Michelle Rosado

Michelle Rosado has a message of inspiration and empowerment for your audience, as well as an engaging style that will make your entire organization strive to new heights by helping them to discover their own inner strength both personally and professionally. Internationally recognized as “The Woman of Empowerment“, Michelle has overcome some incredible life obstacles, including surviving a physically and mentally abusive relationship, as well as escaping the World Trade Center just seconds before her offices were destroyed.

With more than 15 years in financial services, and over 20 years of business experience, Michelle Rosado has been influenced by some of the most successful people in business. Her message delivers innovative and unique empowerment strategies to enthusiastic audiences around the country. Industries from self-help, real estate, multi-level marketing, higher education and many more have been moved by Michelle’s powerful message. Michelle knows how to accelerate personal achievement and life fulfillment, and has created a definitive method to help people to reach their goals in record time as she has done.

PROGRAM TOPICS

9/11
Michelle Rosado shares her message of hope and perseverance beyond the unthinkable trauma of her ordeal and escape from the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. On 9/11/01, Michelle Rosado was on the 95th floor of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center when there was a crashing sound causing the windows in her office to shatter. The decisions she made in the moments following 9/11 changed her life forever.

Michelle is co-author of “Pursuing Your Destiny,” a book based on the true story of her escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Empowerment Strategies
Learn the tools, tips and resources to empower and inspire you organization. Your audience will be inspired and motivated to achieve greater success, by establishing a greater appreciation for life. Michelle will provide the tools necessary to achieve goals, find inner strength and adapt to change. Learn the techniques that allowed her to retire from corporate America by age 30 to become a full-time business owner, and then a professional speaker, author, and mentor.

Full Biography

MICHELLE ROSADO

Michelle Cruz-Rosado was born in New York, New York, to Filipino and Honduran immigrant parents, grew up in Queens, New York, and returned to New York City in 2000. Michelle began her financial career early in her life during the “irrational exuberance” on Wall Street in the 90′s and into the 2000′s. Her first article, “Will I Recover” tells of her personal experience as a survivor of the attacks of 9/11/01, was released in October of that same year and became the thought which led to her co-authored book, “Pursuing Your Destiny.”

In 2006, Michelle received a Lifetime of Achievement award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who, and is recognized throughout the business world as the “Woman of Empowerment.” Rosado’s remarkable story of survival has been featured on networks such as CNN, NBC Nightly News, FOX and more.

“Pursuing Your Destiny,” is based on the true life story of her escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As a successful business owner, professional speaker, and coach, Michelle has inspired people around the world with her message of hope and perseverance. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who, and is recognized throughout the business world as the “Woman of Empowerment.”

As a public speaker, Michelle presents passionately on a wide range of topics. She has presented to women’s groups, multi-level marketing companies, juvenile detention facilities, and has hosted all-day motivational training seminars. Her story has been featured on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and CNN along with a photo of the towers taken by Michelle on September 7, 2001.

The inspirational story of her personal victory, entitled “Will I Recover” was featured in an article on the fifth anniversary of that fateful day. As a follow-up to the recollections of her victory, her second article, “The Recovery” was published in Envision Magazine’s October 2006 edition. The first article was written in the weeks following the tragedy for personal healing purposes, however the popularity and overwhelming feedback from readers worldwide would become the inspiration behind writing “Pursuing Your Destiny.”

Michelle is the co-founder of Rosado Companies, an organization dedicated to providing an array of top-notch services in the areas of technology, finance, and overall personal growth.

Charles P. Garcia

Supercharging audiences with positive energy, Charles P. Garcia provides invaluable takeaways for individuals, which will help them break through their perceived limitations and pursue extraordinary success. Speaking from true experience Garcia has a life story that is both eclectic and inspiring. He grew up in the Republic of Panama, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, founded an investment banking firm that grew from three people into 60 offices in 7 countries and serves as one of the youngest members of a Fortune 500 board, among other accomplishments.

Today he is an established leader in the business, Hispanic, military and government worlds. This highly decorated military officer is also a Columbia Law School graduate, a former White House Fellow and a best-selling author. Garcia is a living example of the philosophy he preaches and the lessons he teaches. Hailed as one of 14 Latino role models for the nation in the book Hispanics in the USA: Making History and as one of the nation’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine, Garcia’s leadership abilities have earned him a role in the administration of four U.S. Presidents.

For Garcia, success in life means finding your passion and following it. Using motivational tools and valuable takeaways presented with an energetic style, he encourages his audiences to look within themselves to discover their life’s passion.
His lessons stay with audiences long after they’ve left. Bold, provocative, and inspiring, Garcia’s message serves as a catalyst to help people dream big, set written goals, and take action.

