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What Leaders Say About Mark

I can't express enough how moved I was by your presentation. Consider my mind blown. When I'm having a rough day I would love to think of how you got us back in the right place. In admiration of you my friend!
John Quigley, Director, Institutional Sales, Shire
John Quigley, Director, Institutional Sales, Shire
Your presentation was fantastic and was quite well received based on the feedback I have been receiving. Thank you also for taking the time to join us and our attendees at our reception--I know they enjoyed connecting with you in a casual setting. Thanks again!
Tricia Maslov, Managing Director, KPMG Executive Education
Tricia Maslov, Managing Director, KPMG Executive Education
It's been terrific to have you with us, you found the topics, the images and stories, and the very words that we needed to hear from an outsider, all this in a warm and very inspiring way. I found the participation and engagement very high during your speech, and everyone was so complimentary after. We are now gathering specific feedback from all participants on each segment. As soon as available, we will email it to you and get in touch. Again my personal thanks for your contributions.
Olivier Chapelle, CEO, Recticel
Olivier Chapelle, CEO, Recticel
Thanks for supporting us...participant feedback is really strong. I really appreciate your message. It was the right one and well received. Feedback was great and set the tone for the balance of the conference. I look forward to catching up soon.
John Stankey; CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group, AT&T Services Inc.
John Stankey; CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group, AT&T Services Inc.
I just wanted to say thanks for your great work in Costa Rica and also for meeting our colleague in Singapore. Please let me know of any upcoming international trips when you might be available to speak at an embassy- or consulate-sponsored event. And as always, we hope to have a program request come in that would leverage your unique speaking skills and topics. If so, we'll reach out to you.
Aaron B. Steers-Smith; ‎Foreign Affairs Officer, ‎U.S. Dept. of State
Aaron B. Steers-Smith; ‎Foreign Affairs Officer, ‎U.S. Dept. of State
You rocked it! Thanks Mark--hope you had a good flight home--you, too, were FANTASTIC! Look forward to seeing you again soon!
Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco
Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco
Let me start off by extending my sincere gratitude for your presentation at the ICF Advance Forward event. Your amazing presence and ability to engage the audience were awe-inspiring. My colleagues and I greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer your time, energy, and insights. Thank you so much again for your expertise and generosity.
Nicole Zafian, Assistant Director of Education, International Coach Federation
Nicole Zafian, Assistant Director of Education, International Coach Federation
Mark was with us today at a meeting that was a kickoff of our business planning process. We wanted to send a message to our bottling partners and our own teams about the need for change and the importance of looking at innovation from a process standpoint. I think also that the material shared by Mark was very well received and people were excited about his comments. I think this will make our meeting go much smoother as we look to promote change in our business.
Alfredo Rivera, President, Latin Central, Coca Cola Company.
Alfredo Rivera, President, Latin Central, Coca Cola Company.
Feedback was exceptional for your talk. Appreciate the support and engagement of our team.
Scott White, President Oncology, Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Scott White, President Oncology, Janssen Biotech, Inc.
I've had the pleasure and the privilege of being in the audience with you Mark, today. It was an inspiration. The observation of the people that you've worked for, the experiences that you've got, the way that you bring that to life with such clarity, humor, and passion and energy, was really quite inspiring. It made a big difference to me and I know the members of my team here today. So, it was fantastic and if I get a chance to come and see you again, I'll be taking that opportunity. Thank you. Thank you. It was really truly remarkable.
Darren Cassidy, Managing Director
Darren Cassidy, Managing Director
Thanks for Mark's contributions to Schwab's successes!

Mark is a venture investor with Chuck Schwab's family and served as Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and Chief Investor Relations Officer during his dozen years at The Charles Schwab Corporation.
Charles R. Schwab, Founder, Charles Schwab Corp
Charles R. Schwab, Founder, Charles Schwab Corp
Today we just had a tremendous hour with Mark. We're at a pivotal moment in our company, relaunching ourselves as Veritas. Mark got the entire leadership team inspired—really looking within themselves. It was so impactful. Very grateful he was here. So thank you, Mark.
Jean Burbank, Senior Manager, Veritas Global Enablement, Symantec
Jean Burbank, Senior Manager, Veritas Global Enablement, Symantec
I really enjoyed your session. Like you, I'm convinced so much can be solved with #engagement!
Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer
Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer
There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions--in a way that serves the world and you...(Mark) reveals a meaningful 'secret formula' for success based on the lives of remarkable people. Mark and Bonita reveal powerful strategies from their latest research that will help you make it happen.

