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Author - Keynote Speakers

Peggy Holtman

Margaret (Peggy) Holtman has over 20 years of experience as a leader and developer of leaders in a variety of organizations. She is co-author of Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, which describes the use of adventure, story, and metaphor (Metaventure® approach) to teach leadership in organizations. The central story is the 1914-16 trans-Antarctic expedition led by Sir Earnest Shackleton, and Peggy's compelling presentation uses actual photographs, drawings, and journal entries from the journey. The audience will feel like they are a part of the crew as the gripping narrative becomes the departure point for an intense and unforgettable experience. In addition to this thrilling adventure story, Peggy shares the ten key strategies for success that emerge as the valuable lessons from Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage. The captain’s approach to leadership, teamwork, and change under extreme conditions provide a compass for today’s leaders. An engaging speaker on the many challenging aspects of leadership, Peggy also draws from her extensive background and years of leadership experience to teach your audience how to bring out the best in themselves and their teams.

Jack Stahl

Jack Stahl is Chairman of the New Avon LLC Board of Managers. From 2002 to 2006, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon, Inc. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Stahl worked for 22 years with The Coca-Cola Company, culminating in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also the author of Lessons on Leadership: The 7 Fundamental Management Skills For Leaders At All Levels. Jacks speaks to audiences about effective leadership, building relationships, and strengthening your brand. He shares practical, usable frameworks in an interactive and engaging way, and draws from his rich and continuing business experience.

Chad Hymas

When Chad rolls out on stage, your audience will have an immediate respect for his circumstance. His disability and what he is overcoming is a true example of, “set your mind to it and you can accomplish anything.” Through his unique sense of humor and his emotional story, he helps organizations and individuals have a purpose driven approach to leadership and a life that will lead them to prosperity and happiness. Chad is a bestselling author, president of his company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. He is also one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame. The impression Chad leaves with those who hear him is genuine. They will gain the knowledge of achieving what some say is unachievable. His words are heartfelt, sincere, and honest. Let Chad’s story impact your group to “fly high!”

Jim Murphy

Jim "Murph" Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has demonstrated a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. Through his leadership, Afterburner has been listed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murph was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. Murph and Afterburner have shared the podium such notable speakers as Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Marcus Buckingham, Colin Powell, J.W. Marriott, Sr., and Terry Bradshaw. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Mary Carlomagno

Mary Carlomagno is the owner of Order, a company that specializes in clutter control, urban apartment solutions, office spaces, and shopping addictions. Mary’s philosophy is simple: do not let clutter control your life. Mary writes frequently on the subject of getting organized for magazines and newspapers including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pink Woman’s World, Body and Soul and Figure. Her books include Give it Up! My Year of Learning to Live Better, Secrets of Simplicity, and “Live More, Want Less. Mary lectures and consults with corporations (including American Express, BMW, Gore Mutual Insurance, and Ameriprise), advanced learning organizations (including Media Bistro and the New York Open Center), and professional organizations (including the Association of Administrative assistants, Oklahoma Broadcasters Association, and Business Networking International).

Lisa Ford

Lisa Ford has over 20 years of experience presenting to businesses, associations and government. She designs content personalized for each audience and the challenges they face. Her presentations focus on customer service, leadership, teamwork and change. As the creator of “How to Give Exceptional Customer Service,” the #1 selling business video series in the U.S. for over 3 years, Lisa is best known for her work in the areas of customer service. Her other training videos and audio programs include “Developing a Customer Retention Program” and “Building a Customer Driven Organization: The Manager’s Role and Personal Power.” She has also customized numerous training videos for clients to use in their ongoing education efforts. Her most recent book is Exceptional Customer Service: Exceed Customer Expectations to Build Loyalty and Boost Profits. Lisa was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association in 2002, and is one of only 140 speakers who have been given that honor over 30 years. She also serves as a Board Member of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

Bill Stainton

As a dynamic leader, a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer, an author, a business humorist, and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert, Bill Stainton offers insight that is guarenteed to inspire and motivate. He blends the business smarts he gained from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences from around the world!

Sheila Murray Bethel

Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel's client list reads like a Global Who's Who of Business, Trade Associations, Education and Government. With over 3,000 presentations to over two million people in 20 countries, she brings; a broad view of current trends and relevant issues that maximize human resources, solve people problems and increase bottom line results. Business savvy and people smart, Sheila understands how and why people perform at their best and what it takes to build and sustain a successful business. She is a thriving entrepreneur, a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and CEO of Bethel Leadership Institute whose mission is "…expanding the global dialogue about 21st century leadership and change." She is a currently a member of the Advisory Council for Amsted University based in Malaysia. Her books are used as course material and are in libraries in 127 universities and colleges worldwide. Her latest of five books, A New Breed Of leader, 8 Qualities That Matter Most In The Real World, What Works, What Doesn't and Why is published in English and Chinese and is winning global praise.

Chip Bell

Chip Bell is considered a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation. He has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Chip reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. He has authored several best-selling books including The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service and Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers. His most recent book released in 2017 is the best-selling Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles.

