Sweeney Agency Speakers
Author and Speaker on Consumerization, Future Trends, Healthcare, Innovation, Technology, Marketing, and Leadership
Nicholas Webb is a number one best-selling author and is one of the most popular Innovation, Healthcare, Future-trends, Technology, and Customer Experience speakers in the world. Unlike most innovation speakers who have never actually invented anything and have no real-world expertise in the area of enterprise innovation, Nicholas is a multi award-winning inventor of technologies ranging from one of the world’s smallest medical implants to a very successful line of educational and fitness products.
Nicholas has been selected as one of the Hottest Keynote Speakers for 2019 by the ITA Group. Nicholas earned this recognition by providing highly customized keynote presentations for some of the top organizations in the world.
Nicholas serves as an Adjunct Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, and as the Director for the University’s prestigious Center for Innovation. For his many contributions to healthcare, WesternU has recently awarded Nicholas his Doctorate of Humane Letters (Hon.).
As a technology CEO, Nicholas owns and operates several technology companies in both healthcare and consumer goods. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), he works shoulder-to-shoulder with boards of directors of multi billion-dollar companies to assist them in building future-ready organizations. His best-selling books include: The Innovation Playbook, The Digital Innovation Playbook, Invent Stuff, and his current number one bestseller, What Customers Crave. His upcoming book, The Innovation Mandate – The Growth Secret of the Best Organizations in the World will be launching to bookstores worldwide, September 2019.
Jared Weiner is Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. He looks at emerging global trends – and helps identify the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients. His work is industry-agnostic, and covers trend activity in the realms of science & technology, economics, politics, demographics and environmental issues.
Jared serves on the Board of Directors of the World Future Society, the world’s preeminent futurist industry group. He also sits on American Express OPEN’s Digital Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Young Luxury Marketers’ Council. He frequently lectures about future trends for corporate, government and academic audiences, and has keynoted some of the world’s most prominent conferences with a focus on future-related issues. Jared holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Humorous speaker on positivity, teamwork and stress reduction.
Matt Weinstein is the nation's foremost authority on the use of fun and humorous communication in team building. Drawing on his own experience as a company president and twenty years of research by the Playfair organization, his presentations are rich in content and alive with humor. Matt believes that team building is not just a concept - team building is an experience. As a speaker, all of Matt's keynote presentations include motivating audience interactions as an integral part of the lecture program.
Matt is the founding president of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting company that presents innovative team building programs for more than 400 clients each year. His PBS television special
Fun Works! brought Matt national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of experiential team building. Matt Weinstein will help you to energize your workforce, reduce stress on the job, and build an enthusiastic team. Matt's long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have helped them reward, retain, and revitalize their key employees. Matt will motivate and inspire your employees to be more productive, and will teach them how to create a corporate culture of support and celebration at work. And most importantly, Matt will show your people that work can be fun!
If you're looking for something more than a lecture - if you're looking for a high-energy, audience-involvement keynote presentation that will leave the participants leaping to their feet in wild applause - then you're looking for Matt Weinstein!
Expert on emotional intelligence, world-renowned psychologist and best-selling author.
Few people have developed an expertise in areas that impact everybody, everyday-at home and at work, but that is exactly the case for creator,
innovator, practitioner, world renowned psychologist and New York Times Bestselling author, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger. Giving and taking criticism, managing emotions and responding effectively to the feelings and emotions of others, motivating oneself and
leading others, resolving conflict through
communication and handling
change, are all emotional intelligence skills, that are part of keynote speaker Dr. Weisinger's expertise that has been recognized and sought by leading business schools, influential government agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, and dozens of professional organizations, such as The Young Presidents Organization.
Author of Emotional Intelligence at Work, The Emotionally Intelligent Financial Advisor, The Emotionally Intelligent Real Estate Agent, Dr. Weisinger's Anger Workout Book, Anger at Work, The Power of Positive Criticism, and the New York Times Bestseller, Nobody's Perfect, Dr. Weisinger has spent three decades helping individuals and their organizations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, social, organizational, and most recently evolutionary psychology, with the publication of his book, The Genius of Instinct.
