Cy Wakeman Introduction
Sometime in the late 80’s, Cy Wakeman was promoted to her first management job. Little did they know at the time, that single decision would change leadership forever. Initially, Cy just couldn’t fall into line with traditional management practices. She kept getting hung up on the fact that much of what she was asked to do contradicted reality. That wasn’t okay with her.
So, Cy experimented with a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Instead of working to perfect the circumstances of her employees, she instead helped them learn a reality-based mindset. Through this new mindset, her employees became seemingly bulletproof to anything that might happen to them. They begin to succeed and deliver results in spite of their circumstances.
She has turned her Reality-Based Leadership philosophy into a revolution through her speaking and consulting work with organizations everywhere. Cy has been helping companies build bulletproof talent for nearly two decades and it’s her track record of success that provides the foundation and inspiration for our company.
Clients who have benefited tremendously from Cy’s work include Bayer, New York Presbyterian, National Institutes of Health, Hospira, Hallmark, Federal Reserve Bank, Weil Cornell, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, TD Ameritrade, First Data Resources, Woodmen of the World, ConAgra, Omnium Worldwide, Inc. First National Merchant Solutions, Wellmark, Wells Fargo, Cabela’s, Farm Bureau, Trinity Health Systems.
Participants in her programs consistently give rave reviews, evaluating the programs as the single most impactful training they have ever experienced. Months and years later, participants are still talking about and applying the information delivered in her presentations. On the formal educational front, Cy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations. Her second undergraduate degree is a Bachelor in Social Work. Cy also received her Masters of Science in Health Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Development.
Today, Cy is a dynamic keynote speaker and thought leader. Her groundbreaking ideas are featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post and SHRM.com. She regularly creates entertaining and enlightening podcasts and is a favorite expert blogger on FastCompany.com and Forbes.com. In 2010, Cy immortalized her message by publishing her grounding-breaking book, Reality Based Leadership – Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses Into Results(Jossey-Bass, 2010).
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FBI Special Agent
Jeff Lanza (Retired)
A short version for written programs and to introduce Jeff:
Jeff Lanza was an FBI Special Agent for over 20 years. He investigated corruption, fraud, organized crime, cyber crime, human trafficking and terrorism. He appears regularly on the Fox News Channel and has informed the public on other national programs including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline and Larry King Live, among others. He is passionate about keeping people and organizations safe from risk and has presented to thousands around the globe. His clients include many Fortune 500 companies. His latest book, “Pistols to Press”, has received critical acclaim from national media figures. Jeff loves talking to audiences the world over, but is most comfortable in his home city, where he serves as a certified Kansas City barbeque judge.
More information about Jeff:
Jeff is a professional speaker who has provided over one thousand presentations on the topics of crisis communication, ethics, identity theft, cyber-crime and more. His clients include Nationwide, Citigroup, The Young Presidents Organization, American Century, Hallmark, H & R Block, The Society of Human Resource Management, Edward Jones, Ohio National Financial, Oppenheimer, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and others. He developed and presented a program on identity theft prevention which was used to educate a nationwide audience of Citigroup employees. His program on the topic of Leadership Ethics has been certified for education credits across the United States. He recently provided this program as part of ethics training for a nationwide sales force for Pacific Life Insurance Company. The program was used to educate the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Jeff is an FBI certified instructor who has trained numerous government agencies and corporate clients on how to handle the media tricks that the national television personalities such as Connie Chung and Chris Hansen used on him during his nearly two decades as a crisis communicator with the FBI.
In addition to his latest book, “Pistols to Press”, which has received fabulous reviews from national media personalities. Jeff has been published in The Kansas City Star, Ingram’s Magazine and on the FBI National Web site. He has written a blog for The Kansas City Star and contributes a regular column on leadership for Visionaries Magazine. He was chosen as the best speaker in the 50 year history of Kansas City’s prestigious Plaza Club.
Prior to his career as an FBI agent, Jeff was employed by Xerox Corporation as a Computer Systems Analyst. He has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven (Connecticut) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas.
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