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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Known as “The Wingman,” Lt Col (ret) Waldo Waldman is a combat decorated fighter pilot, executive coach, Hall of Fame Speaker, and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in order to adapt to change, break performance barriers, and overcome adversity.

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.

In addition to his time in the military, Waldo has real-world corporate sales experience and is an expert on change management and resilience – having overcome massive claustrophobia as a fighter pilot. His compelling stories and techniques on overcoming adversity, performing under pressure, earning trust, and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to organizations who are going through massive change and seeking to build high-performance teams and partnerships. 

Waldo’s programs are particularly suited for organizations going through massive change and need to create a “One Team, One Mission” performance-focused culture of trust and collaboration.

“We Survive Solo but Win Together.” – Waldo Waldman

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 180 speakers worldwide. 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 CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, GE, The Denver Broncos, ExxonMobil, Siemens, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of national associations.


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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