients upgrade service performance and build strong service cultures. His unique approaches to learning and leadership have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Ron was invited to Asia in 1990 by Singapore Airlines and the government of Singapore to create and launch a national service quality training organization.

He is a graduate of Brown University, USA with studies in France, London and Berkeley, California. He is a professional member of the Author's Guild, Global Speakers Federation and International Association of Learning Providers.

Ron resides in Singapore and travels widely to promote and realize a vision of "Our world where everyone is educated and inspired to excel in service."

Kevin Kelly speaker

Kevin Kelly

International Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Creator of the "Xceptional Execution" Methodology

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Kevin Kelly is an internationally acclaimed Speaker, best-selling author and expert on Sales, Leadership, Storytelling and Execution. His focus is on moving organizations, large and small to Do!, to execute, and to move in the direction of their dreams and vision.

From the age of six, Kevin was selling in his family retail environment. Upon graduating with a Marketing degree, Kevin consistently broke sales records in each of the companies he worked for culminating in him being continuously head hunted. Finally in 1990 (after being offered a job by an Italian business man who couldn’t speak English) Kevin honoured his entrepreneurial DNA and set up his own company, Advanced Marketing. The company dedicated itself initially to increasing the sales of small and medium businesses in addition to exhaustively researching the area of personal and business potential.

In 1996, Kevin committed to writing a best-selling book on motivationHow? When You Don’t Know How” - sold 15,000 copies, an unparalleled feat for Ireland, and Kevin learned a very valuable lesson in terms of Doing and execution: knowledge may give you enough reasons not to act - but Do! it anyway and be prepared to end up in a place you recognize and accept as better than your starting point. This book became the foundation on which he built his international speaking career.

Since then he has written four more books, including the first ever graphic novel which aims to educate the next generation on the key skills of emotional intelligence.

His most recent book is the critically acclaimed “DO! The Pursuit of Xceptional Execution”, in which he uncovers the success strategies of the leaders of some of the most exciting start-ups on the planet. Tom Peters described it as “the book I would have loved to have written.”

Staying true to his Irish roots, Kevin is a master storyteller who has worked around the world with Fortune 500 companies and prestigious associations like the Million Dollar Round Table. He has consulted with some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Microsoft, for whom he developed a unique video series for their World Wide Partner Community.

Kevin’s keynotes consistently deliver an interactive conversation that engages, informs, inspires and empowers attendees with a toolbox of invaluable takeaways.  His consultancy projects are built on delivering results for you. You set the agenda, and Kevin works with you and your team to address your specific challenges and reach your stated goals.

In 2016, he created the first ever Speaker Summit in Ireland where six of his colleagues from around the globe taught potential and existing speakers the A-Z of the Speaking profession. This was followed with another first in 2017 – the first conference on Storytelling and Sales. Kevin is currently researching his new book on that topic and is also in consultations with VR/AR companies on how to share his knowledge in new ways.

Victoria Labalme speaker

Victoria Labalme

Entertainer and keynote speaker on communication

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Looking for an extraordinary experience? Entertainment & cutting-edge content all in one package? Creative Communications Strategist & Hall of Fame Speaker Victoria Labalme is known her electrifying Keynote Performances and her ability to transform people's communications: their listening, speaking and presentation skills.

In an era of entertainment and short attention spans, Victoria shows her clients how to apply key principles from the performing arts to catapult their communications to the next level-one marked by authenticity, creativity, innovation, humor, impact and lasting results.

A graduate of Stanford University, Victoria brings two decades of professional performing arts experience to the business community, with appearances at comedy clubs, on Broadway, primetime news shows, HBO's Sex & The City, advanced training with legendary mime Marcel Marceau, dozens of television commercials including a Super Bowl spot and more than 200 performances of her one-woman shows.

She is the author of The Prism Effect & The Through Line Mini Book and founder of the Executive Mastery Series and Elite Group Experience -- comprehensive communication & presentation skills training programs.

Victoria's innovative approach stems from her core belief that business don't have to be separate, that there are untapped talents hiding inside leaders and organizations and when you show people how to strategically infuse certain outside unique gifts into their business communications, you increase engagement, excitement and impact. You innovate. You inspire. You distinguish your brand...and yes, your bottom line blooms.

