Ideas change us and our world—and effective speakers have tremendous influence in spreading these ideas. If you are looking to spark transformation in your organization, start with one of our thought-leading speakers. They are engaging and insightful, offering your audience an unforgettable experience.
An Arbinger speech addresses key workplace and leadership needs while delivering real, applied value and practical tools to each participant. While speech topics and content are tailored to each audience, Arbinger speakers draw on four decades of research and experience with hundreds of clients to introduce the mindset that is foundational to personal effectiveness and organizational success: an outward mindset. We also offer sector-specific speeches to address the unique needs in government, education, healthcare, nonprofits, and public safety.
Developing Emerging Leaders
Outward Leadership Skills
Attracting and Retaining Talent
Creating Blame-Free Teams
Engaging the Front Line
Overcoming Generational Gaps
Becoming Customer Centric
Failing Smarter and Faster
Inviting Continual Improvement
Fostering Creativity at Work
Bring in one of Arbinger’s speakers to create a transformational experience. Our speakers are seasoned experts in Arbinger’s methodologies with a wealth of practical experience and the ability to energize and inspire audiences. Click on the speakers below to learn more about their background and find the right fit for your organization.
Managing Partner and Arbinger Author
Jim Ferrell is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and renowned thought leader on mindset and organizational change. He brings a background in economics and law to this work.
Jim has authored or co-authored multiple bestselling books, including Arbinger’s international bestsellers, Leadership and Self-Deception, The Anatomy of Peace, and The Outward Mindset. His publications have sold many millions of copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Jim is an expert on the topics of leadership, collaboration, culture change, mindset change, conflict resolution, alignment, and strategy.
Jim frequently delivers keynote addresses at large conferences and client events. A few of these engagements include speeches at WorkHuman, Association for Talent Development, Young Presidents Organization, the NFL, Microsoft, IBM, Boeing, and TEDx.
Jim’s warmth and depth of expertise allow him to connect with audiences no matter the size. He is committed to delivering tangible value to any group he speaks to, allowing people to walk away from his speech not only inspired but also equipped with practical frameworks and tools they can apply in their lives.
In his role as Arbinger’s managing partner, Jim directs the development of our training and consulting programs and the development and customization of our intellectual property. He has provided training and consulting internationally to leaders and organizations across a broad range of industries.
Jim has degrees in economics and philosophy and is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he serves on the Yale Law School Executive Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Brigham Young University Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association. He is a skilled cyclist and enjoys riding hundreds of miles per week.
Managing Partner and Arbinger Author
Mitch Warner is a bestselling author and Arbinger managing partner with a background in healthcare and organizational turnaround. He joined Arbinger from Plum Healthcare, where he was an administrator and heavily involved in operationalizing Arbinger’s work into the fabric of Plum’s culture.
Mitch is the co-author of Arbinger’s latest bestseller, The Outward Mindset. He writes frequently on the practical effects of mindset at the individual and organizational levels as well as the role of leadership in transforming organizational culture and results. Mitch is an expert on the topics of mindset and culture change, leadership, strategy, performance management, organizational turnaround, and conflict resolution.
Mitch is a sought-after speaker to organizations across a broad range of industries, bringing his practical experience to bear for leaders of corporations, governments, and organizations across the globe. Specific clients include NASA, Citrix, Aflac, the U.S. Army and Air Force, the Treasury Executive Institute, and Intermountain Healthcare.
Mitch carries his first-hand perspective as a proven leader into his speeches and facilitation, dynamically bringing Arbinger’s concepts and tools to life through his powerful stories and hands-on experience. His audiences leave inspired to improve and equipped with a practical roadmap to effect immediate change.
In his role as managing partner, Mitch directs the development of Arbinger’s intellectual property, training and consulting programs, and highly customized large-scale organizational change initiatives. He has been instrumental in Arbinger’s rapid growth, including its expanding international presence in nearly 30 countries.
Mitch received his B.A. in philosophy and is a licensed nursing administrator. Trained in fine art at the Art Students League and the National Academy, he spends much of his free time painting. His work hangs in organizations nationwide.
Senior Vice President, Director of Consulting
Michael is a seasoned executive, facilitator, and speaker who brings more than 20 years of management experience to his work with Arbinger’s clients. That experience makes Michael acutely aware of the challenges faced by his clients and enables him to provide real, practical help and engender a tremendous level of trust. Clients call him “amazing,” “clear and compelling,” “real, not rehearsed,” and “one of the most impressive consultants I’ve ever worked with.”
Michael speaks regularly to a variety of audiences around the world and from a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, energy, banking, and software. Among the organizations Michael has helped are Google, IBM, Microsoft, Citi, ASICS, Rio Tinto, and Shell Oil.
