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Libby Gill          

Leadership Expert, Executive Coach & Award-Winning Author

Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. Starting her career as an assistant at Embassy Communications, a television company founded by the legendary producer Norman Lear, Gill went through three mergers and restructures and rose to become head of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group in just five years.

After a decade at Sony, Gill went on to lead public relations and corporate communications at media giants Universal and Turner Broadcasting. She exited the corporate world after nearly fifteen years in leadership roles to become a first-time entrepreneur in her forties, founding Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm.

For the past 20 years, Gill has guided leaders to manage change by inspiring purpose, influencing teams, and creating impact. She shares the science-based concepts of hope theory to provide the future-focused vision and positive engagement individuals and organizations need to compete in today’s swiftly changing world. In her executive coaching, leadership consulting, and keynote presentations, Gill guides others to:

  • Influence teams to manage change and challenge
  • Inspire your top talent to reach their full potential
  • Impact your organization by leaning into your Leadership Superpower

Gill’s clients include Alo Yoga, Acura, ADP, Bank of America, Capital One, Disney, Edwards Lifesciences, Eurofins Laboratories, EY, Genentech, GoDaddy, Honda, Intel, Marriott International, Medtronic, Microsoft, United Healthcare, Vanguard, Viacom, Wells Fargo and many more.

She has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CNN, NPR the Today Show and in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. The author of six books including the award-winning You Unstuck; Traveling Hopefully; Capture the Mindshare; The Hope-Driven Leader; and Leadership Reckoning with co-authors at Rice University.

A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Gill has published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles for numerous journals and trade publications. Business leaders including CEO Tony Hsieh, Stephen M.R. Covey, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed her work.

A frequent media guest, Gill has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CNN, Inside Edition, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, Self, The New York Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets.

Gill, who lives with her husband in Oregon, gardens, hikes, and attempts to bake the perfect pie-crust in her spare time.

Speech Topics


Rising rapidly up the corporate ladder, Libby moved from office temp to C-suite division head in just five years. Now she shares her leadership strategies with organizations around the world who strive to create a culture of excellence, despite difficult times. With her proven Clarify, Simplify & Execute process, Libby guides corporations and individuals from start-ups to CEOs to create bold leaders at every level of the organization.


What are the limiting assumptions that your leaders, managers and employees are making about your business every single day? And what happens to profitability, productivity and morale when those limiting assumptions go unchallenged? Those are the questions that Libby Gill asks and answers when she addresses organizations that are ready to vanquish business as usual.


More than ever before, teamwork requires passion. With the increased complexity of cross-business reporting structures, interdependent skill-sets and the advent of the virtual office, it is essential that individuals learn to function as high-passion, high-performance teams to create long-term results.


Its more important than ever that your brand cuts through the clutter and captures the mindshare of your customers and clients. Because once youve got their mindshare that is, the heads, hearts, trust and loyalty the market share will follow. Perfect for association audiences, in her high-energy, interactive presentation including her lively audience participation game Name That Brand Libby shares five key strategies for creating a powerful brand.

THE HOPE-DRIVEN LEADER: Leading Through Change, Challenge, and Chaos

How do you keep your emerging and established leaders energized and enthusiastic as they tackle massive change?

How do your leaders help their team members cope with overwhelm and ambiguity? Give them the greatest gift of all: hope. In her dynamic keynote, Libby shares the scientific data on Hope Theory as well as her own research and insights on the impact of hope on the workplace. She demonstrates why hope is one of the most important elements of successful leadership and culture - as well as one of its most overlooked. She provides relevant company-specific customization and a dynamic interactive approach that gets audiences thinking, talking, and - most important - taking action on new ideas the very same day. Her interactive presentation will:

  • Infuse your team with vision and vitality by learning the science-based benefits of Hope Theory.
  • Discover why high-hope people set more goals, identify goals which are harder to attain, and are more successful at reaching their goals than lowhope people.
  • Experience a rousing call-to-action that will leave participants equipped - and responsible - for their own success.

YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life

Sooner or later, every individual and organization gets stuck. It’s just part of the human condition. But you don’t have to make stuck your normal state! With an emphasis on linking beliefs to behaviors, Libby connects the dots between personal accountability and organizational success. She helps you understand why you might be getting in the way of your own success and what you can do to change that pattern forever. Your group will receive timely takeaways to:

  • Set the tone for learning before the event by having participants take the assessment to see what's working and what's not in their careers.
  • Discover 5 Reasons We Resist Change and how to overcome them.
  • Identify and overturn your personal and organizational excuse-making behavior - the Immediate Negative Response - and replace it with bold action.

IGNITING BOLD LEADERSHIP: Inspiring Purpose and Driving Performance

Most experts focus only on what companies want from their leaders, but Libby shares the data on what followers want – and deserve – from their leadership. Research shows us that the best leaders provide not only guidance and direction, but also the personal connections that help people succeed. As the former head of corporate communications and media relations for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, Libby was instrumental in creating and communicating culture change. Thriving in a challenging industry where competition and chaos were the norm, Libby shares provocative leadership strategies and powerful personal stories to help your group understand why not taking risks is the biggest business risk of all. In her high-energy interactive presentation, Libby shares timely concepts and relevant takeaways to help your group:

  • Discover the 4 traits that followers crave from their leaders.
  • Master Libby's proven CSE Process to "Clarify the vision, Simplify the path, and Execute the plan” with bold risk-taking and flawless follow-through.
  • Learn the Language of Leadership - regardless of professional level - to influence and inspire others even in times of chaos

LIFT AS YOU CLIMB: Women Helping Women in the Workplace

Libby surprises audiences when she tells them that she looks forward to the day when women's leadership events are no longer held because we need them, but only because we want them. When that day comes, she is proud to add her perspective to the conversation about women and the multiple roles they play in work and life. With her expertise as both an executive and entrepreneur, Libby shares an inspirational blend of leadership strategies and poignant personal stories to help women on their journey to success on the job, at home, and in their communities. Libby's dynamic interactive presentation helps you:

  • Craft a Credibility Booster that establishes immediate rapport and connection.
  • Tap into uniquely female strengths by identifying you Leadership Superpower.
  • Master 5 Strategies to Stop Being Humble to a Fault so you can boost confidence and step into your power.


Executive coach, leadership expert, and award-winning author Libby Gill delivers an inspiring message—and answers your questions—about the power of hope in these challenging times. Libby, the former head of communications for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, will discuss the science of hopefulness, called Hope Theory, and describe its application to your workplace. She shares science-based strategies to help you move past obstacles, define a positive picture of the future, and get your team into action despite uncertainty with her trademarked True Hope Process.

Leading Through Change, Challenge, and Crisis - for leaders who need to communicate to their employees on fear and uncertainty

You Unstuck: Creating a Culture of Risk-taking - for all audiences

Lift As You Climb - for established and emerging women leaders

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