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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

Frank Bucaro

Frank Bucaro is an ethics expert and author, who is a leading crusader on the benefits of ethics. The need for an ongoing emphasis on ethics continues to be prominent today due to trust issues or leadership missteps that can still threaten organizations. Frank’s keynotes and seminars are laced with humor and practical tips that provide help with difficult decisions as well as strategies for combating the sometimes blurred lines between right and wrong. Many companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, ENMAX Energy, and the Million Dollar Round have benefited from listening to Frank’s keynotes to not only learn about good ethics but to help advance their organization for good business.

Chester Elton

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In Chester’s provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, he provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing,” by the New York Times, Chester is also co-author of several leadership books. His bestsellers include All In, The Carrot Principle, and What Motivates Me. He is often quoted on leadership issues in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. Chester identifies real methods of motivating and engaging audiences to increase engagement, innovation and commitment.

Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. As a professional speaker, Buettner reveals his strategies for longevity, wellness, and happiness to his audiences. In 2009 he partnered with AARP and was able to raise their employee’s life expectancy and lower health care by 40%. Buettner inspires people to live a healthier, more fulfilling life by presenting his findings from around the world by implementing his principles, audiences experience change. His latest book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way reveal a credible, cross-cultural formula and a practical plan to help us stack the deck for happiness and get more satisfaction out of life.

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.

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Thomson Corporation, and Bank of America. He has shared his insights with many others through teaching and writing. Dr. Charan is well known for providing advice that is down to earth and relevant, taking into account the real-world complexities of business. Over the past decade, Dr. Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, his books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality, both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, The Talent Masters and The Leadership Pipeline. He also co-authored The Game Changer, with AG Lafley, about driving revenue and profit growth through innovation. Many lucky people have come to know Dr. Charan through in-house executive education programs. It's Dr. Charan's energetic, interactive teaching style that has won him several awards, as well the hearts of his audiences.

John Jenson

John A. Jenson is an expert on how to present yourself and represent your organization at the highest possible level. He has helped thousands of professionals and has written five books on the subjects of change, perspective, and influence. John provides insight from his own experiences to show the importance of “consistent messaging.” He emphasizes that organizations prosper when there is a consistent understanding of “what we do,” “our culture,” and “our direction.” John hones in on everyone’s own purpose and meaning to the organization to highlight their strengths to bring out the best in them. With John’s help organizations have the tools to sell more, build a stronger brand and have more cohesive teams.

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen’s engaging and entertaining keynote teaches participants to think differently by challenging dangerous assumptions while providing tools to internalize the Assumpt! Paradigm and apply the new learning spontaneously over and over again. The end result is helping organizations overcome the barriers standing in the way of their leadership, innovation and marketing success. As an award winning writer, commercial director and owner of a direct response advertising agency, Andy learned what motivates people to respond, what doesn’t and why. He now incorporates those same principles in his keynote and seminars to create memorable learning experiences that transform the way people think.

Tom Flick

Dynamic leadership expert Tom Flick has garnered a reputation around the world as an authority on developing leaders, leading effective change and accelerating personal, team and organizational performance. Tom has the unique gift to connect with the audience’s heart as well as their head. He understands that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Tom has worked with a list of clients that includes Microsoft, Google, American Express, Amazon, NASA and the Pentagon. Tom draws on his leadership experience as a former NFL quarterback for seven seasons, his extensive work in corporate America, and his alliance with leadership guru, Dr. John Kotter. Tom provides actionable solutions to develop leaders, lead change, and drive performance. Tom has an exceptional ability to communicate clear business solutions combined with humor, wit and razor-sharp insight.

Dan Clark

When Dan Clark recovered from a paralyzing football injury, he started a Multi-Million Dollar Corporation and became one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in North America. Since 1982, he has been inspiring change in organizations by reinvigorating passion, building strong connections in the workplace, and transforming their workforce into high performance thinkers! His latest book, The Art of Significance, will help you and your organization Achieve The Level Beyond Success by inspiring you to live the Twelve Highest Universal Laws of Life Changing Leadership. With powerful, emotionally stirring, and entertaining illustrations from business, sports, education, and the military, Dan’s speaking eloquence will take you from where you are to where you want to be!

