Mark DeVolder

Mark DeVolder

  • Change Management Specialist
  • Top 25 Speaker Award winner
  • Motivational speaker on change, disruption and resilience

We all left with a better grip on our humanity and tools to soar higher.


— Linsley Pietsch
NASA, Spaceport Operations

Mark, you were nothing short of awesome!!!


— Maria Sharpe
Chief Personnel Officer, PepsiCo Europe, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Mark’s contribution was really remarkable and it was very effective and exceeded our expectations!


— Radwa Alalem
Conference Organizer, Orascom Construction, Egyp

Dr. DeVolder, a huge part of the success of the event belongs to you.


— Abdulrahman Al-Saadi

Project Manager, Qatar Petroleum

If you get to work with Mark DeVolder, you're really lucky!


— CEO Jim Carrick-Birtwell, ChangeBoard,

Arabian Human Resource Management Association, Dubai

Mark was terrific!  The day exceeded my expectations!  We are already actively using his information around engagement to develop a new communication infrastructure and process for the Department.


— Dr. Herbert Zeh

Chair of Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Our team was so pumped about our time with Mark.  He helped everyone realize that change management is at the key to our success and that everyone of us has to step up to the challenge immediately.


— Kevin M Bollom

Vice President – Building Services, Trane/Ingersoll Rand

Mark did a fabulous job! Hilarious, interactive, energetic and great content!

— Beena Patel

Event Producer, Unify Credit Union

Dr. DeVolder was thought-provoking and dynamic. Moving and powerful.


— Al-Noor Moosa

Manager, PWC

Dr. Mark DeVolder has tremendous charisma and made his message so powerful that we will all benefit from it!


— CEO Paul Gregorowitsch

Oman Air, Oman

Mark DeVolder was fun, brilliant, charismatic, refreshing and truly inspiring.


— Human Resource Management Association, Estonia

 Mark DeVolder did a terrific job for us!


— CEO Cornelius Catena Commonwealth Health, Pennsylvania

Dr. Mark DeVolder was very insightful. He speaks with lots of humour and engagement of the crowd. Very appreciated by our team!


— Patrick Nangle

CEO, Purolator

When someone communicates something with passion, talent and appropriate content, the outcome is perfect.


— Almirall Pharmaceuticals, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. DeVolder’s presentation was exactly what we were looking for during this changing period that we are going through.


— Amr Helmi

Boehringer Ingelheim, National Sales Manager, Bahrain

Dr. Mark exceeded our expectations.  He really reached new heights in change management.


— Saif Sultan Saif Al Abr

Senior Manager , Omantel, Oman


Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist and is one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions. Often in the spotlight for high profile transitions, Mark offered guidance for the ending of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, helped Colombian business leaders adapt to the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement and has coached industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, some as large as $42 billion dollars.

He is a change management and employee engagement specialist with over 19 years of experience in education and research.  His doctoral studies focused on the issues of unity, diversity and synergy. With this experience he brings extensive knowledge and understanding about human characteristics to each highly customised presentation, backed up by impressive business acumen.

Mark reveals why many change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. With straight-forward strategies and convincing business examples, he shows leaders how to drive results to improve the bottom line. As an internationally acclaimed speaker, Mark has received the Top 5 Speaker Award in Business Management, Top 10 Speakers in Change Management and the Top 25 Speakers Award three years running.

He is the author of “Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement” and “Unity in Diversity Through Synergy.”

To him, adaptability, innovation and resilience are essential to success in a world of exponential change. As such, he‘s dedicated his career to equipping and motivating leaders to harness the hurricane of change.

A globally recognised speaker on change, innovation, engagement and resilience, Mark engages audiences the moment he steps on stage. His cutting edge content, valuable take-aways, and entertaining audience interaction, are all illustrated by unstoppable humour and memorable stories. People leave with tools and a template to re-energize, re-engage and transform their workplace and life.

Mark’s mission and passion is to help people and organizations adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in the midst of exponential change.

Speech Topics

Change, Resilience, Leadership, Motivation, Innovation, Employee Engagement, Peak Performance, Disruption

Program Titles:

  • Harness the Hurricane: Adapting to Extreme Change
  • Unstoppable Resilience: Developing the Mindset of a Champion
  • On Fire! Energized Together, Everyone Every Day
  • Getting to Target Zero: Engaging High-Performance Safety

Program Descriptions

Harnessing the Hurricane: Adapting to Exponential Change

Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating.  Exponential change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming.

Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog. You will learn how to rewire your brain to adapt to change, anticipate future trends and persevere in adversity. Mark’s practical principles enable you to act boldly, nimbly and quickly in face of exponential change.

During Mark’s high-octane presentation, you will learn how to:
-overcome change-paralysis and get mobilized through transitions
-develop change-ready thinking and behaviours
-overcome decision-quicksand, making smart-decisions, faster
-repeat the cycle of success with the unstoppable power of resilience

Unstoppable Resilience:  Developing the Mindset of a Champion

Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race? Or why doesn’t the smartest person always get the best job? Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who end up smartest.” (Dweck) It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion. It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold around their neck. Resilience can be learned.

Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset of a champion. Mark’s best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience and conquer adversity.

You will learn powerful lessons to help you:
-create a winning mindset of self-belief and unlimited potential
-increase innovation and creativity through constructive nonconformity
-expand tenacity and decision-making responsiveness
-develop perseverance, positive attitudes and unstoppable resilience

On Fire!  Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day

When individuals lose their spark, organizations lose their fire. This predicament has a devastating effect on productivity, profitability and company reputation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Mark’s test-driven model of employee engagement equips people to identify the causes of “flame out” and recognize behaviours and leadership decisions that act as a fire extinguisher.  People will learn how to accept new practices and let go of the past with DeVolder’s easy to apply engagement strategy that increases engagement in four key areas: clarity, competence, influence and appreciation.

Mark shows leaders how to:

  • identify behaviors to increase employee engagement
  • re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation
  • build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation
  • accelerate performance and productivity

 “Target Zero:  Engaging  High-Performance Safety”

Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety. The most common barrier, however, is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to change, accidents can happen.

During Mark’s high-performance presentation, you will learn how to:
-get change-right and change-ready
-defy change paralysis through Mark’s mobilized for safety approach
-significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability
-identify behaviours that enhance engagement
-implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety

Empower your employees to achieve “target zero.”

Speaker Fee Range

US Fees, plus $1500 flight/travel buy out, client covers hotel and ground transportation


Keynote-  $10,500 USD (NET)

1/2 day-    $13,500 USD (NET)

Full Day- $16,500 USD (NET)

International- $25,000-$35,000 USD (NET), plus business class flights and expenses

Travels From
Virtual fees

Keynote- $6,000 USD (NET)