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Edgar Papke  

Executive Coach and Author of "The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success"

Chef turned leadership psychologist and executive coach, Edgar Papke is dedicated to studying and teaching the human art of business. He is an author and global award-winning speaker who reminds us that business is the expression of who we are, what we want, and how we get it.

Edgar's latest book, The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success is available October 2015 (Career Press/New Page Books). He is also the author of True Alignment (AMACOM, 2014), focusing on the alignment of brand and company culture to the customer and the delivery of emotional satisfaction. He has published numerous essays, is a featured contributor to the American Management Association International’s newsletters, and is a frequent guest blogger on leadership, business, and social issues.

Papke is the recipient of Vistage International’s 2013 Impact Speaker of the Year Award. With over 17,000 members, Vistage is the world’s largest CEO membership organization. He is also the recipient of its 2006 International Speaker of the Year Award. Widely recognized for his authentic style and innovative approach, over the past twenty-five years, as a speaker and presenter, he has delivered over 2,300 keynote speeches, presentations, and workshops.

Papke possesses an interesting education, which includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, a master's degree in organizational psychology from Regis University, a B.S. in International Business Administration, as well as studies in Theology.

He is the recipient of the Culinary Institute’s prestigious Francis Roth Award, a Cordon Bleu Medal, recognition by the Master Chefs Institute, and a third place at the 1986 International Food Show. As a singer-songwriter, he has three albums to his credit and has been named to the Save the Music Foundation’s Honor Roll. He has also served as a host for PBS television and radio.


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