Keynote Speaker John Foley
John Foley: Pilot Blue Angels & Top Gun, Leadership & Trust
John "Gucci" Foley - Building High Performance Teams.
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John Foley is a former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, Sloan Fellow at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, leadership expert, speaker and Gratitude Guru. As a thought leader on high performance, John created the “Glad To Be Here” Mindset Methodology and the Diamond Performance Framework. These programs inspire individuals, teams and organizations around the world to reach their highest potential.
John Foley Speaking topics:
• Lead through change
• Building high performance teams
• Elevate belief levels
• Execute with high trust
• Unite a commitment culture
John graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was a defensive back for the Midshipmen. He was chosen as “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming an F/A-18 Instructor Pilot.
He holds three master’s degrees: MA in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Stanford Master of Science in Management, as a Sloan fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. John was also a Fellow at Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation and was awarded an honorary PhD from UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches apart. To survive in those circumstances, he relied on a culture of high trust and leadership that turns inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences. He employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams to reach for their highest potential and empower organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change. John’s post-Naval experiences as an entrepreneur and a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business put him in a unique position to reverse-engineer the culture of excellence and teamwork found in the Blue Angels. He has created a framework and a mythology that inspires greatness while propelling others on their own journey toward Higher Performance.
John’s presentations are marked by three overriding traits.
• A contagious attitude of thankfulness that he calls Glad To Be Here®.
• An energizing delivery that inspires High Performance with a purpose larger than self.
• A practical model for living out his message that works in other organizations as well as within the Blue Angels.
In 2011, John founded the Glad To Be Here® Foundation. John donates 10% of his net speaking fees to charities through the foundation. John works with every client to donate up to $1,000 to charities of their choosing. Through this program over 300 charities and $1.5M dollars have impacted thousands of lives globally. It’s part of his mission to connect a shared “purpose larger than self” with every organization.
For decades, John has shared his exciting, rare journey with audiences around the world, becoming one of the most in-demand leadership and performance experts. John has spoken on 5 continents, 20 countries and over 1000 events working with some of the world’s top organizations such as; Google, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, HP, Mercedes Benz, BMW, IBM, Hitachi, Chevron, BP, Marriott, Hilton, Penske Racing, Alabama Football, LA Kings, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Edward Jones, Fidelity, Mass Mutual, MetLife, Bank of America, Deloitte, IBM, Hershey, P&G, Philips, Etihad, America Hospital Association, Blue Cross and the Mayo Clinic. He has also been a featured speaker at NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA, TedX, VC and CEO summits, Titan Summit, USNA Leadership Conference, Stanford Business School, University of Zurich and Global Sports Summits.