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Keynote Speaking

2020 Keynote Speaker Presentations

Many of our training programs can also be offered as a 30- to 90-minute keynote. Additionally, we offer these unique keynote presentations that are altogether educational, entertaining, life changing, and inspiring.

Little Steps. Big Feat.

by Polly Letofsky

Polly Letofsky left her home and headed west across 4 continents and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world.

As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and well-wishers around the world came to walk with her. Every day strangers welcomed her into their homes. But is was never an easy road; Polly struggled with earthquakes, muggings, languages, even religious riots. The ultimate challenge came in the middle of Polly’s journey when September 11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history. Polly suddenly found herself embedded in a vastly changing world and realized she could never retrace her steps home – they’d vanished in a tide of world events.

A natural storyteller, since her return, Polly has been speaking to rapt audiences around the country. She richly details her journey with humor and honest reflection, the good times and the hardships. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, always inspirational, Polly’s inspiring keynote personifies the spirit of commitment and perseverance that will compel your audience to take on life’s biggest challenges – one step at a time.

Your audiences will walk away with a renewed commitment to achieve the seemingly unachievable, determined to move past the unexpected obstacles and embrace a new spirit towards their lives and work.

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Chasing Windmills

by David D. Knapp, PhD

To celebrate turning 50 years old in 2014, Dr. David Knapp ran 52* full marathon races (1,362.40 miles) during the calendar year as a fundraiser for the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Chasing Windmills” chronicles that incredible experience for audience members. Based on the imagery of Cervantes’ classic novel Don Quixote and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, this presentation will both inspire and entertain audience members – while encouraging them to undergo their own heroic journeys to wisdom and service. During that journey, they will discover their own windmills to chase…even if everyone else calls them crazy for doing so.

* Dr. Knapp originally planned to run 50 full marathons but ran two extra marathons to honor Alzheimer’s caregivers, who “have to go the extra mile each and every day.”

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Forget IQ. It’s EQ That Matters

by Tara Powers, MS

Emotional Intelligence is widely recognized as a key factor in professional – as well as personal—success. Emotional skills are integral to decision making, empathizing with co-workers and friends, communicating vision to staff, overcoming challenging workplace situations, and staying resilient

Key takeaways:

  • Identify areas where they can apply emotional intelligence
  • Evaluate their own emotional strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Generate action steps for improving emotional and social abilities

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From Managing a Machine to Leading in a Living System

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Although we’re now in the second decade of the 21st-century, far too many leaders still run their organizations from a 19th-century perspective. This outdated approach prevents those leaders from effectively dealing with a host of complex challenges, including: a volatile global economy, significant changes in workplace demographics, increased shareholder expectations, and an accelerated rate of technological change that is unparalleled in world history. Deeply profound, but also highly practical, Dr. David Knapp's “From Managing a Machine to Leading in a Living System” encourages audience members to re-examine – and ultimately reframe – their entire mindset and approach to leading their organizations.

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How to Build Your Personal Brand to Leverage Your Career

by Rachel Lubchansky

Personal branding is all about how you show up in the world and market yourself. While it may seem unnecessary to establish and reinforce who you are and what you stand for within a larger organization, intentionally building your personal brand is foundational to building your career.

Join us for this presentation to learn:

  • What is a personal brand and why it’s important to proactively manage yours
  • How to develop and maintain your personal brand and become known for the things that make you stand out in a crowd
  • Key strategies to manage your personal brand across platforms

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Put a Fork In It: Employee Engagement is Dead. It’s Time to Focus on Employee Passion.

by Tara Powers, MS

Engaged employees do everything that is expected of them and comply with policies and procedures to the letter. Then there are passionate employees. They don’t just stick to the rulebook – they do whatever it takes to delight customers. These emotionally committed employees are passionate about their work, and the organization they work for. Employee engagement is just the starting point. Passionate employees take your organization to the next level.

Key learning takeaways:

  • Discover how well your organization is doing at creating a passionate team
  • Learn about The Passion Index and the five employee needs that ignite passion; assess how well the organization satisfies these needs
  • Identify the eight Values that Build Trust and how important they are to employees personally

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Success Then Happiness. Or Happiness Then Success. Which Comes First?

by Yvette Costa, MBA, PCC

We generally think that we will be happy once we achieve success. The science of Positive Psychology is turning this belief on its head. This informative and lively presentation reviews the key ways our minds conspire to make us unhappy, the emerging data from the positive psychology field that supports happiness first, and offers simple, practical easy-to-implement tools that have a profound impact on life and success.

Key takeaways:

  • Your biology is not on your side when it comes to happiness
  • Happiness is a skill and can be learned
  • The single most effective tool to increase happiness AND success

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Unleash Your Potential. Expand Your How

by Yvette Costa, MBA, PCC

Expectations drive everything we do. Unfortunately, we are not aware of the majority of them. In particular, unconscious expectations on how something gets done or how we should act, can undermine our effectiveness and hold us back from ultimate success and limit our potential.

Key takeaways:

  • The number one thing that keeps you stuck and limits your potential
  • A simple equation that opens the floodgates to novel thinking and approaches
  • An easy-to-implement technique to expand your how and unleash your potential

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What to Do When Work Makes You Unhappy

by Yvette Costa, MBA, PCC

Losing the ‘spark’ you once had for your job is challenging. No one expects it, but it happens to almost everyone at least once in their career. This informative session will show you why this happens, what you can do about it, and leave you with practical and easy to implement tools that can bring the ‘spark’ back for your job.

Key takeaways:

  • Recognize when biology is taking over, causing unhappiness with your job
  • The secret to interrupting your biology and taking charge
  • Three simple easy-to-implement techniques to bring the spark back and be happier at work

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