17 – Judy Carter: Professional & Humorous Motivational/Keynote Speaker

Judy CarterJudy Carter is an author, speaking coach, and humorist. Her message of using comedy techniques to decrease cubicle stress makes Carter an in-demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies where her keynotes entertain and inspire.

Judy’s been featured on over 100 TV shows, nominated for Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show and on CNN.

When she’s not speaking, snowboarding, or scuba diving, Judy coaches people how to improve their presentational skills by finding their authentic message and making it funny. Her private clients include TV stars, pro wrestlers, celebs and even a United States senator.

As an author, Judy doesn’t like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she’s the author of The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster) as well as, Standup Comedy: The Book (Dell Books) which was featured on Good Morning America, CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show, where Oprah recommended the book to anyone who wants to lighten up.

Judy’s new book, The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career (St. Martin’s Press, Feb 2013), teaches readers how to use life stories to inspire others and launch a speaking career.

Highlights from this Podcast:

  • Humor can be used to inspire and is essential for leadership.
  • How do you learn to speak from “authenticity”.
  • Your people want to know the real you; the key to leadership success is to learn and hone your “message”.
  • How do you get people to truly “listen” and “fall in love” with you within one-minute?
  • It’s never about you…instead it’s all about them; your communication and message needs to focus on them and their issues.
  • Tie your service & product to the “why” you exist; answering & communicating the “why” will lead to inspiration & leadership.


16 – David Casullo: President of Bates Communications; Author of Leading the High-Energy Culture

David CasulloDavid Casullo’s passion is developing leaders who have the courage and capability to change the world.  He is President of Bates Communications and the author of Leading the High-Energy Culture: What the Best CEOs Do to Create an Atmosphere Where Employees Flourish (McGraw Hill). Within weeks of its release in March 2012, the book became a bestselling book in Human Resources and Leadership on Amazon.com.

David’s methods ensure that leaders remember what is important by helping clarify values and recommit to behaving consistently, in alignment, with the “who that you are.” He has a proven process to clarify organizational values and communicate them effectively in a way that drives growth and top and bottom line results.  His experience as a successful business leader and entrepreneur give him credibility with executive leaders in the C-suite as well as with emerging leaders in key roles throughout organizations.

Highlights of this Podcast:

  • Leadership rests on a bed on “universal truths” & “principles”.
  • The truths and principles from that exist all around you are there for your discovery & development.
  • Anyone can become leaders as long as you have the willingness, desire, and the courage.
  • Introverts can be very powerful leaders.
  • We all have an obligation to be a leader at some level.
  • Regardless of your leadership position, focus on what you can affect & influence at your immediate level.
  • Pay attention who the “Alpha Dog” or real leader in your organization is; it may not be the leader with the obvious title.
  • In regards to those people you are accountable for: “Love them, listen to them, encourage them…but don’t see them as you.”
  • All of your energy, hard work, and communication should strive towards “simplicity”.

15 – Paul Callan: Creator & Founder of The Callan Course

DSC_00531Paul is a retired US Marine Corps Colonel with nearly 30 years of experience as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive VP, and VP of Supply Chain Management. Paul has honed his expertise through dynamic operational experiences including combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan coupled with advanced education at the post-graduate level.

He has extensive experience leading teams and organizations, providing strategic planning, executive coaching, leadership training and development, and organizational assessment. Paul has extensive experience leading teams and organizations, providing strategic planning, executive coaching, leadership training and development, and organizational assessment.

Paul’s passions are leading, mentoring, and coaching. His goal is to help people and organizations better understand the challenging, life-long, but essential journey to becoming authentic and resonant leaders. His purpose is to help organizations develop generations of leaders — vibrant talent pools — that ensure organizational continuity.

The Callan Course™ is a method of learning that applies his personal leadership paradigm.  His multiple unit course is designed to provide you with a proven leadership philosophy that expertly ranges the art and science of leadership.

Highlights from this Podcast:

  • Great leadership begins with a belief in a larger than life belief or transcendent idea.
  • Every minute of everyday is a leadership opportunity; you’re always leading and influencing.
  • All great leadership starts with self-leadership; self-leadership begins with self-mastery.
  • Leadership is a human act; regardless of all the technological advances and advancing managerial tools the art of leadership never changes.
  • The least important aspect of leadership is the charismatic aspect; modeling and setting the example is so much more powerful.
  • There is a distinct difference between managing & leading; you manage “things” and you lead “people”.

