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Steve Uzzell: Keynote Speaker

Steve spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his presentations Open Roads Open Minds – An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving and The Nature of Transition.

Open Roads Open Minds


Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure.

In any project he undertakes, Steve’s preparation lays the foundation for magic to happen. In words and images, he endorses Louis Pasteur’s belief that “Chance favors the prepared mind,” and his talk inspires the audience to apply this to their own lives and problem solving. “After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend.”

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The Nature of Transition

We’ve all heard it, and we’ve all said it – about our organizations, about our workplace, about the economy, about our lives: “We are in such a state of transition.” But what does it mean to be in transition? What was it like when we weren’t in transition? When does it start? Does transition end? How do we know when we are finished? Should we fear it and avoid it, or look forward to it and embrace it?

In this talk, Steve explores the very nature of transition, visualized with his striking photographs. Viewing the subject from myriad perspectives – personal, daily, local, historical, architectural, global, and from the natural world – he also examines what he believes are the four fundamentals guiding us in transition: curiosity, passion, commitment and accountability.


“Our crowd of 750 mostly middle-aged men would typically wait to be wowed by a keynote – sitting back in their chairs, arms crossed, territory marked, daring a speaker to impress them. In moments, our reps were open, eager (leaning forward!), smiling and taking notes in the dark. They were captivated by your pictures, alert to your words and responding to the way you were guiding them, considering how they could accomplish even more in their lives through preparation, asking the important questions and recognizing the moment when spontaneity collides with preparation. You made us each think we were finding something new on our own – not being “lectured” by the typical “motivational” speaker sourced for so many of these types of events. You and your message were the highlight of the conference!”

– Stacy Baehman, Assistant Director, Marketing Communications, Woodbury Financial


“In ISA’s 26 year history of conducting annual meetings, we have never had a 100% excellent rating until Steve Uzzell. Steve’s message, “preparation leads to magic,” and his delivery were exceptional. His presentation exceeded our expectations and sent us on an open road to enjoy life.”

– Pamela J. Schmidt, Executive Director, ISA – The Association of Learning Providers



Speaking Clients (partial list)

