Maestro Roger Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra. He was soon invited to conduct operas in two successive seasons at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center. Thereafter followed long, successful tenures as Music Director of both the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.
During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, the seeds were planted that would lead Maestro Nierenberg to a startling departure from the conventional, through the unparalleled creation of The Music Paradigm. Through his experiences engaging with community businesses and civic leaders, he became curious about the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in times of rapid change. He quickly realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra. Thus was born The Music Paradigm, which has taken Mr. Nierenberg to the podium of over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in twenty-four different countries. Many of the lessons learned on this journey are presented in his book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening which was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.
Harvard Business School Professor & Speaker on Behavioural Economics
Michael I. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of Harvard’s Behavioural Insights Group. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College - and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Norton was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Michael is the co-author of the book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. His work has been published in academic journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, has been covered in media outlets such as the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and has been parodied by the Onion. He has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC - and written op-eds for the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times.
His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine 'Year in Ideas' issue, in 2007 (Ambiguity Promotes Liking) - and 2009 (The Counterfeit Self). His "The IKEA Effect: When Labour Leads to Love" was featured in Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Ideas for 2009. In 2010, he won the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology; in 2011, he won the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology - and in 2012, was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World.” His TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Growth Strategist, Thought Leader and Global Keynote Speaker on the Concept of the Quantifiable Value of Business Relationships
David Nour is a growth strategist, thought leader and internationally recognized as the leading expert on strategic business relationships. Through his best-selling books, compelling speeches and valuable consulting - Nour demonstrates how relationships are the greatest balance-sheet asset any organization possesses, large or small, public or private. He is a popular speaker and delivers over 50 global keynotes a year explaining the hidden assets of relationships, and the art and science of investing in them.
He is CEO of The Nour Group, Inc., a consulting firm that advises top global leaders and boards of corporations, associations and academic forums - on disruptive innovations to fuel their growth. The Nour Group, Inc., has worked with leading global companies such as Disney, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, Hilton Worldwide, HP, IBM and more.
Nour is the author of 10 books, including best-sellers CO-CREATE (St. Martin’s Press) and Relationship Economics® (Wiley) - as well as the upcoming Curve Benders.
In addition to speaking and writing, Nour serves as a trusted advisor to global clients - and coaches corporate leaders and rising entrepreneurs. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, was named to the Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Professionals list and is honoured to be one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Global Coaches.
A Forbes Leadership contributor on the Future of Work, Nour’s unique insights have been featured in a variety of prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post Business, Entrepreneur, and [email protected].
Born in Iran, Nour immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with $100, limited family ties - and no fluency in English. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and went on to earn an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He resides in Atlanta, GA, with his family.
Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Visionary Thinking and Co-Founder of The Second Cup.
Frank O'Dea inspires people to achieve inspiring results. His story of triumph over adversity in business and his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful international entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is a founder of The Second Cup chain of coffee stores and is the founder of an international document security service (now a division of Iron Mountain). He has also launched several other innovative and successful businesses and international not-for-profit organizations. His motivational message resonates with audiences who are looking for hope for a better future or want to learn from his experiences.
Along side the success of his businesses, Frank co-founded Street Kids International, helping homeless children in third world countries, and the Canadian Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the dismantling of minefields around the world. Together with the United Nations and world figures like Colin Powell and Sir Paul McCartney, he led the international fundraising event “Night of A Thousand Dinners” that was taken up in 29 countries around the world.
Currently, Frank is a member of the Advisory Committee of World Financial Group and is the Chair of Cuso International, an international development agency operating in 22 countries. He holds honorary degrees from two universities, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. This incredibly inspiring story of resilience and triumph in the face of adversity is retold in his captivating autobiography, which is in its fifth printing by Penguin Books, “When All You Have Is Hope”.
Behavioral Finance Expert, Associate Professor of Finance at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
Terrance Odean is the Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance Group at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Journal of Investment Consulting editorial advisory board, of the Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, of the WU Gutmann Center Academic Advisory Board at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist.
He received the James R Vertin Award from the CFA Institute in 2016. He has been an editor and an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, a co-editor of a special issue of Management Science, an associate editor at the Journal of Behavioral Finance, a director of UC Berkeley’s Experimental Social Science Laboratory, a member of the Russell Investments Academic Advisory Board, a visiting professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, chair of the Haas Finance Group, and the Willis H. Booth Professor of Finance and Banking.
As an undergraduate at Berkeley, Odean studied Judgment and Decision Making with the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Daniel Kahneman.
Erica Orange is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends – and identifies the strategic implications of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients.
Erica’s ability to connect-the-dots, spot patterns, think critically and analytically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to clients.
Erica frequently speaks to a wide range of audiences about global trends that are shaping the landscape today. She has also authored numerous articles, book chapters, and industry white papers on cutting-edge, future-focused topics. Erica is recognized in the industry as having a unique, innovative and fresh perspective.
Pit Crew Coach & Speaker on Teamwork and Personal Leadership
Andy Papathanssiou is nearing a twenty-seven year career with Hendrick Motorsports – NASCAR’s modern day dynasty. Andy's team building techniques and Over The Wall philosophy have transformed the paradigm of how all NASCAR pit crews operate. Andy employed an athletic mindset which centered on practice and repetition, coaching and review, innovation and process improvement - to result in peak performance. An accomplished communicator, motivator and presenter, Andy's keynotes are about creating hyper-successful teams, innovative thinking and transformational leadership.
