Corporate Culture & Governance Keynote Speakers

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Corporate Culture and Governance keynote speakers exist to connect employees to what is critically important through positive behaviors, recognition programs, internal checks and balance, human resources, and purpose. They are trusted outsiders with fresh perspectives to be independent and unbiased directors. GDA has a world-class roster of corporate culture and governance keynote speakers for your next conference.


Keynotes: 3 Books: 4 Videos: 8

Mike Abrashoff

Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It's Your Ship

Mike Abrashoff was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet when he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy – using the same crew. The story stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 6 Videos: 5

Shawn Achor

New York Times Bestselling Author and Positive Psychology Expert

Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on happiness and success topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by more than 20 million people around the world, and he’s shared his insight in his two books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 5

Sandy Asch

Learn From The Expert Who Taught The San Diego Zoo to ROAR

Sandy Asch has inspired 40,000+ leaders in 50 countries and 6 languages to navigate change, manage work-life balance and be more RESILIENT! She inspires audiences to UNLEASH their ROAR and bring purpose and passion to their work.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 6 Videos: 12

Jason Barger

Author "Thermostat Cultures" and Inspiring TEDx and SHRM National Speaker

Jason is dynamic, funny, and a phenomenal storyteller! Perfect for groups looking to cut through distractions and re-engage people around authentic leadership, growing an engaged culture & vision. National SHRM speaker, TEDx & global leadership speaker. Latest book "Thermostat Cultures" has been a big hit globally!

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 5

Howard Behar

Former President of Starbucks Coffee Company North America and Starbucks Coffee International

Howard believes people over profits - Behar starts with the idea that if you regard employees and customers as human beings, everything else will take care of itself. If you engage your staff as partners (not assets or labor costs), they will achieve results beyond what is thought possible.

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Keynotes: 11 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Tony Brigmon

Ambassador of FUN

Tony Brigmon was the face of Southwest Airlines as their "Ambassador of Fun" both internally to employees, and externally to civic and service groups. Southwest focused on fun because fun created serious results, and Tony brings those fun best-practices and ideas to every event that he speaks to.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Gabor George Burt

Business Tranformationist, Innovation Pioneer, Founder of the Slingshot Framework

Gabor George Burt is the global authority on re-imagining boundaries and author of the book Slingshot. A mastermind of innovation, creativity and strategy, Gabor enables individuals and organizations to overstep perceived limitations and to carve out successful growth strategies. His Slingshot Framework is at the forefront of global innovation.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 6 Videos: 5

Joe Calloway

Expert on Business Performance & Improvement

Joe is the perfect match for successful companies and top performers who want to sustain success, grow their businesses, and take performance to the next level. He's great with leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Eric Chester

The go-to expert on finding, engaging & keeping great employees who deliver "on fire" performance!

Eric Chester is a trusted source in the global dialogue on workplace culture, employee engagement, and the emerging workforce. He helps business leaders attract, develop and retain top talent that delivers "on fire" performance.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 4 Videos: 9

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine and Bestselling Author Helping Leaders Confront Trends Driving Disruption

The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help audiences do just that. He unpacks actionable insights on economic, competitive, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change - revealing what top companies are doing to manage them.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 3

Christine Comaford

Neuroscience-Based Leadership Coach; Predictable Revenue, Passionate Teams, and Profitable Growth

New York Times bestselling author, leadership and culture coach Christine Comaford helps leaders navigate growth and change. Christine is sought after for providing proven strategies to shift executive behavior to create more positive outcomes, enroll and align teams in times of change, profoundly increase sales, product offerings, and company value. 

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Keynotes: 0 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Carol Cone

Corporate Social Responsibility and Purpose Branding Expert and Speaker

Carol Cone, CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, pioneered the field of social purpose in the 1980s, and today is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost social impact experts. Her work has surpassed organizational goals, garnered hundreds of awards, and raised billions of dollars for a variety of outstanding causes.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 5 Videos: 2

Dave Crenshaw

Author, Speaker and Business Coach

Dave Crenshaw is the master of building productive leaders. He has appeared in Time magazine, USA Today, FastCompany, and the BBC News. He has written four books including The Myth of Multitasking which was published in six languages. His courses on LinkedIn Learning have received millions of views.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Pandit Dasa

Former Monk, Mindful Leadership Expert, and Author

Pandit presents the research on Mindfulness and explains the importance of leading by example, appreciation, communicating mindfully and managing one’s emotions. He also engages the audiences in various breathing and focusing exercises that individuals will be able to implement at work and at home.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 5 Videos: 4

Kathy Dempsey, CSP

Voted Top 5 Speaker 2014 and 2013, Award Winning Author and Speaker

Kathy Dempsey award winning Author and Keynote Speaker was the 1st Healthcare worker diagnosed with HIV. Voted Top 5 Speaker 2014 and 2013. Powerful!

