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There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He truly is a renaissance man! He’s a triple threat personality and a global thought leader. He is a Hall of Fame speaker, an award-winning singer and a popular national radio and television personality. In addition, he is the author of several international best-selling books.

Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in life, after coming from humble beginnings. His father died when he was a teenager and he put himself through college by singing in nightclubs and recording jingles for radio and television commercials. He went on to become a multi WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) Award winning nightclub performer. Yet, at the top of his nightclub career, he was fired and replaced by a karaoke machine, during the karaoke craze that swept America!

Dr. Jolley decided that he was not going to give up, so he took that setback and turned it into an amazing “Comeback!” He has gone on to be named “One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” and “Motivational & Inspirational Speaker of The Year” by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. In 2005, he was inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame and received the CPAE Award (Council of Peers Award of Excellence).

Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2013, he was named “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by Speaking.com. In 2018, he was named a “Legend of The Speaking Industry” by the Veterans Speakers Association.

Dr. Jolley started his speaking career as a drug prevention coordinator for the DC Public School System and went on to speak to millions of young people around the world. He produced and starred in the first PBS Special for teens, “Dare To Dream, Dare To Win”, which has become the #1 selling youth video in America. He was named “One of America’s Top Youth Speakers” by Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Dr. Jolley soon started receiving speaking requests from other industry sectors and went on to great success speaking to colleges, associations, and corporations. He was the expert Ford Motors called on in 2006, when they were on the brink of bankruptcy. He worked with Ford from 2006 to 2009, and they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to billion-dollar profits.

Dr. Willie Jolley became the featured speaker for The Moneywise National Tour in 2012 and in 2014 he was chosen to replace the legendary Zig Ziglar on the National Get Motivated Tour. On that tour he joined a who’s who of world-renowned speakers such as Les Brown, Shark Tank star Daymond John and sales guru, Tom Hopkins. Dr. Jolley was recently invited to be an “Personal Development Expert Artist in Residence” at High Point University, where Dr. Nido Qubein is president. He joins a list of high-profile individuals including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., and best-selling author and leadership guru, Dr. John Maxwell.

Dr. Jolley was the first African American President of the Washington, DC Chapter of The National Speakers Association (NSA) and was able to double membership and revenues in one year. As a result, he went on to become the first African American elected to the National Board of NSA. He is a former Chairman of The Speaker Hall of Fame Leadership Committee and is the first African American to hold that position.

Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God-given potential! No matter the venue, from his exciting global television appearances to his Sirius XM radio show to corporate audiences like Walmart, General Motors, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott, Johnson, and Johnson Dubai, Coca-Cola US, Coca-Cola South Africa, Prudential Australia, and Prudential Malaysia or The Million Dollar Round Table. Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm. He delivers powerful nuggets on how every person can live a better life and win more, every day!

Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including, It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your LifeA Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence (which was endorsed by former Ford Motors CEO, Alan Mulally and Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). And contributing author of Chicken Soup for The Christian Soul, where he is featured on the front cover with Joyce Meyer, Dr. Tony Campolo and Naomi Rhode. Dr. Jolley is co-author, with his wife of 37 years, Dee Taylor-Jolley, of the popular marriage book, Make Love, Make Money, Make It Last – 10 Secrets To Shape A Great Marriage!

Keynote Topic #1

    How To Turn A Setback Into A Comeback with An Attitude of Excellence

    Dr. Willie Jolley answers the age-old question: What are the secrets that sustain successful organizations through difficult times?

    His answers are born out of his work helping Ford Motor Company go from the brink of bankruptcy in 2006 to being positioned to reject the government bailout in 2009—and on to billion-dollar profits every quarter since 2009. Success Magazine called him “Ford’s Secret Weapon!”

    In this program, Dr. Jolley shares strategies and ideas your attendees can employ to transform their businesses—as well as the five areas of development that can be used immediately to change their thinking and their business.

    Pursue a workplace culture of excellence

    Understand the 5 tenets of high achieving organizations:

    • Leadership
    • Change management
    • Team building
    • Customer service
    • A winner’s attitude
    • Embrace change as a positive factor
    • Seek leadership development—no matter their position in the organization
    • View teams as the lifeblood of the organization
    • Serve the internal and external “customers”

Keynote Topic #2

    Change Is Good…When Your Attitude is GREAT!