14 – Rabbi Simon Jacobson: Educator, Scholar, Author of “Toward a Meaningful Life”

Simon JacobsonRabbi Simon Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold over 300,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech and Croatian.

Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center , which bridges the secular and the spiritual, through a wide variety of live and on-line programming. The Center, which has now found its home in Downtown Manhattan, presents to people of all backgrounds, the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life. MLC, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the NY Times, is in the process of creating a warm, soulful environment, a “third space” where men and women can commune, read, have a coffee and interact, while also offering dynamic, interactive experiences of living spirituality through a variety of ongoing programs, musical and artistic events, lectures, classes and seminars, as well as a wide array of published learning materials, books, audio and video programs. The Center is an outgrowth of Rabbi Jacobson’s popular Wednesday night class that has captured the hearts of thousands of participants over the last 25 years with its spiritual message and profound insights into the human condition.

Jacobson is one of the greatest scholars and sought after speakers in the Jewish world today. He has lectured to diverse audiences on six continents and in forty states on psycho-spiritual issues, applying Jewish thought to contemporary life, in a voice that is rooted in the timeless teachings of Torah, yet at the same time profoundly timely and relevant, unique and cutting edge. He has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CNN with Larry King, the Charlie Rose Show, and the CBS News Show, “The Best of Us.”

Highlights of this Podcast:

  • The purpose & intent of a true leader is to elevate mankind.
  • Everyone must be a leader.
  • Genuine leadership must give people a long-term vision that imbues their lives with meaning.
  • Leadership is not power and dominance; it’s servitude.
  • A true leader does not seek followers; he wants to teach others how to be leaders.
  • No one is incapable of being a leader in some way, and no one is exempt from the responsibility.

13 – Jennifer Kahnweiler: Introverted Leader Expert


Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D. is an International Speaker, Executive Coach and Author who specializes in developing and coaching introverted leaders. Her book, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) has sold over 20,000 copies and has been translated into 6 languages, including Chinese and Spanish. It was also named a top 20 leadership book on Amazon and a “Staff Pick” by CIO Magazine.

Jennifer has been an entrepreneur and internal consultant in organizations such as GE, AT&T, Turner Broadcasting, and NASA. Her most fun gig has been as a featured work-life expert on the TBS show, Movie and a Makeover and she is very proud of earning the highest honor from the National Career Development Association. She has written for the WSJ, Bloomberg Business Week and Forbes and has written columns for AARP, SHRM and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dr. Kahnweiler serves on the board of the Berrett-Koehler’s Author’s Co-op and is actively involved in Women in Technology, the Global Speakers Federation, The National Speaker’s Association and the Atlanta Writer’s Club. She is married to Dr. Bill Kahnweiler and has two adult daughters, Lindsey and Jessie.

Highlights From This Podcast:

    • Introverts sometimes make the best leaders.
    • Many prominent successful leaders are considered introverts.
    • Businesses are beginning to shift and understand the value of introverted leaders
    • Learn the challenges introverts face in an extroverted world.
    • Learn how to unlock success utilizing Jennifer’s  “4 P’s” Process: Preparation, Presence, Push, & Practice.

12 – Coach Bill Snyder: Head Football Coach for Kansas State University

Bill SnyderPrecise. Intense. Tireless. Accomplished. Dedicated. Caring. Professional. Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder is all of these and much more.

To understand the full picture of Bill Snyder, it is necessary to acknowledge his values, sincerity and warmth, along with the concern he shows for the people around him – all qualities that solidify his reputation as an innovator in college athletics.

The 2009 season saw one of the greatest legends in college football return to the sidelines in hopes of revitalizing a program that he once built, piece by piece, into a national force. And, after three seasons back in charge, Bill Snyder is well on his way to doing just that.

The architect of the “greatest turnaround in the history of college football” Bill Snyder returned to lead the Kansas State football program in 2009 after 17 ultra-successful seasons as the head coach from 1989-2005. And, following a 7-5 campaign in 2010 and a berth in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, the Wildcats climbed to heights only previously seen under Snyder as the Wildcats went 10-3 in 2011, finished No. 8 in the final BCS standings and earned their first Cotton Bowl invitation since 2001.

In 2011, Snyder’s Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 start — the best in 12 years — which included big wins at Miami, against 15th-ranked Baylor and at Texas Tech. Following a two-game skid to a pair of nationally-ranked teams, the Wildcats got back into the win column with a thrilling four-overtime victory over Texas A&M before ending the year with wins at Texas and against Iowa State.

