Bill Treasurer feature Forum 2014

Forum 2014 Special Feature

Leadership takes courage: the courage to go first, be open and vulnerable, ask for feedback, speak out on issues of values and conscience, navigate difficult situations and make tough choices. Earning and sustaining personal credibility—the very foundation of exemplary leadership—demands it. And who better to help us understand how to develop courage than Bill Treasurer, former captain of the U.S. High Diving Team and international best-selling author of Courage Goes to Work. Keynoting at The Leadership Challenge Forum 2014, Bill will take the stage to engage participants in learning how to become more personally courageous and discover how to inspire more courageous behavior among those we lead.


A daredevil athlete who, for seven years, traveled the world performing over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet—sometimes on fire!—Bill knows a thing or two about courage. Founder and now Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously, he has conducted more than 500 workshops and webinars for a variety of organizations, including Accenture, UBS Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, Center for Creative Leadership, U.S. Forest Service, CNN,, SPANX, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


A high-spirited keynote speaker who has shared his risk-taking experiences and courageous insights with groups across the country, Bill is the author of several books, including the international best-seller Courage Goes to Work, and the off-the-shelf facilitator training program (published by Wiley), Courageous Leadership: A Program for Using Courage to Transform the Workplace.  His insights also have been featured in such leading publications as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Redbook.


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