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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

Adrian Gostick

In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading a multi-generational workforce. He is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of All In and The Carrot Principle. As a leadership expert, Adrian has been called “fascinating” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. Adrian teaches leaders how to engage, enable and energize their workforces. Get ready for your employees to be stimulated to make a change after they listen to Adrian.

Patrick Houlahan

Patrick "Lips" Houlahan was a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Instructor Pilot and has flown the A/OA-10 Warthog with the United States Air Force Reserve accumulating over 2600 hours of flight time. In 2003, Lips was selected as the Instructor Pilot of the Year and was nominated for the Marine Corps Aviator of the Year. Lips has also received numerous awards recognizing his unequalled ability to instill tactical readiness in his students and directly contributing to the training and readiness of all Marine and Navy F/A-18 Squadrons. After leaving active duty in the Marine Corps in 2004, Lips brought his wealth of instructional experience to the Afterburner team and immediately made a significant impact. An expert at teaching and applying the Flawless Execution model, he quickly became one of Afterburner’s dynamic speakers and breakout facilitators. Lips has been requested by a number of clients because of his ability to connect with their teams.

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!

Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens has the unprecedented ability to deliver high-quality education in an undeniably entertaining way. He believes that education is the only way that we improve at anything and we will all improve better and faster if the learning process can be enjoyed. By combining the content of the traditional presentation with the entertainment value of a comedy show, Jeff has found enthusiastic audiences in government, academia, small businesses and several Fortune 50 companies. Whether you want to improve your leadership or change management strategies, elevate your corporate culture or eliminate generational tensions- if it’s important to you, Jeff will make it fun.

John Hersey

Thirty years as a successful corporate executive and entrepreneur have given John Hersey a unique perspective on human behavior, leadership, motivation and change. This foundation allows him to offer speaking, coaching and consulting programs that are rich with content and packed with actionable fresh insights. He knows about leadership because that is exactly what he has done throughout his career-lead organizations and teams. His experience ranges from middle to senior management, from large to small companies, in a variety of industries. The benefits of John's programs are powerful, they include: “Truly engaged employees create engaged, loyal and involved customers”; “Involved customers take you beyond brand loyalty”; and “Involved customers help companies grow and prosper”. John is a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst. He brings his expertise regarding the impact of behavior on communication, sales and leadership to every program and event. John offers clarity and simplicity to the challenge of cultivating and spreading companywide leadership. His latest topic is "Stop Selling and Help Me Buy".

Jack Mitchell

The very word “hugging” implies all sorts of fuzzy, touchy-feely behavior. That’s not exactly what Jack Mitchell means by it. He defines hugging as a mindset more than a physical act. It’s a way of thinking about customers and delivering over-the-top service. Jack is Chairman of the Mitchell Stores, and has been recognized as one of the top ten retail visionaries by the Daily News Record. As one of the country’s most respected retailers in his third-generation family business, he has a long, proven record of providing exceptional, personalized customer service and maintaining employee loyalty and longevity. His personalized presentations provide specific techniques on how to get to know and better service customers, how to hire employee and make them happy and productive, and how to run a successful family business that passes from generation to generation.

Scott Klososky

Scott Klososky has over 25 years of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and international consultant. He is the former CEO of three successful tech startups and Future Point of View co-founder. Scott is also the accomplished author of 3 books that shape the way people think about technology, leadership, and how both are impacting the world. Scott's edgy, eye-opening technology presentations teach metaphorically and methodically, with outlets for enrichment beyond the close of each event. Scott has everyone fully engaged and entertained while explaining complicated topics in a way that can be put into practice with positive results.

Mark Lipton

Mark Lipton is Professor of Management and Chair of the Organization Change Management program at the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University, in New York City. His book, "Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course", was published by Harvard Business School Press. Mark's research and opinions on management and strategy have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Organization Development Journal, among others. He is a frequent commentator on management, leadership and organizational strategy issues for ABC World News This Morning, CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, and public radio’s Marketplace. He works personally with CEOs and senior managers one-on-one, with divisional teams, and with entire organizational systems to develop unique solutions to facilitate change and growth. Mark's work spans the breadth of many types of organizations: from publicly owned global corporations, to medium-sized family businesses, to non-profits and international NGOs. Mark is confident that those who hear him speak, use the skills learned in his own presentation in order to launch their own success.

