Dr. Ken Blanchard

Author, Speaker, and Business Consultant


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Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent and sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. He is able to speak to an audience and communicate with each person as if they were alone and talking one-on-one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.

Ken is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Starting with his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager®, co-authored with Spencer Johnson, which has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best-seller lists, to Raving Fans®, Gung Ho!®, and Whale Done!, Ken’s impact as a writer is far reaching. His books have combined sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages. Leading at a Higher Level, published in 2006, Know Can Do!, published in 2007, and The One Minute Entrepreneur®, published in 2008, have been received with much critical acclaim.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA—The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor’s and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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Joanna Brandi

Consultant, Speaker, Author


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President of JoAnna Brandi & Company since 1990, JoAnna is a consultant, a public speaker and the author of two books on customer loyalty, Winning At Customer Retention, 101 Ways to Keep ‘em Happy, Keep ‘em Loyal and Keep ‘em Coming Back and Building Customer Loyalty- 21 Essential Elements in Action as well as a gift book on positive thinking 54 Ways to Stay Positive in a Changing, Challenging and Sometimes Negative World. She is currently writing, From Positive Thinking to Positive DOING: Positivity Practices That Help You Turn Happiness Into A Habit.”

JoAnna Brandi is the Publisher of The Customer Care Coach®. A self study leadership training program in the “The Art and Science of Exquisite Customer Care” as well as “Monday Morning Motivation,” a tool to keep employees focused on keeping customers happy.

She is a graduate of Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching program – one of only 850 trained worldwide, and is a founding member of the Positive Workplace International. She has developed one and two day workshops on Positive Leadership and does Positive Leadership Coaching for individuals and groups. Positive cultures help create happy customers!

She is certified in Neuro Linguistics, The Art of Empowerment, and has studied Applied Creative Thinking as well Positive Psychology. Her FREE bi-weekly newsletter delivers insight and wisdom on creating positive, customer caring cultures to thousands of people worldwide for the last 19 years.

JoAnna serves a diverse group of clients in a number of different capacities, in large companies and small alike. Working as a resource for TEC/Vistage, an international organization of CEOs for over sixteen years, JoAnna has coached, consulted and served as the “Chief Inspiration Officer” for CEOs, their executives and staffs nationwide. She is a highly rated speaker at conferences all over North America.

In her workshops and keynotes she motivates entire organizations to get passionate about customers and raise their “Positivity Ratios” at the same time. She uses email, telephone classes and video to keep her inspiring message and practical how-to’s in the forefront of minds of the leaders and customer facing employees. She specializes in creating more positive, strengths based workplaces where employees are motivated and customers are happy and loyal. She activates the link between positivity and profitability.

Her clients include:

Aircycle, Alliance Laundry Systems, Aquatech, Bank of America, BankUnited, Boston Private Banking, Brickman Group, Cam Industrial, Celgene, Citibank, Citrix, Crowe Horwath, Coneybeare, Corporate Wellness Solutions, Duncan Aviation, Financial Times, Eymac, Fiserv, Florida Fluid, Hammacher Schlemmer, Goodwill, GTE, Great American Business Products, Hansen Catering, Hewlett-Packard, Hunter Douglas, Humana, IBM, Institutional Investor, Lakewood Publications, Liberty Travel, Make-AWish Foundation, Master Pools Guild, MCI, Meredith Publishing, Merit Direct, Metcare, Midwest ISO, Motorola, National Apartment Ass’n, National Business Furniture, NAFED, NationsBank, NE Carwash Ass’n, NESPA, NISH, Northern Safety, Northern Tool and Equipment, PHH Vehicle Management, Pitney Bowes, Pivotal Systems, PJM Interconnection, Presgar, Porteck, Quarles Inc, Smith’s Food & Drug, Teleco, Timbar, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Uline, UPS, Veeco, Vision Benefits of America, Vistage, Waste Pro, Wausau Financial Systems, Wells Fargo, Western Union, among many others.

Prior to starting her own business JoAnna was the Director of Direct Marketing Services, a multimillion dollar sales division of CMP Media in NY. She was responsible for creating their first on line customer care system and for the start of their world class day care center.

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Dr. Richard Chang

Author, Speaker, and Consultant


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Richard Chang is internationally known and highly respected for his quality improvement, organization development, customer value, strategic planning, measurement systems, team development, performance improvement, product realization, and human resource development expertise. In addition, he served as a Judge for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and has served as the Chief Judge for the California Awards for Performance Excellence.

Prior to CEO and founder of Richard Chang Associates, Inc., a diversified performance improvement consulting, training, and publishing firm, headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Richard created and directed the Corporate Training and Organization Development departments for Archive Corporation and LH Research, Inc. In addition, he directed the Human Resources function, Quality Improvement initiative, and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system implementation for the latter. His professional experiences also include operations line-management, quality/process auditing, and career development related positions with Security Pacific National Bank and the City of Westminster, California.