A true speaking sensation, Garcia enlightens, empowers, and energizes every audience, every time.

PROGRAM TOPICS

The American Way of Leadership—10 Life-Changing Secrets From Great American Leaders
Garcia imparts 10 timeless tenets of successful leadership derived from over 200 interviews with America’s top leaders while researching and writing Leadership Lessons of the White House Fellows: Learn How to Inspire Others, Achieve Greatness, and Find Success in Any Organization. He encourages audiences to challenge their preconceived notions of leadership while helping them absorb the practical, tactical qualities of truly great leaders and apply these principles to their own lives. At the same time, he will illustrate these lessons with personal glimpses into how America’s super successful leaders work, how they think, and how they reached ultimate success.

Awaken the Sleeping Giant: Tap into Your Subconscious Mind and Program Yourself to Succeed
As part of this dynamic presentation, Garcia will share the story of Dr. Charles Kelman, the eye surgeon who invented the modern day procedure for cataract surgery. In order to achieve his goals and make his groundbreaking discoveries, Dr. Kelman followed a daily technique that utilized the power of his subconscious mind to drive him to exceptional achievements. “You must write down all your dreams, prioritize the top ten into a life plan, and look at them three times a day,” says Dr. Kelman. “This way they become ingrained in both your conscious and subconscious mind.” Garcia will reveal how you too can implement Dr. Kelman’s techniques to achieve your life goals—and he’ll share many other examples of individuals that have followed these strategies with extraordinary results. To help audiences create their own life plan, Garcia has created a FREE web-based interactive software program that he provides to the audience members. On the site, individuals will be guided through a series of questions about their future goals in ten areas of their life. Once their top 10 goals are written down, then the software program assists them to develop navigational action steps to achieve each one. To inspire them to take action, they will receive “reminder emails” to their computers three times a day.

Catch the Latino Wave: How to Reach (and Profit From) The Latino Customer
There are only a few speakers who truly understand how to successfully market to the Latino consumer, and Charles Garcia is one of them. In this presentation companies and audiences will learn many of the unique and interesting cultural complexities and nuances of the Latino culture and mind set and how corporations that want to target this booming demographic can do so successfully.

Diversity in Action: Making Your Employees “Differences” Work for You
Never has it been more important to capture the ideas, innovations, and energies of every employee in your business. The rapid globalization of business and our nation’s own changing demographics are sure to have a profound and growing effect on America’s corporations. Those who embrace diversity with a strategic approach and an eye toward economic benefits and return rather than as a socially mandated, “feel-good” directive based on keeping the company politically correct will be able to compete more effectively in the future. In today’s economy, companies must take a holistic approach to diversity, one that incorporates employee recruitment, supplier/affiliate relationships, marketing, community involvement and more. Diversity is not just a way to remain competitive in our changing world but can and will give you the competitive edge in seeking out new customers and increasing revenues.

Thriving in the Business World: A Crash Course in Entrepreneurial Success
Even in today’s tough economy, you can be a successful entrepreneur. If starting your own business is your passion, then you won’t find a better person to show you the ropes than Charles Garcia. In this fast-paced, informative presentation, Garcia pulls from his 15 years of experience starting and growing his own businesses to help audiences avoid obstacles and achieve greatness on their paths to entrepreneurial success. He knows what he’s talking about. Garcia started a small company with three people out of the broom closet of another firm and grew it to sixty offices in seven countries. His firm was named by Inc. magazine as the #8 fastest growing, privately held company in the country. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by three national organizations. You won’t find a better mentor for entrepreneurs anywhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Biography

Charles P. Garcia is the bestselling author of “A Message from Garcia”. His personal story is as dynamic and inspiring as his books. Whether he’s serving as a key advisor to some of the world’s most important business, military, and political leaders, founding his own highly successful company, surfing a towering wave off the Hawaiian coast, or racing his Dodge Viper, he does it with a refreshing blend of gusto, style, and down-to-earth approachability.

Since graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma as well as a law degree from Columbia Law School, Garcia has made a mark in business, government, the military, and education—and as a role model to the Hispanic community. In 1997, at the age of 36, he founded a global business that was ranked eighth on the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in the country. Hispanic Business identified Garcia as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and Univision Television selected him for their series Orgullo Hispano (Hispanic Pride), which spotlights Hispanics who have made an exceptional impact on the culture and life of American society.

