Adam  Markel

Adam Markel


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We’ve Got To Develop Resilience Before We Need It
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Adam Markel


In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
Virtual Fee Range:
$15,001 - $20,000
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Why Book

  • Adam Markel, a respected and revered culture catalyst resilience speaker, digs deep and shares the highly personal challenges he has bounced forward through in his life to connect with, and inspire, his audiences.
  • Adam utilizes his own research with more than 5000 business leaders worldwide to demonstrate how being resilient allows leaders to effectively manage change, create solutions, optimize energy and take charge of how situations in your life unfold.
  • Whether your organization faces massive change or you simply want your employees to be proactive in their response to change, Adam holds the key to unlocking success.


Adam Markel, bestselling author, keynote speaker and resilience researcher, guides individuals and organizations to tap the power of resilience to master the challenges of constant change. With 18 years as a trial attorney building a multi-million dollar enterprise and 10 years as the CEO of a leading personal development and business training company, Adam has much to share about resilience, culture and change. Yet, some of his most enduring lessons came from his years as anocean first responder – a life and death environment where Adam learned the importance of cultivating high performance capacity and impeccable teamwork.

In his latest bestselling book, Change Proof, Adam shows how those principles of resilience are equally relevant today for any business that wants to move beyond managing change to actively embracing it and using times of uncertainty, crisis, and chaos to create opportunities and stimulate individual and team growth.

As one of Huffington Post’s top speakers to see and the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Pivot, Adam’s messages have inspired tens of thousands worldwide. His keynotes, corporate workshops, and business mentoring integrate practical business strategies, personal development insights and a unique delivery style to create a high-energy and impactful learning environment.

Adam is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of WorkWell Labs, a TEDx speaker and influencer, and host of The Change Proof Podcast, facilitating insightful discussions with business leaders and social innovators and sharing strategies to fully embrace an uncertain world and build Change Proof organizations.

Adam is continuously inspired by his wife of more than 30 years and their 4 amazing children.

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Cultivating a Change-Proof Culture with AI: Preparing for a Future-Ready Workforce

In the dynamic realm of today’s business, the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) transcends mere technological innovation, playing a crucial part in enhancing employee well-being, happiness, and efficiency. This presentation explores AI’s revolutionary impact on crafting a supportive, productive work environment. We’ll delve into how AI tools can mitigate stress, uplift mental health, and establish a wellness-driven culture, thereby elevating employee contentment and performance.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • AI’s Workplace Evolution: Uncover how AI, including machine learning and data analytics, is transforming workplace practices and enhancing employee relations.
  • Boosting Mental Health and Well-being: Discover AI-powered strategies for monitoring and improving mental health, emphasizing stress relief and emotional wellness.
  • AI and Work-Life Harmony: Learn how AI optimizes operations and workload, fostering a balanced work-life dynamic and curbing burnout.
  • Customized Employee Support: Explore the benefits of AI in providing personalized support and growth opportunities, thereby increasing job satisfaction and personal development.
  • Ethical AI Use: Examine the ethical and privacy concerns associated with employing AI in monitoring and enhancing employee well-being.
  • Looking Forward: Anticipate future AI innovations and their potential to transform workplace culture and employee engagement further.

This talk is designed to offer an in-depth perspective on leveraging AI as a key element in building a positive, high-performance work culture, ensuring a happier, more involved workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Becoming Change Proof: The Power of Resilience for Unprecedented Success

In an era where change is the only constant, Adam Markel’s keynote on Change Proof resilience offers invaluable insights for individuals and organizations navigating the complexities of the modern workplace. Drawing on his extensive experience as a resilience researcher, keynote speaker, and bestselling author, Markel provides a roadmap for harnessing the power of resilience to thrive amidst ongoing change and disruption. His latest bestseller, Change Proof: Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Build Long-term Resilience, underscores the necessity of developing resilience before it’s needed, highlighting that resilience is multifaceted—encompassing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions.

Through engaging narratives and practical strategies, Markel elucidates how resilience is not merely about enduring but about thriving—transforming adversity into opportunity and growth

Key learnings and takeaways from Adam Markel’s keynote include:

  • Holistic Resilience: Resilience spans mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual realms, requiring a balanced approach to foster overall well-being and long-term success.
  • Proactive Recovery: High performance is linked to recovery, not exhaustion. Incorporating regular, ritualistic self-care practices ensures sustained energy and productivity.
  • Leveraging Adversity: Change and adversity, rather than being feared, can be catalysts for growth and innovation, pushing individuals and organizations to evolve and strengthen.
  • Cultural Shift Towards Self-Care: Prioritizing self-care and encouraging it within teams cultivates a culture of resilience, leading to healthier, more adaptive, and cohesive groups.
  • Strategic Adaptability: Embracing change and developing strategies to leverage uncertainty can position individuals and organizations to bounce forward stronger, capitalizing on the inherent opportunities presented by adversity.

This keynote offers a transformative perspective on resilience, emphasizing its critical role in achieving and sustaining success in today’s dynamic world. Through his compelling narrative and evidence-based strategies, Adam inspires a shift towards a more resilient, adaptable, and proactive approach to personal and professional challenges.

Got Your Back: Fostering a Thriving Culture of Support and Collaboration

In today’s high-stress environment, organizations face pivotal questions: Are we too overwhelmed to innovate? How do we combat burnout and maintain our competitive edge? As the world accelerates post-COVID-19, creating a nurturing workplace where individuals can excel becomes not just beneficial, but essential.

Annually, businesses lose an astounding $62 billion to health and safety costs arising from exhaustion and burnout. It’s clear that the ability to not just survive but flourish under stress is a critical asset for any organization.

