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John Garrett

CPA-Turned-Humorist & Speaker

People-Centric Leadership Keynote Speaker John Garrett, a “recovering CPA” and former professional stand-up comedian, empowers leaders and organizations to boost employee engagement and productivity by cultivating a positive workplace culture. John specializes in professional services firms and associations like accounting, finance, consulting, law, engineering, and technology.

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John Garrett Keynote Speaker

John Garrett Keynote Speaker

It’s Time to Redefine Professionalism.

Traditional norms encourage compartmentalizing our identities—the “professional” at work and the “real me” at home. But embracing the full spectrum of your people’s talents, interests, and quirks is key to unlocking their potential.

Keynote Speaker John Garrett, inspires leaders to foster cultures where people thrive by bringing their whole selves to work. Attendees will learn strategies to tap into employees’ passions and purpose to drive innovation, connection, and performance.

John blends humor, vulnerable storytelling and research to provide a framework for organizational development beyond stale policies. He believes the future of high-performance starts with re-humanizing professionalism.

Keynote Description

John Garrett’s Keynote Description

What’s Your “And”?: A People-Centric Approach to Leadership
With his refreshing blend of corporate insight, comedic wit, and people-centric advocacy, John Garrett truly stands at the intersection of professionalism and passion, reshaping the way we perceive organizational culture while championing a new understanding of corporate leadership. Prepare to think differently about your organization’s culture, and the value of the individual within it.
Drawing inspiration from his own experiences and years of research, John explores the ways organizations can prioritize employee well-being, foster open communication, and tap into the hidden talents and diverse interests of their workforce. With humor, anecdotes, and insights, he challenges traditional notions of professionalism, encouraging attendees to embrace their “Ands” – the outside-of-work passions and hobbies that make them human – and to create a work environment where everyone can thrive. His one-of-a-kind keynote invites leaders to consider the power of human connection and personal authenticity in the workplace, ultimately advocating for a more inclusive and fulfilling

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a deep understanding of the importance of prioritizing employee wellbeing and fostering open communication in organizational culture.
  2. Learn strategies and practices to tap into the hidden talents and diverse interests of your workforce, creating an environment where everyone can thrive.
  3. Challenge traditional notions of professionalism and embrace the power of personal authenticity and human connection in the workplace, ultimately creating a more inclusive and fulfilling professional culture.
About John

About John Garrett

John Garrett—award-winning author and people-centric leadership speaker—is on a mission to create better workplaces. What the two-time Emmy nominee may do best is champion the human side of professionals, consulting with organizations to develop more productive cultures while shining a light on their people’s rich lives outside of work. Delivering inspiring keynotes about his research and recording over 600 podcast episodes of What’s Your “And”? landed him on Accounting Today’s list of the top 100 most influential people in the profession.
John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a letterman jacket as a trombone player in the marching band. He went on to pass the CPA exam and received his certified public accountant certificate while working at PwC and performing stand-up comedy as a hobby.
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Since then, he’s been on stage over 2,000 times and tracks from his debut album, Outside the Box, can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been on The Bob & Tom Show, featured in the New York Times, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos, opened for the band Train, and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.
John currently lives in Colorado and enjoys watching college football and eating cookie dough ice cream—especially at the same time.

John Garrett Testimonials

John tee’d us all up for powerful personal conversations. Thank you for setting us up for a day of REAL connections Linda K. - SAGE Software
The outcome was much more profound than I had expected…Even weeks after your performance, it’s amazing to see how this event has lent more levity and cohesiveness to our team.Edward W. Monborne CEO at RKL, LLP
Most impressive was John’s ability to incorporate material from the event into his set. His witty delivery and ability to incorporate the entire program into his performance was an unexpected bonus.Alissa Repanshek, pwc Market Event Manager

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