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Dr. Mark DeVolder

Speaker on Change, Resiliency, Employee Engagement, Leadership


Speaker Mark DeVolder is the Change Specialist and a pioneer in the field of transition management. Unique in the industry, DeVolder is one of the few speakers who teaches leaders how to change. He is a frequent presenter at top management meetings around the world, both live and virtual … from coaching NASA rocket scientists to re-create themselves to the cultural transformation of a $42 billion merger; from pivoting to a safety-first culture in Qatar’s oil industry to preparing Egypt’s largest company to restructure itself. Mark teaches leaders about Perpetual Pivot, the process of adapting to continuous change through reinvention, innovation and anticipation.

In addition to cutting-edge content, Mark brings high-energy, humor and audience interaction to all his presentations. He uses his skill as a master storyteller to draw people into the essence of his message. Whether live or on a virtual stage, Mark has the ability to connect deeply with people: “Mark kept us glued to our screen” and “Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.” +

Across five continents and in over 25 countries, Mark has worked with a myriad of impressive and diverse organizations, large and small, including NASA, McDonald’s, GE, Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Siemens, Medtronic, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, HILTI, Verizon, Orascom Construction and Monsanto. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to London and from Istanbul to Barcelona.

As a researcher, consultant and author, Mark has written the multi-disciplinary book on managing change, entitled Perpetual Pivot: How the Best Leaders Adapt to Exponential Change. His second book, Get Engaged, is a practical guide for improving employee engagement. Mark’s first publication was his doctoral dissertation which studied the elements of diversity, inclusion and teambuilding, entitled Unity in Diversity Through Synergy.

Known by his clients as the Change Specialist, Dr. DeVolder is recognized as one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions; Mark explains that change initiatives fail because of people, not programs. Similarly, changes are more likely to succeed when people are empowered through transitions. Consequently, DeVolder teaches leaders and organizations how to adapt, transform and reinvent themselves in the hurricane of change.

Dr. DeVolder draws on a wealth of business expertise as an author, successful mediator of high-profile multi-party disputes, corporate consultant of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions and as a cross-cultural coach to business leaders in preparation for free trade agreements.

All of Mark DeVolder’s presentations are highly customized for the client, industry and the event; Mark partners with organizers, creating a spirit of collaboration to deliver measurable takeaways for their organization.

Mark’s likability factor and frequent standing ovations help to explain his many awards: DeVolder received the prestigious Top 5 Speaker Award in Business Management four years in a row, as well as being voted #1 in Top 25 Speaker Awards 2019, sharing the honor with Nobel Prize winners and other thought leaders. Mark’s success as a speaker is attributed to his exceptional ability to provide customized, on-target business solutions with engaging stories, humor, wit and wisdom. --

Topics & Categories
  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Corporate Culture
  • Customer Service & Loyalty
  • Difficult People
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Employee Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources & Workplace Culture
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Morale Boosting
  • Most Requested Speakers
  • Most Requested Virtual Speakers
  • Motivational
  • Resiliency
  • Team-Work & Collaboration
  • Trainers
  • Trust & Ethics
  • Virtual Presentations
  • Workplace Safety

Dr. Mark DeVolder has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Barcelona and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur. He delivers dynamic, high energy presentations in both the private and the public sector to Industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies. DeVolder’s customized programs are a mix of practical tools, rigorous research, collaborative consulting, all punctuated with entertaining humor and engaging audience interaction.


Harnessing the Hurricane: Adapting Faster to Extreme Change

Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming.  +

Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog. You will learn how to rewire your brain to adapt to change, anticipate future trends and persevere in adversity. Mark’s practical principles enable you to act boldly, nimbly and quickly in face of exponential change. 

During Mark’s high-octane presentation, you will learn how to:

  • overcome change-paralysis and get mobilized through transitions
  • develop change-ready thinking and behaviours
  • overcome decision-quicksand, making smart-decisions, faster
  • repeat the cycle of success with the unstoppable power of resilience --

Developing the Mindset of a Champion

Why doesn't the fastest runner always win the race? Or why doesn't the smartest person always get the best job? Because it's not always the ones who "start out the smartest who end up smartest." (Dweck) It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion. It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold around their neck. Resilience can be learned. +

Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset of a champion.  Mark's best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience and conquer adversity.