Victoria's clients include Microsoft, Starbucks, McDonald's, Oracle, Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Heart Association, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 24 Hour Fitness, Intel, New York Life Insurance, and Million Dollar Round Table. Reconnect with your Through Line. Turn your business into art. And watch your organization and team light up.

Darci Lang speaker

Darci Lang

Keynote speaker on increasing profitability, client focused service, and how to motivate employees.

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Darci Lang has been invited to speak to numerous government departments, conferences, staff functions and development days. She shares an easy to apply message that relates to all. The message is simple; you have a choice when it comes to your attitude, professionally and personally. The choices you make effect yourself and your team.

A positive attitude is the foundation of Darci's success. She has owned and operated three separate companies, worked with others and managed many different people. As owner of X-L Enterprises and past owner of the award winning Mallabar Tuxedo Rentals in Regina, Darci understands that working effectively within an area or unit requires you to work on yourself first.

As the demand increased for Darci to tell her personal story of turning business into success she turned to professional speaking and training -- her third business endeavor. She then started to share her Focusing on the 90% message and others wanted to hear about her life story as well. She has been speaking and training for over 17 years.

Her dedication and entrepreneurial skill have paid off. She is now a Best Selling author with her book Focus on the 90%: One simple tool to change the way you view your life. Darci has won The Saskatchewan Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and an Achieving Business Excellence (ABEX) Award. She was a finalist in the Canadian Woman of the Year Award and a three-time nominee for the nationally recognized Entrepreneur and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Dr. Janet Lapp speaker

Dr. Janet Lapp

Author, psychologist, internationally known speaker. Very entertaining. Speaks on Change, Communication, Motivation and Teamwork.

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What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. Janet shares the evidence-based results derived from years of experience in both her books and stage performances. She has a professor's ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist's knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.

Dr. Janet Lapp is a psychologist, author, and consultant for workplace transformation. She is known for her ability to create optimism, energy and an intense emotional connection. Her unique interactive approach engages the audience in a change lab, where they first assess their leadership skills, then leave with tools to transform from where they are to where they need to be.

She understands the needs, wishes and language of each client by research, interviews, and visits to facilities such that when she appears on stage she seems to be part of the organization or company.

Both her change management books and her stage programs have created clear, actionable paths for organizations from Ritz-Carlton Hotels to IBM Sales to the government of St. Petersburg, Russia. Clients who book Dr. Janet Lapp for a transformational program/keynote speech experience inspirational and memorable events.

Janet is a Registered Nurse who also holds a PhD in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Admitted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, one year she was rated by Toastmasters as one of the top three speakers worldwide. Creator and host of the Emmy-nominated CBS series Keep Well, she has appeared regularly on INN, ABC, CNN, and NBC. She and her team have helped hundreds of organizations around the world including Allstate, Blue Shield, IBM, Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Unilever, and P&G to design systems to overcome resistance to change and expedite workplace transformation.

A flight instructor, Janet has flown her airplane throughout South America and Africa on medical and rescue missions, and is a long time member of the Flying Doctors of Mercy working in central Mexico. She currently lives in southern California.

Loretta LaRoche speaker

Loretta LaRoche

International consultant on stress management. Keynotes and workshops that are both hilarious and practical.

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Loretta LaRoche is an international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'. As a speaker, Loretta leaves audiences feeling, inspired, and with renewed passion for living a juicy life!

Loretta is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for life style management. Her special brand of optimistic psychology has an incontestable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her. Organizations worldwide use Loretta's prescription for laughter to manage stress in the workplace and improve morale.

Loretta's energetic meeting openings, trainings and keynotes serve to improve learning skills and put a room in an enthusiastic frame of mind. Clients such as IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and NASA, just to name a few, have used her material to defeat stress in the workplace. She is also a well-recognized TV personality on PBS and best selling author. She has had six one-woman television specials air on 80 PBS stations across the country. She has been nominated for local and prime time Emmy Awards, has appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC affiliates.

