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Keith Wyche, Leadership Speaker

Keith Wyche

    • Opens the Door to Your Greatest Potential
    • President of Cub Foods 
    • Former President of U.S. Operations for Pitney Bowes
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Fee Range

$20,000 - $30,000

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"Corner Office Rules" interview

"Corner Office Rules" interview

Diversity is a Business Imperative

Diversity is a Business Imperative

With more than 30 years’ experience earning serious results for some of America’s best known corporations, including Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes and SuperValu, Keith Wyche has risen to become a successful corporate President and one of the highest-ranking African-American executives in the U.S. Keith understands the rules for success, rules he now shares as an author, speaker, and thought leader.

Keith Wyche knows firsthand how to lead an organization through change. As President of Cub Foods (a division of SuperValu), a $3 billion grocery chain with more than 8,000 employees, Keith led the division to double-digit sales growth in his first year—even though his only retail experience with groceries was buying them. After successfully turning around Cub Foods, SuperValu needed Keith to turn around their Acme Markets division, a larger division with 113 grocery and pharmacy stores and 11,000 associates that had been on a downward spiral as sales and profits had declined for the prior five years. Within a year as President, Keith had reversed that trend and led the chain to growth for the first time in a half a decade.

Before joining Supervalu, Keith was President of U.S. Operations for Pitney Bowes. There he turned around an organization that was losing clients, seeing its competition eat its market share, and suffering from a demoralized workforce.

Keith began his career in sales, marketing and management with AT&T and IBM.

He has been recognized for his achievements, both in the corner office and outside. 

A dynamic and charismatic speaker, Keith has brought his insight and experience to some of America’s leading corporations and institutions, including Harvard University, Northrup Grumman, Home Depot, Cargill, Microsoft, NY Life, and GE. Known for his straight-shooting, yet humorous style, Keith’s keynote talks and workshops focus on empowering employees to not only reach their full potential, but in doing so make their success their organization’s success too. 

Keith Wyche is the bestselling author of two books on how to supercharge your performance and reach the top of the corporate world.  In his latest book, Corner Office Rules: The 10 Realities of Executive Life, (Kandelle Enterprises) opens the door to the often hidden world of the C-suite. From understanding that you actually don’t know everything, to knowing how to take—and use—criticism, to learning to listen to people outside your circle, to understanding the importance of having a life outside of work, Keith teaches the rules he’s learned from his years as a successful, results-driven top executive.

Keith’s first book, Good Is Not Enough: And Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals (published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House), was an Amazon bestseller, and was nominated for the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. As one of America’s highest-ranking African American executives, Keith knows the extra challenges minorities face when they climb the corporate ladder.

In Good Is Not Enough, Keith teaches the key lessons that got him to the top, including the importance of personal branding, staying visible and current, how to cultivate a mentor, identifying potential career killers, and more.

Keith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BBA from Cleveland State University and his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. He currently resides in the greater Philadelphia area.

To book Keith Wyche call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Fostering an Inclusive Culture That Will Boost Your Bottom Line
Top companies embrace diversity and inclusion in order to drive growth. They have cultures that
tap into the unique and diverse backgrounds and experiences of their workforce to drive
innovation and bottom line results; they allow everyone to have a voice, share input, ideas, and
participate as equals; and value the performance of all employees equally, and provide equal
opportunity for growth and advancement.

During this engaging program, Keith Wyche uses compelling data, case studies, best practices,
and his years of personal experience to help organizations create a framework for true

After attending this program, leaders will have:
● A clearer understanding of inclusion, how it’s good for business, and how to build it into
their companies’ culture
● Enhanced sensitivity to the unique challenges People of Color, Women, and LGBT
employees face in business
● An awareness of unconscious biases and how to overcome them
● A renewed vision for how to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent

Ideal Audience: Leaders at all levels of the organization.

