Episode #072: Joe Plumeri

Joe Plumeri is a leader, a catalyst for positive change, a speaker who puts audiences on their feet.

Known for his ability to move thousands by his inspirational speeches and talent for transforming the way companies think and operate; Joe Plumeri is the man who can. His passion, integrity, and transparency has earned his reputation among colleagues, friends and family.
In print or on stage, Joe Plumeri is a singular force. One of the world's most electrifying public speakers, Joe enters a room, impeccably tailored, and proceeds to take the measure of his audience. Are they looking to climb the next step, turn a corner or turn their life around? Whatever their aspiration, Joe delivers. He'll greet you warmly with a "how ya doin'" from his bygone days in Trenton. He'll gently remove his suit coat, knowing that he's about to go to work, and work means working up a sweat, running up and down the aisle of an auditorium, never merely staying on stage, but engaging with everyone in attendance, up close and personal.

When Joe finished the commencement address at the College of William and Mary, his alma mater, in 2011, it was instantly hailed by the New York Times as one of the best speeches of the year. The legend of that speech continues to live online, taking its place as of the 300 "Best Commencement Speeches, Ever" as catalogued by National Public Radio.

"You can't do passion halfway. Living your passion means you're all in. You trust your heart and trust your gut wherever that takes you."

Currently, Mr. Plumeri serves as the senior advisor to KKR and vice chairman of the First Data Board of Directors. Plumeri plays a pivotal role in company infrastructure finding strategies and solutions to better serve clients.

Joe is a passionate philanthropist, a baseball aficionado, is an expert world traveler, a proud father and grandfather, and resides in New York with his wife Susan, and their biewer terrier, Josie.


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