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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

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.

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander has transmitted his eloquent way of connecting with people from conducting famous symphonies, like the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, to inspiring audiences as a leadership speaker. Co-author of The Art of Possibility, Zander incorporates his breathtaking pianistic skills with his uplifting messages that teach leaders the “art of possibility.” His keynotes provide an experience that takes you through stories, music and concepts to provoke a radical shift in perception. This brilliant symphony conductor uses the analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how your organization can come together as a team to unleash your full potential.

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.

John Foley

John Foley knows first-hand what it means to take high performance and excellence to an extreme level. John delivers an actionable framework for high performance that combines the unique experience as lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels with a master's degree in strategic management from Stanford School of Business. John founded the Glad to Be Here Foundation which has impacted 100 charities and donated 1 million dollars helping thousands of lives globally. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John's keynote presentations leave audiences with just one question: How good do you want to be?

Danny Cox

Danny Cox is an "accelerationist", or one who causes faster movement, higher efficiency and increased productivity. He is a best selling author of several books, including "Leadership When the Heat's On". Danny is one of America's busiest speakers due to both his material and his engaging, energetic, humorous style of presentation. With his experience in sales and management and his innovative leadership and teamwork techniques, he has inspired hundreds of audiences across the nation. After leaving the Air Force and entering the private sector, Cox learned quickly that in order to succeed you have to be able to work on yourself before you can be the best. His entertaining anecdotes about achieving personal success are informative and are perfect to motivate any audience.

Steve Farber

Steve Farber has shaken up and re-defined what it means to be a leader of substance, significance and success. He is one of the world's most in-demand leadership speakers and the bestselling author of 3 ground-breaking books: The Radical Leap, The Radical Edge, and Greater Than Yourself. Steve is the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, former VP of The Tom Peters Company, and listed as one of Inc's global Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. Steve shares deeply thought-provoking and eminently practical leadership techniques and tips with his audiences. Whatever your challenge is- improving customer service, coping with change, improving corporate culture, building teamwork, or fostering innovation- Steve will inspire audiences to accept and thrive in their current business environment.

Gary Hamel

The way we manage has forever changed due to Gary Hamel. He has been said to be the “most influential business thinker” by The Wall Street Journal and a “leading expert on business strategy” by Fortune magazine. Author, consultant for companies such as GE and Time Warner, and business speaker, Gary has transformed the business world for the better. He is currently leading an effort to build an open innovation platform for reinventing management, the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), which is designed to radically accelerate the evolution of management practice. Be on the cutting edge of ways to manage your employees by listening to Gary’s dynamic and fresh ideas.

Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic is not just Donald Trump’s original Apprentice, he is also America’s distinguished motivational and business speaker who educates businesses and organizations around the world. He also develops real estate in Chicago and produces and appears in several television programs. Bill is the published author of a New York Times best-selling book, How to Succeed in Business and Life. Today he is one of the most sought after motivational speakers because of his engaging and entertaining lessons that are combined with his ability to inspire audiences to seize opportunities and think creatively.

Don Hutson

Don Hutson, CPAE, CSP, is in the business of making people believe they can do better--and he gives them skills to do it. For over 30 years, Don has energized his audiences into action. Throughout the business world, he is known as one who delivers real solutions for business professionals. Don's dynamic and engaging programs have garnered him many honors and awards over the course of his career. He is the author of The Sale, The Contented Achiever, The One Minute Entrepreneur (co-written with Ken Blanchard) and The One Minute Negotiator (co-written with George Lucas). Don has addressed over two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies, and has been selected by a number of them to help develop their own corporate university. Currently, Don is the Chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning, the Chairman of Executive Books, and has been featured on both PBS and Fox News.

David Houle

David Houle is a futurist, thought leader, author and keynote speaker whose presentations focus on change, innovation and future trends. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment, receiving two Emmy Awards and an Academy Award nomination. He consistently ranks as one of the top futurists and writes the popular blog, “A Future Look at Today”. Houle is also an accomplished author, writing several books, the most recent being Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing. He is a catalyst to get people, companies, governments and the world to think about the future.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman

In today’s highly competitive and constantly changing business world, Waldo teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experience as a combat decorated F-16 fight pilot and sales manager. Waldo is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Fly Solo. He was also voted one of the Top Speakers in 2015 by Meetings & Conventions Magazine. Waldo has real world sales and business experience and is an expert on creating cultures of commitment, collaboration and trust. The key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen- those who help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. He believes that by placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to others, there is no mission you can’t compete.

Jayne Sanders

It is finally alright to bring work home with you! Jayne Sanders provides the tools for the men and women in your audience to communicate better at work and at home. As founder and creator of GenderSmart Solutions and author of GenderSmart: Solving the Communication Puzzle between Men and Women, Jayne is an expert on the communication dynamics between men and women. Your team will have devices to implement a fresh new communication channel that will encourage creativity and innovation throughout the office!


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