“I attend many, many conferences. Your keynote was the BEST I have ever heard.”
–  Kim De Leon
CEO, Cherokee County Federal Credit Union

Inspiring Programs That Drive Results

A Simple Approach To Dramatically Improving Employee Engagement & Retention 
(Leadership Lessons From A Prison, A Monastery, and A Boardroom)

A Practical Yet Inspiring Path To Eliminating Burnout and Helping People Thrive

How To Develop Servant Leaders 

(Click Here To Learn More About Matt’s Programs)

Matt’s Books

Matt’s Inspiring TEDx Talk On Why Great Leaders Lead With Love

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A Sample of Testimonials

“I attend many, many conferences. Your keynote was the BEST I have ever heard.”
-Kim De Leon
CEO, Cherokee County Federal Credit Union

“Matt Tenney is the BEST speaker I’ve ever heard at any event I have ever been to!”
-Polly Kondra
Sales Manager, Marriott Hotels

“Matt is one of the best speakers I have heard. He shared ideas and tools that will certainly help our partners to more effectively lead their teams and achieve better business outcomes. He also presented in a way that was very inspiring, and helped make our retreat a truly transformational experience.”
-Bob Hottman
CEO, EKS&H

“Inspirational! A perfect example to the organization of how effectively serving others is the key to true greatness.”
-Chris Thoen
Sr. V.P. / Global Head Science + Technology, Givaudan Flavors Corp.

“You are one of the best I have seen. The mannerism, style, approach, charisma, substance, delivery, examples you provided… First-class!!!”
-Richard Vincent
Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Kentucky

“Matt’s keynote, like his book, commands your full attention from the beginning to the end. His story drew the audience in and the inspiring examples he gave of servant leadership kept people engaged. The feedback from our leadership team was excellent. Matt inspired our team and provided tools to help them become even better leaders.”
-Bill Rogers
Regional President with Wells Fargo Advisors

“Matt is one of the best speakers I have ever heard.”
-Alesha Stevenson
Manager at Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

“Matt is among the best speakers I have ever heard. He captures his audience’s attention with his fascinating, inspirational story, and the examples of extraordinary organizations and leaders. He offers valuable content for improving sales and building effective teams, and inspires people to serve at a higher level.”
-Kristen Butcher
Director of Professional Development, Illinois Association of Realtors

“Probably the best speaker I’ve heard at any convention.”
-Tim Miller
Director of Sales, Conrad Hotels

“Overall, 99 percent of participant evaluations gave you a rating of excellent. Your presentation was a perfect fit for our organization as the information was relevant and needed while you managed to connect with the audience in an inspiring and entertaining manner.”
-Shane N. Yates
Executive Director Ohio Society of Association Executives

“One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard. Made me re-examine the purpose for my work.”
-Laura Kraynak
Sales Manager at Eastland Suites

“Matt’s story is one-of-a-kind and beyond inspirational! His message is motivating, moving, truly meaningful! We can’t wait to have him back!”
-Bryan Gardner
Director of Human Resources, Four Seasons Hotel, Austin

“Matt has a compelling story to captivate an audience and encourage them to explore the benefits of mindful, servant leadership. All of the attendees from the convention, whether they were CEOs, managers or front-line employees, gleaned something from his message.”
-Mark Bennett
Executive Director, International Window Cleaning Association

“Almost speechless. Best presentation I’ve seen in the last year!”
-Victoria Seel
Sales Manager, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

“Terrific! Well-delivered message that should cause each of us to refocus our priorities, lives, and mindsets.”
-Lisa Perius
Executive Director, Indiana Veterinary Medicine Association

“Matt’s [keynote] is life-changing.”
-Jodi Tarter
Regional Sales Manager, PAR-A-DICE Hotel & Casino

“Matt’s keynote was a great way to open our convention. The topic and content were right on.”
-Sara Decatoire
Executive Vice President, NAIFA Illinois

“‘Fascinating’, ‘engaging’, and ‘inspiring’ were just a few of the reactions from our members. Matt’s closing keynote for our annual conference was this and so much more. His story and message made people think and inspired positive change. What a fascinating, engaging, and inspiring way to end a professional meeting.”
-Mary Ann B. Passi, CAE
CEO Corporate Housing Providers Association

“Matt Tenney is a must see speaker. Attendees enjoyed his keynote so much, that his breakout session that followed was bursting at the seams.”
-Anne Roberts
Vice President of Education for Meeting Professionals International, New England Chapter

“Great speaker! Awesome message.”
-Dawn Van Buskirk
Regional Operations Manager, Howe Hospitality

“Matt’s program was powerful and inspiring. Several of our leaders were so moved that they suggested making the ideas Matt shared the core focus of our organization for the coming year.”
-Eva Leos
President, Meeting Professionals International, Texas Hill Country Chapter

“Very insightful and inspiring.”
-Sara Howe
CEO, IADDA

“Very moving. I found myself re-examining my priorities. Thank you!”
-Ted Mason
Executive Director, Kentucky Grocers Association

“Matt Tenney was a great choice for presenting the opening keynote at the 2014 MPI Toronto Education Conference. We received great feedback from our members. In addition to providing valuable content, Matt was engaging, motivating, and even brought some tears of inspiration to a good number of people in the audience.”
-Kris Knox
Director, Toronto Education Conference, Meeting Professionals International, Toronto Chapter

“I thought your message was powerful and life-changing. I’m going to make some changes and I’m excited about the possibilities.”
-Sandy Johnson
Sales Executive, Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau

More About Matt’s Programs

A Simple Approach To Dramatically Improving Employee Engagement & Retention:

Leadership Lessons From A Prison, A Monastery, and A Boardroom

Despite knowing exactly what drives employee engagement and retention, and massive investments improving them, employee engagement hasn’t improved in the last 20 years.

In this inspiring program, Matt Tenney explains why employee engagement hasn’t improved in 20 years, and shares the counterintuitive path to driving consistently high levels of employee engagement.

Matt provides the keys to making the essential mindset shift, which he discovered on his journey from prisoner, to monk, to social entrepreneur.

He also shares a practical approach to building simple habits that help team members to thrive, and be fully engaged at work.

A Practical Yet Inspiring Path To Eliminating Burnout and Helping People Thrive

In this inspiring program, Matt Tenney shows leaders how they can create a culture of sustainable high-performance in their teams and organizations – without burning people out – while also realizing deep meaning in the work.

In fact, he makes the case that meaning and performance actually fuel each other.

Matt will help leaders make a subtle shift in mindset – which he discovered on his journey from prisoner, to monk, to social entrepreneur – and develop simple habits that allow leaders to consistently inspire greatness in team members and help them thrive.

How To Develop Servant Leaders

More and more leaders are realizing that the key to driving high levels of engagement and performance is more effectively meeting the legitimate needs of employees with an approach to leadership known as servant leadership.

However, leaders are also finding that it’s hard to build an entire team of servant leaders.

Most people don’t naturally lead this way, and helping them change is challenging.

In this inspiring program, Matt Tenney helps leaders reignite their passion for serving and inspiring greatness in team members with ideas based on his journey from prisoner, to monk, to social entrepreneur.

He also shares a practical approach to developing servant leaders across the entire organization.


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