Keynote Speakers

Learn how to lead with purpose from our knowledgeable keynote speakers. Each Thrive! event features approximately 40 minutes of leadership content from a local expert. Topics range for performance to finding purpose to understanding yourself. Read the speaker bios below and visit the Thrive! event calendar to register for an upcoming event!

Chuck Parten

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About Chuck Parten

Chuck is known nationwide for refining top talent, and guiding individuals and teams toward world-class performance. Chuck takes an unorthodox approach to his work with clients. 

Chuck is a highly respected executive business advisor, team strategist, author and presenter. Chuck works with organizations across the nation, from municipal departments to $60 billion corporations, sharing the wisdom gained from decades spent at the highest levels of business, managing all types of situations and earning, losing, and building back a successful company.

As a sounding board to more than 2000 executives, including 200 CEO’s and presidents, Chuck asks tough questions – and delivers honest feedback. He challenges leaders to establish core principals to guide their lives and businesses, and helps them develop the tools and self-insight to face whatever is thrown their way.

As a team strategist, he has led hundreds of business strategy sessions, and helped teams and departments resolve problems that often seemed insurmountable.

Chuck has served a broad and diverse array of clients, including Cargill, GMAC Residential Funding Corporation, McKesson HBOC, Carlson Companies, University of Minnesota, multiple Texas police departments, ATS Medical, Boston Scientific, Piper Jaffray, North American Airlines, University of St. Thomas and dozens more public, private and governmental organizations of all sizes.

Chuck’s Work Today:

  • Executive Coaching for Top Leaders
  • Sounding Board and Confidant to CEO’s
  • Grooming the Next Generation of Leaders
  • Building World Class Teams
  • Advisor to Small Business Owners, Leaders
  • Family Business Guidance and Focus
  • Conflict Resolution areas…Individuals, Groups
  • Career Focus for Individuals
  • Speaker for Groups Large and Small
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