In 1988 at age 27, Garcia was selected as one of 14 White House Fellows that year. He later received two more presidential appointments: the first was to serve on a national education commission, and the next was to serve as chairman of the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, which oversees all operations at the military academy. Additionally, the governor of Florida appointed him to serve as the only Hispanic member of the state’s Board of Education. Garcia has worked in three presidential administrations and has advised a Cabinet secretary, a governor, and a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander on diverse issues ranging from education, drug interdiction, Latin American politics, counter insurgency training, and more. A highly decorated military officer, Garcia was tapped to be the behind-the-desk military analyst for Telemundo during the Iraq War and has appeared as a commentator on Crossfire, Fox News, CNN,CBS, Univision, CNN en Español, and The Cristina Show.

Garcia has attended corporate governance courses at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, Columbia Business School, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He currently serves on two Fortune 500 company boards—the board of directors of the WinnDixie Stores, Inc. and an advisory board of Aetna—and has become a highly sought-after speaker, presenting talks on leadership at Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, government agencies, and other organizations worldwide. By using anecdotes to illustrate character-building lessons learned throughout his lifetime—from his childhood growing up in Latin America to his thrilling years in Washington, D.C., working along-side the world’s most respected leaders, to launching his own successful global firm from an empty broom closet—Garcia shares inspiring stories of leadership, public service, entrepreneurship and family life that motivate and energize audiences in powerful ways. His deep sense of peace, his commitment to public service, and his infectious zest for life have inspired thousands of people around the world—his trademark takeaways can change your life or transform your organization.

Jonathan Salem Baskin

Jonathan Salem Baskin combines technology, history, 30 years of successfully bringing brands to market, and the latest research to deliver provocative insights into the ways people interact with businesses, governments and one another. He is regularly quoted by the news media because he speaks honestly and passionately about today’s latest trends, “providing thinking that goes way beyond what could be found with a Google search,” according to one client.

Jonathan has three decades of experience marketing some of the world’s biggest brands, having run communications for Limited, Blockbuster and Nissan, while later advising such iconic brands as Apple. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, a columnist for Advertising Age, marketing category expert at Answers.com, and has written extensively on technology and brands for InformationWeek. Baskin has written seven books: his first book Branding Only Works on Cattle, earned praise from Publishers Weekly and The Economist; his third book, Histories of Social Media, looks at the underlying dynamics of today’s social media technologies, and his fourth book, coauthored with Sue Unerman and entitled Tell The Truth: Honesty Is Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool, charts a new path for brands to build credibility and trust. He’s currently at work on his 8th book, The End of Anonymity, which will explore the challenges and opportunities for online relationships, whether between people, or with businesses and government.

He is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and received a degree in English Literature from Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

PROGRAM TOPICS

The Coming Privacy Crisis

Consumers are mostly unaware of the breadth and depth to which their once private data are being used by companies to not only serve them, but predict and then direct their online behaviors. Businesses have done little to bridge this gap in understanding, and consumers’ reaction once they find out could dwarf the uproar over the Snowden/NSA revelations. Baskin uses the latest research and evolving content for his next book to recommend ways businesses can help preclude this crisis, and how doing so can strengthen customer relationships on a highly topical issue.

The Innovation Trap

After years of being scolded for not innovating enough — and watching startups celebrated as the engines of disruption — established companies are beginning to realize that innovation was a trap from which they had little chance to successfully escape. Baskin spends his days as a managing director of Chicago’s oldest and most successful tech entrepreneur venture collaborative, and can show how big companies are learning to innovate on their own terms…and take tech startups with them.

Social Media, the Next Story

Now that the social revolution is over, the challenge for brands is to find new and compelling ways to engage with consumers who are busier, more critical, and less interested than ever before in what brands have to say. Baskin, a regular columnist for America’s Forbes and Advertising Age magazines, has studied brand engagement for years, and can specify what works, what doesn’t, and where brands should invest their money going forward. This insightful presentation playfully challenges the conventional wisdom, and yields actionable conclusions for better social engagement.

How to Create Sustainable Corporate Reputations

It’s common belief that a negative event can damage corporate reputation, and that the only way to prepare for such surprises is to have a PR plan at the ready. Baskin has studied data on 7000+ public companies over 10 years, and developed statistically reliable models that reveal most negative events aren’t really surprises, and that PR responses have little (if any) impact on them. The good news is that the likelihood of a crisis can be controlled by internal transparency and good governance. He shares specific case histories of what works, why, and how those insights can be applied to any company’s operations.

 

Jonathan Salem Baskin Books

Full Biography

Jonathan Salem Baskin started in the brand marketing business in high school, working at ad and PR agencies while his friend’s bagged groceries and delivered pizzas. In college, while he pursued his degree in English literature, led the student judiciary and played in a punk rock band, he started a company to help local businesses create ad campaigns.

