901-754-9404
My List0

We've now made it easier for you to research and save your favorite keynotes speakers. Click on the + sign to add a speaker to your Speaker List and email your favorites to colleagues and friends.

using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
Bert Jacobs  Speaker

Bert Jacobs

    • Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist of Life is Good


Full Bio
In Person-Fee 🛈

$50,000 - $100,000

Virtual Fee:

Please Inquire

Travels From

Massachusetts

WORLDZ 2016

WORLDZ 2016

Bert Jacobs Speaker Biography


Bert Jacobs and his brother John launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers across the US and Canada.

Bert worked as a ski instructor and pizza delivery guy in Vail, CO before teaming with his brother John to design and sell T-shirts in college dorms up and down the East Coast. After five years traveling in their van together, the brothers officially launched Life is Good with the mission to spread the power of optimism.

Early on, Bert and John were inspired by stories of people, mainly children, facing great adversity. These stories illustrated that optimism is most powerful in the darkest of times and inspired the creation of a fully integrated business model dedicated to helping kids in need. Life is Good donates at least 10% of its annual net profits to the Life is Good Kids Foundation to positively impact over 120,000 kids daily facing poverty, violence, and illness.

Bert focuses his energy on guiding overall vision and creating the art and message for the brand across categories. He enjoys live music, travel, and surfing. His shoes do not always match.

To inspire others to choose optimism and grow the good in their lives, Bert and John wrote Life is Good: The Book/ How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride, published by National Geographic in September 2015.

Bert has been awarded honorary doctorates from several universities for entrepreneurship, business innovation and philanthropy. He and Life is Good have been featured on CNNMoney, CNBC’s Business Nation, ABC News’ Nightline, NBC’s The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and Men’s Health Magazine, among others.

Bert and John are the youngest of six siblings from Needham, MA.  They credit their mother as the first powerful optimist in their lives, and the inspiration for Life is Good.

Life is not perfect. Life is Not Easy. Life is Good. Bert & John Jacobs founded Life is Good to inspire people to celebrate the good around them. Over time, a vibrant community grew that taught them that optimism is the most powerful strategy to living a happy and fulfilling  life, especially in the hardest of times. In times of uncertainty, fear, loss, and tragedy, we still have the choice to focus our energy on what’s right in our lives and the world around us and find the opportunity instead of obstacles. We have the ability to use these times of darkness to come together, to see each other as humans (not just co-workers or clients), build unbreakable bonds, and innovate like never before. Through this virtual keynote experience, Bert Jacobs will share the inspiring business story of Life is Good, from the humble beginnings selling T-shirts out of a van, to finding opportunity in the face of hardships like the Great Recession and unthinkable tragedies like the Boston Marathon Bombing, which took place steps from the Life is Good Headquarters. Audience members will leave this keynote with a renewed sense of optimism and with the tools and inspiration needed to find and grow the good around them – in business and in life.  

Embracing The Power Of Optimism To Innovate & Thrive In Times Of Change. Business leaders see significant change ahead for their companies as 71% of CEO’s expect the next three years to be more critical for their industry than the last 50. Jacobs dives into creating a “yes, and” culture focused on opportunities (not obstacles) and brand-building that will stand the test of time. 

Cultivating A Culture Of Optimism From The Inside Out. Jacobs shares experience from Life is Good to help audiences discover their own sense of optimism to uncover a deeper meaning to the work they do. Lessons on gratitude, openness, and compassion show how simple mindset shifts can transform company culture that can be felt by your customers and beyond.

Positive Purpose. More than ever, consumers are demanding brands they buy from are socially responsible. Jacobs shares the LiG story and inspires audiences to integrate a deeper meaning into their work... the authentic way.

What For-Profits can Learn from Nonprofits. The smartest capitalists today and in the future will integrate social work into their businesses because their customers demand it, because this enables deeper purpose to our work – and because it strengthens our organizations. Bert guides audiences through the process and benefits of philanthropizing for-profit organizations. From integrating charity into the sales process, to marketing the message, to cultivating a genuine culture of social good at the workplace, Bert has lived and breathed “giving” at every stage of Life is good’s growth-making his ideas and experiences relevant to audiences of any size.

Related Speakers

Clint Pulver, speaker

Clint Pulver

Leading Authority on Employee Retention

Gary Hamel, Change Speaker

Gary Hamel

Strategic Innovation Expert

Molly Secours, Communication Skills Speaker

Molly Secours

Writer & Filmmaker for Racial Equity and Social Justice

John Canfield , Business Strategy Speaker

John Canfield

Independent Corporate Trainer

Charlie Miller

Dr. Charlie Miller

"One of the most technically proficient hackers on Earth"- Foreign Policy

Elizabeth McCormick, Overcoming Adversity Speaker

Elizabeth McCormick

Female BlackHawk Helicopter Pilot and Warrant Officer for the United States Army

James Mapes, Speaker

James Mapes

Peak Performance Coach 

Carl Higbie, Change Speaker

Carl Higbie

Former Navy Seal; Devoted to Preserving the American Dream

Cameron Atlas, speaker

Cameron Atlas

Emotional Intelligence Speaker

Ryan Cambell, keynote speaker

Ryan Campbell

Youngest Solo Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe

Janine Stange, speaker

Janine Stange

Motivational speaker

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Feminist

Reviews

Testimonials

A wonderful bureau to work with! Big ups to everyone who helped make our event a success. Fingers crossed we get the chance to collaborate fo..

MDRT | Testimonial

"As always, you are the best most responsive speaker bureau I've ever worked with!"

Image Media

Angela Schelp was a great partner in finding the right kick-off speaker for our conference. This was my first conference identifying the keyn..

CubeSmart

I just wanted to thank Matt Meyer and Sheryl Moon for their meticulous assistance with identifying, securing and preparing our chosen guest s..

Testimonials | TraceLink | Executive Speakers

This was my first experience using ESB to locate and secure a keynote speaker for my Corporate event. They were extremely easy to work with a..

AngMar Medical Holdings

"Matt Meyer was really wonderful in assisting me to find the correct keynote speaker for our conference. Jenny Foreman was completely on top ..

The Anchor Group

"As always, Executive Speakers Bureau helped us execute another flawless event. It is always so reassuring to know that you have a team behin..

Texas Hospital Association

"What stands out about the times I have worked with Executive Speakers Bureau is their lightning-fast response time. ESB’s account exec..

Keynote Speaker

"I've worked with Richard and ESB for many years and he's always able to deliver for us. He works hard to meet your speaker goals within the ..

Chem Dry

"Angela is the best!!! I can always count on her honest feedback about speakers. She helps me look like a hero to my company!"

Testimonials | Medtronic | Executive Speakers
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call to discuss how we can you help find the right speaker(s) for your organization.

© 2022 Executive Speakers Bureau. All Rights Reserved.

Design and Developed by eBiz Solutions

Get Ideas in 1 hour or less

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in one hour or less.

Please fill in information below