Keynotes & Workshops

We routinely speak on these topics at universities, conferences and individual organizations. Contact us to customize an event based on your specific needs.

Care and Accountability: To each other, to the business, to the customers

When we perceive that care is in opposition to accountability, or something to be balanced, it can be challenging to do either. When we are accountable to people and the business, we demonstrate care for each other. While we often hear the phrase “we must hold people accountable,” this is often a sign that we haven’t created the right environment in which people are inspired to take ownership. In this workshop, participants are challenged to discuss what it means to be accountable to ourselves (do what we say), accountable to each other (do what we agree to), accountable to the business (do what needs to be done), accountable to our people (do the work of leadership), and accountable to the customer (do what they expect).

Truly Human Leadership – Bob Chapman

Recently named the #3 CEO in the world by Inc. magazine, Bob Chapman is intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world. He dreams of a world in which people leave work each day fulfilled by their work, rather than drained by it. As Chairman and CEO of $3 billion capital equipment and engineering solutions firm Barry-Wehmiller, a combination of 104 acquisitions, Chapman has championed meaningful work and caring work environments through, what he calls, Truly Human Leadership. This leadership philosophy, and the transformation it brought about at Barry-Wehmiller, were the inspiration behind his Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. Chapman will challenge traditional thinking about how to run a business and how to be an effective leader. He’ll offer simple, yet groundbreaking ideas on how to create meaningful work environments grounded in people-centric leadership. “Everyone shows up at Barry‐Wehmiller dedicated to a cause greater than themselves. Bob is one of the most capable and gifted CEOs in the country,” Simon SinekFor more information, Bob Chapman blogs at

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How You Think is How You Lead

All culture is local. Each leader in your organization sets the culture of their team. Regardless of your stated values, how leaders think about people and their mindset towards leadership drive the behaviors that form your culture and influence performance. In this interactive event, attendees will learn where inspiration comes from and how to inspire others, be challenged to consider how they spend their time in their leadership role, and practice a simple tool that lets people know who they are and what they do matters.

The Power of Candor: How Receiving and Giving Feedback Fuels Human Performance

If you want people on your team to do more, do better, do different – in other words, change – create the environment in which your feedback can be received. Delivering feedback at the intersection of caring personally and challenging directly increases receptivity and trust. Attendees will leave the session with a completed feedback message that follows an easily replicated formula. Optional candor assessment available that informs the extent your team is telling the truth and having open and honest conversations.

Build High-Performing Teams

High-performing teams thrive in an environment that is increasingly globalized, faster, and more uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. They accomplish what other teams find impossible even in the toughest of times. What makes this possible is encouraging and building trust. These teams have reduced turnover, higher engagement, greater innovation, and increased fulfillment. While inspiration can get people to take the first step and follow in the calm, trust allows people to weather the storm. Learn the simple behaviors that result in the belief of trust among team members.

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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.

Recent audiences:

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Association for Manufacturing Excellence
The Pentagon, Washington DC
US Air Force Weapons School
Harvard University
San Francisco 49ers
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Airlines
US Army Leadership Center
Case Western Reserve University
Washington University Business School
Conscious Capitalism (San Diego, Chicago, Barcelona)
Scale Up Summit
Royal Dutch Shell
Coca Cola South Africa

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 100 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
Senior Facilitator

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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