2020 Live2Lead Speaker Lineup

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.

Kat Cole is the COO of FOCUS Brands North America. Prior to FOCUS Brands, Kat was President of Cinnabon, Inc. and a Vice President at Hooters at age 26, making her one of the youngest executives in chain history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Cosmopolitan and many others. Also, Kat has made appearances on CBS, CNN, Bloomberg CNBC, MSNBE, as well as an Undercover Boss episode in 2012 for Cinnabon Inc.

Kat is the Co-Founder of Changers of Commerce, a movement and group of leaders that identify with putting meaning into money and making as much of a difference in the world as they make a profit. She is also the Founder of the Be the Change Revolutions, a leading social movements agency.

Kat Cole’s twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner” which describes perfectly her approach to mentorship, advising and investing taught through her social media platforms, approach to business, brand and her own personal life

She is the top Ranked Female Speaker of all-time within all Speakers Bureaus. When John Maxwell heard her speak at an event in January, he knew she needed to be a part of Live2Lead.

From a young age, Steve Harvey knew that he wanted to be on TV. He held fast to his dream, against all odds for a stuttering African American boy in the 1960s, and his unrelenting pursuit formed one of Mr. Harvey’s life philosophies:

“You have to dream big and believe that you will succeed.”

Mr. Harvey’s entry into comedy was a leap of faith. He was encouraged to perform at an open mic comedy night in 1985. His performance brought down the house, and the next day he quit his job to pursue his dream.

But the road to success was not an easy one. It left Mr. Harvey homeless, living in his car and traveling the country for performances.

He never relented.

Today Mr. Harvey is known as “the busiest man in Hollywood.” But in addition to his work on radio, stage and screen, he is a dedicated mentor and motivator. Mr. Harvey’s true passion is helping people, which led to the establishment of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, dedicated to helping thousands of underprivileged children receive the tools for success. 

Mr. Harvey started Steve Harvey Global in 2017, focused on creating and delivering entertaining and motivational content, products and experiences to their audience around the world. In 2019 he launched Vault Empowers, a learning platform for future leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate visionaries.

Steve and his wife Marjorie Harvey are devoted to each other and to their family of seven children and five grandchildren, Mr. Harvey’s proudest accomplishment.

Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford’s board of directors from 2006-2014. Mulally led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States.Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served The Boeing Company for 37 years as executive vice president, and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and of Boeing Information, Space and Defense Systems. Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named #3 on FORTUNE’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine and “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine.  Mulally currently serves on the board of directors of Google, Carbon 3D, and the Mayo Clinic.

Craig and Amy Groeschel married in 1991 and have six children and three sons-in-law: Catie and her husband Andrew, Mandy and her husband James, Anna and her husband Luke, Sam, Stephen, and Joy. Craig and Amy are also proud grandparents of Cole and McKenna.

Craig and Amy started Life.Church in a two-car garage in Edmond, Oklahoma in January 1996. Since then, Life.Church has grown to include dozens of locations all over the United States but its mission statement remains the same: to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life.Church has become known for its innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, launching the first fully digital church experience in 2006 and the most downloaded mobile Bible app in history, YouVersion, in 2008.

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author of books on a wide variety of topics, including dating and marriage, social media, purpose, direction, church leadership, and more. His latest book, Dangerous Prayers, shows you how to pray the prayers that search your soul, break your habits, and send you to pursue the calling God has for you.

As one of the most respected leaders in the Church, Craig speaks frequently at leadership events and conferences worldwide. In addition to writing and speaking extensively on leadership principles and strategies, he serves as champion for the Global Leadership Summit, and hosts the top-ranking Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. Glassdoor has also named him in the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. (small and midsize companies) and named Life.Church the #1 Place to Work under his leadership.

Previous Live2Lead Speakers have included:

Chris Hogan-  CHRIS HOGAN is the #1 national best-selling author of Everyday Millionaire and Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age. It’s a Financial Number. For over a decade, Hogan has served at Ramsey Solutions, spreading a message of hope and financial peace across the country as a financial coach and Ramsey Personality. Hogan helps people plan for their future and reach their retirement goals through his Retire Inspired Podcast and live speaking events. Live2Lead is a half day Simulcast.

Rachel Hollis-  RACHEL HOLLIS is a #1 New York Times & #1 USA Today Bestselling Author, a top business podcaster and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world. As a bestselling author and wildly successful lifestyle influencer, she has built a global social media fanbase in the millions. Known as “the Tony Robbins for women” because of her motivational, high energy style and her unique ability to empower and embolden a female audience. She’s a proud working mama of four and a big fan of the small town in Texas hill country that the Hollis family calls home. Live2Lead is a half day Simulcast.

Marcus Buckingham- MARCUS BUCKINGHAM is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work. Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance research. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with a clear mission: to instigate a “strengths revolution.” It started, as all revolutions do, with the simplest of ideas: that when people spend the majority of each day on the job using their greatest talents and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do, both they and their organizations will win. Live2Lead is a half day Simulcast.

Angela Ahrendts-   ANGELA AHRENDTS was most recently Senior Vice President of Apple Retail based in Cupertino, CA. During her five years she integrated Apple’s physical and digital businesses to create a seamless customer journey for over a billion visitors a year. Before her transition to Apple, Angela served at Burberry as Chief Executive Officer for nearly nine years where her leadership focus on culture, values and positive energy resulted in tripling the business and quadrupling the share price. Angela has consistently been recognized by Forbes, Fortune and the BBC as a Top 100 Global Executive and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Ralph Lauren Corp. and Airbnb, and a Well Member with charity: water Live2Lead is a half day Simulcast.

