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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

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.

Robin Crow

Robin Crow has forged a remarkable career on his journey from RCA recording artist to successful entrepreneur and has built several world-class businesses from scratch. As a successful business owner & bestselling author Robin knows what he’s talking about. Robin doesn’t just talk business; he lives it! His company, Dark Horse Recording, is a four-studio complex and resort that has set the gold standard for customer service and excellence for years, and is still expanding. His recording and music business school The Dark Horse Institute (DHI) was founded by Robin in 2010, and has become so successful, they are now creating & expanding exponentially as one of the most compelling educational models of the 21st century. Robin's core message of leadership and customer service comes from hard-won, first-hand experience and when requested he uses his guitar playing as a metaphor to drive home his points and take-aways. His presentations can be an extraordinary blend of life-lesson's learned combined with high-octane entertainment. Robin's event are the result of 30 years of experience and a love of delighting audiences and his last book, Evolve or Die: Seven Steps to Rethink the Way You Do Business, was a USA Today Best-Seller.

Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams and is an icon of college football. Having coached young men in seven decades, he is the second-winningest coach in major college football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories, two national championships, twelve Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in fourteen straight seasons, and he also led the Seminoles to Bowl Games in twenty-eight consecutive seasons during his thirty-four-year tenure. The patriarch of college football’s most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field, including his conduct as a role model in the community. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, one of only two coaches who have ever been inducted while still coaching. His memoir, “Called to Coach” was published by Simon & Schuster in August of 2010.

Libby Gill

After nearly twenty years in leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby founded executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. A bestselling author and sought-after international speaker, she guides established and emerging leaders to deepen purpose and drive performance. Using the science-based concepts of Hope Theory, Libby helps individuals and organizations connect the dots between individual accountability and organizational success. Her clients include ADP, Acura, AMC Networks, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Avery Dennison, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Department of Defense, EY, Eli Lilly, Honda, Intel, Kellogg's, Medtronic, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Warner Bros., Viacom, Wells Fargo, and many more. A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Mary Boone

What differentiates Mary is her combination of original, compelling content with a well-designed and expertly facilitated interactive experience. You get a bonus with Mary – she can not only excite the audience with her content, but she can also engage them in a large scale conversation. She also believes passionately in extending the collaborative experience beyond the boundaries of the speaking engagement. It’s not simply about customizing the speech topic, sending pre-reading documents or leaving behind solution tip sheets – these are “givens.” Her engagements also include ideas for sharing content long after the event is over. She speaks on leadership, complexity, high performance collaboration and engagement. Mary’s work as an author and consultant has been quoted and published in a wide range of media including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. Successful Meetings magazine has also recognized her as a “Top Speaker” and featured her on its cover as a “Strategic Thinker.”

Paul Assaiante

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world. He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 16 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach. Paul’s core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear. Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year. He uses his experiences to help leaders in any field embrace collaboration, cultural diversity, and leadership models that encourage employees to give everything they have- every day, and build winning teams.

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, How Winning Works, and has been honored multiple times as a top speaker by Fortune 1000 meeting professionals and MeetingsNet.com. It is through her harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

Simon T. Bailey

Are you ready to shift your thinking? Are you ready to improve your life? Then get ready to experience Simon T. Bailey. He has helped more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking, and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s Top 10 most booked corporate and association speakers. Simon has authored seven books including Release Your Brilliance and Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You Inc. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage. Simon brings a fresh voice that challenges and teaches organizations to overcome obstacles that can lead them to higher levels of engagement, retention, and productivity.

Michael Broome

Michael Broome is one of our nation's most inspiring, original and comedic speakers. His audiences rolls with laughter & applauses with inspiration, at this man who does more than entertain & educate; he touches people's lives. More than a speaker, Broome is also the founder and president of the Broyhill Leadership Conference, where over 28,000 participants throughout North America have attended. These weeklong conferences help teach the principles of success, a truly life changing experience for all that attend. He chose a career in professional speaking because he has a sincere passion to inspire people to maximize their potential, serve others, enhance their sense of gratitude, and achieve a life balance. Michael believes that "success is when we have some of the things that money can buy and lot of the things that money can’t buy." As a speaker, his topics include: A Humorous Look at Personal, Professional and Family Success; You’ll See It When You Believe It, Be a People Power Person!; and Killing Stress Before It Kills You.

Shawn Achor

Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that Happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, teaches organizational leaders how to increase happiness and meaning for their employees. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won over a dozen teaching awards. He then went on to be founder of Good Think Inc. which allows him to share his research. Shawn speaks to his audiences on how to create a positive transformation that can have a rippling effect on an organization’s culture. He explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, helping us achieve the extraordinary in work, in our lives, and in our organization's bottom lines. Shawn has spoken to many types of audiences that have all benefited from listening to his research on organizational achievement and happiness.

Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin is the CEO of the acclaimed Institute for Health and Human Potential, a successful international business, recently named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies”. As a speaker, Bill has inspired and educated audiences of 30 to 2000 at leadership retreats, sales meetings, IT forums and association events. Bill's practical and scientific approach to leadership, combined with his advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, make him a hit with analytical audiences. His experience in sales gives him a high degree of energy and enthusiasm, which he brings to every presentation. Bill takes a straightforward and practical look at what is driving your leadership behaviors by examining the brain science that drives your emotions. He provides practical tools that leaders will apply immediately to help them engage their teams and drive higher performance. Over and over again, attendees share what the like about Bill’s presentations: he offers practical techniques they can immediately use.

Eric Boles

Eric Boles is President of The Game Changers, Inc., a training and consulting company whose leadership, team, and personal development processes are used by some of the most recognized and successful companies in the world and have helped to shape over a half a million successful leaders, managers, and employees. Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, and executive coach who addresses thousands of men and women each year. His clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, AFLAC, Dunkin Brands, State Farm Insurance, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Rangers--to name a few. Prior to becoming an authority on teamwork, leadership and personal development, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics, leadership, and peak performance from his experience as a player in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. His presentations draw on both his sports and business backgrounds to deliver dynamic, inspiring, and practical messages for success.

Norm Bossio

As a speaker, Norm Bossio combines content with comedy to create a unique mix that ensures audience participation. Unlike many traditional speakers who use podiums, Norm isn't confined to such formalities; he would much rather walk around the audience to get a feel for who he is speaking to. Norm has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public schools and he often draws upon his experiences in these fields for content in his speeches. Since Norm began speaking in 1980, he has spoken in front of over 2 ½ million audience members in venues ranging from an American Indian Village Tribunal to the Hoosier Dome. His audiences have included clients ranging from Bill Clinton to Steven King. Some of Norm's topics include: Motivation, Leadership, Team Building, Time Management, Change, Stress and Conflict Management, Problem Solving, Performance Appraisal and Decision Making.

Andy Boynton

In today’s competitive world, the old tried and true approach to customers, clients, innovation, and strategy simply doesn’t work as well as it used to. Andy Boynton understands the new rules and can educate leaders, managers, and organizations on how to renews themselves and succeed. Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, author, and co-creator of DeepDive, the world’s largest methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation, and results. As a leadership speaker he brings his 20 years of experience as a researcher, speaker, and designer of powerful executive education sessions to firms around the world. He communicates his message in a powerful, engaging way to offer actionable strategies for organizations. He shares the insights he has learned through research into what it takes to win today across all dimensions for any organization.

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.

Gary Bradt

Change happens – faster than ever. The challenge is to adapt, ignite and win! Psychologist, author, coach and speaker, Dr. Gary Bradt has devoted his career to providing organizations and people with practical and powerful tools that increase their capacity to adapt quickly and keep moving in a positive direction – professionally and personally. As a clinical psychologist and C-Suite executive coach, Gary knows how to engage the heads and the hearts of his audiences for maximum effectiveness using masterful storytelling, humor, simple exercises and solid content. He is also the author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, which has earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts. Gary will help your organization rise to the big challenge of today’s world- near constant change- and find the hidden opportunities within that change!

John Cassis

John Cassis brings a rare blend of humor, entertainment and content to being a motivational speaker. He shares his own experiences to show how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on! From being a professional baseball player to a minister, and the former inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears, John uses his wide-ranged background and numerous stories to inspire listeners. He is a genuine and passionate professional speaker that truly wants to change the lives of his audience and guide them toward a path to re-energize their lives, careers and relationships.

Jason Jennings

Jason Jennings has spent the time to research the world’s fastest growing companies to discover what it takes to have an outstanding business. As a leadership speaker he shares his findings and customizes the revolutionary ideas to fit your business needs. Jennings began his career as a radio and television reporter and was the youngest radio station group owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world's largest media consultancy, and also authored It’s Not the Big that Eat the Small: It’s the Fast that Eat the Slow. His keynotes expose your company to opportunities and insights that can lead you to a powerful new future.

Susan Ershler

Susan Ershler is able to lift audiences' ambitions by showing them how hard work, dedication, perseverance and a total commitment to excellence can pay off in reaching seemingly impossible goals. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, CenturyLink and FedEx Office. She’s led teams to sales records and along the way has earned 11 annual President’s Club awards - for leading teams to peak performance. During that era of corporate achievement, Susan and her husband became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits- the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. Susan tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals. As a history-making mountain climber, corporate executive and author, Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success.

Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz is an unforgettable, high-energy speaker who delivers customized keynotes packed with powerful ways to propel audiences to the next level in business and beyond. She climbed the ranks at the White House from a volunteer to being the Director of Events for the Clinton Administration. During her time there, she created and executed more than 1000 White House events. Laura is the author of the acclaimed book, “Eat, Drink & Succeed”, which delivers proven techniques to help people network, build partnerships and excel personally and professionally. Laura regularly appears as an international TV commentator speaking about leadership, networking and world events. Laura is well known for her dynamic keynotes and as a mistress of ceremonies. She captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm.

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