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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

Dennis Snow

Dennis Snow’s customer service abilities were honed over 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company. There, he developed his passion for service excellence and the experience he brings to the worldwide speaking and consulting he does today. He also spent several years with the Disney University, teaching corporate philosophy and business practices to cast members and the leadership team. In his last year with Walt Disney World®, Dennis’ leadership performance was ranked in the top 3% of the company’s leadership team. Today, Dennis is a full-time speaker, trainer and consultant who helps organizations achieve goals related to customer service, employee development and leadership. He is the author of the book, Lessons from the Mouse: A Guide for Applying Disney World's Secrets of Success to Your Organization, Your Career, and Your Life.

William "Gus" Pagonis

When it comes to expertise in logistics and overall leadership in management of very complex projects and organizations, few people are better qualified than Gus Pagonis, a retired three-star U.S. Army General. Lieutenant General Pagonis is widely recognized for his logistical achievements particularly during Desert Shield/Desert storm. After successfully masterminding logistics for the Gulf War and winning high praise from General Norman Schwarzkopf, Pagonis left the Army in 1993 and was hired as Head of Supply Chain for Sears Roebuck and Co. Also, he was President of Sears Logistics Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears. He retired from Sears in June 2006. From July, 2006 to December, 2013, Gus served as the Vice Chairman of the BOD for GENCO and supervised their government operation until December 2013. He presently does consulting for various Corporations and public speaking on Leadership of the Supply Chain. Also, he is a lecturer at Penn State University in their Executive Program.

Howard Putnam

Howard Putnam is the former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines, transforming a small entrepreneurial venture into a major competitor. In three years profits increased by 200 percent. Putnam accepted the challenge of Braniff International in 1981 and became the first Chairman and CEO to successfully restructure a major airline out of bankruptcy. Earlier he spent over 20 years with United Airlines, his final position being Group Vice President of Marketing. He has also been an entrepreneur and has learned "Crisis Management" by living it. Harvard wrote a case study on his Braniff experiences called "The Ethics of Bankruptcy." Howard is a business and motivational speaker, author, consultant, commentator, and online mentor on: Leadership, Customer Service, Change, Transformation and Ethics. For nearly thirty years, Howard played a leading role in one of the most exciting and rapidly changing industries. He earned a well-deserved reputation for his capacity to think systematically, create a vision, build a team, define a niche, and design successful strategies for managing growth and crisis. An impressive entertainer and motivational speaker, Howard shares his prescription for successful management in the 21st century. Howard Putnam's ultimate objective is Bottom Line Improvement. He believes that cultures that place people as their highest priority have the greatest long term impact and success.

Mark Sanborn

Leadership speaker Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is also an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change. His current release, You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, inspires leadership at every level, while his other bestseller, The Fred Factor, delivers an insightful guide to creating value and meaning in your work, life and the lives of those you impact. Mark helps his clients build employee competence, motivation, and commitment to excellence while adhering to core values and ethics. Mark teaches that our highest impact as leaders comes when we transcend the organization and bring leadership into our homes and communities as well.

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta motivates audiences DIFFERENTLY by fueling them with exciting new ideas, mindsets, attitudes and solutions that will empower them to tackle even the toughest challenges in today’s crazy 24/7 world! Her humor allows her to confront the toughest issues organizations face with substance and style. Connie’s contagious sense of humor enables your audience to dig deeper and learn so she can keep those “ah ha” moments coming fast and furious. Most keynote speakers simply teach audiences WHAT to do. A few speakers show audiences HOW to do it. Connie does all that and MORE. She helps your team understand WHY it’s important to change behaviors, re-think attitudes, re-assess old ideas and get on board so they can make things happen!

David Meerman Scott

David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist. His book The New Rules of Marketing & PR opened people’s eyes to the new realities of marketing and public relations on the Web. Six months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list and published in more than 25 languages, New Rules is now a modern business classic. He is a recovering VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies. David’s popular blog and hundreds of speaking engagements around the world give him a singular perspective on how businesses are implementing new strategies to reach buyers. Scott knows that sitting through a boring or off-topic speech is utterly painful. So he keeps things a bit edgy and uses stories and humor to craft presentations that are educational, motivational, and entertaining. Whenever he is front of a group he provides valuable and actionable information about the new rules of marketing and PR, online thought leadership, and reaching buyers directly with Web content.