Sir Richard selected Mark as one of 6 judges globally for his entrepreneurship competitions, and Mark is a founding advisor to the Branson Entrepreneurship Centers.
Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
I just saw Mark's presentation and I was really intrigued by how he scoped out what success means. It really hit the nail on the head on many different aspects. I could see that Mark really understands the opportunities within our industry--who's making it grow and where we're heading. So it's time to do bigger and better things.
Laura V. Morrison, Sr. Vice President, New York Stock Exchange
Laura V. Morrison, Sr. Vice President, New York Stock Exchange
I really enjoyed reading "Success Built to Last" and was, of course, pleased about the prominent mentioning of Davos. I wonder whether we could take the lessons and experience which you summarize in the book and use them for an interactive discussion in our "CEOs only" session in Davos. Please let me know your ideas.
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman; World Economic Forum
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman; World Economic Forum
It was great catching up with you. I felt energized and pumped up after meeting you--I certainly have a lot to learn from you. It will be great to have you with us in Jan (2015 in SFO) and at the NEI next year.
Vinod Kumar, Managing Director & CEO, Tata Communications
Vinod Kumar, Managing Director & CEO, Tata Communications
I want to let you know that I really enjoyed your presentation at the HP ES kick-off last week. You did a great job.
Michael Foley, Sales Leader Energy & Utilities
HP Enterprise Services,
Michael Foley, Sales Leader Energy & Utilities HP Enterprise Services,
We were thrilled to have Mark present out our inaugural conference at our NIKE World Headquarters. His key note presentation received overwhelming high marks/feedback from all participants. Thanks for your support and follow-up.