As a well-known and top-rated keynote speaker, Richard addresses a variety of personal development and organizational-related related topics at regional, national, and international conferences. He has consulted to a wide range of domestic and international organizations representing a variety of industries, including Toshiba, Marriott, Sony, Nestlé, Kaiser Permanente, Universal Studios, Nabisco, Nissan, Citibank, Chase, Hasbro, Pacific Life, Singapore General Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Mazda, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Disney, Union Pacific Railroad, Reynolds and Reynolds, Air New Zealand, USC University Hospital, BMW, McDonald’s, Black & Decker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.

Richard’s academic credentials include a B.A. in Psychobiology from UCLA, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California, and a Ph.D. specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, from Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) in San Diego, California.

In addition to his consulting activities, Richard currently serves as part-time faculty for the MBA and undergraduate business administration programs at Loyola Marymount University, and has served as an Associate Professor for the Graduate School of Human Resource Management and Development at Chapman University, as well as served on the faculty for California State University Long Beach-Extension and several community colleges in Southern California.

Richard is the author or co-author of over twenty-five books on business and personal development, including his latest best-selling works: The Passion Plan at Work-Building a Passion-Driven Organization, Performance Scorecards-Measuring the Right Things in the Real World, and The Passion Plan-A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering, Developing, and Living Your Passion. He is also the author of a number of award-winning videotapes and audiotapes.

Richard served as the Chair of the Board for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and has been recognized with the Gordon Bliss Memorial Award and the Torch Award, two of the highest forms of national leadership recognition provided by ASTD. His professional and academic accomplishments have earned him recognition in several notable almanacs including: Outstanding Young Men of America, Who’s Who in Leading American Executives, and International Who’s Who in Quality. In addition, he is a recurrent selection for Executive Excellence Publishing’s annual “Excellence 100 List” that ranks the Top 100 consultants/authors/thought leaders/speakers who are influencing/shaping the world of work in organizations – most recently Richard was ranked #13.

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Paula H. J. Cholmondeley

Board Consultant

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Paula Cholmondeley is a member of the Board of Directors of Terex Corporation (NYSE) and DENTSPLY International (NASDAQ). Across her board career she has served on the audit, governance, strategy, corporate social responsibility and compensation committees. She has also chaired 5 audit committees, a nominating and governance committee and a strategy and corporate social responsibility committee. She currently chairs the Nationwide Mutual Funds audit committee. She is member of the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors In-Board Room and Board Advisory Services where she teaches and conducts board evaluations. She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. In 2015 she was elected to NACD Directorship 100. Her previous public company boards include Ultralife Inc.; Armco Steel Inc.; Albany International and Minerals Technologies. During her executive career, Ms. Cholmondeley has had profit and loss responsivity for global divisions with revenues up to $750M, served as CFO of companies with revenues up to $2B, brought new technologies to market, served at the head of strategy for two large corporations and held seats on numerous non-profit Boards.

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Subir Chowdhury

Management Consultant and Author


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Subir Chowdhury is Chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, LLC— a world authority in quality leadership, strategy and methods. Hailed by The New York Times as a ‘leading quality expert,” and by Business Week as “The Quality Prophet”, Subir works with many global Fortune 500 companies, including Caterpillar, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Bosch, ITT Industries, Xerox, and Proctor & Gamble, as well as smaller organizations in both the public and private sectors such as ACGME, National Grocers Association, the State of Michigan, and Kaplan Publishing.

Subir is the author of 12 books, including the international bestseller The Power of Six Sigma, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Subir’s Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the first book on the topic and is credited with popularizing the DFSS philosophy worldwide. His latest book titled The Ice Cream Maker has been praised by leaders and media alike and has been distributed to every member of the U.S. Congress.

Subir has received numerous international awards for his leadership in quality management and his major contributions to various industries worldwide. He is an honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF) and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology and Automotive Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Gold Medal and the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for excellence in Automotive Engineering.

Subir has been twice honored by the U.S. Congress on the Floor of House of Representatives and the U.S. government presented him the ‘Outstanding American by Choice Award’ for his contributions to the United States of America. Subir received an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, a graduate degree from Central Michigan University (CMU), and an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Michigan Technological University (MTU). Both IIT and CMU honored Subir with their Distinguished Alumnus Award. The London School of Economics (LSE) has established the ‘Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics’ to be given to a post doctoral Fellow each year to study the impact of poor quality in the advancement of economics of a nation, which is the first of its kind in the world.

His philanthropic interest is evidenced through the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation and he lives with his wife and two children in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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Jim Collins

Business Consultant, Author, and Lecturer


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Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested over a decade of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co-authored four books, including the classic Built to Last, which has been a fixture on the Business Week best seller list for more than six years, and translated into 29 languages. His work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.

Jim’s book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t, attained long-running positions on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best seller lists, has sold 3 million hardcover copies since publication, and has been translated into 35 languages, including Latvian, Mongolian, and Vietnamese. His other books include, How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In, Great by Choice, and Beyond Entrepeneurship.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors. Jim holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Jim has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations. He has also worked with social sector organizations, such as: Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Leadership Network of Churches, the American Association of K-12 School Superintendents, and the United States Marine Corps. In 2005, he published the monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors.

