John  Foley

John Foley

John is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams and individuals to reach for their highest potential while empowering organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.

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In 2015 John Foley was recognized as one of the top 10 most in demand speakers. John has spoken to some of the Highest Performing organizations such as, Microsoft, Hitachi, Intel, Cisco, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Goodyear, Chevron, Lowe's, Marriott, Wyndham Hotels, Hilton, Penske Racing, Rawlings, LA Kings, Sprint, Motorola, Merrill Lynch, Mass Mutual, Capital Group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GE Capital, American Hospital Association, Merck, Sunovion, Reach Air, Adecco, Gillette, McDonalds, and Million Dollar Round Table.

He is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams and individuals to reach for their highest potential while empowering organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.

John's presentations are marked by three overriding traits.

~ A contagious attitude of thankfulness that he calls Glad To Be HereĀ®.

~ An energizing delivery that inspires High Performance with a purpose larger than self.

~ A practical model for living out his message that works in other organizations as well as within the Blue Angels.

John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches apart. To survive in those circumstances, he relied on a culture of high trust and leadership that turns inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences. He employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams to reach for their highest potential and empower organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.

John's post-Naval experiences as an entrepreneur and a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business put him in a unique position to reverse-engineer the culture of excellence and teamwork found in the Blue Angels. He has created a framework and a mythology that inspires greatness while propelling others on their own journey toward Higher Performance.

John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a defensive back for the Midshipmen, playing in two bowl games and helping Navy to one of the best four-year records in its football history. As a pilot, John was a "Top Ten Carrier Pilot" six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. He holds master's degrees in business management, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow); in international policy studies, from Stanford University; and in strategic studies, from the Naval War College.

In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. John donates 10% of his speaking fees to charities through the foundation. John works with every client to donate 5% to charities of their choosing. Through this program over 100 charities and 1 million dollars have impacted thousands of lives globally. It's part of his mission to connect a shared "purpose larger than self" with every organization.

    "It is clear that John Foley takes the time to KNOW his audience. John perfectly blended what we do here with his presentation and it was perfect. John's high energy and enthusiasm is contagious. John is clearly on a path and fulfilling his spiritual gifts with he does. Thank you for living into your calling!"

    --Braun Medical

    "A key priority for our sales organization in was to increase accountability and effectiveness with planning and execution. The Diamond Performance Model was a perfect compliment to reinforce this priority. John's keynote address at our national sales meeting, his monthly voicemails reinforcing these key points, as well as live workshops led by our sales leaders provided a framework to instill and reinforce the key concepts. The partnership with John Foley facilitated notable improvement in the sales team's engagement and effectiveness in 2012!"

    --Merk

    "The first thing that comes to mind is how well John related precision and excellence from his experience as a jet pilot to our roles in health care. The correlations became real when John used terms we are all familiar with: pillars of excellence, huddles, careplans, debrief, etc. It was clear that he did his homework and had a clear understanding of what we do and who we aspire to be. That gave him instant credibility and made it meaningful to us. The other thing that I found inspiring is that he included the failures (or so they seemed at the time) he had to overcome on his journey to success. There is no doubt that Sharp is a better place because of John's influence."

    --Sharp and Children's MRI Center LLC

    "Thank you very much for the inspirational speech in Las Vegas! You had a terrific way of articulating your experiences to our group but more importantly, your message of teamwork and trust is exactly what I've been trying to coach at NextGen Healthcare. NextGen Healthcare has been propelled to the pinnacle of our industry to the point that so many want to discover NextGen's "secret sauce". The recipe had one secret ingredient - trust. The kind of trust that most cannot relate to. Your talk was more on point that any talk I can remember. You mentioned hooking me up with your writer/publisher for a quote/endorsement. I would be happy to provide one if you like. As you know, I'm retiring soon but I'll be involved with other companies from a board perspective and I hope to stay in touch with you. Thanks again and best of luck!"

    --Independent Information Technology and Services Professional