Asked to describe Lance Secretan’s  (bio) superpower, most would say that he can ignite the flame of hope inside people and organizations.  He understands the pain-points for our entire workforce;  he recognizes the impatience of the newer generations as well as the frustrations from the more experienced workers.  They are all yearning for leadership that opens up unlimited possibilities and inspires their corporate cultures.

Areas of Expertise

Unlimited Leadership  |  Inspiration |  Effectiveness  | Corporate Culture  | Entrepreneurship  |  Competition  |  Talent  |  Loyalty


Lance Secretan

Why Unlimited Leadership = Sustainable Growth


Asked to describe Lance Secretan’s superpower, most would say that he can ignite the flame of hope inside people and organizations.

We are yearning for leadership that will make us feel like we matter, that our ideas count, and that our work really makes a positive difference.  This is especially important in this age of advancing technologies, headcount reductions, reorganization efforts, and stifling management practices.

Dr. Lance Secretan understands the pain-points for our entire workforce;  he understands the impatience of the newer generations as well as the frustrations from the more experienced workers.  They are all craving for leadership that opens up unlimited possibilities and inspires their corporate cultures.

Secretan is a best-selling author, speaker, teacher and mentor to leaders. After building a company from scratch to 72,000 employees, Lance retired. His next career was in academia, and not being able to find any textbooks that were relevant, or that matched his experience, he wrote his own. It became a national bestseller, and 21 more books followed.

He works with some of the world’s most successful leaders and their teams, where he helps them unleash their leadership potential and solve dysfunctional issues.  For this, he is recognized as the world’s number one authority on creating inspiring corporate cultures.

Lance researches each client assignment thoroughly and customizes his speeches to fit each client’s needs. He has spent years studying people’s individual learning styles and uses this knowledge to craft his message so that it connects deeply with each audience attendee. He blends his research, his extensive knowledge of corporate life, and his gift for connecting with people, to deliver a speech that will inspire them so deeply that they will remember the message for the rest of their lives.

Speech Topics

Unlimited Leadership: Stop Hindering, Start Unleashing

UNLIMITED: un·lim·it·ed, adjective - not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.  (example: "the range of possible ideas was unlimited")

  • Synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, immense, vast, great, extensive, immeasurable, incalculable, unfailing, infinite, endless, never-ending, bottomless, measureless
  • Antonyms: limited, finite

This definition, when applied to leadership, sounds like the type of place where we want to work. Places where we pursue dreams, not mission statements.  Places where we are inspired, not managed. Places where we care about each other, not tear each other down.  Where great ideas grow, where customers feel loved, and where we wear our company pride on our sleeves. Places, in other words, where people are inspired and extraordinary results are achieved.

Unlimited Leadership is a heartfelt presentation that has grown from Lance Secretan’s latest book, The Bellwether Effect,  which explores a different leadership path, one that steers us away from the dysfunctions in corporate life, enabling us to regain our passion for work life, which of course, will lead to higher performance.

Why we need Unlimited Leadership - Lance Secretan


Client List & Testimonials

Abbott Laboratories
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
American Heart Association

American Hospital Association
Asheville Mission Hospital System
Assn. of Family Health Teams of Ontario
ATB Financial
Atlantic Lottery Corp.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
Camosun College
Canadian Marketing Association (CMA)
Catholic Health Association
Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY)
Credit Union National Association (CUNA)
Encore Capitol
Financial Planning Association
First Command Financial Services

Flight Centre
Gamma Dynacare
Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Greater Louisville Inc.
Health Forum
Herman Miller
Humana Inc.
Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Hospital Association
KentuckyOne Health
LeadingAge Ohio
Lynchburg College
Maine Hospital Association
McCain Foods

Memorial Health
Mount Carmel
National Assn. of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
National Assn. of Personal Financial Advisors
Press Gainey
Septimatech Group
Society of Financial Service Professional
Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Dvlp.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Sutter Physician Services
The City of Burlington (ON)
TIM Mobile
United States Postal Service
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
University of Louisville
VHA (now Vizient)
...and many, many more!