Lorna Riley

Lorna Riley is a 16-year experienced professional speaker, trainer, and President of the American Training Association. She brings a diverse background and high level of achievement to the podium with numerous awards to show for her success as a business owner, sales executive, sales trainer and program facilitator. Her track record of increasing sales by 600% in her first sales position, and consistent success as the top sales producer, demonstrates her unique ability to enter into new situations, quickly determine what activities produce the greatest results, and consistently out-produce the competition. Lorna’s wide range of experiences also includes careers as a classical pianist, teacher, author, computer graphic artist, marketing director, and banking officer. Her diversity provides a unique richness to her programs, while her keen eye for the bottom line provides results driven training. Lorna’s dynamic energy and broad knowledge adds depth, humor and intelligence to any presentation. Her message and “how-to’s” on the most powerful skills for creating success captivates, inspires, and moves even the “toughest” audiences to new levels of achievement.

Todd Buchholz

Todd Buchholz is an international economist, hedge fund manager, former Harvard lecturer and frequent TV and radio commentator. He has written several bestselling books on the economy, including New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs and Market Shock. Buchholz is a widely sought after keynote speaker addressing a variety of topics, from the U.S. financial markets to geo political debates to economic policies that impact business strategies around the globe. With an incisive wit and entertaining style, Buchholz’s keynote presentations reveal the economic challenges and opportunities faced by our changing society and proposes important strategies for success.

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is a valuable business speaker who shares his formula for making your way to the top through a powerful, balanced combination of marketing acumen and networking savvy. Keith is now the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, which provides market leaders with advanced strategic consulting to increase company sales and enhance personal careers. He is also the author of the bestselling book “Never Eat Alone. Never Eat Alone.” Both Forbes and Inc. Magazines have designated him one of the world's most "connected" individuals. If you are ready to succeed as an organization or personally going to listen to Keith will help bring you to your goal.

Jim Davidson

Jim has climbed high mountains around the world. He’s led expeditions and rescues in perilous conditions. As a keynote motivational speaker, Jim distills the lessons he’s learned on the mountains and applies them to challenges in business and life. Jim’s experience as a resilience expert, mountain climber, and co-author of the bestselling and award winning memoir “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival”, provides his audiences with relatable lessons to be used in the workforce. On April 25, 2015, Jim was at Camp 1 on Mount Everest when the earthquakes tragically struck Nepal. His intense reporting, photos and videos from Everest were closely covered by CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC and other news agencies.
Jim’s passion for teaching resilience and his aptitude for storytelling will inspire you. Jim becomes not just your normal keynote speaker, but a man who truly sparks your desire to improve. There is no event that has had Jim as a speaker that has not left feeling prepared to face any challenge that comes their way.

Kevin Freiberg

Kevin Freiberg helps audiences create the best places where the best people can do their best work. What will it take to stand out in a sea of sameness? Standing out requires you to de-commoditize your business by finding innovative and creative ways to tell your story, add value and differentiate. Kevin helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. He is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. He inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Kevin is known for his passion, insight and ability to equip leaders at all levels with innovative ideas that turn up the volume on leadership, culture, engagement, accountability and customer loyalty.

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran provides data and strategies to inspire leaders to drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace TODAY! The future workplace Cheryl envisions is one of shared leadership, innovative collaboration, where everyone is consistently adding value for employees and customers. Cheryl's research focuses on the future of work, change management, and technological innovation. Cheryl is the author of six books including, the newest, “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World”. Cheryl has worked with global brands such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDX, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more. In choosing to work with Cheryl, audiences will learn to take action towards creating an extraordinary future. Clients enjoy increased engagement, increased leadership abilities and increased business results.

James Gilmore

Gilmore is co-founder of Aurora, Ohio-based Strategic Horizons LLP. He has been described as “professional observer,” sought by enterprises around the globe for his expertise in conceiving and designing new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. He is a frequent keynote speaker, as well as workshop facilitator and executive coach; a number of professional societies, trade associations, and individual companies also engage Gilmore to help design their overall meetings and events. Recently, Gilmore has been accepted a three-year appointment as the Chief Experience Architect for the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. Gilmore’s most recent book, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), contends that businesses must learn to manage authenticity as a distinct business discipline. Indeed, in an ever more commercialized, intentionally staged, and technologically mediated world—an increasingly unreal world—people today want the real from the genuine, not the fake from some phony. Gilmore and his co-author Joe Pine, offer unparalleled insights concerning this important new topic.

Juliet Funt

Juliet helps overloaded individuals and companies reclaim the time to think and focus during their busy, busy days. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between activity and productivity. She teaches them a streamlined method for personal process improvement – leading to more creativity and engagement. Juliet is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consultancy firm that brings companies a measurable method to reclaim simplicity and thoughtfulness. She is passionately committed to helping overloaded professionals change the way they work for the better and her clients include companies like Costco, American Express, Nike and P&G.

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