Motivational Humorist Al Walker offers funny, inspiring and entertaining keynote, luncheon and after dinner speeches, workshops, seminars and concurrent sessions. He draws on his skills and background as a successful businessman and his humorous approach to life to deliver speeches and training programs to convention and meeting audiences across the world. His reputation as a trainer, facilitator and workshop/seminar leader has brought him international recognition. It's impossible to hear Al Walker give a speech and not get more excited about your own business and life. His delivery is as powerful as his message. He is outspoken, direct and humorous, but most of all he is effective.
Wayne Burkan is President of Alternative Visions, Inc., a company dedicated to change, innovation and the future. Wayne is author of Wide Angle Vision: Beat Your Competition by Focusing on Fringe Competitors, Lost Customers and Rogue Employees. Along with his colleague Joel Barker, he wrote and co-hosted the popular video program called “The Paradigm Prism”.
Dr. Cile Chavez is president of Cile Chavez Consulting, Inc., and provides motivation and expertise to organizations in the private and public sectors on Leadership and Human Development. Her latest book on leadership, Spirit Movers: Attributes for Transforming Leadership, will be released in February 2010 by Morgan James Publishing.
Martin Chavez, three-term, award-winning former mayor of Albuquerque and environmental speaker, leads the nation’s largest and oldest membership organization for cities and counties committed to climate protection and sustainability, the ICLEI. ICLEI, which assists local governments globally in determining their carbon emissions and setting strategies for reducing their carbon footprints, was the second largest NGO (Non Governmental Organization) at the COP 15 in Copenhagen this past December where, at the request of the White House, Chavez presented on a panel on local government innovation.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, Martin Chavez obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He served a clerkship in the office of the New Mexico State Attorney General and practiced law for approximately 20 years in the areas of bad faith insurance and medical malpractice.
Chavez served three four year terms as mayor of Albuquerque, from 1993 to 1997 and from 2001 through December, 2009. During that time, Albuquerque emerged from last to 1st or close to 1st on all the right lists. During his tenure as mayor, Chavez received the World Leadership Award in London in 2006 for Water and Utilities.
Martin Chavez speaks on sustainability, environmental issues, and urban environments. Please contact us with the details of your event for more information on how Martin Chavez can address the issues specific to your group's goals.
Chavez’s leadership for progressive change started early. As a student at the University of New Mexico, he organized the state grape and wine boycott for the United Farm Workers. At Georgetown University Law Center, he was co-founder of La Raza National Law Students. He was a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Joseph Montoya and deputy director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarship Fund for Americans of Spanish Origin in Washington, D.C. When New Mexico converted from a court to administrative system for workers compensation, Chavez was tapped to serve as the founding director of the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration (WCA). After starting the WCA, Chavez returned to private practice and was elected to the New Mexico State Senate where he served for 5 years and was Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Some of his legislation included early voting, post card voter registration, the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Reform Act (which took New Mexico from the 2nd highest workers compensation rate nationally to the 2nd lowest), critical amendments to the Public Records Act (for which he received a major good government award) and the New Mexico Forrest Re-Leaf Act (which has planted millions of trees across New Mexico). Chavez served three four year terms as mayor of Albuquerque (pop. 527,000) from 1993 to 1997 and from 2001 through December, 2009. During that time, Albuquerque emerged from last to 1st or close to 1st on all the right lists. Immediately upon being elected, scientists informed the Mayor that Albuquerque's aquifer (her sole source of water) would run dry within 25 years. Chavez immediately embarked upon a plan to reduce water use (one third over 10 years) and import water from the Colorado River Basin to which Albuquerque held rights. Albuquerque met its goals early and actually added 33 percent new accounts while reducing use by a full third. For this accomplishment, Chavez received the World Leadership Award in London in 2006 for Water and Utilities. Amongst others, Martin Chavez and Albuquerque were recognized: - First Place, Best Cities for Jobs or a Career (Forbes Magazine, March 2007) - EPA Climate Protection award, First Place (2008) - United States Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award, First Place, (2007) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce/Siemens