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Teambuilding - Keynote Speakers

Peter Vidmar

Peter Vidmar does not just stand behind a podium to present his hilariously entertaining motivational speeches, he does so while performing parts of his Olympic gold medal winning pommel horse routine. Peter’s career blossomed after the 1984 Olympic Games when he lead USA men’s gymnastics team to gold as he won silver for the individual all-around and gold for the pommel horse. He now is the Co-Chairman of the US Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit, an annual series of workshops to prepare America’s medal hopefuls win gold in future Olympics. His ability to motivate people in and outside the gym has taught thousands how to have a perfect performance by using his three components- Risk, Originality and Virtuosity. Just like when Peter was captain for the USA men’s gymnastics team he will lead your business to gold through his inspiring keynotes.

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.

Chris Waddell

Chris Waddell is a phenomenal motivational speaker who is the epitome of his message: It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you. Waddell was a promising young skier at Middlebury College when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Addressing his disability with determination to get back on the slope brought him skiing one year later on a monoski. In two years Waddell was named to the US Disabled Ski Team and went on to become the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history. After 11 years on the ski team, his ambitions lead him to become the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with little assistance. After hearing Waddell’s thought provoking story people will refer to his message for years to come to trigger their own drive for success and inspire new ambitions. Chris’ One Revolution Foundation helps to create social change through its mission of changing the way that the world sees people with disabilities by demonstrating the common experience of challenge.

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!

Desi Williamson

Desi Williamson beat the odds! Despite growing up in a world surrounded by poverty, drugs, and violence, he overcame a myriad of obstacles to realize his dreams of becoming a successful businessman, professional speaker, and author. The former scholar-athlete at the University of Minnesota, transforms 25 years of sales, sales/management and marketing experience into high content programs that deliver results. Desi has been on the front line, building multi-million dollar businesses, managing multi-million dollar budgets, and developing the potential in people for powerhouse companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Rain Bird Sprinkler Mfgr., PepsiCo, and Cadbury-Schweppes. Although Desi had achieved success in the business arena, there was something more compelling that he wanted to do with his life. With a burning desire to help others, he founded Impact! Seminars Unlimited, Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations increase sales, increase customer service, and increase their bottom-line through empowered people. His fast-paced programs- customized for your organization -both inspire your people to take action, and give them the tools to do so. Your people get a fun, energetic program with content, and your organization gets immediate increase in productivity from your people. Desi brings results to your organization.

Kim Lear

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim explores how emerging trends impact the future workforce and marketplace. She is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. Kim is a sought after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today and more. She is also a contributor to the award winning NPR program “On Being” where she focuses on mindful work. Kim’s innovative presentations explore how future trends are changing the way people work, buy, and live. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations.

Betsy Myers

A sought-after speaker, Betsy Myers is a leadership expert who served as Chief Operating Officer of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, President Clinton’s White House Senior Adviser for Women’s Issues and as Executive Director of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership. Betsy has a unique background in politics and academia and is committed to personal and interpersonal leadership development. Speaking on various topics such as leadership, career development, teamwork, women’s issues, and diversity, Betsy has inspired hundreds of audiences ranging in size from groups of 10 to over 750 people. The presentations she delivers range from themes such as “Authentic Leadership” and how “Leadership Creates a Feeling” as well as topics about work-life balance. Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is the best selling author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, which was released September 2011.

Stefan Swanepoel

Stefan's inspiring and captivating book, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, reached the New York Times bestseller the week it was released and was later also ranked a bestseller by 18 other resources including the Wall Street Journal. The companion “Skills Quiz” has been taken by 250,000 people since its release in early 2011. This has now evolved in an captivating and engaging keynote that transports attendees into an “Africa Safari” with awe-inspiring visuals, invigorating stories and revealing breakthroughs. Stefan Swanepoel is also widely regarded as the country’s leading real estate trends analyst and tracker. Stefan has been on more than 20 safaris in five countries, holds four degrees and diplomas, and has given over 900 talks ranging from 50 to 10,000 people.

Molly Fletcher

Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher has recruited and represented hundreds of top athletes, coaches and media personalities. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. Molly is also the author of three books, the most recent being, A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done. Molly has spoken at hundreds of events for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and associations across the country on topics related to leadership, team building, sales, business and personal development. It is impossible to leave Molly’s keynotes without feeling fueled with energy and ready to take on any obstacle that is in the way of your success!

Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg rose from a college walk-on and twelfth round draft choice to an NFL career that included three Super Bowl and six Pro Bowl appearances. The former Bronco’s captain spent his entire twelve year career in Denver and makes Colorado his home now. Mecklenburg was arguably the most versatile player in the NFL playing all seven defensive front positions often in the course of a single game. Karl was selected as the AFC Linebacker of the Year, AFC player of the Year, and since retiring from the NFL has been enshrined in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. A favorite keynoter for associations, corporations, and fundraisers, Mecklenburg’s stories of teamwork and leadership are humourous and inspiring. Each presentation is tailored to your organizational needs. He approaches his speaking career with the same intelligence, passion, and intensity that punctuated his great football career.

Ben Decker

How can you better influence others? If you have ideas to pitch, products and services to sell, or a team to lead, communication is key to your success. Learn how to take your message from one of information to one of influence. The leading expert in messaging and business communications, Ben Decker, CEO of Decker Communications, lives the mission of transforming business communications. He has worked with hundreds of leaders in Fortune 500 companies to strategize and implement communications solutions that are practical, direct and attainable. Ben has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Forbes, and he serves as an ongoing executive coach for C-level executives from several major organizations, including AT&T, Bacardi, Charles Schwab, Cisco, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, McKesson, the US Coast Guard and YouTube, as well as start-ups and portfolio companies seeking to raise capital.

