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Keynote speaker Libby Gill is the former head of communications and public relations for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting. She is now CEO of Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and consulting firm. She is a sought-after speaker with an impressive list of former clients who have all gained valuable knowledge on how to create cultures of risk-taking and innovation as well as effective leadership and high performance teams.

Keynote speaker Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. She started her first job in entertainment only to go through three mergers in five years, where she went from assistant in a small production company to vice president of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group.

After heading communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby left the corporate world after nearly twenty years to become an entrepreneur. In her mid-forties when many people are slowing down, Libby founded Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in Los Angeles.

Libby now guides clients – including Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Disney, Eli Lilly, First American Insurance, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Speedo, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo – to lead their teams through change, challenge, and chaos.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, certified speaker Libby Gill shows high-performing individuals and organizations why hope IS a strategy – if you have the right mindset, methodology and expertise. She shares the science-based concepts of hope theory to provide the structured business discipline and competitive advantage you need in today’s swiftly changing world.

In her executive coaching, leadership consulting, and keynote presentations, Libby Gill guides you to: re-frame change as your biggest growth opportunity; Re-energize your best performers to reach their potential; Re-invent your company culture to embrace ambiguity.

As Libby was reinventing her professional life, her personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.

Business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed Libby’s award-winning book, YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life. Her latest book is, Hope IS a Strategy: Leading through Change, Challenge, and Chaos.

A frequent media guest, our speaker Libby Gill has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous millennials, one in graduate school and one in college.

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    Keynote by Speaker Libby Gill

    THE HOPE-DRIVEN LEADER: Leading Through Change, Challenge, and Chaos

    How do you keep your emerging and established leaders energized and enthusiastic as they tackle massive change? How do your leaders help their team members cope with overwhelm and ambiguity?

    Give them the greatest gift of all: hope.

    In her dynamic keynote, speaker Libby Gill shares the scientific data on Hope Theory as well as her own research and insights on the impact of hope on the workplace. She demonstrates why hope is one of the most important elements of successful leadership and culture – as well as one of its most overlooked. She provides relevant company-specific customization and a dynamic interactive approach that gets audiences thinking, talking, and – most important – taking action on new ideas the very same day.

    Her interactive presentation will:

    • Infuse your team with vision and vitality by learning the science-based benefits of Hope Theory.
    • Discover why high-hope people set more goals, identify goals which are harder to attain, and are more successful at reaching their goals than low- hope people.
    • Experience a rousing call-to-action that will leave participants equipped – and responsible – for their own success.


    Keynote by Speaker Libby Gill

    YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life

    Sooner or later, every individual and organization gets stuck. It’s just part of the human condition. But you don’t have to make stuck your normal state!

    With an emphasis on linking beliefs to behaviors, speaker Libby Gill connects the dots between personal accountability and organizational success. She helps you understand why you might be getting in the way of your own success and what you can do to change that pattern forever. Your group will receive timely takeaways to:

    • Set the tone for learning before the event by having participants take the YourCareerQuiz.com assessment to see what’s working and what’s not in their careers.
    • Discover 5 Reasons We Resist Change and how to overcome them.
    • Identify and overturn your personal and organizational excuse-making behavior – the Immediate Negative Response – and replace it with bold action.


    Keynote by Speaker Libby Gill

    IGNITING BOLD LEADERSHIP: Inspiring Purpose and Driving Performance

    Most experts focus only on what companies want from their leaders, but Libby shares the data on what followers want – and deserve – from their leadership. Research shows us that the best leaders provide not only guidance and direction, but also the personal connections that help people succeed.

    As the former head of corporate communications and media relations for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, Libby was instrumental in creating and communicating culture change. Thriving in a challenging industry where competition and chaos were the norm, speaker Libby Gill shares provocative leadership strategies and powerful personal stories to help your group understand why not taking risks is the biggest business risk of all. In her high-energy interactive presentation, Libby shares timely concepts and relevant takeaways to help your group:

    • Discover the 4 traits that followers crave from their leaders.
    • Master Libby’s proven CSE Process to “Clarify the vision, Simplify the path, and Execute the plan” with bold risk-taking and flawless follow-through.
    • Learn the Language of Leadership – regardless of professional level – to influence and inspire others even in times of chaos


    Keynote by Speaker Libby Gill

    LIFT AS YOU CLIMB: Women Helping Women in the Workplace

    Speaker Libby Gill surprises audiences when she tells them that she looks forward to the day when women’s leadership events are no longer held because we need them, but only because we want them.

    Until that day comes, she is proud to add her perspective to the conversation about women and the multiple roles they play in work and life. With her expertise as both an executive and entrepreneur, Libby shares an inspirational blend of leadership strategies and poignant personal stories to help women on their journey to success on the job, at home, and in their communities. Libby’s dynamic interactive presentation helps you:

    • Craft a Credibility Booster that establishes immediate rapport and connection.
    • Tap into uniquely female strengths by identifying you Leadership Superpower.
    • Master 5 Strategies to Stop Being Humble to a Fault so you can boost confidence and step into your power.
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