Stephen Shedletzky

Speaker, L&D


Stephen Shedletzky

Head Engagement Officer, Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

Stephen Shedletzky strives to engage people in meaningful ways. He supports leaders and teams as they create environments where their people feel inspired to go to work (and feel safe and valued while they are there), so they can go on to accomplish remarkable things.

As the founder of his company, InspirAction, and head engagement officer with Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why, Stephen serves those inspired by the movement to inspire and live in service to others. He speaks, leads workshops, consults and coaches to help leaders and organizations discover, articulate and live their Why–their driving purpose, cause, or belief, with clients including the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, Rutgers University, Travel Alberta, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and the Toronto Management Exchange.

Stephen graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with an Honours in Business Administration, focusing on leadership, communication, and strategy, and also co-hosts and co-produces the Start With Why Podcast, downloaded in over 150 countries worldwide.


How Great Teams and Organizations Pull Together

Some organizations have cultures where their people are able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other cultures, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?

Since 2011, Stephen Shedletzky has worked in partnership with Simon Sinek and his team to help leaders and organizations create more fulfilling places to work.

Using Simon’s concepts and Stephen’s own examples, Stephen explains how leaders can harness the natural drivers that exist in us all to create an environment that attracts the right people, inspires their engagement and loyalty, and encourages them to work together to create remarkable results.

When leaders set the right conditions for their people, individuals instinctively support one another and overcome the constant dangers that threaten our ability to thrive in today’s marketplace.

Stephen draws on material from Simon’s books, Leaders Eat Last and Start With Why. When the concepts are used together, organizations can become truly fulfilling places to work.

Articulate Your Why

As simple as the Why concept is to understand, one of the biggest challenges an organization will face is clearly articulating its Why. While it may be felt, it can be difficult to put into words. Finding the words for our Why is the first step in being able to communicate it effectively. Until it can be put into words, it’s very difficult to put our Why into action and nearly impossible to scale.

Inspired by Simon Sinek’s Why Discovery Process, this workshop focuses on helping a team, business unit or organization find and clearly articulate their Why in simple language that inspires action. In the workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about and access the Limbic system of the brain.
  • Learn the architecture of a Why statement.
  • Explore the importance of two interrelated ideas – Contribution + Impact.
  • Take part in exercises designed to accomplish two things: 1) Articulate the first draft of the organization’s Why, and 2) relate the Why to the team, business unit or organization’s     values and guiding principles.

While the ½ day will enable participants to get a first-draft of their team, unit’s or organization’s Why statement, the full day allows for refinement of the draft and an opportunity to explore ideas for implementation.

Why Discovery Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Individuals

Our Why is the cause, purpose or belief that inspires us to do what we do. It acts like a lighthouse that guides us toward fulfillment in our career.

Associations, colleges and universities can provide a wonderful opportunity for their members or students to go beyond understanding the concept of Why by giving each participant the gift of articulating their unique Why statement.

In this intimate group workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the architecture of a Why statement.
  • Explore the importance of two interrelated ideas – Contribution + Impact.
  • Experience and participate in demonstrations of the Why Discovery Process.
  • Work in partners to help each other discover their Why.
  • Be equipped with tools and ideas to start living their Why.

Why Discovery Course

In this interactive course, Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start With Why, will lead you step-by-step through his “Why Discovery Process.” Simon helps you clearly articulate your unique Why Statement; learn the architecture of a Why Statement; explore the importance of two interrelated ideas: Contribution + Impact; and provide tips on what to do now that you know your Why.

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Conference Speakers

The Impact of a Speech Can Last Forever

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary conference speakers. Our conference speakers' experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their fields, which include business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our conference speakers are thought-provoking and action-oriented and leave their audiences, whether speaking to a group of 10, 100, 1000 or more, enlightened and inspired.

Speakers' Spotlight's conference speakers frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our conference speakers arrive on time, and will have conferred with you in advance to ensure they have everything they need in order to deliver an impactful speech. Our conference speakers frequently use well designed visuals, such as photos, slide shows, or video clips to bring other elements of interest into their talks, and our conference speakers frequently build-in time during their talks to allow for an audience Q&A, ensuring your staff has a chance to ask questions of the particular conference speaker they have just heard.

Some of our conference speakers in high demand include David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, General Rick Hillier, Clara Hughes, Ron James, Amanda Lang, Stephen Lewis, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Mark Kielburger, Kevin O'Leary, Jeff Rubin, and Margaret Trudeau.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to serving the diverse needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking conference speakers, and we work hard to find the conference speakers that will best meet and exceed your needs. Whatever you require are when it comes to conference speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the conference speakers that are right for you.

Keynote Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight: The Key Ingredient To Finding Your Perfect Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight represents a vast roster of some of the world's most extraordinary keynote speakers in fields such as business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our keynote speakers run the gauntlet from spoken word poet Sarah Kay, to business guru Simon Sinek; from young athlete Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden to the wrongly incarcerated former boxer Ruben Carter; from Margaret Trudeau to her son Justin Trudeau. Whatever your needs are for your keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight the keynote speakers that will fill them.

Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

Motivating the world

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

Motivational speakers that work with Speakers' Spotlight frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our motivational speakers arrive on time, work with the client in advance to ensure the proper set up of their audio/visual needs so that everything will go smoothly when they hit the stage, and often include Q&A sessions in their talks so that your staff can ask any questions of our motivational speakers that they may wish.

Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

Whatever your needs are when it comes to motivational speakers, Speakers' Spotlight has the motivational speakers that will both meet -- and exceed -- your expectations.

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