His early clinical training and practice provided him the opportunities to decipher the emotional complexities of giving and taking criticism back in the day when
feedback was the choice word. His work in this area culminated in his New York Times Bestseller, Nobody's Perfect. The success of this book put Dr. Weisinger in front of executives, managers, supervisors, and line personnel from Corporate America. IBM, AT&T, Merck, Nintendo, Sheraton, Hughes Aircraft, General Electric, Medtronic, KMPG, McDonalds, The Hartford, Prudential, Hyatt, Estee Lauder, and Nabisco are just a small sample which has requested Dr. Weisinger to present his message to their employees. Since Nobody's Perfect, Dr. Weisinger has continually advanced his theory and techniques for giving and taking criticism, his most recent thoughts captured in The Power of Positive Criticism, translated into over a dozen languages.
Always looking for innovative perspectives on human behavior, and always seeming to be ahead of the pack, Dr. Weisinger turned his interest to the evolutionary sciences, particularly evolutionary psychology. His studies in the field that is now called, "the new science of the mind," took him down a path that, when mixed with clinical expertise, provided startling new thoughts and strategies for handling everyday dilemmas that we all encounter at home and at work. His findings and observations are the subject of his most current work, The Genius of Instinct: Reclaim Mother Nature's Tools for Enhancing our Health, Happiness, Family and Work. The book presents many revelations including the fact that we are hardwired for success, man is more successful than animals because we have more instincts not less, and ruled by reason rather than instinct typically spells disaster. This evolutionary perspective has also helped Dr. Weisinger generate novel insights into leadership, marriage, parenting, and work.
Scott Welle is a #1 international best selling author, speaker, and founder of Outperform The Norm, a leading program for business leaders and athletes looking raise their game and perform at the highest level.
While the rest of the competition is playing not to lose, Scott teaches people to play to win. His proprietary “Commit / Attack / Conquer” formula ensures people fall asleep at night knowing they are making the most of their precious days on this planet. For this, Fox 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul has called him a “Motivational Expert.”
Scott’s eight bestselling books, articles, videos, podcasts and online programs inspire hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and serves on advisory committees of three national level organizations. He regularly speaks and consults with top performing executives, sales professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as elite athletes, all with one common goal: to OUTPERFORM THE NORM.
Scott enjoys pushing his own physical and mental limits, completing five Ironman triathlons, 27 marathons and a 100-mile ultra marathon run. He is very close with his brother, Jason. Together they “plod” at least one marathon together each year, laughing the whole way.
Nick Westergaard is a strategist, speaker, author, and educator. As Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, he helps build better brands at organizations of all sizes — from small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to President Obama’s Jobs Council. Nick is the author of Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small.
In addition to posting insights on branding and marketing at branddrivendigital.com, Nick is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and host of the popular On Brand podcast. His thoughts have been featured in news sources such as US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, and more.
Nick is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events throughout the world. He teaches at the University of Iowa, where he sits on the Advisory Council of the Marketing Institute at the Tippie College of Business and the Professional Advisory Board for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also organizer and host of the Social Brand Forum and a mentor at the Iowa Startup Accelerator.
Chris Westfall is widely recognized as an expert on sales marketing, branding and leadership – with an international coaching clientele. He is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch champion, and his strategies have created multi-million dollar results on four continents. As a keynote speaker and business coach, Chris has worked with Fortune 100 companies, technology giants, business owners and high-growth organizations around the world. He’s coached clients onto Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den (that’s Shark Tank in Canada) and Shark Tank, Australia. He has appeared on CNN, ABC-NEWS, NBC-TV, and in The New York Post. Keynote clients include Cisco, HP, Transwestern, RE/MAX, Unilever, DISCOVER CARD, The Jewish Federations of North America, and hundreds of other organizations.
