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Leadership & Workplace Culture Expert

David Mead: Biography at a Glance

  • Helps business leaders and organizations create engaging cultures, where people go home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do
  • Works closely alongside Simon Sinek and the Start With Why team to develop content and  facilitate workshops that shift people's perceptions about leadership and culture
  • Globally recognized as the "How" resource to Simon's "Why", focusing on the practical implementation of the Why philosophy
  • Co-authored Find Your Why, a step-by-step guide on how to discover the Why for any individual, team or organization
  • Has presented these inspiring ideas on 5 continents to over 150 organizations across a wide range of industries


Leadership & Workplace Culture Expert

David Mead is an author, speaker, and consultant committed to creating a world in which people wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while they're there, and go home at the end of the day fulfilled by what they do.

Specializing in organizational culture and leadership, David works every day to shift perceptions about the reasons why organizations really exist, what leadership is, and how people can impact the world around them.

In 2004, David started a career in corporate training. A few years later, while earning an MBA with a focus in Organizational Development, he realized something—what he and so many other people were being taught in business school was not working, and was contributing to the poor leadership he had endured for much of his career.

In 2009, shortly after beginning his MBA studies, David met Simon Sinek and was inspired by his concept of the Golden Circle—Simon’s theory of how and why businesses can achieve high degrees of success and influence. David started on Simon’s team by developing content to help Simon share his powerful ideas and in 2012 he began speaking and facilitating workshops to help shift people's perceptions about leadership and culture.

David has now taken his years of practice and co-authored with Simon, "Find Your Why," a step-by-step, practical guide on how to discover the “Why” for any individual, team, or organization. David is globally recognized as the “How” guy to Simon’s “Why.”

David has presented these simple, inspiring ideas on five continents to over 150 organizations in a wide range of industries such as athletics, technology, retail, healthcare, finance, government, and hospitality. Regardless of the organization's size, industry, or country, David finds that these ideas resonate with those who want to find meaning in what they do and are committed to creating a culture where people come before profit.


“In all honesty, he was the best corporate speaker I've ever seen. Fascinating, engaging, perfect combo of narrative and instructional, and taught amazingly interesting content in a comfortable, understandable, and engaging way.”


“David's ability to weave in information about our company made the presentation relatable and relevant for attendees. His personality was engaging and drew you in to the subject. And he arrived ahead of the scheduled time to touch base and observe the session before his.”

Festival Foods College Leadership Conference 2016

“We loved him!”

Automotive News

“He was great! Really hit on things that were/are on our minds and I’m glad he was able to join us.”

Fox Broadcasting Company

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