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Speaker Dr. John Izzo is a world-class innovator creating spaces for businesses and employees to grow with purpose. Dr. Izzo shares how to implement ideas to jump-starting creativity, employee and managerial responsibility, change, and thoughtful leadership. Using such principles within the workplace, it liberates employees to become an uplifted and powerful team energized to work! Dr. Izzo demonstrates powerful ways to impact your organization for dynamic results by simply doing what is right.

Why you should book speaker Dr. John Izzo

  • He is well known for his passion. Speaker Dr. John Izzo has been a pioneer in creating successful businesses and emerging work trends for over twenty-five years. His actionable takeaways showcase his success within many companies.
  • He customizes his keynotes to his audience. Dr. Izzo has spoken to well over one million people, advised over 500 companies,  and guided many of the world’s most admired companies through his career. He uses his insight to guide businesses to grow.
  • Recognized for his fascinating combination of leading-edge research, captivating storytelling, practical ideas, and a keen sense of where the future is heading, your organization will leave inspired and ready to act after hearing Dr. Izzo speak. 

“…what will your generation be remembered for? What will your legacy be? This is your moment, and there’s work to be done.” – Speaker Dr. John Izzo.

Dr. John Izzo is the bestselling author of nine books, including the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, The Five Thieves of Happiness, and Stepping Up. John’s passion for helping organizations activate purpose with employees and customers has inspired him to write The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good, in 2018. A second edition of Stepping Up will be released in late 2020.

Over the last two decades, he has spoken to over one million people, taught at three major universities, advised over 500 organizations, and is frequently featured in the media by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and INC Magazine. He has advised some of the prestigious companies in the world on activating purpose, including DuPont, TELUS, Manulife, McDonald’s, SAPA, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft, and the Mayo Clinic.

John was a pioneer in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability movements and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he is a Co-Founder of The Men’s Initiative, which is dedicated to creating a more compassionate, equitable, and sustainable world by enhancing the integrity and wellbeing of men. Speaker Dr. John Izzo also serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands.

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100/0: 100% Responsibility/Zero Excuses: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything

Dr. John Izzo shows how “stepping up” creates positive change while improving satisfaction at work and in life. Dr. Izzo’s simple concept, called “100/0” (100% responsibility/zero excuses) can transform a company when we decide to put aside our excuses and take initiative to create change.

Filled with inspiring examples of how people have stepped up to make things better, audiences will leave knowing that the more each of us takes personal accountability the better the workplace, the better our life, and the better the world.

Audience takeaways:

  • How a small group of employees got together and transformed service and morale at a large hospital
  • How a leader took a dying business unit within a large Telco and got employees to step up creating a “cash cow” for her company
  • How a new VP helped drivers take responsibility for the profitability of their individual routes taking his division from worst to first
  • How three women with no business experience helped thousands of women get out of poverty in Africa
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The Purpose Revolution: Winning the Emerging Customer, Employee & Investor

The new economy is going to be driven by an emerging group of people all over the world who want their employment, investing and buying to shape a better world while meeting their self oriented needs. This book shows how a new driver of choice is happening worldwide whereby consumers, employees and investors are using purpose and community as a major driver of their commitments.

Audience takeaways:

  •  Understand this rising class and how different they are from every class of buyers, investors and employees that have come before them
  • Discover the drivers of their choices
  • Learn practical ways to grow your market share, brand loyalty and engagement of this new group
  • Hear eye-popping examples of how companies like yours are already winning these people worldwide and find out how you can do the same
  • Discover how to use your own power as an Conflict-Free Consumer to change the future
  • Customize to your industry and focus
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Leading On Purpose: Winning People With the Why

If you really want your people to be engaged and bring their best to work then you need to make sure they have a deep sense of purpose. Research shows that people who see the purpose of their work are more productive, work longer hours, and are more engaged. We also know that when people feel inspired by the purpose of your company or organization they are more deeply committed, more willing to change, and serve customers more powerfully. In this engaging keynote, John not only shows why purpose is so critical but provides audiences with proven methods to drive purpose and the “why” with their teams.

Audience takeaways:

  • WHY purpose matters
  • How to drive the WHY on a daily basis in your organization
  • Daily and weekly practices that create a culture of purpose that leads to high productivity and great service
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Stepping Up: Becoming An Agent of Change

This inspiring talk shows what happens when individuals decide to be “agents of change” in both work and society. Pushing beyond limits requires each one of us to step up and be even stronger agents of change in our workplaces, communities, and personal lives. Based on his bestselling book, Stepping Up—How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, Dr. Izzo will challenge each one to see ourselves as people of influence.

Audience takeaways:

  • Hear unique inspiring stories of people who stepped up to create change
  • Discover the secrets of people who have great influence and how to become one of those people
  • See how personal responsibility can change our personal lives, our relationships and the world
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The Secret of Highly Engaging Workplaces and Leaders

Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate, high-engagement teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. Organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, stronger productivity, and a better reputation with customers than those with moderate engagement. In fact, the average HIGHLY engaged team member can be up to 40% more productive than a disengaged performer.

But what are the secrets to highly engaged teams and highly engaged companies? Why do some leaders consistently create highly engaged associates?

Audience takeaways:

  • The four keys to creating high engagement teams and shows why some leaders are consistently able to get high levels of commitment from people
  • John gives your leaders daily practices for how leaders can immediately drive engagement for better results
  • How to implement simple disciplines and routines guaranteed to create highly engaged teams
  • Your leaders will not only see their role in driving engagement but will leave with ideas they can implement right away that will lead to significantly higher engagement
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Leading for Transformational Change: Change Turning Resistance Into Results

Would you like your people to consistently embrace change and create ongoing innovation? Almost every organization today is experiencing unprecedented change and also needing to drive innovation and transformation to stay successful. Dr. John Izzo has spent an entire career helping leaders and organizations not only embrace change but inspiring them for transformational change.

Your audience will discover proven methods for getting others to embrace change. John explains the neuroscience behind the change and how to use that knowledge to help others embrace change. The audience will discover the keys to personal resilience and learn how to create a climate for innovation and understand the true source of change resistance and how to overcome it in yourself and your organization.

Audience takeaways:

  • Why people don’t resist change, they resist being changed
  • Find out the three keys to getting people to embrace change
  • Learn to drive why and empower people on how
  • Find out how to become more change hardy and able to embrace change
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“Described by all as an ‘out of the park home run’.


“John is a truly inspiring speaker, whose candid approach and storytelling capability reinforced key messages with the audience. He did a great job of challenging our current thinking, forcing us to look at our own culture and the role each of us plays in making the desired transformation. I have no doubt that John’s contribution to our leadership forums at TELUS has had a profound impact on evolving our culture."

Andrew Turner

Telus | Vice President of Learning & Performance

"Blown away by his findings and his message was compelling


“Dr. John Izzo’s message on stepping up resonates with every level in an organization. It inspires each of us to do more, be better and make a bigger difference. His session delivered motivation in real world terms that makes you want to go out and take 100% responsibility. Well done and well delivered!”

Andrew Oestreich

Canadian Business Aviation Association
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