Known as “The Wingman,” Lt Col (ret.) Waldo Waldman is the author of national bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in order to adapt to change, break performance barriers, and overcome adversity.

In addition to his time in the military, Waldo has real world corporate sales experience and is an expert on change management and resilience – having overcome a fear of heights and claustrophobia to achieve his dream of becoming a fighter pilot.

His compelling stories and tactics on overcoming adversity, performing under pressure and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to organizations who are going through disruptive change and seeking to build a “One Team, One Mission” culture of excellence and trust.

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, and is the founder of The Wingman Foundation whose mission is to build funds and awareness for veterans and their families in need. He has been featured on CNN, Fox News, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his clients include Verizon, American Express, GE, The Denver Broncos, ExxonMobil, New York Life, Siemens, Merck, and dozens of national associations.

Exciting, Challenging, Emotional, Entertaining and Thought-Provoking. The experience has given us our battle cry – ‘One Team, One Goal’!
– Jonathan O'Neill, Managing Director, Hilton Grand Vacations
Waldo’s knowledge of the company and ability to place our current challenges into context, showed how much time, research, and planning he put into his performance. His infectious attitude carried over to the audience and was undoubtedly the highlight of this year’s conference.
– Curt Redden, Global Director of Talent Development, UPS Capital
Your presentation resulted in a record breaking week of prospecting. You invested in the process and dedicated yourself to learning our business.
– Randy Bartlein, Regional Sales, Aflac
Waldo delivered! His preparation and care in understanding our business challenges made his message extremely relevant. He’s an outstanding storyteller, funny and authentic.
– Linda Hodo, VP of Corp Development, Zurich
Inspirational and packed full of relevant business take-aways. His content was heartfelt and the audience never drifted.
– Jeff Duckworth, Exec VP of Sales, John Hancock
Having been in this business for 20 years and witnessed dozens of great speakers, I have never seen a speaker that was more genuinely effective than you were.
– Larry Harvey, National Sales Director, OsteoMed
Your leadership approach combined the panache of a fighter pilot and the wisdom of a sage. You were engaging without being flippant, motivating without being ‘over the top,’ and highly prepared without being canned.
– Craig Atkinson, Director of Career Development, Walsh Construction Co.
From our first contact through the high energy engagement and then finally with your follow up by way of helpful advice and e-mail tips, you are a true professional. You really embraced our focus on teamwork and trust at a critical time for our business.
– Hal Hitch, VP of Product & Marketing, CIT Group
Our decision to hire Waldo was the best choice we could have made. Waldo was the perfect climax to our conference and his program was better than I could have even imagined.
– Frank Marcus, Sales, E&J Gallo Winery
Your Wingman message had such a profound impact on the team that we scrapped the rest of the day’s agenda and built on your critical theme of team building and trusting your wingmen.
– David Wilkins, VP of Contracts, Raytheon

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