Passionate about helping tomorrow’s leaders, Chris is the author of Leadership Language: Using Authentic Communication to Drive Results, BulletProof Branding and The New Elevator Pitch: The Definitive Guide to Persuasive Communication in the Digital Age. He’s publisher of The Millennial CEO, as well as six other business books. He has spoken at dozens of universities, including the University of Chicago, SMU, Kansas State, The University of Pennsylvania, OSU, Ball State, Texas A&M and more.
CEO at Ferrazzi Greenlight, International Behavior Change and Organizational Culture Specialist
Rob Whitfield, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, has spent more than 20 years in consulting with the specific intent of helping clients deliver a return on investment from behavior change in the workplace.
A magnetic speaker and storyteller with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Rob is able to connect people to ideas and inspire them to think differently, and critically, hold them accountable to taking action that will lead to new behaviors and results.
Rob’s experience of igniting and driving to sustainable transformation in organizations across the world delivers practical advice that can drive to human behavior change in complex strategic, technology, and process environments, in sectors as diverse as Manufacturing, Entertainment, Telecoms and Media, Retail, Transport, Education, Central and Local Government, Energy, Natural Resources, Gaming, Consulting, and Fashion Clothing.
A frequent guest writer, Rob’s passion is to help individuals, teams, and organizations reach their highest goals, and he brings his invaluable experience to bear in shaping the vision and strategy of the firm.
Rob will partner with you to co-create the most impactful keynote speaking engagement for you, your audiences, and to overcome your team or organization’s challenges that will truly accelerate your results.
As your success is critical to Rob, this isn’t just about speaking to an audience. This process starts with a diagnostic discussion with you to identify the shifts in thinking and behavior that will provide the highest return on your investment. This information is used to prepare the tailored content for your event, and this is coupled with a call to action that will drive changes as people leave and return to their day jobs. That’s how real change is created, and that’s what Rob is truly passionate about.
Sam Wilkin author and geopolitical analyst is director of political risk analytics at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that operates in more than 140 countries and markets. He is responsible for developing and implementing political risk analysis and management tools and solutions for Willis Towers Watson clients globally.
Sam’s most recent book, History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall, published in April 2018, explains today’s tumultuous politics by showing that it has all happened before. It tells the stories of Argentina’s century of populism and decline, of the great American populist Huey Long, and of the divisive, populist billionaire who governed Thailand, among others - and in the process offers insight into what is happening now and what might happen next.
Sam is also the author, co-author or editor of three additional books and of numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis & Associates.
He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College. In 2017 and 2018 he was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Pat Williams is a basketball Hall-of-Famer, currently serving as co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. As one of America's top motivational speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few. Pat is also the author of over 85 books, his most recent title chronicling his successful battle with cancer, The Mission is Remission.
Since 1968, Pat has been in the NBA as general manager for teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia - including the 1983 World Champion 76ers - and now the Orlando Magic, which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995 and 2009. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by Beckett's, a national publication. In 2012, Pat received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pat has been an integral part of NBA history, including bringing the NBA to Orlando. He has traded Pete Maravich as well as traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway. He has won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins. He signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches, nine have become college head coaches while seven have become assistant NBA coaches.
Additionally, Pat served for seven years in the United States Army, spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization - two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office - and has also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization.
Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations, ranging in age from 26 to 40. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time. Currently, Pat has 12 grandchildren and counting, with twins due in July. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Focus on the Family as well as all of the major network and cable television news channels.
Pat was diagnosed in February of 2011 with Multiple Myeloma. After several rounds of chemo treatments, Pat received a bone marrow transplant where the doctors injected him with almost 5 million of his own stem cells. Pat's recovery from the stem cell transplant has been remarkable and the doctors are extremely pleased. While Multiple Myeloma is incurable the goal is to get the cancer into remission (Pat's personal slogan has been
The Mission is Remission); Pat's doctors have told him that they are unable to detect any myeloma in his body. Pat has accepted positions on several boards for different cancer groups, including an appointment on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Pat spends many hours each week responding to emails and phone calls of others affected by cancer, offering hope and words of encouragement.
