Doug Keeley

Through storytelling, Doug Keeley challenges and shows people how to be better leaders.

Doug Keeley, CEO and Chief Storyteller of The Mark of a Leader, is a globally recognized communicator, a serial entrepreneur, and a self-professed “leadership junkie”.

Doug started the first of several communications businesses in 1978, and quickly became a pioneer in the marketing and communications industry, travelling the globe working with hundreds of Fortune 500 corporations and executives.

In 2004, he created The Mark of a Leader, a revolutionary program designed to inspire new thinking in the workforce about leadership, engagement, and corporate culture, and to provide a tool to make any conference unforgettable.

Based on a powerful concept called Five Level Leadership, the program uses incredible video stories to share insights into the success of many of the world’s greatest leaders and brands and show how their leadership principles can be applied to business today.

The Mark of a Leader has been used repeatedly by companies like ADP, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Disney, Frito-Lay, General Mills, HP, Microsoft, Pepsi-QTG, RBC, Scotiabank, Starbucks, TD Bank, Universal Studios, Xerox, and many other leading corporations, associations, and schools.

Doug has written a book of inspiring stories, authored many magazine features and columns, appeared as a subject expert in several books on creativity and corporate culture, and been interviewed many times on radio and television on the subjects of leadership and innovation. He is also an inductee in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Hall of Fame.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Business Culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Leadership

  • Travels From:

    New York

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Doug Keeley, CEO and Chief Storyteller of The Mark of a Leader, is a globally recognized communicator, a serial entrepreneur, and a self-professed “leadership junkie”.

Doug started the first of several communications businesses in 1978, and quickly became a pioneer in the marketing and communications industry, travelling the globe working with hundreds of Fortune 500 corporations and executives.

In 2004, he created The Mark of a Leader, a revolutionary program designed to inspire new thinking in the workforce about leadership, engagement, and corporate culture, and to provide a tool to make any conference unforgettable.

Based on a powerful concept called Five Level Leadership, the program uses incredible video stories to share insights into the success of many of the world’s greatest leaders and brands and show how their leadership principles can be applied to business today.

The Mark of a Leader has been used repeatedly by companies like ADP, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Disney, Frito-Lay, General Mills, HP, Microsoft, Pepsi-QTG, RBC, Scotiabank, Starbucks, TD Bank, Universal Studios, Xerox, and many other leading corporations, associations, and schools.

Doug has written a book of inspiring stories, authored many magazine features and columns, appeared as a subject expert in several books on creativity and corporate culture, and been interviewed many times on radio and television on the subjects of leadership and innovation. He is also an inductee in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Hall of Fame.

To book Doug Keeley call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Keynotes, MC, Facilitation and Breakouts

Whether you need a keynote that inspires and engages audiences, a storytelling MC that can tie an agenda together, or unforgettable interactive sessions and breakouts, The Mark of a Leader provides an answer.

Created by a team of global event producers and creatives, we designed the program to provide a powerful solution to virtually any event need. Some clients use us to deliver a “tour de force” keynote. Others work with us to create a unique agenda with our storyteller and stories interspersed throughout, adding inspiration and “connecting the dots” as we go. Some use us as MC to host the event, interview executives, moderate debate and manage audience interaction. Many clients use us for all of these.

Regardless of how you use us, we work with you to select the most appropriate stories and customise the messages to your theme, audience, and objectives, to create a remarkable experience where people enjoy discovering just how great they can be.

Unique workshop experiences that change people’s behaviour

 All of our storytellers have a range of experience as entrepreneurs, stage performers, communications consultants, and trainers. We have worked with a many Fortune 1000 companies around the world, built and sold companies, and given one-on-one coaching to executives at all levels. All of this experience comes together when we create workshops for our clients.

As with all of our work, we use stories from our library to engage audiences, bring up big ideas, and start discussion. We then build custom workshops or use our off-the-shelf programs.

Sometimes our workshops are problem-solving sessions around a table or at flipcharts. Sometimes they are open-mic discussions. Sometimes they are highly experiential, using art, comedy or live music to get people out of their typical comfort zones and thinking differently.

Whichever it is, and whether it is a half-day workshop or a 3-day retreat, The Mark of a Leader will create a transformative experience that realises powerful outcomes.

Change the way you do change.

Growth and development require change. In order to learn and do something new, we must change our perspective and our understanding before we change our capabilities and behaviours.

Here again the diversity of our story library provides the foundations upon which we build.

Our highly experiential blend of stories, metaphors, and behavioural modeling helps people first change how they see the world by looking through eyes and standing on the shoulders of some of the worlds great leaders, both famous and little-known.

By first changing how people see the world and helping them understand their beliefs around change itself, we open them up to new ideas and behaviours, and most importantly beliefs about just what it is they are capable of doing.

We quite literally change how people see themselves and what they believe they are capable of doing from the inside out.

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Bank of America

Our recent Commercial Real Estate sales conference was a huge success, in no small part because of The Mark of a Leader. The stories were inspired and inspiring, and you made them even more powerful by focusing them on our business and our issues. I am also a complete convert now – spreading the stories through the conference changed things up, kept the energy high, and kept the messages very tight. Thanks again Doug. I will happily recommend The Mark of a Leader to any prospective clients.

ADP

We have just wrapped up our 9th annual Meeting of the Minds conference and by all measures it was a great success! Thank you for being a big part of that success by delivering a keynote presentation that inspired and motivated everyone in attendance. Anecdotally I heard a lot of positive comments about your presentation, but I think that our conference survey tells the true story. As a part of the overall survey we asked clients to rate a number of sessions including your presentation. The scale ranged from 1 to 5, with 1 being “Poor” and 5 being “Excellent”. Your presentation was consistently rated a 5, with quite a few clients rating it a 5+, 5++, and 5+++. Thanks for being off the charts!!! We may have to adjust our scale for next year!!!

Accenture

I think you did an AMAZING job capturing the attention of our personnel at the Chicago meeting. I’m personally a trainer for our company and can appreciate all the hard work and preparation it must have taken you. Thanks again for making our Chicago Meeting so interesting and entertaining.

3M

Hey Doug! The word is you blew everyone away – they LOVED you!!! Thanks for another group job and look forward to the next one!!!
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