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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

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.

Carol Kinsey Goman

If your business is having trouble achieving their goals in the unstable business environment that we work in, than you need Carol Kinsey Goman as your management speaker. With her change-management expertise, business leaders will have the know-how to energize a work force by dispelling anxiety, make uncertainty comprehensible, and help employees find their creative potential. Carol has published 200 articles in organizational change and leadership and has been cited as an authority in media such as Investors Business Daily, CNN’s Business Unusual, NBC Nightly News and many more! Her customized, humorous, and insightful keynotes spark leaders to be more effective and help them seize opportunities as they present themselves.

James Mapes

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization. A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years. Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible. This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination. Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind. His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance. His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind. A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity.

John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 18 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay offers insightfully powerful tips as a corporate speaker on how to outsell, out-manage, out-motivate, and out-negotiate their industry’s competition. Harvey has written five New York Times bestselling books including “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and “We Got Fired!.... And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us.” He is also a nationally syndicated columnist, has been named the top five speakers in the world by Toastmasters International, and is the chairman of the $100 million Mackay Envelope Company. From his experience as a Minneapolis entrepreneur and prominent community leader, Harvey offers powerful and compelling advice on salesmanship customer service, leadership and negotiation.

Doug Lipp

Doug Lipp is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and consultant on customer service, leadership, change management and global competitiveness. His thought-provoking, learn-by-doing presentation style has motivated hundreds of thousands of people around the world to maximize personal and professional success. Doug is the author of numerous articles and eight books on leadership, customer service, and international business. Through his captivating and contagious style, Doug challenges audiences worldwide to change or perish. By age 29, Doug was the head of the training team at the world-famous Disney University at Disney’s corporate headquarters. After leaving Disney, Doug co-developed an international consulting firm with a Stanford University professor, teaching diverse teams of professionals how to better themselves in the marketplace.

Cindy Novotny

Cindy Novotny is recognized by Training & Development Magazine as one of nine most powerful and innovative speakers. Cindy has been branded the “Radical Mentor” by thousands of executives around the world for her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Training Magazine, Successful Meetings, and broadcast live on the BBC. Energy, passion, and drive guarantee Cindy’s message will hit home with every audience. Her targeted message and popularity has no boundaries as she addresses groups around the world. Cindy's charismatic, humorous, no nonsense approach, combined with in-depth knowledge, bring an audience alive with reality-based skills and cutting edge training technology. As the author of the book “Living With No Balance…And Loving It!” Cindy challenges people to feel good about trying to do it all and living in a less than balanced world. Her message applies to anyone interested in having a fulfilling life.

Robert Kriegel

One of the most in demand business speakers, Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative, “out of the box” strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today’s dynamic marketplace. Author of the international bestseller, If it ain’t broke...BREAK IT!, Dr. Kriegel has been called by U.S. News & World Report one of this country’s leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. He is the author of several bestselling books on innovation, including Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers and his latest title, How to Succeed in Business Without Working so Damn Hard. In his customized presentations, Dr. Kriegel will teach your audience how to develop and lead Change- Ready© people and organizations as well as how to round up sacred cows that cost money and inhibit both change and new opportunities. He will also outline actionable strategies for gaining the competitive edge--not by competing, but by rethinking rules, redefining roles, and reinventing the game.

Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers for 2013 by MeetingsNet. Over the past 5 years Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the world’s best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Deloitte.

John Naisbitt

John Naisbitt is often called the global philosopher among futurists. With his “astonishingly precise predictions” and inspiring message he is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has experience in top management, in politics -- as assistant secretary of education to President John Kennedy and special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson -- and as an entrepreneur. His picture of the future is not only formed by the research he does, he has traveled the world since the late 1960s, keeping in close connection with corporations and people in different fields of endeavor. He has spoken to virtually every major corporation, to many, several times. John Naisbitt’s goal is to motivate and inspire his audience to see the future as something we can have access to, if we deliberately develop mindsets as a tool to see and evaluate the seeds and signs of change, which in time will built the future.

Wayne Sotile

Dr. Wayne Sotile is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and consultants today. A pioneer in the field of health psychology, he combines common sense explanations of cutting-edge research with compassion, humor, and targeted advice that empowers audience members to let go of what's holding them back, take charge of themselves, and make a difference at work and home. Dr. Sotile has consulted with over 400 organizations, corporations, medical practices, and health care systems. He has delivered over 4,000 addresses to professional and lay audiences worldwide, including invited addresses to the Million Dollar Roundtable, the Entrepreneurship Institute, the National Wellness Institute. His topics include: The New Stress Management: Practical solutions for busy people, Understanding and Managing our Differences; and Are We In This Together? Keys to Shaping Collaboration and Collegiality.

David Stillman

David Stillman is a generational expert and best-selling author who shows businesses how to connect with four generations in the workplace and marketplace and how to get ready for the newest generation - GenZ. He is co-author of two best- selling books, When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace. Because of David’s creative communications work, he has received rave reviews from Fortune 100 companies, in addition to numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival and the much coveted CLIO Award. He was named to the prestigious list of “Forty Under 40” movers and shakers by The Business Journal and most recently as one of 200 to Watch. David’s energetic and insightful presentations will help all audiences appreciate and understand generations differently.

Ian Percy

Ian Percy challenges and inspires corporate and association audiences in numerous industries around the world. His unique ability to help people believe in their full potential, to challenge themselves when they need to be challenged and to stimulate courageous innovation will bring significant advantage to your organization. An organizational psychologist, Ian is a renowned business speaker and respected author of six books. As a speaker Ian has the rare honor of being inducted into both the US and Canadian Speaker Halls of Fame. Ian's writing includes the breakthrough book on leadership titled "Going Deep"; an inspirational book called "The 11 Commandments for an Enthusiastic Team" and his most recent "The Profitable Power of Purpose". He writes a regular column on performance improvement for Human Capital magazine read by over 40,000 HR leaders and is a frequent contributor to the online publication RetailWire. With limitless humor, he encourages, provokes, guides, coaches and lifts organizations to a place filled with unifying purpose and passion. Topics include: The "Yearning Organization", Putting Fire Back in the Fireplace, From Information to Wisdom: The New Face of Leadership, Corporate Courage in the Post Re-engineering Era: The Four Strategic Challenges Facing Every Organization Intent on Success, and, The 11 Commandments for an Enthusiastic Team.

Dennis Perkins

Rigorous waves, unpredictable weather, and life threatening experiences are the stories that Dr. Dennis Perkins shares in his leadership keynotes to help companies survive on the waters of business. While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, Dr. Perkins developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge, or the outer limits of human endurance. By combining these fundamentals and latest research with his own experience in some of the world’s toughest conditions he applies the lessons in survival to today’s business environment. Dr. Perkins is the author of several books, recently Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition and CEO of The Syncretics Group, a firm devoted to effective leadership and teamwork. Bring your life-vest because Dr. Perkins is going to show you how to lead your team through the tsunami business waves and come out winning.

Erik Qualman

#1 bestselling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 44 countries and reached 23 million people this decade. His books have propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. His entertaining, educating, and empowering approach reaches audiences of all ages with an inspiring message around maximizing your leadership, reputation, and innovation potential. His video-storytelling style captivates audiences and showcases how successful and happy people are able to find the right offline & online balance in their over-scheduled lives. Interwoven in this inspirational message are practical tips and takeaways that directly impact the bottom line for your organization. His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. What Happens in Vegas Stays on Youtube was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and his books are used in over 200 of the world’s top universities. His latest book, How to Sell on LinkedIn is launching Q4 2016. He was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard and MTI’s edX labs.

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