How much I enjoyed your presentation – it was the hit of our conference. On a scale of zero to ten, you were an eleven.
          - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Captivating only touches the surface of the impact Lance Secretan had at our recent C-Suite Conference. The top business leaders from some of the largest companies are rarely inspired as they were by Lance.  
Bringing his creditability as a corporate CEO coupled with his wisdom and humility, Lance offered a new perspective to what matters for long-term business success. Lance grabbed everyone’s attention in a surprising way. He talked about love, a topic that is always present in our lives and mostly ignored in a business setting. He showed the link of our core capacity for caring for the concerns of others that is the foundation for inspiration. He challenged the value of vision and missions statements and showed the power of an organizational dream to change the destiny of organizations and all who work there.
We have had many leading speakers at our events. Lance is at the top of the list for us.
           - C-Suite Network

I just wanted to thank you again for a truly inspiring keynote address to our boards of trustees and leaders. Your message carried over the next two days and will certainly be a foundation for discussion at future board and leadership team meetings. I hope our paths cross again soon.

          - Centura Health

Lance Secretan has learned something that escapes most executives: that their employees have souls. Even better, Lance shows would-be leaders how to create organizations with soul and the results to prove it.
          - IndustryWeek

During the transition to my current leadership position, Lance Secretan offered a sounding board, solid advice and deep experience that was extraordinarily valuable. As a result of many years as an operating CEO, he is wise and deeply grounded in the experience of being a CEO. He does not hold back his truth and represents a wonderful, highly intelligent partner for sharing ideas and candor. My path towards my present position was made easier through my work with Lance. He guided me through the process of finding a new role that is more aligned with my talents and passion – I am much happier for it.
           - Presbyterian Health System

If I could choose but one person to work with for the remainder of my professional career, it is Lance. He is an inspirational leader who brings out the best in others, no matter what their title or task. He knows how to elevate everyone around him to achieve a level of excellence that is unexpected. His knowledge of corporate culture and leadership make him a huge asset to any corporation or organization looking to move to the next level. Lance successfully helped my organization earn a place on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For four years in a row.
          - Memorial Health

On my long and non-linear journey to become an effective human being and leader, I have derived much meaning by reading the works of important thinkers, writers, speakers and leaders. A few years ago, I had the privilege of reading, then participating in a speech, and eventually getting to know Dr. Lance Secretan. From the outset, I witnessed his phenomenal virtuosity in leading a group of 160-plus leaders from Louisville, KY as they built consensus that gave birth to their city’s collective dream.  He doesn’t just eloquently teach the principles of inspiring leadership; they reside in every cell of his being.
          - Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Secretan is prepared, professional and awesome.
          - Telemedia

I can vouch 100% for Lance’s work — I absolutely guarantee it! He has worked with us since 1991 and has had a profound impact on…the entire company.
           Cyanamid Canada

We have never had so much positive response on a keynote speaker. Congratulations!
           - The Life Insurance Institute of Canada

Lance is one of the most inspirational people I have met. He helped awaken in our organization a set of principles of Leadership that had been pushed to the background by years of focusing on the wrong things. He has been a mentor to me. Just knowing him helped me move in directions I never thought possible in the business world.
          - BMGI

Often, the best wisdom is the simplest especially when it’s delivered in a clear, logical and compelling fashion. The simplicity of Lance Secretan’s Leadership Principles and his incredibly articulate, professional, and commanding presentation made this one of the very best sessions I’ve ever attended. And, that includes 40 years of Million Dollar Round Table and other industry meetings. I’ve sent autographed copies of his books to my kids and plan to send additional copies to each of my key clients.
          - Alan R. Ziegler

