For nearly thirty years, Todd Gongwer has been building his expertise in leadership and team dynamics by serving in a variety of senior level roles in business and athletics. From entrepreneurial start-up, to public company to college athletics, Todd’s real-life practical experiences in these worlds have given him a perspective that allows him to connect with his audiences in powerfully impactful ways.

As a best-selling author, speaker and teacher on leadership and cultural development, Todd has spent the last decade working with some of the most successful coaches, teams, business leaders and educators in America. His principles have been embraced by countless leaders, including coaches and athletes from championship programs in the NCAA, NBA, MLB and NFL. Stories of the profound impact of Todd’s message have been featured on ESPN the Magazine,, Bleacher Report and

Todd continues to work with many of the most successful coaches in sports and is a popular speaker at major universities (Darden School of Business), high-profile sports teams (Clemson Football), national associations (American Baseball Coaches Association), and high-profile businesses (Home Depot) throughout the country. He lives in Indiana with his wife and three children, Kaden, Kira, and Wadson.


Athletics: Clemson, Virginia, University of Arkansas, Ohio State, Baylor, Arizona State, Ole Miss, USC, UCLA, Indiana University, Iowa State, University of Wisconsin, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Texas, NC State, North Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Marquette, Notre Dame, ABCA (Baseball), USTFCCCA (Track), ITA (Tennis)

Business: Home Depot, Farm Bureau Insurance, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Sodexo Marriott, Thrivent Financial, Bojangles Restaurants, Tyson Foods, Young Presidents’ Organization, Healthcare Trust of America, Chick-Fil-A, Patrick Industries, Ozinga Inc., Union Home Mortgage, The CORE Group

Academic: Darden School of Business, Regent School of Entrepreneurship, Concordia University Irvine, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Mater Dei HS


Notable LEADERS who endorse THE MESSAGE:

Lou Holtz (ESPN) “…wish I’d read it 30 years ago.”

Ken Blanchard (Author, One Minute Manager) “Amazing book!”

Dabo Swinney (Clemson) “One of my all-time favorites.”

Urban Meyer (Ohio State) “One of the most powerful books I’ve ever had.”

Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) “Mandatory reading for all of my coaches.”

John Smoltz (Former Major League Pitcher) “Powerful, life changing!”

Tony Bennett (Virginia) “Incredibly impactful, a must read!”

Steve Alford (Nevada)  “A tremendous work!”

Buzz Williams (Texas A&M) “One of the best books I’ve ever read!”

Donnie Smith (Former CEO, Tyson Foods) “Amazing book – great message!”

Scott Peters (CEO, Healthcare Trust of America) “Unbelievably powerful!”

Gary Gilmore (Coastal Carolina Baseball) “Profound affect on my life!”

Brian O’Connor (Virginia Baseball) “Incredible message…changed my life!”