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Wally Amos has found his way onto the taste buds and into the hearts of countless millions of Americans with his passion for quality merchandise and educational causes. In 1975 Wally founded Famous Amos Cookies and so launched the gourmet chocolate chip cookie industry in the USA. Many ventures have followed, the most recent being Chip & Cookie, a “cookie boutique" in Hawaii and chipandcookie.com, an online cookie retailer.

Tremendously successful in business, Wally's philosophy is to use that success to help others. With Christine Harris–Amos he created the Chip & Cookie Read It Aloud! Foundation (of which he is chairman), which has inspired more than 5 million parents across the USA to read to their children every day. One time National Spokesman for Literacy Volunteers of America, he refers to himself as a Literacy Advocate. He serves on the board of the National Center for Family Literacy and Communities in Schools.

Recipient of the President's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the Horatio Alger Award and the National Literacy Honors Award, Wally's famous Hawaiian shirt and battered Panama hat have found their way into history as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Business Americana Collection. He has also been inducted into the Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.

Wally Amos has appeared countless times on television, both as an interviewee, news item, educator and sitcom actor. In addition he has written eight books ranging from self-help to recipes, including his autobiography, The Famous Amos Story: The Face That Launched A Thousand Chips and The Power In You: Ten Secret Ingredients To Inner Strength.

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    Today, his name is a household word. Wally Amos’ most recent venture is Chip & Cookie, a unique cookie boutique in Waikiki and Kailua, Hawaii, and an e-commerce business, www.chipandcookie.com. Chip & Cookie features 5 flavors of cookies from Wally’s original recipe and the Chip& Cookie characters, originally created by Christine Harris-Amos and the venture’s mascots for literacy. Wally & Christine created the Read It Loud! Foundation in 2005 (www.readitloud.org). In 2008, a three-year public-private partnership with The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was formed to stimulate 5 million parents nationwide to read to their children every day. Wally also co-founded the Uncle Wally’s Muffin Company which produces a full line of muffins.

    As founder of Famous Amos Cookies in 1975 and father of the gourmet chocolate chip cookie industry, he has used his fame to support educational causes. Wally was National Spokesman for Literacy Volunteers of America from 1979 until 2002 when they merged with Laubach Literacy Council to create ProLiteracy Worldwide. He now refers to himself as a Literacy Advocate. He serves as a Board Member of the National Center for Family Literacy and Communities in Schools. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Chip & Cookie Read It Loud! Foundation.

    Wally Amos has received many honors and awards. He gave the shirt off his back and his battered Panama hat to the Smithsonian Institution’s Business Americana Collection. He has been inducted into the Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, and he received the Horatio Alger Award, The President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and The National Literacy Honors Award.

    Wally is also an author who has written eight books; his autobiography, The Famous Amos Story: The Face That Launched A Thousand Chips, The Power In You: Ten Secret Ingredients To Inner Strength, Man With No Name: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade, Watermelon Magic: Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life, The Cookie Never Crumbles: Inspirational Recipes for Every Day Living, Be Positive, Be Positive!: Insights Into How To Live A Joy-filled and Inspiring Life, The Power In Self-Esteem: How To Discover And Fulfill Your Life Dreams and Live An Inspiring Life: Ten Secret Ingredients for Inner Strength.

    Over the years, Wally Amos has acted in a number of network sitcoms and appeared on hundreds of interview shows, news programs, educational programs and commercials. On the lecture circuit, he addresses audiences at corporations, industry associations and universities with his inspiring “do it” positive attitude.

    Over 150 million Americans know Wally Amos. His fame is grounded in quality, substance and a positive attitude.


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Wally Amos gives an inspirational speech at the Honolulu Speech Festival in which he articulates his key beliefs about authenticity and finding the inner truth that can lead to success and happiness. He tells his audience, “Whatever you believe creates your reality. You will have to create your own belief system. Your parents and teachers are here to help and guide you, but ultimately you will be on your own. What will your belief system be?”

Placing his trademark emphasis on positive independence and self-examination, Wally explains, “Attitude is the magic word. If you want to see magic happen in your life, you need that positive mental attitude.”

Wally Amos reads from his new book



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Wally Amos shares his personal odyssey through the worlds of business and show business with his life story which is truly inspiring. He was born in very humble circumstances in Tallahassee, Florida, he moved to New York, worked for the William Morris Agency with Marvin Gaye and the Supremes, among many others, and then launched his amazingly successful cookie company.

Wally's philosophy is that a person can be happy no matter what their circumstances, providing they have the right approach. Rooted in his own experience, he shows how every person has a power within that can enable them to triumph over the worst adversity and come out the other side smiling.

With an emphasis on living in the now and getting in touch with who we are rather than who we have been, Wally demonstrates to his audience how negative beliefs can be transformed into positive ones and how cultural stereotypes and myths can be dropped and replaced with clear vision and strong action.