After graduation, he gravitated to New York working first at Edelman Worldwide and then at Grey Advertising where he won the PRSA’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil. At 26, he was named the youngest EVP in Grey’s history. Relocating to the West Coast in 1989, Baskin was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Grey’s Los Angeles office, where he led the communications strategy for the launch of Nissan’s Infiniti car division.

Baskin shortly thereafter moved “in-house,” joining Nissan to establish its first public affairs operation for North America. He lead the company’s first integrated marketing campaign for the Nissan Altima, spearheaded its foray into alternative fuels racing by solar vehicles in partnership with M.I.T. and he created Nissan’s corporate ad campaign “Built for the Human Race.” Baskin spoke often on emergent brand marketing issues, such as “e-Marketing,” to audiences at the Conference Board and Association of National Advertisers. He was not yet 30.

Baskin then moved to Columbus, Ohio, to serve as director of communications for Limited, Inc. (which owned such well-known brands as Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bath & Body Works). He invented the company’s first television network for communicating with its 100,000+ employees (“LTV”), pioneered brand-relevant actions on product sourcing (sustainable supply chain) and testing and participated in the development of the company’s first online fashion webcasts. Recruited away to lead Blockbuster’s worldwide marketing communications efforts, he spearheaded the company’s repositioning as a retailer of diversified entertainment content, adapting everything, from its awards program (The Blockbuster Awards) to store signage in support this new brand strategy.

Returning to Chicago in 2000, Baskin led creative development for a technology marketing firm and then the visual design department for a systems integrator called Inforte. In 2003, he established Baskin Associates, Inc. and forged a network of consultants across four continents to help clients translate their business strategies into brand plans that involved more than words and images. While the client list remains confidential, Baskin has partnered with many of the world’s leading brand names.

Baskin speaks around the world to groups of corporate leaders, marketers and all-company audiences. He writes regular columns for Advertising Age and Forbes magazines. His first book, Branding Only Works on Cattle (2008) was both a synthesis of his thinking and an entertaining, hands-on guide to creating and delivering a radically new model of brand. His second book, Bright Lights & Dim Bulbs (2010), was a readable collection is his more foresighted essays. His third book, Histories of Social Media (2011) traces online behaviors back to their historical roots. His latest book, Tell The Truth (2012), was called one of the year’s must-read books. He is currently at work on his fifth book.

He devotes his personal time to his family and to creating music in his basement digital studio.

James Mapes

James Mapes is a recognized expert on the psychology of imagination who helps leaders apply their imagination to take individual and organizational performance to new levels.

 

Even in a challenging world—there is great possibility. Coaching and empowering leaders past what they knew to be possible, James Mapes skillfully stretches people’s perceptions to see new possibilities and experience the power of their imagination. A dynamic speaker with energy and humor, he captures and holds his audience’s attention with fascinating demonstrations that leave no doubt—“You Achieve What You Imagine.” Participants leave with a clear understanding that the powerful mental pictures we all carry around with us—the opportunities we see—are forces that can lead organizations to break through performance. They learn how to recognize and embrace self-limiting fear and apply the imagination in ways that engage followers and help them achieve their goals. Perhaps, most importantly, they leave with practical skills they can put to immediate use and the motivation to apply their own imagination with the clarity and power to create their own successful future—at work and in their personal lives. As a recognized performance coach, best-selling author of Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and founder of the Transformational Coach Program™, Mapes has spoken to more than 2,000 organizations in 70 countries. His practical insights have been included in numerous training manuals and textbooks of companies, associations, universities and business schools. His upcoming book is entitled The Elephant and the Rider: Living an Exceptional Life.

PROGRAMS

IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance
Do you view the future with hope and possibility? Or do you allow fear to cloud your thinking, creating insecurity and stress?
Do you know how to apply your imagination to generate creativity, motivation, happiness and hope?
In these uncertain, challenging and complex times, success literally depends on the importance of knowing how to manage your thinking. As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”
In this cutting-edge, practical and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and inter-active demonstrations that leave no doubt that you can achieve what you imagine.
Exceptional individuals in all walks of life are distinguished by their capability to think creatively and perceive new opportunities for innovation. They have mastered the skill of “visualization” and can clearly communicate a dynamic, compelling, optimistic vision of the future.
James Mapes, the world’s foremost authority on the psychology of “applied imagination” and creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™,” demonstrates how success can be achieved by understanding and applying these concepts. James skillfully stretches perceptions to see new possibilities. He guides his audience to recognize how the powerful mental pictures we all carry around definitely impact the opportunities we see and the choices we make.
The audience leaves this thought-provoking, interactive, fascinating and inspiring journey having learned:

  • How to replace old beliefs with a compelling new vision that energizes at every level.
  • How to recognize, break through and let go of fears that sabotage success.
  • How to reduce negative stress and become more mindful.
  • How to motivate and propel to action by identifying core values.
  • How to improve productivity using ‘stretch goals’ and applied imagination.