Tony Alessandra

Dr. Tony Alessandra offers a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having fought his way out of Hell's Kitchen in NYC, eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, entrepreneur, business author, and consultant. Dr. Tony Alessandra helps companies achieve market dominance through specific strategies designed to outmarket, outsell, and outservice the competition. A leading authority on bottom-line marketing techniques and on building strong business relationships, Dr. Alessandra is not only an expert in his field, but an extremely interesting and colorful speaker. He has been recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as “one of America’s most electrifying speakers”, and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985, making him a member of the Speakers Roundtable, a group of 20 of the world's top professional speakers. Tony's polished style, powerful message and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earns rave reviews.

Les Brown

As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others, ultimately helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters International and was a recipient of the Golden Gavel Award. Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights, Les' customized presentation will teach, inspire, and channel your audience to new levels of achievement.

Lior Arussy

Lior Arussy is a passionate professional who helps companies deliver exceptional experiences in everyday customer contacts. One of the world’s leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation, Lior Arussy delivers results. His strategic framework for converting organizations from product to customer centricity is drawn from his work with some of the globe’s leading brands - Capital One, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, Nokia, SAP, University of Pennsylvania and Wyeth. Named “Influential Leader” by CRM Magazine, Arussy is the Founder of Strativity Group, a consulting firm dedicated to customer centric transformation. Lior Arussy is an author, visionary, consultant, and creative catalyst in the areas of creating delightful customer experiences and executing profitable customer strategies. Arussy led the internet security division at Hewlett-Packard where he grew the business by 50% per quarter for 3 consecutive years. His strategy of enabling eBanking access to consumers via mission critical security was a new concept at the time. Author of five books including "Customer Experience Strategy" (2010), Lior Arussy will show your audience how to stop being boring and how to give exceptional customer experiences. His accomplishments were recognized by leading analysts and press including ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Times of London, and Gartner Group.

Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams and his program, “The Champion’s Code: Life Lessons of Ethics and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” not only illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best, it also explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship in sports as it relates to values and integrity in the workplace. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short, and Ross explains why — in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

Bertice Berry

As a sociologist, an award-winning entertainer, comedienne, and lecturer with 20 years of experience, Dr. Bertice Berry has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Dr. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network.
She's been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and "BET Live". She is also the author of her best-selling inspirational memoir; I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head. Each organization she speaks to is given a tailor-made speech designed to address the specific needs of their group. She takes a humorous approach to serious subjects that have her audiences laughing and thinking at the same time. Topics include: Redefining Diversity, Change & Transformation, Finding Your Purpose, Wellness, Self Esteem and Gender Issues.

Lenora Billings-Harris

Lenora Billings-Harris is a Certified Speaking Professional, diversity consultant, author of "The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work" and co-author of “TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity”. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in journals internationally.With more than twenty five years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a fun, thought-provoking and non-judgmental way. Lenora is founder and president of Excel Development Systems, Inc. a full service training and consulting firm that delivers high quality programs, learning tools, and performance improvement interventions that enable clients to discover the competitive advantages of creating and effectively leading a diverse multicultural workplace. Today's most challenging topics require a speaker who is thought provoking, appealing, informative and compelling. Lenora Billings-Harris possesses these abilities, resulting in powerful and effective events.

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is called “Mr. Accountability” because as a leadership and motivational speaker he forces each of his listeners to learn to be responsible for whatever situation they are in. Through his programs, workshops, and books he teaches that personal accountability, confidence, and success are possible for all who desire it. Walter will captivate your audience through his unique and memorable personal stories, teaching them the lessons learned from his experience in selling, as an entrepreneur, and being an NBA team player. He helps his audience see how they can transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into testimonies, and that success is a matter of personal choice. In 2013, Walter became the host on the Food Network's Giving You the Business – a new reality show featuring exceptional employees who vie for the chance to win their own food franchise.

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford impacted the game of tennis and does the same as a motivational speaker when he instills passion into each of his audience members. His compelling storytelling skills tell the journey of becoming an NCAA Division I college athlete despite having four impaired limbs. Sports Illustrated calls Roger one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world and he holds certification from the United States Tennis Association. Roger’s speaking skills are perfect to motivate and captivate any audience and help them realize they can achieve goals they never thought possible. With Roger as your keynote speaker you have the opportunity to break through your industry’s barriers and revolutionize the way your company does business.

Alice Domar

Dr. Alice Domar is an international expert on stress and the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. She is an author and medical journalist, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, practicing psychologist, and professional speaker. After her tours with Oprah Winfrey as part of her Lluminari team of health experts, Dr. Domar became a well sought-after health speaker by her ability to transform the lives of her audiences with her cutting-edge research. As she continues to do research who knows what she will discover and share next!

Holly Atkinson

Dr. Holly Atkinson is a popular professional speaker, engaging and entertaining audiences across America on how to achieve maximum health. She is a physician, medical columnist, TV host, author, human rights leader, and experienced CEO. A well-known media personality, she has served as medical correspondent on NBC’s Today show and The CBS Morning News, and currently hosts HealthiNation’s consumer health videos widely viewed on the internet and cable TV, and she is a frequent guest on ABC News Now. Dr. Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, she is a board member and the past president of Physicians for Human Rights, who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on eradicating landmines. Dr. Atkinson has a MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a MS degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in Biology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.

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