Halftime Institute Speakers are seasoned business leaders with experience addressing diverse groups, through outlets including YPO, TedX, and Convene, and Kingdom Advisors, as well as radio, podcasts, and television.
Tom began his career by serving in the Marines for 12 years before moving to Texas, first to work on large outsourcing deals with EDS, then to become a Partner with Ernst & Young Consulting. As a leader in the area of group facilitation and collaborative work, Tom’s work extends to over 25 countries and has carried him from some of the biggest boardrooms in the US, to some of the world’s most innovative churches. In 2001, Tom left E&Y to start his own company, WaveChanger, a company focused on not only facilitating collaborative work, but also equipping organizations (businesses, ministries, and churches) to Go Faster Together! It was then that God led Tom to Bob Buford, who was not only a mentor (and in many ways a father figure), but he also opened up to Tom through his Halftime and Leadership Network organizations, a world of Kingdom work even beyond the business network that E&Y had created. His work is his passion and his biggest blessing short of his wife and family. Tom participated in the Fellows Program in 2020 and has found it meaningful to be back working shoulder to shoulder with his Halftime Family as Co-Executive Director of the Halftime Institute.
Shifting from Institution to Movement
Jim spent 30 years in business, holding leadership roles in the supply chain automation and management consulting industries. As EVP Global R&D at Dematic, he led their technology transformation, positioning them as a market leader in automation solutions for the world’s top e-commerce, retail, and manufacturing companies. In 2016, after the successful sale of the company to KION, a German public company, Jim assumed the role of EVP, Global Products and Solutions before stepping down in July of 2018. Jim founded Gemini Global Advisors in 2018 to assist his clients in achieving similar results to what he has delivered throughout his career. Like many, Jim first heard of Halftime through the book. It was given to him by a mentor when he was in his late 20’s. He loved it, but found himself committed to achieving “success” above all else. About 25 years later, that same mentor recommended he participate in the Fellows Program, which he did in 2019. It was nothing less than transformational. Today, Jim serves as Co-Executive Director of the Halftime Institute.
From Success to Significance: A Personal Transformation
Lloyd has had the privilege of investing 20 years helping leaders plan their second half. He helped launch the Halftime Institute, a global team that teach, coach and connect successful men and women in pursuit of significance and serves as a Founding Partner, Halftime CertifiedTM Coach, and a widely acclaimed speaker and thought leader. He is the author of Success to Significance and the co-author of Halftime for Couples with his wife, Linda Reeb.
How Living with Purpose Adds Years to Your Life
Top 5 Observations of Leaders Who Finish Well
Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough
Building a Thriving Family in Your Second Half
Dean Niewolny spent 23 years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms, finishing his career in the financial sector as market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago, where he oversaw a $100mm market. In 2010, Dean left his marketplace career to help more people who, like him, wanted to expand their own first half success and skills into passion and purpose for meeting human needs and making a significant difference. Dean joined the Halftime Institute as Managing Director and in 2011 became Chief Executive Officer. In 2021, he transitioned into the Chairman of the Board role. He speaks at events around the world, encouraging business leaders to channel first half achievement into a second half defined by joy, impact and balance. In 2017, Dean authored his first book, Trade Up. In it, Dean shares candidly about his personal transition into a second half of meaning and significance and the learnings of the Halftime Institute over 20 years of helping marketplace leaders do the same.
Trade Up: How to Go From Making Money to Making a Difference
How Do I Make My Life Count Before It Ends?
Is There Not A Cause?: The Question Every Leader Must Answer
Do I Have to Feel Guilty If I Want to Be Successful And Significant?
RHONDA KEHLBECK, PhD
Rhonda spent her first half in education; her own (a Bachelors and Masters from Baylor and a Ph.D. from Fordham University) and helping others with theirs as speaker, lecturer, teacher, and Professor at Dallas Baptist University. She is also an author of a book for parents that encourages reading and writing with children. The Pittsburg, Texas native met her husband at church, where he drew her name from a pool of 500 women to become her secret Valentine. Almost three decades later, she and Keith have two daughters who are married and now live and work in Oklahoma City. Rhonda and Keith find being intentional with their family even more fulfilling and important as they treasure their sons-in-law and one-year-old grandson, Louis. As Vice President of Admissions, many find their Halftime journey begins by interacting with Rhonda. Her nurturing and caring spirit helps people get enrolled into the Halftime Institute. She is a 2013 Halftime Institute alumna and considers Psalm 86:11 her favorite verse: “Lord, tell me where you want me to go and I will go there. With all my heart, I will praise you.”
Ruined for The Ordinary: How To Pray Boldly For Outrageous Results
Someday is NOT a day of the week: How to Have a Life of Significance Now
Trusting God When He Doesn’t Make Sense
Bob spent a large part of his career in the publishing and advertising industries. He served as a Chief Operating Officer in the Tribune Company, which at the time owned the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Hoy Publications, and multiple other properties operating in the print, broadcast, and digital media sectors. Following his publishing career, he spent several years in the nonprofit sector, serving in a variety of executive-level staff and board member roles. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University and is a Halftime CertifiedTM Coach and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst. Bob works as Halftime Institute’s Chief Operating Officer. Bob, and his wife Susan, co-authored Who Are the Joneses Anyway?, a popular book focused on helping others discover who they are and why they are here so they can lead the intentional, authentic lives they were created for. Bob and Susan have been happily married for over fifteen years and are blessed to have a growing, blended family. They live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and enjoy writing, speaking, and coaching on a growing basis.
Who are the Joneses Anyway?: Stop Living Someone Else’s Life and Start Becoming Who You were Meant to Be
Think Differently – Live Differently! Truly Living the Life You were Created For
When Enough Becomes Too Much