Keynote Speaking | Milestone Leadership
Milestone Leadership

Keynote Speaking

Chuck Hyde, CEO, Soderquist Center

Chuck Hyde | Associate

Chuck Hyde is a trusted advisor to CEOs, key executives and emerging leaders. He has a track record of building teams, acquiring and maximizing talent, and delivering results. In addition to his Associate role with Milestone Leadership, Chuck currently chairs peer advisory boards for executives through Vistage International and is an adjunct instructor for JBU Graduate Business program. Prior to this, Chuck spent 12 years at Milestone Leadership, his last 8 as CEO. He also spent 12 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation in various product supply roles in both manufacturing facilities and assignments at the corporate office including operations, operations support functions and leading strategic projects. Chuck earned his MBA from John Brown University in 2008 and his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1992. Chuck and his wife, Brian, have two sons, Charley and Jonathan.Request Chuck as a speaker.



Speaking Topics:
  1. Clearing the Fog: 4 Principles to Guide Career Decisions
  2. Intersections: The Positive Power of Collision Between You and Your Job
  3. Personal Leadership Philosophy
  4. Integrity: What’s in Your Case?
  5. Up and Across: Directional Challenges of Leadership
  6. Differentiators: Traits of Uncommon Leadership


Tom Verdery, Executive in Residence, Soderquist Center

Tom Verdery | Associate | Video

Tom Verdery serves as Executive in Residence for Milestone Leadership and also teaches in the Graduate Business division at JBU. Tom has over 34 years of experience working with Procter & Gamble, of which the last 14 years spent at the senior leadership level working exclusively outside the US with Wal-Mart, Inc. Tom came to Northwest Arkansas in 1989 when P&G asked him to be part of the first supplier team with Wal-Mart. Tom’s areas of expertise include: Strategic Planning & Execution, Executive Coaching, Leadership & Ethics, and Starting and Leading Multifunctional Customer Teams. Tom holds an MBA in Management from The University of Dallas and a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech University. Request Tom as a speaker.



Speaking Topics:
  1. Habits of Winning Leaders
  2. Living Your Legacy
  3. Strategies to Balance Work & Life
  4. Leading from Afar
  5. Leading with Strategy: Truth & Myths
  6. How to Lead Change & Sometimes Say “No”


Steve Trainor, Executive in Residence, Soderquist Center

CAPT Steve Trainor, USN, Ret., Ph.D. |
Executive in Residence/Director of Research | Video

Steve Trainor serves as Executive in Residence and Director of Research for Milestone Leadership. Steve has over 30 years of Active Duty Navy experience as an operational helicopter pilot, executive human resources manager, and most recently as the U.S. Navy’s first Permanent Military Professor of Leadership. As Chair of the Leadership, Ethics and Law Department and Director of Leadership Education and Development at the U.S. Naval Academy, Steve envisioned, designed and led the expansion and transformation of leader development efforts across the institution. A recognized teacher, scholar and researcher in ethics, culture, professional identity development, Steve’s work has been featured in The New York Times in Leadership, The San Diego Daily Transcript, and on C-SPAN. Steve serves on the editorial board of the U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership journal, POLARIS and he holds masters degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. Steve received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and he and his wife, Robin, have three adult sons who are each in training to become U.S. Navy Officers. Request Steve as a speaker.



Speaking Topics:
  1. The (Morally) Courageous Leader: Strengthening Your Ethical Muscle
  2. Superhero Alignment: The Magic Ingredient Of A High Performing Culture
  3. Communicating In Crisis: Speak Like Your Life Depends On It
  4. From Complexity to Clarity: Casting A Vision Of The Future
  5. The Moment of Obligation: Living Your Legacy



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