Matt Mayberry

Former NFL Linebacker, Management Consultant, and Best-Selling Author of "Culture is the Way"

 Leadership  |  Change Management  |  Sales  |  Team Building  |  Motivational Sports  |  Football  |  Author  |  Corporate Culture

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Former NFL Linebacker, Management Consultant, and Best-Selling Author of “Culture is the Way”

Matt Mayberry is a WSJ bestselling author, internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and leading global expert in leadership development, culture change, and organizational performance. Matt has been named as one of the Top 30 Leadership Thought Leaders in the world for 2022 by the research organization Global Gurus.

Media

His insights on leadership and business performance have been featured in Forbes, Fox News, Business Insider, Fortune, NBC, ESPN, and several other major media outlets.

Clients

His clients include a diverse list of who’s who in business with organizations like JP Morgan Chase, Allstate Insurance, Phillips 66, Ambit Energy, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Optum, Mack Trucks, Fifth Third Bank, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and WESCO.

NFL Linebacker

Prior to becoming an in-demand keynote speaker, author and management consultant, Matt was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Matt took the lessons he learned on the field and in the locker room straight to the boardroom. His playing days give him a unique perspective and platform to apply those lessons directly to business with a laser focus centered around leadership, culture, peak performance, and teamwork. These invaluable lessons as an athlete have been instrumental in helping him build stronger leadership teams and execute high–impact cultural transformations enhancing the performance of organizations in every sector for over a decade. Matt’s unique experience as a professional athlete along with his extensive real–world examples of working in the trenches with leading organizations, Matt delivers actionable strategies that drive impact where it matters most.

Books and Publications

Matt authored the books Culture is the Way and Winning Plays. Matt practices what he preaches and is an avid lifelong learner. He frequently publishes client case studies and insights on leadership, culture, and organizational performance.

Matt passionately believes that every organization has a deep responsibility to build a workplace where people love coming to work each day and become the best version of themselves inside and outside of the workplace. His life’s work is dedicated to helping organizations do just that.

Matt’s personal interests include sports, fitness, golf, reading, the arts, spirituality, and spending time with his family and friends.

CULTURE IS THE WAY: How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact and Excellence.

Energize employee engagement and drive cultural excellence throughout your organization. Based on his Wall Street Journal bestselling book CULTURE IS THE WAY, keynote speaker Matt Mayberry delivers an incisive and hands-on blueprint to employee engagement and peak productivity. In this inspiring keynote, attendees will learn how leaders at every level can build a workplace culture that drives organizational excellence and unleashes the full potential of every employee. Mayberry draws on the most recent and relevant research and data and translates it into hands-on and practical prescriptions that any company ― no matter its size ― can apply immediately. It is an antidote to the cutthroat philosophies that put profits before well-being and, in the process, fail to maximize either. Attendees will walk away with an essential roadmap to organizational transformation with an unbending focus on the importance of workplace culture.

WINNING PLAYS: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and Life

Based off Matt’s highly acclaimed book, Winning Plays, this passionate and incredibly inspiring keynote captivates audiences with a high-energy presentation that impacts long after he exits the stage. In this riveting presentation, Matt shares his personal story of being on a downward path to destruction, struggling through drug addiction and a career-ending injury in which he eventually transformed into meaningful and lasting success. Matt introduces key insights and techniques on personal motivation, overcoming adversity, achieving audacious goals, and turning circumstantial hardships into opportunities for growth. This keynote, both entertaining and engaging, serves as a massive call to action for those looking for a surefire way to thrive in adversity and create a bigger future for themselves and their teams.

TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP: The Building Blocks to Becoming a Game-Changing Leader

Leadership determines everything. If you have two equally talented teams and organizations competing in the same industry, the team and organization with the most effective leaders will win. Superior leadership performance produces superior organizational performance. This keynote provides innovative ideas and strategies to thrive in today’s rapidly changing business world to help leaders transform themselves and those they lead. The need for bold and courageous leadership has never been greater. This energizing presentation dives deep into the DNA of transformational leadership and how leaders can immediately implement specific behaviors to drive leadership effectiveness. Matt uses real-world examples of standing in the trenches with leadership teams and provides an action plan to help attendees create alignment, build inclusive teams, and influence others to action. The outcome of this keynote will be leaders who are inspired and fully prepared to lead their teams and organizations confidently into the future. Lead inspired!

THE CHANGE ADVANTAGE: Leading and Growing Through Rapidly Changing Times

We are all experiencing and living in a world full of constant change. The relentless competition has never been greater with technological advancements rapidly evolving and entire industries constantly being disrupted. This keynote presentation provides practical solutions on how to not only lead through change more effectively, but most importantly, grow through change. The days of just reacting to changing environments are a thing of the past. You must lead it. You must initiate it. You must grow through it. Relying on past success or the way things have always been done won’t cut it in the pace of business today. The competitive advantage will favor those who are the most adaptable and can enhance business performance amidst constant change. This relevant and inspirational keynote will deliver actionable strategies to help attendees lead and build a future-ready organization that is fully prepared to embrace change.

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: Maximizing Team Performance

A connected and strong team can carry your vision to the end zone. In this keynote, Matt examines what the top performing teams are doing differently to consistently win, innovate, and elevate performance year after year. Most teams underperform, lack in communication, and have dysfunctional tendencies that limit performance without even knowing it. Being a former professional athlete and now as an in-demand management consultant working intimately with world-class teams across many different industries, Matt knows what it takes to build a successful team. He outlines the importance of driving trust, cultivating psychological safety, and building a coaching environment that brings out the best in all team members. The correlation between championship caliber athletic teams and high-performing business teams is nearly identical. This keynote is filled with practical strategies to unleash your team’s full potential and power.

BREAKTHROUGH SALES PERFORMANCE: Igniting Sales Growth

This dynamic keynote is guaranteed to challenge, inspire, and provide sales professionals with actionable strategies that will ignite sales performance. The professional world of selling is constantly changing and becoming more competitive than ever. Those who can’t differentiate themselves and provide a clear value proposition will be the first ones to go. Before Matt started speaking and consulting full-time after he got injured in the NFL, he was the top earning salesperson for a top pharmaceutical company. With no prior experience in selling, he immediately incorporated everything he learned in the game of football and started to outsell others who had decades of experience. The same skills, disciplines, and preparation it takes to win in the game of football are also required to thrive and win in the game of sales. The outcome of this keynote will be sales professionals who completely understand how to build meaningful connections, use personalization to drive impact, prepare like a champion and overcome obstacles.

All Matt Mayberry Books

Winning Plays: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and in Life
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Culture Is the Way: How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact, and Excellence
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He has a commanding stage presence. His story is relatable and his achievements remarkable. Our group was engaged during his entire presentation and many participated in Q&A following.

- Ringler |


Very energetic speaker with great story.

- Farm Journal Media |


Matt has a unique ability to energetically and authentically engage with audiences and inspire participants with his goal-setting exercise to set and achieve their personal and professional goals. Before, during and after each session, Matt shows a genuine interest in motivating people to grow and take action. In addition, as an accomplished business owner himself, he’s a great advocate for business owners, no matter what stage they are at in growing and managing their businesses.

- Chase Ink |


It was a great pleasure working with Matt. He is one of the most inspiring keynote speakers we have had at our events. He managed to blend perfectly with our internal speakers and to pass the messages we asked him to in a unique way, mixing them with his own experience and perspective, which was extremely valuable for all of the attendees.

- A1 Bulgaria |

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Recent Books

Winning Plays: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and in Life
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Culture Is the Way: How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact, and Excellence
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