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Libby Gill demonstrates how to achieve peak performance through personal development to an impressive roster of blue-chip clients. She is also a passionate speaker on women's issues and brings her expertise in leadership development and life balance to her speeches.

Libby's clients have included ABC-Disney, AMC Networks, Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, GoDaddy, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Nike, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Safeway, The Conference Board, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, and many more. In great demand by the media, she has explained her views on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in Businessweek, Time, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others.

Libby's credits include running the PR and branding for the launch of the Dr. Phil Show. Her expertise lies in helping businesses access both the heads and hearts of customers, colleagues and communities. Her coaching and speaking is a must for companies looking to create a bold leadership/personal accountability culture.

A bestselling author who has had the courage to reinvent both her personal and professional lives, Libby has written movingly of breaking away from a toxic family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.Her other books include YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life and CAPTURE THE MINDSHARE AND THE MARKET SHARE WILL FOLLOW: The Art and Science of Building Brands.

Full Profile

After nearly twenty years in senior leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. A sought-after international speaker, she guides established and emerging leaders to increase passion and productivity in their organizations.

Her clients include ABC-Disney, AMC Networks, Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, GoDaddy, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Nike, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Safeway, The Conference Board, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, and many more. A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

The PR and branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show, Libby helps individuals and organizations “capture the mindshare”—that is, the heads and hearts—of their customers, colleagues and communities. She delivers keynote addresses, custom training programs, and executive coaching for companies desiring to create cultures of bold leadership and personal accountability. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires people to drive workplace performance by maximizing their “Leadership DNA,” building high-passion/high-performance teams; and increasing employee engagement through authentic communication.

Deciding she would answer the call of entrepreneurship, Libby left the corporate world and founded Libby Gill & Company in November 2000. As she was reinventing her professional life, Libby’s personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book, TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.

Libby’s award-winning book YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life has been endorsed by business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard. Her latest book, CAPTURE THE MINDSHARE AND THE MARKET SHARE WILL FOLLOW: The Art and Science of Building Brands, shows readers how to build brand loyalty through deep emotional connections.

A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News and a member of the Author’s Guild, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous young men, an Oberlin College freshman and a first-year teacher with Teach for America.

Libby Gill ON Speaking Back to top


Once you understand your beliefs, both individually and institutionally, you can begin to change your behaviors.

SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn from your presentations?

GILL: I want people to recognize how their beliefs drive their behaviors, intentionally or unintentionally. Once you understand your beliefs, both individually and institutionally, you can begin to change your behaviors. I want those who attend my presentations to leave with a renewed sense of energy, a fresh perspective, and a few solid strategies that they can implement right away to make a positive impact on their teams, cultures, and companies.

SPEAKING.COM: What kind of prep work do you do prior to an event to prepare for your speaking engagements?

GILL: So much of speaking is in the preparation. I read everything I can get my hands on about the company or industry, and then I personally interview a number of people who will be attending the event. Ideally, I speak with attendees who will provide me with a good cross-section of the audience — different professional levels, challenges, and objectives. That's the best way for me to tailor my remarks so that they are relevant and timely.

SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements while on the road?

GILL: I've presented to groups worldwide, so there's always something new and memorable that happens while traveling. Most recently, I had the privilege of keynoting for several groups in Kuwait. Because of my Hollywood studio background, I was on a panel alongside titans of the Kuwaiti media industry and was humbled (and a little embarrassed) when every question from the audience was addressed to me.

After several of these, there was nothing I could do except turn to my fellow panelists and remark (tongue planted in cheek), "Gentlemen, I apologize, but I seem to be dominating the platform!"

Because my message is about playing at the top of your game — and then challenging yourself to go even higher — it's appropriate for people at any career stage.

SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

GILL: I love speaking to individuals and organizations that are hungry for change, but might need a little push to get them moving forward, taking risks, and trying new things. I often keynote for large corporate or association events attended by professionals of all levels. Because my message is about playing at the top of your game — and then challenging yourself to go even higher — it's appropriate for people at any career stage. In fact, it's really exciting when there is a group that runs the gamut from entry level up to the C-suite.

SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?

GILL: Although I was very successful in my corporate career, I often found the workplace environment needlessly punishing. Not only did management often pigeonhole people into roles with limited chance for growth (I overcame that!), but there was often a lack of kindness and humility that I didn't like. It was particularly difficult to find role models, so I vowed that if given the chance, I would share a sense of hope as well as strategic tools with people who wanted to advance their careers. Fortunately, that's exactly what I get to do as an executive coach and speaker.

When it's relevant to the audience and they can walk away thinking about how to adopt a similar strategy or process in their own workplace, then I know I've struck gold.