 Program Length: 45 minutes – 90 minutes
MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy
Brain science studies prove that how we think impacts our health.
As a speaker, performance coach, medical facilitator, clinical hypnotist, writer and performer, James Mapes knows first-hand the importance of managing our thinking and reducing negative stress.  He integrates lessons learned from more than three decades of experience and his own open-heart surgery. He is truly a speaker who lives what he preaches.
In MIND OVER BODY, audiences gain a fresh, unique perspective on health, wellness and productivity.   James simplifies the latest research in brain science into easy and enjoyable solutions.  James projects an amazing, positive energy, radiating passion about the elegance of the imagination and the incredible power of the human mind and spirit.
The attendees will leave this interactive, thought-provoking and inspiring program having learned:

  • How to influence the subconscious with optimistic, affirmative suggestions.
  • How use mental imagery to reduce anxiety.
  • How to “reframe” negative thinking to instill hope and confidence.
  • How to create a personal vision to inspire wellness and achieve goals.
  • How to meditate in five minutes for mindfulness.
  • How to recognize and break through the fear that impedes wellness.

This presentation can be tailored to your organization’s specific needs as either a keynote or workshop.
Program Length: 60 minutes – 1/2 day
TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders
What is a leader?   Have you assessed your leadership skills lately?
The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savviest manager perplexed as exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style.
In 2017’s confusing and complex business world, it is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success.
The adage “leaders are born, not made” is questionable, since it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual.
In this provocative, lively and interactive presentation, renowned “evangelist of the imagination,” brain researcher, break-through thinking coach and best-selling author, James Mapes, incorporates his legendary humor with an array of audience exercises to reveal:

  • The five “culturally and morally neutral” traits of all successful leaders.
  • Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.
  • A guide to transform and enhance a personal leadership style.
  • How to craft an emotionally charged, clearly compelling and realistic future vision.

Program Length: 60 – 90 minutes

Full Biography

Speaker, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” for extreme success, peak performance coach, and author: Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance.

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization.   When philanthropist/Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen quizzed Mapes as to how one person could do so much during his life, James’ answer was simple: “Because no one told me I couldn’t.”

A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years.  Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible.  This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination.

Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind.   His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance.

As creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™ and the Transformational Coach™, James Mapes is one of the most sought-after international speakers in the corporate industry today.  He has worked with hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.

His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, major non-profit organizations, along with training & development divisions of large corporations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including – IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training – have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

In addition, Mapes has ignited audiences with his critically acclaimed hypnosis show, Journey Into the Imagination.  More than two million people have marveled at this unique presentation at Performing Arts Centers and universities, plus Manhattan’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center – winning praise from the media, including the New York Times, Variety and the New York Daily News.  He is branded as “The Imaginologist.”

His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind.  A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity.

Mapes delves into hot-button topics like reframing thinking patterns, shattering limiting myths, self-hypnosis, transforming fear into love and forgiveness.  The beauty of this ground-breaking book is not only the relevant information but also how it rides the wave of technology by giving the reader access to 21 short video clips of James Mapes’ demonstrations and coaching.

His previous book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind has been published in ten languages.

James is a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.

Mette Norgaard

Mette Norgaard, Ph. D., MBA is an expert on strategic leadership and learning. She works with executives to design and deliver learning solutions that advance the company’s strategy. She has also designed and participated in executive dialogues and workshops with thought leaders such as Stephen Covey, Jim Collins, John Katzenbach, Rob Goffee, Margaret Wheatley, and Ram Charan. Mette brings an eclectic background to her work, from being raised in a village of 900 to living in New York City, from being a front-line leader in healthcare to teaching thousands of leaders from entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 firms.

Prior to starting her own practice, Mette worked with FranklinCovey Co for ten years. She was the director of Principle-Centered Leadership Week, an executive retreat at Sundance, UT. In addition, she was part of a small team of consultants who led large-scale change processes for Fortune 500 firms and the US Government. Before joining FranklinCovey Co, Mette served as a leader in both healthcare and manufacturing, and she knows first-hand the incessant pressures to do more with less and do it faster.

