Keynote Speaker Gary Bradt

Gary Bradt

Author, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant, C-Suite executive coach and change management expert

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    North Carolina, USA

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Gary Bradt’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 
Dr. Gary Bradt is an author, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant, C-Suite executive coach and speaker on the topic of adapting to and leading through change.

Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of the blockbuster best selling book, Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life chose him as the leading speaker on the message of the book.  With sales of over 20 million copies worldwide, Cheese gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Gary’s extraordinary ability to cut through their frustration and fear and get to the heart of the matter; delivering powerful tools that help them adapt when going through change.

Why Dr. Gary Bradt

  • Change means making a choice: you can adapt and ignite new passions and success, or you can sit still and watch the world pass you by. Leaders must do the former lest their organizations fall behind, perhaps never to catch up. Gary helps leaders build greater confidence in their abilities to lead themselves and others through change.
  • Gary’s dynamic and interactive presentation will inspire, challenge, and most importantly, equip leaders with the tools they need to adapt to change faster and better.
  • Gary offers a level of customization for his clients that is second to none. He does research and holds pre-event calls to determine the key drivers of change within their organization, then relays stories and examples that relate specifically to that client.

Gary Bradt had established a strong following as an executive coach and speaker long before Spencer Johnson asked him to be the messenger for his groundbreaking book. He began his leadership development career in 1987 with a respected leadership development consultancy. There he helped client companies launch proven leadership strategies and transformational processes which turned change and tough times into an opportunity to transform themselves and take performance to the next level. His mantra – adapt and ignite! – is a rallying cry for success in these tumultuous times. He helps organizations adapt to new technologies and government regulations; inspires innovative thinking as industries consolidate; helps employees quickly adapt to major shifts driven by mergers, acquisitions or reorganizations; and gotten customers and employees alike to embrace a new product or service line.

Gary Bradt is also the author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, which has earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts.

Gary Bradt is uniquely qualified to deliver advice, counsel and strategies on the subject of change. He has worked for clients all over the globe including IBM, American Express, eBay, FedEx, Proctor & Gamble, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, VISA, NASA, GlaxoSmithKline, GlaxoSmithKline Canada, Alberta Provincial Government, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citigroup, Marriott Corporation, Ernst & Young LLP, Shoppers Drug Mart, CVS, National Association of Personal Financial Planners, National Association of Governmental Purchasing Agents, US Chamber of Commerce, Snack Food Association, and the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

More About Speaker, Dr. Gary Bradt . . . 
As a speaker, what makes Gary Bradt special is his ability to engage audiences: his warmth, his humor, his content, his ability to get people to absorb his message and put it to use. More than anything, Gary is genuine. His storytelling, examples and exercises are authentic and bring his principles to life in a way few other communicators can. Because change happens in our personal lives too, Gary Bradt delivers a powerful message on that front. He is a husband and father who learned to cope with one of the toughest challenges of all, a child’s chronic, life-threatening illness, and shares his personal narrative with audiences when appropriate.

As a C-Suite executive coach, Gary works at the intersection of people and business. He understands both, and helps leaders execute business strategy through people and helps leaders chart the course for their own career as well. He holds up a mirror and offers practical steps leaders can take to improve their leadership effectiveness, and the effectiveness of their people and their organization. Just like with his speaking, his goals are practical and positive behavior change. As a coach he is straightforward and direct. He tells leaders what he thinks, not what they necessarily want to hear, with only one agenda: to move them and their organizations forward and to help them accomplish their goals.

Dr. Bradt earned his BA in psychology from Duquesne, University in Pittsburgh PA. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University and Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, which in 2007 honored him with the “Excellence in Professional Psychology” award. Only the second graduate to be so recognized at the time, this award underscored Dr. Bradt’s contributions to the field of professional psychology through his achievements as an author, leadership consultant/coach and world-class speaker.

Dr. Gary Bradt resides in North Carolina with his family.

Testimonials 10

  • “Gary, thank you so much for your message. It went over great! I heard attendees still discussing the next day!”

    Tim Bugg

    Capstone Health Alliance

  • “Gary Bradt is an inspiring speaker that keeps you on the on the edge of your seat. Be prepared to laugh, cry, dream and embrace change as Gary shows you its golden opportunity. Gary provides you with practical tools that you continue to use professionally and personally. I never imagined that a 1 hour seminar would change my entire life perspective in such a positive way.”

    Debbie Tucker

    Human Resources Business Partner, Bayer

  • “Although we have enjoyed working with some terrific keynote speakers, we had many, many comments from our attendees that you were one of the best Keynotes we have had EVER! I knew it was a real success when there weren’t any books left behind, (never seen that before) and we had to refresh the notepads at break, because at least half the people had taken their entire notepad with them when they left for break. You definitely hit that home run you wanted! I hope we can work together at another event in the future.”

