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Change - Keynote Speakers

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo uses laughter to help audiences around the world embrace change, experience happiness and be successful – no matter what the circumstances are! Knowing we all absorb more content through laughter, Steve uses his experience as a headline comedian to engage the audience and capture their attention before delivering strong content. Steve draws from his own personal journey, overcoming the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed” to share the stage with Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres as a comedian. Today, Steve is a talented keynote speaker known for his unique gift of combining humor with content. Whether he’s delivering a keynote, being Emcee for a conference, or providing after dinner comedy, audiences leave Steve’s performances with the tools to remove the boundaries that keep them from living the lives they truly desire.

Joe Piscatella

Joe Piscatella is one of the country’s most respected experts on how to live a healthy lifestyle in the real world. He knows the science of balanced living, but he also understands the practical application of it from his own experience. When Joe underwent coronary bypass surgery at age 32, one doctor predicted he would not live to age 40. But Joe didn't accept that opinion; he concentrated on eating healthier, managing stress, exercising effectively, and keeping a positive attitude. Now, over 30 years after his surgery, Joe is one of the longest-living survivors of cardiac bypass. He is living proof that with motivation and the right information, living a balanced lifestyle for optimal health and performance is possible. A bestselling author of 12 books, Joe delivers a powerful, practical message that moves audiences to live healthier lives. Over 2 million people have attended his powerful speeches and breakout sessions that are full of humor, insight, and “how to” tools. With his energy, knowledge, and decades of experience, Joe captivates and motivates audiences, inspiring them to take steps toward living their best.

Dennis Perkins

Rigorous waves, unpredictable weather, and life threatening experiences are the stories that Dr. Dennis Perkins shares in his leadership keynotes to help companies survive on the waters of business. While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, Dr. Perkins developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge, or the outer limits of human endurance. By combining these fundamentals and latest research with his own experience in some of the world’s toughest conditions he applies the lessons in survival to today’s business environment. Dr. Perkins is the author of several books, recently Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition and CEO of The Syncretics Group, a firm devoted to effective leadership and teamwork. Bring your life-vest because Dr. Perkins is going to show you how to lead your team through the tsunami business waves and come out winning.

Desi Williamson

Desi Williamson beat the odds! Despite growing up in a world surrounded by poverty, drugs, and violence, he overcame a myriad of obstacles to realize his dreams of becoming a successful businessman, professional speaker, and author. The former scholar-athlete at the University of Minnesota, transforms 25 years of sales, sales/management and marketing experience into high content programs that deliver results. Desi has been on the front line, building multi-million dollar businesses, managing multi-million dollar budgets, and developing the potential in people for powerhouse companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Rain Bird Sprinkler Mfgr., PepsiCo, and Cadbury-Schweppes. Although Desi had achieved success in the business arena, there was something more compelling that he wanted to do with his life. With a burning desire to help others, he founded Impact! Seminars Unlimited, Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations increase sales, increase customer service, and increase their bottom-line through empowered people. His fast-paced programs- customized for your organization -both inspire your people to take action, and give them the tools to do so. Your people get a fun, energetic program with content, and your organization gets immediate increase in productivity from your people. Desi brings results to your organization.

Mark Thompson

Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization. He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters. He brings insight from decades of experience with great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth. He brings his messages of change and innovation to life with clarity, humor, passion, and energy.

Dan Thurmon

Dan Thurmon has had a natural ability to entertain and engage those around him since he was a child, and incorporates his innate talents of juggling and comedy into his attention grabbing motivational speeches. Dan’s philosophy is unlike any other motivational speaker and can be summarized by the title of his outstanding book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth. Dan inspires audiences around the world to go beyond the pursuit of “success” and enhance their life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contribution.

Robert Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is president of The Innovation Resource (TIR), and an internationally recognized leader in the field of innovation. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker since 1986. His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book “Winning the Innovation Game” in l986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller “Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century,” which has been translated into 13 languages. And in his latest work, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business, Tucker interviewed 43 innovation-adept individuals from multiple industries and all levels of organizations, and teaches the personal skills necessary to become an innovator in this hyper-competitive world. Tucker is a much sought after keynote speaker at conventions, company management meetings, and industry conferences.

Brandon Steiner

Brandon Steiner’s career has seen many twists and turns, and many self-reinventions, but has always centered on his two sharpest skills: managing people and providing services. His career with the Yankees began when he was manager of the Hard Rock Café in the 80s. He started meeting many of the team’s athletes and later represented them professionally and began Steiner Association (later named Steiner Sports). Brandon is frequently utilized as an expert commentator on sports and marketing on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, and ESPN, and in newspapers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Brandon speaks on a wide variety of skills and entrepreneurial values that have made him successful. Whether it is regarding change and all the opportunities it brings, or how to handle risk, Brandon brings “outside of the box thinking” to life!

Rory Vaden

Award-winning business leader Rory Vaden MBA is the Co-founder of Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD) and as a "Self-Discipline Strategist", his book Take the Stairs is a #1 Wall St Journal, #1 USA Today, and #2 New York Times bestseller. Rory is the world’s thought-leader on modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ - in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall St Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, Wall St Journal and the New York Times; and his articles and insights average more than 1 million views every month. Additionally, he hosts The Rory Vaden Show which is the only nationally syndicated weekly radio show for “movers and shakers in the world of business™”

Erik Wahl

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 bestselling business author, Erik Wahl redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. In the past ten years, Erik has shared his high-energy onstage performance and incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. Organizations proclaim his presentation to be the single moment when their team finally “got it”. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.

