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Galen Emanuele    

Leadership Expert, Emcee, Philanthropist & Improvisor

Galen is an international speaker who works with teams and organizations including Fortune 500’s such as Microsoft, CBRE, Expedia, and Shell, to create a profound shift in how teams and leaders communicate and show up in business. His unique, interactive keynotes and programs teach organizations how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, And” to drive an exceptional team culture of high level performance and engagement. An expert in business leadership, Galen is also a world-class improviser, having taught and performed for many years including with the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Galen is an avid philanthropist and has been recognized by several organizations for his commitment to giving back. He was honored with a “Red Cross Real Heroes” award for starting Pass The Hat, a non-profit organization that provides financial relief to families that face tragedy in his home town of Bellingham, WA. He created Pass The Hat after losing his brother in a car accident at the age of 18 and his experience with the financial burden that his family faced from that event. Pass The Hat’s ongoing work helps many families by paying for funeral expenses, counseling, and other costs that tragic events often bring.

For many years, Galen volunteered as emcee for the Whatcom Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Annual Fundraiser, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause. Galen also received a “Peace Builders Award” from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center for his work in promoting collaboration, positive communication, and conflict resolution in the community. His strong belief in contributing meaningfully and making significant impact continues to be at the heart of his work.

Speech Topics


1) Creating a "Yes, And" Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement

Galen's highly-interactive signature keynote teaches teams and organizations how to apply the core tenets of improv to skyrocket communication, leadership, self awareness, and emotional intelligence. Through skill-building exercises, participants come away with actionable tools to drive an intentional culture and be more effective team members and leaders through the five core tenets of improv; Saying Yes, Listening & Being Present, Making Others Look Good, Embracing Change, and Choosing Positivity. The concepts are universal and the activities are simple, relatable, and high-energy. No one gets called up on stage or put on the spot. It is equally impactful and profound for introverts, extroverts, and audiences of all industries, personality types, and backgrounds.

2) Navigating Conflict or Delivering a 'No' Using the Tools of "Yes, And"

One of the biggest challenges that we face in business and as humans is how to effectively deliver a 'no' and navigate conflict. These are amplified in business where taking the wrong approach can destroy engagement, morale, creativity, and even your personal reputation. In this session Galen teaches how to successfully navigate the art of delivering a 'no' and navigating conflict, providing a concise set of tools and framework. Learn how to take a collaborative, strategic approach that puts the relationship first, focuses on a solution, and feels authentic and supportive without crushing employee and team morale.

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