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 3

Chester Elton

#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Teamwork Expert

Chester's most requested keynote is on culture and managing change, based on his #1 bestselling book All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results, but he also frequently speaks on employee engagement, leadership, generational issues in the workplace, high performing teams, and recognition.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 5

Galen Emanuele

Keynote Speaker | Leadership | Team Culture | Emotional Intelligence

Galen is an international speaker who teaches teams and organizations how to use the improv concept of "Yes, And" to create a profound shift in how people communicate and show up in business. Galen's content resonates with professionals at every level-- from the CEO to the front line.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Andy Fastow

Former CFO of Enron

Enron’s former CFO will make observations about how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breeds opportunity for problematic decisions and will discuss what questions corporate directors and management should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules, but uphold the principles behind them.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Tom Flick

Former NFL Quarterback | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change & Accelerating Performance

Authority on leadership, Tom has helped organizations such as Google, Starbucks, Boeing, and others, to develop leaders, lead change, increase teamwork, and accelerate performance. Tom draws on his leadership experience in the NFL; his extensive work in corporate America, providing actionable solutions; and his work with, Dr. John Kotter.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 8 Videos: 8

Dr. Jackie Freiberg

Thought Leader and International Best-Selling Author

For over 27 years, Jackie has been on a mission to expose the unconventional, business-best practices of globally admired leaders. Concrete Examples • Entertaining Stories • Valuable Takeaways. Just a few reasons why clients in every part of the world invite Jackie Freiberg to be their featured speaker.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 8 Videos: 6

Kevin Freiberg

Co-Author of 7 Award Winning Books

President of San Diego Consulting Group, Inc., a speaking and consulting firm dedicated to equipping leaders for a world of change. For over 20 years, Kevin has been profiling revolutionary business leaders to provide road maps that help clients create their own revolutionary strategies for growth.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Zack Friedman

Bestselling Author, The Lemonade Life; Leadership and Happiness Expert

Zack Friedman's inspirational advice has been read by > 20 million people in 125 countries. He's the bestselling author of The Lemonade Life, which debuted as the #1 new business audiobook on Apple’s bestseller chart. A WhartonMBA/Harvard alum, Zack is a CEO and expert on leadership, happiness and performance. 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Michelle Gielan

Positive Communication Expert

Michelle Gielan, a national CBS News anchor turned UPenn positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. She is partnered with Arianna Huffington to research how transformative stories fuel success.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 2

Robert Glazer

CEO of Global Performance

Bob Glazer is the founder and CEO of global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. A serial entrepreneur, Bob has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to outperform.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 2

Adrian Gostick

#1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author

Adrian's most requested keynote is on culture and managing change, based on his #1 bestselling book All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results, but he also frequently speaks on employee engagement, leadership, generational issues in the workplace, high-performing teamwork and recognition.

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Keynotes: 13 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Farah Habad

Associate and Speaker at BridgeWorks, LLC

Speaker, researcher, writer and consultant Farah Habad has entered the public speaking scene and is quickly becoming a powerful voice for his generation. He is a generational expert at BridgeWorks. As the youngest Millennial on the BridgeWorks team, he thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges his complex generation.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Robert E. Hall

Relational Leadership: An Intentional Approach for Making Relationships a Strategic Priority

In a world of relational divide, distrust and disengagement, Robert is the recognized leader in making productive relationships a strategic priority. Whether focusing on employees, management, and/or shareholders/donors -- Robert uses compelling stories, recent research and pithy examples to inspire and instruct all levels on what he calls Relational Leadership.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Matt Havens

Generational Keynote Speaker

For the past decade, Matt has been at the forefront of generational issues, working in various leadership roles at a Fortune 50 company in areas as diverse as marketing, employee retention, and management.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Jeff Havens

Comedian and Corporate Growth Expert

Award-winning professional development expert with a background in stand-up comedy. Multiple presentations including Uncrapify Your Life! and Us Vs. Them, each designed to combine the content of a traditional keynote with the entertainment value of a comedy show. Regular guest on Fox Business News, featured in the Wall Street Journal.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Neen James

Sales and Leadership Female Keynote Speaker on Focus, Connecting, Attention and Productivity

Neen James is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Ryan Jenkins

Speaker, Trainer, Author, Next Generation Expert

Ryan has been speaking professionally as a Millennial and Generation Z keynote speaker for over six years for clients big and small, nationally and internationally.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Soren Kaplan, Ph.D.

