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Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo.

He is known as “The Wingman,” a highly decorated combat fighter pilot with 65 missions in Iraq and Serbia.

A business consultant and executive coach, he helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in highly competitive, rapidly changing business environments.

You want a leadership expert who can call on life experiences to show the value of committing to excellence, adapting to change, and building collaborative, high performing teams.

Your audience needs an interactive, high-energy speaker who can bridge the gap between the highly competitive world of the fighter pilot and the challenges of business.

Real world sales experience, MBA, New York Times & Wall Street Journal best-selling author, member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!

A key message in his inspirational “Never Fly Solo” signature keynote is that you can’t reach your highest potential alone. You need wingmen – trusted partners – to help you win when adversity strikes.

His compelling stories and techniques on overcoming obstacles, performing under pressure, earning trust, and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to diverse organizations who seek to create a “One Team, One Mission” performance-focused culture of trust and collaboration.

“We Survive Solo but Win Together.” Waldo

Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman


  • How to Build a Culture of Courage in Business and Life
  • How can you instill a climate of ownership in your organization so that every  person  feels  like they are accountable and responsible for its success?
  • What tools can you employ to motivate the members of your organization to focus on the mission rather than themselves?
  • How can you help create an organization where change and innovation are not met with fear, but embraced with courage and respected as a tool to beat the competition?

The key to building a high-powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to   the mission, effective communication, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership.

In this high energy, multimedia workshop, Lt Col Rob “Waldo” Waldman highlights the difference between managing people, and leading them to be responsible, empowered  and confident wingmen!

What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive marketplace.

Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman discusses proven leadership principals based on his experience as a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, as a seasoned Air Force officer and combat decorated fighter pilot, and experienced businessman.

Relentless self-discipline, passion for the mission, dedicated teamwork, and a commitment to excellence are just a few key elements of this engaging and highly interactive seminar.

Following this highly interactive and fun session, audiences will learn peak performance leadership tools based on 4 key concepts:

Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman

Shared Vision

Each and every wingman in your organization must know exactly what they are fighting for. They must be committed to the mission and understand exactly how their unique role in the organization is essential to its success.

Values Based

Culture Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork must serve as the foundation for all relationships between employees, and with partners and clients as well.

Effective Communication

Leaders listen aggressively and communicate their vision with passion. They promote open communication and connect with the heart and soul of their wingmen.

Train to Win Mindset

Successful leaders command flawless preparation, not flawless execution.

They encourage their wingmen to expand their capabilities, and consistently reward high performers who take calculated risks and ‘push the envelope’ in order to grow.

Improve Performance in a Highly Competitive Workplace
A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Rob “Waldo” Waldman overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a decorated fighter pilot.

He then became a top producing sales manager for several high tech and financial service companies before establishing his own company – Wingman Enterprises.

Waldo was recently inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame – an honor less than 200 speakers in the world have received, including Colin Powell, Tony Robbins, and Zig Ziglar.

Waldo offers personal development, leadership and motivational strategies that will enable you and your organization to survive and win in this harsh environment.

He will also teach each individual to become a more trusting partner – a wingman – for success both internally with their co-workers, and externally with their partners, vendors and customers.

Keynote Topic #1


Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff, managers, and suppliers. And you have colleagues, consultants, and significant others.

By building trust in your partners, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. When you have wingmen, there is no mission you can’t complete!

Through captivating stories, business lessons, and real-world video, Waldo will take your team on an unforgettable journey of high performance and excellence in extremely competitive and demanding environments.

Be inspired to take to the skies knowing that you have Wingmen to help you face challenges and change with courage while maximizing potential in all aspects of life.

Key Takeaways:
  • Promote Open Communication, Integrity, and Trust
  • Develop a Collaborative Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support
  • Leverage Preparation to Build Confidence
  • Transform Relationships into Revenue Convert Fear into Action
  • Lead with Courage, Conviction, and Compassion

Waldo’s signature keynote on teamwork, courage, and preparation to break performance barriers and win
in business and life.

Keynote Topic #2

Wingman Leadership®

The key to building a high-performing organization that encourages innovative thinking, adaptability to change, effective communication, and a commitment to excellence lies with its leadership.

In this high-energy program, Waldo highlights the difference between managing others and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident wingmen. Waldo will discuss proven leadership principals based on his experience as an AF Academy graduate, decorated fighter pilot, and seasoned businessman.

The program will:
  • Instill a “One Team-One Mission” culture of team ownership so that every leader feels fully accountable for the success of the mission.
  • Share tools to motivate leaders and staff to collaborate more effectively, adapt to change, and face adversity and conflict with courage.
  • Provide tools for personal and professional growth that will give additional leverage for building high-performance teams.

High energy and interactive program on building a collaborative culture of trust, accountability, mutual support, & excellence.

Keynote Topic #3

Wingman Safety®

In the world of the fighter pilot, complacency kills. A failure to adhere to standards, maintain discipline and follow procedures not only can cause aircraft mishaps, but it can also cost lives.

The same holds true on the factory floor or a dangerous worksite. Employees who lack attention to detail, focus, and discipline are prone to make mistakes that can impact safety, productivity, operational excellence…and lives.

Waldo will share proven leadership principals based on his experience as an Air Force safety officer and as a combat flight lead where his wingmen’s lives were on the line.

Following his program, the audience will learn peak performance leadership and safety enhancing tools based on three key concepts:

  • Commitment to Excellence – Everyone must know exactly what and who they are fighting for. They should emulate excellence on and off the job, and understand that their role is essential to safety, morale, and culture.
  • Values Based Culture – Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork must serve as the foundation for all relationships.
  • Effective Communication – Leaders listen intently and communicate their safety vision with passion. They promote open two-way communication.

A keynote or half day seminar that focuses on building a courageous culture of operational excellence, safety, and trust.

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  • Linda Hodo
    12/19/2021 at 2:12 pm

    “Waldo delivered! His preparation and care in understanding our business challenges made his message extremely relevant. He’s an outstanding storyteller, funny and authentic.”

    Linda Hodo
    VP of Corp Development

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  • Hal Hitch
    12/17/2021 at 2:13 pm

    “From our first contact through the high energy engagement and then finally with your follow up by way of helpful advice and e-mail tips, you are a true professional. You really embraced our focus on teamwork and trust at a critical time for our business.”

    CIT Group
    Hal Hitch
    VP of Product & Marketing

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  • Kevin Yates
    11/22/2021 at 2:16 pm

    “One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard…engaging, motivating, and very powerful.”

    Kevin Yates
    Director & President

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  • Larry Harvey
    11/15/2021 at 2:12 pm

    “Having been in this business for 20 years and witnessed dozens of great speakers, I have never seen a speaker that was more genuinely effective than you were.”

    Larry Harvey
    National Sales Director

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  • Tim Krzyzanowski
    11/07/2021 at 2:16 pm

    “The ‘One Team, One Mission’ message, philosophy of trusting your wingmen and becoming Mission Ready totally aligned with our teamwork objectives.”

    Philips Healthcare
    Tim Krzyzanowski
    VP Sales

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  • Tom Arnold
    10/19/2021 at 2:17 pm

    “Your message about “never flying solo” and trusting partnerships certainly resonated with Colonial and I’m excited about the renewed enthusiasm our sales organization has shown this year.”

    Tom Arnold
    SVP Sales & Marketing

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  • Jerry Butler
    10/04/2021 at 2:13 pm

    “Thanks for helping us defeat the Giants in the best game of our season! Feel free to take credit for any of our victories as we continue to build our new dynasty within the NFL.”

    Cleveland Browns
    Jerry Butler
    Director of Player Development

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