NIKE wins Fast Company's Most Innovative Company 2013
Suzanne Hilton-Esaki, Director of Transition Management, Nike
Suzanne Hilton-Esaki, Director of Transition Management, Nike
...Your story resonated with our team and contributed to the workshops we conducted this morning with our managers.
Robert Fahey, National Sales Director, Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Robert Fahey, National Sales Director, Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Thank you so much, Mark. It was a pleasure working with you, and we heard many positive comments regarding your presentation. Many thanks for helping us "bring some magic" to our colleagues--and for sharing your special story with us as part of that effort.
Dr. Bettie Borton, President, American Academy of Audiology, CEO, Doctors Hearing Clinic
Dr. Bettie Borton, President, American Academy of Audiology, CEO, Doctors Hearing Clinic
We just heard Mark Thompson speak at our global leadership conference and he's been fantastic. His messages were on target and inspirational for our entire organization and our growth agenda as we look to accelerate our performance going forward. He had inspirational thoughts for the entire group that were well connected, logical and I think will help take us to the next level.
Michael Wege, Chief Commercial Officer, The Hershey Company
Michael Wege, Chief Commercial Officer, The Hershey Company
Loved your talk. Do you have versions of it on YouTube? Would love to see it again and share it. It was great meeting you!
Stuart M. McGuigan, Chief Information Officer
Stuart M. McGuigan, Chief Information Officer
I loved that your presentation included universally relatable examples and memorable images! Plus, you clearly had a passion for the subject matter, which just makes it that much more engaging and interesting! Please send presentation!
Jaime Weber, Sales Excellence Operations Manager, Microsoft
Thank you @XeroxEvents, an inspiring #SimpleAtWork esp talks by Baroness Shields, Mark Thompson, Sir Ken Robinson, & @Xerox CEO Ursula Burns
Stuart Cochran, Chief Technology Officer, Huddle
Stuart Cochran, Chief Technology Officer, Huddle
"Mark, your keynote to our group on Thursday can only be described as 'super fantastic'. It couldn't have been any better. Thank you so much for taking the time to grasp our cultural and for your willingness to modify your presentation to fit our very diverse audience. I heard lots and lots of great feedback from all levels of the company who were in the audience."
Jittaun Phillips, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Wells Fargo
I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks again for making our Inspirational Leadership event the best ever. You sold out the event and I can definitely say, since working with you, this event has risen to a new level!
John R. Howman, Business Consultant, Allied Consulting Group, YPO
John R. Howman, Business Consultant, Allied Consulting Group, YPO
I do not have words that could thank you enough for referring Mark Thompson. He was just outstanding. What a great man, so sincere and genuine. Of all of our speakers over the last 11 years of Inspirational Leadership, I have to say that I personally connected with him the most.
Jen Sweeney, TEC Marketing Project Manager, TEC
Jen Sweeney, TEC Marketing Project Manager, TEC
Mark did a great job today. As usual he was helping us through our experience and through all of his experience, and really asking us the tough questions. And we really appreciate him coming today.
Jan Collier, AT&T University, VP Global Human Resource Operations, AT&T
Jan Collier, AT&T University, VP Global Human Resource Operations, AT&T
I really enjoyed the presentation. It was actually more than a presentation, it was a dialog. We all felt part of what Mark was telling us. I found it very useful and very enlightening.
John Celli, President, Loral Space Systems
John Celli, President, Loral Space Systems
Your videos on leadership are wonderful!!!!! Thank you Mark--so special to work together with you.
Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
We appreciated your keynote yesterday and some of the new ideas and perspectives you brought to our Corporate Groups Directors team. Thanks for taking the time to get to know our team a bit before giving your talk.
Scott Kohler, Senior HR Director, Genentech
Really appreciate what you did for our sales organization today. You did an excellent job of incorporating our priorities, our focus, and our business right now. Your message was very relevant for our organization, very inspiring, and really gave a lot of perspective; that what we're doing right now has been accomplished in other industries and other organizations, and we can do it too. So thanks very much. Very well done.
Doug Hinzie, Vice President of the Americas for Chevron Lubricants
Doug Hinzie, Vice President of the Americas for Chevron Lubricants
CHICAGO: "Thompson's message is right on target. John Deere himself said, 'I will not put my name on a product that does not have the best in it that is in me.' That is the message of Success Built to Last."
Robert Lane, CEO, John Deere
Robert Lane, CEO, John Deere
Congrats on the new book! Love to read it as well as your research. You did an awesome job for us!
David Brown, Senior Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Realty
David Brown, Senior Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Realty
I thought your remarks hit the notes I was looking for. What I felt gave the most impact were the video clips of leaders telling in their own words how they stood apart. The clip of Jack Welch was really good. The Intel/Andy Grove segment had power. Thank you again for helping to close our meeting on a high note. Good luck with your investment endeavors in a very dynamic world!
Michael C. Holt, Chief Executive Officer
Philips Lumileds Lighting Company
Michael C. Holt, Chief Executive Officer Philips Lumileds Lighting Company
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND: "Many thanks for the excellent workshop. Our clients - high potential leaders - were inspired and energized by your extraordinary message."
Johan Soor, McKinsey Sweden
WASHINGTON DC: "Your keynote address was extremely well received...thanks for helping make this year's ASTD Leaders Conference the most successful to date!"
Tony Bingham, President, ASTD
Tony Bingham, President, ASTD
Mark did the guest keynote at the KANAConnect annual customer conference. He not only did a great job delivering the keynote, he took the time to get to know our business, our solutions, and, most importantly, some of our customers before the conference. That's his style. He's just a very engaging personality. He's winsome and affable and that is contagious. Working with Mark and his team was effortless and his flexibility to custom-fit our needs made the whole experience a 10 out of 10.
Scott Hays, Sr. Director, Product Marketing
Scott Hays, Sr. Director, Product Marketing
NEW YORK: "Mark Thompson's inspiring message is just what your leadership team needs! He customizes his keynotes to provide actionable ideas and insight for your organization."
Susanne Lyons, Chief Marketing Officer, VISA
Susanne Lyons, Chief Marketing Officer, VISA
The presentation was awesome. It was uplifting and also very informative. He gave really good strategies, highly engaging with the clips and the videos. To me it goes back to the most important thing: you've got to have the passion, you've got to have the dream. You have to respect working with people who have different ideas and keep moving forward. I loved it and I'm engaged to go back. I'm getting ready to email you and stay connected. Just a phenomenal presentation.
Ed Hoffman, Chief Knowledge Officer
Ed Hoffman, Chief Knowledge Officer
"Mark and Brian teach you to build a successful business and life with clarity and care. Reading their words is like plugging into your personal battery charger. You will find the encouragement to become the unique leader you are meant to be."
Alex von Bidder, Managing Partner/Co-owner, Four Seasons Restaurant
Alex von Bidder, Managing Partner/Co-owner, Four Seasons Restaurant

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