Join Adam in this dynamic, virtual session as he unveils the secrets to enhancing performance and resilience within your team. Through a captivating ‘Got Your Back’ culture, discover practical strategies and actionable insights that promise to transform your workplace dynamics. Prepare to empower your team with tools that resonate beyond the session, driving lasting growth and success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Empower Innovation: Learn how to foster an environment where creativity and big thinking thrive, even in the face of challenges.
  • Combat Burnout: Strategies to recognize early signs of burnout and actionable steps to address and prevent it within your team.
  • Build Resilience: Techniques for developing individual and collective resilience, enabling your team to perform under pressure and adapt to change.
  • Cultivate Support: Establish a ‘Got Your Back’ culture that emphasizes mutual support, collaboration, and trust, significantly enhancing team cohesion and productivity.
  • Drive Sustainable Success: Practical tools for sustaining a healthy, productive workplace that consistently achieves and exceeds goals.
High Performance Leadership Lessons from a Lifeguard Building Resilience in Business

Drawing on a diverse background that spans 18 years as a trial attorney, 9 years as a CEO, and 7 years as a lifeguard on Long Island’s beaches, Adam Markel brings a unique perspective to leadership and resilience. His insights go beyond conventional wisdom, rooted in real-world experience and a deep understanding of what it takes to build and sustain high-performing teams.

In his dynamic presentation, Adam introduces the “Resilient Leadership Model,” a transformative approach that aligns team members with a unified mission, engaging them mentally, emotionally, and physically. This model transcends traditional notions of endurance and command, focusing instead on heart-centered techniques that cultivate lasting resilience and superior performance.

Participants will be engaged through audience participation and compelling narratives, exploring the pivotal role of resilience in leadership. Adam’s strategies are designed to foster an environment of trust, accountability, and open communication, setting the foundation for a culture that favors collaboration over competition.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Trust Through Transparency: Uncover how openness fosters trust, the cornerstone of high-performing teams.
  • Love-Based Accountability: Learn to hold team members accountable with compassion, enhancing motivation and commitment.
  • Revolutionary Feedback System: Implement a feedback mechanism that promotes genuine, swift, and productive communication.
  • Cultivating Courage: Establish systems that encourage calculated risk-taking, supporting a supportive ‘got-your-back’ culture over a divisive ‘watch-your-back’ atmosphere.
PIVOT Formula Cultivating a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

In an era where disruption is the norm, organizations clinging to the status quo face a stark reality: adapt or face obsolescence. A staggering 88% of the Fortune 500 companies listed in 1955 have since vanished, underscoring the peril of resisting change. The key to enduring success and avoiding the trap of mediocrity is cultivating “PIVOT-Ability”—the capacity to continuously reinvent and innovate by leveraging change.

Adam Markel’s presentation introduces the P.I.V.O.T. Formula, a strategy designed to foster creativity, agility, and resilience. By integrating foundational principles, compelling stories, and interactive exercises, Adam guides teams through the process of embracing small, yet impactful changes for sustained productivity and longevity.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Embrace Incremental Innovation: Learn the law of small changes to boost productivity and ensure operational sustainability.
  • Build Organizational Resilience: Discover a 4-part Resilience Regeneration process that embeds resilience at every level of your organization, from leadership to the front line.
  • Adopt a New Success Paradigm: Transition to a success model that encourages reaching new heights and learning from mistakes, fostering an environment where great ideas flourish.
  • Overcome Change Resistance: Break through the fear of change and challenge the status quo, empowering your team to embrace transformation and drive innovation.

Adam Markel Reviews

“I heard Adam speak last year and wanted to share his message of resilience with my family, friends and community. Partnering with the Pulaski County Growth Alliance, we created a community wellness conference featuring Adam. From the tenor of the day and the attendee feedback, everyone felt the same thing I did last year: refreshed and recharged with a new toolbox to build our capacity to not just recover from stress and all the things that life throws at us, but to bounce forward from it! We’re so happy to have Adam here and would love to have him back in the future.”

— County Health Department

“Adam JUST spoke to our group and I’ve already had people come up and tell me he is the BEST speaker that we have had of all of our sessions…and we’ve been doing this for over 30 years! He was dynamic and wonderful and we have really appreciated him being here. Thank you, Adam!”

— The Imaging Network Group (INg)

“The feedback from all corners is OVERWHELMING. Thank you so much for sharing with us yesterday. I JUST came from yet another conversation where someone said you were the best keynote in the 7 years they’ve been attending. I’ve heard a dozen or more people who have started their day with one or more of your recommendations.”

— Valet Living

“Thank you, Adam, for the tremendous message you gave our team today. As we head into some unprecedented times in our market, your message of resilience and grit couldn’t have been better timed. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Adam, we appreciate you.”

— Farm Bureau Financial

“Adam was the perfect closer for our event. He provided insights for all of our marketing leaders that helped them understand resilience in a way that they had not before. He provided tools and action items that they could take home and immediately work on. At SMPS, we need to be bold and agile for what’s next in the AEC industry. Adam has given us the tools to be resilient, to model resilience and to build resilient leaders!”

— Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)

“Adam Markel delivered an exceptional presentation at our organization’s annual forum. His dynamic energy and approachable demeanor deeply connected with our audience, creating a highly positive and engaging experience. Adam’s discussion on resilience was very relatable and provided practical, actionable steps for our attendees to integrate resilience into their personal lives and organizations. Adam actively encouraged audience participation, which, despite being the final session on our Forum’s schedule, infused our audience with invigorating enthusiasm. His pre-event resilience assessment allowed him to customize his presentation to address the unique needs of our audience. The profound impact of our event was undeniably attributed to Adam’s keynote session. We enthusiastically recommend collaborating with Adam and his team.”

— Shelton Leadership Forum


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