For his efforts in 2011, Snyder was named the Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year, as well as picking up national coaching honors from Sporting News, Rivals.com and CBSSports.com, and the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the AP and Big 12 Coaches.

11 – David Marquet: Former Nuclear Submarine Commander, Author, Speaker

David MarquetA top graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, David Marquet led a distinguished career in the U.S. submarine force. He commanded the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Captain Marquet completely turned around Santa Fe, where the crew went from being “worst to first.” Santa Fe continued to win awards after his departure and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to positions of increased responsibility, including 9 subsequent submarine captains. After riding USS Santa Fe, noted author Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he’d ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

Since completing his military service David speaks to businesses and groups who want to create empowering work environments that release the passion, initiative, and intellect of each person. This bold and highly effective leadership approach can be summarized as “give control, create leaders.” The result embeds the goodness of the organization in the people and practices instead of the personality of the leader, building enduring and resilient organizations.

David is also an author of the top selling book “Turn the Ship Around which details his leadership philosophy and how he turned the crew of the Santa Fe around.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • Leadership greatness is unachievable by simply “giving instructions”; instead you must give “intent” and “give control” to your folks.
  • The “Leader-Follower” concept of leadership is outdated and ineffective; “Leader-Leader” concept is much more powerful and relevant for today’s environment.
  • “Commanders Intent” brings out the best of your people and produces the most creative and innovative results; as the leader you don’t have to have all the answers.
  • You must give people the authority to make decisions so they can execute their natural empowerment capabilities; however you people have to be technically and tactfully proficient.
  • Leaders must be confident of their teams “Clarity”; you must be crystal clear on what your team is out to accomplish.
  • “Blind obedience” to orders is a dangerous philosophy and stifles open, honest communication.
  • Leadership is not about “pushing information to the authority”;  instead  we should focus on “pushing the authority to the information”.

10 – Nick Sarillo: Founder & CEO of Nick’s Pizza & Pub

ns40-2Nick Sarillo is the founder, CEO and “primary keeper” of the Purpose and Operational Vales of Nick’s Pizza & Pub – the sixth busiest independent pizza company in per-store sales in the United States. Founded with the purpose of providing the community with an unforgettable place where families could relax and have fun, Nick’s Pizza & Pub has margins nearly twice that of the average pizza restaurant and boasts an 80 percent employee retention rate in an industry in which the average annual turnover is nearly 150 percent. Nick credits his company’s success to his purpose-driven culture, which is the focus of his new book, A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business (Portfolio; 2012). Nick is a regular speaker at entrepreneurship and HR conferences, and his insights have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Inc., Fast Company and Investor’s Business Daily.

Bottom line is we need more entrepreneurs like Nick.  He leads from the heart, believes all of us can change the world, and has been creating a legacy of leaders through his “purpose driven culture”.

Highlights from this Podcast:

  • The old “Command & Control” style of leadership is outdated and outmoded; it’s all about creating a “Purpose Driven Culture”.
  • Learn how Nick developed a passion for creating a family oriented restaurant and how he transformed as a leader.
  • Learn how Nick created a less than 20% turnover rate in a culture that historically averages over 150%
  • Learn how “dignity & respect” is a cornerstone value that helped transform his culture.
  • Learn how Nick values “transparency” and how it is essential to building a culture of trust.

09 – Lee Cockerell: Former Walt Disney World Executive VP of Operations

UnknownWhen Lee Cockerell announced his retirement on July 28, 2006 it marked the beginning of a new adventure for the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort.”
As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and a sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.”
One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which continues on as the primary resource for developing the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World.
Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for eight years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of Florida United Way. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida.He is now dedicating his time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership, management and service excellence which was published in 2008 and is now available in ten languages. Lee also performs leadership and service excellence consulting for organizations as well as the Disney Institute.

Highlights from this Podcast:

  • Lee discusses how he came from humbled beginnings in Oklahoma and ended up in a Executive VP position with Walt Disney World.
  • Learn about Lee’s transformation from an intimidating autocratic manager to all-inclusive leader / mentor.
  • Learn about how all of us make a difference and we are all leaders like it or not.
  • Learn about professionalism and setting the example and that it’s a 24/7 lifestyle choice.
  • Lee talks about his new book “The Customer Rules” and how rare true “service” actually is.
  • Lee discusses how his Disney team responded to the crisis of September 11th, 2001

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