As a member of Arbinger’s executive team, Michael leads Arbinger’s programs with multinational corporations around the world and oversees Arbinger’s consultants, speakers, and facilitators. Prior to joining Arbinger, Michael served in the White House under President Reagan, then held a number of key management positions in the U.S. and internationally with Procter and Gamble, Pillsbury, and Reckitt-Benckiser.
Michael earned a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Michael is an active member of his community, having served on the board of directors and in leadership positions for a number of community organizations.
Director, Government Practice
As a former U.S. Army Colonel with more than two decades of distinguished leadership and operational experience in the Intelligence and Special Operations communities, Cameron delivers an incredibly unique and valuable perspective to his audiences. His energy, knowledge, and practical experience spark intense interest and engagement. Clients call him “absolutely outstanding,” “top-shelf,” and “refreshing,” lauding him for his infectious passion, dynamism, and ability to bring concepts to life.
As director of Arbinger’s government practice, Cameron has extensive experience advising, consulting, and training leaders from large multinational corporations and federal government agencies to successfully lead organizational and cultural change. His specialty lies in quantifying the impact of Arbinger’s work within organizations. He is passionate about this topic and speaks persuasively about how to overcome the challenges inherent in measuring the impact of multifaceted efforts like training. His clients have included the Department of the Treasury, NASA, the U.S. Army, NCIS, USDA, and Army Medicine.
Cameron holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology and a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He works extensively with the Boy Scouts of America, having served in various leadership positions over the past 25 years. He has lived on five continents and traveled to more than 75 countries. In his free time, Cameron enjoys traveling, hiking, and outdoor activities.
Cindy Whiston has more than 30 years of experience in consulting, training, and large account relationship management—experience that she seamlessly weaves into her speaking and facilitation to create powerful learning moments for her audiences. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, strategic planning, accountability and work-life programs, communications, and coaching for improved performance. She has spoken to audiences of all sizes, including at Turner Construction, Microsoft, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Cindy has served over 8,000 individuals in corporations and government agencies. She was recognized by Microsoft as “Best in Class,” with top scores for excellence in coaching and facilitation. Clients served include the Boeing Company, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deloitte, Ritz Carlton, the Humane Society of the United States, NPR, and Premera Blue Cross.
Cindy’s background includes management and sales roles at IBM as well as consulting, training, and territory management responsibilities in the Pacific Northwest. Her formal training includes a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in performance, both from U.C. Davis. Cindy participates in local civic rights activities, acts in the theatre when her schedule permits, and enjoys gardening, hiking and all things Aaron Sorkin.
Andrea is a facilitator, speaker, and entrepreneur with twenty years of experience in leading large teams and building business. As a professional facilitator and coach, she works with individuals and teams to achieve goals and push past limitations. Clients praise Andrea for her humor and ability to connect with them; she is “a highly gifted facilitator” and “unmatched in her ability to ignite a room.” She is a sought-after speaker, having presented at many state and national conferences such as the IMA National Conference, Administrative Professionals Conference, American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress and the Oregon PTA State Conference.
Andrea has a long track record of successfully leading enterprise-wide projects, building teams, and developing talent. As a regional vice president in the staffing industry, she was responsible for a $30 million budget across four states. As a senior director of corporate learning, she established a global team of trainers that deployed job skills training to 10,000 internal employees. She consciously brings this extensive experience to her current client work, helping individuals and organizations discover new, effective, and sustainable ways of working.
Andrea has served as executive director of the Portland chapter of Women in Technology, member of the National Association of Female Executives and troupe member of Barren Mind Improv and the Farce Side sketch comedy troupe. She is currently school board president at St. Perpetua School in California. She earned a B.S. from Arizona State University in communication and supports the Girl Scouts, Smile Train, and local food banks. She enjoys yoga in her free time.
Clients praise Dave for being dynamic, energetic, credible, and entertaining. He brings conviction, empathy and energy to his speeches and is deeply interested in where people are and the organizational challenges they’re facing. People leave his presentations feeling energized and enlightened.
Even more importantly, Dave is committed to making things real for clients—to helping them see a way forward through their various challenges. He translates Arbinger’s powerful principles into real-world application, cutting to the essence of vexing interpersonal and organizational problems in a way that invites conviction of and commitment to critical changes that need to be made. Attendees see themselves and their organizational dynamics with a clarity that brings new solutions and opportunities to light. Dave’s engagements have included speeches at 3M, NASA, Nestlé-Purina, the University of Miami, and the U.S. Air Force.
Dave has a background in leadership and organizational development, with more than 15 years of experience in consulting, training, and systems development for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. He has taught a range of international business and general management classes at the college level and regularly facilitates leadership training workshops. His professional background also includes senior leadership roles within the financial services and technology services industries.
