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Barry Wishner, leadership development speaker

"The Personal Think Tank
To Business Leaders"

Barry Wishner is a CEO, business consultant, speaker and writer who has served as an advisor to business leaders. His famous study and legendary, personal in-depth interviews of 350 Fortune 500 CEOs and 2000 high-powered business leaders, news-making entrepreneurs, and ground breaking innovators reveals What The World's Smartest Leaders Do Differently to embrace questions that position their organizations to thrive in a changing economy.

His ongoing research studies include: 1) What Works In The Real World and Other Private Questions From Exceptional Leaders; 2) Inside The Minds Of Remarkable CEOs; 3) How Smart Leaders Use Innovation and Imagination To Differentiate Their Company; 4) Straight Talk And Insights From The Executive Assistants To Fortune 500 CEOs; and a 5) Global CEO Study of Timeless Leadership Styles.



"Yours was the most complete presentation I've attended. You managed to relate ways of differentiating ourselves that will help us grow regardless of the current business climate!"
—Peel Plastic Products

Barry has been an innovator in the business world for over 30 years, a cutting edge entrepreneur who likes nothing better than creating and running unique companies. After working as an executive for large organizations like Saga and Marriott, he decided to pursue the American Dream and started his own business, ProFormance, a management consulting firm with over $50 million in revenues. His company owned and operated a variety of businesses including management consulting for the healthcare industry, an innovative and award-winning 250 seat restaurant in Santa Monica, California and designing, building and operating retirement communities in California and Nevada.

From Brooklyn to the Boardroom, Barry's career has been a rags-to-riches story. Growing up in humble circumstances, he adopted "Street Smarts" to survive and to fight for what he wanted. Being a maverick came naturally and defines his life lessons: quitting is easy, living with the quitting is the hard part; give it your best shot; take risks and laugh at failure. Barry's belief that life is a do-over (just because you fail once doesn't mean you don't get a second chance) has given him the Curiosity and Courage to Question Everything.

He obtained scholarships to Pratt Institute and then graduate school at CCNY (alma mater of Intel CEO Andy Grove and Colin Powell). After college he joined the Air Force as a Captain where he was a hospital administrator under the Surgeon General. He has been an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University (where he lectured on High Performance Leadership), City College of San Francisco's Business School, and Canada College Management School.

A civic leader who supports his community, Barry donates his time and energy by serving as a Consultant to the American Heart Association, and board member for the Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation, Jewish Welfare Federation, the Japanese Federation, and the Elks.


Barry Wishner's background includes magicBarry's high-energy and entertaining speaking style comes from his early childhood performances on NBC doing juggling and magic with his father, the original "Magic Clown," and Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop.

He has been called the Commentator on Corporate Life who takes complex ideas and distills them into everyday language. From over 1000 engagements with thousands of business people (senior executives, managers, top producers and entrepreneurs), audiences have praised him with quotes like "Barry has the passion of Tom Peters (In Search Of Excellence) and the content of Jim Collins (Good To Great)."

Barry is a nationally known speaker whose roster of clients is the "best of the best" and includes GE, Microsoft, IBM, ADM, Sysco, Kroger, Prudential Financial, Accenture, Royal Bank of Canada, 3M, McKesson, Ascension Health, State Auto, AAA, MetLife, Blue Cross, Ace Hardware, Benjamin Moore, AT&T, Oracle, General Mills, Abbott Laboratories and scores of other household name companies.

"As chairman, I want to thank you for your keynote and making my job easier. Iíve never heard more positive feedback on any keynoter."
—Equipment & Tool Institute

His energizing keynote fires up people to ask questions and take action as they challenge their previously held assumptions. An advisor and confidant to the world's smartest business leaders, Barry provides compelling observations on what makes them tick.

A newsmaker who is often featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and CNN Financial News, Barry's forthcoming book, Tough Questions, Profitable Answers...Challenge Everything You thought You Knew, is scheduled for release in 2015.

Take a moment to learn more about Barry Wishner and how his timely keynote presentations will help turn your meeting from ordinary to extraordinary.

Barry's Speaking Philosophy...

"It's not what you say but how you make people feel that will be remembered."

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Barry Wishner
568 Eleanor Drive
Woodside CA 94062
Toll Free: 877-WISHNER
Phone: 650-364-2940
Fax: 650-367-0813

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