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President, Brooks International Speakers and Entertainment Bureau

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

His energy is infectious and his information valuable. He really makes each person in the audience feel like he is talking to them individually.

Managing Director Optus Business

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

Thank you again the passion and caring that you put into the sessions with our teams.

Chief Solutions Officer, YAHOO!

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

Mark is a unique performer in a world of talking heads.

Executive Director, SME Entertainment Group, LLC

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

He was literally amazing. Hands down the best keynote we’ve ever had.

Marketing Events Manager, Information Global Solutions

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

It’s not easy to get a standing ovation from a corporate audience; Mark got two! Mark Schulman’s keynote address was truly a great success and made me, the event planner look like a Rock Star!

CEO of Zappos.com

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

Through experience, interviews, and anecdotes, Mark Schulman provides insight into the mindset and skill sets that can be used to break through the barriers to success and beyond.

The Purpose Revolution

How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good

More and more, employees, customers, and investors want their work and money to not only provide for their own material needs but to also help create a better world for all. Bestselling author John Izzo teams up with Jeff VanderWein to show leaders and companies how to transform their corporate culture so they can succeed in the midst of this Purpose Revolution.

The Millennial Megatrends Scaring C-Suite

October 31st 2017

There's an emerging megatrend that's scaring executives the world over. Millennials are upending business-as-usual, demanding that organisations re-shape their DNA to compete for this ever-growing market segment.

Surviving the Retail Suicide Mission

October 30th 2017

"Life is short, and people’s attention spans are even shorter. Your brand DNA is your story." This was Johnny Earle's advice at HubSpot's Inbound conference late last month. And as the crown-prince of turning a short attention span into a retail empire... he'd know!

What REALLY matters to Millennials

October 30th 2017

The business world is obsessed with millennials. Who they are, what they want, and how they perceive the world. Dr John Izzo believes that virtually no-one understands what really matters to millennials.

The Five Thieves of Happiness

Happiness is our natural state, for each of us and for humanity as a whole, argues John Izzo. But that happiness is being stolen by insidious mental patterns that he depicts as thieves: the thief of control, the thief of conceit, the thief of coveting, the thief of consumption, and the thief of comfort. He discovered these thieves as he sought the true source of happiness during a year-long sabbatical, walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and living in the Andes of Peru. This thoughtful and inspiring book describes the disguises these thieves wear, the tools they use to break into our hearts, and how to lock them out once and for all. Izzo shows how these same thieves of personal happiness are destroying society as well. This book will help us all discover, develop, and defend the happiness that is our true nature while creating a world we all want to live in.
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Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Change Everything

Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything offers inspiration and practical advice on how ordinary people can step up and make a difference in work, family, community or the world. Filled with moving stories of how ordinary people accomplished extraordinary feats, the book challenges each of us to step up and create change. He shows how leaders can create a workplace where people will choose to step up.

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

What are the secrets to finding happiness? Why do some people live well and die happy? John Izzo asked thousands of people to identify the wisest person they knew. “The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die” shares what he learned from over 200 people aged 60-106 whom others said had found the meaning in life. With warmth and wit, this book shares the “Five Secrets” to a happy and purpose-filled life which Izzo distilled from listening to these stories.

Values Shift: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging the Inter-Generational Workforce

Praise for this title is rampant. Originally published in 2000 by Prentice-Hall, this book was ahead of its time! Values Shift is in its 10th printing and making serious statements about the status of our corporate culture. Post Enron, WorldCom and of course post Martha Stewart—North Americans are taking a good hard look at the reasons why they work for the companies they do!

Dr John Izzo

Shaping the future of purpose-driven teams, leaders and consumers.

100% Responsibility/Zero Excuses

How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything

Taking responsibility means stepping up and seeing yourself as the agent of change, whether it is changing your company or changing the world.

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.

This session can be focused on all levels to foster greater ownership or focused for leaders where he also helps leaders discover how to foster a climate of ownership and accountability.

Dr. Izzo will share:

  • 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

The Purpose Revolution

Differentiating Your Brand in an Age of Disruption

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Winning & Engaging Talent in an Age of Social Good

These two unique keynotes are part of the Purpose Revolution series. 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. This new driver is present worldwide and cuts across almost all demographic barriers including age, developing/developing world, politics, religious affiliation and income level.

Those companies who understand and respond to this Aspirational person will create game changing competitive advantage.

Your audience will:

  • 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
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