John Foley has been recognized as one of the top 10 most in demand speakers. John has spoken to some of the Highest Performing organizations such as, Microsoft, Hitachi, Intel, Cisco, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Goodyear, Chevron, Lowe’s, Marriott, Wyndham Hotels, Hilton, Penske Racing, Rawlings, LA Kings, Sprint, Motorola, Merrill Lynch, Mass Mutual, Capital Group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GE Capital, American Hospital Association, Merck, Sunovion, Reach Air, Adecco, Gillette, McDonalds, and Million Dollar Round Table.
John’s presentations are marked by three overriding traits.
A contagious attitude of thankfulness that he calls Glad To Be Here®.
An energizing delivery that inspires High Performance with a purpose larger than self.
A practical model for living out his message that works in other organizations as well as within the Blue Angels.
John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches apart. To survive in those circumstances, he relied on a culture of high trust and leadership that turns inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences. He employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams to reach for their highest potential and empower organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.
John’s post-Naval experiences as an entrepreneur and a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business put him in a unique position to reverse-engineer the culture of excellence and teamwork found in the Blue Angels. He has created a framework and a mythology that inspires greatness while propelling others on their own journey toward Higher Performance.
John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a defensive back for the Midshipmen, playing in two bowl games and helping Navy to one of the best four-year records in its football history. As a pilot, John was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. He holds master’s degrees in business management, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow); in international policy studies, from Stanford University; and in strategic studies, from the Naval War College.
In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. John donates 10% of his speaking fees to charities through the foundation. John works with every client to donate 5% to charities of their choosing. Through this program over 100 charities and 1 million dollars have impacted thousands of lives globally. It’s part of his mission to connect a shared “purpose larger than self” with every organization.
Performance, Leadership, Change, Risk, Communication, Military
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"Awesome." - Sagepoint Financial, Inc.
"He was very very well received!" - Woodbury Financial Services
"This is like a shot of adrenaline we can inject into our organization around a lot of other things we're doing.” - Wells' Dairy
"John's presentation was more relevant than any other speaker we’ve had because he took the time to understand what we were trying to communicate. He made it real. He really connected/" - CEO, Jamba Juice
"The presentation was a hit. My whole team got back and immediately put the Debrief ideas into practice. And we’ve adopted the Glad To Be Here motto. Every other e-mail I get ends with Glad To Be Here.” - Senior Vice President, The Hartford
"John Foley did an awesome job for us. His skills in preparing a relevant presentation are fabulous. The feedback from my field force was absolutely incredible. I've had the whole grand scheme of motivational speakers and John Foley delivered one of the most cohesive, inspiring presentations we have ever had." - Senior Vice-president of Sales and Client Management, MassMutual
"John's presentation was exceptional! He hit the mark on the issues we are dealing with. Our entire group is using the Glad To Be Here ® approach since we’ve returned. I'm amazed at how one 90-minute presentation has changed the mentality of our people. John's Blue Angel approach to performance works!" - CEO of Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust