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Darren Ford

  • Former VP of Culture for Santander (an International $6 Billion Dollar Company)
  • Entertaining and inspirational presentations that challenge people to do great work
Speaker Fees
Keynote (corporate): $5,000
Keynote (non-profit): $4,000
Traveling From
Dallas, TX

With a driving passion to see people succeed, Darren Ford has enjoyed a very successful career that has crossed several industries as well as several countries. Darren spent much of his early professional years in the IT industry, first selling advertising and marketing services to industry heavyweights such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell and later managing

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For over 30 years, Darren has helped people find business and personal success. Drawing from his deep business experience, Darren delivers inspiring presentations about Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, and Multigenerational Workforces, ultimately offering actionable strategies for overcoming business challenges.

After an early career managing sales forces in the IT advertising industry, Darren and his family moved to Bulgaria where he worked primarily as a Headmaster of a small English-speaking school. Upon his return to the United States, Darren founded a nonprofit organization, NexGen Leadership, which taught leadership and life skills to high school and college students.

Darren then returned to the corporate world at a large auto finance company. First, as Director of Employee Development and later as Vice President of Culture and Engagement, Darren was responsible for all people
and culture development efforts. He has also helped organizations boost business results and workforce engagement through his own consulting firm and as leader of people development at a large industrial manufacturer, Darren has written two books, 3 + 4 Equals Success and The Millennial Challenge. He earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation in 2011 and has been recognized as Salesman Of The Year and Innovator Of The Year. And in 2016, Darren was awarded the Excellence In
Teaching Award by Southern Methodist University’s Business Leadership Center.

With employee engagement scores stagnant and society becoming less civil with each election, blog, and tweet, Darren is passionate about helping organizations boost performance by building engaging cultures. He also challenges employees to value both their coworkers and anyone they encounter in life.

An engaging, informative, and entertaining speaker, Darren has spoken to audiences of all sizes, across every employee level, and to numerous industries including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and financial.
He is just as comfortable wearing a hardhat as he speaks to frontline manufacturing workers as he is wearing a tie while speaking to Fortune 500 executives.

“Your energy woke the audience up and engaged us throughout your presentation,” said one Program Manager at a Fortune 200 company. Another Talent Management executive referenced Darren’s “humor, wit,
and charm” as audiences “sense his genuine passion for helping people grow.” Darren is committed to delivering that same performance to your audience as he delivers a powerful presentation that leaves people saying “Wow!” and “Thank you!”

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Speaker Programs

3 + 4 Equals Success
Based on the book by the same name, attendees will explore the three skills needed for personal and professional success. Along with these skills, attendees will ask themselves four questions (Darren will provide the correct ...more
Based on the book by the same name, attendees will explore the three skills needed for personal and professional success. Along with these skills, attendees will ask themselves four questions (Darren will provide the correct answers). Understanding and choosing to implement these skills and questions will lead to personal and career success and satisfaction. ...less
The Millennial Challenge
Millennials, those people born between 1985 and 2000, are a unique generation. They think differently than previous generations and are driven by different things. So how can business take full advantage of these young workers? ...more
Millennials, those people born between 1985 and 2000, are a unique generation. They think differently than previous generations and are driven by different things. So how can business take full advantage of these young workers? During this presentation, we'll explore how to attract Millennials and, once they are hired, how do companies retain, motivate, manage, and develop this growing workforce. ...less
Delivering World-Class Customer Service
Customers are more demanding than ever and delivering a great customer experience is difficult. So what does it take to satisfy customers? How do you keep them happy? And how do you get them to ...more
Customers are more demanding than ever and delivering a great customer experience is difficult. So what does it take to satisfy customers? How do you keep them happy? And how do you get them to spread the word about your world-class service? More than anything, how does internal customer service impact external customer service? ...less
How To Become a Top 100 Employer
One weapon in the war on talent is corporate culture. What is culture? Does it help your recruitment and engagement efforts or hurt them? How do you become a Top 100 employer and what are ...more
One weapon in the war on talent is corporate culture. What is culture? Does it help your recruitment and engagement efforts or hurt them? How do you become a Top 100 employer and what are the benefits? ...less
Leadership, What Is It and Where Is It?
We hear a lot these days about a lack of leadership. And in today's VUCA world- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous- leadership is needed more than ever! But what is leadership? What is a leader and ...more
We hear a lot these days about a lack of leadership. And in today's VUCA world- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous- leadership is needed more than ever! But what is leadership? What is a leader and where do we find them? Are you a leader? ...less

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