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Cy Wakeman

2018 Speaker

CY WAKEMAN is president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author. Backed by twenty years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama. Wakeman has helped companies such as Pfizer, Caterpillar, New York Presbyterian, Catholic Health Initiatives, Eli Lilly, Keurig Green Mountain, and Nationwide. She earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, and is a regular contributor on,, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, and many more. In 2017, she was voted both Top 100 Leadership Expert to follow on Twitter and #18 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals. Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). She also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy. @cywakeman