SPEAKING.COM: How are your keynote presentations unique, and how much do case studies, personal stories, and/or humor factor into your speech content?

GILL: I try to find unique ways to help both established and emerging leaders bring out the best in themselves and their teams, and ultimately guide organizations to instill a deep sense of purpose that drives aggressive action.

One tactic that I use to achieve this includes showing the audience the links between their beliefs, behavior, and accountability. To that end, I find that case studies can be extremely helpful in conveying information about a challenge that an individual client or client company faced and how they overcame it. When it's relevant to the audience and they can walk away thinking about how to adopt a similar strategy or process in their own workplace, then I know I've struck gold.

As for personal stories (and I've got some pretty compelling ones), there is no better way to establish a connection with any audience than to let them know you're one of them. Humor is also important. If I weren't ready to have fun on the platform, would I ever share that I am a former tap-dancing bear? With the photos to prove it?

SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you have helped clients achieve?

GILL: It's pretty rewarding to look back at a long career (actually two long careers) and know that you have helped people transform their lives. Certainly, helping Dr. Phil establish the brand for his television show was a major milestone. I've also shepherded an attorney into elected office and guided an environmental engineer to become an entertainment executive. Change really is possible if you have passion, a plan, and a strong dose of accountability.


Libby Gill Speaker Videos Back to top

Libby Gill: Demo Video


“Clarify, simplify and execute – this is my decision-making matrix," says Libby Gill as she explains how to rationalize decision-making to energize innovation and creativity. “I think we tend to over-complicate everything," she explains, giving presentations that do exactly the opposite. As Dr. Phil says, “Libby Gill is one of those people who gets it."

Keynote Speech


Libby Gill: Keynote Speech



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Libby Gill's keynotes and coaching focus on unblocking the paths to higher performance and innovation: the “stuckness" as she calls it. She demonstrates how having hope can energize your vision to enable you to rise to every challenge.

In addition to demonstrating how to bring innovation and bold leadership to all levels of your organization, Libby can share the secrets of her bestselling book Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow that shows how to capture the trust and loyalty of your customers and clients in order to maximize your business.

HOPE THEORY: How Belief, Behavior, and Accountability Drive High Performance
How do you re-energize your workforce when it’s clinging to the status quo? What can you do to infuse your leaders—and future leaders—with vitality and vision? Give them the greatest gift of all: hope.

Hope, derived from the word hopian, which means “to leap forward with expectation,” is the jet fuel for the journey of work and life. It’s the difference between people who give up when they encounter the least bit of resistance and those who rise to every challenge, no matter how seemingly insurmountable.

In her dynamic keynote, Libby shares the scientific data as well as her own research and insights on hope theory and its impact on the workplace. She demonstrates why hope is one of the most important elements of successful leadership and corporate culture—as well as one of its most overlooked.

    • Discover why high-hope people set more goals, identify goals which are harder to attain, and are more successful at reaching their goals than low-hope people.
    • Learn the differences among hope, happiness, and optimism—and why hope's roots in reality make it the critical difference for employee success.
    • Master practical methods for creating a culture of engagement by "feeding" rather than "starving" hope in your workplace.

You Unstuck: Creating a Culture of Risk-taking and Innovation
Sooner or later, every individual or organization gets stuck. It’s just part of the human condition. Maybe the “stuckness” manifests as a lack of agility or an unwillingness to innovate or take risks. Maybe it’s a general feeling of malaise or disengagement. However it shows up, if you ignore your stuck state, you run the risk of mediocrity becoming your new normal.

Igniting Bold Leadership: Inspiring High-Passion and High-Performance at All Levels of Your Organization
A corporate entertainment veteran, Libby Gill held senior management positions in public relations and communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Turner Broadcasting, and was also the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show. During her 15-year Hollywood tenure in an industry known for cutthroat competition, she survived more than a dozen management restructures, transitions and takeovers. Yet with each change, Libby positioned her company to maintain their competitive edge—and emerged as a leader herself.

Capture the Mindshare & the Market Share Will Follow: Aligning Personal Brand with Organizational Vision
In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that your brand cuts through the clutter and captures the mindshare of your customers and clients. Because once you’ve got their mindshare—that is, their trust, loyalty, heads and hearts—the market share will follow. So how do you capture the mindshare?



Libby Gill Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"Your 'You Unstuck' presentation was a HUGE hit with our global HR team. The place was still buzzing today about challenging the INRs, using the CSE method and various ways to cross your body parts. We’re already talking about how to leverage you and your approach for our senior execs. Nicely done!"
    Scott Millward, Director of Learning and Organization Development, Warner Bros.

