Whether your audience is ten or 10,000, Chad can deliver a customized message of inspiration for your meeting or conference. Chad understands your audience does not want to be “taught” anything, but is rather interested in hearing stories of inspiration, achievement, and real-life people challenging their status quo, confronting their fears, and changing their world.

As a result, Chad’s speaking philosophy is to entertain and inspire your audience with passion and stories proven to help people transform their ordinary lives into extraordinary ones. If you are looking for a memorable speaker who will leave your audience members motivated to take on the challenges facing their organizations, communities, or own lives, book Chad Ellsworth today!

Chad is a powerful, moving, and truly inspirational speaker. He encourages heroism and uses his experiences to help others. I’m excited for his upcoming book and for all the wisdom he has to share.
— Dr. Janina Scarlet, Speaker and Author


Chad's Most Requested Talks:

Evoking Excellence: Building Up In the Workplace

If you want to get the best out of people, you have to first look for the best inside of them. The future of the workplace has become a hot topic in response to the accelerating rate of change in the way work gets done in today's world, but are we equipping leaders and managers with the skills and strategies to evoke excellence in our workplaces? In this keynote talk, Chad discusses the current state of the U.S. workplace, where two-thirds of all employees are disengaged at work. Chad then provides three building blocks to transform your organization's culture, performance, and employee experience.

Building Up Without Tearing Down: Why Hazing Persists & What We Can Do To Stop It

At least one person dies each year from hazing, and the last few years have been among the worst yet. Why does hazing continue to persist? Powerful psychological, situational, and social forces fuel cultures of hazing in all types of organizations. In order to end hazing, we must build people up without tearing them down. In this talk, Chad examines the forces and motivations that drive hazing and explores strategies for empowering people to create positive change in their organizations.

Calling Your Students To Adventure: Embracing The Hero’s Journey As A Developmental Tool

What do Dorothy Gale, Harriet Tubman, and T’Challa Udaku have in common? Each of them traveled the Hero’s Journey. The students in our classrooms today know these heroes' stories by heart, and we can draw from mythology and popular culture to provide students with an accessible framework to make sense of their own journeys. We can equip them through the framework of the Hero's Journey to reflect on their experiences and values, and to create meaningful experiences throughout their lives. In this interactive talk, participants will learn about the framework of the Hero's Journey; compare and contrast this framework with psychosocial, racial identity, and self-authorship theories of human development; apply this model to diverse settings and situations; and discuss how this paradigm can help students create meaningful experiences throughout their lives.



Caped Coaching offers an advanced leadership development experience for groups of 25-75 people that sparks participants to challenge the status quo, confront their fears, and change their world. Participants identify the issues and values they care about most (in their organizations, in their communities, and in the world), align their inner selves and outer selves, confront their fears, and emerge with a strategy for having a meaningful impact on their world.

Organizations & Colleges Chad has worked with:


Building Up Through Strengths

Each and every person possesses a unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills that they can use in their day-to-day lives to accomplish their goals and interact with the people around them. People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life. The CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) assessment, which has been taken by more than 20 million people worldwide, is a powerful online tool that helps individuals identify, understand, and maximize their strengths. In this highly interactive session, which requires participants to have completed the CliftonStrengths assessment, participants will describe their Top 5 Strengths, explain how they have used those Strengths to be successful in the past, identify opportunities to use their Strengths in their careers and lives, and create short- and long-term strategies to accomplish their goals.


Be Yourself & Become Your Best

What do Carol Danvers, Harry Potter, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? More importantly, what do they have in common with you? We know our heroes’ stories by heart, and we can draw from those stories to make sense of our own leadership journeys, thereby creating enduring, meaningful change not only in our communities, but our own lives. By embracing who we are, including our obstacles and our opportunities, we become our best.

Foes, Fears, & Failures: Confronting the 3 F’s to Change Your World

Do you do what you do best every day? This simple question is the cornerstone to finding fulfillment in your work, one of the Five Elements of Well Being. This interactive and thought-provoking talk will not only bring out your best self, but find opportunities for recharging, rediscovering, and rethinking who you are and what you want from your work and your life.

Chad helped our team understand ourselves and each other through our strengths and how we could optimize our communication and productivity. Individually, he opened my eyes to the benefits of knowing and owning my strengths not just for the workplace but for all interactions in my life.
— Michaela Dean, Operations and Communications Manager, University of Minnesota