Mette’s latest book, co-authored with Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell, is TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments (Jossey-Bass, 2011). She is also the author of the international bestseller The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work: Wisdom for the Workplace from the Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Amacom, 2005), which has been published in many languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese.

TOPICS

Touch Points
We live in a 24/7 information age. The pace is fast and furious, the meetings are back to back, and issues are coming at you from all directions. At times it feels like the information age has morphed into the interruption age. If you want to have more influence, you need to lead in shorter bursts of time and more of them. You need to think leadership … in even the smallest of moments. TouchPoints are about real people, dealing with real issues, real time. The good news is that you can anticipate TouchPoints, you can prepare for them, and you can start today. By deliberately working to master the touch, you can take on greater responsibilities and change the arc of your career. You simply do it one TouchPoint at a time. Attendees will be able to:

  • Turn everyday interactions into an leadership moments
  • Infuse each moment with a little more clarity and commitment
  • Leverage the exponential effect of leadership
  • Commit to mastering the head, heart, and hands—so they can bring their unique “touch” to every situation.

Strategic Leadership
As the head of a division or company, one of the most leveraged things you can do is to create a culture where everyone acts like a leader. A place where each associate generates the energy and direction needed to succeed in their own work. One where each leader puts the strategy first and the function second because they assume they will be treated fairly over time. If you are committed to creating such a culture, Mette is the right partner for you. Depending on the strategic priorities, you may want to start with the executive team, your high-potential leaders, or a number of informal leaders. For the executive team, the challenge may be to:

  • Transform a fractured team into one where people stand shoulder-to-shoulder, moving in the same direction.
  • Keep the team strong by having “quarterly meets” to improve performance. After announcing what you have achieved, you get together to look at how you did it and how you can do better next quarter.

For high-potential leaders, the aim may be to lift their energy and help them become talent magnets.

For informal leaders, human resources may choose to create a cadre of internal change guides. This can be done by selecting highly-respected professionals from different functions and having them become a voice for change.

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and one of the industry’s leading experts in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Podesta delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real-world strategies and solutions. She has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful than they ever thought possible.

 

TOPICS

Stand Out From the Crowd: How to Out-Think and Out-Perform the Competition
“Business as usual” is no longer enough. The game has changed and the competition is closing in with new strategies daily. If you want to succeed in an environment where dramatic change happens at the click of a mouse, then ask yourself: What do you bring to the table that is so memorable that people would CHOOSE to be your customer, colleague, employee, leader, or partner? Your success will depend upon your ability to differentiate and be recognized as a “one-of-a-kind” brand that delivers more than expected in the areas of added value and amazing service. Entertaining, yet insightful and refreshingly candid, Connie has the answers you need to accelerate past your competition and truly STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Stand Out SALES: How to Out-Smart and Out-Sell the Competition
“Selling as usual” won’t close the deal anymore. Prices, products and services have begun to look alike in the eyes of your customers, and the competition is “cutting deals.” If you want to succeed in sales today, you must set yourself apart and be recognized as a unique, “one-of-a-kind” brand. Ask yourself: What do you offer in the way of added value, extraordinary customer service and creative business consulting that would cause a customer to CHOOSE to buy a product or service from YOU rather than your competition? With wit, wisdom and captivating insight into the mind of both the buyer and the seller, Connie will show you how to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD and look at “SALES” from a whole new perspective. Get ready to sell like you’ve never sold before—and enjoy a flood of new customers and bankable profitability!

Stand Out LEADERSHIP: How to Influence Others in a Positive Way
You have the power and opportunity everyday to lead others to success. Leadership is not defined by title or corner office, but rather by how you DECIDE to live your life. Your personality, beliefs, character, values and intent are reflected in your choices, words, actions – and your ability or potential to INFLUENCE the thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and lives of the people around you either positively or negatively. Ask yourself are you the type of person that others would CHOOSE to imitate, follow and respect? Do you STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD because of your skills, talents, ethics and expertise? With humor, insight and her “no-nonsense” style, Connie will share the secrets of being the leader others can’t WAIT to follow.

LIFE WOULD BE EASY…If It Weren’t For Other People: How To Deal With Stressful People and Situations
Understanding the complexity of human behavior leaves most of us confused and frustrated! Ask yourself What could my team and I accomplish if we were able to decode the “mystery” of human behavior and use it as a powerful, pro-active force in every area of our lives? Successful personal and professional growth hinges on your ability to learn as much as possible about yourself and others, including why people do what they do and say what they say – so that you can ACT rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way. Learn to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD so people will CHOOSE you to be their friend, colleague, leader, salesperson, partner and employee. Connie’s funny, on-target and intuitive presentation will reveal the secrets to dealing effectively with every type of personality (including the ones who drive you crazy) so you can enjoy a new level of success, happiness and satisfaction at work and at home!

