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Bill Treasurer is founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations live more courageously.
Bill is considered the originator of the new organizational development practice of “courage-building”. Bill is the author of the internationally bestselling book, Courage Goes to Work (Berrett-Koehler, 2008). The book provides practical strategies for inspiring more courageous behavior in workplace settings.
Bill is also the author of Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace (Wiley Publishing, 2011). As a comprehensive off-the-shelf training program, the material is designed to help organizational development practitioners and training professionals inspire more courageous behavior in their organizations. Learn more at www.pfeiffer.com/go/courage.
Bill’s newest book, Leaders Open Doors (ATD Press, 2014), focuses on the responsibility that leaders have for providing people with opportunities that cause them to grow and develop. Bestselling author Beverly Kaye calls is a “wonderful treat” and author Chip Bell calls it “amazing” and “profound”. Notably, Treasurer is donating 100% of the royalties to programs that support children with special needs. Learn more at: www.leadersopendoors.com.
For over two decades Bill has designed and delivered leadership and succession planning programs for experienced and emerging leaders for clients such as NASA, Accenture, CNN, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hugo Boss, UBS Bank, Walsh Construction, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the CDC, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more at www.giantleapconsulting.com.
Bill’s insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor’s Business Daily. Bill’s insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, Business-to-Business, Parents Magazine, Redbook, Women’s Day, Fitness, and The Harvard Management Update.
Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill was an executive in the change management and human performance practice at Accenture, a $29 billion dollar management consulting firm. Bill became Accenture’s first fulltime internal executive coach, where he coached Accenture senior executives to become more courageous leaders.
Bill’s first book, Right Risk (Berrett-Koehler, 2003) is about how to take smart risks. It draws on Bill’s experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete. Bill is a former member of the U.S. High Diving Team. For seven years he traveled throughout the world performing with a team of high performing athletes. During that time, Bill did over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet...sometimes on fire.
Bill holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended West Virginia University on a full scholarship. He is currently the past chairman of Leadership Asheville, a community-based leadership program, served on the board of his local YMCA, and supports charities that advocate for people with disabilities. Most importantly, he is the father of three beautiful children, Alex, Bina, and Ian.
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“Of all the folks who’ve keynoted our conferences, Bill was the best at both inspiring and educating our audience…His delivery was flawless. He involved the audience in quizzes and clever ways to engage the delegates in the material. He created a sense of intimacy with us by sharing personal examples that touched our hearts and made us laugh out loud… It’s no wonder that there was a spontaneous standing ovation at the end. I highly recommend Bill to anyone who is seeking an upbeat, knowledgeable, and customer-centric speaker who entertains, educates, and motivates audiences to take action. And not only that, he’s a genuinely nice guy and so easy to work with.”
-- Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge, and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
"Bill Treasurer’s ideas about courage and risk taking resonated so strongly with the Spanx team that we ended up working with the Giant Leap Consulting team on three occasions."
-- Sara Blakely, Founder & CEO of Spanx
“Bill Treasurer gave the closing keynote at the annual Fortune Leadership Summit and helped close out the event in an excellent and “courageous” way.”
-- Verne Harnish, Chair, Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Summit, Author, The Rockefeller Habits, CEO, Gazzells, Inc
"Our work with Giant Leap Consulting on our leadership development program has been transformative for our company. We see GLC not as a vendor but a trusted strategic partner for developing our people and strengthening our business."
-- Craig Atkinson, Vice President of Communication & Strategic Services at The Walsh Group
"Aldridge Electric has been very pleased with our relationship with Giant Leap Consulting. They’ve done a great job of understanding the dynamics of our company and culture. The workshops they’ve designed don’t waste our time and are always filled with useful and interesting content."
-- Steve Rivi, CEO of Aldridge Electric Incorporated
"The messages in Courageous Leadership are delivered in a clear, straightforward way and create a compelling reason for practicing courage. Our associates walked away with easy to implement strategies for demonstrating the three buckets of courage every day."
--Pamela Booker, Sr. Director of Learning & Development, Saks Fifth Avenue