Wharton professor Stew Friedman has delivered keynotes nationally and internationally to non-profits, government agencies, and multi-national corporations with audience members ranging from the C-suite to the front line.
Stew brings passion and practical ideas for action to his highly engaging talks. With his worldwide experience as a successful leader of change in organizations for three decades — he’s an accomplished executive, award-winning educator, widely-cited researcher, sought-after consultant, high-impact coach, and dynamic speaker — he knows how to help people in organizations produce sustainable results.
What a fun and energizing event! Stew created a tremendous amount of community goodwill and great buzz. The very next day I ran into multiple people who were there and each one of them had an uplifting story to tell about their experience.Heather McKissick, President and CEO, Leadership Austin
Stew Friedman's Total Leadership approach has been tremendously valuable to me as I have grown my career. It has provided me a tremendous tool set for success in my career and in my personal life. I have enjoyed these tenets so much that I have had Stew come and present his two-day course to over 75 professionals in my organization and they all came away much better armed to handle the many demands on their time. Stew is fantastic.Sam Allen, COO, Marketing, Salesforce
Stew Friedman shows you how to succeed in all areas of your life. From personal experience, I know the Total Leadership program delivers profound results for both individuals and organizations.Harry Weiner, Co-founder and Partner, On-Ramps
Terrific session with our leadership team! The buzz was palpable.Bill McNabb, CEO, Vanguard
On behalf of the City of Reykjavik, I sincerely thank you for your valuable contribution to our conference. People particularly appreciated your innovative approach to the issue, which they found both useful and inspiring.Thorolfur Arnason, Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland
Your dynamic and in-depth presentation greatly strengthened our message and helped to make our efforts a success. Your discussion of attaining real, sustainable change through the lens of leadership resonated strongly.Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor
Your presentation on Total Leadership was completely on target. Encouraging women to push themselves to find creativity in their lives while being true to their values was truly insightful.Kirsten Hyland, Cendant Mortgage
I would like to thank you for the outstanding ground rounds presentation. It was extremely provocative and initiated a process of reflection among the faculty and residents. It has sparked further discussion. I am grateful for this outstanding lecture.Lee Fleisher, M. D., University of Pennsylvania Health System
Stew Friedman’s keynote at the National Business Group on Health’s 23rd National Conference on Health, Productivity, and Human Capital inspired attendees to assess and address both their individual challenges and those of their employees in creative and novel ways. It was an excellent start to an event dedicated to promoting productivity, health, and well-being not as trade-offs, but as simultaneously achievable outcomes.Stacy Hodgins, National Business Group on Health
People told me how grateful they were for your message, Stew. One person said, “in my 20+ year corporate career, I’ve never had anyone tell me that I need to think about my life outside of work.” I think we gave our Leadership Team an important gift that symbolized our commitment to them as people. Your work inspires.Stacey Valy Panayiotou, SVP Global Talent & Development, Coca Cola
Your talk at Warby Parker was awesome! It was my favorite of any I’ve attended at Warby Parker.Kat Myers, Warby Parker
A superb addition to our ongoing learning! We really appreciate your insights.Susan Peters, Chief Learning Officer, GE
Stew speaks on a variety of topics and always aims to tailor his message to the particular needs and interests of his audience. In his talks on Total Leadership, he makes it easy for you to see why, in today’s fractious, tumultuous world, your success as a leader cannot be only about achievement in your career or profession. You have to perform well in all domains of your life — work, home, community, and your private self (mind, body, and spirit) – and create harmony among these different parts over the course of your life.
This is the challenge Stew puts before you – how to achieve greater performance by finding mutual value among all life domains. In this dynamic, interactive experience he shows how to apply these principles to your experience as a leader:
You assess satisfaction and performance in all four domains and the alignment of your actions with your values. You explore what it means to lead with impact in all domains and leave with a game plan and scorecard for an experiment designed to produce a four-way win, along with a peer coach devoted to supporting their progress.
It’s practical, instructive, and fun. You learn how to:
As the world’s leading thinker in the field of talent, according to Thinkers50, Stew offers engaging keynotes to inspire and educate audiences on a number of other important topics (described in detail on our Workshops page):
Leading the Life You Want – based on his bestselling book, Stew shares practical lessons from riveting life stories of six remarkable people and the surprising fact that they became leaders of significance because (not in spite) of their commitments to family, community, and the private self.
Building Trust to Enhance Your Reputation – demonstrates the incredible power of asking for help on initiatives you are taking with the intent to serve others.
Taking Smart Political Action to Get Things Done – teaches how to get past the inhibitions that hold people back from acting to create coalitions for positive change.
New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family – reveals rich insights and sounds a call to action from a 20-year longitudinal study comparing Gen Xers and Millennials.