Andy has a bachelor's degree in Economics, and a master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Stanford. After college, he discovered NASCAR by sneaking into the garage area and volunteering with a team at the Sears Point (Infineon) Raceway in Sonoma, CA in 1990 - where he saw his first pit stop. He joined Hendrick Motorsports in 1992 as the #24 DuPont team's pit crew coordinator; a first in NASCAR.
Papathanassiou sought pit crew members with athletic experience. He had them practice frequently and undergo teambuilding exercises as well as strength training. Under his guidance, Jeff Gordon's 1995 pit crew frequently had the fastest pit stops, which contributed towards the team's championship. Other teams took notice, and by the late 1990s most teams had adopted Papathanassiou's methods. Teams now recruit and employ many former college athletes, and pit stop times have decreased from 18 or 19 seconds in the early 1990s to 11 seconds today.
Papathanassiou remains with Hendrick Motorsports as Director of Human Performance, a role similar to a collegiate athletic director. The Hendrick pit program encompasses scouting and recruiting, practice and training, injury rehab, nutritional and sports psychology support for the crew members. In 2006, in addition to his Hendrick duties, he was elected as Executive Director of the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA), a position he held until 2012. The NCMA promotes the state’s six billion dollar motorsports industry through events, business development, education programs, workforce development and public policy. He currently sits on the board of directors. Papathanassiou regularly gives keynote speeches and conducts teamwork/team building seminars about the techniques he has developed and how universally they can be applied.
Speaker and Expert on Innovation, Decision-Making, Scenario Planning and Blue Ocean Strategy
Dr. Roch Parayre is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. He was previously a senior partner at Decision Strategies International, a global strategy and leadership development advisory firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016, where he also led the Blue Ocean Strategy Practice.
A strategist and master teacher, Dr. Parayre has advised organizations on five continents across a broad spectrum of industries, helping them grow and transform their businesses. He is an expert and conducts executive education seminars on the topics of decision-making, scenario planning, innovation, and strategy. Roch teaches in executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, at CEDEP and INSEAD in France, for Duke Corporate Education, and at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Parayre was previously a senior fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the Wharton School and a faculty member at the Cox School of Business at SMU, where he won numerous MBA teaching awards. His published works are in a variety of academic journals, industry reports, and trade publications.
Michael Parrish DuDell is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of Shark Tank: Jump Start Your Business—the official book from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank on how to successfully launch and grow a company from concept to cash.
Recently ranked as one of the top three most popular business authors by Amazon.com, Michael is a recognized television pundit and business expert who is regularly featured across numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, NBC News, Nightly Business Report, The New York Times, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, and many more.
An award-winning international speaker, Michael travels the globe delivering high-energy keynote presentations and breakthrough interactive workshops designed to help businesses and leaders build future-focused organizations and connect with a new generation of consumer.
Through his work as a consultant and advisor, Michael has collaborated with some of the world’s most innovative brands and influential thought leaders, including such well-known companies as American Express, Kraft, Ogilvy, Visa, Disney, L’Oreal, and many more.
Previously, he served as the editor of ecomagination.com —GE’s cleantech and sustainable innovation site—as well as the host of ecomagination.com’s web series Green Room Live. Prior to that, Michael was the managing editor of The Domino Project—a publishing company started by marketing guru Seth Godin and powered by Amazon.
Michael is the host and co-executive producer of The Next Crop—a web series that showcases the next generation of business and media influencers. Sponsored by Citrix GoToMeeting in partnership with Forbes Media, The Next Crop spotlights the people, projects, and ideas that are pushing boundaries, disrupting industries, and setting the tone for the future.
Michael is a One Young World Ambassador, a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and an advisor to numerous startups, including the New York Tech Meetup—the largest tech organization in New York.
Outside of the office, Michael works closely with an array of social organizations. He is an active participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters, an executive volunteer with Defy Ventures, and a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation—a group of young professionals dedicated to ending child mortality.
Brian Parsley is a Certified Professional Behaviour Analyst and Human Capital Strategist, and is rated one of the top business speakers in the U.S. He guides business leaders to increase sales effectiveness, delight customers and build profits.
Brian also teaches time-tested business strategies and customer loyalty programs across all industry sectors - including financial services, technology, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and professional services.
Former President and CEO of WeSkill, and the former Chairman of the national online recruitment site USAHIRE.com - Brian has received numerous awards for professional excellence and was listed in the Business Journal's Top 40 executives under 40, by age 34.
Brian has had numerous guest appearances on FOX News, was a management consultant for several Fortune 500 companies, and is the author of InspHired - as well as a contributor to numerous business magazines.
His speaking style has been described as funny, insightful, engaging, thoughtful, and highly entertaining - while also providing real-world insights into the connection between employee behaviour and bottom-line results.
After graduating from Harvard Business School, Neil Pasricha spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart, the world’s largest company. While there he wrote the 50-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things and the New York Times bestsellers The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation which have been on international bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies. Neil’s research and books on happiness, mindset, and human potential have received attention from Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, CNN, and BBC. Onstage his style is an endangered species: an incredibly rare blend of raw, hilarious, and heartwarming. His high-energy, takeaway-laden, application-not-motivation speeches are often voted tops at any conference or event.