Sustainability Award (2008) - Fittest City in America, Men's Fitness Magazine (2008) - 2nd Most Pet Friendly City (Pet Magazine) - Top Ten Places To Live In The US (US News and World Report, 2009) - Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year Award, Association of Energy Engineers (2008) - Mayor of Trees Award, National Alliance for Community Trees (2004) - One of America's 25 most dynamic mayors (Newsweek, 1997) Chavez served as a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and chaired the Urban Water Council which involved lectures around the country and in France and Mexico. He was one of 4 mayors who served as an advisor to Newsweek Magazine on green initiatives. Chavez has been a member of or led delegations to Jerusalem (twice), China (three times), Japan (three times), France (three times), Saudi Arabia, Spain (three times), Germany, the inauguration of Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, and, the inauguration of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Most recently, Chavez was invited to speak at the World Mayor's Climate Conference in Hamburg, Germany in November, 2009 and by France to address businesses seeking to make "green" investments in the United States. Chavez was the only U.S. Mayor invited to participate in the "Citoyens de la Terre” (Citizens of the Earth) - The Paris Conference for Global Ecological Governance in 2007, hosted by the national government of France.
Martin Chavez, three-term, award-winning former mayor of Albuquerque and environmental thought leader, currently leads the nation’s largest and oldest membership organization for cities and counties committed to climate protection and sustainability, the ICLEI.ICLEI, which assists local governments globally in determining their carbon emissions and setting strategies for reducing their carbon footprints, was the second largest NGO (Non Governmental Organization) at the COP 15 in Copenhagen this past December where, at the request of the White House, Chavez presented on a panel on local government innovation.
NONPROFIT BOARDS/GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability 2009-Present Member, Executive Committee (ICLEI Global) 2008-2009 Member, North American Board of Directors (ICLEI USA) United States Conference of Mayors 2006-2009 Board of Trustees 2007-2009 Chair, Urban Water Council 2009 Co-Chair, Climate Change Task Force 2004-2006 Member, Advisory Board 1997-2000 Member, Advisory Board Democratic National Committee 2007-2009 Vice President, National Conference of Democratic Mayors 1996 Vice Chairman, Democratic National Convention (Chicago)
Municipal Innovations, Copenhagen, Denmark (COP 15), 2009 Green Business in the United States, Paris, France, 2009 Water, Paris, France, 2008 Water and Sustainability, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2008 Getting Serious About New Mexico (1997) Sustainable Cities Seminars, University of New Mexico Martin Chavez is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico.
The Economist calls her “the real Enron whistleblower.” Recognized by the Nobel Peace Centre for her courage and leadership, Lynn Brewer is the author of Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower's Story , a riveting account of her career at Enron, her decision to blow the whistle, and her fateful meeting with Ken Lay - just two weeks before his untimely death.
Betsy Myers served as the Chief Operations Officer, a senior adviser and the National Womens Chair for Obama for America, Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. Prior to this appointment, Myers was the Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She was the first Director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, the President's senior adviser on women's issues.
Patricia Russell-McCloud is a "visual speaking experience". Her over 20-years on the lecture circuit has catapulted her into being one of the nation's best. Her speaking style is engaging, highly substantive, well researched, pertinent, entertaining, and applicable to her audiences whether public or private sector. She is distinguished and distinct. Her style is classified as "big, broad and animated” leaving her audiences anxious for more.
Chris Widener, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com Best-Selling author is a seasoned businessman, author and speaker. He has for nearly twenty years been involved in leadership in the business community, the non-profit world, and as a speaker and author. He has learned what he shares through his own experience and his interaction with and observation of the most successful people in the world.
Troy Hazard has survived moments of sheer desperation in business. Drawing from a lifetime of innovative, real-life leadership experience, Hazard now shares with businesses his powerful Lessons from the Edge.There are few situations in the business world that Troy Hazard has not experienced and survived: from massive financial loss to stunning success. The entrepreneurial genius, who has founded and nurtured ten businesses over two decades, has been a few days from bankruptcy, has turned around businesses that were making enormous losses and has consulted to countless successful companies.