Pat teaches an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts three weekly radio shows. In the last 15 years, he has completed 58 marathons; most recently, the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon, and also climbed Mt. Rainier. He is a weightlifter, Civil War buff and serious baseball fan. Every winter he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps and has caught Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver and Goose Gossage.
Pat was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, earned his bachelor's degree at Wake Forest University, and his master's degree at Indiana University. He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He is also a member of six other hall of fames around the country.
Desi Williamson shows people that they can do extraordinary things if they have the proper perspective. With 25 years on the front line in sales, management, marketing and building multi-million dollar businesses, Desi is an expert at helping organizations increase productivity through empowered people and his accomplishments are many.
Williamson has successfully developed the potential in people for powerhouse corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing, Johnson Wax Company and Cadbury Schweppes. A seasoned corporate executive and entrepreneur, he led an organization through major restructuring, developed and executed major marketing and diversity initiatives, and has built successful businesses including a real estate investment company.
Desi teaches organizations how to raise their standard of performance, develop better leaders, and become masters of change rather than victims of circumstance. From someone who has been in the trenches, he presents concrete ideas and solutions to the challenges you face, inspiring people with the knowledge and tools to stretch beyond their comfort zone and discover new opportunities. He is the author of a best selling video learning system for personal development, three audiocassette programs and a book titled Get Off Your Assets! How to Unleash the Power in You.
Dr. Julie Williamson is a Vice President of Strategy and Research for Karrikins Group, where she has worked with some of the world's largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation. She is a leading voice in how organizations link together communication, design, strategy, sales, marketing and service to deliver sustainable growth. She uses both traditional and forward looking resources in her strategy and transformation work, leveraging design thinking to help client arrive at solutions that are informed by data and inspired by creativity.
Her work with Peter Sheahan on the recently released book MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice highlights Julie’s commitment to working with clients to find and deliver on opportunities for growth and development.
Julie is an educator and a professional, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on organizational strategy, behavior, and change, and helping students connect the theoretical concepts to real-world applications. Her work with knowledge management and leadership development has been put to the test with Fortune 100 companies and stands well outside of the classroom.
Leadership speaker, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.
Liz Wiseman is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. At The Wiseman Group, she advises senior executives and is a keynote speaker on leadership and
business strategy for executive teams worldwide. Her recent clients include: Apple, Salesforce.com, GAP, Inc., Symantec, SAP and Microsoft.
She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and is the author of the WSJ bestselling book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and published Bringing out the Best in Your People in the May 2010 edition of Harvard Business Review and numerous other articles.
A former executive at Oracle Corporation, Liz worked in various executive roles in the Education and HR organizations during her 17 years there. Most recently, she worked as the Vice President of Global Products and Services for Oracle's $400 million education business, where she led product management, marketing, pricing, eLearning, and internal training globally. Prior to this, she worked as Vice President of Oracle's Human Resource Development organization, working closely with Oracle's top management team to build the corporate strategic intent and to develop leadership at all levels of the organization. Liz was the Director of Oracle University, starting and leading Oracle University from a small new-hire training department to a full corporate university with global scope.
She has led significant globalization initiatives and has worked and taught extensively internationally. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.
Inspiring Speaker and Adventurer – the First Woman in North America to Summit Mount Everest
Sharon Wood has never considered herself a hero. But in 1986, she became the first woman in North America to climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. It was an astonishing personal and team accomplishment under conditions of extreme physical and mental duress. It was an example of ordinary people achieving extraordinary results - audiences love Sharon's awesome story and always leave motivated to take on their own challenges. Her climb of Everest was only one facet of a more than 20 year experience being a professional and elite mountaineer, with numerous ascents of summits over 20,000 feet to her credit.
Sharon has shared her inspirational story of achievement with hundreds of organizations throughout North America. She skillfully connects the powerful metaphor of Mount Everest to the challenges faced by individuals and teams striving for excellence in their own endeavors. Sharon Wood has been to the top of the world and back. For anyone wanting to be more effective in their life, her powerful story will leave you exhilarated.