Award-winning Entertaining and Inspirational Duo with a Focus on Performance, Teamwork & the Power of Partnership
The Passing Zone, Jon Wee and Owen Morse, know that you put on a great meeting last time, but now you have to top it. You need something unexpected, unique, fresh, not just the same old speaker, comedian, magician or band. Look to The Passing Zone and you will find two grown men who demonstrate teamwork by leaping around the stage in fuchsia leotards, with rapid-fire banter, throwing sickles around the body of someone from the audience (or your CEO) - as they receive a standing ovation. The audience will cheer on in delight - as they witness roaring chainsaws, flaming torches and knives flying through the air! You found an inspirational and unforgettable experience. You found a surprise. You found genuine laughter, the kind that makes your face hurt.
Jon and Owen have been educating and entertaining audiences together for over 20 years; they have one of the longest standing partnerships in corporate entertainment - a true demonstration of The Power of Partnership. They met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to graduate from college first, which they both did. Rather than pursue careers in Economics and Psychology, they lit some torches, and started throwing stuff into the air. Two weeks after their first performance together they won the Silver Medal at the International Juggler's Association teams competition. The next year they won Gold.
They have appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show and were finalists on America's Got Talent. They are at the top of their craft, with performances at the White House and in London for Prince Charles. Their first feature film was
The Addams Family Movie, where Jon and Owen doubled for Gomez (Raul Julia) and Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) in the climactic Mamushka dagger-passing scene. More recently, they appeared in the award-winning comedy documentary,
Add the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, MADtv, AOL's
TV's Top 5, The Wall Street Journal, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, four Guinness World Records, their own theater show,
Gravity Attacks! and you have one of today's top comedy acts in the world.
Author of The Definitive Book of Body Language, communication speaker and body language expert.
Allan Pease researches and studies selling, relationships and human communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that get results. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use these ideas immediately.
In a highly entertaining, fast moving presentation, Allan takes you through powerful communication techniques and teaches you how to decode other people's behaviour - and what to do about it. He also reveals how to decode a wide range of subtle clues that appear in meetings, phone calls, negotiations and face-to-face encounters.
Known worldwide as
Mr Body Language, Allan's own record in the field of selling, motivating and training is equalled by few others. He is a born achiever, starting his career at age 10 selling rubber sponges door to door. At 17, he was the No.1 national salesman for a company selling bed linen and pots & pans. At 21, he was the youngest person ever to sell over $1,000,000 of life insurance in his first sales year.
He has addressed audiences in 56 countries, and his programs are used by businesses and governments to teach powerful relationship skills. His messages are relevant to any area of life that involves winning people over and getting them to like you, co-operate, follow you or say
Allan is one of the world's most successful non-fiction authors, writing 16 bestsellers including The Definitive Book of Body Language and Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps. His books have been translated into 52 languages and have sold over 27,000,000 copies. His television series and Number 1.Box Office Movie were watched by over 100 million viewers.
He is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at ULIM International University, a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Management (Australia), Fellow of the Lifewriters Association, a Paul Harris Fellow (UK) and JCI senator (USA). He has also been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall Of Fame (Australia).
Author, Speaker and Advisor on Leading Change, Building Cultures & Achieving Results
Randy Pennington is a dynamic and innovative keynote speaker who can deliver a powerful vision of the future for your customers, your company and your industry. He helps leaders deliver positive results in a world of accelerating uncertainty and change. Randy's original insights are grounded in a unique blend of solid research and continuing hands-on work with leaders and organizations in a variety of industries. Randy's ability to develop solutions that work in your world provide a catalyst for delivering results. His keynote speeches and workshops are known for their practical take-away's, interaction, and relevance.
Randy has been fascinated with how great organizations and great leaders operate since his very first sociology and psychology classes in college. That continued focus provides you with strategies you can implement today to deliver positive results tomorrow. “Change, when it is done well, is a competitive advantage and allows you to be more nimble and relevant in the marketplace.”
Randy is author of the award-winning books Make Change Work: Staying Nimble, Relevant, and Engaged in a World of Constant Change (named the 2013 best general business book by USA Book News); Results Rule!®: Build a Culture That Blows the Competition Away (named the 2007 best general business book by USA Book News); and On My Honor, I Will: The Journey to Integrity-Driven® Leadership which Ross Perot described as having “cracked the code of great leadership.”
Additionally, Randy's insights have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, the New York Times in numerous newspapers and many professional/trade association journals, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. His expertise has made him a respected guest commentator with appearances on CNN, PBS, Fox News, the ABC Radio Network, and the BBC.
His background is a unique blend of line, staff, and consulting experience ranging from hourly employee to senior management. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology and has completed Postgraduate work in Organization Administration and Management.
Further to the above credentials, Randy has been a senior executive in a start-up mental health facility, an HR professional in a 25,000 employee government agency, CFO of a multi-million dollar professional services firm, Chairman of the Board for a $17 million non-profit, Chairman of the Board for a multi-million dollar foundation, an Entrepreneur, an Adjunct professor in Southern Methodist University's Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center's program for MBA students since 1991, earning 21 Teaching Excellence Awards, and is recipient of the National Speaker's Association prestigious Cavett Award.
For the past 30 years Wayne has worked within both the consulting and creative industries. By encouraging his clients to bring rigor and focus to the creative process they consistently experience profound, significant, and lasting results. While Wayne currently services organizations in the creative realm in Southern California he has done extensive work with Fortune 100 companies, service organizations, and educational concerns.
Previous to creating Wayne Pepper Consulting in 2014, Wayne held a senior position for 9 years at the David Allen Company, speaking and consulting around the Getting Things Done™ approach to productivity. For 15 years prior Wayne worked within the entertainment and marketing worlds, holding account management and content creation roles at 20th Century Fox, Creative Artists Agency, Grey Advertising, and IGN Entertainment. During his tenure with those organizations, he was given a first-hand look into how the right structure can make all the difference in a creative setting.