Carly Fiorina- Founder and Chairman of Unlocking Potential

A candidate for the Republican presidential nomination for in 2015. Carly started out as a secretary for a small real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. Carly was recruited to lead HP in 1999, during the worst technology recession in 25 years. While there, she re-focused the company on innovation and market leadership again. Under Carly’s leadership, revenues grew, innovation tripled, growth quadrupled, and HP grew to become the 11th largest company in the U.S. After leaving HP, Carly has now focused her efforts on giving back. She served as the Chairman of Good360 (the world’s largest philanthropic organization), and the Chairman of Opportunity International (a Christian-based organization that lifts millions out of poverty around the globe through micro-finance). Named the “Most Powerful Woman in Business” by FORTUNE Magazine, Carly also headed the External Advisory Board for the CIA under President George W. Bush.

Tyler Perry-

 Daniel Pink- Best-Selling Author of To Sell Is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind.

Are you one of the 20.5 million viewers who has watched Daniel Pink’s TED Talk THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION (one of the top 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time)? Daniel Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. His books include: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, A New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, and Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. In 2015, London-based Thinkers50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the Top 10 business thinkers in the world. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Hubspot, Heleo, Betterment Institutional, and RiseSmart.

Debra Searle- Professional Adventurer and Serial Entrepreneur

Debra is one of the most prolific female speakers on the European circuit and has spoken worldwide to over 1,000 companies, including clients such as IBM and Microsoft, as well as speaking at events such as TEDx. As a professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur, her expeditions have included rowing solo and unsupported across the Atlantic and sailing around Antarctica. She has launched four companies, is a published author, and has worked as the host for BBC. Debra’s spirit of adventure gained her an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and a place on the board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She co-founded the Business Women’s Network Forum which meets at Buckingham Palace.

Dave Ramsey- is a personal money-management expert and popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books have sold more than 10 million copies combined. Dave’s company, Ramsey Solutions, offers a message of hope, to anyone who wants to better understand the principles of proper money management, the importance of strong leadership and focused intensity on setting and reaching individual goals. It is a multi-million dollar company with a nationally recognized brand, but Dave defines success by the number of lives changed and legacies built. Ramsey offers that life-changing message as host of a nationally syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Warrick Dunn- played 12 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, amassing five 1,000-yard rushing seasons and selected for the Pro Bowl three times. In 2009 he was approved by the NFL owners to become a limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons. Through his charity work, Dunn honors his mother, a single-mother of six who was killed during his senior year of high school, leaving him to watch over his five siblings. His program has assisted over 152 single parents and 409 dependents nationwide with achieving first-time homeownership. In 2002, Dunn founded Warrick Dunn Charities to improve lives through innovative programming inspired by his journey.

Cheryl Bachelder- is a passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl inspired a servant leader culture that is expressed in Popeye’s six guiding principles. These principles and the company purpose – food that ignites our desire to serve – informed everyone how to work together. In 2016, Cheryl received the Outstanding Women in Business Award by Independent Women’s Forum and On Board presented her with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award for exemplary board service. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and was named by CNBC’s Jim Cramer as one of his “21 Bankable CEOs” for 2014.

Simon Sinek-  Optimist and author, leadership authority

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Simon is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the bestselling Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject on TED.com.

Liz Wiseman-Researcher, executive advisor, speaker, and President of the Wiseman Group

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She is the author of three bestselling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. problems are solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves and get more from other people. Genius makers are multipliers. Their employees are working at 100% capacity.

To be a better multiplier, ask more questions, and “tell” less. Give bigger jobs and more responsibilities to your team. Stop seeing problems, and look for brilliance in your team. The best leaders are not geniuses, they make geniuses.

Dan Cathy- Chairman, President, and CEO of Chick-fil-A

Dan Cathy has served since 2013 as Chairman, President and CEO for Chick-fil-A, one of North America’s largest family-owned businesses. As head of the quick-service chicken restaurant, Dan has taken an unconventional, yet personally and professionally rewarding approach to Chick-fil-A leadership. Spending the majority of his time traveling to the Atlanta-based chain’s restaurants, he believes working in the field enables him to personally convey his servant spirit to the company’s 70,000-plus employees.

Patrick Lencioni –founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement.

Kevin Turner–Microsoft’s chief operating officer. He leads the company’s global sales, marketing and services organization of more than 47,000 employees in more than 190 countries. Under his leadership, the sales and marketing group delivered more than $78.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2013.

Valerie Burton– Bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten counties.

Linda Kaplan Thaler– the CEO of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, a very successful advertising agency in New York, shared about the importance of GRIT – Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity. She showed how they are essential to success as an individual. I especially loved her thoughts on mastering the little things. She used the illustration of the emphasis in the military on making your bed – because if you can learn to do something small almost perfectly, you can learn to succeed in the bigger areas of life.

Tim Sanders-Best selling author of Love Is the Killer App, motivated everyone with his energy and passion for people-centric tools for success. My favorite statement of his for the day was “Chicken Little must fry!” (on confronting the naysayers in your life).