Travels from Virginia, USA
Steve Uzzell's speaking fee falls within range: $5,000 to $10,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
Steve Uzzell is one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the world. His 30 years of experience began with National Geographic, where he served as an assistant to the editor and a member of their photographic staff. His work has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including 10 from Communication Arts.
Steve has photographed two books, Maryland and The View from Sterling Bluff. His editorial work has been featured in over 50 publications, including Newsweek, Smithsonian, Time, and U.S. News. Currently, Steve spends six months out of every year traveling the world for clients like Honda, Weyerhaeuser, Yellow Freight, Boeing and France. The rest of the year he spends teaching and speaking.
Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve Uzzell inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure. In any project he undertakes, Steve Uzzell′s preparation lays the foundation for magic to happen; “Chance favors the prepared mind,” said Louis Pasteur. After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend.
Steve Uzzell spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his presentation Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving.
Steve Uzzell travels the globe for clients such as Honda, Weyerhaeuser, Yellow Freight, Boeing and France and his work has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including ten from Communication Arts. Along the way Steve Uzzell has photographed two books, Maryland and The View From Sterling Bluff and had editorial work published in over 50 publications including Newsweek, Smithsonian, Time, and U.S. News.
In this video, Steve discusses his unique approach to creative problem solving. He opens by joking that he is often asked questions by strangers whenever he is on an assignment. “I’ll have my tripod set up, I’ll be completely surrounded by photograph equipment, and a total stranger will walk right up to me and ask, ‘What are you doing?’” he says. “Human curiosity and our basic need to connect are much more powerful impulses than recognition of the obvious.”
He continues by saying that one time after he was asked this question, he decided to give an honest answer. When an elderly woman asked him what he was doing, he replied, “Actually, Ma’am, I’m solving problems.” In response, the woman scolded him, assuming he was lying. Steve explains, “in order to take photographs, you have to solve problems.” He goes on to discuss what taking photographs has taught him about creative problem solving.
Steve brings passion, perspective and preparation to every speech. He lays the foundation for magic to happen by focusing his attention on each individual client. In his presentation, “Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving,” Steve uses his striking photographs to illustrate his metaphor about possibility and creativity.
Through his experience and creative vision, Steve shows his audiences how to open their minds and unleash the power of imagination. He demonstrates how to put his perspective to work every day in problem solving, the creative process and in life. He inspires audiences to enjoy life’s journey and make any venture an adventure.
Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration Of Creative Problem Solving Using his own wonderful photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and his astounding photographic portfolio to make any venture an adventure. Steve′s approach to his photographic work serves as a blueprint for us to clearly see that solutions are sometimes found in very unexpected places.
In any project he undertakes, Steve lays the foundation for magic to happen, turning his focused attention to each client individually. "Chance favors the prepared mind," said Louis Pasteur. Our eyes see only what our mind is prepared to comprehend.
As Steve stresses, the open road never fails to open your mind, and once your mind is open, the power of your imagination is released. This formidable power knows no bounds. Steve uses his mind-stretching photos to bring the open road alive and full of possibilities. Learn to put this perspective to work for you everyday - in problem solving, in the creative process, and in your life.
When the destination becomes the journey, the circle is complete, and you begin anew. Take a different way home and enjoy the ride.
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“Thank you for the moving and inspirational presentation to our group. It could not have been more appropriate nor powerful-the images as well as the dialogue. I appreciate the thoughtfulness, care and passion which you bring to your craft. It shines through brightly.”
“In ISA′s 26 year history of conducting annual meetings, we have never had a 100% excellent rating until Steve Uzzell. Steve′s message, “preparation leads to magic,” and his delivery were exceptional. His presentation exceeded our expectations and sent us on an open road to enjoy life.”
Pamela J. Schmidt
Executive Director, ISA – The Association of Learning Providers
Partial Client List:
Adventist Medical in Portland, OR
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Alexander Key Investments
Association of Youth Museums
Avantha Group (Goa, India)
Bank of Oklahoma Financial
Brisa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Consumer Bankers Association
Council for Resource Development
Dallas County Workforce
Disney Consumer Products
Development Dimensions International
Edwards & Kelcey
Health Care Administrators Assoc.
Heating & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
Higher Education User′s Group
Iowa Hospital Association
Jones County (MS) Junior College
José de Mello Saúde (Lisbon, Portugal)
Johnson & Wales University
Jacksonville Acquisition Excellence Conf.
JP Morgan Chase
Marriott Association Masters
Marquette Financial / Pohlad Companies
Merrill Lynch (5X)
North Carolina Workforce Development
Northern CA Human Resource Assoc.
Northrop Grumman (3X)
of Behavioral Healthcare Providers
Ohio Assisted Living Association
Ontario Real Estate Association
Ontario Library Association
Piedmont Plastics (2X)
Poudre Valley Hospital
Quick and Reilly
Radiology Business Mgmnt. Assoc.
Red Wing Shoe Company
Regulatory Affairs Professional Society
Society for Human Resource Management
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals
Society of Incentive & Travel Executives
SITE – China Chapter (Beijing)
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Providers
Southern New Hampshire University
The Madow Group
Training Industry, Inc.
United States Probation Office (2X)
University of Maryland
University of Waterloo, Ontario
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Washington Bankers Association
Wyoming Governor′s Summit
Young President′s Organization (2x)
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