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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

Carol Leifer

A groundbreaking star marking her mark in the late 1970's as one of the few female stand up comedians, Carol Leifer was also a writer of many hit shows including the long-running sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live," wrote and co-produced the late night fictional talk show "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and 75 episodes of "Seinfeld."Over the course of her career, Lefier has been nominated for an Emmy 4 times for her writing and won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work as a writer on the show Modern Family. In 2009, Leifer released When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a collection of humorous essays about life after 40, and most importantly, the moment she discovered that she was gay and how her life changed for the better after coming to terms with her sexuality. Her latest bestselling book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide book on getting ahead in the show-biz world and laugh out loud fun.

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Sally Hogshead

In today’s ever distracting world people have an attention span of only 9-seconds. Sally Hogshead can teach you how to grab their attention and communicate value within that time period. Sally is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. In her keynotes Sally coaches people on how to break through the distraction and competition by creating moments of intense focus. By fascinating a customer or employee you create exciting moments of connection, which will make your listener more likely to remember and value you. With Sally’s expertise in fascination you will be engaged and learning till the very end.

Michel Neray

A naturally dynamic, fun and engaging speaker, Michel Neray has held a variety of leadership positions in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and has spoken professionally in more than seven countries. He is passionate about helping his audiences discover and communicate what he calls their ‘Essential Message’. That’s the most basic building block that enables individuals and companies to be the best at what they do; to have stronger relationships and better rapport with customers, colleagues, family and friends; to stand out from the crowd and make a difference; to provide exceptional customer service driven by a genuine desire to help; and above all else, to lead a more fulfilled, more effective professional and personal life. Michel co-authored The Great Crossover, which made it to Jack Canfield’s Achiever’s Recommended Reading List. Michel encourages companies to differentiate in a competitive world with his educational, inspiring, and thought provoking presentations.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans is a highly sought-after consultant and speaker who works with clients to design and implement solutions that drive large-scale organizational transformations while achieving desired results quicker and with a greater degree of impact. He works with clients around the globe to help build change leadership competencies, accelerate execution of strategic intent, drive cultural transformation adeptness, build exemplary leadership practices, and heighten employee alignment and accountability. Mike's presentations on these topics reflect both his focus and passion for providing participants with ideas, tools, and principles that can be utilized immediately. Mike plays a key role in developing custom solutions that produce clients’ desired results that are sustained over time. With his engaging, upbeat, and thought-provoking style, combined with his experience and expertise, Mike will guide your audience to achieve and exceed desired business results.

Dean Karnazes

An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has run 350 continuous miles (foregoing sleep for three nights) as well as a run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, Dean accomplished the (seemingly) impossible by running 50 marathons--one in each US state--in 50 consecutive days. As a speaker, Dean has captivated and inspired audiences all over with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high-achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dean is an accomplished businessman who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and startups and is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business. He is also the author of five books, including his most recent release, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

Tommy Lasorda

Lasorda's ability to speak to motivation, leadership, loyalty, team building and his love for this great country are rivaled by none. Tommy incorporates personal anecdotes that make the audience roar in laughter, cry and feel like they are in the locker room while riveted on this American Icon. Lasorda says "there are times when everyone in this country needs to be motivated...from the President of the United States on down to the working person on the street". He has led his teams to World Series Championships and Olympic Gold by getting his players to believe they're the best and motivates them to beat the competition. Like Van Gogh, this Hall of Famer, will paint a canvas through his words that will leave you and your colleagues with a lifetime of inspiration and memories.....sure to change some lives.

Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. Michael creatively and effectively provides innovative thinking to personal and organization development. He is also the author of the global best seller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and 13 other books on creativity, innovation and leadership. Michael will delight and inspire all audiences with his unique and interactive presentations.

Matt McFadyen

Record-breaking polar adventurer, sailor, and inspirational speaker Matt McFadyen takes audiences on powerful leadership adventures. After a dangerous and storm-riddled 54-day ocean voyage to Antarctica at age 22, Matt learned the true meaning of perseverance and teamwork. This harrowing experience and the raw power of nature inspired and motivated Matt to further adventures and formed the foundation for his leadership journey. Matt has since become the youngest Australian to ski to the North Pole and even returned on two more occasions as an expedition leader. Using the latest in interactive technology, Matt's presentations engage audiences by asking them to make critical decisions as they vicariously live through his unique and compelling journey. Pushing toward the ends of the earth, Matt led his team--just as he now leads his audience--through the emotional highs and lows and to the extremes of human potential. His presentations inspire audiences to challenge themselves and their teams to think differently and push for success both personally and professionally.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is a legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, bestselling author and associate editor for the Washington Post. Bob is the most famous investigative journalist; he delivers the ultimate inside scoop about the behind-the-headlines wrangling of Washington and its leaders. He is the author of 12 #1 bestsellers, including All the President’s Men and The Final Days. He captivates audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. Bob engages his audiences by blending stories that are both up to the minute and from the past. In an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics, Bob helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power.

Stephen Denny

Stephen Denny is an experienced business speaker and consultant who livens the crowd with his lessons on how to beat out the competition. His experience has radically changed the perspective of his audience’s way of doing seemingly impossible tasks and accomplishing them. As author of Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry, Stephen has studied the global business leaders who have done such tasks and shares the way to defeat the “Giant Killer” in his keynotes. Find your inspiration by listening to Stephen’s tools for success and be able to find the answers to how to make better decisions in the most unusual places!

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman believes that an inspired, motivated workforce is a more productive workforce. With a practical, motivating message of living life in the front row, delivered with high energy and humor, your audience will walk away feeling like they can accomplish more at their work and in their life. Marilyn delivers a dynamic opening keynote presentation followed by a high-content workshop on reducing stress and conflict in the workplace. After hearing her talk, your people will be ready to take on new challenges with optimism and hope. Marilyn has been motivating corporate audiences for more than 18 years. Her corporate background as a training officer for a major finance company gives her the experience necessary to motivate employees at companies large and small. She is the author of three motivational books and is dedicated to inspiring each and every audience to be more productive with no more excuses!

Lance Secretan

As a speaker, retreat leader, teacher, and coach, Lance Secretan inspires executive teams with new ways of thinking. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company and the author of 15 books about leadership, emphasizing the connection between high performance and the heart, the mind and the soul, and inspiration and leadership. He is pioneering the integration of corporate life and spiritual integrity. Lance's most recent bestselling business book is The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World. In his presentations, Lance blends wisdom, timely and provocative knowledge, and awesome multimedia visual imagery and sound with just the right amount of humor, inspiration, and personal engagement He is a master storyteller who tailors his presentations to meet the needs of his audiences. In every keynote his aim is the same: to change the lives of participants and make the world a better place.

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. He advises audiences that instead of trying to become smarter, leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have. He defines a healthy organization as one with minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and low turnover among good people. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with nearly five million copies sold. Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few. Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

Troy Hazard

Troy Hazard is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and nurtured eleven businesses—and has consulted to countless successful companies—over the past 20 years. He is also the host of two hugely successful national network business television shows in Australia, Inside Franchising and Don’t Come Monday; and he regularly co-hosts The Big Biz Show on the BizTV network in the US. Hazard has owned a diverse range of businesses, so there are few situations that he has not experienced and survived. He was elected by the world’s foremost business leaders as Global President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization in recognition of his broad experience and talents as an entrepreneur. And he has been acknowledged for his speaking abilities with the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Hazard’s presentations provide organizations with potent and refined tools for growing their businesses; harnessing the positive potential of change; and leading teams to their greatest achievements. These lessons are also reflected in his bestselling book, Future-Proofing Your Business: Real Life Strategies to Prepare Your Business for Tomorrow, Today!

Jon Picoult

Jon Picoult helps companies impress their customers and inspire their employees, creating raving fans that drive business growth. Jon is the Founder of Watermark Consulting and a noted authority on customer experience. His insights have been featured in dozens of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC News and Inc. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost brands, collectively representing over 750,000 employees and $500 billion in annual revenue. Jon has helped these organizations capitalize on the power of loyalty – both in the marketplace and in the workplace.

Freddie Ravel

From his GRAMMY-winning releases to his internationally-acclaimed corporate keynotes, Freddie Ravel has produced #1 hits in America and performed worldwide with Madonna, Prince, The Boston Pops, Earth, Wind and Fire and Carlos Santana. As one of the world’s leading music-applied-to-business experts, he brings a proven track record of wowing audiences and transforming creative and corporate cultures that include AIG, AIA, Morgan Stanley, Citi, American Integrity, Google, Apple, IBM Analytics, Wal Mart, NASA and Red Bull.

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.

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!

Jeanne Bliss

Jeanne Bliss is not an evangelist or observer of companies. She’s been inside them for twenty-five years, arm wrestling them on behalf of their customers! As “Chief Customer Zealot” for five large U.S. market leaders, Jeanne’s fought valiantly to get the customer on the strategic agenda, redirecting priorities and creating transformational changes to the brands’ customer experience. She has driven achievement of 95 percent loyalty rates, changing customer experiences across 50,000-person organizations, convincing even the staunchest curmudgeons that the key to success relies on customer focus. Jeanne’ developed her passion for the customer at Lands’ End, Inc., where she reported to the company’s founder and executive committee as leader for the Lands’ End customer experience. Now managing partner of Customer Bliss, Jeanne coaches leaders on how to wrap their company’s focus around customer profits. She is a worldwide keynote speaker on sustaining the energy and effort required to keep pushing that customer rock up the hill.

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