A “Famous” Story
This is Wally’s personal and compelling story on how he started and developed The Famous Amos Cookie Company. Starting with his humble beginnings in Tallahassee, Florida he will take you on a journey that includes growing up in the early South to moving to New York to live with Aunt Della to his years with the William Morris Agency where he worked with Simon & Garfunkel, Marvyn Gaye, the Supremes and many others during the 60’s. Learn how he turned a chocolate chip cookie into a superstar and what it really means to be famous.

He will also give you insight into how he continues to overcome adversity. How he started a company while going through litigation over the ownership of his name. This is truly A “Famous” Story. This is authentic Wally Amos at his best.

The Cookie Never Crumbles
Wally Amos is a man of wisdom, a man of humor, and a man of joy. And he has learned the greatest secret in life: You can be happy no matter what. Wally will share his inspiring collection of "recipes," and tell you how adversarial situations are often blessings in disguise, and how the lessons we learn in life sometimes come from the most unexpected places. The Cookie Never Crumbles is Wally′s philosophy, and during his lecture he will tell you, through touching, hilarious, thought provoking stories, how you can adopt this philosophy for you.

From Wally′s childhood, up through his days in the entertainment business, to the creation and loss of "Famous Amos" cookies, and to his current way of life, Wally Amos struggled, adapted, and finally triumphed. His inspirational advice will make you laugh, make you dream and make you think. This is a message built on faith!

The Power In You
This program is designed to demonstrate that life is an inside job. Using his personal experiences, Wally explores the power in words, faith, enthusiasm, giving, attitude, love and other positive aspects of life to help the audience connect with their inner power. Throughout the years that he has been speaking, "The Power In You" has proven to be an excellent vehicle for building self-esteem and confidence.

Relationships Are Partnerships
Drawing from his own relationships, both personal and business, Wally shares how organizations can achieve clearer communications, harmony and a sense of belonging for all employees. Because of his years of varied experiences and careers, plus his warm, personal and sincere delivery, he is qualified to show the advantages of teamwork. Wally shares his successes and his failures, which can act as a mirror to benefit your organization. When you strengthen your relationships and partnerships, you strengthen your organization.

A Recipe for a Successful Life
What are the ingredients that have made Mr. Amos a success? Focus, Teamwork, Follow Through, Balance. An enlightening experience where the audience will explore their own belief system and evaluate their own values. A super charged speech for anyone or any company ready to turn their lives, career, or corporation around. (By the way, you have to book Wally to get the rest of the recipe.)

Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life
Hawaii′s beloved "Cookie Man" focuses on helping people to shed the cultural stereotypes and myths that often cloud their decisions and misdirect their actions. Emphasis is placed on getting in touch with the truth of who we are now versus what we′ve been in the past. Participants will realize that each of us creates our own belief system and will learn how to transform the negative beliefs they may have into positive ones while simultaneously unlocking their inner power.



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    Wow! Wally Amos did an outstanding job at our "Stop the Drop" forum. He had us laughing; then crying and back to laughing. His passion for life and children shines through as he speaks. He not only spoke to educators about his philosophy of reaching out to children, but he also found time to read to the children in two of our day cares. Mr. Amos truly cares and touches the life of many. He truly is a blessing.
    Gilmore Foundation
    (Event booked by Speakers Platform)

    Wally was wonderful. I have had nothing but positive feedback about his speech. One attendee even called it magical. And personally, Wally was a joy to work with. Very accomodating to every request and a true pleasure to be around.
    Anne Decker Adman Lima, OH

    Well, what can I say? Tremendous, fantastic, wonderful, entertaining, delightful, fun, moving, heartwarming, talented, just what I wanted? Yes--to all that and more! Of course, I′m not suprised. That′s why I wanted you back. But I will agree with what you told me last year--you are better than ever!
    David J. Bloyd, Assistant VP, Agency Sales Promo. Physicians Mutual Insurance Company

    Dear Wally: You wowed us like we have never been wowed before! Inspiring, awesome, unbelievably sensitive, dynamic, thrilling and sensational are but a few of the words I heard uttered from the audience as they spoke about the luncheon keynote speaker--Wally Amos.
    Elaine Williams Conneticut Minority Supplier Developement Council

    Dear Wally: ...your luncheon presentation was wonderful! You definetly went above and beyond my expectations when you stayed the course in the CU Store signing your books until the absolute last one was sold. You are truly an inspiration.
    Leslee Summers, Palm Tree Conference Manager California Credit Union League




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    Wow! Wally Amos did an outstanding job at our "Stop the Drop" forum. He had us laughing; then crying and back to laughing. His passion for life and children shines through as he speaks. He not only spoke to educators about his philosophy of reaching out to children, but he also found time to read to the children in two of our day cares. Mr. Amos truly cares and touches the life of many. He truly is a blessing.
    Gilmore Foundation
    (Event booked by Speakers Platform)