Maribeth Kuzmeski

As President of the consulting firm Red Zone Marketing, Maribeth Kuzmeski works with entrepreneurial-minded corporations and salespeople on unique marketing messages, strategic marketing planning, recruiting, and business growth. She is also the author of 7 books including 2 bestsellers, And The Clients Went Wild!, and The Connectors. Maribeth is an international keynote speaker rated as a Top 25 C-Suite Speaker as seen in Meetings & Conventions Magazine, has spoken at The Million Dollar Round Table, and Barron’s Top Producer conferences. Companies seek Maribeth for her impactful, informative, and inspirational presentations. Her ideas and strategies are thought provoking with simple and practical examples that lead audience members to success!

Peter McLaughlin

Peter has developed a toolbox of great ideas both ancient and new to help people and companies move through the maze of 21st century challenges and opportunities. Peter McLaughlin’s mission in life is to help people maximize their productivity and quality of life. A poll conducted among top corporations named Peter McLaughlin, along with Tom Peters and Peter Drucker, as one of the best business speakers in the nation. (Source: Journal of Business Strategy). Peter is author of the book CatchFire: A 7-Step Program to Ignite Energy, Defuse Stress, and PowerBoost Your Performance, and co-author of the book Mentally Tough: The Principles of Winning at Sports Applied to Winning in Business. For twenty years, he has studied the leading research on individual and team performance, and created programs to help businesspeople improve their effectiveness.

Kay Koplovitz

Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Networks and The SyFy channel and is the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams – licensing and advertising. Kay is one of today’s leading women in business, as she led USA Network to first place in cable prime time ratings and it remained there for 14 years. Kay is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas, which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. She is also the author of Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices of leaders. She is a sought after motivational speaker on subjects ranging from women’s leadership, women’s entrepreneurship, capital formation, creating a human capital ecosystem, to emerging media and management. Most recently, in 2016, she co-founded Springboard Growth Capital to invest in Springboard Alumnae companies, leveraging the strong brand, deep entrepreneur relationships, and extensive mentor network built by Springboard Enterprises.

John Kotter

John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. Kotter has authored 17 books, twelve of them bestsellers. His works have been printed in over 120 languages and total sales exceed two million copies. His latest book, A Sense of Urgency, focuses on what a true sense of urgency in an organization really is, why it is becoming an important asset and how it can be created and sustained. Just released in September of 2008, Urgency reached #7 on the New York Times bestseller list in early October.

Steven S. Little

Steven S. Little is a much sought after expert on the subject of business growth and the future of opportunity. As a former President of three fast-growth companies, he now advises thousands of leaders of growing organizations and communities each year. For over ten years, Steve was also a Senior Consultant for Inc. magazine. He is the author of the best-selling books “The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth” (Wiley, 2005) and “The Milkshake Moment: Overcoming Stupid Systems, Pointless Policies and Muddled Management to Realize Real Growth” (Wiley, 2008). And his newest book “Duck and (re)Cover: The Embattled Business Owner’s Guide to Survival and Growth” (June 2009), is already receiving praise as the “Must-Read Business Book” for 2009! He also regularly speaks for some of the world’s leading organizations, including UPS, Microsoft, FedEx, Bank of America, SunTrust Bank, Echostar, National Association of Home Builders, Consumer Electronics Associations, National Sporting Goods Association, Million Dollar RoundTable, American Banking Association, Associated General Contractors, Retail Industries Leaders Association and over 80 chambers of commerce. His style has been described as “real-world” “highly credible” and “uniquely engaging.”

Joseph Michelli

Leaders often look for a partner to help them educate and inspire their employees to deliver memorable and profitable customer experiences. Joseph Michelli transfers his knowledge of exceptional business practices in ways that develop joyful and productive workplaces with a focus on the total customer experience. His insights encourage leaders and frontline workers to grow and invest passionately in all aspects of their lives. Dr. Michelli is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson Bookscan and New York Times #1 bestselling author. His latest book is Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way. His customer service keynotes shine light onto how to gain new opportunities while providing tools and tricks to be successful. Dr. Michelli changes organizational leader’s lives by sparking their passion and giving them motivation to revamp their workplace.

David Morey

David Morey, Vice Chairman of Core Strategy Group and founder and CEO of DMG, is one of America’s leading strategic consultants—and one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers. Mr. Morey is the award-winning co-author of The Underdog Advantage: Using the Power of Insurgent Strategy to Put Your Business on Top (McGraw Hill), and has worked with and helped add billions of dollars in revenue and market value to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies. Over the years, Mr. Morey has worked with eight billionaires, four Noble Peace Prize winners and advised twelve winning global presidential campaigns, including that of the world’s most famous underdog, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Strategizing, marketing and leading “inside-out” is a specialty of his.

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