Founder and Chairperson of a private school in her community, President of her own company Adventure Dynamics Inc., the first North American woman to summit Mount Everest, a professional mountaineer and a mother of two sons - Sharon is leading a life rich with risk, challenge and change.
Sharon’s memoir, Rising, is part mountain adventure story, part meditation on finding and sustaining passion and purpose. Mark your calendar for the scheduled release September, 2019 (Douglas McIntyre).
John Wood is the founder of Room to Read®, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children. From its humble origins as a cash strapped and unknown organization, Room to Read has now reached over 10 million children in developing countries with a focus on literacy and gender equality in education.
At age 35, John left an executive career track at Microsoft to follow his passion that “no child should ever again be told they were born in the wrong place at the wrong time and therefore will not get educated.” The business acumen honed in the fast paced world of technology, combined with his passion to change the world, makes John a unique and inspiring speaker with broad appeal.
John’s award-winning memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World tells how he raised over $400 million from a “standing start” to develop one of the fastest growing nonprofits in history. The book was described by Publishers’ Weekly as “an infectiously inspiring read.” Translated into 23 languages, it is popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists and educators. Amazon named it one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006 and Hudson Booksellers voted it to their Top Ten Nonfiction list. John’s author interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show raised over $3 million from viewers.
John’s latest book is entitled Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy. Kirkus Reviews called it “an absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement”. It was endorsed by Bill Clinton, Melinda Gates and Sheryl Sandberg.
John is a five time winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award and is one of Goldman Sachs’ 25 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He was named an Asian Hero by Time Magazine, selected as in the inaugural class of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Bill and Melinda Gates presented him with the first ever Microsoft Alumnus of the Year medal. Barron’s twice named John to their list of the 25 Best Givers. In 2014, John was awarded by Queen Silvia of Sweden with the World’s Children’s Prize. The WCP is often called the Children’s Nobel Prize, and in the same year Malala Yousafzai was a fellow honoree. He has also won the Asia Society’s “Service to Society” award and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tribeca Film Festival.
Room to Read has been voted by the Young Presidents Association as their Social Enterprise of the Year, was awarded the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, and was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Library of Congress David Rubenstein International Literacy Prize.
John holds a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in finance from the University of Colorado, and honorary doctorates from McGill University, Westminster College, Wofford College and the University of San Francisco. At the invitation of former President Bill Clinton, he served three years on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative. John is a frequent lecturer at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy. He is a former Board member of the College Advising Corps, Net Impact and the One Acre Fund, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Global Citizen Year, Possible Health, and the “Getting to Carnegie” competition.
Marc Woods competed internationally as a swimmer for 17 years; winning 12 Paralympic medals from 5
Games and a further 21 from either World or European Championships. In the past he has held world records
for 200m, 400m, 1500m Freestyle and as well as being part of the team that held the world record for 4 x
100m Freestyle. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games worked for the BBC as a commentator and presenter, as
well as performing in the opening ceremony.
Marc now spends his time presenting at business conference around the world. His speech takes you on an
inspirational journey - giving insights into personal
medallist. Along with some of the personnel now working with British Cycling he was a pioneer of the
notion of marginal gains.
Marc has written three books. Most notably Personal Best, a combination of his
inspirational life story and personal development advice, and more recently Beyond the Call, which
supported by research from New York University, looks at how to create conditions within an organisation
that make discretionary effort more likely.
Amongst other things he is an ambassador of Teenage Cancer Trust, a director of the Youth Sport Trust and
ambassador for CANSA (South Africa's Cancer Charity) and patron for Bone Cancer Research Trust.
His clients come from all business sectors and include IBM, Pfizer, Sainsbury, O2 and Santander.
Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Journalist, Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Bob Woodward established through his work that “Everyone has their own version of the truth; but there are facts.” That said, and with this insight in-hand - he gained international attention with Carl Bernstein when they uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, Watergate’s theme of secret government has driven Woodward’s tough but fair and non-partisan reporting. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of Washington; revealing in meticulous detail what’s really going on in the halls power. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten? Is the media doing its job? Woodward offers an historical perspective as only he can - and has written about the last nine U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is author of 19 best-selling books - of which 13 were #1 - more than any contemporary non-fiction writer. His latest best-seller, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the deepest dive ever made into the first months of any America president.
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” Therein lays the genius talent of Bob Woodward.
No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect, and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the political infighting, how we fight wars, the price of politics, how presidents lead, the homeland security efforts, and so much more. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with most of the key players, including the president. This is why Fear: Trump in the White House sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 - breaking the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster - and nearly 2 million copies in hardback, e-book and audio in the first four months.
As a speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up-to-the-minute and from the past (to provide historical context). Woodward speaks as he writes - crisp and concise - and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics.
Professionally, Bob Woodward is currently Associate Editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971. Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award (including two Pulitzers) - the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal and as the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.
Bob Schieffer of CBS News said "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time." Lloyd Green wrote in a review for The Guardian that Fear “depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner’s manual.” The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time magazine has called All the President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
Woodward has co-authored or authored 13 #1 national best-selling non-fiction books. They are: All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein. The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979) co-authored with Scott Armstrong, Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984), Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-87 (1987), The Commanders (1991), The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994), Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999), Bush at War (2002), Plan of Attack (2004), State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006), and Obama’s Wars (2010), and Fear: Trump in the White House (2018). Woodward’s other national best-selling books: The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat (2005), The Choice (1996), Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom (2000), The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 (2008), The Price of Politics (2012), and The Last of the President’s Men (2015). Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories; “60 Minutes” has done pieces on seven of his books; three of his books have been made into feature films.
In November 2017, the online learning portal MasterClass released “Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism.” In it Woodward reveals the lessons he’s learned during his career, teaching students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it.
Woodward was born March 26, 1943 in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland), where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.
Futurist, Speaker on Innovation, Author of Who Owns the Future.
Richard Worzel is a leading forecaster and futurist, a Chartered Financial Analyst and best-selling author of Who Owns Tomorrow?. Richard is also a frequent media commentator on business, innovation, economic trends and technology.
Richard challenges organizations to examine the future and plan for the dizzying changes to come. In his compelling presentations, seminars and workshops, Richard equips groups with the ability to understand the changes they will face in the years ahead, and provides the tools to leverage those changes.
His highly customized presentations help groups to identify the major forces that will affect their business as well as their personal lives. In order to help your group learn to leverage upcoming transformations, Richard identifies factors that will have dramatic implications for your industry in the near future, working through possible scenarios, contingencies, and the development of effective plans and strategies.
Richard Worzel is known for his professionalism and enthusiasm in preparing and presenting to a great variety of audiences. He works closely with conference planners to develop a customized presentation that is useful, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
Recent clients include: IBM, Standard Life, Investors Group, MacLean Hunter Publishing, Xerox, Merrill Lynch, 3Com, Mackenzie Financial, AIM Funds, among many others.
“The Woz” – Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc., Chief Scientist at Primary Data
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise.
For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 best-seller The Cowbell Principle, and been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazines.
In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron - and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide - and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.
Known for his ability to connect with any audience, Garrison communicates powerful, original content built on breakthrough research that he customizes with specifics from your industry. His gruntwork-to-great background from ditch digging (we’re not kidding!) to executive leadership, with sales, marketing, safety, manufacturing, and show biz in between - means that no industry or work experience is beyond Garrison’s ability to identify with or apply insight to. He can reach the CEO and the janitor in the same audience with a consistent, relevant message. He personalizes programs to give audiences the relational and behavioral insights they’ll need if they want to influence and succeed.
Blending a unique perspective, over twenty-five years of experience with world-class brands including Sony and Frito-Lay, and a talent for energizing audiences, Denise is a leading authority on building great brands and exceptional organizations. As author of the best-selling book What Great Brands Do and the new book FUSION, she cracks the code on how to achieve brand leadership.
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies for Telarc, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards. Their latest recording of Bruckner's 5th Symphony was nominated for a 2010 Grammy, and has received critical acclaim both for the performance and Zander's now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. They recorded their next release, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, in January 2012.