Wayne's passion for the creative process began with acting and directing at Wesleyan University, and at UCLA, where he holds an MFA in Theater Directing.
Recognized for 25 years as one of the world’s leading authorities on customer-focused business strategies, Don Peppers is an acclaimed author and co-founder, along with Martha Rogers Ph.D., of Peppers & Rogers Group. His latest endeavor is the formation of CX Speakers, a new company delivering workshops, keynote presentations and thought leadership consulting that is focused on customer experience topics.
Peppers’ work routinely examines the business issues that today’s global enterprises are grappling with while trying to maintain a competitive edge in their marketplace. He recently released his 11th book, Customer Experience: What, How and Why Now, a collection of bite-sized essays offering insights and “how to” recommendations on building and maintaining a customer-centric business. It uses real world examples to cover not just the central issue of customer experience, but also corporate culture, strategy, technology, and data analytics.
With Martha Rogers, Peppers has produced a legacy of international best-sellers that collectively sold well over a million copies in 18 languages. Their first book, The One to One Future (Doubleday, 1993), was called by Inc. Magazine’s editor-in-chief “one of the two or three most important business books ever written,” while Business Week said it was the “bible of the new marketing.” As a testament to this, Don Peppers and Martha Rogers were inducted into the Direct Marketing Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
Peppers’ and Rogers’ ninth book is Extreme Trust: Turning Proactive Honesty and Flawless Execution into Long-Term Profits (Penguin, 2016). And in 2017, Wiley Publishers will release the third edition of their graduate school textbook, Managing Customer Experience and Relationships: A Strategic Perspective, originally published in 2003.
With nearly 300,000 followers for his regular postings of original content on LinkedIn, Don has been listed numerous times on LinkedIn as one of the Top 10 Marketing Influencers. In 2015, Satmetrix listed Don Peppers and Martha Rogers #1 on their list of the Top 25 most influential customer experience leaders. The Times of London included Don on its list of the “Top 50 Business Brains,” and Accenture’s Institute for Strategic Change listed Don as one of the 50 “most important living business thinkers” in the world.
Prior to founding CX Speakers and Peppers & Rogers Group, Don served as the CEO of a top-20 direct marketing agency (Perkins/Butler Direct Marketing, a division of Chiat/Day), and his 1995 book, Life’s a Pitch: Then You Buy (1995), chronicles his exploits as a celebrated business rainmaker in the advertising industry. Before his career on Madison Avenue he worked as an economist in the oil industry and as the director of accounting for a regional airline. He holds a B.S. in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He is a competitive runner and happily married father of five.
Authority on Changing Mindsets, Best-selling Innovation Author and Entrepreneur
Deborah Perry Piscione is an authority on how leaders are changing the mindsets of their companies - and driving unprecedented innovation and growth as a result. As an authority on changing mindsets, we know we need to change mindsets within our organization... but HOW? Her intriguing work stems from the stark differences between old-school power and new school leadership. Having worked as an insider at the White House and Capitol Hill, and then moving into the center of Silicon Valley - Deborah was struck by the vast differences in mindsets between the two coasts. She became fascinated by the collaborative cultures of innovation that dominate the Silicon Valley region - especially the voracious appetite for growing value from ideas. Provocative and wonderfully entertaining, Deborah's presentations are a prerequisite for leaders looking to shake the status quo.
Through her years of research and hands-on work with many of Silicon Valley's pioneer companies, she has found the keys to building organizations into innovation machines - and preparing leaders for the future. Deborah's discoveries are highlighted by her series of critically acclaimed books:
- Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World
- The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure
- The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products
This spurred her to launch four successful businesses, including Alley to the Valley - which has grown into the most influential program for connecting powerful business women. It is this unique experience and understanding that has made her one of the most sought-after business speakers today. With companies and industries looking for every new customer, every new idea, every advantage they can find - Deborah specializes in opening new ways of thinking and executing that unlock the organization's full potential. Both her keynotes and her boot camps for Fortune 500 leaders are fully customized for your very specific needs.
Deborah's clients include Google, McKinsey, TED Talks, Cadence Design, London School of Economics, Microsoft, McDonald's, WOBI/HSM, NetApp, Princeton University, KPMG, Innotown, Qualcomm, Society for Human Resource Management, Stanford University, Accenture, Texas Economic Development Council, Singularity University Council on Foreign Relations, and many others.
Ultimately, Deborah is the perfect speaker if you are searching for an undeniably compelling presentation exploring how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly fast paced, agile, and unforgiving world.
Extreme Adventurer, Award- Winning Author, Motivating Thought Leader.
Neal Petersen draws from extraordinary life experiences. Delivering a strong and timely message of adaptability, focus and perseverance. In his captivating and empowering No Barriers, Only Solutions keynote, Neal demonstrates how success is realized -- through leadership, balancing risk against return, innovation and being flexible enough to adapt to constantly shifting winds. Neal has “wowed” international audiences with his keynote and how he relates and connects story to their challenges.
Transform your business by turning set-backs and barriers into opportunities. How do you navigate forward, deal with constant wind shifts, sudden storms, conquer fear, isolation, while dealing with an ever present changing world? Neal takes audiences on a captivating journey around the world, using his remarkable life-story and shows, by example, that you can achieve your goals by turning set-backs and barriers into opportunities -- with the right attitude and ability to foster innovation, build stronger teams, adapt under pressure, and cultivate a mind-set that focuses on no barriers -- only solutions!