    These last few years have proven that change happens, whether we like it or not. Some companies grow through change and others shrink!

    Dr. Willie Jolley teaches people how to get a new attitude so they can have a “higher altitude” and productivity in the midst of change!

    Program Description:

    In this program, participants are sold on the positive perspective of change! Change is essential to any growth. Everybody wants progress, but nobody wants to change. Dr. Jolley shares his patented “VDAD” (vision, decision, action, desire) formula for successfully embracing change.

    You will leave this program viewing change as an ally - not an enemy.

    You will leave ready to implement the formula to drive change.

    You will leave believing that change

    “truly” is good when your attitude is great!

     

    Participants will learn:

    • The attitude necessary to positively adapt and embrace the inevitability of change
    • The four-step process for “winning with change!”
    • How a change in perspective can positively change results
    • The success strategies outstanding leaders use to turn problems into possibilities, and setbacks into comebacks
    • How working as a team can successfully help navigate the winds of change
    • How to create an all-star team where everybody is an MVP!

Keynote Topic #3

    Turn Your Setbacks into Comebacks…then Turn Your Comebacks Into Greenbacks!

    Taken from his popular television special, “Turning Setbacks into Comebacks,” Dr. Willie Jolley explains how in turbulent, high anxiety and fear times, we can survive, and dare we think, even thrive!

    Dr. Jolley is right on time with this message. He has interviewed people of all walks of life on how they came back from great adversity. He shares their successful techniques, ideas, principles, and strategies. And furthermore, he explains how to apply those principles today to help you comeback, and then get more greenbacks. While others may speak of turning setbacks into comebacks, Dr. Jolley wrote the international best-selling books, A Setback Is A Setup for a Comeback and Turn Your Setbacks Into Greenbacks.

    • Develop the mindset that winners use to overcome tough times
    • Implement step-by-step strategies to turn their setbacks into comebacks
    • Prepare an action plan to bulletproof their future success!

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        05/01/2022 at 10:50 am

        Thank you for the work with the Planning team to make this event a success. Also, the two books we provided from your authored library, was well received by the audience as I have heard from many of the group. Several participants said you made them cry or tears in their eyes as they reflected on their lives and what they want to do with their lives in a positive way going forward. One person sent me an email saying the 3-day event was like the best cake she ever had and that hearing from Dr. Willie Jolley was like the “icing on the cake.”

        I knew what the souls of the Verizon team needed at this time and as I orchestrated the 3-day event, I knew what I wanted and needed for the closing and you delivered in a strong way in creating a memorable moment for the organization and from that they will challenge themselves to “SOAR” and believe they can fly against any setbacks, as we showed them the things we put in place to set them back up for another comeback year by leveraging ‘an attitude of excellence.’
        -Verizon Partner Solutions

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      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:50 am

        Willie Jolley captured what was on our minds as far as strengths in our company. He helped us realize that there’s greatness inside of all of us.
        -Cox Media Group

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      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:50 am

        We are truly amazed each year at the amount of work and effort it takes to plan and execute the Sagicor Motivational Seminar. My eyes have only now been opened to the fact that we truly are on a NEW MISSION each time we set out to raise the bar year after year with our seminar. A significant part of the mission is to find world class speakers who will inspire, uplift and resonate. We accomplished our mission when we found you!
        -Sagicor Life Jamaica Ltd.

