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After spending two decades in the NFL, Brett Favre achieved the highest of honors awarded to a teammate as well as a player when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. During his time on and off the field, Favre has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge about personal growth, change, adversity, and success. These unique insights help him today to support people as they progress in life and to shape conversations in the areas of leadership, faith, and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Favre aspires for audiences with whom he speaks to take away a sense of hope as he narrates his path to athletic and personal accomplishment and shares a few fun football anecdotes and memories to relive along the way.

When Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—joined the White House at age 27, he became the second-youngest chief speechwriter in United States history. Sharing illuminating anecdotes from a career spent working alongside the Commander in Chief on the two most pivotal presidential campaigns in recent history, in the West Wing and throughout the world, Favreau conveys his own life experiences, his aspirations to balance idealism with the reality of politics and insights to inspire others to consider public service and develop their skills as future leaders.

The significance of meaningful and effective words cannot be overrated, especially when a critical message is needed to stand out in a 24/7 news cycle and break through the constant noise of social media.  Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—knows this all too well as he has worked on some of the most important communications coming from the OvalOffice.  According to Obama chief advisor David Axelrod, he has had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013” and always sought to tell a compelling story rather than string together a collection of sound bites. However, it is not simply a sheer talent with words that has made Favreau a success. While his rhetorical prowess has played a role, what sets Favreau above the rest is his unique ability to “see” or get behind the words—to capture the essence of an issue and create dialogue that clearly and powerfully articulates what it is about that issue that matters and why we should care. As former right-hand man and “mind reader” to arguably one of the greatest orators in United States history, Favreau offers his audiences valuable insight on how precisely—from conception to delivery—to “get behind the words we speak.” In the process, he discusses the significance of “mining” resources for inspiration, creating scripts that speak from and to the heart and “walking the walk” of talk.

As chief speechwriter and senior aide to Barack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 elections, Jon Favreau has been at the center of the storm for two successful presidential campaigns. As a political columnist for The Ringer and co-host of Keepin’ It 1600, one of America’s most popular podcasts, he draws on his unique perspective to cut through the noise and focus on the issues, messages and moments that had the biggest impact on the 2016 election. Favreau offers insights into Donald Trump’s rise, Hillary Clinton’s challenges, and the effects of the media and the national mood following one of the most unusual races in history.

Gloria Feldt’s expertise in women, power and authentic leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the front lines. Her journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author of four books and visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women. Gloria teaches her audience how to redefine power in order to embrace it with intention, and lead with authenticity, intentionality and joy. The business case for gender balance and how to deal effectively with implicit bias are addressed. In this keynote, you can choose one power tool most relevant to your group as a takeaway.

This inspiring keynote addresses a central reason why even though doors are open and laws prohibit gender discrimination, women have been stalled at under 20% of top leadership positions on average across all sectors of the economy, including large nonprofits, and in Congress.

Women’s internal culturally learned ambivalence about embracing their power to lead and live without externally imposed limits is now the biggest impediment to leadership gender parity. Some people say women have less ambition than men. But Gloria Feldt’s research concludes that women are still socialized to have less intentionality than men, thus keeping the perceived locus of power outside of ourselves.

Yet the great healing and motivating power of intention can be learned by:

  • Clarifying the source of one’s purpose, vision or deep gladness in life and work 
  • Building courage muscles just as you build your physical muscles 
  • Gaining the confidence to risk declaring your intention—your gut-level commitment—to what you will do with your one “wild and precious life,” as the poet Mary Oliver called it 

Takeaways from this interactive speech are practical, personal branding tips from No Excuses Power Tool #2: Define your own terms first, before someone else defines you.

In her book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, Gloria Feldt reveals how women limit themselves by adhering to outdated social structures and by succumbing to pressure to conform to society’s standards. She argues that women must shift the way they think about power and leadership for any large-scale social change to happen. To achieve this shift, Gloria gives women dynamic tools to overcome the barriers keeping them from power and leadership.

  • In this keynote, the main focus is on the power concepts and how to apply them
  • In a two- to four-hour workshop, immediately usable leadership power tools as takeaways will include up to four power tools to be chosen by you
  • In a full-day workshop, participants learn all nine power tools and create individual strategic leadership action plans. Gloria dives deep into her teachings of the power tools and skills needed to advance through the leadership pipeline
  • The workshop can be further enhanced with a mastermind dinner discussion to dive deeper, in which your selected group will be able to benefit from asking detailed questions concerning their specific needs

This workshop consistently creates a breakthrough for the women who participate in it. The result is heightened personal vision and aspirations; often women make major decisions about career transitions, apply for positions they previously did not realize they were prepared for, declare they are running for political office, or take other big career and life steps.

We are in a strategic inflection moment where the business case and the justice case for having more women in leadership converge. Yet many books become bestsellers telling women what is wrong with them. But women are fine—indeed they are now more often the answer than the question. They need to know how to create healthier cultures for men and women. Adapting the principles of change leadership Gloria Feldt learned in social movements, but that apply equally to business, this speech gives participants an understanding of the simple (though not necessarily easy) processes by which sustainable and positive change can be made—whether at work, in civic life or personal relationships. These basic principles of sister courage are:

  • Be a sister. And include brother partners as well.
  • Have courage. The courage to raise the issues. To use the power of your voice to overcome resistance from those who say it can’t be done, or those whose best interest lies in your not being able to do it. 
  • Put the two together into a strategic plan to act and they can catapult you to your most ambitious goals. Know where the power points are, how to build your case and deliver it, and how to sustain the action to create outcomes where everyone benefits—changing the world for good—for the good of women, men, families, organizations and the world. 

Under 18% of top leadership positions across all sectors are held by women. Not because women aren’t qualified, but for many reasons deeply rooted in culturally learned behaviors and implicit biases held by both men and women. Research shows women and men often literally speak different languages, even though we’re all speaking English. Women typically use more words than men, for example, more adjectives, more body movements, less directness. And while men might (and often do) complain or “mansplain” about that language pattern, the truth is that when women do violate their gender stereotypes, they are treated poorly. Gloria Feldt speaks about the language of power and the language of leadership. Navigating your career path by learning the rules of the game, including how to speak the language of the group with more power does not mean being inauthentic, it means being smart, confident and intentional. Attendees will learn:

  • Why defining your terms is your most important leadership skill.
  • Ten specific skills for gender bilingual communication that can help you get ahead.
  • How to navigate the double-edged sword of female leadership (“he’s the boss,” “she’s bossy,” “he’s self-assured,” “she’s arrogant,” etc.) 
  • How to differentiate yourself by communicating your value in terms that can’t be misunderstood.

In the pursuit of business success and bottom-line results, joy is an attribute that can often seem trivial or unimportant. But the irony is that joy originally evolved to motivate our early human ancestors to pursue goals, and psychologists are beginning to understand that rather than being a distraction from success, joy actually fuels it. Studies show joyful doctors make better diagnoses, joyful salespeople improve customer satisfaction, and joyful employees are up to 12% more productive. In this talk, Lee shows how to bring joy to every level of an organization, from the physical environment to leadership behaviors, to improve employee health and retention, innovation and collaboration, and organizational success. 

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