Worldwide Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Bestselling Author, Corporate Trainer, Former Lead Solo Pilot for the Blue Angels, Stanford Fellow, "Mindset Master," Podcast Host
John Foley Bio
What if the legendary Blue Angels Culture of Excellence could be replicated and scaled?
John "GUCCI" Foley is Recognized as One of the Top 10 Most In-demand Keynote Speakers, Who Creates an Experience of a Lifetime!
At 12, John saw the plane that sparked his dream to become a pilot. Little did he know that he would end up flying in the movie, Top Gun!
For nearly 20 years, he was a Commander in the US Navy and became a Naval Aviator. As the lead solo pilot of the elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels, John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour in formations as close as 18 inches apart!
He relied on a culture of high trust, leadership, and teamwork to survive in those circumstances. John employs the intense realities of his aviation career as a metaphor to inspire - breathe life into - teams to reach for their highest potential and sustain excellence under dynamic change.
Known for his attitude of gratitude that he calls the Glad to Be Here® mindset, John shares: "This isn't something I say at events, this is my way of being! It’s where passion meets presence & purpose and is about connecting the heart and head as key attributes of a high-performance mindset & Team Emotional Intelligence."
John impacts his audiences by helping them develop a sense of gratitude and new perspectives to recognize opportunities versus simply focusing on challenges! He shows others how to answer the questions: why am I doing something, and why does it matter?
John "Gucci" Foley's Accomplishments and Achievements include:
- Delivered his extraordinary message at over 1500 events to over 1 million people.
- Bestselling Author of Fearless Success
- Known as the 'Gratitude Guru'
- Creator of the "Glad to Be Here® Mindset" Movement
- Created The Diamond Performance® Framework.
- Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy-BSME- Engineering
- Defensive Back for the Midshipmen playing in two bowl games, helping the Navy to one of the best four-year records in football history
- Lead Solo Pilot for the Navy Blue Angels- his Call Sign is” GUCCI”
- Commander U.S. Navy
- Pilot in Top Gun Movie
-U.S. Naval War College-National Security and Strategic Studies- Leadership
-Masters in management, Sloan Fellow- Stanford Graduate School of Business
John Foley's Most Requested Keynote Topics of Experiences include:
CULTURE - Creating a Culture of Excellence and a Culture of Caring
LEADERSHIP - Powerful Performance Leadership
TRUST - Unwavering Trust
TEAMWORK - The Power of Teamwork
INNOVATION - Innovation and Performance in Transformation
MINDSET - Elevated Beliefs and Raising Performance Expectations
"Glad to Be Here® Mindset"
The Diamond Performance® Framework
John's Clients include some of the highest-performing organizations in the world such as: Google, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Goodyear, Chevron, Lowe's, Marriott, Hilton, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, Penske Racing, Sprint, Motorola, Merrill Lynch, Mass Mutual, AMC Theatre, Norton LifeLock, Capital Group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GE, American Hospital Association, Mayo, Merck, Palo Alto Networks, Sunovion, General Dynamics, Gillette, McDonald's, Stanford Business School, Global Sports Summit, Million Dollar Round Table, and numerous CEO Summits to name a few.
In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. He donates 10% of his speaking fees to charities through the foundation. The program has donated over $2 million to 380+ charities and impacted thousands of lives globally including sponsoring 47 children in 47 countries. It's part of his mission to connect a shared ‘purpose larger than self’ with every organization.
In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. John donates 10% of his speaking fees to charities through the foundation. The program has donated over $2.5 million+ to 455+ charities and impacted thousands of lives globally including sponsoring 57 children in 57 countries. It's part of his mission to connect a shared 'purpose larger than self' with every organization.
Are you looking for a Celebrity Keynote Speaker, who does not see himself as a celebrity? Whether In-person or Virtual, John "GUCCI" Foley interacts with his audiences to help them see that he truly is "Glad to Be Here" and then shares the mindset behind that statement with them. John will make your event "An Experience of a Lifetime!" To book this In-Demand Speaker, John "GUCCI" Foley please contact us!