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 of the power of one idea to transform your life. For over 30 years he has been one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in North America, and an Idea Consultant and Sales Trainer to many of the world's leading organizations and businesses. He is the only speaker to have earned all four of the highest honors in the speaking profession: the Golden Gavel, "for his profound impact on corporate America;" the coveted Communication & Leadership Award; induction into the Speakers Hall of Fame; and in 2006 he was named "Legend of the Speaking Profession." Joel is known worldwide for his unique corporate logo. It's a heavy, 8-ounce can with a label that says "Success comes in Cans, not in Cannots," and it sits on the desks of thousands of his clients and customers.
Arthur L. Andrews is an empowerment speaker. Born and reared in Brooklyn, New York, Arthur is a product of urban life. He has experienced first-hand the awesome challenges of the streets. Before becoming a speaker, he served as a peace officer for the New York City Board of Education for 10 years receiving numerous awards of honor and heroism.
Rick Searfoss served in the NASA Astronaut Corps from 1990 to 1999, flew three Space Shuttle missions, and now is an independent speaker, consultant, test pilot, and commercial test astronaut for XCOR Aerospace Company. As one of less than a hundred people ever who have actually ever commanded a human space mission, expert leadership speaker Colonel Rick Searfoss speaks with authority born of in-depth personal experience. In his career he has led many different teams, including commanding the most complex science research space mission ever, the STS-90 Neurolab flight on Columbia. He also piloted two other space flights, including a joint Russian-American mission to the Mir space station.
Revenues been flat and profits down? Found yourself using the phrase 'under the circumstances' a lot? Tired of the lack of passion and innovation from the leadership team? Customers have a one-track mind focused only on price? Employees hunkered down in their own little silos? Spending more time finding ways to cut costs than ways to increase revenue? If your company needs a 'shake-up' Ian Percy can help you achieve a level of profitable organizational transformation and exponential revenue growth that you almost dare not imagine.
Brian Tracy's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.
Brian Biro serves as a dynamic catalyst unleashing this hidden potential as he helps build new energy and confidence in everyone he touches. In the new millennium, effectiveness and consistently bringing out the very best in others is the ultimate secret to successful leadership. He will help your audience move beyond success to connect individual contributions into unselfish and synergistic teams.
The dean of Yale School of Management, author and columnist on global management for BusinessWeek, Jeffrey Garten served as U.S. commerce under secretary from 1993 – 1995. Jeffrey Garten speaks about the countries with the fastest growing economies, those who have begun to rewrite the rules of power and economic influence around the world. Jeffrey Garten provides the latest on the changing global economy - then reveals the corporate strategies needed to increase profits.
Would you respect a man who came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket, yet ended up a mega success story? Would you listen to what he has to say about success? Meet Nido Qubein, chairman of an international consulting firm and recipient of the highest awards given for professional speakers including the Cavett (known as the Oscar of professional speaking), the Speakers Hall of Fame, and Sales and Marketing International's Ambassador of Free Enterprise.
Michael Beschloss has written nine books on American Presidents. The New York Times Book Review has called him “clearly the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the nation.” Newsweek has called him “the nation’s leading Presidential historian.” The International Herald Tribune has called him “a national treasure.”
Todd Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit,” says the Associated Press. He recently jousted with James Carville and Ben Stein, and Successful Meetings Magazine named him one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” His editorials in the all Street Journal correctly forecast the 2001 slowdown in the U.S., and the New York Times has turned to him to decipher terrorist threats and the job market. BusinessWeek raved about his book Market Shock, which warned of the quicksand facing the stock market. Buchholz entertains his audiences and shows them how to thrive in a challenging economy, while gearing up for future prosperity.
Andy Cohen is a business practitioner, performer and educator. Andy uses magic as a metaphor as he reveals key concepts that empower new thinking and drive innovative business solutions in communications, leadership and management. His experiential approach in leadership communication guarantees 100% participation from the audience. This high level of immediate involvement generates instant action and leads to long-term, sustainable results.
Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D., is an author, internationally sought-after speaker, and organizational consultant who has been described as “catching what is right in the world and playfully sparking people and businesses to grow toward the extraordinary.” In addition to writing best-selling books about enduring business principles, he hosted an award-winning daily radio program in Colorado Springs, Colorado for over a decade.
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders get even better – by achieving positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams.
Dr. Joseph L. Mancusi is one of America's most outstanding motivational speakers and leadership trainers. He founded the Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. in 1985. Dr. Mancusi has taught tens-of-thousands of CEOs, salespeople, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees at every level to enrich their lives, live out their visions, and strengthen their organizations.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable business luminaries in the world, in 1999 Richard Branson was knighted for his "services to entrepreneurship". The Rebel Billionaire continues to grow the Virgin brand worldwide, and his unconventional strategies are an inspiration to businesses and individuals alike.
Marvin Zonis, a keynote speaker on political risk, the global economy, and leadership, is a Professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He also heads Marvin Zonis Associates, a political risk consulting firm in Chicago, and is a co-founder and Chairman of DSD, a software development company based in Moscow and Chicago.
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.
Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman - The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker and author of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated fighter pilot and businessman.
As a manager for FORTUNE 500 heavy manufacturing and consumer products companies and a director for a locally owned community bank, Phil Van Hooser knows firsthand the methods that equip executives and managers to lead their people more effectively and serve their customers more successfully. For the past twenty years, corporate groups and associations throughout the U.S. and beyond have trusted Phillip Van Hooser to keynote their events, create customized training solutions for their people, and provide personalized coaching for their key leaders.
Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author. His books include the best-selling, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, and the award-winning, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark's Daring Westward Expedition. His latest book is The Exponential Executive: Eight Essential Elements for Exploiting the Emerging Economy.
Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation's leading experts on workplace diversity, cross-cultural business, and bias reduction. As President of Cross-Cultural Communications, a San Diego-based training firm, Sondra has 25 years experience as a speaker, trainer, and author helping professionals in Fortune 500 companies, public sector organizations, and dozens of associations find ways to successfully navigate our increasingly diverse workplaces.
Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel's global expertise in leadership and change helps organizations maximize human resources, solve people problems and increase bottom line results. Business savvy and people smart, she understands how to help people be their best and what it takes to make a business work. Sheila is a successful entrepreneur, best selling business author and a hall-of-fame keynote speaker.
Dr. Lance Secretan is a pathfinder and missionary, and one of the world's foremost thinkers about leadership and inspiring people and organizations. He is of the most insightful and provocative leadership teachers of our time and the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, an award winning Business Professor at two of Canada’s leading universities, and has been ranked by Leadership Excellence as one of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers on Leadership in the World for the past two years.
Great speakers, the ones who are highly entertaining, are rare. John Powers' entire career has been one of effectively communicating with audiences, and as a keynote speaker, he stands out as one of the best in the business. A motivational speaker on communications, leadership, and personal workplace success, John Powers is the perfect choice for your next meeting or convention.
When Goldman Sachs in NY was struggling with the chaos and uncertainty of the financial markets this year and needed to change, and when the US Federal Reserve was trying to improve its leadership in the midst of great change, they turned to Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry. A world leader in understanding how individuals don't just survive but thrive and change in turbulent times, JP understands what differentiates individuals who can perform more effectively under the pressure of the present economic climate and during change. He brings a scientific understanding and insight into the traps that can cause leaders to become more reactive and ineffective in difficult environments. He offers real tools to help individuals lead themselves and others through complex and uncertain times.
Rising from garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse uses his diverse life experience to deliver relevant messages on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, managers, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Alan’s audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is an expert in change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.
