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Mark DeVolder          

Change Management & Employee Engagement Expert

Mark DeVolder is recognized as a global thought leader in change and transition management. As a researcher and practitioner for over 2 decades, the most compelling lesson DeVolder has learned is that change has CHANGED! Now, in a world where disruption, uncertainty and crisis have become the norm, DeVolder teaches people how to change. In each customized presentation, Dr. DeVolder identifies mindsets and behaviors that transform organizations in the midst of disruptive change.

DeVolder is a frequent presenter at top management meetings around the world, both live and virtual:

  • Coaching NASA rocket scientists to re-invent themselves;
  • Guiding healthcare leaders through multi-billion dollar mergers;
  • Creating a safety-first culture in Qatar’s oil industry;
  • Preparing Egypt’s largest company to restructure itself.

DeVolder’s unique insights into the dynamics of change and energetic style have empowered top organizations like McDonald’s, the Royal Bank of Canada, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Siemens, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, Verizon and Medtronic. DeVolder has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Barcelona and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur. He delivers dynamic, high energy, humor-filled presentations in both the private and the public sector to Industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies.

As a researcher, consultant and author, DeVolder has written the multi-disciplinary book on managing change, entitled Perpetual Pivot: How the Best Leaders Adapt to Exponential Change. DeVolder is an award-winning speaker and recipient of the prestigious Top 5 Speaker Award in Business Management, Top 25 Speaker in Change Management and is listed on the Top 10 Speakers on Change in Canada and USA.

Organizations hire DeVolder to:

  • Deliver inspiring, entertaining and practical keynotes
  • Unlock Change and Drive Results
  • Embed the mindset of Perpetual Pivot into the organization’s DNA
  • Engage team members with targeted, interactive sessions
  • Increase employee engagement and team performance
  • Sustain success through innovation, reinvention and anticipation

Speech Topics


Pivot-Ready: How the Best Thrive during the Worst

Perpetual Pivot: How to Navigate through Transitions

Never before have leaders faced our current level of fast and extreme change, where chaos, disruption and crisis have become the norm. Mark asks, how do we successfully navigate through such a world? His answer is that we must learn the skills of Perpetual Pivot, a continuous process of adapting, reinvention and anticipation. Mark explains that the hardest part of change is the transition. Consequently, he shows leaders how to traverse through the maze. Deeply practical, leaders will learn how to walk through the door of uncertainty into the future, armed with tools to successfully navigate transitions.

Getting to Target Zero: Engaging in High-Performance Safety

Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety. The most common barrier, however, is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to change, accidents can happen. During Mark’s high-performance presentation, you will learn how to: -get change-right and change-ready -defy change paralysis through Mark’s mobilized for safety approach -significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability -identify behaviours that enhance engagement -implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety Empower your employees to achieve “target zero.”

On Fire! Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day

We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are resilient. But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned. Mark shares how to rewire your brain and increase neuroplasticity to spring through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. He reveals success strategies that enable you to adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change. Mark shows leaders how to: -identify behaviors to increase engagement -re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation -build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation -accelerate performance and productivity Recharge your team with Mark DeVolder’s industry-tested program. Get your employees and organization on fire.

Unstoppable Resilience: Developing the Mindset of a Champion

Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race? Or why doesn’t the smartest person always get the best job? Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who end up smartest.” (Dweck) It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion. It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold around their neck. Resilience can be learned. Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset of a champion. Mark’s best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience and conquer adversity. You will learn powerful lessons to help you: -create a winning mindset of self-belief and unlimited potential -increase innovation and creativity through constructive nonconformity -expand tenacity and decision-making responsiveness -develop perseverance, positive attitudes and unstoppable resilience

Harnessing the Hurricane: Adapting Faster to Extreme Change

Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming. Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog. You will learn how to rewire your brain to adapt to change, anticipate future trends and persevere in adversity. Mark’s practical principles enable you to act boldly, nimbly and quickly in face of exponential change.  

During Mark’s high-octane presentation, you will learn how to: -overcome change-paralysis and get mobilized through transitions -develop change-ready thinking and behaviours -overcome decision-quicksand, making smart-decisions, faster -repeat the cycle of success with the unstoppable power of resilience

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