She has authored 7 books, The Joy Journal, Happy Talk, Relax: You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal and, Life Is Short- Wear Your Party Pants, Squeeze the Day, Kick Up Heels Before You're Too Short to Wear Them and her newest book, Lighten Up was published in the spring of 2009.

Alvin Law speaker

Alvin Law

Inspirational message: anything is possible.

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Alvin Law is one of the infamous "Thalidomide Babies" whose bodies were deformed in the early 1960s when their mothers took a prescription drug to treat morning sickness. Alvin is a powerful speaker who shows the world that obstacles can be overcome with the right attitude. He is more than just a cheerleader who pumps up the audience to produce momentary excitement, only to leave an empty feeling a short time later. Alvin's inspirational message is one that will stay with your audience.

Against all odds, Alvin's adoptive parents Hilda and Jack taught him, as a baby, to use his feet. By the age of five, there was nothing he couldn't do. With a little hesitation on the part of educational experts, he attended a regular school and graduated from the Yorkton Regional High School with Honors. During school, defying even more odds, Alvin became an award-winning trombonist, drummer and vocalist. That same year he was a Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year. Again with Honors, Alvin graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary, earning a diploma in Broadcasting.

Alvin's story has been profiled on numerous television stations, one feature receiving an Emmy Award. He has also been in three documentaries shown across Canada and the US; the most recent, Extraordinary People, profiled the lives of four Thalidomiders as they approach middle age. Alvin has even dabbled with some acting, appearing in independent filmmaker Harmony Korine's Julien: Donkey Boy, and in his biggest role Alvin played a preacher on an episode of The X-Files.

Catriona Le May Doan speaker

Catriona Le May Doan

Olympic champion, broadcaster, motivating keynote speaker and MC.

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Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies (her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500 metre event, becoming the first individual and only female to defend a Gold Medal at any Olympic games. In addition to being a world champion athlete, Catriona is a talented motivational speaker. She is an articulate, engaging and bilingual presenter, exploring with her audiences the method of achieving personal excellence while challenging and inspiring people to achieve their full potential.

Catriona held the World Record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the Olympic Record. During her career Catriona broke 13 World Records. In 1998, at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, Catriona won her first Olympic Gold medal in the 500m in Olympic record time, then added an Olympic Bronze Medal in the 1000m event. She finished the 1998 season first overall in the World Cup standings in both the 500m and 1000m events. In 1999 Catriona's domination in the speed skating world continued when She finished first over all in the World Cup standings for the 500m event.

Catriona's accomplishments have earned her the 2002 Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year and she is a three-time recipient (1998,2001, 2002) of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award.

Catriona is actively involved in her community and charity associations including The Saskatoon Foundation and the Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth. She is a spokesperson for the SpinaBifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, Right to Play, and Ontario's Lakefield Oval Project. She was on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee Board and is a Board member of CODA and the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary.

Catrionahas covered four Olympic Games and co-hosted the primetime show Countdown to Beijing. She joined the CTV Olympic broadcast team for the Vancouver 2010 Games which earned her a Gemini for Best Sports Analyst. Catrionahas received three Honorary Degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina and gave the convocation speech to their graduating classes. Catrionawas inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Committee's Sports Hall of Fame and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Wayne Lee speaker

Wayne Lee

Comedic Hypnotist, Corporate Entertainer, Inspiring Speaker.

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Wayne Lee is a motivational keynote speaker and versatile entertainer. If there's one thing peak performance experts like Wayne agree on, it's that the mind is capable of leading us anywhere. He also knows that for many of us, our minds are littered with detours, potholes and accidents waiting to happen. Fear, self-doubt, inhibitions of all kinds, these beliefs reside in our subconscious and prevent us from reaching our conscious goals. But if you set your GPS (Great Programmable Subconscious) for success, you can achieve anything while taking the ride of your life.

Wayne's own journey to excellence was fuelled with an unrelenting passion for entertaining and empowering people. From a childhood fascination with magic and visualization, Wayne's gift for seeing and acting on what's possible has grown to international proportions: He is one of North America's premier corporate presenters, a veteran of thousands of successful shows, a published author, and peak performance coach to professionals of all walks of life. And he's practiced what he preaches. Wayne is a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion, who also served as a beloved classroom instructor before taking the stage in the corporate world. More recently, he was named Entertainer of the Year for the Canadian Events Industry.

