World-class Photojournalist, Motion Picture Director, Author and Keynote Speaker
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers with a career stretching over twenty years.
As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards (Climb – Best Live Action Short Film and John Muir’s High Sierra – Best Short Subject Documentary) before he was thirty.
Turning to advertising, Jones rose to the forefront of corporate creative marketing photographing national advertising campaigns for Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines.
He has published nine books, including California!, Visions of Wilderness, What The Road Passes By, Robert Frost; A Tribute To The Source, Canyon Country and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature of Leadership was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). Dewitt’s column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine.
He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Drama and holds a Masters Degree in film making from UCLA.
Dewitt is recognized as a world class lecturer. His knowledge of the creative process, his relaxed and genuine style and his ability to communicate make his presentations truly outstanding.
This classic presentation by Dewitt Jones explores the fundamentals of creativity. He explains just what these fundamental elements are, where they exist in each of us and how to access them. He helps audiences see the world with new eyes and shows them how to tap into and rediscover their own creative gifts. With his own exquisite photographs, Dewitt takes participants on a journey to rekindle and nurture the passion of their own creative potential. He builds a framework for personal creativity and gives audiences the tools to bring that creativity into every part of life.
In his twenty-year career with National Geographic, Dewitt lived the vision of “celebrating what’s right with the world” and embraced an attitude that took him to new heights both in business and in life. He found that the creative tools he employed as a photographer had even deeper application when applied directly to his personal and professional growth. Using his own extraordinary photographs as illustrations, Dewitt weaves a visual tapestry of emotion and content. One that allows you to touch your own passion: to balance your head with your heart: and to come away inspired with your own creative potential.
Dare to Dance
Dare to Dance is a version of Dewitt's Extraordinary Visions program customized for meetings in Hawaii. This keynote presentation culminates with Dewitt telling a story of a hula troop from the tiny island of Molokai. To the surprise and delight of the audience, the girls of the halau join Dewitt on stage and bring his beautiful still images to life. Dewitt exhorts his audience to ‘Dare to Dance’ in their life and in their work. It is a performance that blends Dewitt's unique motivational talents with the spirit of Hawaiian aloha. Perfect for any meeting you are planning in Hawaii.
Celebrate What’s Right with the World (Virtual)
These are turbulent times. People are isolated, shaken, dispirited. How do you motivate your workforce to embrace a positive vision in times like these? National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones, has spent 20 years inspiring audiences to Celebrate What’s Right with the World. Why? Because by Celebrating What’s Right, we find the energy to fix what’s wrong. • to reframe obstacles into opportunities • to greet the day with a sense of possibility not paralysis • to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary Never has his positive message been more important. Let Dewitt inspire your group - focus their vision - rekindle their passion - and Celebrate What’s Right with the World!
All Dewitt Jones Books
The Nature of LeadershipPurchase Book
Portrait of CaliforniaPurchase Book
"Your warmth and sincerity coupled with your photographic talent and expert presentation skills provided us with an unforgettable morning. It's not easy to get a standing ovation from this group, and you did!"
- Darlene Cassio | Meeting Professionals International
"I would recommend you to all audiences of any kind of business. Yours is a universal message that bears repeating and amplifying. We all experience moment of clarity, when life does come into focus. You have helped us live those moments with more appreciation."
- Susan Norton | Blue Cross of California
"If your organization is planning a conference and the agenda doesn't include Dewitt Jones, you've done a disservice to those who will attend."
- L. G. Sanberg | Dresser Industries
"You changed lives! It was clear during the standing ovations, that your participation made the meeting something special. Because of what you did, this will be one of the Million Dollar Round Table's most cherished meetings."
- Michael L. Weintraub | MDRT Chairman, Main Platform Committee