    Judy Hammond

    President, Resource Management Services, Inc.

  • “Thank you for joining our all hands meeting. We heard so many positive comments about your talk and have also heard several references to ‘clearing the rubble and finding the ring’ as people jumped back into their day to day work. You were very inspirational and definitely provided us all with actions to take back to our jobs and home. Thanks again!”

    Fidelity Investments

  • “The feedback on your presentation was universally positive. The team really appreciated your approach to recognizing the stress that change can bring in both our professional and personal lives. After having some time to reflect on the messages (Ring Tool Kit) you gave us, I wanted to circle back and say thanks again. Your comments hit home in one way or another with almost every member of the team.”


  • “Gary did an outstanding job. A ten on a scale of ten. He met with the VP of Operations and Human Resources prior to the meeting to understand the issues. He and I exchanged e-mails prior to the conference and then he met with me for breakfast the morning of the meeting to go over last minutes details and to gather additional information about the audience/issues. He was able to engage an audience that was tired from a long evening the night before and had their minds set on going home when he was finished (not an easy task). He was a hit.”

    Guardian Life Insurance Company

  • “Thank you for the absolutely fabulous presentation you did last week. It was more than a home run. I guess the bases were loaded and you hit a home run. They just haven’t stopped talking about the quality of the presentation and the impact of the presentation. Our goal of arming the organization with some practical doable things at the end of the presentation was clearly, clearly well met.”

    Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • “The session was simply remarkable and we have heard nothing but positive remarks. There is no question that you struck an emotional chord with this audience and I completely believe that your presentation gave them the energy to get enthused for this next journey…. I noted participants answered the question As a result of my participation, I have a greater understanding of my role in providing strong leadership through the transition in the exact same proportions as they responded to your presentation…. From my perspective, that in itself makes it a home run.”


  • “I was impressed with the amount of time that Gary spent preparing for the presentation, researching Xerox facts, partner related topics, and industry factoids,  to make certain that his session was relevant AND memorable.  He was timely. He was interested in getting to know the audience. He was genuinely motivated to capture the attention of each and every attendee in the room.”

    Xerox Corporation, Annmarie Link, Graphic Communication Business Group, Worldwide Manager

  • “We hired Gary as the motivational keynote for our annual healthcare event with about 100 people in attendance. He did an excellent job igniting the spark within the attendees that carried through our two day event. The participants were energized to share ideas and experiences with each other. His message that “change is good” was a perfect fit for our industry. He was wonderful to work with and made extra effort to tailor his message to our audience. Highly recommended!”

    Connolly, Inc.

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Executive Coaching

Gary Bradt has been helping leaders adapt, ignite and win as a C-Suite executive coach for over 25 years. His approach to coaching is simple and straightforward – first helping leaders define goals and then offering practical advice and solutions towards accomplishing them. A typical coaching assignment lasts anywhere from 3-12 months, with face-to-face sessions and phone coaching interspersed over that time.

Bradt’s coaching style has been forged by years of working with senior executives in a variety of industries and organizations in both the public and private sectors. As a coach, Gary calls it as he sees it and offers all his coaching clients the same promise: he will tell them what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear, and everything he shares will be designed to help them, their team and and their organization accomplish mutually defined goals.

Bradt’s coaching is enhanced by the knowledge he gains and the research he does for every speaking engagement, and conversely his speeches are laced with lessons learned coaching in the C-suite. He is as comfortable on the shop floor as he is in the boardroom, and is effective working with both individual executives and senior teams alike.

While some coaches adopt a more passive style, Gary believes the hallmark of a good executive coach is the ability to listen deeply and respond concisely with practical tips and suggestions. Executives working with Gary can expect to emerge from each session with specific action steps going forward, and can be assured in the knowledge that Gary will follow up and hold them accountable for commitments they make to themselves along the way. He will always be there to encourage, motivate and support every coachee, and he considers it an honor and a privilege to forge working relationships with leaders who touch so many other lives on a daily basis.

As a psychologist, speaker and business owner, Gary is comfortable dealing with a wide variety of topics as a coach, from thinking through a long-term business strategy to focusing on hitting short-term performance results; from strategies to develop a new book of business to maintaining long-term client relationships; from dealing with a difficult boss or co-worker to building an effective team. He is also experienced and comfortable helping executives employ strategies and tactics for balancing work and home, and for dealing with family and personal issues that have impact at work. He is well versed in utilizing a variety of personality assessments and utilizes a specialized 360° interview process that is particularly powerful and effective. Finally, he has a special expertise and background in advising family-owned businesses on the unique set of challenges they face, from succession planning to managing the careers of the founder’s children.


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