At the age of 27, Chad Hymas' life changed instantaneously when an accident left him a quadriplegic. Since that time Chad has been recognized by the state of Utah as the Superior Civilian of the Year. He is the president of his own communications company and an Internet marketing company. As a member of the National Speakers Association Chad travels as many as 150,000 miles a year speaking to hundreds of professional and civic organizations such as Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, Zion Securities, and others.
Mike energizes his audiences and keeps them alert through quick insights, participation, and memorable and humorous stories. He builds them up, leaves them enlightened, entertained, and educated. From his international education, to his early blue-collar jobs, coupled with his executive positions with Cargill Inc. and Olympus Corp., Mike has developed well-rounded experiences to produce high-energy, realistic, and comprehensive messages that front-line as well as executive audiences demand. With over 3,500 platform hours of personally customized programs, companies and associations consider Mike's programs a wise investment.
Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost authors and thinkers on change and leadership. With an uncanny ability to understand and capitalize on where markets and mindsets are going, Harris looks to the future and helps organizations all over the world successfully identify and respond faster to emerging trends.
Steve Gilliland, CSP, is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada. Steve's motto is "If you take care of people, the business will follow." Implementing this principle, he has helped people grow their businesses and expand their lives by teaching them to rethink their work, their relationships and themselves.
Ron Feingold is fast becoming a much talked about corporate performer. In one of the most unique shows around, Ron combines stand-up comedy and a cappella music singing ALL of the back-up and lead vocals HIMSELF! His instruments are his voice and Ron's voice has been heard at 100's of events over the past 16 years.
Greater than Yourself , will be released by Doubleday in March 2009.
Scott Waddle speaks on leadership and ethics. He's a man who followed his conscience against the advice of the Navy and his attorney. When the U.S. nuclear submarine he commanded collided with a Japanese fishing boat in February 2001, the story made international headlines. Navy Commander Waddle was at the center of the controversy.
Jim "Murph" Murphy, founder of Afterburner, Inc. has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15.
Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. He has coauthored over 30 best-selling books, including The One Minute Manager®, which has sold more than 13 million copies and has been translated into more than 37 languages.
Dr. Oren Harari brings provocative, new perspectives on competitive advantage, organizational change, and transformational leadership.
Recently named one of the top “50 Best Minds on Leadership” by Leadership Excellence Magazine, keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Freiberg is among the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today. He is also among a select group of thought leaders working with Collective IQ, the top corporate venture advisor and platform in the world, to bring growth and innovation to their clients. Kevin Freiberg has made a career out of understanding the core values and unconventional strategies used by world-class leaders. His book NUTS! was hailed by the Financial Times as one of the top five global business books of the year.
Looking for a humorous look at success and stress? Keynote speaker Michael Broome graduated from Appalachian State University, where he designed his academic major in leadership development. Within a few years of graduation, he began addressing any group composed of two or more; soon, Michael was speaking full time and has become one of the most sought after speakers in his profession.
In a world where efficiency and competency rule the workplace, where do personal strengths fit in? Marcus Buckingham set out to answer it by challenging years of social theory and utilizing his nearly two decades of research experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization to break through the preconceptions about achievements and get to the core of what drives success.
Scott Burrows is a Murder Ball Athlete and Author of "Conversations on Success". Scott has used his powerful success formula - Vision, Mindset and Grit – during his entire life to maximize untapped potential, excel and surpass the competition. He played college football at FSU under Head Coach Bobby Bowden and was a # 1 ranked kick-boxing champion having his last fight broadcast by ESPN.
Dave Carey, Former POW, teaches triumph over adversity. He is an acclaimed motivational speaker, consultant, coach, and author aiming to bring joy, hope, wisdom, and encouragement to all with whom he has contact. Drawing from his experiences as a POW for five and a half years he reminds his audiences of the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity; - and that we always have choices.
Jim Carroll is recognized as one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends & innovation experts, with a massive global blue-chip client list. Jim latest books include Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation. Jim Carroll is an author, consultant, and frequent media commentator with some 3,000+ media interviews to his credit. Jim has written over 35 books, and has been a columnist for a wide variety of publications.