Which brings us back to the power of the mind. Wayne Lee is an unrelenting advocate for individuals and teams looking to turn potential into performance. Through humor and hypnosis, he helps people drop their defenses and access their GPS. Once in there, Wayne shows how what you put in - beliefs, attitudes, goals and vision - acts as coordinates that absolutely determine whether or not you reach your destination. Get it wrong and you're stuck in traffic. Get it right and you'll get to your goal faster and more directly than you ever thought possible. Many people find it difficult to make the connection between the inner goings-on of the mind and outward action and performance, yet it's crucial to any success.

That's why Wayne Lee's work is so special. He can break down the barriers of even the most cynical and resistant individuals through laughter and hypnosis, in the process showing them how to access their own subconscious. Once people realize what's possible when they program their GPS for success, it's as if they become a new person - the person they were always meant to be. For employers, that means productivity, teamwork, and a great attitude at work. For employees themselves, it's like being handed the keys to the ride of their lives.

Patrick Leroux speaker

Patrick Leroux

Bilingual Expert on Motivation and Performance

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Successful entrepreneur and best selling author of nine books on sales and personal and professional development. Patrick Leroux helps his client to achieve more RESULTS THROUGH ACTION. Patrick’s presentations are offer solid, simple and original ideas and are renowned to be dynamic, funny, moving, and captivating.

Patrick challenges people to re-evaluate their own limitations, real or imagined, to take responsibility for their own lives, and to stop making excuses as to why they are not living-up to their true capacity. Storyteller extraordinaire, Patrick shares his expertise with warmth and amazing simplicity. His incredible energy level, humour and enthusiasm will compel your audience to take action on their goals, instill confidences, and ultimately increase productivity in your organization.

As an entrepreneur, Patrick has started 10 successful businesses and has been selected 5 times as a finalist at the Quebec Provincial Arista-Sun Life contest in the Young Professional / Independent Worker category. Patrick is also the founding president of the Montreal chapter (1998) of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), a National board member of CAPS, and the author of nine books on the subject of sales, motivation and personal and professional development.

A bilingual speaker, his presentations are renowned to be dynamic, funny, moving, and captivating. In Canada and in the United States, Patrick has given more than 1500 presentations professionally to over 250 000 people. He speaks mostly at conferences and sales conventions, helping his participants step out of their comfort zone, realize their full inner potential, achieve the highest level of success in all aspects of their lives and most importantly get better RESULTS THROUGH ACTION.

Patrick has the magical ability to generate the desire and enthusiasm necessary to create measurable results that will last long after his presentation.

[Presentations are available in French and English.]

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Rob Lilwall

Inspiring and Motivating Speaker, Author and Adventurer

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Rob Lilwall is an adventurer, author, and keynote speaker whose accomplishments include independent adventures by bicycle and foot across 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of the world.  Rob's inspiring and motivational stories are first-hand accounts of his travels through Siberia, Tibet and Mongolia in winter, as well as Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Iran and Afghanistan. He has two TV series with National Geographic and has written two books.

In his speeches, Rob takes the audience with him on his journey, bringing to life the mindsets that are needed to succeed in today's uncertain, high-pressure and high-opportunity business environment. He weaves in powerful takeaways to empower the audience to thrive amid change, embrace challenges, and achieve great goals.

Rob has given speeches in over 50 cities around the world, to organizations including Microsoft, Symantec, Gemalto, IBM, ADP, ABB, Swire Properties, CBRE, Ayala Land, Stokke, MEC, Nike, adidas, P&G, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, HSBC, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Alliance Bank, Permira, Prudential, Manulife, AIA, Sun Life, Randstad and Thomson Reuters.

Rob’s keynote speeches are an ideal fit for conferences, town halls and off-sites where, alongside industry experts and company updates, you are looking for an out-of-the-box story to add value and give “wow” to the event, and which will provoke a deep, positive change in attitudes and habits.