Neal shares how he overcame the formidable barriers of a childhood physical disability, poverty and the humiliation of the harsh Apartheid era in South Africa to compete in one of the most dangerous of all sports: solo yacht racing around the globe -- 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea -- alone, around Cape Horn, and in the smallest yacht he designed and built himself.
Neal is a natural storyteller, riveting, engaging and highly entertaining. In these challenging times of uncertainty, many feel like solo sailors -- adrift, grasping for survival. He challenges audiences to find their treasures, to use their experiences to navigate these challenging times to their advantage. Attendees are guaranteed to hang on the edges of their seats as he challenges them to think about the choices they make and the consequences they may have.
Neal Petersen is famous for his contagious energy, subtle humor and flexibility. He seamlessly customizes every keynote to fit audience challenges or themes. Neal delivers an extraordinary overall experience using a treasure chest (no podium), stunning imagery and lightening, thunder and (fog optional). Audiences are riveted the moment he steps on stage and remain glued until he exits.
Neal Petersen has delivered keynotes at multiple events for IBM, AIG, Cisco, Mars, Microsoft, Intel, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Citigroup and MasterCard and MDRT.
At the age of 13, Chantal Petitclerc
lost the use of her legs following an accident. Convincing her to take up swimming in order to develop
her strength and stamina, her high school physical education teacher, Gaston Jacques, would have a
decisive impact on her life. For Chantal, that was her first contact with sport and training. Four years
later, she would discover wheelchair athletics, paving the way for a long and very successful career
which would take her to the Barcelona Games in 1992, and ultimately, to the Beijing Games in 2008.
Chantal Petitclerc returned from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games with 5 gold medals, 2 new world
records and 1 new Paralympic record, making her the most celebrated track athlete in history as well
as the only Canadian athlete to have won gold medals at the Olympics, Paralympics and
Her career in numbers:
- Five Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing)
- 21 Paralympic medals (including 14 gold medals)
- 3 world records (200m, 400m and 800m)
- Paralympic records (200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m)
- 1 Olympic gold medal in the 800m (demonstration sport)
Chantal has received several recognitions for her sporting career, including being appointed Chevalier
de l'Ordre du Quebec (2005), being named Personality of the Year by La Presse newspaper (2004)
and receiving the Laureus international award (2005). Other recognition:
- Companion of the Order of Canada
- Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year
- Star on Canada's Walk of Fame
- International Paralympic Committee Female athlete of the year
- La Presse Sports personality of the year
- Honorary Doctorate, University of Ottawa
- 2010 United States Sports Academy's (USSA) Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete
While the Beijing Games would be the last time she would be participating in track competitions,
Chantal Petitclerc nevertheless continues to train as she intends to take part in road marathons over
the next few years. In 2012, she tried for the first time what could be a new career path as coach and
mentor of the UK track and field team at the London Paralympic Games. After her return to Canada,
she was named Chef de Mission for the Glascow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Chantal Petitclerc is a highly sought after speaker, and shares her story with dozens of groups each
year, both throughout Canada and abroad. She participates in projects by various Paralympic athletics
and sports organizations, in addition to working as a spokesperson for Défi Sportif in Montréal and as
an ambassador for the international Right to Play organization.
Jon Petz is the founder of Bore No More, an idea lab for increasing personal and employee engagement. Whether it’s his focus on performance mindset, deeper client and team engagement, organizational culture, customer surprise & delight, or fueling growth at all organizational levels, Jon Petz offers much more than “just” a keynote!
A former sales and marketing executive, Jon led his teams to break-away performances throughout different industries and environments. As a professional speaker, he is an engagement and performance expert who has delivered motivational keynote programs for world leading brands, industry and association conventions, and organizations of all sizes.
Jon has authored three books, two of which, Boring Meetings Suck and Significance in Simple Moments, hit the business best-sellers list. His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine, and The Globe & Mail, among others, and the American City Business Journals named him a “Top 40 Business Professionals Under the Age of 40”.
His work as a professional comedy-magician has taken him around the globe, from London to New York, Las Vegas to Sydney. Jon developed an interest in this high-energy, engaging craft at an early age, and continues to utilize this art through his unique “It’s Showtime” performance philosophy, instructing audiences on how to create a greater impact in what they do and with those they do it for. His ability to tie both together provide his audiences with a sense of significance, helping them understand the power of making a difference.
Jon is a speaker and emcee of choice with corporate audiences, event planners, and leadership teams. Attendees from all backgrounds, positions, and diversities engage quickly with him, connecting with Jon’s humor, subject matter, and experience. When he speaks people listen, and when he performs, people engage and connect in powerful ways.
Whether he’s leading teams to focus on their performance mindset, making an impact as an opening keynote speaker, or acting as the conference emcee, Jon is the perfect trifecta of actionable ideas, personal inspiration, and unbelievable entertainment. The outcome of his work results in a more engaged, productive and purpose-driven individual and organization. If you’re ready to learn how to send sales soaring, develop amazing customer and team relationships and fuel the business for growth, Jon can get you there!
Management and leadership expert. Stanford University Graduate and Professor of Organizational Behavior.
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 15 books including:
- Leadership B.S.: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time;
- The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First;
- Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t;
- The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action;
- Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management
- And more than 150 articles and book chapters.
In March, 2018, HarperCollins will publish Pfeffer’s latest book, Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—And What We Can Do About It.
Dr. Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and for the past 12 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona.
