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Jason Barger    

Globally Celebrated Author, TEDx, National SHRM Speaker & Business Mag 40 Under 40 Recipient

Jason Barger is committed to engaging the minds and hearts of people. He is a globally celebrated Author/Speaker/Consultant and creator of the "Step Back from the Baggage Claim" Movement - featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Kiplinger, Book TV, and many other spots worldwide. He is a dynamic keynote speaker that delivers over 70 presentations annually around the world.

Prior to sleeping in airports and observing human behavior, Barger led over 1700 people to construct 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty as well as implemented the Streets Mission Project to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. As the former Director of First Community Church's Camp Akita, he designed programming focused on living with joy, love, compassion, faith, and service for over 1900 campers a summer.

Jason is a graduate of Denison University, where he served as Captain of the men's basketball team, and also received certification from Georgetown University in Nonprofit Executive Management. In 2004, he was one of five people in Columbus, Ohio to receive a Jefferson Award, a national award given to "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things". In 2014, he was selected as a 40 Under 40 award winner by Business First.

Jason is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, visionary, and consultant. As founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting LLC, he works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, and bringing their Mission to life everyday.

His most recent hit book "Thermostat Cultures" is having a profound impact worldwide and is about the process to proactively grow an engaged culture. His second book is "ReMember: renewing our memberships, relationships and focus in a distracting world." And his first book "Step Back from the Baggage Claim" also includes 4 editions: the "Business Leader Edition" with Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks. The "Healthcare Leader Edition", with Dr. Chip Souba, Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School. And with Christian Long, Educational Consultant, the "Education Edition".

Speech Topics


Every group you are a part of has its own culture. The culture is created by the habits you form and the ways in which you operate within the groups. And here is the truth-the culture is always changing. Every day and every moment. So, the question is not, "How do you keep the culture from changing?" but rather "Do you want to play any role in defining what it becomes?" The very best teams, relationships, and companies intentionally clarify, design, and strengthen the culture they are trying to create. They collaborate and engage their people with how they hope to Think, Act & Interact every day to bring their mission to life!

Based on Jason's globally celebrated book "Thermostat Cultures."

What You Will Discover In This Program:

  • Dynamic examples of thriving cultures in today's world

  • Tips for engaging the minds and hearts or your people and the 6A's of leading change

  • Inspiration for bringing a sense of ownership to your team and organization

  • You will leave energized and with clear actionable ways to stimulate progress within your organizational ecosystem


It's no secret that we live in a fast-changing, global world. The generational shift is happening even as we speak. We're adjusting to differing economic climates and styles of communication are evolving as rapidly as ever. The path ahead requires specific skills that haven't always been developed.

7 key attributes of 21st Century Leadership are needed in order to thrive in the future. Are you a Servant-Leader, Storyteller, Collaborator, Innovator, Daredevil, Adaptable, Global Citizen? The very best leaders, teams, and organizations infuse 21st Century Leadership throughout their DNA.

What you will discover in this program:

  • Definition & examples of the skills needed for 21st Century Leadership

  • The importance of telling YOUR compelling story inside & outside of the company walls

  • How "daring to begin" plays a vital role in moving beyond the status quo

  • Action items for your team to take flight

What types of groups should participate in this workshop:

  • Groups looking to strengthen their own leadership practice

  • Groups seeking new ways of seeing their work and approach

  • Groups on the cutting edge of development, creativity, and relationship-focused ventures


This Jason Barger keynote is all about what gets our focus on a day to day and moment to moment basis. We have never lived in more distracted, cluttered and "busy" times. Studies reveal that the modern worker today shifts their focus and attention between 300-500 times in an average day. What separates the good leaders from the great leaders, the good teams from the great teams, the good businesses from the great businesses, is the ability to give their eyes, hearts, and focus to their highest priorities.

It has never been more important to Remember the purpose of our mission and then proactively ReMember-renew and recommit to the people, projects and passions that create positive impact. This interactive keynote will paint a colorful image of the frenzy culture of today and provide the roadmap for coming alive as leaders with focus and passion. Are you busy or effective? Perhaps you need to be reminded that where you look is where you go!

What you will discover in this presentation:

  • A greater sense of mission and your highest priorities

  • The mental baggage that might be holding you back

  • A vision for where you hope to go next

  • How you commit to traveling as a team to get there

  • Bias Toward Action steps to stimulate progress


Every individual, team, and organization needs to Step Back from the Baggage Claim once in awhile to revisit where they're traveling and why. In the fast-paced global world we live in today, it is easy to find ourselves rushing from task to task, project to project, and meeting to meeting. In our haste to identify what we're trying to accomplish, we often lose sight of our mission and vision, and disrupt our organizational culture along the way.

Stepping Back from the Baggage Claim is about gaining new perspective as individual leaders and powerful teams. When we take the time to Step Back, we are able to move forward with excellence. This keynote is based off Jason Barger's globally celebrated book "Step Back from the Baggage Claim."

What you will discover in this presentation:

  • Renewed inspiration for your journey

  • The "why" of your work

  • A better appreciation for your teammates and vision for the future

  • The skills needed for 21st Century Leadership

  • The 6A Process for Leading Change

  • Action items for your team to take flight


One of the biggest challenges all leaders, teams, and organizations face is being able to see their work with new eyes. In the fast-paced, do more with less, "create on demand" world we live in today, it sometimes seems easiest to do things the same way we did them yesterday. In reality, when we cling too tightly to the status quo, we squelch new ideas, possibilities, and solutions.

Seeing with new eyes is a topic designed to infuse participants with creativity and empower them to dwell in possibility. The presentation challenges people to think differently and discover how new ways of thinking can propel their work forward. Thinking creatively is a skill meant to be practiced.

What you will discover in this keynote:

  • New ways to think about your work

  • Examples of leaders and global brands who are innovating in a changing world

  • Techniques for how to implement more creativity & innovation as part of your ongoing ethic

  • How teamwork, collaboration, and perspective influence outcomes

  • How the "Curse of Knowledge" impacts our ability to communicate our vision or see new alternatives


The future of our world is changing. The future of work is changing. The future of how we need to lead is changing. And, there is an epidemic with how people are thinking and approaching their work.

The mindset that leaders and teams bring to their daily work is what will either raise up or tear down every team. Are you and your people focused daily on a mindset that breeds:

Motivation or Apathy?

Possibilities or Scarcity?

Positivity or Negativity?

Solutions or Blame?

Server or Served?

Hustle or Hustler?

Ownership or Disposable?

This interactive and engaging keynote focuses on the contagious mindsets that are shaping teams and our world every day!

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