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Matt Whiat

speaker location icon St. Louis, MO

Renowned Leadership Expert

Partner and Director of Outreach Programs, Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute

Former U.S. Air Force Officer

Matt Whiat wakes up each day to put others in the driver’s seat so that they can go places they never imagined possible. Matt draws on his leadership experience as a former US Air Force Officer to help organizations create cultures that put people first.

In 2011, while on Active Duty with the US Air Force, one of Matt’s missions was to escort Simon Sinek into Afghanistan. On this fateful trip and through an unusual set of circumstances Matt became not only a believer in Simon’s work, but a brother for life. Simon walked away with an idea, which later became his second book “Leaders Eat Last” (2017).

Simon and Matt later collaborated in creating the Department of Defense’s first TEDx speaking event, choosing to showcase “those who serve others”. A friend and mentor of Simon’s, Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller was a speaker at the event. When Matt heard Bob’s inspirational story he decided he wanted to join Bob and his team in building a world where everyone matters.

Currently, as Partner in the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute and Director of Outreach Programs, Matt draws on his previous 20 years of leadership experience as a former US Air Force Officer, helping organizations create cultures that put people first. This coupled with the people-centric leadership tools developed by the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute are the foundation of his teachings.

His previous roles include: service in the United Nations to bring peace to Liberia, West Africa. Working with NATO members for operations in Afghanistan. Squadron commander and other assignments on the Joint Staff and Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon. Matt has graduate degrees in international relations, management and finance. He is based in St.Louis, MO.

For availability and speaker fees, please contact Matt Whiat’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

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