From 2003-2007, Pfeffer wrote a monthly column, “The Human Factor,” for the 650,000-person circulation business magazine, Business 2.0 and from 2007-2010, he wrote a monthly column providing career advice for Capital, a leading business and economics magazine in Turkey. Pfeffer has also written for Fortune.com, BNET, the Washington Post, BloombergBusinessWeek.com, and is an Influencer on LinkedIn.
Pfeffer currently serves on the board of directors of Berlin Packaging, on the advisory board for Collective Health, and on the board of the nonprofit Quantum Leap Healthcare. In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix, Unicru, and Workstream, all human capital software companies, Audible Magic, an internet company, SonoSite, a NASDAQ company designing and manufacturing portable ultrasound machines, and the San Francisco Playhouse, a non-profit theater.
Pfeffer has presented seminars in 39 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States.
Jeffrey Pfeffer has won the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. He has been listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50 and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. In November, 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.
Inspiring Captain who landed Air Transat Flight 236 over the Azores with no fuel.
Those who knew Captain Robert Piché instantly reacted the same way when they heard radio and TV reports that the pilot of an Air Transat Airbus A330 had just made an emergency landing in the Azores after running out of fuel - and that all 291 passengers and 13 crew members were safe and sound.
Captain Robert Piché is no stranger to turbulence and he is the first to wonder if the ups and downs of his life were a necessary prelude to the supreme test he would face on August 24, 2001. As a keynote speaker his story of
adventure inspires and
motivates audiences everywhere. He presents in both English and
The tale begins in Quebec on the snow-covered runways of the Gaspé, James Bay and the lower North Shore, and weaves its way to Vietnam and the stormy skies over Ho Chi Minh City, back to the American South and a Georgia prison, then into the pulsating night jungle of Montreal, and on the roads of Iqaluit. Until that unforgettable moment when Captain Piché finds himself at the controls of an aircraft whose engines have run out of fuel 39,000 feet up at night in the mid-Atlantic. A moment that will leave you breathless and help you understand the real meaning of courage under pressure and Leadership when it counts.
In August 2002, Captain Piché and First Officer De Jager received the Superior Airmanship Award from the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) in Washington. The Air Line Pilots Association is composed of 66,000 members in North America and 300,000 members in the world. This award
acknowledged Piché and De Jagers extraordinary piloting abilities as well as the professionalism they demonstrated in extreme adversity. That November of same year Captain Piché was honored by Quebec Premier Bernard Landry at the National Assembly. He also published his biography, Robert Piché: Hands on Destiny with journalist Pierre Cayouette.
Captain Piché also received The Trans-Canada (or "McKee") Trophy, the oldest aviation award in Canada, by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in April 2003. The Trophy is awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of air operations.
Acclaimed Author, Management Speaker and Advisor to Fortune 500 Companies
B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP - a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses strategize, conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings.
In 1999 Mr. Pine and his partner James H. Gilmore wrote the best-selling book The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage, which demonstrates how goods and services are no longer enough; what companies must offer today are experiences - memorable events that engage each customer in an inherently personal way.
In the summer of 2011 Mr. Pine released Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier, which showcases how to use digital technology to stage experiences that fuse the real and the virtual. At its core is a new framework called the Multiverse that builds on the fundamental nature of the created universe - time, space, and matter - by showing how digital technology flips each of these dimensions on their head to create new worlds, first in our imagination and then in our experience.
In 2007 Mr. Pine also wrote with Mr. Gilmore Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want, which recognizes that in a world of increasingly paid-for experiences - people no longer accept the fake from the phony, but want the real from the genuine. This book was named one of the top ten business books of the year by Amazon.com and featured in a cover story in TIME Magazine on
10 Ideas that are changing the world.
His first book was the award-winning Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition, which details the shift companies are making from mass producing standardized offerings - to mass customizing goods and services that efficiently fulfill the wants and needs of individual customers. The Financial Times chose it as one the seven best business books of 1993. He and his partner followed this up in 2000 by editing a collection of Harvard Business Review articles entitled Markets of One: Creating Customer-Unique Value through Mass Customization.
Mr. Pine has also written numerous articles for the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Worldlink, CIO, Strategy & Leadership, and the IBM Systems Journal - among many others. Prior to beginning his writing and speaking activities, Mr. Pine held a number of technical and managerial positions with IBM. He is frequently quoted in such places as Forbes, The New York Times, Wired, USA TODAY, Investor's Business Daily, ABC News, Good Morning America, Fortune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Industry Week.
In his speaking and teaching activities, Mr. Pine has addressed both the World Economic Forum and TED - and is a Visiting Scholar with the MIT Design Lab. He has also taught at Penn State, Duke Corporate Education, the University of Minnesota, UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management, and the Harvard Design School. He serves on the editorial boards of Strategy & Leadership and Strategic Direction, is honorary editor of The International Journal of Mass Customization, and is a Senior Fellow with both the Design Futures Council and the European Centre for the Experience Economy, which he co-founded.
Joe Piscatella is one of the world's most respected experts on how to live a healthy lifestyle in the real world. He knows the science of balanced living, but uniquely understands the practical application of such science from his own experience.
Picture this: you are 32 years old with a young family and a successful career. One day while playing tennis, you feel some pressure in your chest. Two days later you are having cardiac bypass surgery for aggressive coronary disease.
That's what happened to Joe. The prognosis was not good. One doctor even predicted that he would not live to age 40. But Joe didn't accept that opinion. His philosophy is You can't change the cards you were dealt, but you can change the way you play them. He concentrated on eating healthier, managing stress, exercising effectively and keeping a positive attitude. And it's worked. Joe recently celebrated the 36th anniversary of that surgery, making him one of the longest-lived survivors of cardiac bypass in the world. He is living proof of the effectiveness of healthy habits.
