Profile: Richard J. Leider, Keynote Speaker
Thank you for your interest in having Richard Leider as a speaker for your organization's upcoming event. We know how important it is today to find a presenter who has the capacity to capture the mindshare of a busy audience. Richard has proven to be such a speaker.
  • He has done presentations for organizations in all 50 states, Canada and on four continents.
  • His audiences range from annual meetings with 10,000 attendees to one hour, in-house seminars.
  • His keynotes consistently receive the top marks from audiences worldwide.
Richard's speaking style is:
  • Inspiring
  • Story and content-rich
  • Practical with takeaways
Biography Richard J. Leider

Founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN, Richard has a worldwide practice working with leaders from organizations such as Ameriprise, Caterpillar, Ericsson, Habitat for Humanity, MetLife, Pfizer and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Richard is consistently rated as one of the top executive educators and coaches in the world. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the "Top 5"most respected executive coaches, by Linkage as one of the "Top 50"executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a "legend in coaching."As a speaker and seminar leader, he has taught over 100,000 executives from 50 corporations worldwide. He is an adjunct faculty on executive education programs at Duke Corporate Education and the University of Minnesota Carlson School's Executive Development Center. He is a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School's General Management Program.

Richard is the author of eight books, including three best sellers, and his work has been translated into 21 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field. Claiming Your Place at the Fire and Something to Live For, have been touted as breakthrough books on "positive aging."He is a contributing author to many leading edge coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

Richard holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Master Career Counselor. He is a Carlson Executive Education Fellow in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing where he is a founder of The Purpose Project. As a commentator on work/life issues, Richard appears in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, and on PBS public television, NPR public radio and other media sources. Along with his professional pursuits, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa for 25 years.

A pioneer and leader in the field of coaching, Richard is widely recognized for his leading edge work on helping people discover "their calling"in work and life. His work received recognition from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship to study "purposeful aging."He was named a "Distinguished Alumni"by Gustavus Adolphus College and to the "Hall of Fame"at Central High School in St. Paul, MN. Believing passionately that each of us is born with a purpose, he is dedicated to helping people to "discover the power of purpose."

Keynote Topics
Titles and content are customized for every presentation!

On Managing Yourself

Title: Finding Purpose in a Stressed-Out World

What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? These days the answer to that question seems more difficult than ever to answer. Based on Richard’s classic bestselling book, The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning. Live Longer, Better, this presentation helps audiences discover the power of purpose. . .a clear answer to the question. As a result of this presentation, people will be able to:

  • Discover their purpose
  • Work and live in ways that are consistent with their purpose
  • Optional takeaways: The Power of Purpose book, Putting Purpose to Work booklet

On Positive Aging & Vitality

Title: Discovering What Matters

Our culture offers us precious little guidance on finding your way in the second half of life. Part of the problem is that we lack a clear picture of what we are meant to be doing during our second half. Based on Richard's book, Something to Live For: Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life, people will be able to:

  • Discover how to find renewed meaning at midlife and beyond
  • Learn how to balance money, medicine and meaning
  • Optional takeaways: Something to Live For book, Annual Purpose Checkup booklet

On Life/Work Balance

Title: Repack Your Bags

Are you feeling overwhelmed—weighed down by too much to do and constant busyness? Based on Richard’s international best-selling book in 21 languages, Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life, this presentation shows audiences how to “lighten their loads” to find new energy and engagement. As a result of this presentation, people will be able to:

  • Better balance their lives
  • Discover practices for better focus and energy
  • Optional takeaways: Repacking Your Bags book, The Good Life Inventory booklet

Title: The Purposeful Leader

Based on Richard’s bestselling book, Whistle While You Work, this is a presentation that helps audiences discover the ultimate management challenge: self-management! Through story and examples this presentation helps audiences discover how to bring authentic leadership self to work everyday. As a result of this presentation, people will be able to:

  • Clarify the power of purposeful leadership
  • Work in ways that are consistent with their authentic gifts and strengths
  • Optional takeaways: Whistle While You Work, Calling Cards™ exercise
American Academy of Neurology
American Leadership Forum
Ameriprise Financial
Andersen Corporation
Caterpillar, Inc.
Conference Board
Conoco Phillips
Cox Communications
Duke Corporate Education
Empire Financial Group of Canada
Executive Development Associates
Executive Forum of Denver
Fairview Health Systems
Fast Company Magazine
General Agents and Managers Association
General Mills
Greenleaf Center
Habitat for Humanity
Harvard Business School Executive Education
Heartland Institute
IMS — Institute for Management Studies
INC Magazine
International Coach Federation
John Hancock
Kellogg Fellows
Leadership Wyoming
Lee Hecht Harrison
Liz Claiborne
London Life
Los Alamos National Laboratories
Master's Forum of Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Mayo Health System
Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
Minneapolis Public Schools
New York Life
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Omega Institute
Royal Bank of Canada
Saturn Corporation
Singapore National Employee Federation
State Farm
State of New Mexico
Sun America
Thrivent Financial
University of Minnesota–Academic Health Center
University of Minnesota–Center for Spirituality & Healing
University of Minnesota–Executive Development Center
Training Magazine—VNU
Young Presidents Organization
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