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Keynote Speaker Peggy Holtman
Peggy Holtman
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Peggy Holtman

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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.

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Margaret (Peggy) Holtman has over twenty years of experience as a leader and developer of leaders in a variety of organizations.She is an author, speaker and consultant who not only understands what it is like to be a leader today, but who also offers practical advice for successfully leading in changing and complex business environments.

Peggy's services include coaching for individuals, team development and organizational consultation. For individual leaders, she provides assessment, coaching and development support.For teams, she offers guidance and recommendations for enhanced effectiveness.For organizations, she consults on strategic talent management and effective organizational change that supports business goals.

Peggy is co-author with ofLeading 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.

Peggy's key skills also include Executive and Leadership Development strategies, systems and programs, talent management and succession planning, on boarding and retention strategies, executive coaching, team development, training delivery and meeting design and facilitation.

As a Leadership Development professional in several organizations, she has played a number of key roles all closely linked to leadership development including:

  • Vice President of Talent Management, Hartford Insurance Group
  • Vice President of Branch Management Training and Development, Smith Barney
  • Director of Corporate Staffing Planning, Travelers
  • Director of Sales Management Training and Development, Connecticut Mutual

Peggy has delivered presentations to a wide range of organizations including ESPN, Target, Kraft Foods, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Cigna, The Conference Board, Society of Information Management, LIMRA International and The Hartford Insurance Group.

An engaging speaker on the many challenging aspects of leadership,audiences have described Peggy as very present, authentic and energetic.She speaks with candor and credibility from her extensive background and years of leadership experience both inside and outside of organizations.

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Leading at the Edge
Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

This presentation is based on Peggy's is co-authored book, 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 title's central story is the 1914-16 trans-Antarctic expedition led by Sir Earnest Shackleton. Peggy's compelling presentation uses actual photographs, drawing and journal entries. 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, the presentation will explore the 10 key strategies for success that serve 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.

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