A high-energyspeaker, Joe is a man with a visionary message and the extraordinary skill to tell it. He uses the art of storytelling, contagious humor and decades of experience to deliver a powerful, practical message that inspires audiences to live healthier lives. Over 2 million people have attended Joe's powerful keynote speeches and breakout sessions steeped in humor, insight and practical how to tools. With his energy, sense of humor and decades of experience, Joe captivates and motivates audiences, inspiring them to take steps toward healthier living. The effectiveness and practicality of Joe's healthy-living advice is recognized nationally. He is a frequent guest on The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America and Fox News, and is a guest expert on WebMD.
He has hosted three PBS television specials on lifestyle and health, and is in pre-production for a program on the health of children. He has served as the only non-medical member of the National Institutes of Health Expert Panel on Cardiac Rehabilitation, and is member of the Legislative Task Force on Youth Health, charged with improving fitness in children in Washington State.
Joe's work includes Don't Eat Your Heart Out and 12 other best-selling books. His most recent are Positive Mind, Healthy Heart, a book to motivate and inspire health lifestyle habits, The Healthy Heart Cookbook, straight information on healthy diet and Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease, a cutting-edge book on stress, diet and exercise.
Joe is the Founder and President of the Institute for Fitness & Health. His community and corporate wellness program - 6 Weeks to a Healthier You - is hailed as one of the most effective in the country. In one program, 650 people lost 4,200 pounds. Joe engages audiences with humor, anecdotes, the latest science and a personal perspective that makes them listen and take action.
Captain Charlie Plumb has lived what he believes to be the American Dream. As a farm kid from Kansas, he fantasized about airplanes although he felt certain he would never have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy who afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.
Captain Plumb personalizes for each audience a highly motivational message of overcoming adversity - his and yours. Having emerged as a Prisoner of War after almost 6 years, Plumb tells a tale of inspiring self-reliance. In an upbeat, humorous, and dynamic style he draws upon this experience to demonstrate how to turn adversities, the hard times each one of us faces, into assets in today's market place and in daily living. The focus of his presentations center on Choice, Adversity, Teamwork, Empowerment and Change.
After graduating from the Naval Academy, Plumb completed Navy Flight Training and reported to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as TOP GUN. The next year, Plumb's squadron the Aardvarks launched on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk with Fighter Squadron 114 to fly the Navy's hottest airplane, the F-4 Phantom Jet. Code named
Plumber - Charlie Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Viet Nam and made over 100 carrier landings. On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, Plumb was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War.
An expert at incorporating company jargon and industry buzzwords to reach the hearts and minds of each audience, Captain Plumb shares his insights on coping with the challenges of every day life, and business competition, in the 21st century. He helps audiences break free of their own self-constructed prisons of doubt. He helps them uncover a new sense of purpose and potential. He gives each participant the strength to rise above the daily challenges of work and home - and to recognize the opportunities that surround them. He leaves his listeners wanting to achieve and excel, no matter what the obstacles.
Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were the on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.
To this day, Captain Plumb continues to fly left-seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned 8 airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.
Powerful Motivator and Humourist, Author, Educator, Licensed Counselor and Consultant.
Connie Podesta is a game-changing, idea-generating ball of fire whose rare blend of humour, substance, style and personality have made her one of the most memorable, in-demand speakers in the world today. Topics on sales, leadership, change, life balance and success. And (what we all probably could use now and then) - a Comedienne.
Twenty-five years. Two million people. 1,000 organizations. Hall of Fame speaker. Award-winning author. Seven books. Former Radio/TV personality. Comedienne. Human Relations Expert. Therapist for 30 years - all of this wrapped up in one amazing woman, Connie Podesta!
She is the Founder of Hello Fears, a social movement empowering millions to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential. She has spoken at TEDx, Google, INBOUND, Facebook, ESPN, Netflix, Procter and Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota, World Domination Summit, Festival of Media Global, and many more.
In April 2015, Michelle embarked on a 100-day project that would change the course of her life. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York, she quickly realized that the “big apple” was not for the fearful. In order to rewrite her definition of fear and change her approach to life, Michelle decided to face 100 of her fears in a period of 100 days, uploading every experience to Youtube sharing them with the world.
At around day 40, the project was discovered by the media, becoming a viral phenomenon. Her work has been featured on CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael Ray Show, Refinery29, and Daily Mail among many others. Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, Zoey Deschanel, Lil Wayne and George Takei also shared Michelle’s project, generating millions of views.
In 2017 Michelle started speaking to the younger generation. Since then, she has empowered over 20,000 students at schools and universities around the world to live with courage, find their authenticity and embrace their growth paths.
Peak performance speaker, Olympic skier and best-selling author.
Vince Poscente, one of the most in-demand speakers today, is an expert on resiliency - the ability to overcome challenges and motivate to bounce back even stronger than ever before. His client list includes top organizations with one thing in common: they understand that success is not just about reaching your goals and getting what you want. There also has to be an intent to handle set-backs and overcome obstacles and end up smarter, stronger and more focused than ever before, Vince knows first-hand the power that attitude, determination and innovation play in your future success -- especially when life doesn’t go as planned.