Amanda Lindhout speaker

Amanda Lindhout

Inspiring Speaker and Best-selling Author

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Amanda Lindhout is a sought after inspirational speaker trusted by big brands to deliver a life changing, transformational keynote experience. Her New York Times best-selling memoir, A House in the Sky, is a publishing phenomenon and a top ten best-selling book since its release in 2013.

Raised by a single mom in a small city, Amanda escaped the violence and poverty of her childhood by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As a young woman, Amanda’s curiosity led her to some of the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity. Working as a freelance journalist in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Amanda would spend 460 days as a hostage, moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, surviving on strategy, fortitude and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Amanda’s unique experiences give her credibility to discuss issues ranging from countering terrorism to supporting the women’s movement. She has been featured in Vogue, NPR, New York Times Magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe and Anderson Cooper.

Amanda’s keynote presentations are motivating and for audiences of all sizes -- from Richard Branson’s living room to an arena of 20,000 -- she creates intimacy with the women and men in the room through her emotional, powerful storytelling. Her tale of survival builds suspense and momentum to reveal life changing insights into mind conditioning, including actionable takeaways about reframing stories of pain into power.

Amanda has travelled to nearly 90 countries. She lives in Calgary, Canada.

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Dr. Jim Loehr

Psychologist and speaker on high performance, author of The Power of Full Engagement.

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Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 15 books including his most recent, The Power of Story. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.

Dr. Loehr's ground-breaking, science-based energy management training system has achieved world-wide recognition and has been chronicled in leading national publications including the Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, Success, Fast Company and Omni. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS Morning News and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

At the core of his training system is the understanding that the stories we tell ourselves represent the single most powerful tool we have for managing energy and achieving any important mission in life. The right stories mobilize us to make tough values-based choices that lead to expanded growth and the wrong stories disengage us.

Dr. Loehr has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine and law enforcement including Fortune 100 executives, FBI Hostage Rescue Teams, and military Special Forces. Corporate clients of the Institute represent hundreds of Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, The Estée Lauder Companies, Dell, FBI, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, and Citigroup Smith Barney. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.

Possessing a masters and doctorate in psychology, Dr. Loehr serves on several prestigious scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

Carey Lohrenz speaker

Carey Lohrenz

First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Author and Motivational Speaker

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Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. 

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey Lohrenz's timely message about High Performing Teams and developing a Culture of Learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. The processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting help businesses manage risk while becoming a High Performing Organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.

Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.

Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women's Leadership Issues.

Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, Underwriters Laboratories, AT&T, Kimberly Clark, State Farm Insurance and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.

Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master's in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

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Warren Macdonald

Inspiring speaker and adventurer with message on survival and change.

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Warren Macdonald's inspirational story and powerful message deliver life-changing instruction on not only navigating, but embracing change; with focus, energy and confidence. His life's boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland's Hinchinbrook Island in Australia. Climbing to the Island's tallest peak, Warren became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

Just ten months later, Warren climbed Tasmania's Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada's landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft Weeping Wall in Alberta.

Warren's first book, A Test of Will is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the Trapped under a Boulder episode of the Discovery Channel series I Shouldn't Be Alive. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, The Second Step, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos.

Col. Nicole Malachowski speaker

Col. Nicole Malachowski

First Woman Thunderbird Pilot and White House Fellow & Adviser

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A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. She achieved that goal – and then some. An inspiring leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.  

While other high school students were practicing for their driver’s licenses, Nicole was accumulating flight time – she was sixteen years old when she took her first solo flight. While in high school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol and participated in Air Force Junior ROTC. Nicole’s professional story began when she earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. Following graduation, she attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Columbus AFB, MS and began her career as a pilot. Competitively selected to fly combat aircraft, she was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft. She served in combat as an F-15E Flight Commander, Evaluator, Instructor Pilot and Flight Lead

Over her 21-year career, Nicole achieved the rating of Command Pilot with over 2,300 flight hours in six different Air Force aircraft. She was also selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron – the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E fighter squadrons and has flown over 188 combat hours, including her proudest moment as a fighter pilot: leading the first fighter formation to provide security for Iraq’s historic democratic elections in 2005.

