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“In 5 years of doing these events, and of all the 100+ speakers—which included 2 US cabinet level secretaries—Ben stood out as one of the best.

—U.S. Census Bureau official

Ben Sledge is not your typical keynote speaker

With diverse experience in the military, geopolitical intelligence, leadership, executive coaching, nonprofit management, and mental health, Ben captivates audiences, leaving them hungry for more. His dynamic mix of high-energy storytelling and poetic prose empowers listeners to take their next steps and cultivate the essential skills for success in all aspects of life.

Keynote topics

Military/Veterans

Ben delves into the findings of a groundbreaking 2012 study by Gibbons & Colleagues, which highlights the critical importance of veterans finding a new unit, tribe, or faith affiliation after leaving the service to avoid lifelong struggles. Amidst a concerning suicide epidemic among veterans, many are left pondering how best to support our troops. While businesses express a desire to hire veterans, they often grapple with the challenge of effectively engaging this unique demographic. Ben addresses pressing issues such as posttraumatic stress, moral injury, combat trauma, hiring veterans, and the realities of war head-on.

Leadership

With over two decades of experience in leadership development, Ben has been instrumental in guiding high-performing teams, comprising of both soldiers and civilians, to thrive in their work environments. Amidst the challenges posed by the Great Resignation and beyond, Ben's invaluable insights and actionable strategies have enabled organizations and entities to unlock their full potential and empower their workforce to excel.

Mental Health

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health of the populace has sharply declined, with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide dominating national headlines and showing no signs of abating. Drawing from over a decade of experience in mental health and authoring two books addressing self-harm and depression, Ben has played a pivotal role in guiding thousands of individuals towards healing. His expertise has empowered countless individuals to confront the formidable challenges impacting our families and friends head-on.

Spirituality

The human condition is complex. It encompasses various dimensions beyond just the emotional; it includes the physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects. However, in recent times, there has been a decline in church attendance, and Christianity is often perceived as offering judgmental behavior rather than genuine compassion. What if there was an opportunity to reignite a sense of purpose and roots within your churches and non-profit organizations, guiding individuals back to the core principles that underpin their faith?

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