Keynote Speakers


John O'Leary

Inspirational Speaker and Author

John is a nationally acclaimed speaker and author whose unforgettable story will inspire your leadership journey both professionally and personally. He's spoken to thousands around he world, using his dynamic message to teach businesses key strategies to succeed in any environment. Microsoft, Pepsi, CPK, Southwest Airlines... those are just some of the companies he's helped. 

In 2016, John’s #1 national bestselling book On Fire was published, and his Live Inspired business Podcast launched at the same time. We're thrilled to have John join us for the 2017 LeadershipWorks Conference!

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Dr. Bernice A King

CEO of the King Center

Dr. King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a powerful speaker who has motivated and challenged listeners across the world to elevate the way they think, act, live, and lead, in order to impact the global marketplace and transform culture.

This is a significant time in our city and in our nation... not only regarding racial tension and the need for racial reconciliation, but also as we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 2018.

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Shannon Brown

Senior VP & Chief HR / Diversity Officer, FedEx Express

Two years after FedEx shipped its first packages, Shannon Brown graduated from Memphis’s Westwood High School. 

Now, 30 years after he started working as a package handler at FedEx's Memphis World Hub, he is the most senior HR Executive for FedEx Express. His role includes overseeing global initiatives to develop and retain a highly-talented and diverse workforce (of 169,000 people!!)… and through his leadership, he has established a team dedicated to delivering the best customer service. 

Brown has attained many honors, including the FedEx Five Star Award and the CEO Five Star Award. He has been on the Black Enterprise magazine’s list of 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, as well as Savoy magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America.


Tim Irwin

Leadership Consultant & Author

As a bestselling author and leadership psychologist, Dr. Irwin has consulted in the corridors of power with some of the world's most recognized business leaders. As you can imagine, he has a lot of stories up his sleeve, and he uses his extraordinary storytelling abilities to bring real examples of leadership to life in an unforgettable way.

To quote some of those who have heard him speak before: "[Dr. Irwin's] message is a must hear for any organization serious about developing leaders"... and "Tim knows what makes leaders great".