October 15, 2013 in Announcement
Walter Bond, CSP
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Communications, Walter Bond overcame a devastating injury to become the first NBA rookie free agent ever to start on opening night. Walter, the young man who never, ever gave up on his dreams, went on to have an eight-year professional basketball career, playing alongside such NBA greats as Karl Malone and John Stockton as a guard for the Utah Jazz and the Detroit Pistons. Walter’s personal credo, “No one can stop you but you,” encapsulates a message of hope, resiliency and positive change.
Also known as “Mr. Accountability”, Walter is recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent thought leaders on training and development. Having spoken to audiences worldwide, he has become known for his dynamic and compelling programs that provide both the motivation and the strategies to excel in business and in life. Through his keynotes, training systems, webinars, teleseminars, workshops, books and CDs, he travels the world transforming organizations into a culture of accountability. Walter has shared his messages with hundreds of companies, associations and organizations around the world on how accountability influences leadership, sales and productivity.
Walter is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an ultra-exclusive fraternity of speakers. He captivates audiences with his unique and memorable stories, teaching lessons learned from his college and professional sports experiences, his in-the-trenches experiences in selling, and as an entrepreneur. A member of the National Speakers Association, Walter has been voted “Speaker of the Year” (2005) by Minnesota Meetings and Events (MME), and “Program of the Year” (2006) by Meetings Professionals International (MPI). More recently, Walter earned the distinction of being listed by Meetings & Conventions (M& C) as one of corporate meeting planners’ favorite speakers, alongside such speaking legends such as Colin Powell, Stephen Covey and Zig Ziglar.
Walter sits on several boards, including Best Prep, which teaches business skills and financial literacy to youth and Youth Determined to Succeed (YDS) a youth organization that tackles the epidemic of childhood obesity.