ACHIEVING BALANCE…In a Crazy 24/7 World: How To Stay Sane When There is Just Too Much To Do!
In Today’s hustled and hurried world, striking that all important life balance (and staying sane in the process) can seem like an elusive and lofty goal! Ask yourself What if I was able to manage all the demands of employers, customers, co-workers, family, and friends while also taking care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally? Wouldn’t that be the perfect, life-affirming way to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior, helps people do just that in a world where seemingly no one sleeps, and even sane people are turning into the workaholic they promised they would never become. Connie deftly combines laugh-out-loud humor, inspired insight, and a realistic take on life to help people re-assess what is important, re-align their priorities, and re-adjust their thinking so they can enjoy the life they work so hard to achieve.

Biography

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING EXPERTS in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships, and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Connie delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real- world strategies and solutions.

Connie has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful that they ever thought possible.

Connie Podesta has both the passion and credentials needed to speak to educators. With a bachelor’s degree in communications and business, and a master’s degree in human relations and counseling, Connie Podesta has been a well-known and trusted educator for more than 30 years. Her classroom experience at all levels (elementary, middle school, high school, and three state universities), is in addition to her being a Board Certified Professional Counselor, an organizational therapist, and an expert in the psychology of human behavior. Connie Podesta has been a keynote speaker to thousands of educators and has presented standing-room-only sessions at the National Elementary School Association, National Secondary Association, and the American Association of School Administrators. Her ability to tackle the toughest educational issues, coupled with her first-hand experience of the rewarding but often complex, frustrating, and stressful nature of the education industry, will leave your audience with a renewed sense of commitment to educate by example and teach with passion

Liz Goodgold

Speaker and author, Liz Goodgold is a fiery redhead with over 20 years of experience in marketing and branding. She is the author of RED FIRE BRANDING: Create a Hot Personal Brand and Have Customers for Life and DUH! Marketing. Liz’s talks are the epitome of “edutainment” – blending information, education, humor, and real-world examples. This fireball of energy takes issues directly from her audience, demonstrating how branding is the key to boosting business. Read more

David Goldsmith

David Goldsmith

In today’s economy, people are increasingly looking for answers, and they’re not seeing the same value in generic presentations of the past. They want someone to help them identify their challenges and to provide solutions to them. Leadership and management expert David Goldsmith is a consultant, advisor, NYU professor, speaker, telecast host, and author of more than 500 published articles on topics such as strategy, technology, new product development, marketing, customer service, innovation, and forecasting to name a few. He is co-founder and President of MetaMatrix Consulting Group LLC based in Syracuse, NY. Read more

Ben Glenn

Ben Glenn, The Chalkguy, is the president of Chalkguy Media International, a company dedicated to sharing a positive, life-changing message of hope with groups all over the world. Ben’s story about growing up Learning Disabled is one that he has shared with thousands inspiring people to have a greater appreciation for their unique talents and abilities. His humorous speeches are filled with personal stories and encouragement for people to live a life based on self-knowledge, personal responsibility and a positive attitude.

Ben is a powerful and entertaining speaker, but he is also much more than that. Part of Ben Glenn’s struggle with traditional learning led him to discover a love of art. A love that he has turned into a dynamic, not-to-be-missed, live art demonstration which wows and astonishes audiences, sweeping them up in an exciting and memorable experience that crowns Ben Glenn’s message as he literally whips together a beautiful drawing in less time than it takes to eat a sandwich!

Ben is a professional and has made over a thousand keynote speeches in his career. He will work with you to make your event as successful as possible.

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

From Special Ed to Simply Special
Ben’ s personal story of how he was diagnosed as Learning Disabled in Third Grade, the trials and triumphs that followed and what he has learned about overcoming challenging times, learning to appreciate his unique talents and gift and the people who made a difference in his life along the way. Inspiring and eye-opening. This presentation can be customized in a myriad of ways to suit your group.
Topics he can address: anti-bullying, anti-drug, positive attitude, team work, and leadership.

Understanding the Peaks and Pitfalls of ADD in the Classroom
Ever wonder what goes through an ADDer’s mind? Ben is going to tell you all about it! You’ll walk away with a completely different perspective as well as hope that some of the most challenging students in your class can also be your most successful.

