Waldo Waldman

Decorated Fighter Pilot, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Hall of Fame Speaker

Waldo Waldman is a top leadership keynote speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue-producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. 

  • Waldo Waldman`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Waldo Waldman`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Georgia, USA

  • Waldo Waldman`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Waldo Waldman`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Georgia, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Never Fly Solo: The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business.

Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around…you have support staff. You have managers. You have suppliers and distributors. And you have colleagues, family members and significant others. By placing your trust in those around ...

Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around…you have support staff. You have managers. You have suppliers and distributors. And you have colleagues, family members and significant others. By placing your trust in those around you—you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, serve your customer and achieve success during adverse times. By placing your trust in your Wingmen and by being a Wingman to others, there is no mission you can’t complete in business or life.

Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a combat decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and highly successful businessman and entrepreneur. His motto is “Winners Never Fly Solo!”

Through his captivating personal and business related stories and high energy videos, learn how you, like a fighter pilot, can succeed in highly competitive and demanding environments. Discover how to prepare diligently for every mission; employ loyal Wingmen to promote integrity and trust; and lead your team with courage, compassion and conviction. Be inspired to take to the skies knowing that you have

Wingmen to help you face challenges and change with confidence while maximizing your potential in all aspects of your life.
•  “Check-6” to Develop a Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support
•  “Chair-Fly” Sales Missions to Increase Revenues
•  Transform Relationships into Revenue
•  Convert Fear into Focus
•  Lead with Courage and Compassion

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Wingman Leadership: 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 ...

•  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 performing 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, Waldo 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.

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

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About Keynote Speaker Waldo Waldman

Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman – The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue-producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.  

He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the “No-Fly Zone” and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Waldo believes that the key to growth and 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

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 190 speakers worldwide. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, Siemens, The Denver Broncos, and Johnson & Johnson. 

In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need.

He’s been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, The Harvard Business Review, Success Magazine, INC. Magazine, and Business Week

Testimonials

“Waldo completely exceeded our expectations. We were familiar with his work with other Verizon divisions, and based on previous testimonials, expected him to deliver. Needless to say, not only was his message outstanding, but he also delivered a great experience for our leaders.”

Andrea Balanta

Sr. Marketing Analyst, Verizon

“After delivering your leadership message to our Development Agents, I knew you would be perfect to open our 50th Anniversary Convention in front of 5,000 international franchisees and vendor partners. Not only was your industry knowledge of our franchise system commendable, but your ability to personalize the program was the best I’ve seen.”

Michele DiNello

Director of Communications, Subway Franchise

“Our associates and business partners were energized across multiple dimensions. The balanced message across personal fortitude, the importance of partnerships (wingmen), attitude, aptitude, strategy, execution, and reminding folks that we face work as we face life – against a backdrop of the professional and the personal – what we do and how we do it matter in equal measure… character and content. The message is strong and well crafted – but it is you who bring it life and make it stronger yet. You’ve earned our attention and appreciation.”

Geoffrey Marlow

SVP, Marketing, Acuity Brands, Inc.

“Waldo’s presentation was inspirational and packed full of relevant business take-aways. His content was heartfelt and the audience never drifted. He didn’t just talk about being a wingman, he showed it.”

Jeff Duckworth

Exec VP of Sales, John Hancock Funds

Waldo exceeded our expectations and was magnificent.  I knew we had a winner from the start–but it is so rare to find a speaker that is even better than advertised.  He hit it out of the park–and our team loved him.

GCA Services

 

“Waldo, your program resulted in a record breaking week for my team! Thank you for investing in the AFLAC process and dedicating yourself to learning our business.”

Andy Bartlein

AFLAC State Sales Coordinator

“Waldo, you made us laugh and you made us think. You were on target and flexible towards our need to create a successful training program and delivered a wonderfully inspirational closing at all seven of our events.”

Kevin Baldwin

Asst. VP, MassMutual

“Waldo’s knowledge of the company and ability to place our current challenges into context, showed how much time, research, and planning he put into his performance. He sounded like a seasoned UPS employee! His infectious attitude carried over to the audience and was undoubtedly the highlight of this year’s conference.”

Curt Redden

Global Director of Talent Development, UPS Capital

“With recent changes in our leadership and organizational structure, Waldo’s “One Team, One Mission” message was a perfect way to emphasize collaboration between our territorial sales reps, managers, and account specialists. His focus on accountability, preparation and resisting complacency reinforced our focus on sustaining a high-performance culture.”

Adam Goess,

Director, Global Sales Training, Boston Scientific

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