Matt Whiat

Leadership Expert & Partner Speaker for Simon Sinek "Start With Why"

Fee Range?: $15,000 - $17,500
Traveling From: Missouri

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Matt wakes up each day to put others in the driver’s seat so that they can go places they never imagined possible. Matt draws on his leadership experience as a former US Air Force Officer to help organizations create cultures that put people » Read Full Bio

Matt wakes up each day to put others in the driver’s seat so that they can go places they never imagined possible. Matt draws on his leadership experience as a former US Air Force Officer to help organizations create cultures that put people first.

In 2011, while on Active Duty with the US Air Force, one of Matt’s missions was to escort Simon Sinek into Afghanistan. On this fateful trip and through an unusual set of circumstances Matt became not only a believer in Simon’s work, but a brother for life. Simon walked away with an idea, which later became his second book “Leaders Eat Last”.

Simon and Matt later collaborated in creating the Department of Defense’s first TEDx speaking event, choosing to showcase “those who serve others”. A friend and mentor of Simon’s, Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller was a speaker at the event. When Matt heard Bob’s inspirational story he decided he wanted to join Bob and his team in building a world where everyone matters.

Currently, as Partner in the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute and Director of Outreach Programs, Matt draws on his previous 20 years of leadership experience as a former US Air Force Officer, helping organizations create cultures that put people first. This coupled with the people-centric leadership tools developed by the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute are the foundation of his teachings.

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 other assignments on the Joint Staff and Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon. Matt has graduate degrees in international relations, management and finance. He is based in St.Louis, MO.

Recent Audiences Include: US Air Force Weapons School (TOP GUN), Verve Credit Union, US Army Leadership Center, Flourish and Prosper Forum at Case Western Reserve University, Washington University Business School, Conscious Capitalism, TEDx Scott AFB, Servant Leaders of Wisconsin, AAIM Employers Association Leadership Conference, American Society for Quality, Symposium for Manufacturing Excellence, Federal Executive Board Forum, Association for Manufacturing Excellence (US and Canada), Babson College, The Pentagon, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, Jackson Area Manufacturing Association,Jackson, Center for Contemporary Arts.

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Truly Human Leadership
Matt shares the story of Barry-Wehmiller's journey of growth and enlightenment to inspire other teams and organizations in the way they lead and interact with others. Barry-Wehmiller wants their continuing story to deeply influence the way people around the world lead and interact with others. As a member of the Barry-Wehmiller team, Matt enjoys bringing their story to life with the hope that it will inspire others to join in and lead the journey in their organization and life. Matt will lead the audience through a series of mini case studies experienced throughout Barry-Wehmiller's journey of growth and enlightenment. Matt will share Barry-Wehmiller's successes, challenges, and moments of clarity.
Why Discovery For Teams & Organizations (Workshop)
Designed for business units or organizations who want to discover and articulate their Why. As simple as the Why concept is to understand, one of the biggest challenges a team or organization will face is clearly articulating its purpose, cause or belief, its Why. While it may be felt, it can be difficult to put into words. Finding the words for our Why is the first step in being able to effectively communicate it. Until it can be put into words, it's very difficult to put it into action and nearly impossible to scale. Inspired by Simon Sinek's Why Discovery Process, this workshop focuses on helping teams or organizations find and articulate their Why in simple language that inspires action.
Why Discovery For Individuals (Workshop)
Designed for individuals within organizations to discover their Why and take inspired action. When we clearly understand our own Why, we can gain a greater sense of purpose within our organizations, contributing who we are at our best. And when we are at our very best, doing work that matters to us, the natural result is greater fulfillment. This is not only good for us, but contributes to the vision and the long-term progress of the organization.
Inspire Like A Leader (Workshop)
This workshop builds on the powerfully simple idea of "The Golden Circle" and explains how great leaders, companies and organizations inspire us naturally and consistently. Inspiring leaders all have one thing in common, a compelling purpose, or Why, that drives their actions and draws others to them. Inspire Like a Leader builds on the powerfully simple idea of "The Golden Circle". This simple idea explains how great leaders, companies and organizations that inspire us are able to do so naturally and consistently. "The Golden Circle" unravels the mystery of how we must think, act and communicate to inspire others. Here's a hint: it's not about changing who we are, it's about understanding who we are. When we clearly understand our own Why, we can gain a greater sense of purpose within our organizations, contributing who we are at our best. And when we are at our very best, doing work that matters to us, the natural result is greater fulfillment.

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