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Libby Gill

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CEO of Libby Gill & Company an executive coaching and consulting firm, former head of communications and PR at Sony

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Keynote speaker Libby Gill is the former head of communications and public relations at 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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    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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What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?

Communicating across cultures and learning about both the commonalities and the differences among people is truly the most unique part of my work. The most rewarding has been sharing strategies for success with so many creative, dedicated people in the US, but also from Canada, Vietnam, France, Holland, India and more. Nothing is more exciting than hearing from audience members weeks or even months after you’ve given a presentation and having them tell you that they took some action based on the ideas you presented and it changed their lives.

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

My audiences tell me that they take a great deal of inspiration and hope away from my presentations. They feel energized, capable and ready to take on the world. In addition, they feel empowered not only with conceptual information but also strategic tools so that they can leave the presentation and take immediate action. I always encourage participants to leave a keynote or conference and go do “one bold thing.” It’s very gratifying to hear from people later who tell me that they’ve revitalized their teams, they’ve taken a great to their management, or they’ve created a company-wide initiative that will benefit their colleagues.

Can you give 3 tips for creating a more innovative company culture?

  • Clarify the Vision that you have for your company, division or team.  This includes creating a vivid picture of what your organization will be like within one year, including revenue goals, employee engagement and culture change.
  • Simplify the Path by determining exactly what needs to happen to make that vision a reality.  Determine any obstacles that need to be removed from the path – including excuse-making, limiting assumptions and worn-out systems – as well as any outside expertise or resources that need to be introduced into the company.
  • Execute the Plan with measurable milestones for success along the way.  Add some factors for accountability and “chunk down” your plan into quarterly, monthly and weekly action items.  Celebrate success, even small victories, along the way.

Can you briefly explain the importance of taking risks?

As humans, we are wired to avoid danger as part of our biological survival system. What our primitive brains perceive as danger, however, also include risks that actually carry no physical threat but are interpreted by your brains as something to be avoided.  I refer to that knee-jerk resistance to change as the Immediate Negative Response or INR.

It’s what makes us stick to the old ways, saying things like, “We’ve always done it that way,” “We’ve never done it that way,” or “What if it doesn’t work?” This type of thinking keeps us stuck in a business-as-usual mentality, instead of finding creative solutions to problems or innovating new ideas and systems. Companies that encourage risk – and even failure – are the ones who stay ahead of the curve and take their customers with them.

What type of audience benefits most from your keynotes?

Because of the homework and customization I do, I am a good fit for any organization that wants to increase passion and productivity in its workforce. Recent client Kao USA (John Frieda, Ban, Jergens)told me that they’d never seen a speaker customize a presentation as skillfully as I had.

As one of a few female speakers with senior-level experience, top-notch content and dynamic delivery, Ihelp organizations bring out the best in their people, even in times of uncertainty or change.  Through my proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” methodology, I offers strategic and relevant solutions to ignite bold leadership at all levels of the organization, create a culture of risk-taking and innovation; and inspire high passion and high performance.

For conference clients interested in branding and communications, I also offer branding keynotes and trainings focusing on “capturing the mindshare of your clients and customers so the market share will follow.”

I am considered a very strong opening keynoter because of my high energy and because I set the tone for the event based on the organization’s style and objectives.  I am also a great closing keynote because I leave audience members with relevant and applicable information and a feeling of being inspired and ready for the real world!

My best audiences/industries are: Sales, Management, High Potential Executives, Healthcare, Telecommunication, Banking, Real Estate, Financial Services, Legal, Hospitality, Insurance, Retail, Technology, Media, Publishing and Women Leaders.

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