In addition, Jim is an avid rock climber and has made one-day ascents of the North Face of Half Dome and the Nose route on the South Face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. He continues to climb at the 5.13 grade.

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Chester Elton

Bestselling Author and Speaker


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Called the “apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is coauthor of several wildly successful leadership books. The Carrot Principle has been a regular New York Times, USA Today and BusinessWeek bestseller and All In was the number one selling business book in America, as ranked by the Wall Street Journal. Chester’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. Chester has been called a “must read for modern-day managers,” by Larry King.

As a motivation expert, Chester has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company magazine, and New York Times, and has been a guest on NBC’s Today show, CBS 60 Minutes, and has a weekly segment on CBS News Radio.

Chester serves as a leader consultant to Fortune 100 firms including American Express, Pepsi, Avis Budget Group, Rolls Royce, and Madison Square Garden to name a few. But he is most proud to be the father of four exceptional children.

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Fawn Germer

Bestselling Author, Pulitzer-nominated Journalist, and Speaker


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Bestselling author and Pulitzer-nominated journalist, Fawn Germer is one of America’s top speakers today because she brings to life the wisdom and mentoring advice from her personal interviews with more than 300 famous leaders for her bestselling books. Oprah found her book, Hard Won Wisdom, “very inspiring,” and you will too.

Fawn has distilled insights from interviews with everyone from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sarandon, Jane Goodall, Meg Whitman, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Olympic athletes, Academy Award winners, CEOs, senior executives, and many others.

Fawn is a main-stage leadership speaker whose message has been heard around the world for major corporations and associations. Among them are Coca-Cola, Kraft, PepsiCo, State Farm, Cisco, Frito Lay, and Ford Motor Co. She has also keynoted at Harvard, Wharton, and UCLA’S Anderson School of Business.

Fawn contends that there is no special “success DNA” and all of us can achieve beyond our perceived limits if we set aside our self-esteem issues and tone down the negativity so we can dare to lead.

Fawn is a four-time Pulitzer nominated journalist who has written for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. She is one of the nation’s most sought after leadership speakers and the author of seven books, including “Hard Won Wisdom, Mustang Sallies, and her latest, Pearls, which features the best quotes from all of her interviews.

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Maya Hu-Chan

nternational Management Consultant, Executive Coach, Author, and Speaker


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Rated Top 30 Global Leadership Gurus (2013) and Top 100 Thought Leaders in Management & Leadership (2008-2011) by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Maya Hu-Chan is an international management consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. She specializes in global leadership, executive coaching, and cross-cultural business skills.

Harvard Business School chose Maya’s book Global Leadership: The Next Generation to be one of their Working Knowledge recommended books. This book was translated into Chinese and Polish.

Maya has trained and coached thousands of leaders in Global Fortune 500 companies throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia. She has worked extensively in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Korea and Japan, helping global companies develop their senior executives and high-potential leaders as well as their teams. Maya is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. Maya has worked with clients including Allergan, American Airlines, Apple, Disney, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Lenovo, Lever Brothers Thailand, Los Angeles Police Department, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Monsanto, Motorola, MGM-Mirage, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, SONY, University of Southern California, U.S. Olympic Committee, & W.L. Gore & Associates.

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Jason Jennings

Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Consultant


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Jason Jennings is a researcher and one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world and his greatest thrill is helping lead individuals and companies to their full economic potential.

Jason began his career as a radio and television reporter and was the youngest radio station group owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world’s largest media consultancy and his legendary programming and sales strategies are credited with revolutionizing many parts of the broadcasting industry.

Jason traveled the globe in search of the world’s fastest companies for his landmark book It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small – It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow. Within weeks of its release, it hit the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestsellers Lists. Published in more than 32 languages, USA TODAY named it one of the top 25 books of 2000.

Next, Jason and his research teams identified the world’s ten most productive companies for his bestseller Less Is More. That was followed by his book Think BIG – Act Small which profiled the only ten companies in the world to have organically grown both revenues and profits by double digits every year for ten consecutive years. Like all his previous books, it debuted on all the bestseller charts. His next book, Hit the Ground Running – A Manual for Leaders, revealed the tactics and strategies of the ten CEOs who created the greatest amount of economic value between 2000 and 2009.

Jason’s latest book, The Reinventors – How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change, reveals the secrets of those leaders and organizations that have successfully reinvented and transformed themselves. In total, Jennings and his researchers have screened and studied more than 200,000 companies.

Along the way, Jason found time to join forces with well-known cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy and coauthored the 2010 Health, Mind and Body bestseller, The 15 Minute Heart Cure –The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Fifteen minutes a Day.

Critics call his books, “extraordinarily well researched, insightful, crisply written, accessible, intriguing and a vital resource for everyone in business,” and USA TODAY calls Jason one of the three most in-demand business speakers on the planet.

When not traveling the world on research, in search of adventure, and doing eighty keynote speeches each year, Jason and his family split their time between the San Francisco bayside community of Tiburon, California and their lodge, Timber Rock Shore on a small lake in Michigan’s northern peninsula where they share the environment with native moose, bear, deer, wolves, and soaring eagles.

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