Transition Resilience It’s Not Just About Managing Change
Responding to change as it occurs is NOT the answer. Keith Wyche shows you how to build
transition resilience and equip your organization to deal with all transformations and transitions.
Adapting to change is a minimum requirement in today’s world. Change brings opportunity and
responsibilities whatever your job title. For you and your organization to excel, you must be able
to lead change and transformation. Leaders who can influence transformation are valued and
differentiated. In this session, Keith Wyche draws upon his own experiences, as a change
management leader with an exceptional record of turning around underperforming operations
and managing in industries undergoing rapid technological or competitive change. As well, he
shares real-world case studies to add to the learning experience. This is not Change
Management 101. Keith will show you how to lead your people so that they acknowledge
change not just in their heads, but also in their hearts. You will have powerful insights needed to
successfully transform your organization.

After attending this session, you are able to:
• Understand the psychology of change, and why people resist it.
• Recognize and use the four R’s of change: Relevance, Readiness, Robustness and
• Overcome the seven stakeholder barriers that can sink a change project.
• Realize how to define and cast your vision so that it engages every level of your

Ideal Audience: Anyone who must lead change initiatives, including mergers, system updates or replacements, and reorganizations.

Good Is Not Enough: And Other Real-World Advice for the Serious Professional
Moving up the ranks of any profession requires much more than having the right degrees and
fulfilling your job description. You must know “the unwritten rules” to success. During this
session, Keith empowers professionals to see themselves through the same lens from which
their stakeholders and executive decision makers view them.

Known for his “straight-shooter” wit, Keith shares anecdotes and insights from his and his
colleagues' journeys up the corporate ladder to provide real-world strategies for career
advancement. More than an industry consultant or a coach, Keith Wyche has the perspective of
a “boot-strap” corporate executive who worked his way up to the CEO position at a $3 billion
grocery chain, where he led 11,000 associates working across 113 grocery stories and
pharmacies. The practical advice, tools and tips Keith provides eliminate the maze that can
confine you to middle management.

After this session, you will be able to:
 Master the must-have leadership skills to power your performance and deliver results.
 Define and build your personal brand for excellence to break yourself out of the pack.
 More effectively engage with peers and senior management.
 Prove you’re a responsible, accountable professional who is ready to step-up.
 Create an effective Action Plan that works in the real world and keeps you on track to
attain your goals and fulfill your potential.

Giving you the real-world rules of corporate life, and equipping you with practical takeaways,
Keith will help you achieve the success you want, for both yourself and your organization.

Ideal Audience:
 Individuals who have been working for more than five years and are stuck in their current
position, or haven’t yet reached their career goals.
 Individuals who have been passed over for promotions and don’t understand why.

Additional Information
This presentation is available as a keynote and/or as a half-day workshop or as a fireside chat.
(Workbooks are available for the workshop.)

Corner Office Rules - 10 Realities of Executive Life
Are you ready to step up to senior leadership? The realities of executive life can be sobering if
you aren’t prepared for them. How you achieve results, how you’re perceived, what’s expected
of you, even who your friends are—nothing is the same as when you were in the middle ranks.

A 30-year corporate veteran and results-driven CEO, Keith Wyche will open the door to the
corner office to introduce you to the previously hidden world of the C-suite, and show you how
to master the realities that every top executive must face, including:

 What made you successful before won’t work now. Keith will teach you the skill set every
outstanding senior executive needs.
 Constructive conflict isn’t bad, it’s how things get decided. Keith will give you his deep
insights into how to work C-suite politics, and effectively channel conflict so that it
positions you and your organization for success.
 Tough decisions are a part of an executive’s reality. Keith will show you how to make the
hard calls, even when they challenge your personal values or relationships.

Keith shares real-world examples and insights from his own career and others’, in an
entertaining, no-nonsense and witty presentation that proves your authentic personality is the
best tool you have. This popular new keynote outlines what have always remained unspoken
Corner Office Rules and explores practical strategies and solutions you can use to succeed in
the most challenging roles of your career.

Ideal Audience:
 New executives and experienced senior managers.
 High-potential mid-level managers and others who are being groomed for senior

Supplementary Material
We recommend that all attendees read Keith’s new book, Corner Office Rules: The 10 Realities
of Executive Life. (Discounts are available for bulk orders.)

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