In 1967, Mr. Zander joined the faculty at New England Conservatory, where he taught an interpretation class, conducted the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted the conservatory orchestras. For the past 28 years, he was the Artistic Director of the joint program between New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts.
Benjamin Zander has an extensive speaking career, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership. He has appeared four times as a keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was presented with the Crystal award for 'outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations.'
A true renaissance man, Benjamin is also co-author of The Art of Possibility, and holds a degree in English Literature from University College in London. As world-renowned leadership coach and highly in-demand keynote speaker, his presentations are interactive and innovative, and most of all - fun.
Zander was awarded the 2002 'Caring Citizen of the Humanities' Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.
Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics and Speaker on International Finance
Dr. Mark Zandi is a speaker on international finance and
economics. He is the chief
economist of Moody's Analytics, where he directs research and consulting. Moody's Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation, is a leading provider of economic research, data and analytical tools.
Mark's research interests include macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. His recent research has focused on the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy, analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies, and assessed the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets. Mark also conducts regular briefings on the economy. He is often quoted in national and global publications and interviewed by major news media outlets. He is the author of Financial Shock, an exposé of the financial crisis, and Paying the Price, which provides a roadmap for meeting the nation's daunting fiscal challenges.
A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Mark has frequently testified before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform, and foreclosure mitigation.
Dr. Zandi received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his research with Gerard Adams and Nobel laureate Lawrence Klein, and received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Humorist, Author, and Dynamic Speaker on Teamwork, Change, and Leadership
Joel Zeff creates energy. He is a dynamic speaker, improvisational humorist and author. His interactive performances invite members of the audience to participate in hilarious improvisational exercises that illustrate Joel's central message: That organizations, leaders and individuals should CELEBRATE every day successes to increase collaboration, productivity, passion, change and innovation.
Since 1997, Joel has inspired audiences from Wells Fargo to Samsung to KPMG and even the IRS. Yes, the IRS. Joel is a masterful public speaker and a nationally renowned motivator, lifelong humorist and improvisational actor.
He started his professional career as a newspaper journalist and public relations executive. In 1994, Joel went out on his own as corporate communications specialist. He helped clients with their employee communications, media relations, strategy and customer marketing. Throughout the consulting process, Joel realized his clients – many of them high-level technology and telecommunications firms – needed more than marketing and public relations strategy. Many of his clients’ employees were starving for fun, passion and new perspective on finding success.
At the time, Joel was having fun on the weekends as a comedian. Through friends, he discovered improvisational comedy. One of his clients (a large technology company) knew Joel performed comedy on the weekend. The client asked him to play some improvisational games before dinner for a group of high level executives. He brought a fellow comedian and a corporate speaking career was born.
As discussed in his book, Make the Right Choice, Joel believes that we all encounter choices in our careers. We always have the opportunity to make the right choice to live a more creative, passionate, and productive life. How do you “make the right choice”? You can choose to provide opportunity. You can choose to provide positive support. And along the way, you can choose to have fun. It’s really that simple. Joel teaches us just how easy it is to make these choices.
Joel also brings a different perspective on the Emcee experience. Using his messages and improvisation exercises, Joel delivers more in the same amount of time. Joel knows the emcee can engage, entertain, motivate, inspire and deliver powerful messages. So, the ROI increases tremendously.
When he is not speaking, Joel expresses his creativity as an actor, writer and comedian. He started performing professionally in 1992. In Dallas, he was co-host of The Movie Zone on UPN 21. He has appeared in dozens of commercials for numerous clients, including the Dallas Cowboys, Harrah's Casino, Mydiscountbroker.com, Time Warner Cable, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Eagle Country Markets, and Extraco Bank. He has appeared in hundreds of corporate videos and has appeared on shows from CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch to the Fox Network’s Fox and Friends Weekend. His articles have been featured in The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, among many other mainstream media outlets.
Geopolitical Strategist; Global Energy, Demographic, and Security Expert
Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.
Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm - Zeihan on Geopolitics - in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.
Peter is a critically acclaimed author whose books - The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower - have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. Peter is also a highly sought after public speaker. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.
Speaker, Writer, and Market Researcher on Generational Differences in the Workplace
With 12 years of public speaking experience, Scott Zimmer has developed a uniquely personable style and uses insight, humor, and data to foster an environment where every generation feels valued and understood.
As one of BridgeWorks’ generational experts and resident Gen Xer, Scott’s keynotes clearly illustrate the stress points between these generations and provide clear solutions to help relieve tension and encourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides. A child of the 80s and 90s, Scott has insider knowledge into what makes his generation tick. Sandwiched between the idealistic Boomers and innovative Millennials, his Xer lens allows him to hone in on the key challenges facing each generation.
BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company who wrote the best-selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperCollins) and The M-Factor (HarperBusiness). BridgeWorks has worked with clients varying from the AARP to MTV and over 30 Fortune 100 companies in between.
Scott grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota and has mastered the art of milking cows. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2000 with a BA in Communications. When he’s not researching or presenting, he enjoys his other role as a self-proclaimed movie-buff.
Speaker who transforms organizations through motivation and leadership.
Curtis Zimmerman has impacted over one million people throughout the nation with his life-changing messages and award winning programs. Audiences connect with Curtis through his interactive style and approachable manner. He incorporates the skills he gained from over twenty-five years in the entertainment industry into his powerful leadership and motivational programs, cleverly balancing the connection between education and entertainment. Curtis is an expert at transforming organizations by inspiring individuals to live their life at a higher level of performance.
His deeply profound insight and perspective coupled with his high energy presentations have made him a highly sought after speaker among such notable companies as Walt Disney Entertainment, Swiss Army Brands, Luxottica Retail and Procter and Gamble.
Curtis is the author of I Believe...What do you Believe?, Keys to Success in College and Life, and the new bestseller Life at Performance Level. He was honored to share his message with more than 14,000 Airmen for the United States Air Force and received the prestigious National Leadership Award for outstanding service from United States Congressman Tom Reynolds. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and has achieved the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.
Political Economist, Best-Selling Author, and Former Middle East Correspondent for ABC News.
Marvin Zonis taught courses at Chicago Booth on the International Political Economy, Political Risk, and Business Leadership. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. In June, 2013, he was honored with the Norman Maclean Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience of life on campus.
He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Comptroller General of the United States at the GAO, the Board of Directors of CNA Financial, a Fellow of PWC Advisory Services, and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Etats Unis.
Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East and has spent the last 50 years studying Islam and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and former president of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1963, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and has traveled extensively throughout other parts of the region, as well.
His writings have been published in numerous journals. His books include Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy (May 2011); The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World; The Eastern European Opportunity; Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah; Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran; and The Political Elite of Iran.
He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science, and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, where he received psychoanalytic training.
Jason Zweig became a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal in 2008. He was a senior writer for Money magazine
and a guest columnist for Time magazine and cnn.com. He is the author of Your Money and Your Brain (2007), one of the first books to explore the neuroscience of investing. Zweig is also the editor of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent
Investor (2003), the classic text that Warren Buffett has described as
by far the best book about investing ever written.
Before joining Money in 1995, Zweig was the mutual funds editor at Forbes. Earlier, he had been a reporter-researcher for the Economy &
Business section of Time and an editorial assistant at Africa Report, a bimonthly journal. Zweig has a B.A. from Columbia College, where he was
awarded a John Jay National Scholarship. He also spent a year studying Middle Eastern history and culture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
A frequent commentator on television and radio, Zweig is also a popular public speaker who has addressed the American Association of Individual Investors,
the Aspen Institute, the CFA Institute, the Morningstar Investment Conference, and university audiences at Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford.
Zweig was for many years a trustee of the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. He serves on the editorial boards of
Financial History magazine and The Journal of Behavioral Finance. Jason Zweig is not related to money manager Martin E. Zweig.