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Desi Williamson

Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator, Motivational Coach & Entrepreneur

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Desi Williamson Biography

Desi Williamson has a reservoir of resilience and is a master of reinvention. He has led a diverse career as a corporate sales and marketing executive, successful real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, motivational coach for the NFL Minnesota Vikings, and addiction counselor. In 2019, he became a certified facilitator of Dare to Leadä, an empirically based courage-building program based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

During his corporate career, Williamson was an award-winning executive with Fortune 500 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing, PepsiCo, and Dr. Pepper Seven Up, where he managed multi-million dollar businesses and developed the potential in people. In 2005, he suffered a serious neck injury that forced him to undergo a risky surgery and months of rehabilitation to learn how to walk and move again. The experience inspired him to write his second book and planted the seed for what would become an entirely new direction in his career.

In 2014, with healthcare becoming an increasingly critical initiative in society, he began pursuing his clinical license as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, respected worldwide for its work in neuroscience, electrophysiology, and chemical dependency, where he specializes in group therapy and lecture. Williamson’s goal for his patients is to achieve a higher quality of life by helping them identify their triggers for substance abuse and effectively deal with inner core issues, such as shame, guilt, anger and forgiveness.

As a speaker, Williamson is focused on making an impact on audiences that will encourage behavior change and spark personal insight. He has dedicated over 30 years specializing in performance improvement, leadership, and change management. By giving people the resources to change their thinking and behavior, Williamson teaches them how to become Emotionally Available, so they can dig deep within themselves to cultivate resilience and accept accountability for their results. He is passionate about becoming a mouthpiece for an underserved segment within the healthcare industry, by helping organizations understand that, in order to change the course of healthcare for the better, it is necessary to properly treat emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously.

Williamson’s experiences in business, entrepreneurship, sports, and clinical experience give him a wide variety of stories and examples to inspire audiences. He is the author of two books, Get Off Your Assets! How to Deal with the Challenges of Life and Win and Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way! Succeeding in the Face of Turbulent Times.

In 2004, Williamson was inducted into the “Speaker Hall of Fame,” where he joined such notable figures as President Ronald Reagan, General Colin Powell, Zig Ziglar, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He also earned his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) and CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence), the highest designations awarded by the National Speakers Association. His client list includes United Healthcare, Medtronic, Pfizer, SmithKline, HFMA, Canon, Nationwide, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Choice Hotels, Verizon Wireless, Sam’s Club, the Chicago Bears, and more.

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Books
Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Get Off Your Assets

Get Off Your Assets

Get off your assets!: How to unleash the power in you

Get off your assets!: How to unleash the power in you

Speaking Topics
  • Dare to lead: Transform Your Business & Your Life

    How to develop more daring leaders and courageous cultures.

    No doubt we’re living in some turbulent times and that is why we must continuously reorganize, retool and rebuild our lives and businesses from the inside out. We must understand that where there are problems there is also opportunity. This requires daring, wholehearted leaders creating courageous cultures that allow people to thrive.

    Desi Williamson brings more than forty years of business experience working with Fortune 500 companies, associations and civic organizations. He now combines that experience with Brené Brown’s twenty years of research and her work in Dare to Lead, helping organizations grow from where they are, to where they aspire to be.

    Dare to Lead teaches us that courage is a skill set that is 100% observable, teachable and measurable. This skill set impacts how you show up as a leader and how well your team performs.

    In this high impact keynote, Hall of Fame Speaker, Desi Williamson uses research, stories and examples to share the following concepts:

    • The skills needed for having tough conversations that can create a culture of change and transformation.
    • The difference between armored and daring leadership traits that either choke innovation or spark creativity.
    • The skills for creating values-driven culture that allows people to flourish.
    • The essential importance of trust and why is important to creating a courageous culture.
    • The ability to rise up after disappointment and failure and use those experiences to create a stronger culture of accountability and resiliency.

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Desi Williamson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Desi Williamson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Desi Williamson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Desi Williamson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Desi Williamson?

    Booking fees for Desi Williamson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Desi Williamson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Desi Williamson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Desi Williamson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Desi Williamson for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Desi Williamson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Desi Williamson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Desi Williamson Biography

Desi Williamson has a reservoir of resilience and is a master of reinvention. He has led a diverse career as a corporate sales and marketing executive, successful real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, motivational coach for the NFL Minnesota Vikings, and addiction counselor. In 2019, he became a certified facilitator of Dare to Leadä, an empirically based courage-building program based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

During his corporate career, Williamson was an award-winning executive with Fortune 500 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing, PepsiCo, and Dr. Pepper Seven Up, where he managed multi-million dollar businesses and developed the potential in people. In 2005, he suffered a serious neck injury that forced him to undergo a risky surgery and months of rehabilitation to learn how to walk and move again. The experience inspired him to write his second book and planted the seed for what would become an entirely new direction in his career.

