Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman - The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller "Never Fly Solo." He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue-producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.
He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the “No-Fly Zone” and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.
Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!
Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 190 speakers worldwide. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, Siemens, The Denver Broncos, and Johnson & Johnson.
In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need.
He’s been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, The Harvard Business Review, Success Magazine, INC. Magazine, and Business Week.
- Never Fly Solo! (reaching new heights in business)
- Wingman Leadership - How to Build a Culture of Courage in Business and Life
- Wingman Leadership: How to Build a Safety Culture of Courage at Work and in Life (Safety)
- Military Motivation
Leadership, Team Building, Attitude, Corporate Culture, Performance, Motivation, Military
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"Waldo did extensive industry research, connected with our teams on a personal level and was able to speak as an "insider." As a result, his stories and leadership principles stuck and are still in use by our teams today." - Option Care
"Your Presentation was so well received that we just had to have you back to keynote for 5,000 international franchisees and vendor partners at our 50th Anniversary Convention in Las Vegas!" - Subway
"You owned the room... The feedback we got from our team was nothing but praise and positive comments. It is much appreciated and I would HIGHLY recommend you to any company." - Moody National Companies
"Waldo did a fantastic job for us! He wove pieces of the union construction industry right into his presentation, and it didn’t seem out-of-place at all. It was great, and I heard a couple of people talking about liking him so much they might want to have him at one of their upcoming events." - The Association of Union Constructors
“Exciting, Challenging, Emotional, Entertaining and Thought-Provoking are the first words that come to mind when describing your performance Waldo. The experience was simply ‘worth every penny,’ and has given us our battle cry for the year..."One Team, One Goal!" - Hilton
“Waldo has a great ability to translate his military experience into key sales and leadership principles that can apply to each of us. His story lines around teamwork, trust, preparation, and execution really resonated with our organization. We'll continue to 'Push it up!' here at HP!” - Hewlett-Packard
"You shattered any stereotype of an egocentric fighter pilot our audience may have had. Our franchisees met a personable guy, willing to share the peaks and valleys of his life." - The Dwyer Group Franchise Mgmt Company
Your "One Team, One Mission" philosophy of trusting your wingmen and becoming Mission Ready totally aligned with our teamwork goal.” - Philips Medical Systems
"Waldo delivered! His preparation and care in understanding our business challenges made his message extremely relevant. He’s an outstanding storyteller…funny and authentic.” - Zurich Insurance
"Waldo's presentation was inspirational and packed full of relevant business take-aways. His content was heartfelt and the audience never drifted. He didn’t just talk about being a wingman, he showed it." - John Hancock Funds