"We’ve seen a lot of great speakers here at Disney, but Libby’s presentation was one of the most inspiring I’ve seen in a long time. She managed to blend practical business information with deep insights about personal responsibility and leadership. After a very challenging year, our group was ready to get back to work, totally re-energerized by her empowering message."
    Sharon Williams, Senior Vice President, Disney—ABC

"Libby was absolutely fabulous... a perfect blend of credible business experience, fascinating life circumstance (without being cloying—this is tough to pull off) and helpful insight into how to reframe stagnant perspectives and effect real change. The best part is her enthusiasm and humor—and her skillful avoidance of the type of rah-rah cheerleading cliche trap that many speakers fall into. I am not alone in feeling this as her talk sparked a long and interesting discussion among conference participants."
    Courtney Rice, Director, Global Pharmaceuticals

"Thanks again for helping to make ASAE’s first ever Virtual Conference a big success. We greatly appreciate the time and expertise you shared with our members!"
    Ann Blouin, Chief Learning Officer, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Partial Client List:

    • Microsoft
    • The Conference Board
    • Disney-ABC
    • Warner Bros.
    • US Travel Assoc.
    • Marriott
    • Aging Services of Minnesota
    • Comcast Entertainment Group
    • Thomson-Reuters
    • Credit Union National Assoc.
    • Triad Hospitals
    • Cisco Systems
    • Lilly Pharmaceuticals
    • Washington Public Utilities District Assoc.
    • USAA
    • Andrews-Kurth Legal, LLC
    • The Boeing Company
    • Natural Products Assoc.
    • Targeted Learning
    • Healthcare Businesswomen's Assoc.
    • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
    • Financial Women International
    • Celebree Learning Centers
    • Cadbury Schweppes
    • Texas Chamber of Commerce
    • Natl. Kitchen & Bath Assoc.
    • Intl. Assoc. of Administrative Professionals
    • Hewlett-Packard




Exclusive Interview with Libby Gill

I find that organizations often overlook what I believe should be the first step to motivate and engage their workforce: infusing a sense of hope into the culture.
In this interview, Libby Gill discusses:
  • The first step to re-energizing your workforce.
  • Creating a risk-taking culture.
  • Moving your group when they feel stuck.

  • * Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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    "Your 'You Unstuck' presentation was a HUGE hit with our global HR team. The place was still buzzing today about challenging the INRs, using the CSE method and various ways to cross your body parts. We’re already talking about how to leverage you and your approach for our senior execs. Nicely done!"
        Scott Millward, Director of Learning and Organization Development, Warner Bros.

    "We’ve seen a lot of great speakers here at Disney, but Libby’s presentation was one of the most inspiring I’ve seen in a long time. She managed to blend practical business information with deep insights about personal responsibility and leadership. After a very challenging year, our group was ready to get back to work, totally re-energerized by her empowering message."
        Sharon Williams, Senior Vice President, Disney—ABC

    "Libby was absolutely fabulous... a perfect blend of credible business experience, fascinating life circumstance (without being cloying—this is tough to pull off) and helpful insight into how to reframe stagnant perspectives and effect real change. The best part is her enthusiasm and humor—and her skillful avoidance of the type of rah-rah cheerleading cliche trap that many speakers fall into. I am not alone in feeling this as her talk sparked a long and interesting discussion among conference participants."
        Courtney Rice, Director, Global Pharmaceuticals

    "Thanks again for helping to make ASAE’s first ever Virtual Conference a big success. We greatly appreciate the time and expertise you shared with our members!"
        Ann Blouin, Chief Learning Officer, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

    Partial Client List:

      • Microsoft
      • The Conference Board
      • Disney-ABC
      • Warner Bros.
      • US Travel Assoc.
      • Marriott
      • Aging Services of Minnesota
      • Comcast Entertainment Group
      • Thomson-Reuters
      • Credit Union National Assoc.
      • Triad Hospitals
      • Cisco Systems
      • Lilly Pharmaceuticals
      • Washington Public Utilities District Assoc.
      • USAA
      • Andrews-Kurth Legal, LLC
      • The Boeing Company
      • Natural Products Assoc.
      • Targeted Learning
      • Healthcare Businesswomen's Assoc.
      • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
      • Financial Women International
      • Celebree Learning Centers
      • Cadbury Schweppes
      • Texas Chamber of Commerce
      • Natl. Kitchen & Bath Assoc.
      • Intl. Assoc. of Administrative Professionals
      • Hewlett-Packard


    You Unstuck: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life
    In You Unstuck, Libby Gill uses cases studies, client stories from her coaching work, and brain research to help readers understand the biological basis of fears that hold them back. She shows how to reframe what she calls Riskophobia, turn off the fear voices, and circumvent ancient defense systems. Readers can then create an Escalating Risk Hierarchy by "chunking down" their vision into small, actionable steps, ordered from least to most anxiety inducing.

