Cy Wakeman

President & Founder | Keynote Speaker | Leadership Expert

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic national keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author who has spent over 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership and work. Her Reality-Based Philosophy helps leaders and their teams ditch the drama, turn excuses into results, and find opportunities in every challenge they face.

Cy’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, traditional management practices into her workplace, she began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset. What she found was inspiring. Her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adapt to change, and emanate happiness on the job.

Inspired to help others transform their company and their work, Cy began consulting, training and speaking—empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work.

Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on twitter, Cy’s influence continues to build. Her groundbreaking ideas have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post and She is a favorite expert blogger on and She was also the recipient of the prestigious World HR Congress Leadership Excellence award for her innovative thought leading contributions in the HR community.

Cy Wakeman has written two books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010) and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013).

As a keynote speaker, Cy is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers worldwide. Her programs are consistently ranked by participants as the single most impactful training they have ever received.

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Cy ‘WOWED’ everyone in attendance! Cy Wakeman has been one piece of a significant investment over the last five years in developing our organization’s leaders. One very important piece! Cy is dynamic, engaging, on point, and does a great job getting at the proverbial ‘elephants in the middle of the table!'”

James G. FitzPatrick, CHE, President and CEO


“Cy Wakeman came highly recommended as a keynote speaker and she didn’t disappoint. Our luncheon event sold out and we had people on a waiting list looking for an open spot to hear Cy speak— and nobody cancelled! What our audience enjoyed was how candid she was and people could relate to that. She didn’t talk down or over our heads— it was like she was kicking our backside with some solid leadership skills that we could really use in both our business world and everyday life. Cy received high marks from our post-survey results and members want her back for more!”

Jackie Wilson, Vice President

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