Keynote Speaker Waldo Waldman

Waldo Waldman

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

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Georgia, USA

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About 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.

Why Waldo Waldman

  • 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, trusting relationships.
  • 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 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 9

  • “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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