With more than 30 years of experience, earning serious results for some of America’s best known corporations including Walmart, 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.
Corporate Transformation Leader
Keith knows first-hand 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. After successfully turning around Cub Foods, SuperValu needed Keith to turn around Acme Markets (a larger division of SuperValu 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. Currently, he is Regional Vice President at Walmart, responsible for ensuring a clean, fast and friendly customer experience at Walmart's Large Format stores in the Northeast. Previously, he served on the Corporate Board of Directors of WMS Industries (a gaming company) and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).
Nationally Recognized Leader
Keith has been recognized for his achievements, both in the corner office and outside. His awards and honors include:
Named one of the top 100 African American executives by both Black Enterprise and Savoy Magazine.
Honored as a Man of Distinction by the National Urban League.
2010 Executive of the Year by the Executive 50 Organization.
2008 Inductee into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Renaissance Leaders at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
2007 Diversity MBA Magazine Top 50 Under 50 African-American MBAs.
Keith is the bestselling author of three books on how to supercharge your performance and reach the top of the corporate world. Corner Office Rules: The 10 Realities of Executive Life (Kandelle Enterprises), opens the door to the often hidden world of the C-suite. Keith’s first book, Good Is Not Enough: And Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals (Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House), was an Amazon bestseller and was nominated for the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. His newest book, Swag Is Not Enough: Career Advice for the Serious Millennial, was co-authored with his daughter Alana.
Keith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BBA from Cleveland State University and his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.
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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.
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 inclusion.
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
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.
Do you know and have what it takes to be successful in your job? Did your last review reflect what you believe to be true about your performance and promotability? In this session, corporate executive Keith Wyche shares the realities of getting ahead in today’s tough corporate environment. You’ll gain “insider information” about what he and his C-Suite colleagues expect from their employees. It is time to realize that life is not fair; you must embrace change and take personal responsibility of your career path.
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