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If you’re looking to spark a new way of thinking in your organization, we’re here to help you take the first step. Our skilled speakers and facilitators can help you create a memorable, interactive event that will create a real wave of change at every level.

Bring a member of our team to your event, and you’ll see this is not your traditional sit-and-listen engagement. This is a chance to get people thinking about what it means to trust, to listen and to celebrate.

We’ll create an event based on your needs, your goals and your organization – based on this framework.
How You Think is How You Lead – 4 or 8-hour workshop

It sounds simple – but building a people-first culture starts with getting people involved. We’ll talk about the foundation of leadership – listening – and how you can use a better understanding of who you are as an organization to transform your culture. It all starts with understanding your “why.”

How to Build Trust and Inspire Performance – 90-minute Keynote

In today’s increasingly competitive, increasingly connected world, the highest-performing teams run on one common fuel: trust. Sure, innovation starts with inspiration – but it’s sustained through trust. We’ll give you the basic building blocks you need to gain the trust of your team, so you can lead.

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Here's What to Expect

Every speaking engagement is different. So the best way to get a sense for what we can do for you is to see what we’ve done for others. Here’s a sample.

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Symposium for Manufacturing Excellence, Hartford, CT
Federal Executive Board Forum, Saint Louis, MO
Association for Manufacturing Excellence, US and Canada
Babson College, Boston, MA
The Pentagon, Washington DC
Saint Louis University School of Nursing, Saint Louis, MO
Jackson Area Manufacturing Association, Jackson, MI
Center for Contemporary Arts, Saint Louis, MO
US Air Force Weapons School (Top Gun), Nellis Air Force Base, NV
US Army Leadership Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS
Flourish and Prosper Forum, Case Western Reserve University, OH
Washington University Business School, Saint Louis, MO
Conscious Capitalism, San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL
TEDxScottAFB, Scott Air Force Base, IL
Servant Leaders of Wisconsin
AAIM Employers Association Leadership Conference, Saint Louis, MO
American Society for Quality, Raleigh, NC

Our Speakers

Bob Chapman
Bob Chapman
CEO of Barry-Wehmiller

As CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, Bob believes business can be the most powerful force for good in our communities. If this sounds like he is on a mission to change the world, he is! A tireless advocate for Truly Human Leadership throughout organizations of all types and cultures, he enjoys communicating with any type of audience: students, CEOs, fighter pilots, entrepreneurs and more.

You can read his weekly blog post at

When not crisscrossing the skies to his next meeting, you can find he and his wife enjoying the mountains of Aspen, CO.

Rhonda Spencer
Rhonda Spencer
Chief People Officer of Barry-Wehmiller

Rhonda is the Chief People Officer of Barry-Wehmiller and oversees two critical teams that inspire personal growth of team members, cultivate leaders within its ten divisional companies, and foster Barry-Wehmiller’s dynamic people-first culture: Organizational Empowerment and Culture & People Development.

The Organizational Empowerment Team is focused on furthering the company’s highly successful leadership development institute, Barry-Wehmiller University, its continuous improvement initiatives, and numerous sales motivation programs.
Culture & People Development directs wellbeing initiatives, safety initiatives, team member benefits and recruiting efforts.

Rhonda joined Barry-Wehmiller as an engineer and was the youngest VP of North American Sales. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Sara Hannah
Sara Hannah
Managing Partner

Sara Hannah is the Managing Partner of the BW Leadership Institute and the Director of Barry-Wehmiller University. As Managing Partner, Sara oversees the efforts to help external organizations learn and benefit from Barry-Wehmiller’s best practices that were developed and refined on over 70 acquisitions.

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Brian Wellinghoff
Brian Wellinghoff

Brian Wellinghoff is a Partner with the BW Leadership Institute and Director of the L3 Journey at Barry-Wehmiller. The L3 journey reflects Barry-Wehmiller’s unique approach to continuous improvement processes and cultural transformation across its subsidiaries. Brian provides leadership for a growing team of L3 leaders across the global organization which facilitates L3 activities at each location.

As Partner with the Leadership Institute, Brian employs his wealth of knowledge and experience as an expert facilitator to lead a wide variety of events with outside company leaders benchmarking Barry-Wehmiller’s success in blending people-centric principles and lean practices.

Brian has a BS and MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.

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Matt Whiat
Matt Whiat

Matt Whiat is a Partner with the BW Leadership Institute. With his extensive leadership experience from his previous role as a career US Air Force Officer, he blends his diverse military background with Barry-Wehmiller’s leadership, cultural experiences, and teachings to help external organizations transform to a people-centric culture.

His previous roles include service in the United Nations to bring peace to Liberia, West Africa, working with NATO members for operations in Afghanistan, squadron commander and assignments on the Joint Staff and Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon. Matt has graduate degrees in international relations, management and finance.

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Rich Diviney
Rich Diviney
Director, Outreach

Rich’s purpose in life is to discover, inspire, and accelerate the potential of human beings. His deeply held belief is that each individual has unlimited potential that, once unlocked, can lead to not only living the life of one’s purpose and dreams – but also allow for inspirational contribution to others. This potential often goes untapped due to a lack of understanding and resources from which to draw upon.

It was these beliefs that lead Rich to read Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” and subsequently develop a friendship with him. Through that friendship he was introduced to Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller’s philosophy on human centered leadership. After meeting Bob and his team, he knew that this was a family and mission that he was meant to be a part of.

As a Director of Outreach for the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute, Rich draws upon 20+ years of experience as a Navy SEAL Officer where he completed more than 13 overseas deployments – 11 of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. Through his career, he has achieved multiple leadership positions – to include the Commanding Officer of a Navy SEAL Command. It has been this experience that has forged in his belief system that every human being has a purpose – and why Bob Chapman’s “Everybody Matters” philosophy resonates so deeply. The Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute serves this principle.

Originally from Connecticut, Rich has graduate degrees in International Relations and History. He lives with his wife and two young boys in Virginia Beach, VA.

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