Lance, you are certainly the best presenter I have ever heard! Thank you so much for using your talents to inspire others. You have left a lasting positive impression on 200 souls in Kings County Nova Scotia and I know the momentum you started will continue for our area. I really hope we can get you back for an encore presentation!
          - Kings Community Economic Development Agency
If I was to label Lance’s contribution to our success, I would label it superlative. He has a skill at making people stretch themselves. I am grateful that he exceeded my expectations and transformed us. He is a man with a mission and a message, that people need to hear.
          - Manulife Financial

You’re one hell of a speaker! Our hearts, minds and bottom lines are deeply indebted to you.
          - The Body Shop International Ltd

One of the most inspiring and impactful speakers we have ever had.  We simply loved him.
          - PMMI

Lance Secretan is a dynamic and innovative leadership expert and his fresh ideas and rigorous challenges excited and inspired our attendees. They will use his concepts in shaping future strategies. I only wish we had been able to spend more time with him at our Leadership Institute.

          - The Center for Association Leadership

Of all the speakers I have been exposed to in my life, you are, without the shadow of a doubt, the one who has moved me and will change my life forever.
          - Axcan Pharma

Lance He made a positive change in our people and the way we do business.
          - Promanad Communications Inc.

Our work with Lance was an enlightening process that has lead to remarkable results. Our senior team has matured to a high state of awareness of the needs of others and functions in a more cohesive and truthful manner. The journey mapped by Lance and his associates has been an honest, and inspiring one that is the beginning of an organizational cultural transformation that has served to awaken the entire organization to provide a higher level of service to all it touches.
          - The Credit Valley Hospital

Lance has a highly strategic mind. When I think of the process we went through and think of Lance’s skills I am grateful for his ability to look at, process and produce in a unique and highly creative way. I personally look forward to working together with Lance and having him stretch my mind — and our business.
          - Cyanamid Canada

Lance presents his material in a most unique and dynamic way that lends itself to getting people’s attention who may not have otherwise been interested, and specifically, as a result, tapping the potential of all involved. The lessons he shared, are and will continue to be, part of the reason Medtronic and each of us at Medtronic are successful in what we do.
          - Medtronic

Lance Secretan will touch the souls of all! Standing ovation! I promise you! I invited him to The Netherlands and Lance was the most successful speaker we have ever had! He is simply the best!
          - VALKENBURG bv

Lance was outstanding! His message is profound and utterly inspiring; his approach is powerful and so engaging. We were thrilled with every moment we had to spend with him! Lance’s presentation was rated by our members as the highest value-added component at our conference. The support we received from The Secretan Centre validated the values and principles that Lance represents and teaches – authentic living, service and leadership. Thanks for everything you’ve done to ensure the success of our event. I look forward to working with you again.
          - Marketing Association for Credit Unions

Lance has had great impact on the thinking of PCC associates and clients. Our own Destiny, Character and Calling is on our website as our Covenant. He has an amazing insight on leadership and is one of the most inspiring speakers I have known. An uncommon man.
          - Private Capital Corporation

Lance’s presentation to our hospital leadership and donors goes beyond words. A physician told me afterward that she was inspired to give even more to the hospital–in terms of philanthropy and time. Dr. Secretan’s message is so powerful that people are clamoring for him to come back and people who couldn’t come are calling and asking that we bring him back so they have another chance! This was more than a presentation. It was a wonderful and moving experience for everyone lucky enough to be in the room.
          - St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation

Congratulations on yet another powerful, professional and meaningful delivery of a brilliant message. The audience left feeling inspired and equipped with a sense of purpose. Everything flowed perfectly as the pens in the room were busy noting your wise and profound information. Congratulations on having the courage to speak your heart!
          - Whole Pie Productions Inc.

I had the privilege of attending one of Lance’s keynote speeches in the fall. His speech was unbelievably moving and inspiring. I can honestly say that he is the best speaker I have ever come across. His topics are relevant to our daily lives and the impact we can have on others. Being a good leader would interest many people in our industry. I can’t praise him enough for what he tries to instill in others.
          - GEC Architecture

Your messages struck me deeply, and as I continue to reflect on them my heart is filling with hope and the feeling that I can fly…once again.

          - Septimatech Group Inc.