Why Book This Speaker
Anton Gunn knows what it means to empower individuals and organizations. With forward-thinking ideas and enterprising approaches, he has helped diverse and dynamic leaders turn perpetual problems into progressive solutions. His elite experience and cutting-edge analysis make him the world’s leading authority on Socially Conscious Leadership.
Traveling From: South Carolina
The Admired Executive
Your effectiveness as a leader is only as strong as your ability to influence.
The challenge today is most organizations do not give their leaders the tools needed to create a lasting impact on their workforce.
Recent studies show incredibly high percentages of employees are disengaged at work and actively looking for new jobs. Additionally, current reports reveal that teams are unhappy, underperforming, and overlooked by their management or leadership.
Anton Gunn knows the negative impact of an ineffective leader. Nearly 30 years ago he was a disengaged team member and a marginal performer on a bad team. He was in a toxic culture full of unfairness that forced him to quit that organization. Since that time, he has risen to become a top C-level executive and a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, with over two decades of successful consumer and employee engagement experience.
Filled with impressive data, heartwarming stories, and real-world examples, Anton teaches how anyone can become a greater influencer and leader by embracing seven simple principles.
Motivated and prepared teams with the right tools can not only survive a crisis, but they can also thrive in a crisis.
Unfortunately, the best teams can quickly fall apart in turbulent times without a crisis leadership strategy.
Global pandemics, racial and social unrest, economic calamity, and other catastrophic events are just a few potential crises that can devastate an organization. An online poll of more than 2,000 executives and organizations found that a large percentage of respondents did not know what their biggest gap in crisis preparedness would be. Further, half of the respondents were unsure whether their teams would even be prepared to respond to a crisis.
Not having the tools to respond can cost an organization everything. Loss of revenues, market share, brand positioning, plus a loss of talent and employee trust are the first things that can impact your organization in times of crisis.
Anton Gunn has experienced the massive impact of a crisis. More than 20 years ago, the crisis of terrorism that devastated the American economy after 9/11 almost cost him and his family everything. But since that time, he has led a remarkable turnaround to become one of the most influential minority executives in healthcare and a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
With more than two decades of successful leadership development experience, helping some of America’s top healthcare organizations, Anton has learned that any high-performing team can thrive through tough times by embracing a few key principles modeled by some of the greatest leaders.
The Diversity Advantage
Industry-leading organizations have two things in common: they have inclusive leaders, and they are intentional about corporate diversity.
In this era of both a global pandemic and increased social unrest, too many organizations and executives have collectively taken their eyes off these two things. Instead, they have reduced diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts and allowed the silence and the conflict around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to spread like cancer throughout their business culture and workforce.
A pulse survey by the research firm The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that 27% of organizations have put all or most D&I initiatives on hold because of their response to the pandemic. And 12% say that D&I is less of a consideration when companies are making decisions about workforce changes such as reductions, promotions, special assignments, and compensation. Eliminating the intentionality on diversity and inclusion can result in low morale, low productivity, high turnover, discrimination claims, and toxic workplace culture. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), American employers lose nearly half of a billion dollars in discrimination claims annually.
Anton Gunn has seen the negative impact of a failed diversity strategy on business.
In 2014, the crisis of race and injustice nearly consumed the culture of a $1 billion academic healthcare system in protests and discrimination claims. His expertise as a strategic advisor to the President and CEO and the executive team led to impactful initiatives that improved employee engagement, workplace culture, and community relations – fueling their growth strategy to nearly $3 billion in revenue and resulting in the organization making the Forbes List of America’s Top Employers for Diversity.
In this program, Anton reveals how anyone can build an industry-leading organization if they gain The Diversity Advantage. By learning and embracing a few leadership traits modeled by some of the best organizations, you can build your company culture and boost your bottom line.
Anton Gunn is a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and the world’s leading expert on Socially Conscious Leadership. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work from USC and was a Resident Fellow at Harvard. He’s the bestselling author of The Presidential Principles and has been featured in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, NPR, and on Good Morning America.
From playing SEC football and being the first African American in history elected to the South Carolina legislature from his district early in his career to now serving as the CEO of 937 Strategy Group and serving on multiple boards, he has spent his life helping people build diverse high performing teams and world-class leadership culture.
As an international speaker and consultant, he has worked with organizations like T-Mobile, Sodexo, KPMG, Emory Healthcare, Bernard Health, Blue Shield of California, Mercedes-Benz, and Boeing.
Anton Gunn was perfect for us. From his high energy and innovative introduction to his powerful and memorable conclusion, he had our employees’ full attention. He can relate to a very diverse audience. Whether you are a front-line employee or an executive leader, his presentation will expand your leadership thinking, and leave you with a new perspective on your personal and professional life. For any organization out there, no matter your field, Mr. Gunn will have a wonderful and lasting impact on your audience. If you want a keynote speaker that will truly inspire, I highly recommend Anton Gunn.
2020 has been a year of astounding challenges, so there’s never been a better time to gain insights on leadership from an expert like Anton Gunn. Anton’s informative presentation showed not only how to elevate yourself as a leader and support those around you, his unique personal experience and examples demonstrate how to apply the concepts in daily life. We would wholeheartedly recommend Anton for your speaking event.
Anton Gunn’s session really resonated with our audience. He has incredible insights into the field of healthcare and an in-depth understanding of the role our audience plays in it. He rocked the house with his humor. Attendees described his session as “Awesome, powerful, and motivating”. Anton not only inspired the crowd but also gave them tangible actions they can take to make the most of diversity within health care teams to improve their departments. Anton hit it out of the park!
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