Dave earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places. He has served on various nonprofit, municipal, and education-oriented boards and advisory groups dedicated to creating strong communities and civic ownership.
In addition to serving as a senior consultant with Arbinger, Charles “Chip” Huth is a Major with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department. He has 26 years of law enforcement experience, commands KCPD’s Special Operations Division, and is the State of Missouri’s defensive tactics subject matter expert. He also consults for international law enforcement, military, and corporate clients. He formerly led the Street Crimes Unit Tactical Enforcement Squad and has planned, coordinated, and executed over 2500 high-risk tactical operations.
Chip’s speeches are entertaining and inspiring, linking his law enforcement experiences with Arbinger principles. He leads audiences through incredibly powerful stories, weaving in lessons about mindset change and answering the question, “How does this mindset stuff work in real life?” His energy and the applicability of his stories leave audiences excited and motivated to create change in their lives and work.
Chip regularly gives keynotes and other presentations to law enforcement, corporate, government, and other audiences. A few of these engagements include speeches at TEDx, WINx, police departments nationwide, U.S. Army Medical Command, and U.S. Air Force Aviation Commands. Chip is also an accomplished author: He co-wrote Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect—Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training, a textbook used in officer development and graduate programs
Chip has a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies from Grantham University and an associate’s degree in political science from Park University. He is the former president of the National Law Enforcement Training Center, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to delivering effective training to the international law enforcement, corrections, security, and military communities. He has 35 years of experience in martial arts and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Senior Consultant and Director of Client Solutions
Tom Weeks has a breadth of experience driving successful transformation in various environments and from various roles, for example as a facilitator and coach in a large technical organization, an executive managing a global IT team, and most recently as an Arbinger consultant. He has a passion for helping build effective organizations that deliver outstanding results.
Tom has spoken and taught extensively at conferences and professional gatherings from many industries with a particular focus in technology, supply chain, and operations. Some of these engagements include speeches at Target, the Shingo Institute, Americas’ SAP Users Group, and the BYU Management Society. Attendees comment that his genuine passion, clear perspective, and earnest demeanor foster engagement and understanding...particularly for the analytical thinker.
With over 20 years of experience in IT and digital technology, Tom helps organizations tackle technology problems through a combination of solid delivery, effective process, and focused team building. As a business owner, consultant, and manager, he has seen firsthand the positive impact of an outward mindset on productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. He helps teams by building mutual respect, extending trust, and inspiring ambition at the project and career levels.
Tom has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Harbert School of Business at Auburn University. He spent many years working and living in Asia and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. He spends much of his free time working with youth groups in both athletic leagues and social support roles. Tom loves the outdoors and is most content while in the ocean surfing, snorkeling, or swimming, but also enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis, and cooking for others.
Since 1993, Mike has consulted and facilitated internationally with senior leaders of corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies on the topics of leadership development and influence, change management, conflict resolution, strategic alignment and execution, and improving personal and organizational performance.
Mike is the chairman of the board for Anasazi Foundation, a nonprofit and nationally accredited behavioral healthcare provider for youth, young adults and their families. He has chaired numerous councils and committees on best practices for the treatment of adolescents in the care of behavioral healthcare providers.
Mike is an expert in strategic communications. In 2004, he developed the communication component at the heart of the Emmy-nominated “Take Time to Talk” substance-abuse awareness and prevention campaign currently used by the Partnership for a Drug-free America. He is the founder of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, the past president of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and the recipient of the 2017 NATSAP Leadership Award.
Mike coaches NGO leaders worldwide on measuring, improving, and reporting social impact. He facilitates for the Forever Young Foundation Nonprofit Institute and is a past president of the Arizona Management Society.
Mike is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, where he was named the 2016 Outstanding Professional. He and his wife Gaylene are the parents of seven red headed and musical children, three of whom form the Country Music trio Firefly.
Richard Tatem is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with 30 years of experience on both active duty and in the reserves as a leader, educator, facilitator, and aviator. Now a professional facilitator, coach, and educator, Richard specializes in helping individuals and organizations become better versions of themselves–because better people and better organizations perform better, both in and out of the work environment. His work focuses on helping employees improve their commitment to their core values.
During his last military assignment, Richard was the senior facilitator and developer for the Enhancing Human Capital Seminar at the Air Force Profession of Arms Center of Excellence. He taught and facilitated for many years in both the government and civilian arenas. Senior leaders routinely request Richard by name for their leadership development programs because audiences rate him as “one of the most memorable briefers I’ve ever had!” and say he “changed my perspective and probably my life!”
Richard has led and worked with diverse organizations at the operational and strategic levels. He has managed a resource portfolio worth $410 million and led projects ranging from standing up new organizations to implementing national, inter-agency level security strategies.