On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. She has served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon – one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R), as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House’s national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans’ homelessness and more.

Nicole’s operational F-15E assignments include two tours of duty at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom as well as one operational assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. She has also served alongside the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea, as an Air Liaison Officer. During her second assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, she had the honor of commanding the 333rd Fighter Squadron, leading an elite cadre of F-15E Instructors in the training of the next generation of combat aviators. Further, she was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program. 

Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honor graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so. Nicole has been recognized with several honors for her consistent contributions to community service. Her most recent accolade being in March 2019 when The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2019 - this year’s class includes Nicole Malachowski who was honored to join Jane Fonda, Sonia Sotomayor, Gloria Allred, Angela Davis and five other distinguished women.

As Nicole continues to recover from her neurological tick-borne illness, she embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey and gains energy from educating others about this growing epidemic.

Don Mann speaker

Don Mann

Former Navy SEAL Team SIX Commando

 About

Don Mann, a New York Times Best Selling Author, Navy SEAL Team SIX (ret) member, renowned and a World–Class Adventure Competitor who presents a compelling and extremely motivating presentation that has inspired business leaders and professionals from all walks of life.

Don' unique story and lessons he shares during his highly-accredited and very popular presentations come from his colorful and action-packed life as a Navy SEAL, of his experiences competing in some of the world's most grueling competitions, his experience in the business world and as a New York Times Best Selling Author.

Mann is the author of 14 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors.

As a Navy SEAL he worked in countless covert operations around the world and was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale. At the podium he shares a high-octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.

Don has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.

Mann received a Master's in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York.

Mary Marcdante speaker

Mary Marcdante

Inspirational communication, healthy-living and stress management speaker.

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Mary Marcdante helps people experience less stress and more life. Translating the latest research on stress, resilience, positive psychology, emotional/social intelligence, and brain/mindset learning, into practical and powerful lifestyle strategies, Mary's programs inspire people to make healthier choices during challenge and change.

A communication and stress management expert, Mary has spoken to over 500,000 people and given over 1500 speeches, seminars, and workshops around the world to a diverse group of clients including American Bankers Association, Procter & Gamble, Deloitte, Wal-Mart, Sharp Healthcare, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Northwestern Mutual, Hewlett Packard, and the IRS.

She is the author of Living with Enthusiasm, My Mother, My Friend, and Inspiring Words for Inspiring People. She is a contributing author to five best-selling Chicken Soup books, and A Woman's Way To Success in Business. She is also a regular contributor to client publications and a contributing relationship expert on iVillage.com. Her breathtaking nature photography is woven into her programs, balancing energy and reconnecting people to the power and beauty within them and around them.

A welcome radio and talk show guest who welcomes the opportunity to promote your event, Mary has been featured on NBC, ABC, Fox, Oxygen, ABC Radio, Voice of America Worldwide, and in the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Modern Maturity, The Chicago Tribune, as well as over 200 national, regional, local, and internet radio stations and newspapers across the United States.

John Maxwell speaker

John Maxwell

Leadership Author, Coach and Speaker

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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in 50 languages. His upcoming book Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace will be released in February, 2019.

Dr. Maxwell has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association, and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazines. He is founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation - organizations that have trained millions of leaders from almost every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, John speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.

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Matt Mayberry

Former NFL Linebacker & Peak Performance Strategist

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Matt Mayberry is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and performance strategist. A former Indiana University and Chicago Bears linebacker, Matt is one of the most widely read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, where he writes on peak performance, leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity, and motivation.

Matt is Indiana University’s current record holder for most sacks in a single game and was the team recipient of the prestigious Howard Brown Award, which exemplifies leadership, courage and work ethic. With a 4.45 forty yard dash, Mayberry was signed by the NFL Chicago Bears in 2010. Reaching the pinnacle of his sport, he suffered a life changing injury. It was this event that inspired Mayberry to embrace his true passion—his true gift—helping others achieve massive success by learning how to turn failures into gifts.

