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Team Building Speakers

 

For all the tasks we do alone, most companies rely heavily on teamwork. These speakers steer us towards understanding our colleagues, building trust, communicating effectively, and building a corporate culture that thrives — together.

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David Cote

Former Chairman & CEO of Honeywell | Author of Winning Now, Winning Later

When it comes to manufacturing, David Cote stands in a league of his own. The most successful leader of a Fortune 100 industrial conglomerate of his era, Cote joined Honeywell after a 25-year-career at GE. Under his leadership, Honeywell’s market capitalization climbed about an astonishing 100 billion dollars. Rather than fixating on either long-term strategies or quarterly results, Cote empowered his organization to pursue both simultaneously. In talks, he shows how leaders can help their teams sustain long-term investment, even when pressures to deliver in the present are at their most intense.
Stephanie Mehta

Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company | Former Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair

What makes the world’s most creative people—and companies—tick? The most qualified person to answer the question is Stephanie Mehta. As Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company—the influential magazine championing creativity, innovation, and thriving workplace cultures for a new generation of business— Mehta is the rare editor who talks to pure creatives and corporate leaders in equal measure. In talks, she draws on her decades in business journalism to show us how to inject collaborative thinking and unbridled innovation into our teams and organizations.
Valorie Kondos Field

Legendary UCLA Women's Gymnastics Coach | Author of Life is Short, Don't Wait to Dance

Veteran UCLA Gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field has never done a flip or played an organized sport. Yet the former ballerina somehow became a seven-time NCAA coaching champion, mentoring Olympians such as Simone Biles over the course of her 29-year career. In talks, she shares her unorthodox coaching methods—championing gratitude, ownership, and joy—for high-performance leaders and teams.
Jay Van Bavel

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU

One of our amazing qualities as human beings is our ability to work together—yet that doesn’t mean it always comes easily to us. In fact, many organizations today prioritize competition over cooperation in an effort to increase their bottom line. Jay Van Bavel is an NYU Professor who studies everything from group identity and team performance, to cooperation and decision-making. His work reveals the lesser-known benefits of cooperation, and in talks, he shows us how to create a cooperative teams that boost performance and well-being.
Luke Burgis

Entrepreneur-in-Residence | Author of Wanting: Our Secret Economy of Desire

How can we create things that benefit us as people? That is the question that author, entrepreneur, and investor Luke Burgis asks. His people-first perspective stems from a lifetime of unique experiences: working on Wall Street, founding companies in Silicon Valley, even studying theology. Today, Burgis applies mimetic theory—the idea that desire is a social mechanism—to business. In talks, he shows us the hidden forces behind why we want things, how to break free from destructive desires, and how to cultivate the intentional desires that build a better world.
Soraya Chemaly

Journalist & Author of Rage Becomes Her | Co-Founder and Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project

Being human means playing host to a variety of emotions—and it’s not optional. To award-winning author and viral TED speaker Soraya Chemaly, the trick is learning to see them as vital signals, critical to how well our organizations function. Chemaly speaks with crackling lucidity to the wealth of data that our emotions provide us with—at work, at home, and in the world at large. 
Wayne Baker

Management Professor at the University of Michigan | Author of All You Have To Do Is Ask

The biggest barrier to success is our inability to ask for help when we need it. Wayne Baker, a Professor at the University of Michigan, believes that creating a culture of generosity will lead to stronger, happier, and more productive teams. Drawing from the insights found in his employment software company—co-founded with Adam Grant—and his upcoming book All You Have To Do Is Ask, Baker teaches us how to tap into our potential by using our greatest resource: each other.
Darby Allen

Former Fort McMurray Fire Chief | Crisis Leadership Speaker

During the catastrophic Alberta wildfires, fire chief Darby Allen shot to global acclaim for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life—the largest evacuation in Canadian history. Now, he offers guidance on how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations. 
 
Yvonne Camus

A Motivational Speaker on Grit and Performance | COO of SPINCO

How can an average businesswoman and mom outperform US Navy Seals? Here’s how: through grit, determination, and resilience. Yvonne Camus is one of the world’s most trusted speakers on teamwork and perseverance. On stage, she’s shown hundreds of organizations how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.
Jamil Zaki

Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab | Author of The War for Kindness

Most people think empathy is a trait—you have it or you don’t. Meaning, if you find empathy too hard, there’s nothing you can do. But empathy is a skill that anyone can get better at, says Jamil Zaki, a Stanford psychologist and one of America’s pre-eminent speakers on empathy.
 
Minette Norman

Former VP of Engineering Practice, Autodesk | Speaker on Transformative Leadership

At Autodesk—a world leader in software tech—the most qualified person to lead 3,500 engineers and transform company culture isn’t yet another male engineer. It’s Minette Norman, a Liberal Arts major and living proof that women are transformative leaders.
Charles Fishman

Author of The Big Thirst and One Giant Leap

If we want to achieve near-impossible outcomes, under tremendous pressure, we can. That kind of innovation exists. The story of NASA’s moon landing—coming up on its 50th anniversary—shows us how. In his new book, One Giant Leap, #1 New York Times bestselling author Charles Fishman demonstrates why these lessons are more applicable today than ever.  
 