    Wally was wonderful. I have had nothing but positive feedback about his speech. One attendee even called it magical. And personally, Wally was a joy to work with. Very accomodating to every request and a true pleasure to be around.
    Anne Decker Adman Lima, OH

    Well, what can I say? Tremendous, fantastic, wonderful, entertaining, delightful, fun, moving, heartwarming, talented, just what I wanted? Yes--to all that and more! Of course, I′m not suprised. That′s why I wanted you back. But I will agree with what you told me last year--you are better than ever!
    David J. Bloyd, Assistant VP, Agency Sales Promo. Physicians Mutual Insurance Company

    Dear Wally: You wowed us like we have never been wowed before! Inspiring, awesome, unbelievably sensitive, dynamic, thrilling and sensational are but a few of the words I heard uttered from the audience as they spoke about the luncheon keynote speaker--Wally Amos.
    Elaine Williams Conneticut Minority Supplier Developement Council

    Dear Wally: ...your luncheon presentation was wonderful! You definetly went above and beyond my expectations when you stayed the course in the CU Store signing your books until the absolute last one was sold. You are truly an inspiration.
    Leslee Summers, Palm Tree Conference Manager California Credit Union League


    The Path to Success is Paved with Positive Thinking: How to Live a Joy-filled Life and Make Your Dreams Come True
    In this book, award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling author Wally Amos shares his insights into the transformative power of positive thinking and how to use it to create a life full of success, inner strength, and lasting joy.
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A “Famous” Story
This is Wally’s personal and compelling story on how he started and developed The Famous Amos Cookie Company. Starting with his humble beginnings in Tallahassee, Florida he will take you on a journey that includes growing up in the early South to moving to New York to live with Aunt Della to his years with the William Morris Agency where he worked with Simon & Garfunkel, Marvyn Gaye, the Supremes and many others during the 60’s. Learn how he turned a chocolate chip cookie into a superstar and what it really means to be famous.

He will also give you insight into how he continues to overcome adversity. How he started a company while going through litigation over the ownership of his name. This is truly A “Famous” Story. This is authentic Wally Amos at his best.

The Cookie Never Crumbles
Wally Amos is a man of wisdom, a man of humor, and a man of joy. And he has learned the greatest secret in life: You can be happy no matter what. Wally will share his inspiring collection of "recipes," and tell you how adversarial situations are often blessings in disguise, and how the lessons we learn in life sometimes come from the most unexpected places. The Cookie Never Crumbles is Wally′s philosophy, and during his lecture he will tell you, through touching, hilarious, thought provoking stories, how you can adopt this philosophy for you.

From Wally′s childhood, up through his days in the entertainment business, to the creation and loss of "Famous Amos" cookies, and to his current way of life, Wally Amos struggled, adapted, and finally triumphed. His inspirational advice will make you laugh, make you dream and make you think. This is a message built on faith!

The Power In You
This program is designed to demonstrate that life is an inside job. Using his personal experiences, Wally explores the power in words, faith, enthusiasm, giving, attitude, love and other positive aspects of life to help the audience connect with their inner power. Throughout the years that he has been speaking, "The Power In You" has proven to be an excellent vehicle for building self-esteem and confidence.

Relationships Are Partnerships
Drawing from his own relationships, both personal and business, Wally shares how organizations can achieve clearer communications, harmony and a sense of belonging for all employees. Because of his years of varied experiences and careers, plus his warm, personal and sincere delivery, he is qualified to show the advantages of teamwork. Wally shares his successes and his failures, which can act as a mirror to benefit your organization. When you strengthen your relationships and partnerships, you strengthen your organization.

A Recipe for a Successful Life
What are the ingredients that have made Mr. Amos a success? Focus, Teamwork, Follow Through, Balance. An enlightening experience where the audience will explore their own belief system and evaluate their own values. A super charged speech for anyone or any company ready to turn their lives, career, or corporation around. (By the way, you have to book Wally to get the rest of the recipe.)

Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life
Hawaii′s beloved "Cookie Man" focuses on helping people to shed the cultural stereotypes and myths that often cloud their decisions and misdirect their actions. Emphasis is placed on getting in touch with the truth of who we are now versus what we′ve been in the past. Participants will realize that each of us creates our own belief system and will learn how to transform the negative beliefs they may have into positive ones while simultaneously unlocking their inner power.


Speech


Wally Amos gives an inspirational speech at the Honolulu Speech Festival in which he articulates his key beliefs about authenticity and finding the inner truth that can lead to success and happiness. He tells his audience, “Whatever you believe creates your reality. You will have to create your own belief system. Your parents and teachers are here to help and guide you, but ultimately you will be on your own. What will your belief system be?”

Placing his trademark emphasis on positive independence and self-examination, Wally explains, “Attitude is the magic word. If you want to see magic happen in your life, you need that positive mental attitude.”

Wally Amos reads from his new book