A highly experienced public speaker, Richard is a professional-level member of the National Speakers Association. With a wide-ranging and international education in the humanities, psychology, and neurobiology, Richard brings an insightful and culturally rich perspective to his audiences. He has lived and worked overseas in multiple countries and cultures, was a university assistant professor, speaks French fluently, and has even been an airline pilot. In his spare time, Richard likes to “stand in a river waving a stick” (fly fishing) and to deepen his appreciation for Francophone culture.
Beth Hannan is a consultant and facilitator dedicated to helping organizations orchestrate programs and strategies to maximize growth and impact. With more than ten years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors, Beth’s background ranges from supporting grief-stricken families in the most challenging of times to helping tech entrepreneurs identify their value proposition and mentoring African professionals as they become leaders in their communities.
Prior to working with Arbinger, Beth developed and led high-performing teams at various organizations to increase the number of organ transplants done for needy recipients. Beth was a key influencer and leader who was able to inspire and motivate others to have a greater impact, even in high-stress environments.
Beth earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and an executive master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Sharon is a strong program management professional with experience in nonprofit organizations, team building, public speaking, change management, higher education, healthcare information technology (HIT), and software development life cycle (SDLC). She has a long track record of successfully leading enterprise-wide projects, building teams, developing boards, and convening and facilitating conversations with groups ranging in size from five to more than 500.
A gifted communicator, Sharon inspires such comments from workshop participants as, “She brings real life to the discussion to make the process understood. Her enthusiasm for this material translates to a passion to assist in getting it right!”
Sharon has served on the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education since August of 2008 where, through performance monitoring, policy development and a $794M budget, she supports 86,000 students and 6000 employees. During her time as chair of the board, she helped navigate the recruitment and selection of a new Director of Schools, in a unique partnership with the nonprofit community and the Mayor’s office.
Sharon has held various leadership roles over 20 years with a Fortune 100 healthcare organization where currently serves as the director for clinical informatics facility integration and leadership development. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Sharon holds B.S. degrees in physics and chemistry, a master’s in mechanical engineering, and a doctorate in higher education administration. Sharon is an alum of Leadership Nashville, a member of Fisk University’s Business Advisory Board, co-chair of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America Scout Reach Committee, and recent member of Vanderbilt University’s Visiting Advisory Board for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity. Sharon enjoys reading, fitness activities and cooking.
Clients praise Jo for being humorous, authentic, energetic, and credible. She is deeply interested in understanding people as they really are and the organizational challenges they face. This curiosity undergirds all her presentations, leaving audiences with a sense of connection and conviction.
Even more importantly, Jo is committed to inviting clients to create their own way forward through their various challenges. She translates Arbinger’s powerful principles into real-world application through her vast organizational experience and authentic connection to humanity, enabling attendees to see with a clarity that brings new solutions and opportunities. Jo has wide-ranging speaking experience; engagements include large organizations such as the Association for Talent Development (ATD), TEDx, the U.S. Air Force, the University of Texas at Austin, Keller Williams International, and Tokyo Electron International, as well as nonprofit events with FrontSteps Homeless Shelter and New Sector Alliance.
Jo has a background in leadership and organizational development, with nearly 15 years of experience in consulting, training, and systems development for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. She has taught business and management classes as well as highly technical topics to audiences as diverse as c-suite executive teams to inner-city disadvantaged youth. Her professional background also includes senior leadership roles within the manufacturing and technology services industries.
Jo earned a B.A. from Southern Virginia University and an M.A. from the University of Utah. She enjoys music and the outdoors. She has served on various nonprofit and education-oriented boards and advisory groups. She is an avid reader and has a surprisingly large number of children.
Chris is known internationally as a peak-performance expert, having addressed more than 100,000 people in 48 states and internationally in India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and the throughout the United Kingdom. He has inspired leaders across industries, from Fortune 100 organizations to small businesses and associations.
Chris began his career as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army, deploying overseas and later becoming an officer in the U.S. Air Force. With the Air Force, he led strategic planning efforts for the busiest F-16 fighter wing during 9/11. After completing his military service, Chris moved to San Diego to start his speaking business in 2005. Recent clients have included the United Nations, NCAA, Lucas Films, Monster.com, Qualcomm, NASA, U.S. Special Forces, and Google.
Chris has been profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox News, and Reuters. He has earned the National Speaker’s Association’s Certified Speaking Professional credential – a designation held by less than 10% of speakers nationally.
Chris is the author of the new small business leadership series, The Roadmap to Freedom. His public and private seminars, coaching, and keynote programs focus on helping small- to mid-sized organizational leaders install peak-performance management systems.
Chris graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also holds dual master’s degrees in HR management and development. He is the founder of a leadership development academy specifically for the faith-based and nonprofit communities.
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