In 2014, with healthcare becoming an increasingly critical initiative in society, he began pursuing his clinical license as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, respected worldwide for its work in neuroscience, electrophysiology, and chemical dependency, where he specializes in group therapy and lecture. Williamson’s goal for his patients is to achieve a higher quality of life by helping them identify their triggers for substance abuse and effectively deal with inner core issues, such as shame, guilt, anger and forgiveness.

As a speaker, Williamson is focused on making an impact on audiences that will encourage behavior change and spark personal insight. He has dedicated over 30 years specializing in performance improvement, leadership, and change management. By giving people the resources to change their thinking and behavior, Williamson teaches them how to become Emotionally Available, so they can dig deep within themselves to cultivate resilience and accept accountability for their results. He is passionate about becoming a mouthpiece for an underserved segment within the healthcare industry, by helping organizations understand that, in order to change the course of healthcare for the better, it is necessary to properly treat emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously.

Williamson’s experiences in business, entrepreneurship, sports, and clinical experience give him a wide variety of stories and examples to inspire audiences. He is the author of two books, Get Off Your Assets! How to Deal with the Challenges of Life and Win and Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way! Succeeding in the Face of Turbulent Times.

In 2004, Williamson was inducted into the “Speaker Hall of Fame,” where he joined such notable figures as President Ronald Reagan, General Colin Powell, Zig Ziglar, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He also earned his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) and CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence), the highest designations awarded by the National Speakers Association. His client list includes United Healthcare, Medtronic, Pfizer, SmithKline, HFMA, Canon, Nationwide, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Choice Hotels, Verizon Wireless, Sam’s Club, the Chicago Bears, and more.

Desi Williamson Videos

  • Desi Williamson - Keynote - Choice Hotels Annual Convention

Desi Williamson Books

Desi Williamson Speaking Topics

  • Dare to lead: Transform Your Business & Your Life

    How to develop more daring leaders and courageous cultures.

    No doubt we’re living in some turbulent times and that is why we must continuously reorganize, retool and rebuild our lives and businesses from the inside out. We must understand that where there are problems there is also opportunity. This requires daring, wholehearted leaders creating courageous cultures that allow people to thrive.

    Desi Williamson brings more than forty years of business experience working with Fortune 500 companies, associations and civic organizations. He now combines that experience with Brené Brown’s twenty years of research and her work in Dare to Lead, helping organizations grow from where they are, to where they aspire to be.

    Dare to Lead teaches us that courage is a skill set that is 100% observable, teachable and measurable. This skill set impacts how you show up as a leader and how well your team performs.

    In this high impact keynote, Hall of Fame Speaker, Desi Williamson uses research, stories and examples to share the following concepts:

    • The skills needed for having tough conversations that can create a culture of change and transformation.
    • The difference between armored and daring leadership traits that either choke innovation or spark creativity.
    • The skills for creating values-driven culture that allows people to flourish.
    • The essential importance of trust and why is important to creating a courageous culture.
    • The ability to rise up after disappointment and failure and use those experiences to create a stronger culture of accountability and resiliency.

FAQs on booking Desi Williamson

  • How to book Desi Williamson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Desi Williamson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Desi Williamson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Desi Williamson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Desi Williamson?

    Booking fees for Desi Williamson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Desi Williamson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Desi Williamson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Desi Williamson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Desi Williamson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Desi Williamson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Desi Williamson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Desi Williamson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Dare to lead: Transform Your Business & Your Life. The estimated speaking fee range to book Desi Williamson for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Desi Williamson generally travels from Minneapolis, MN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Neal Petersen, Daymond John, Paul Orfalea, Stedman Graham and Roger Crawford. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Desi Williamson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Desi Williamson Speaker Videos

  • Desi Williamson - Keynote - Choice Hotels Annual Convention

Desi Williamson Speaking Topics

  • Dare to lead: Transform Your Business & Your Life

    How to develop more daring leaders and courageous cultures.

    No doubt we’re living in some turbulent times and that is why we must continuously reorganize, retool and rebuild our lives and businesses from the inside out. We must understand that where there are problems there is also opportunity. This requires daring, wholehearted leaders creating courageous cultures that allow people to thrive.

    Desi Williamson brings more than forty years of business experience working with Fortune 500 companies, associations and civic organizations. He now combines that experience with Brené Brown’s twenty years of research and her work in Dare to Lead, helping organizations grow from where they are, to where they aspire to be.

    Dare to Lead teaches us that courage is a skill set that is 100% observable, teachable and measurable. This skill set impacts how you show up as a leader and how well your team performs.

    In this high impact keynote, Hall of Fame Speaker, Desi Williamson uses research, stories and examples to share the following concepts:

    • The skills needed for having tough conversations that can create a culture of change and transformation.
    • The difference between armored and daring leadership traits that either choke innovation or spark creativity.
    • The skills for creating values-driven culture that allows people to flourish.
    • The essential importance of trust and why is important to creating a courageous culture.
    • The ability to rise up after disappointment and failure and use those experiences to create a stronger culture of accountability and resiliency.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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