Lisa Bodell

Founder & CEO of innovation firm futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. A leader on simplifying innovation and change management, Lisa is often called upon by global companies to help them eradicate workplace complexity that is killing their ability to innovate and adapt. Simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time and Lisa offers tested tools and takeaways to motivate organizations and individuals to action. Lisa has addressed capacity audiences at Google, Cisco Systems, Accenture, Citigroup, and Merck and is often the highest-rated presenter, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources that they can use to create immediate and effective change.

Scott Deming

Scott Deming has been transforming Fortune 100 and 500 companies, franchisers and franchisees, multi-national brands and family owned businesses across the globe for over thirty years through his presentations, seminars, training, coaching, marketing and consulting programs. He has been called “The most influential ingredient for positive change” by many of his clients. Scott Deming takes his wealth of experience in business ownership, board positions, working with small, independently owned companies as well as multi-national, publicly traded corporations, employee relationship expertise, customer experience savvy, and wraps it into a comprehensive, easy to implement, energetic program. Most importantly, business leaders agree that Deming gets results; “Scott Deming’s programs not only greatly improved the professional experience for our customers, our sales for the last four months are up 50% – 80%!” Deming has brought his winning message to several national brands like 3M, Panasonic, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Direct Buy, and Countrywide Home Loans.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner- who started his career as a jazz guitarist- personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups. Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto helps businesses build great brands by creating a strong relationship with audiences through meaningful narratives. But what makes a narrative meaningful? Beau is the founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab, which researches human perception and how it underpins creativity and innovation. His ongoing research shines a new light on human nature and allows for businesses to discover the principles behind information, not just the information itself. Beau focuses first on asking good questions--the right questions, and then sets about uncovering the answer. "A GOOD question is where success lives," says Beau. By combining our collective expertise in design, engagement, neuroscience and behaviour we are better able to work with companies to create narratives that are truly meaningful to their audiences … and in doing so establish a sense of loyalty that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

Terry Paulson

Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and a leading authority on leveraging optimism to make change work. He’s an award-winning professional speaker with over 30 years experience in inspiring audiences including organizations such as IBM, 3M, HBO, Kaiser Permanente, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, universities, government agencies, and associations. He’s past president of both the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation and has been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. He’s author of 10 books including The Optimism Advantage, Leadership Truths One Story at a Time, Favorite Family Lectures, and They Shoot Managers Don’t They? Get ready to learn and laugh! Terry’s tasteful humor and down-to-earth style have earned him a deserved reputation as one of the nation's best and funniest keynote speakers. His presentations help organizations, leaders, and teams make change work! He has a number of topics designed to reinforce your strategic goals for your event. Rest assured that you’ll have audience members thank you for bringing them the man Business Digest called "the Will Rogers of management consultants".

Polly LaBarre

For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly began her career at Fast Company magazine and is also co-author of the bestselling book, Mavericks at Work. She also has a widely syndicated blog, Fresh MIX, which delivers agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. She has field-tested insight on the crucial question facing every leader and organization today: How do we change the way we change? She reveals the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed -- redefining how leadership, change, innovation, collaboration, employee engagement, organizational culture, accountability, and disruptive strategy are done. Polly provides an action plan to help leaders make their organizations fit for the future.

Hannah Ubl

Hannah Ubl thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges each generation. As a generational expert, Hannah has been doing extensive research on a global scale as well as looking at Gen Edge- the generation following millennials- and the impact they will have on the workplace. Her perspective helps companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of each other to build lasting, multi-generational partnerships.

Deborah Gardner

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner works with hundreds of companies and organizations that want to streamline their goals with actionable takeaways that produce sustainable and measurable results. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with a captivating, entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style. With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Sports Radio and a successful hospitality sales veteran.

Michael Hoffman

Michael helps people become #1 on purpose! He teaches individuals how to become a “person of influence,” by giving them the knowledge, tools and processes they need to enhance their own skill-sets during times of challenge and change. Michael also helps entire organizations shift toward a more customer-centric culture, by teaching people – employees and leaders alike - how to deliver the BEST services and experiences. He will leave your group energized, motivated, and ready to handle any given challenge and all “tornadoes” that come their way!

DeDe Murcer Moffett

Voted Favorite Speaker of Meeting Planners 2014 -Meetings & Conventions Magazine
DeDe is an enthusiastic larger-than-life speaker and trainer who grabs the hearts and minds of audiences through powerful content and high-energy Broadway-style entertainment. She is known as the “Snap Out of It Woman.” After overcoming 24 years of alcoholism and igniting the courage to breakthrough to success, DeDe is inspiring She inspires audiences to take personal responsibility, make lasting changes and ignite the courage to start living consciously applying their strengths and talent. In her keynote speech and training sessions, DeDe draws upon her extensive career in corporate sales and her in-depth research into breaking free of limiting habits that dull creativity, cripple drive and derail dreams. She then delivers a step-by-step methodology wrapped up in Broadway-caliber entertainment and do-it-now exercises.
Through fun and humor she shares the knowledge, emotional fuel and daily steps you must take if you want to unleash your best work, ignite massive creativity, do the unlikely, and keep going when life gets tough.

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