Adam Bryant

Decade-Long Author of The Corner Office Column in The New York Times | Managing Director, Merryck & Co.

 What happens if you interview over 500 of the world’s top CEOs, and instead of asking them about their companies, you ask them expansive questions about how they lead, motivate, and hire employees? You get Adam Bryant’s incredible talks: razor-sharp distillations of the finest strategies on leadership and corporate culture from the world’s best innovators.
Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation | Former Chief Disruptor at Autodesk | Author of The Future of Making

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this revolution isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. As each industry is forced to adapt and learn new skills, they’ll need a guide—and Wujec is our most valuable. 
Lera Boroditsky

Cognitive Scientist | Expert in the Fields of Language and Cognition

Lera Boroditsky’s TED Talk—on how people view the world differently, based on their linguistic backgrounds—has been viewed nearly 8 million times. In her fascinating, playful, and richly detailed keynotes, Boroditsky examines the timely overlap of language, intelligence, and human behavior.
Francesca Gino

Author of Sidetracked and Rebel Talent | Behavioral Scientist | Harvard Business School Professor

Small, simple, and seemingly irrelevant factors often have profound consequences on our behavior and ability to stick to our decisions. In her talks, Francesca Gino explains exactly why our decisions get derailed and what we can do to stick to the plan—at work, in our personal lives, and as organizations.
Daniel Lerner

Positive Psychologist | Instructor of NYU’S “The Science of Happiness”

Can success and happiness coexist? According to positive psychologist Daniel Lerner, we can all accomplish our career goals and live well. Lerner’s talks teach us to achieve greatness through rediscovering our core strengths and finding meaning in our work.
 
Misha Glouberman

Negotiations Expert | Co-Author of The Chairs Are Where the People Go

Misha Glouberman is an expert on the subtle arts of negotiation and communication. He takes the principles of good negotiation and better listening, and applies them to a broad set of circumstances to help people solve problems together, reach mutually beneficial agreements, and communicate more effectively—in all walks of life. 
 
Major MJ Hegar

Author of Shoot Like a Girl | Leadership Speaker | Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker

Major MJ Hegar is a force to be reckoned with. While piloting her third tour of Afghanistan, she took a bullet to her helicopter’s windshield. An incredible story—soon to be a major motion picture—Hegar’s bravery inspires audiences to persevere through change, hardship, and any obstacles in their way.
 
Riaz Meghji

Former Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver

As the former host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, Riaz Meghji woke the city every morning with humor and style. More than natural charm, his success as a broadcaster lies in his steadfast belief that a good conversation has the power to change everything. In talks, Meghji reveals how mastering the art of communication can transform our corporate culture—reinventing ourselves, our team, and our purpose in the process.
Mike Babcock

Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach | Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winner

One of the most successful coaches in professional hockey history, Mike Babcock is the only coach ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanley Cup, and a World Championship Title. As a speaker, Babcock shares lessons on leadership, teamwork, and determination like only a coach of his calibre can.
Jonathan Fader

Performance Psychologist | Former Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants | Author of Life as Sport

When C-Suite executives, celebrity athletes, and emergency first responders want to improve their performance in high-stakes situations, they turn to Dr. Jonathan Fader. Fader translates groundbreaking and proven psychological techniques used to help people perform better in high-pressure, high-reward scenarios to everyday work and life situations.
 
Jessica Kriegel

Author of Unfairly Labeled; Speaker on Managing Different Generations

Stereotypes about how each generation behaves at work—Boomers and Gen X, millennials and Gen Z—are not only wrong, argues Jessica Kriegel. She debunks the most problematic myths about generations at work, and shows us how to build thriving corporate cultures where respect and collaboration flow freely.   
 
Erin Meyer

Author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

In today’s business world, where teams are spread across the planet and most of our communication takes place virtually, how do we work effectively in the face of cross-cultural complexity? Erin Meyer explains how to dramatically increase business success by understanding—and making the best possible use of—cultural drivers.
Jon Montgomery

Host of The Amazing Race Canada and Olympic Gold Medalist

Jon Montgomery delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men’s Skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. In his talks, Montgomery shares his Olympic journey and important lessons on teamwork, leadership, and dreaming big. Montgomery is genuinely funny and always inspiring.  
Anthony Tjan

Author of Good People and Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck | CEO and Managing Partner, The Cue Ball Group

We’ve all heard that a company is only as good as its people. But in his book Good People, Anthony Tjan actually proves it. This entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author shows leaders how to put goodness into practice in order to deepen relationships and revive the purpose of our work.
 
Lewis MacKenzie

One of the World’s Most Respected Military Heroes

When it comes to being a leader, few people—anywhere in the world—can approach the level of experience and credibility that military hero Major-General (ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie has reached. Considered the most experienced peacekeeper on the planet, MacKenzie distills four decades of experience into ten practical and enduring lessons that will enhance anyone’s leadership style.