You will learn powerful lessons to help you:

  • create a winning mindset of self-belief and unlimited potential
  • increase innovation and creativity through constructive nonconformity
  • expand tenacity and decision-making responsiveness
  • develop perseverance, positive attitudes and unstoppable resilience --

On Fire! Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day

We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are resilient. But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned.

Mark shares how to rewire your brain and increase neuroplasticity to spring through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. He reveals success strategies that enable you to adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change. +

When individuals lose their spark, organizations lose their fire. This predicament has a devastating effect on productivity, profitability and company reputation

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Mark’s test-driven model of engagement equips people to identify the causes of “flame out” and recognize behaviours and leadership decisions that act as a fire extinguisher.

Mark kindles the process through the pillars of engagement: clarity, competence, influence and appreciation. As relationships strengthen, trust burns brightly.

Mark shows leaders how to:

  • identify behaviors to increase engagement
  • re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation
  • build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation
  • accelerate performance and productivity

Recharge your team with Mark DeVolder’s industry-tested program. Get your employees and organization on fire. --

Shape Shifting Your Way to Business Success

Have you wondered why some people have the ability to change frequently, easily and quickly?  Are you amazed at their creativity, tenacity and results? These people are entrepreneurs.

In Dr. Mark DeVolder's ground-breaking presentation, you will learn:

  • about the heart and mind of an entrepreneur;
  • how to reinvent yourself, overcome obstacles and seize new opportunities;
  • the three keys of entrepreneurship: vulnerability, courage and synergistic partnerships.

Don't settle for being the best. Learn how to be the only one who does what you do.

“You’re a FRAUD! Exposing and Beating Impostor Syndrome”

The business world is full of highly successful men and women. Outwardly they appear poised and confident; and why wouldn’t they be? Their achievements speak for themselves. However, a growing number of professionals are plagued by secret thoughts and nagging doubts that lie beneath the surface; many high-achievers today suffer from impostor syndrome, the belief that they are frauds and do not deserve their own successes.  +

In DeVolder’s breakthrough presentation, he shows people how to cope with, adapt to and beat impostor syndrome. Known as the change specialist, Dr. DeVolder’s multifaceted approach empowers people to take charge of their lives, goals and careers.

You will discover how to:

  • Be mobilized rather than paralyzed by negative self-talk;
  • Adapt and reinvent yourself for business success;
  • Make decisions quickly with DeVolder’s 5 minute Shift-ability model;
  • Receive feedback without a negative downward spiral;
  • Enhance personal resilience through targeted change ready behaviours;
  • Rewire your neural pathways with daily happiness/engagement tips.

Mark DeVolder shows you how to believe in yourself, take control and enjoy the life you deserve.  --

Sixty to Zero in Your Workplace: Engage High-Performance Safety

Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety. The most common barrier however is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to change, accidents can happen.  +

Mark DeVolder’s proven transition model enables people to accept new practices and let go of the unsafe past. As people become Change Ready their level of engagement rises. DeVolder supports this progression with his easy to apply strategy increase clarity, competence, influence and appreciation.

During Mark's high-performance presentation, you will learn how to:

  • get change-right and change-ready;
  • defy change paralysis through Mark's mobilized for safety approach;
  • significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability;
  • identify behaviours that enhance engagement;
  • implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety

Empower your employees to achieve "target zero."  --

Solid Gold: Create a Foundation of Trust

Trust is the intangible asset in business today. Yet we live in an increasingly suspicious world. Public trust has been eroded by high-profile scandals involving unethical behaviours, fraudulent investment schemes, covert data collection and phone hacking, to name a few. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain customer confidence and loyalty in a transparent world where a small mistake can become a big problem.  +

Mark DeVolder presents a compelling business case for the ways that trust affects the bottom line: a company’s reputation, its ability to collaborate and innovate, attract and engage employees and respond quickly.

At the heart of Mark’s presentation is this maxim: relationships are based on trust and business is based on relationships. You will discover how to:

  • master essential actions that build high-trust;
  • take the right action quickly to correct a misstep;
  • recover trust and regain a client;
  • maintain loyal relationships in business

Unlock the secret of high performing organizations by building sustainable high-trust relationships – no matter what. There’s nothing more important.  --

VIRTUAL or On-site Training:
Change Management, Resilience & Engagement Training +

Dr. DeVolder’s presentations are customized and crafted to your needs: Virtual Keynotes for conferences, half day or full day retreats onsite, breakout sessions within a conference or upper management/board meetings are different methods of delivering the content.