Michael Hoffman

Michael helps people become #1 on purpose! He teaches individuals how to become a “person of influence,” by giving them the knowledge, tools and processes they need to enhance their own skill-sets during times of challenge and change. Michael also helps entire organizations shift toward a more customer-centric culture, by teaching people – employees and leaders alike - how to deliver the BEST services and experiences. He will leave your group energized, motivated, and ready to handle any given challenge and all “tornadoes” that come their way!

Peter Novak

Equal parts coach, psychologist and seasoned financial services leader, Pete Novak, aka the pQ Coach, shows general agents and sales managers how to build cultures of success in their organizations through delegation, empowerment and focus on unique ability. Pete realized that the people with the most potential in his organization started out with four things in common: drive, unique ability, integrity and cultural fit. In tandem, they became the most reliable predictor of success he had at his disposal. He named this formula the pQ™ (short for Potential Quotient). Pete's instinct for identifying and cultivating potential has made him a one of the most successful recruiters among all his clients, and a sought-after coach and speaker. His unique professional background lends both credibility and creativity to his approach, resulting in a powerful, motivating experience for his agents, managers and coaching clients alike.

Jeremy Kingsley

Jeremy Kingsley is a best-selling author, leadership expert, and one of the most sought after speakers in the country. Since 1996 he has spoken to over 500,000 people at live events and given over 2000 keynote speeches. You may have seen Jeremy on television or online this year. He has been featured in/on CNBC, CBS, FOX, FOX BUSINESS, FORBES, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, WALL STREET BUSINESS and many more large media outlets. He has endorsements from Fortune 500 companies like YUM and Whirlpool. Leadership expert Ken Blanchard has said, "Jeremy Kingsley drives home principles that all leaders need to know and apply." His messages have reached millions through radio, television, and the internet.

Hannah Ubl

Hannah Ubl thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges each generation. As a generational expert, Hannah has been doing extensive research on a global scale as well as looking at Gen Edge- the generation following millennials- and the impact they will have on the workplace. Her perspective helps companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of each other to build lasting, multi-generational partnerships.

Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. Mike took command of the USS Benfold, one of the Navy’s worst performing ships, and turned it into the best within twelve months while using the same crew. Mike shares his personal experience which teaches the importance of leadership style and creating an environment where employees feel safe, empowered and supported. Mike is also the author of three books, It’s Your Ship, It’s Our Ship, and Get your Ship Together. He equips his audiences with strategies, tactics, and tools necessary to unleash breakthrough performances and extraordinary results in spite of the odds.

Afterburner, Inc.

As the global leader in Flawless Execution℠, Afterburner knows the power that its immersive corporate team building events can have. During their leadership seminars, your team will delve into the principles introduced in the 'zero tolerance for error' world of military fighter pilots, experiencing the powerful methodology and processes of Flawless Execution℠. You're fighting for market share. You're fighting to make your numbers. You need a team that works as one. You need a team that works for the same goals. You need a team that knows not only how to plan a mission, but how to execute that mission flawlessly from start to finish. And their experiential team building keynote speakers understand this need to stay relevant in today's business world. Afterburner’s team of men and women elite former military professionals has a powerful mix of combat experience combined with extensive business skills. Afterburner has an unwavering focus on improving your team’s ability to execute.

Justin Constantine

A Marine officer, Justin deployed to Iraq in 2006. After surviving a gunshot wound to the head, he believes he now has a “second lease on life.” Six years and dozens of surgeries later, Justin is now a nationally renowned leader in the Wounded Warrior community. Based on his incredible story of survival, Justin offers inspiration for a more rewarding professional and personal life. Not only has he survived, but thrived, in conditions that few can truly understand. With high energy, courage and humor, Justin motivates and inspires audiences, helping them realize that no matter what obstacle they face, they can reach new heights of success, productivity and fulfillment. Justin serves on the Board of Directors of both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Give An Hour Foundation. He has received significant recognition from the White House, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Washington Redskins and James Madison University. In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Justin’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors. Justin has also been featured in magazines and programs such as CNN, Fox News, Mens Health, the Huffington Post, and the Atlantic.

Song Division

Song Division helps companies connect to and communicate with their target audiences using the power of music. Using some of the best musicians in the world, they design interactive music programs for audiences of any size, which revolve around the creation and performance of original song(s) based on the themes, content and key objectives of the event. They work globally and in multiple languages for cleints worldwide. A staff of trained facilitators features musicians who have played with everyone from David Bowie and Billy Joel to Justin Timberlake and Adele. Programs encourage communication and focused interaction and provide a catered messaging tool that inspires an engaging and meaningful connection between the end client and its audience. It’s a fun and innovative way to bring people together all while retaining the corporate, educational or brand content. Best of all, no musical experience is required!

Susan Hansen

Sue Hansen is a national speaker, trainer and consultant, specializing in helping people become better people-it’s her mission and her passion. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, post graduate work in business, certification as a behavioral analyst, a growth curve specialist and her many years of experience in business ownership Sue’s clients have access to a broad and fresh perspective on issues facing the workforce and its’ leaders. Sue’s consulting contracts put her in touch with leaders in a variety of industry sectors experiencing business challenges within their organizations that fall into 3 categories: people, profits and processes. Often, one of these gates of focus will cause chaos if not properly addressed. Successful executives must be able to balance the technical knowledge necessary to run a business with the emotional side of leadership that inspires and motivates others. Leaders may need to shift their focus-depending on the maturity of their company. Sue helps executives navigate these dynamics to position themselves as successful leaders running successful companies.

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