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John Foley

John Foley

Inspire, Motivate and Energize your teams with an Experience of a Lifetime!

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Price range

  • $35,000
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  • Change
  • Employee Engagement
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork/Teambuilding
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  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Manufacturing
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  • 16 Years
  • About

    John Foley is a former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, Sloan Fellow at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, leadership expert, speaker and Gratitude Guru. As a thought leader on high performance, John created the “Glad To Be Here” Mindset Methodology and the Diamond Performance Framework.

    As a Blue Angel, John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying an F-18 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 turned inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences. His presentations inspire individuals, teams and organizations around the world to reach their highest potential while sustaining excellence under dynamic change.

     For decades, John has shared his exciting, rare journey with audiences around the world, becoming one of the most in-demand leadership and performance experts. John has spoken on 5 continents, 20 countries and over 1000 events working with some of the world’s top organizations such as; Google, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, HP, Mercedes Benz, BMW, IBM, Hitachi, Chevron, BP, Marriott, Hilton, Penske Racing, Alabama Football, LA Kings, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Edward Jones, Fidelity, Mass Mutual, MetLife, Bank of America, Deloitte, IBM, Hershey, P&G, Philips, Etihad, America Hospital Association, Blue Cross and the Mayo Clinic. He has also been a featured speaker at NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA, TedX, VC and CEO summits, Titan Summit, USNA Leadership Conference, Stanford Business School, University of Zurich and Global Sports Summits. As the founder of the Glad To Be Here Foundation, he and his wife Carol have donated over 1.9 million dollars to over 347 charities worldwide and sponsor children in 47 countries.

    John keynote presentations, workshops and online curriculum support Individuals, Teams, Organizations with lessons in:

    • High Performance, Leadership, Teamwork

    • Trust, Beliefs, Accountability, Culture

    • Glad To Be Here Mindset, Gratitude


    John graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was a defensive back for the Midshipmen. He was chosen as “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming an F/A-18 Instructor Pilot.

    He holds three master’s degrees: MA in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Stanford Master of Science in Management, as a Sloan fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. John was also a Fellow at Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation and was awarded an honorary PhD from UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

    As the founder of the Glad To Be Here Foundation, he and his wife Carol have donated over 1.9 million dollars to over 347 charities worldwide and sponsor children in 47 countries.

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational

    High Performance is a mindset, a process and a state of being that accelerates everyday achievement. Individuals and teams that embrace High Performance begin a journey toward excellence and elevated execution that has the power to carry them beyond their dreams.

    John Foley will take your team to the next level with this unique, high-voltage Keynote experience that will go beyond all expectations and leave a lasting drive for reaching high performance at all levels.


    The importance of teams being in sync is a concept that John Foley understands profoundly. The Blue Angels must be closely aligned in thought and action in order to accomplish their mission. Through their interdependence as a team, members are also challenged and stimulated to achieve higher levels of individual performance. In his dynamic presentations, Foley addresses the essential elements of exceptional team performance and makes them relevant, simple, and immediately actionable. He shares how to center a team around shared goals, strengthen relationships, and create unity that leads to consistent and effective results.


    We live in a time of rapid development. Business culture is evolving; mergers, acquisitions, and global expansion help create new opportunities. Smart companies keep ahead of the curve, but those willing to push the limits of what is possible – the .01 percent – are breaking the curve.

    Speaker John Foley has worked closely with top professionals from Fortune 500 companies, major league sports franchises, and healthcare service corporations and has discovered that at the crux of their challenges is one burning question: How do they adapt to change?

    Drive the Ball is the answer to that question. This keynote will help you in the following areas:

    • Create sustained innovation: Foley will share how creating group unity helped him innovate maneuvers for the Blue Angels
    • Communication & Collaboration: Foley will help you unlock the wealth of experience in your organization
    • Continuity & Mastery: using the “diamond performance framework,” Foley will help you master the Blue Angel methodology
    • Proactive vs. Reactive Habits: Foley will teach you the proactive habits of top Navy pilots that can help your organization adapt to changing business realities

    Drive the Ball equips companies with actionable tools that create a culture of sustained excellence and reinforce the “diamond performance framework.” Foley’s tailored messages resonate with even the most diverse audiences. His enthusiasm is contagious, and his story is inspirational.


    When people are deeply engaged in their work and feel valued, they are more productive and effective, leading to a positive impact on the bottom-line. John Foley shares how management can stimulate performance by creating a culture that values expression of gratitude and appreciation—for opportunities, co-workers, and clients. With his signature “Glad to be Here” mantra, Foley discusses the power behind gratitude as a way of thinking, working, and living. He shows how a culture of thankfulness engages employees on an intellectual and emotional level to create deeper commitment and raise levels of performance.

  • Review
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    “Never before in the history of our event has anyone ignited the audience the way John did. Learning from John how gratitude, trust and the pursuit of perfection help the best of the best become even better was a truly powerful experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

    C2 Management
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    “John combined captivating stories about the Blue Angels with his leadership and business savvy, delivering a first-class performance that both educated and enlightened. Truly inspiring and first class!”

    Tiger Paw Software
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    “John lit up the crowd. Energetic, funny, and inspiring…..but more important than that- relevant. This is a content driven speech. Lots of “Thunder & Lightning.”

John lit up the crowd. Energetic, funny, and inspiring…..but more important than that- relevant. This is a content driven speech. Lots of “Thunder & Lightning.