Pat McDonnell is a frequent speaker on the subjects of leadership, the power of ethical behavior in effecting the change needed to create organizational excellence – the subject matter of his book, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven – 6 Steps to Organizational Excellence. He has spoken before many organizations as a key note speaker, seminar facilitator and training instructor. These organizations range in size from start up to Fortune 500 and audiences of less than a dozen to those of several hundred.

Pat is an expert on the subjects he presents and speaks with the passion, humor and relevant examples from his thirty year business career that holds the attention of his audience. His message is important and his style is professional, yet entertaining.

  • Speaking: Leadership in Effecting Change - Pat speaks to the Michigan State Police leadership on the Organizational Value Proposition: Maximize value for constituents by achieving consistent excellence through change, trust, leadership, ethical behavior, and character.


… you exceeded our expectations in every way. The feedback from our members has been great. Thank you for your comments. You were right on the mark — and entertaining as well.

Steve Wolbrink, Manager, Industrial Safety, Herman Miller Company. Host of the Meeting of the Western Michigan Chapter, American Society of Safety Engineers.

… thank you for an excellent keynote presentation – “Leading For Organizational Excellence” — at our “Achieving World-Class Safety” Symposium. I was especially appreciative of your concepts and believe your message was a strong motivator for attendees looking to make a more significant contribution to their organization’s goals. Your thoughts were on target and left attendees with enthusiasm for the rest of our two day symposium ….

Trudy A. Goldman, ARM, Manager, Education and Program Development, American Society of Safety Engineers

As one of three keynote speakers at our Annual Business Symposium, Pat spoke on Ethical Leadership in Business. His passion for the subject, his years of experience practicing it and his style of delivering his message added greatly to the success of our event.

Butch Dyer, Director of the Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management, Albion College

Pat’s two day seminar with our senior leadership, and his followup presentations to our middle and sales leadership captured our people. His six steps to organizational excellence put us on the right path. Pat’s experience and speaking style make him a winner.

Michael Mulhern, CEO AmSan Corporation

Pat’s presentation to a seminar of Managing Partners of our client law firms was excellent and right on point. He held a tough crowd’s attention with his knowledge, experience and speaking style. His message was very well received.

John Smock, Principle Smock Sterling Management Consultants

Pat’s presentation on organizational performance at our Annual Customer Conference received universally high marks from the attendees. He has the passion, experience and credibility to speak effectively and convincingly on the subject.

Bill Stone, CEO SS&C Technologies, Inc.

Thank you very much for speaking at and moderating the Strategic Management Association’s panel focusing on the The Strategic Implications of Accounting Improprieties: Post Enron Strategies. Your insights, borne of a deep understanding of the issues, and your candor was particularly appreciated… [Your ability] to speak directly and forcefully for meaningful changes in industry practices… were extremely well received by our Board, your fellow panelists, and by our members and guests in attendance.

John Sterling, Programming Chair, Strategic Management Association

I [have] watched Pat engage literally thousands of people and experienced partners throughout our firm and teach them (and cause them to teach themselves) by drawing on his experiences, dealing with the obstacles put forth by the cynics (“tools”, “time”, “resources”, etc.) and instilling a culture of continuous improvement and professional pride that has to be seen to be believed. [We] realized a return at least 10 times over.

Richard L. Baird, Global Operations Leader, Assurance Business Advisory Services, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP