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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

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.

Larry Brudnicki

Captain Larry Brudnicki was the leader of the US Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in over 100 years - the storm that became known as “The Perfect Storm,” inspiring the book and blockbuster movie. As a leadership speaker, Captain Brudnicki reflects on his experience managing teams through challenging circumstances to help organizations become more successful. He delivers steps that can help audiences make decisions under pressure and risk management tactics that help them avoid pitfalls. He has a perfect balance between humor and real-life drama that keeps his audiences intrigued till the end.

Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin makes it his mission as a business speaker to work with executives and managers to achieve great performance. Dan considers great management performance as one that significantly improves an organization’s desired outcome in a sustainable way. His keynote topics include leadership, branding, sales, and innovation. When addressing an audience as a keynote speaker, Dan uses his real-life stories from his management consulting work and in-depth research to engage his listeners. His down-to-earth and humorous delivery makes him a relatable speaker that can capture anyone’s attention. Dan's newest book, The Business Leader’s Impact: Five Critical Drivers of Sustainable Profitable Growth provides practical advice for business leaders based on 16 years of leadership consulting for corporations including more than 2,000 executive coaching sessions, 3,000 hours of on-site observing and advising of executives and managers.

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is a renowned author of First, Break All the Rules and business speaker who has made it his mission to show organizations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Disney how to create a workplace that utilizes their employee’s strength. Described by such diverse sources as Fortune magazine and Oprah Winfrey as a “strengths management guru” and the “leader of the strengths revolution,” Marcus Buckingham is the world’s foremost authority on helping people to engage the best of themselves in their work. By challenging conventional wisdom, Buckingham shows his audience the correlation between engaged employees and business fundamentals.

Joe Calloway

Joe Calloway takes from his ground-breaking books to create highly interactive keynotes and workshops that challenge assumptions and establish new ways of thinking. He has authored five outstanding business books, including the bestselling Becoming a Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity and Defy Comparison and his most recent Be the Best at What Matters Most: The Only Strategy You Will Ever Need. Joe discusses the high performance mind set and pushes audiences to think beyond their typical boundaries, challenging them to take their businesses to new heights. There is nothing traditional about Joe’s customized keynotes as audience members roll up their sleeves to participate in workshops that revolutionize the way they do business to become the best in the industry.

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.

Linda Edgecombe

Linda Edgecombe, CSP, s an internationally renowned award-winning humorous speaker, trainer and consultant. She is a best selling author who energizes every room as she leads people to loosen up, lighten the load and laugh. Her audiences are motivated and shown how they can shift their perspectives on life, work and themselves. Change has never been this painless! As a professional, with a degree in Physical Education, Linda brings 20 years of Recreation, Employee Wellness, Lifestyle and Corporate Consulting experience to her programs and her clients. She was a consultant for Participation, promoting healthy living to Canadians and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as an expert in “Shifting Perspectives”. Inside all the laughter, Linda’s audiences are inspired to find the meaning in what they do and let go of what’s not working. Her message is a welcome as a deep belly laugh and as profound as an honest look in the mirror.

Sam Glenn

Sam Glenn is all about attitude! Sam’s topics revolve around attitude, empowerment, leadership, peak performance, employee engagement, transformation, customer service and teamwork, all of which ignite personal and professional positivity. His programs are rooted in the belief that keeping a positive outlook in any situation is essential to finding success and fulfillment in work and in life. His customized performances are set to captivate, challenge, and inspire everyone in the room. Sam has changed the lives of millions with his simple, heartfelt stories, impacting people to make huge changes, with effects that trickle into all areas of life. Sam is an accomplished artist, author and operates his highly successful speaking businesses.

Bob Davies

As a keynote speaker, author, trainer and coach, Bob Davies has drawn upon the lessons he has accumulated, from his humble childhood roots to his successful career as a college football coach, in order to develop a system for improving lives based on clarity, focus and accountability. Using his coaching background and academic studies, Bob has studied and formed systems around strategic planning, time accountability, tracking, and creating systems that enable individuals to tap into the highest level of their potential. Bob helps audiences implement these lessons both for themselves and for others as a system of specific declarations resulting in elite performance and the ability to achieve declared goals. By learning from Bob’s experience of overcoming fear, the audience will be able to identify and overcome the obstacles that presently stand in the way of success in sales and in life.

Derek Daly

Derek Daly epitomizes the complete champion. As a legendary Hall of Fame race car driver and network television color analyst, Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of motorsports. For 17 years he was among the best professional drivers. Daly was almost killed in 1984, surviving the hardest crash impact a race driver has ever survived. After 14 surgeries and three years of therapy, he came back to win the biggest international races of his career. Daly then moved to a 20-year television broadcasting career. He now uses the analogy of racing to address business success and to identify the skills of winners. Daly is the best-selling author of Race to Win: How to Become a Complete Champion.

Kevin Elko

Dr. Kevin Elko is the motivational Gatorade to the sports and corporate world who inspires breakthrough success by building it one brick at a time. He is a nationally renowned performance consultant, professional motivational speaker and author of two books: Nerves of Steel and The Pep Talk. Dr. Elko’s uplifting keynotes have quenched the motivational thirst of individuals and teams from the performance of collegiate and professional sports teams. His passion and desire to better every audience member’s life has created a craving for success that is undeniable once you leave.

Joel Zeff

As an improvisational humorist, Joel Zeff's interactive performances invite members of the audience to participate in hilarious improvisational skits that reinforce Joel's central message: That organizations and individuals should CELEBRATE every day successes if they want to increase long-term productivity and innovation. Joel expands on the teachings of his book, Make the Right Choice and trains employees on how to make the right choices to pursue a life with more creativity, passion, and productivity. Joel is an innovative and creativity speaker who gives you the chance of a lifetime to see your boss play a world famous rapper who has lost his ability to rhyme while the person who works at the desk next to you is delivering moment-to-moment sound effects. There is no doubt that Joel will make you laugh, but most importantly he will make you think.

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