Vince has two signature keynotes where the first half of his life he went downhill. The second half he goes up. First, Full Speed Ahead reveals the formula for big goals in short order with his story of recreational skier to Olympics in just four short years. Second, Become a Local Hero, outlines the qualities of everyday heroes using the backdrop of ten years of leading Heroes Climb expeditions in the Himalayas. In both cases audiences experience the way to bounce back and find another path. Another solution. Another way to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Vince is a New York Times Best Selling author. Hall of Fame Speaker in the USA and Canada. Award winning business owner. Expedition leader.
So, what are your teams’ obstacles? The economy? Competition? Negative attitudes? Lower productivity? And the list goes on.
Vince is the #1 go-to guy for taking a team and teaching them how to lead better. Produce more. Sell more. And move past the obstacles and into a mental space that creates the kind of success you and your team want and deserve.
This is NOT Vince just telling his story. Because everybody has a story. This is about Vince sharing strategies and solutions that will definitely change how your team handles crisis. Problems. Competition. And change. Without understanding resiliency and the absolute importance it plays on everything and everyone - your team will not have the skills they need to overcome the things that will inevitably stand in their way.
Change, health, motivation and work-life balance keynote speaker.
Dr. David Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management, lifestyle counseling and psychotherapy in 1985.
As both a keynote speaker and seminar presenter, David has spoken widely to education, government, business and professional groups across North America. His clients have included Warner Bros., University of Michigan, Chevron, Verizon, American Express, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, University of California, Allstate Insurance, Hydro One, State Farm, Rogers Communications, Pfizer, Kraft, Hilton Hotels, US Foodservice, London Life, Dun & Bradstreet (D & B), Microsoft, University of Florida Athletic Association, BC Association of Broadcasters, Canadian Home Builders Association, McKinsey, Ernst & Young, City of Hamilton, CIBC, IBM, Mohawk College, Ontario Government Centre for Leadership, Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Million Dollar Round Table. His areas of expertise include Stress Mastery, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Stress and Mastering Change.
David is the best-selling author of four books, Always Change A Losing Game, Staying A Float When The Water Gets Rough, The Little Book Of Stress Relief (translated into seven languages) and Is Work Killing You? which was profiled in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail & Winnipeg Free Press. His fifth book, Authenticity, is due out in January, 2018. His magazine articles have appeared in Canadian Living and Readers Digest as well as several medical journals. He wrote a weekly column on stress and lifestyle management for a year on the popular website www.canoe.ca. David has appeared many times on TV and radio across Canada and has been quoted in many leading U.S. media outlets such as US News & World Report, People, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Redbook and McCall’s,
Married with two adult children, David lives and works in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to his busy schedule of seeing patients, writing and public speaking, he is an avid reader, musician, baseball and tennis player. He played trombone in the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for nine years and now plays in the Oakville Wind Orchestra.
Cheryl Pounder brings her high energy and effervescent personality to each and every event, large or small. With her warmth and friendliness, Cheryl immediately makes guests feel like they have a new friend. For fundraising events, Cheryl encourages giving and supports the cause with inspirational personal stories. With galas and award presentations, Cheryl is professional, yet down to earth. There’s never a dull moment with Cheryl. With her experience as a sports commentator, radio host and motivational keynote speaker, Cheryl keeps the energy moving while focusing on the goal of the event she’s at.
Success in one field doesn’t necessarily translate to another area. In the case of former Canadian Women’s hockey player, Cheryl Pounder, who has made the transition from ice to stage, the move has been a triumph.
In the sports world where accomplishments are measured by medals and titles, there aren’t many who can claim a list of achievements as glowing as Cheryl’s.
Her run of success began early in the 1990s when her ice hockey team won the Under-18 Canadian National championship. In 1994, she won Gold for the first time at the 1994 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship, and during her illustrious career with the National Women’s team, Cheryl won two Olympic Gold medals (2002 and 2006) and was crowned IIHF World Champion six times.
The shining on-ice achievements aside, it’s been Cheryl’s varied experiences on international stages that have made her an in-demand speaker, with keynote clients such as Tim Hortons, Maple Leaf Foods, CIBC, TD Bank, Manulife, Women in Leadership Groups, Girl Guides of Canada, Western-Ivey-Executive MBA and the City of Toronto, to name a few. She believes that her approach, one that is interactive, passionate and positive, has a lot to do with her ability to cross over to diverse audiences.
“When I speak to people, I want them to connect with material that they can identify with, that stimulates a thought process,” she says.
For Cheryl, everything is rooted in self-confidence, something that was instilled in her as a child. ”My family had a huge impact on my personal goals as an athlete. My grandfather was the GM of the Montreal Junior Canadiens and my grandmother was a prominent softball player in the 1940’s. Along with my parents, they taught me to ‘believe’, ‘finish something you start’, and persevere through adversity.” Adversity can be a learning experience and according to Cheryl, “It is important that we learn not only from our successes but also from our failures. Change is the key to ultimately staying on the path toward excellence.”
It is all part of a journey that we must be willing to take – a journey that must be inspired to take for ourselves and those we work with...our TEAM. To this point, she adds, “When the team goal is met, the individual goals take care of themselves. Seize the opportunities, get outside your comfort zone, trust yourself, and engage in your life, don’t just participate. Most importantly, listen to your strong side, even when your weak side is louder.”
The journey continues for Cheryl – her varied background and knowledge were major factors for TSN & CBC choosing her as a colour commentator for the coverage of the women's hockey tournament at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. In her sporting life and in her life off the ice, Cheryl continues to motivate with a passion that comes across in all her worlds.
Cheryl’s keynotes are perfect for: non-profits, corporations, youth, women.