The Power of Encouragement
Being a positive influence in another person’s life is one of the greatest things you can do for someone and is an essential skill for any leader. In this program Ben shares seven ways in which you can be an encourager to your staff, students, family or employees.

Tools for Teaching ADD Students Without Losing your Mind
No more boring medical facts and DSM-IV definitions! In this program Ben only shares what’s relevant and practical. You will be able to use what he teaches you in your next class!

FAITH BASED PROGRAM TOPICS

God Makes No Junk
This faith-based version of Ben Glenn’s personal journey uses his story to bring to life Jeremiah 29:11. Great for outreach events!

Seeking God Series
Four sessions perfect for week-long/weekend events. In this program Ben works with your group’s theme, weaving it in with fundamental principles of being a follower of Christ. He will help you lead your group into a deeper understanding of who God is, what His plan is for our lives and how we can live as doers of the Word.

Seeking God in the Age of Distraction
As someone who really struggles with focus and keeping still for any extended period of time, Ben has struggled with the idea of “quiet time” for years. Happily, he discovered that there are many ways to spend time with God that do not require quiet or staying still. In this program he shares all of his best tips and tools to help participants take steps towards a more effective time of prayer.

Full Biography

Ben Glenn, The Chalkguy, is the president of Chalkguy Media International, a company dedicated to sharing a positive, life-changing message of hope with groups all over the world. Ben’s humor-packed speeches are filled with personal stories and heartfelt encouragement for individuals to step outside their comfort zones to live a full life based on self-knowledge, personal responsibility and a positive attitude. His own story of growing up Learning Disabled is one that he has shared with thousands, inspiring and motivating students, parents, teachers, sales professionals and professional athletes to have a greater appreciation for their unique talents and abilities.

Ben is a powerful and entertaining speaker, but he is also much more than that. Part of Ben’s struggle with traditional learning led him to discover a love of art. A love that he has turned into a dynamic, not-to-be-missed, live art demonstration which wows and astonishes audiences, sweeping them up in an exciting and memorable experience that crowns Ben’s message as he literally whips together a beautiful drawing in less time than it takes to eat a sandwich!

Importantly, no matter where he is and who he is addressing, Ben always finds a way to tie his message in with the drawing. This integration of both spoken and visual, firmly stamps the presentation and its message into the hearts and minds of all his audiences making Ben one of the most unique, but also relevant speakers you could invite to your event. (His return client base is a testament to the effectiveness of his program – more than 80% first-time clients bring Ben back multiple times within five years of the initial event.)

Because Ben’s core message is so universal in content, he has taken it all over the world, from Australia to Hong Kong to Mexico, and has shared it with many, many diverse groups from schools to churches to Fortune 500 companies. Since 1994, when Ben became a full-time speaker, he’s made over a thousand keynote speeches to audiences ranging from 20 to 75,000. Traveling more than 100,000 miles every year, Ben’s legacy is thousands of people, young and old who have been touched and inspired to make positive changes in their lives.

For those working directly with Ben in preparing for an event, they could not ask for a more flexible and easy-going presenter. He is truly a professional in every sense, collaborating with clients to expedite set-up, respectful of their needs and goals and mindful of the fact that he is there to help make the event as exciting and successful as the client envisions it to be. Ben is as down-to-earth and authentic on-stage as he is off-stage.

As an adult, Ben was officially diagnosed with AD/HD, a challenge he’s had since early school days. After his diagnosis, Ben set out to educate himself and others about this unusual and controversial disorder. Ben’s experiences as an ADDer and his encounters with other ADDers have taken him on a personal mission of removing the stigma that comes from being diagnosed with AD/HD by talking about it openly and with humor whenever he can.

In spite of struggling with both reading and writing, Ben has written a book called Simply Special; Learning to Love your ADD, which is directed at individuals who have AD/HD and designed to help them see the positive aspects of the disorder.

All in all, when you book Ben for your event, you will be getting much more than an inspiring, funny, easy-to-work-with speaker, you will in fact get something that can only be referred to as an “experience” – The Chalkguy Experience!

Finally, as much as Ben loves being a speaker and performing artist, he loves being a husband and father more. Married for over ten years, he, his wife and two daughters live in a great little city called Indianapolis.

Rich Horwath

Rich Horwath

Rich Horwath is a national thought-leader on strategy. The founder and president of the Strategic Thinking Institute, former chief strategy officer, and professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, he has frequently appeared on NBC, WGN, and FOX TV to discuss the strategic aspect of current issues. Horwath is the author of four books and more than 75 articles on strategic thinking; his work has been profiled in business media around the world, including Investor’s Business Daily and Forbes.com. Read more