Wally Amos is an icon and his name is a household word – and no wonder - he has been in the public eye for over 30 years! As founder of Famous Amos Cookies in 1975 and father of the gourmet chocolate chip cookie industry, his name is a household word.
As a professional speaker, Wally is highly valued for his charismatic and warm style and inspiring "do it" positive attitude. Wally is living proof that the success principals he lives by work. People identify with him. He is human enough to share his setbacks and shattered dreams, while also showing that tenacity and a joyous spirit allows you to soar and succeed.
His customized talks and master of ceremonies skills thrill audiences at corporations, industry associations and universities. He addresses the issues of commitment, integrity, attitude, imagination, enthusiasm, self-esteem, giving, faith and love. Presented in his unique and upbeat style, Wally shows organizations how to turn lemons into lemonade… because life is an “inside” job.
Since 1979 Wally has been a literacy advocate and serves on the board of many organizations. 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 Aloud Foundation.
His latest venture, Chip & Cookie, which features five flavors of cookies and two chocolate chip cookie plush character dolls, are the newest additions to Wally’s long line of amazing entrepreneurial success stories. His honors and awards include the President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the Horatio Alger Award and Outstanding Business Leader Award. Two of his trademarks, his famous Panama hat and shirt have been on display at the Smithsonian Institute.