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Teambuilding - Keynote Speakers

Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI. In her motivating and engaging presentations, Carey shares the story of her journey to the cockpit along with her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world and feel inspired to move to higher levels of performance. She uses the processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting to help businesses manage risk while becoming High Performing Organizations. In October 2014, Lohrenz released her book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Lohrenz provides bottom-line expertise, clear takeaway items, and an ability to connect with the audience to make her a highly sought after speaker.

Mike Mullane

Colonel Mike Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the Shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? His memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, has been reviewed in the New York Times and on the Jon Stewart Daily Show. Colonel Mullane's inspiring and humorous presentations use his experiences as an astronaut in the most unusual, incredible, and dangerous situations to teach leassons about teamwork, leadership, and safety that apply to groups of all kinds. His personal stories of life in space and incredible video footage from NASA will amaze and engage your audience all the way through. They will leave Colonel Mullane's program with a renewed sense of both their own potential and the potential of their teams!

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

Peter Hillary

With great adventures comes great stories, and with great stories comes Peter Hillary the ever inspiring motivational speaker. Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt. Everest and has reached the South Pole overland. Through his dynamic public speaking he takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent in a vicious storm on K2. His presentations combine humor and heart-stopping excitement with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. Re-live Edmund’s adventure and be inspired to have your own.

Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin is the CEO of the acclaimed Institute for Health and Human Potential, a successful international business, recently named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies”. As a speaker, Bill has inspired and educated audiences of 30 to 2000 at leadership retreats, sales meetings, IT forums and association events. Bill's practical and scientific approach to leadership, combined with his advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, make him a hit with analytical audiences. His experience in sales gives him a high degree of energy and enthusiasm, which he brings to every presentation. Bill takes a straightforward and practical look at what is driving your leadership behaviors by examining the brain science that drives your emotions. He provides practical tools that leaders will apply immediately to help them engage their teams and drive higher performance. Over and over again, attendees share what the like about Bill’s presentations: he offers practical techniques they can immediately use.

Terry Bowden

Known for his outstanding ability to build champion college football programs, Terry Bowden shares with his audiences the leadership lessons he has learned through his exceptional career as a football coach. Over his career he has compiled a career record of over 150 wins as a head coach. He has turned four losing football programs into winners, and continued a winning tradition at a fifth. This past season, Coach Bowden led the Akron Zips from being one of the weakest programs to being a Bowl Game winner. Terry also has 10 years of experience as a college football broadcaster for ABC, ESPN, Westwood One, as well as writing for Yahoo! Sports. Terry shares his knowledge and insights into building a winning team or organization through motivation, leadership and teamwork. Using a balanced mix of his unique humor, relatable and entertaining stories, Terry leaves his audiences with real world skills to implement in their own businesses, careers, and lives.

Paul Assaiante

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world. He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 16 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach. Paul’s core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear. Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year. He uses his experiences to help leaders in any field embrace collaboration, cultural diversity, and leadership models that encourage employees to give everything they have- every day, and build winning teams.

Mary Boone

What differentiates Mary is her combination of original, compelling content with a well-designed and expertly facilitated interactive experience. You get a bonus with Mary – she can not only excite the audience with her content, but she can also engage them in a large scale conversation. She also believes passionately in extending the collaborative experience beyond the boundaries of the speaking engagement. It’s not simply about customizing the speech topic, sending pre-reading documents or leaving behind solution tip sheets – these are “givens.” Her engagements also include ideas for sharing content long after the event is over. She speaks on leadership, complexity, high performance collaboration and engagement. Mary’s work as an author and consultant has been quoted and published in a wide range of media including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. Successful Meetings magazine has also recognized her as a “Top Speaker” and featured her on its cover as a “Strategic Thinker.”

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, How Winning Works, and has been honored multiple times as a top speaker by Fortune 1000 meeting professionals and MeetingsNet.com. It is through her harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

Boris Brott

Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. Thousands of people across corporate America have heard Boris Brott's interactive presentation — he draws comparisons between business organizations and symphony orchestras. Both have common goals, each must perform in harmony to achieve those goals, and each continually strives for perfection. Often, both attempt to be innovative and creative. Boris draws out the juxtaposition of teamwork and leadership, the need for creativity within an organization; the joy of communication and the achievement of success, all which are also explored through the medium of music. The audience is thrilled to be playing a significant part and to make music under the direction of a symphony conductor. Boris delivers nothing but memorable and unique presentations, sure to captivate any audience.

Andy Boynton

In today’s competitive world, the old tried and true approach to customers, clients, innovation, and strategy simply doesn’t work as well as it used to. Andy Boynton understands the new rules and can educate leaders, managers, and organizations on how to renews themselves and succeed. Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, author, and co-creator of DeepDive, the world’s largest methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation, and results. As a leadership speaker he brings his 20 years of experience as a researcher, speaker, and designer of powerful executive education sessions to firms around the world. He communicates his message in a powerful, engaging way to offer actionable strategies for organizations. He shares the insights he has learned through research into what it takes to win today across all dimensions for any organization.

Norm Bossio

As a speaker, Norm Bossio combines content with comedy to create a unique mix that ensures audience participation. Unlike many traditional speakers who use podiums, Norm isn't confined to such formalities; he would much rather walk around the audience to get a feel for who he is speaking to. Norm has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public schools and he often draws upon his experiences in these fields for content in his speeches. Since Norm began speaking in 1980, he has spoken in front of over 2 ½ million audience members in venues ranging from an American Indian Village Tribunal to the Hoosier Dome. His audiences have included clients ranging from Bill Clinton to Steven King. Some of Norm's topics include: Motivation, Leadership, Team Building, Time Management, Change, Stress and Conflict Management, Problem Solving, Performance Appraisal and Decision Making.

Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams and his program, “The Champion’s Code: Life Lessons of Ethics and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” not only illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best, it also explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship in sports as it relates to values and integrity in the workplace. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short, and Ross explains why — in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams and is an icon of college football. Having coached young men in seven decades, he is the second-winningest coach in major college football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories, two national championships, twelve Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in fourteen straight seasons, and he also led the Seminoles to Bowl Games in twenty-eight consecutive seasons during his thirty-four-year tenure. The patriarch of college football’s most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field, including his conduct as a role model in the community. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, one of only two coaches who have ever been inducted while still coaching. His memoir, “Called to Coach” was published by Simon & Schuster in August of 2010.

Eric Boles

Eric Boles is President of The Game Changers, Inc., a training and consulting company whose leadership, team, and personal development processes are used by some of the most recognized and successful companies in the world and have helped to shape over a half a million successful leaders, managers, and employees. Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, and executive coach who addresses thousands of men and women each year. His clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, AFLAC, Dunkin Brands, State Farm Insurance, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Rangers--to name a few. Prior to becoming an authority on teamwork, leadership and personal development, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics, leadership, and peak performance from his experience as a player in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. His presentations draw on both his sports and business backgrounds to deliver dynamic, inspiring, and practical messages for success.

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!

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.

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.

Susan Ershler

Susan Ershler is able to lift audiences' ambitions by showing them how hard work, dedication, perseverance and a total commitment to excellence can pay off in reaching seemingly impossible goals. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, CenturyLink and FedEx Office. She’s led teams to sales records and along the way has earned 11 annual President’s Club awards - for leading teams to peak performance. During that era of corporate achievement, Susan and her husband became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits- the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. Susan tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals. As a history-making mountain climber, corporate executive and author, Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success.

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.

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