Matt delivers keynote speeches with a strong focus on delivering actionable ideas and strategies designed to maximize business and personal performance. He addresses hundreds of thousands of men and women each year. Matt customizes every presentation based on each organization's needs and desired outcomes, collaborating directly with the client to ensure measurable takeaways for their organization.

Matt is extremely passionate about creating an unforgettable experience for every audience that he speaks to. He inspires audiences with a combination of powerful stories, current research, and past experiences from his own life and athletic success that resonate long after each event comes to an end. Attendees leave every event with a detailed and specific action plan for applying their new ideas once they get back into their own routine. Matt has been rated one of the top speakers at every event he’s keynoted.

Matt’s work has been featured on Forbes, HufEington Post, NBC, Fox News, Business Insider, MSN Lifestyle, Fox Business, ABC, and ESPN to name a few. Matt’s Eirst book, Winning Plays, released on September 6, 2016 and is available in stores everywhere.

Mark Mayfield speaker

Mark Mayfield

Corporate comedian and speaker on communication.

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Mark Mayfield is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing stand up comedy or presenting high content speeches. He excites, educates, and always entertains.

Known as The Corporate Comedian, he has shared the stage with celebrities like Paul Newman, Peter Frampton, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has introduced the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast. He delivers over 100 presentations annually to conventions, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies and is the author of the popular book, Mom's Rules, a comedic yet poignant look at all those things that mom said to us as kids.

Raised on a farm, he received two degrees Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University , served as National President of the Future Farmers of America, and spent time as a teacher, lobbyist, and nightclub owner. He is also a professional model and spokesman seen in print and television commercials.

Kyle Maynard speaker

Kyle Maynard

Mountaineer, Award-winning Extreme Athlete & Best-selling Author

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Oprah Winfrey called Kyle Maynard “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on, and with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough, middle school football seasons, he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. 

Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful, and sometimes deadly, Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – as part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.

Kyle proudly serves as a board member of K2 Adventure Foundation, and as an ambassador of No Barriers USA, Wounded Warrior Project, the USO, the Travis Manion Foundation, the U.S. Special Forces’ The Honor Foundation (THF), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). He has also spent some of his most memorable moments meeting with recovering U.S. military veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center, and supporting service events for Air Force Academy and Navy SEAL Qualification Trainee programs, as well as to servicemen and women at Camp Pendleton, Ft. Benning, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Lewis and Ft. Myer.

He has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, CBS The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ABC's 20/20, and his story has been featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO`s Real Sports, and CNN’s Great Big Story, as well as other countless television shows and editorials.

Kyle was also the focus of the moving documentary, “A Fighting Chance,” which chronicled his life and the pursuit of his first Mixed Martial Arts cage fight – which was produced by ESPN Films & SnagFilms and premiered on ESPN in 2010 and can currently be found on Netflix – with film sales proceeds benefitting injured armed forces veterans. At age 19, Kyle authored his account of his life experiences in The New York Times bestselling book, “No Excuses” (2005), which is still in print and in demand today.

Eileen McDargh speaker

Eileen McDargh

Motivating speaker, expert on work/life balance and change, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live author.

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Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces. Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its 2012 Leadership 500 list. Following a survey of 22,000 business professionals, the research firm, Global Gurus, named her to its list of the World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals.

Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency. As a platform speaker, she has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields, including aerospace, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public agencies, real estate, retail, technology, utilities, and women's leadership.

She is a member of the National Speakers Association (and has served on its Board of Directors), was awarded by Speakers Platform a Top 5 Speaker designation in Teamwork / Leadership two years in a row, was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award.

As an author, Eileen has written five books, including The Resilient Spirit: Heart Talk for Surviving in An Upside Down World and Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live! In 2008, the Independent Book Publishers Association awarded her book, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth's for Life's Complexities, a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Her latest book, published in 2011, is My Get Up and Go-Got Up and Went. Her articles are found in thousands of publications both on-line and off-line.

Eileen is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues.

Before starting her own consultancy, Eileen was the Director of Communications for a national healthcare company, served as senior manager on a U.S. Navy installation project, and taught school in Nassau County, Florida, where she was elected Educator of the Year.

Michael Melnik speaker

Michael Melnik

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

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

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

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