[ezcol_1half]Alabama Hospital Association
Alaska Department of Transportation
Allegiance Benefit Plan Management
Alexander Key Investments
Alpha Omicron Pi
Ambling Management Company (2X)
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Amer. Assoc. of Airport Executives, SEC
American Association of Orthodontists
Amer. Assoc. Homes & Services for the Aging
American Dietetic Association
American Hospital Association
American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Institute of CPAs
American Medical Association Foundation (2X)
American Nursery and Landscape Assoc.
American Org. of Nurse Executives
American Payroll Association
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Society of Media Photographers
American Society for Training & Development
ARMA International
Arizona Digital Government Summit
Arizona CIO/CTO Forum
Arkansas Hospital Association
Arkansas SHRM
ASAE/Ritz-Carlton Hotels
Association for Managers of Innovation
Association of College Unions International (2X)
Association of Fraternity Advisors
Association of Legal Administrators
Assoc. Ohio Philanthropic Housing (AOPHA)
Association of Youth Museums
Automatic Data Processing
Avantha Group (Goa, India)
Bank of Oklahoma Financial
Beckman Coulter
Buffalo Rheumatology
Brisa (Lisbon, Portugal)
California Community College Economic and Workforce Development
California Police Chiefs Association
California Public Employers Labor Relations Association
California Society of Association Executives
Campbell Soup
Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (2x)
Catholic Charities
Canadian Real Estate Association
CA Community College Association for Occupational Education
CA Health Information Association
CA Assoc. Of School Business Officials
Castleton College
Center for Association Leadership
CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc.
Checkpoint Systems
CHG Healthcare
Chick-fil-A Leadercast
Christus Health
Citrus College
College of the Canyons: “Dream & Discover” (2X)
Colorado Hospital Association
Color Marketing Group
Committee of 100
Community Association Institute
Consumer Bankers Association
Council for Resource Development
Cybershift, Inc.
Dallas County Workforce
Dain Rauscher
Direct Employers
Disney Consumer Products
Development Dimensions International
Donaldson Company
Edwards & Kelcey
Ellis Medicine, Schenectady, NY
EPS Molders
Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Association
Equator Technologies
Empire State Society of Assoc. Execs
Fayetteville (NC) Community College
Florida Assisted Living Federation of America
Florida Digital Government Summit
Florida Homes and Services for the Aging
Financial Concept Group
Franciscan LifeFest
Frederick (MD) Community College
Georgia Digital Government Summit
Graduate School of Banking at
University of Wisconsin Madison
Goodrich Corporation
Hallmark Cards
Hawaii Digital Government Summit
Health Care Administrators Assoc.
Healthcare Trustees of New York State
Heating & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
Higher Education User’s Group
HSBC Premier
Hospice of Chattanooga
Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facities
Illinois Digital Government Summit
Illinois Hospital Association
Independent Bankers Assoc. of New York
Independent Jewelers Organization
Indiana State Medical Association
ISA– The Association of Learning Providers (2X)
International Alliance of Avaya Users
International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses
International Association of Plastics Distributors
International Bridge, Tunnel, & Turnpike Association
International Right of Way Association
Iowa Communications Alliance
Iowa Governor’s Safety Conference
Iowa Hospital Association
Jones County (MS) Junior College
José de Mello Saúde (Lisbon, Portugal)
Johnson & Wales University
Jacksonville Acquisition Excellence Conf.
JP Morgan Chase
Kaiser Permanente
Kansas Hospital Association
Kentucky Digital Government Summit
Kiawah Development Partners
Kiawah’s Brightest and Best
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Law School Admission Council
Los Angeles Digital Government Summit
Lonza Scientific Advisory Board
League of California Cities
Maine Hospital Association
Maine Digital Government Summit
Massachusetts Digital Government Summit
Marriott Association Masters
Maryland Digital Government Summit
Marquette Financial / Pohlad Companies
Marriott (7X)
MDA Leadership
Merrill Lynch (5X)
Mesquite, TX Independent School District
Michigan Digital Government Summit
Minnesota Hospital Association
Minnesota SHRM
Missouri Digital Government Summit
Missouri Municipal League
Montana Digital Government Summit
Montana Healthcare Providers
National Association of Colleges & Employers
National Association Of College Auxiliary Services (2X)
National Association of College Stores
National Association of State CIOs
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Grid
National Paint & Coatings Association
Naval Post Graduate School (3X)
Nelnet Business Solutions
Nebraska Digital Government Summit
Nebraska Hospital Association
Nevada Digital Government Summit
New Hope Natural Media
New Jersey Digital Government Summit
New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
New York CIO Academy
New York City Technology Forum
New York State County Highway
Superintendents Association
North Carolina Digital Government Summit
North Carolina Workforce Development
North Carolina Local Government
North Dakota Society of CPAs
Information Systems Association
Northern CA Human Resource Assoc.
Northrop Grumman (3X)
NOVA Chemicals
Ohio Council of Behavioral Healthcare Providers
Ohio Assisted Living Association (2X)
Oklahoma Hospital Association
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Ontario Real Estate Association
Ontario Library Association
Oregon Digital Government Summit
Pacific Northwest Digital Government Summit
Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Forum
Piedmont Plastics (2X)
Poudre Valley Hospital
Pratt Institute
Process Industry Practices
Pueblo, CO Chamber of Commerce
Quick and Reilly
Radiology Business Mgmnt. Assoc.
Red Wing Shoe Company
Regulatory Affairs Professional Society
Root Learning
Royal Alliance
Richards, Layton & Finger
Risk Management Association
SCC Soft Computer (2X)
Sierra Heart Association
Smart Tuition
Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development
Society for Human Resource Management
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals
Society of Incentive & Travel Executives
Society of Louisiana CPAs
SITE – China Chapter (Beijing)
South Carolina Aviation Association
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Providers
Southern New Hampshire University
Special Districts Association of Oregon (2x)
St. Dominic’s Hospital
St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo, CO
SunGard Financial
Tennessee SHRM
Tennessee Bankers Association
Tennessee Digital Government Summit
Texas Digital Government Summit
Texas Medical Association
Texas Bankers Association
Texas Community Colleges Technology Forum
The Madow Group
The O Event, Scottsdale, AZ
Training Industry, Inc.
T. Rowe Price (2X)
Trust Users Group
United States Probation Office (2X)
University of Maryland
University of Waterloo, Ontario
University of Western Ontario
Utah Digital Government Summit
Vassar College
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Wachovia Bank
Washington State Hospital Association
Wisconsin Digital Government Summit
Wisconsin REALTORS Association
Wisconsin Bankers Association
Wisconsin SHRM
Western Fairs Association
Western Independent Bankers (2X)
Western Wyoming Community College
Workforce Innovations 2006 – USDOL
Woodbury Financial
Vermont SHRM
Virginia Bankers Association
VA Innovative Technology Symposium
Virginia Society of Assoc. Executives
Washington Bankers Association
Wisconsin SHRM
Wyoming Governor’s Summit
Xplor International
Young President’s Organization (2x)[/ezcol_1half_end]


Email info@steveuzzell.com to enquire about bookings.

Meeting Planner Materials

Intro: How to introduce Steve’s presentation.

Bio with picture:  A brief summary of Steve’s expertise, with a photograph, to be used for marketing.

AV requirements: A detailed list of technical specifications and requirements.

Steve’s photo: A digital download of an image of Steve, for marketing purposes.