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David Mead

Start With Why
Chief of What's Next
New York, NY
David believes that every one of us deserves to wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while we're there, and come home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work we do. He works with leaders to help them create an environment where people show up to work because they want to, not because they have to. Everything David does is designed to propel positive change so they can more meaningfully touch the lives of others.

In 2004, David began his career in corporate training. In 2009, he became frustrated and discouraged by his personal experience with poor leadership in the workplace. That same year, David met Simon Sinek, a world-renowned thought leader and author of Start With Why and New York Times best-seller Leaders Eat Last. An opportunity to join Simon's team presented itself, and David eagerly jumped on board.

Drawn to the Start With Why team’s desire to inspire people to do the things that inspire them, David began developing communication and content, which evolved into speaking and facilitating workshops inspired by Simon's simple, yet powerful message. David now travels internationally, helping people shift their perceptions about the reason their organizations really exist, what leadership is, and how human biology plays into it all.

He has presented to more than 100 organizations in a wide variety of industries including Johnson and Johnson, Zappos, Capital One, Home Depot and Hyatt. David also co-hosts the Start With Why podcast, which is downloaded in 170 countries. He is based in Salt Lake City. He earned a BA in Communication and an MBA, with a focus on Organizational Development.