Disruptive Innovation & Change Expert & Author of WSJ Bestseller Leapfrogging

Soren Kaplan is the bestselling and award winning author of Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage, an Affiliated Professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, a writer for FastCompany and Inc. Magazine, a globally recognized keynote speaker, and the Founder of InnovationPoint and upBOARD.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Ron Kaufman

Founder & Chairman of Uplifting Service, New York Times Bestselling Author of "Uplifting Service"

In today’s economy, customer expectations in every industry are rising. What was once considered a perk, bonus or plus is now a promise clients expect – and even demand. Packed with powerful principles and proven techniques, Ron Kaufman will educate, motivate and inspire your team.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Jenn Lim

CEO & Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, Culture Book Creator and Consultant at Zappos

Jenn will captivate your audience by demonstrating how culture is a powerful model for achieving success, strengthening your competitive advantage & how concentrating on the happiness creates sustainability. We will equip you with the data-driven, science-backed information necessary to make a compelling case to reexamine your organization’s culture.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 3 Videos: 4

Doug Lipp

International Consultant, Eight-time Author

Doug Lipp is an International keynote speaker, author, and consultant on service & leadership, change & creativity, and global competitiveness. Doug’s career began at Disney, in the Disney University at Disneyland. Fluent in Japanese, he was on the start-up team for Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s first international theme park.

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Cam Marston

Expert on the Generations

Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the marketplace. He explains how generational characteristics and differences affect every aspect of business, including recruiting, retention, management, motivation and sales and marketing. Marston’s presentations are informative, engaging, humorous and tailored to his audience.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 5 Videos: 1

Dr. Will Miller

Comedian and Authority on Stress Reduction and Life Balance

Outstanding Keynote speaker & trainer on Emotional Wellbeing, Coping with Change & Life-Span Development. A Psychotherapist & Health Psychologist with extensive media experience. Former headline comedian & TV personality (Nick-at-Nite, NBC), Teaches graduate students at Purdue University on ethics & social media. Best-selling co-author of Refrigerator Rights

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Keynotes: 15 Books: 4 Videos: 2

Jacob Morgan

Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, & Futurist

Jacob is a globally recognized keynote speaker, best-selling author, and futurist. He literally wrote the book on the future of work and employee experience.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 4 Videos: 12

Dambisa Moyo

International Economist & Author who Analyzes the Macroeconomy and Global Affairs

Dr. Moyo's work examines the interplay of international business and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment; capitalizing on her rare ability to translate trends in markets, politics, regulatory matters and economics into their likely impact on global business.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Shasta Nelson

Expert on Friendship and Global Keynote Speaker

Shasta Nelson is a keynote speaker, author, and leading expert on friendship. Frequently featured in the media as the go-to resource on healthy relationships.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Clint Pulver

Author, Musician and Workforce Expert

Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. A Professional Drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians.  He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in feature films with actors such as Jack Black and John Heder. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Robert Richman

Expert on Employee Culture

Robert Richman is the author of the Culture Blueprint a systematic guide to building the high-performance workplace. He was a manager and culture strategist at Zappos.com and co-founded Zappos Insights, an innovative program focused on educating companies on the secrets behind its game-changing employee culture.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 5 Videos: 3

Mike Robbins

An Expert in Teamwork, Emotional Intelligence and The Powers of Appreciation and Authenticity

He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 2

Sara Roberts

The Expert in Future-Proofing your Company and its Culture

Sara Roberts is a leading authority and hands-on expert on organizational transformation, culture, and building purpose-led companies. She's known for helping Fortune 500 company leaders to future-proof their organizations by building a culture that's their source for adaptability, flexibility, and ingenuity.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 5 Videos: 4

Professor Chris Roebuck

Delivering inspirational leadership from a unique perspective

Chris provides a unique perspective on making leadership work. A successful military, corporate & government leader, Professor , executive mentor, CEO confidant. He inspires the audience to use their own knowledge to transform performance though simple day to day actions they can start immediately.

