Lance Secretan

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One of the World's Foremost Management Strategists, Leadership Speaker & Advisor, and a Bestselling Author

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One of the World’s Foremost Management Strategists, Leadership Speaker & Advisor, and a Bestselling Author

Dr. Lance Secretan is a spiritual thought leader, the world’s top authority on inspirational leadership, a trailblazing teacher, advisor and expert on corporate culture, whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 24 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship as well as an award-winning memoir, A Love Story, and he is the co-author of dozens more. His latest book is Reawakening the Human Spirit. Lance is a riveting speaker and is acknowledged globally as one of our most insightful and original leadership teachers. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete.

Influentual Leadership Speaker

Dr. Lance Secretan teaches, coaches and advises worldwide (for 13 consecutive years he has been ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their fields.


Individuals, entire organizations, cities and states have experienced remarkable transformations through his unique mentoring, coaching, wisdom and approach. He has helped 6 companies to be named to Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for in America list, 8 others are also his clients, and one in five of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies are clients of the Secretan Center’s. Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers and his firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.

Awards and Accolades

Dr. Secretan is the recipient of many other awards, including the International Caring Award, whose previous winners include, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Desmond Tutu. He is the former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and former Chair of the Pay it Forward Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics World Winter Games. He is an expert skier, kayaker and mountain biker, and he divides his time between Ontario, Canada and the Colorado Rockies.

Lance Secretan Speaking Topics

The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership Keynote

Six thousand years ago we were one. We shared the same stories and myths, mysteries and magic. The classical Greek philosophers began the process of separate thinking. The great Renaissance thinkers picked up the pace and the genius of our modern scientific and technical era has unraveled this precious human asset. If we continue to separate ourselves liberal/conservative, parent/child, Muslim/Christian, labor/management, black/white, young/old, rich/poor we will wither as a society, perhaps as a species. Conscious Leadership inspires self and others to reframe what we see by making the connections between all the parts countries as kin, corporations as communities, employees as whole humans, and religions as partners rather than competitors. In this, we gain a greater understanding of how all our actions connect with everything else.

The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World

Learn how Lance has guided and inspired some of the greatest organizations in the world—and their leaders—to extraordinary levels of performance. Exquisitely honed philosophies developed over nearly forty years of running a Fortune 200 company, coaching, mentoring and advising outstanding leaders in every sector of our society.

A Grand Theory of Corporate Vitality

Even 244,000 leadership books in print (and Lance Secretan wrote 15 of them!), and countless leadership theories presented in courses by gurus, universities and consultants, the reality is that "Leadership" as a concept is broken-in Wall Street, Washington, healthcare, education, the church, government and more. Dr. Lance Secretan has helped some of the best leaders in the world build inspiring organizations and cities. Learn how his latest book, "A Love Story" has helped to shape an entirely new theory of what it takes to build vibrant, inspiring organizations.

Reawakening the Human Spirit

Lance Secretan has dedicated his life to creating inspiring organizations. He built a Fortune 100 company from scratch to 72,000 full- and part-time employees and he has been sharing this wisdom by advising leaders of corporations for more than 40 years. His latest book is "Reawakening the Human Spirit" in which he describes how we have spent nearly 100 years building leadership theories that don’t work. In this invigorating and innovative speech, he lays out a roadmap for creating inspiration within ourselves and organizations.


This is the most unusual format you are likely to see in a speech – everyone has the mobile Spirit@Work® Cards app on their phone. Participants shake their phone to choose a digital card. Lance uses his world-famous multi-media to spend 10 minutes taking a deep dive into the meaning and advantages of that word, before engaging the audience in an interactive dialogue to further the understanding of the concept under discussion. Then another participant chooses a card and the process is repeated. GUARANTEED: Everyone leaves more inspired than they were at the beginning.

Unlimited Leadership: Stop Hindering, Start Unleashing

UNLIMITED: un·lim·it·ed, adjective - not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent. (example: "the range of possible ideas was unlimited") • Synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, immense, vast, great, extensive, immeasurable, incalculable, unfailing, infinite, endless, never-ending, bottomless, measureless • Antonyms: limited, finite This definition, when applied to leadership, sounds like the type of place where we want to work. Places where we pursue dreams, not mission statements. Places where we are inspired, not managed. Places where we care about each other, not tear each other down. Where great ideas grow, where customers feel loved, and where we wear our company pride on our sleeves. Places, in other words, where people are inspired and extraordinary results are achieved. Unlimited Leadership is a heartfelt presentation that has grown from Lance Secretan’s latest book, The Bellwether Effect, which explores a different leadership path, one that steers us away from the dysfunctions in corporate life, enabling us to regain our passion for work life, which of course, will lead to higher performance.

Lance Secretan Books

Reawakening the Human Spirit
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ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership
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Inspire: What Great Leaders Do
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Lance Secretan Speaker Testimonials

Lance, we so appreciate the time and energy you put into your session. Your experiences and wisdom provided valuable insight and so many of the delegates spoke to us directly about the value they received from attending. We are thrilled with the outcome. You should be feeling a lot of love and good karma coming from AceTech and its delegates for a long time to come. Kudos to your team at the Secretan Centre who worked efficiently from start to finish and made every encounter a pleasure.

- Executive Director, AceTech |

Captivating only touches the surface of the impact Lance Secretan had at our recent C-Suite Conference. The top business leaders from some of the largest companies are rarely inspired as they were by Lance. Bringing his creditability as a corporate CEO coupled with his wisdom and humility, Lance offered a new perspective to what matters for long-term business success. Lance grabbed everyone's attention in a surprising way. He talked about love, a topic that is always present in our lives and mostly ignored in a business setting. He showed the link of our core capacity for caring for the concerns of others that is the foundation for inspiration. He challenged the value of vision and missions statements and showed the power of an organizational dream to change the destiny of organizations and all who work there. We have had many leading speakers at our events. Lance is at the top of the list for us.

- C-Suite Network |

Of all the speakers I have been exposed to in my life, you are, without the shadow of a doubt, the one who has moved me and will change my life forever.

- Axcan Pharma Inc |

If I were to label Lance's contribution to our success, I would label it superlative. He has a skill at making people stretch themselves. I am grateful that he exceeded my expectations and transformed us. He is a man with a mission and a message, that people need to hear. If I were to label Lance's contribution to our success, I would label it superlative. He has a skill at making people stretch themselves. I am grateful that he exceeded my expectations and transformed us. He is a man with a mission and a message, that people need to hear.

- Manulife Financial |

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Reawakening the Human Spirit
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ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership
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