Alan Parisse

Alan Parisse made his first million in his early twenties. By his late twenties, he lost it. To rebuild his bank account and career, Alan helped Cigna, NY Life, and other companies bring non-traditional products to market. He was instrumental in the creation, marketing and sales of investments that in today’s dollars would be valued in the billions. Alan has written and co-authored numerous books and training programs including Questions Great Financial Advisors Ask, This Is Your Time, Taking Change: Lessons in Leadership, The Great Salesperson and Power Marketing. His real-world experience leveraging client relationships to prosper and lead through cycles of change in competitive environments is what sets him apart from the field. It’s this boots in the trenches experience that is at the core of every presentation Alan delivers. Alan’s audiences gain an understanding of the new sources of leadership – the game changes that impact influence. His unique insights and ideas are immediately actionable by audiences.

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.

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is a motivational speaker who provides practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others; and generate measurable results! He is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do. He delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people and organizations to be more successful, appreciative, and authentic. Prior to his speaking and writing career, Mike played baseball at Stanford University and then professionally with the Kansas City Royals organization. After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, he worked for two internet start-ups, before starting his consulting business in 2001. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Gap, Twitter, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. His unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter what the obstacles.

Hendrie Weisinger

Dr. Hendrie (Hank) Weisinger is a world renowned psychologist, pioneer in the field of pressure management, and a New York Times bestselling author. His informative and interactive presentations address various topics, including giving and taking criticism, managing emotions, motivating oneself and others, and resolving conflict. He is a leading authority in the application of emotional intelligence, an expert in anger management, and the originator of the highly regarded techniques of criticism training. Dr. Weisinger has spent three decades helping individuals and organizations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, social, organizational, and evolutionary psychology. He has taught at Wharton, UCLA, NYU, Cornell, Penn State and MIT. Dr. Weisinger’s experience and expertise provides the tools for your organization to achieve excellence.

Sam Horn

Sam Horn, Founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency, is a Washington Post bestselling author, speaker, and communications strategist coaches the world’s top entrepreneurs and executive on how to communicate more clearly, compellingly and convincingly. Her pioneering books – POP! Tongue Fu! What’s Holding You Back, ConZentrate and Got Your Attention? – have been endorsed by Dan Pink, Marshall Goldsmith, Jeffrey Gittomer, Stephen Covey, Miki Agrawal, Ken Blanchard, Mark Sanborn and marketing guru Seth Godin who calls POP! ”revolutionary.” Sam has been hired by EO to train their International Boards and Presidents on public speaking and media training and has worked with three presidents of National Speakers Association. Sam proves that by making your communications so intriguing, people WANT to listen to you. Discover how to be so relevant, people remember you and are motivated to say yes to you.

Don Yaeger

As a sports writer and author, Don Yaeger has had a front-row seat with some of the world’s greatest winners. Let him share that seat with you! Don has the ability to connect sports with business and share great stories on teamwork, preparedness, goal setting and relationship building. His insights provide a unique perspective on audience’s everyday tasks and responsibilities. Don is a frequent guest on national television programs such as: Nightline, Dateline, 20/20, ESPN and Good Morning America. In the past 22 years, he has penned 23 books, including seven New York Times Best-sellers, the most recent being Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur with Ryan Blair. He communicates with his audiences in an easy, engaging style, which helps participants realize that they, too, can achieve a higher level of professional and personal success.

Bonita Thompson

Bonita Thompson, human resources executive, has been a leading innovator in HR for over 25 years for several major international corporations including: Bank of America, Genentech, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis, Varian and Catellus. She is a New York Times bestselling author of ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management). She lectures globally and has taught leadership and management courses at John F. Kennedy University. Her American Management Association webinar, Double Your Value, is featured as an article in Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s book Coaching for Leadership, which was described as “the single best collection of writings and writers on executive coaching” according to Professor Warren Bennis at USC/Harvard. She was Director of Research for Stanford Professor Jerry Porras (and co-authors Thompson and Emery) on the bestselling book Success Built to Last, the sequel to Porras’ and Collins’ classic Built to Last. From this research, she developed a game that people can play that helps them get clearer about their personal definition of success which has provided great insights regarding core values.

Mark Thompson

Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization. He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters. He brings insight from decades of experience with great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth. He brings his messages of change and innovation to life with clarity, humor, passion, and energy.