      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:49 am

        I wanted to thank for your involvement in our face to fact meeting this week. Willie’s speech was very well received to the point that a number of the team either referred back to it over the course of our meeting to emphasize a point or rally around an idea. I think everyone thought that it was a great investment of our time and helped get the team aligned for the tough conversations we needed to have around organization and team work. So again, THANK YOU for your very positive message and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.
        -Raytheon Company

      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:49 am

        On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, please accept my heartfelt and sincere thanks for the inspiring presentation you gave the SHRM staff. I believe your message touched many lives. Your unique and motivating style caused us all to think more carefully about taking responsibility for our own words, thoughts and deeds. Diversity messages can sometimes be murky, and the audience may go away not clearly understanding-or being moved by-the speaker’s message. That, however, was not the case with you. By bringing us through an enlightening journey about valuing diversity, you helped us understand the importance of leadership, change, challenge and responsibility. The stories you chose to punctuate your teaching points were as profound as they were memorable. Thank you for reinforcing life’s important lessons. Thank you too for reminding us how important it is to dream, to care, and to make music together by embracing diversity and valuing it.
        -Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:49 am

        Unbelievable’, ‘Fantastic’, ‘Uplifting’ were just a few of the comments that I heard after your extremely motivating presentation to our Sales Executives in Orlando. Thank you so much for being a part of our Sales Training Conference. You were the perfect ending to a great meeting and it is difficult to find the words to express how you made everyone feel. Your enthusiasm and passion for life was apparent when you addressed our group. Our Sales Executives have sent me letters, notes and emails about the conference and they have all referenced what a difference you made in how they will approach their jobs as well as their lives. Our Sales Training Conference survey has returned with you receiving the highest marks from the group. Thanks again for an outstanding performance. You were right on the mark and accomplished everything we needed.
        -Cox Media Group

      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:49 am

        This conference was the highest rated conference to date and that is over 6 years. You hit the ball out of the park!

        -Norton Healthcare

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        05/01/2022 at 10:49 am

        Your presentation at the USASOC Family Forum was both motivational and inspirational for our attendees. Evaluation results provided by the forum attendees gave your performance high marks! You added that “special something” that we wanted to provide to our families and staff. We appreciate the wonderful job you did. You left us with something positive to think about!
        -U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)

      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:49 am

        Thank you for enhancing our First Report Rally for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s Building Bridges Campaign. Your motivational remarks were poignant, timely and extremely energizing. Every time I hear you speak, I am reminded of why you are ‘The Jolley-Good Guru of Acclaimed Speakers!’ Many attendees have shared how your books, CDs and audio clips have positively impacted their perspective and renewed their sense of self. For many years you have partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all. Thank you for helping the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington remain committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We appreciate your generosity and look forward to working with you again in the near future.
        -YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:48 am

        Your message was elegantly delivered and inspiring. A special thanks for agreeing to come at the last minute after Keith Harrell found he could not travel. To do that was a sign of great friendship and commitment to Keith; to do it on your 25th anniversary was even more remarkable! Thank you for making our management meeting such a success!
        -Yale-New Haven Hospital

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      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:48 am

        Having Mr. Willie Jolley as one of our two keynote speakers and the feedback we continue to receive is awe-inspiring. Willie’s message from the stage was both captivating and humbling, and what made him especially unique was the fact that his appearance did not end when his speech was over, but instead, he made himself available in our Marketplace to meet employees and hear their stories. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with Wlilie Jolley and we are excited to continue to find new ways we can work with and learn from him in the future.
        -Defender Direct

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      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:48 am

        THANK YOU…not only for your inspiring message of hope and tenacity, but for making our real estate team feel so very special. You obviously did your research and listened to our challenges. Real estate people, like many others in our country, have been suffering. You tailored your message to our professional needs. But you also touched our hearts by your profound personal message and willingness to spend additional time at our reception and afterwards to recognize and encourage so many of our group. If you need a personal endorsement, have anyone call me. YOU DESERVE TO BE LABELED ONE OF AMERICA’S VERY BEST SPEAKERS! Thanks for making our convention one of the very best. You delivered!
        -Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

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      • WeSpeak Global
        05/01/2022 at 10:48 am

        Please let me express to you the impact you made at our meeting last week. You are an exceptionally inspiring, highly energetic, forward-thinking, motivational speaker. I knew it was the right decision to have you speak to my fellow team members when at the end of the presentation you received a standing ovation. Willie, I look forward to your return to give us our six-month check up. However, a week after the presentation our team members are still talking about your insight into exceptional service and what it means to each of us personally as well as professionally.
        -Hyatt Regency Baltimore

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