    By combining stress-busting relaxation techniques with small action steps, the readers’ odds for realizing their vision greatly increase in this Relax, Risk, Repeat cycle. Gill also shows readers how to "Avoid Limiters & Embrace Liberators," keeping naysayers at bay while seeking influential supporters who can help free their creativity and productivity.

    Capitalizing on her business background, coaching expertise, and a personal history of risk-taking and resilience, Gill makes complex concepts relevant and accessible through immediately applicable tools, exercises, self-tests, and questionnaires that challenge readers to change.


    Traveling Hopefully: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life Are you living a life based on who you really are or one built on outdated messages from your past? Is your past negatively influencing your present and potentially derailing your future? What if you could shift your perspective from limiting to liberating?

    Now you can learn to let go of your baggage and create a life of passion and purpose. Success strategist and executive coach Libby Gill is your partner in life change as she shares her inspiring story and guides readers step-by-step through the journey of self-transformation.

    With courage and candor, Libby poignantly discloses how she struggled with a family legacy which included divorce, mental illness and molestation, robbing her of her best possible life until she learned to dissect the past so she could direct the future. With a transformative process she calls the Five Steps to Jumpstart Your Life, Libby provides practical tools and down-to-earth insights that translate abstract concepts into concrete action.

    The 21 Hopeful Tools are easy-to-follow exercises that take readers through this process, showing them how to:

      • dissect the past to direct the future
      • link internal clarity with external action
      • create a Traveling Hopefully personal roadmap
      • recruit a Support Squad to provide information and inspiration
      • keep moving toward what you want and away from what no longer serves you

    Filled with tips and tactics, personal accounts, and client success stories, Traveling Hopefully shows readers how to create big-picture visions and turn them into bottom-line action so they can lose their baggage and live the life of their dreams.

    "This book is for real, because Libby is for real..."
        Dr. Phil McGraw in his foreword to Traveling Hopefully


    HOPE THEORY: How Belief, Behavior, and Accountability Drive High Performance
    How do you re-energize your workforce when it’s clinging to the status quo? What can you do to infuse your leaders—and future leaders—with vitality and vision? Give them the greatest gift of all: hope.

    Hope, derived from the word hopian, which means “to leap forward with expectation,” is the jet fuel for the journey of work and life. It’s the difference between people who give up when they encounter the least bit of resistance and those who rise to every challenge, no matter how seemingly insurmountable.

    In her dynamic keynote, Libby shares the scientific data as well as her own research and insights on hope theory and its impact on the workplace. She demonstrates why hope is one of the most important elements of successful leadership and corporate culture—as well as one of its most overlooked.

      • Discover why high-hope people set more goals, identify goals which are harder to attain, and are more successful at reaching their goals than low-hope people.
      • Learn the differences among hope, happiness, and optimism—and why hope's roots in reality make it the critical difference for employee success.
      • Master practical methods for creating a culture of engagement by "feeding" rather than "starving" hope in your workplace.

    You Unstuck: Creating a Culture of Risk-taking and Innovation
    Sooner or later, every individual or organization gets stuck. It’s just part of the human condition. Maybe the “stuckness” manifests as a lack of agility or an unwillingness to innovate or take risks. Maybe it’s a general feeling of malaise or disengagement. However it shows up, if you ignore your stuck state, you run the risk of mediocrity becoming your new normal.

    Igniting Bold Leadership: Inspiring High-Passion and High-Performance at All Levels of Your Organization
    A corporate entertainment veteran, Libby Gill held senior management positions in public relations and communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Turner Broadcasting, and was also the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show. During her 15-year Hollywood tenure in an industry known for cutthroat competition, she survived more than a dozen management restructures, transitions and takeovers. Yet with each change, Libby positioned her company to maintain their competitive edge—and emerged as a leader herself.

    Capture the Mindshare & the Market Share Will Follow: Aligning Personal Brand with Organizational Vision
    In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that your brand cuts through the clutter and captures the mindshare of your customers and clients. Because once you’ve got their mindshare—that is, their trust, loyalty, heads and hearts—the market share will follow. So how do you capture the mindshare?



    Libby Gill: Demo Video


    “Clarify, simplify and execute – this is my decision-making matrix," says Libby Gill as she explains how to rationalize decision-making to energize innovation and creativity. “I think we tend to over-complicate everything," she explains, giving presentations that do exactly the opposite. As Dr. Phil says, “Libby Gill is one of those people who gets it."

    Keynote Speech


    Libby Gill: Keynote Speech



    Creating a Hope-Driven Culture with Libby Gill

    By Libby Gill

    After nearly twenty years in senior leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. A sought-after international speaker, she guides established and emerging leaders to increase passion and productivity in their organizations. I find that organizations often ... more

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