Training Approach

Mark’s style is a careful balance of content and learning-related activity. He uses content, group participation, individual reflection, jolt activities and stories to deliver what is unquestioningly high-content training. To ensure maximum value, members apply Mark’s strategies to real work situations during the session, setting the team up to begin implementation of the principles immediately.


Mark’s style is a careful balance of content and learning-related activity. He uses content, group participation, individual reflection, jolt activities and stories to deliver what is unquestioningly high-content training. To ensure maximum value, members apply Mark’s strategies to real work situations during the session, setting the team up to begin implementation of the principles immediately. --


Change Management Training +

  • Tools to Manage Change: Understanding your personality, response to change and adaptability is essential to managing change
    Activity: Interactive exercise/individual responses

    Change Saturation: The cumulative effect of too much change/too fast
    The effects of change saturation: individual level, group, organization
    Strategies for success

  • Stages of Transition
    Three stage model: individuals and organizations
    Learning how to respond at each stage
    Organization changes
    Key Leadership Questions
    Resistance to Change
    Rationale for Change

  • Becoming Change Ready
    Taking Responsibility: Personal leadership during change
    Change Ready Profile
    Change Ready Behaviors
    Constructive Non-Conformity
    Future-Proofing Yourself: Beliefs and practices
    Making Smarter Decisions, Faster --

Engagement +

  • Pillars of Engagement: Clarity, Competence, Influence, Appreciation
  • Level of engagement in the organization
  • Identifying behaviors that build up and tear down engagement
  • Strategies to improve engagement
  • Engagement starts with you --

Resilience +

  • The Continuum of Resilience
  • Increasing Personal Resilience
  • The Success Factor: Sustainability during change
  • Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
  • Strategies to Increase Personal Resilience --

Dr. Mark DeVolder is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Dr. Mark DeVolder's speaking schedule, fees & booking speaker Dr. Mark DeVolder, contact us.

Keywords: Change, Disruptive Innovation, Resilience, Employee Engagement, Employee Morale, Adaptability, Embracing Change, Talent Retention, Disruption, Navigating Change, Work place safety, Impostor Syndrome, Top 2018 Speaker, Creativity, Innovation, Stress Management, Motivational Speaker,

What Clients are Saying

Mark, you were nothing short of awesome!!! Your advice is priceless and yes we'd love to have you back to speak to PepsiCo. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

–Chief Personnel Officer, PepsiCo Europe


Mark, you were nothing short of awesome!!! Your advice is priceless and yes we'd love to have you back to speak to PepsiCo. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

–Chief Personnel Officer, PepsiCo Europe

Absolute best presentation of the leadership conference!

–Riverside Medical Conference, Virginia, USA

Mark DeVolder receives my highest praise!

–Royal Mounted Canadian Police, Headquarters

Nearly a month after the conference, my colleagues are still talking about Mark's presentations.

–Conference Organizer, California Dental Association

We all left with a better grip on our own humanity and tools to soar higher.

–NASA, Spaceport Operations, Florida

Thanks for a great presentation at our conference. We greatly appreciated your participation and it was a pleasure to meet and hear you speak. We have had nothing but excellent feedback and appreciate the significant contribution that you made to making our event a success.

–ACG Edmonton

Thank you again for an engaging, entertaining, empowering presentation.  I believe we all left with a better grip on our own humanity and tools to soar higher.

–Spaceport Operations, Space Florida

Thought-provoking and dynamic. Moving and powerful. Remarkable energy. Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.


You gave us more to think about than any speaker in the past regarding navigating change and transition.

–Motion Industries, Fortune 500 Company

Dr. DeVolder's presentation was so timely, informative and well delivered!

–AIG Financial Group

It's rare that a professional speaker can hold the attention of a crowd and bring people to their feet and Mark you did just that!

–Sales & Marketing Associated Grocers

You delivered an outstanding presentation and greatly impressed the audience.

–Insurance Executives' Conference in Jamaica, MDRT related group

Mark's efforts to customize his material to our audience were appreciated and proved very successful!



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