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 3 Videos: 1

Randy Ross

Author, Culture Change Expert

Dr. Randy Ross is founder and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of Remarkable! A master of cultural transformation, Dr. Ross has a unique understanding of employee engagement and offers practical solutions for increasing both the morale and performance of your teams.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Eric Saperston

Captivating Keynote Speaker Inspires People to Produce Extraordinary Results

"What It Takes To Be Extraordinary" Eric's keynote address talks about his journey cold-calling the most powerful people in the world and taking them out for coffee. His presentation explores the common traits, motivating factors and core beliefs which enable everyday people to produce extraordinary lives.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Nick Sarillo

"Purpose-Driven Culture," Entrepreneur, and Author

CEO Nick Sarillo shares real-life ideas, strategies and processes that can turn any small business into a successful, high-performance organization. Nick’s restaurants serve as a great example of how living your company’s purpose and values creates a world-class culture achieving award-winning customer service, higher margins and an engaged, productive workforce.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 6 Videos: 1

Libby Sartain

Human Resources Thought Leader From Southwest Airlines and Yahoo

Libby’s keynote has an empowering message: HR can lead our organizations through the competitive marketplace by treating workers more like consumers and less like employees. Stories and strategies for the new world of work and what that means for HR in the future prepare audience for the impending brain drain.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 3 Videos: 1

Kim Malone Scott

Co-founder and CEO of Radical Candor, Author

Kim Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Radical Candor, Inc which builds software tools for managers. She is the author of a book called Radical Candor: How To Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, to be published by St Martin’s Press next year.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 5 Videos: 6

Sam Silverstein

Accountability Movement, Workplace and Organizational Culture

Sam Silverstein is dedicated to empowering people to live accountable lives, transform the way they do business and create a more accountable world. He helps companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Steve Simpson

Author of UGRs: Cracking the Corporate Culture Code

Steve is an international speaker who has been who specializes is in the workplace culture domain. He knows the pitfalls, traps, objections and issues that emerge when people are challenged to re-think the ‘way we do things around here’ or UGRs (Unwritten Ground Rules).  
 

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 3 Videos: 0

Geoff Smart

#1 Thought leader on the #1 Topic in Business.

Geoff is Chairman & Founder of ghSMART.  He founded the leadership consulting firm in 1995. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 5

Bill Taylor

Entrepreneur & Innovator; Co-founder, Fast Company; Bestselling Author: Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical

Bill Taylor shows business leaders a path to go from now to next in a world filled with nonstop disruption. Bill co-founded Fast Company, the business magazine that redefined the genre. He inspires people to not allow what they know to limit what they can imagine about the future.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Eric Termuende

Speaker and Bestselling Author

Eric Termuende is on a mission to change the way we talk about work and get fulfillment from it. A bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Eric is co-founder of NoW Innovations.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 5 Videos: 1

John Tschohl

Customer Service Guru, President at Service Quality Institute

For over 45 years, John Tschohl has been solely focused on helping organizations drive a service culture through his technology built on practicality, simplicity, and common sense. With his credibility and focus on empowerment, he has the ability to emotionally communicate the power of the service strategy. 

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Darren Woodson

Former ESPN Analyst, Former Dallas Cowboy, Entrepreneur, and Speaker

Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection Darren Woodson joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2005. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Teri Yanovitch

Former Disney Institute Speaker & Corporate Culture Trainer

Teri Yanovitch is a full-time speaker, author, and facilitator. Her passion is helping organizations create a culture of service excellence. Her background experience began with the Hertz Corporation in Seattle Washington.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 3 Videos: 9

Denise Lee Yohn

Brand-Building Expert

Blending a fresh perspective, twenty-five years of experience, and a talent for inspiring audiences, Denise Lee Yohn is a leading authority and sought-after speaker on building and positioning exceptional brands.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Jason Young

Author and Trainer on High Performance Cultures

Jason Young has been called a “rare breed” when it comes to developing leaders and customer service initiatives. As a former senior-level manager at Southwest Airlines, Jason learned the value of a successful workplace culture.

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