In his authentic and visually stunning presentations, hard-traveling National Geographic writer and photographer Tom Clynes brings audiences along on assignment to some of the world's most intriguing places. You'll meet the astonishing people—explorers, environmentalists, virus hunters, Ebola doctors and more—whose stories embody the spirit of adventure. You'll learn how these individuals shaped once-ordinary lives into extraordinary, world-changing adventures. And you'll discover what these experiences can tell us about how to spark our own dreams into action.
Whether the subject is leadership, innovation, education, creativity, change or growth, Tom works with each organization to customize an adventurous program that will stimulate action and involvement. His high-intrigue, high-energy presentations catalyze creativity and challenge participants to open up their thinking. Let keynote speaker Tom Clynes give your constituents something substantial to talk about—and move them forward with an enduring sense of expanded possibilities.
HERE'S WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"Tom's visually stunning presentation coupled with his empowering message left our most important constituents feeling enormously proud, and part of something important." —Glenn Chown, Executive Director, Grand Traverse Land Conservancy
"A week later and everyone's still talking about Tom's presentation! The way he brought it back around to leadership and applied these world-changing endeavors to our core mission was particularly useful. It really opened people's minds to what is possible.” —William Carteaux, Society of Plastics Engineers
"I can't imagine a better speaker for what we wanted to accomplish. Tom opened up our thinking, lifted the energy level and created an anything-is-possible spirit. Home run!" —Steve Carmichael, Landmark LLC
"It was fantastic to have Tom Clynes, acclaimed journalist and photographer, open our conference with his heartrending and inspiring stories. These portraits of men and women who made a difference made the point to all of us: New solutions are needed for existing problems and it is up to courageous people to make that difference." —Bill Suehr, CEO, NatureWorks
A SAMPLE OF RECENT KEYNOTES
>The Art of Audacity
Audacity is the missing ingredient in far too many endeavors. And yet, some people seem to possess it in abundance: the explorer whose Congo Basin expedition led to the biggest African conservation victory in three decades…the “elephant whisperer” who rescued the animals in the Baghdad Zoo…the virus hunter whose ambitious plan to stop epidemics before they start is shifting the way the world confronts infectious diseases. Via astonishing stories and photos, this presentation challenges audiences to believe in their boldest dreams—and supercharges your meeting with an anything-is-possible spirit that can generate extraordinary results.
>Can One Person Really Change the World?
Tom's provocative and visually stunning presentation answers this question with dramatic and inspiring stories of real people who shaped once-ordinary lives into world-changing adventures. Discover how they did it, why they did it, and why the world needs us to pursue what we really care about. By artfully weaving stories of your organization's own “heroes” with the achievements of world-changing heroes, this program is designed to boost energy, involvement and enthusiasm.
>The Seven Habits of World Changers
People who succeed in changing the world are not born—they're self-made. In this enlightening and surprising presentation, you'll discover the intriguing life lessons behind the success of people who dared to challenge and change the status quo. Expect to be entertained, provoked and wowed by these spectacular images and stories.
>Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting and How to Make a Star
When his grandmother's cancer diagnosis inspired 11-year-old Taylor Wilson to invent a better way to make medical isotopes, he started building a machine that could fling atoms together in a 500-million-degree plasma core. At the age of 14, he became the youngest person ever to achieve nuclear fusion—the process that powers the sun and other stars.
Taylor's restless intellect and enthusiasm have since astounded everyone from audiences at TED to President Obama. Based on Tom's book “The Boy Who Played With Fusion,” this talk is, at its deepest level, about the nurturing of children's gifts—an adventure in extraordinary parenting, mentoring and educating.
Through Taylor's story, Tom explores the challenges and opportunities facing gifted children as well as parents and educators, and the dangers of letting potential world-changers fall through the cracks. Since prodigies develop and flower via the same developmental processes that all children experience, the lessons of this story are universal—and sure to inspire and inform anyone who cares about children and the future of science and humanity.