Joel Weldon

As a former construction worker who turned down a four-year college scholarship because he thought he wasn't "smart enough" to go to college, Joel Weldon is living proof that human potential can be tapped, and your entire life transformed, when even one good idea is accepted and acted upon. For the past 37 years he's been one of the most highly respected and sought-after corporate speakers in North America, and has been an Idea Consultant, Sales Trainer and Executive Speech Coach for many of the world's leading organizations and businesses for over three decades. Joel is a Charter Member of the National Speakers Association. He’s earned the distinguished CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame designation, as well as The Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International in 1989, "for his profound impact on Corporate America." In 2006 he was named “Legend of the Speaking Profession.” His unique corporate logo is known worldwide—it’s a heavy 8-ounce can that sits on the desks of over half a million people as a reminder to think in CANS, not in cannots!

Paul Vitale

By following his dream of helping others find their niche in life, expert Paul Vitale has become one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers and trainers. With a range of topics that include leadership, customer service, sales, and achievement, Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the stage. His abundance of enthusiasm, passion for life, and unparalleled ability to relate to individuals through his own personal experiences empower his audience to act on the ideas and lessons he offers. Paul is also the author of the best-selling books, Are You Puzzled by the Puzzle of Life?, Sell With Confidence, Pass It On, and Discover the Now. His presentations will rejuvenate your organization and motivate your group to perform at their very best.

Paul Tieger

Paul D. Tieger is an internationally recognized expert on — and the author of five breakthrough books — about Personality Type. His credits include "The Art of SpeedReading People", "Nurture by Nature", "Just Your Type", "The Personality Type Tool Kit", and the 750,000 copy best-selling career guide "Do What You Are". The Founder and first director of The New England Type Institute, Paul has personally trained thousands of managers, team leaders, HR professionals, career consultants, psychologists, attorneys, and educators. He has developed innovative programs in such areas as team-building, management, sales training, career development, succession planning, conflict resolution, and communication enhancement. Paul has appeared on scores of radio and television programs, including Geraldo Live and CNN’s Business Unusual, and has been profiled in The New York Times. As a result of his jury consulting experiences, Paul wrote The Art of SpeedReading People – a system for helping all people quickly size others up and speak their language.

Brandon Steiner

Brandon Steiner’s career has seen many twists and turns, and many self-reinventions, but has always centered on his two sharpest skills: managing people and providing services. His career with the Yankees began when he was manager of the Hard Rock Café in the 80s. He started meeting many of the team’s athletes and later represented them professionally and began Steiner Association (later named Steiner Sports). Brandon is frequently utilized as an expert commentator on sports and marketing on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, and ESPN, and in newspapers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Brandon speaks on a wide variety of skills and entrepreneurial values that have made him successful. Whether it is regarding change and all the opportunities it brings, or how to handle risk, Brandon brings “outside of the box thinking” to life!

Richard Whiteley

Richard’s extensive knowledge of current business challenges and dynamic presentation style have brought him acclaim as a powerful speaker. Mr. Whitely is a successful entrepreneur, former CEO, consultant and award-winning author. He is the Principal of The Whiteley Group, an international speaking and consulting firm. Mr. Whiteley's first book, “The Customer-Driven Company” , was recently cited by “Human Resource Executive Magazine” as one of the top ten books of the decade. He is all the author of “Customer-Centered Growth”, “Love the Work You’re With: How to Find The Job You Always Wanted Without Leaving the One You Have”, and “The Corporate Shaman, A Business Fable”. Mr. Whitely argues that sales forces across corporate America are in need of a new playbook. First and foremost Richard considers the audience members to be his primary customers and tailors each presentation to create high impact, take-home value for every participant. Topics include: Customer Centered Growth, Respiriting Work, How to Create the Branded Customer Experience, High Impact Leadership, and Selling through Service.

John Medina

DR. JOHN J. MEDINA, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of nine books including the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." Dr. Medina has the rare gift of making science fun and accessible. He is an extraordinary speaker -- perhaps one of the most energetic and engaging speakers you will ever encounter. And he has a message that every leader needs to survive and thrive. In a keynote presentation or dynamic workshop, Medina guides you through his 12 Brain Rules, things you should know about how the brain works. With fascinating stories and his characteristic sense of humor, he'll explain: why multi-tasking is a myth—and what happens when you try to type an e-mail and talk on the phone at the same time; that every employee and every customers’ brain is wired differently; how exercise, sleep, and stress affect the brain; just what makes PowerPoint presentations so very boring that we have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. Really!

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