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Change - Keynote Speakers

Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker on ethics, leadership, overcoming adversity, the current economic crises, and recent scandals. Cooper inspires audiences and shares the riveting story of how she and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom --to date the largest corporate fraud in history. In 2002, she was named one of Time Magazine?s Persons of the Year. Cooper is the author of Extraordinary Circumstances, a book that discusses her experiences as a corporate executive. In addition to being used by corporations, the book is often assigned by professors to help students recognize ethical dilemmas, think them through, and make the right decisions. Cooper has a passion for speaking to young people about the lessons she has learned and the importance of strong ethical leadership. She has donated profits from her book to further ethics education for high school and college students.

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is a motivational speaker who challenges his audiences and inspires them to better their life. Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada, and is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world, who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. He has helped people grow their business and expand their lives by sharing his motto, “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in a brief span, he both entertains and empowers his audience.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman

In today’s highly competitive and constantly changing business world, Waldo teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experience as a combat decorated F-16 fight pilot and sales manager. Waldo is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Fly Solo. He was also voted one of the Top Speakers in 2015 by Meetings & Conventions Magazine. Waldo has real world sales and business experience and is an expert on creating cultures of commitment, collaboration and trust. The key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen- those who help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. He believes that by placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to others, there is no mission you can’t compete.

Mike Hourigan

Mike Hourigan is known for the satirical, real-world wisdom he brings to his audiences. His original material draws from his international education, early blue-collar jobs, executive positions with Cargill Incorporated and Olympus Corporation and years of interacting with his audiences. These well-rounded experiences produce high-energy messages that captivate his listeners and provide Mike with an uncanny ability to plug into individual situations while relating with understanding and humor. Mike is co-author of Riding the Waves Without Getting Wet; A Journey to Leadership, The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus, and Motivational Selling. Mike engages his audiences and keeps them alert through quick insights, lively participation, and memorable and humorous stories. Audiences leave his programs enlightened, entertained, and ready to face new and challenging situations head on.

Terry Jones

Terry Jones’ experience of being on the cutting edge of innovation and change helped him become the founder of Travelocity.com, chairman of Kayak.com and Chief Information Officer at American Airlines/Sabre. Terry’s tools for being ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing world have helped many companies over the last five years advance quicker than their competitors. His keynotes inspire attendees to implement his program into their lives to change the way they do business for the better.

John Hersey

Thirty years as a successful corporate executive and entrepreneur have given John Hersey a unique perspective on human behavior, leadership, motivation and change. This foundation allows him to offer speaking, coaching and consulting programs that are rich with content and packed with actionable fresh insights. He knows about leadership because that is exactly what he has done throughout his career-lead organizations and teams. His experience ranges from middle to senior management, from large to small companies, in a variety of industries. The benefits of John's programs are powerful, they include: “Truly engaged employees create engaged, loyal and involved customers”; “Involved customers take you beyond brand loyalty”; and “Involved customers help companies grow and prosper”. John is a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst. He brings his expertise regarding the impact of behavior on communication, sales and leadership to every program and event. John offers clarity and simplicity to the challenge of cultivating and spreading companywide leadership. His latest topic is "Stop Selling and Help Me Buy".

Peter Guber

As one of the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industry, Peter Guber is the founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and news media. He has also produced films such as Rain Man, Batman, Flashdance and The Color Purple and is author of Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which reach #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Guber has dedicated himself to empowering current and future leaders by showing them how the influence of oral narrative can bring you further in business. You will be able to learn the power of your own story and be prepared to share it once you leave the room.

Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley - a small-town bartender - launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for cleanwater projects and to bring awareness to the world’s freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Doc was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 and has written a book about his experience, Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World. He is an expert on the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones can rekindle anyone’s creative side through his personal growth speeches. Dewitt is one of America’s top professional photographers and motion picture director of two nominated Academy Award movies. With twenty years as a freelance photographer for National Geographic he earned the reputation as a world class photojournalist. His keynotes communicate to listeners how they can look deeper for answers to the questions that we are faced with every day. Dewitt is able to change the attitudes of his audiences and bring them to a more open and curious state.

Adrian Gostick

In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading a multi-generational workforce. He is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of All In and The Carrot Principle. As a leadership expert, Adrian has been called “fascinating” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. Adrian teaches leaders how to engage, enable and energize their workforces. Get ready for your employees to be stimulated to make a change after they listen to Adrian.

Amanda Gore

As a keynote speaker for over 25 years, organizations and individuals hire Amanda Gore to help people reconnect to what really matters- the energy and emotional layers that drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in business and life. Taking the stance that business has been paralyzed by its own over-analysis, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride towards self-discovery and ultimately, real and lasting change. People who are happy at work make better team players, handle change more effectively, become more positive and are much more engaged. Amanda uses the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence to help businesses achieve the results they need to align with their goals.

Jayne Sanders

It is finally alright to bring work home with you! Jayne Sanders provides the tools for the men and women in your audience to communicate better at work and at home. As founder and creator of GenderSmart Solutions and author of GenderSmart: Solving the Communication Puzzle between Men and Women, Jayne is an expert on the communication dynamics between men and women. Your team will have devices to implement a fresh new communication channel that will encourage creativity and innovation throughout the office!

Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic is not just Donald Trump’s original Apprentice, he is also America’s distinguished motivational and business speaker who educates businesses and organizations around the world. He also develops real estate in Chicago and produces and appears in several television programs. Bill is the published author of a New York Times best-selling book, How to Succeed in Business and Life. Today he is one of the most sought after motivational speakers because of his engaging and entertaining lessons that are combined with his ability to inspire audiences to seize opportunities and think creatively.

Joseph Grenny

If your company is in need of a person who has changed the business environments of more than three hundred Fortune 500 companies, than you need Joseph Grenny as your leadership speaker. He has been credited by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ President for his key role in helping the organization win the $200 billion Joint Strike Fighter program. An expert in influences in the workplace and leadership, Joseph has been cited on major newspapers like New York Times and Washington Post and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs such as the Today Show and ABC News. Joseph’s breakthrough research and entertaining personality keeps audiences engaged to the end and inspired for change.

Roger Nierenberg

After a distinguished career at the helm of two American orchestras, Roger Nierenberg has emerged as a creative force for innovation in the presentation of symphonic music. He led the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida for 14 years and has guest conducted many of America's most distinguished orchestras and opera companies. Now, Nierenberg is the creator of the highly successful experiential learning event, The Music Paradigm, in which an orchestra is used as a metaphor for any dynamic organization. With participants seated among the musicians, Nierenberg leads a series of exercises that are carefully crafted to address the sponsoring organization's specific themes and issues. The Music Paradigm provides a creative framework for rethinking leadership style, philosophies, teamwork, and effectiveness. Nierenberg addresses these same issues in his recent book, Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening.

Robert Kriegel

One of the most in demand business speakers, Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative, “out of the box” strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today’s dynamic marketplace. Author of the international bestseller, If it ain’t broke...BREAK IT!, Dr. Kriegel has been called by U.S. News & World Report one of this country’s leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. He is the author of several bestselling books on innovation, including Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers and his latest title, How to Succeed in Business Without Working so Damn Hard. In his customized presentations, Dr. Kriegel will teach your audience how to develop and lead Change- Ready© people and organizations as well as how to round up sacred cows that cost money and inhibit both change and new opportunities. He will also outline actionable strategies for gaining the competitive edge--not by competing, but by rethinking rules, redefining roles, and reinventing the game.

Peter McLaughlin

Peter has developed a toolbox of great ideas both ancient and new to help people and companies move through the maze of 21st century challenges and opportunities. Peter McLaughlin’s mission in life is to help people maximize their productivity and quality of life. A poll conducted among top corporations named Peter McLaughlin, along with Tom Peters and Peter Drucker, as one of the best business speakers in the nation. (Source: Journal of Business Strategy). Peter is author of the book CatchFire: A 7-Step Program to Ignite Energy, Defuse Stress, and PowerBoost Your Performance, and co-author of the book Mentally Tough: The Principles of Winning at Sports Applied to Winning in Business. For twenty years, he has studied the leading research on individual and team performance, and created programs to help businesspeople improve their effectiveness.

Joseph Michelli

Leaders often look for a partner to help them educate and inspire their employees to deliver memorable and profitable customer experiences. Joseph Michelli transfers his knowledge of exceptional business practices in ways that develop joyful and productive workplaces with a focus on the total customer experience. His insights encourage leaders and frontline workers to grow and invest passionately in all aspects of their lives. Dr. Michelli is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson Bookscan and New York Times #1 bestselling author. His latest book is Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way. His customer service keynotes shine light onto how to gain new opportunities while providing tools and tricks to be successful. Dr. Michelli changes organizational leader’s lives by sparking their passion and giving them motivation to revamp their workplace.

Patrick Kuhse

Patrick Kuhse became an expert ethics speaker the hard way - by taking part in his own criminal acts and suffering the consequences. Patrick’s book, “Seduced by Success”, tells the true story of his personal journey from successful stockbroker and entrepreneur to international fugitive and federal inmate. After four years in prison, he now devotes himself to speaking to audiences worldwide about the importance of ethical behavior. Speaking with high energy and passion, Patrick has the remarkable ability of capturing and holding the audience's attention as he describes his descent down the "slippery slope" of unethical behavior, his critical thinking errors, his gradual lapse into unprofessional ethics and the "greed is good" philosophy he encountered.

Brett King

Bestselling author of the groundbreaking book “BANK 2.0” and strategic advisor to the global financial services industry, Brett King doesn't just talk about third generation banking - he is on the ground floor of creating it. Recognized as a global expert on innovation, customer experience, channel distribution strategy and understanding the fundamental shifts in consumer behavior, he publishes regularly in his role as industry advisor on Huffington Post, Internet Evolution, FinExtra and his personal blog Banking4Tomorrow.com. King's expert advice on innovation and understanding shifts in consumer behavior makes him a sought-after speaker at top global conferences for financial services. King currently advises top financial institutions globally and has presented at conferences in more than 30 countries for organizations like Google, Forbes, Oracle, The Economist, SWIFT, the American Bankers Association, Bloomberg, The Asian Banker, IIR, Marcus Evans, DTT Fast 500 and HSBC.

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