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John Foley

Inspiring greatness while propelling others on their own journey toward Higher Performance

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Fee Range: 20000-39999
  • Former Blue Angel elite pilot with the U.S. Navy with thousands of hours as a carrier pilot and hundreds of hours as an instructor pilot
  • As a pilot, John was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel
  • John’s post-Navy; As a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Venture Capitalist and entrepreneur
  • John reverse-engineered the Blue Angels culture of team excellence
  • Every year, John shares his Glad To Be Here message with 50,000 Leaders, Executives and top Managers at Fortune 500 companies
  • Keynote Speaker to over 1500 Organizations Worldwide
  • Bestselling Author and ‘Gratitude Guru’

*Fee ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact your Speaker Exchange Agency representative.

What if the legendary Blue Angels Culture of Excellence could be replicated and scaled?

Since 2015, John Foley has been recognized as one of the top 10 most in demand speakers. John has spoken to some of the highest performing organizations in the world such as, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Goodyear, Chevron, Lowe’s, Marriott, Hilton, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, Penske Racing, Sprint, Motorola, Merrill Lynch, Mass Mutual, AMC Theatre, Norton Lifelock, Capital Group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GE, American Hospital Association, Mayo, Merck, Palo Alto Networks, Sunovion, Gillette, McDonalds, Stanford Business School, Global Sports Summit, and numerous CEO Summits to name a few.

He is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, Bestselling Author of Fearless Success, an expert in the How of High Performance teams and ‘The Guru of Gratitude.’ As a Blue Angel, John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour in formations as close as 18 inches apart. To survive in those circumstances he relied on a culture of high trust, leadership and teamwork. John employs the intense realities of his aviation career as a metaphor to inspire – breath life into – teams to reach for their highest potential and sustain excellence under dynamic change. John’s presentations are highlighted by:

  • An energizing delivery that inspires High Performance with a grateful mindset.
  • Awe inspiring storytelling and electrifying video of the legendary Blue Angels in action.
  • A contagious attitude of gratitude that he calls Glad To Be Here®.
  • A unique approach that equips others to take the same journey toward excellence, teamwork and transformation.

In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. John donates 10% of his speaking fees to charities through the foundation. The program has donated over $2 million to 380+ charities and impacted thousands of lives globally including sponsoring 47 children in 47 countries. It’s part of his mission to connect a shared ‘purpose larger than self’ with every organization.

High Performance and Culture of Excellence

High Performance is a mindset, a process and a state of being that accelerates everyday performance and achievement. Individuals and teams that embrace High Performance begin a journey toward excellence and elevated execution that has the power to carry them beyond their expectations.


Blue Angel precision is built on a solid foundation of teamwork. Every team member, from the crews on the ground to the pilots in the air, is held to the exact same standards of excellence. Unified alignment collapses barriers, and creates a powerful culture of action.


How would your teams perform if there was complete inherent trust in each other and the organization? The Blue Angel’s air show is built on a foundation of trust. Picture this: two jets, collision course, 1000mph closure, and you’re goal is to miss the other jet by a wingspan. An extreme trust makes that maneuver possible, and when that relationship is transposed onto the world of business, the results are incredible.


Character, authenticity, compassion, strength, trust: the Blues’ performance flows from powerful leadership.The Blue Angel approach to leadership is unique and inspires trust through confidence, with open and honest communication. Every team member is expected to be a leader to achieve expected results.

Innovation and Performance in Transformation

In the digital age, innovation and transformation surrounds us. Engaging with advances mid-stream requires a unique mindset. How do you fly the jet and innovate it at the same time? And once you’ve arrived, how do you sustain that change?

Elevated Beliefs and Raising Performance Expectations

People and teams operate at the level of their beliefs. When we raise the level of those beliefs, performance will follow. A simple self-reflection on limiting and liberating beliefs can create new alignment and precision in individuals and teams.

Virtual Events and Live Streaming

Ignite a Culture of Excellence

Connecting, aligning, and unifying virtual teams can be a daunting task. John’s message of trust and high-performance teamwork speaks directly to virtual teams.

Our online presentations leverage virtual connectivity to create a unique keynote experience that leaves audiences feeling inspired, energized, and “Glad To Be Here.”

Key Takeaways:

  • A shared attitude of gratitude called “Glad To Be Here,” which can transform any organization.
  • Team connection and extension; an inspired, energized audience.
  • Rare, behind the scenes footage of John flying with the Blue Angels.
  • Live, virtual Q&A sessions, polls and exercises to take leaders to the next level.
Customized Virtual Keynote
  • 60 to 90 minutes
  • John prefers a live virtual session but can also pre-record

Customized Virtual Keynote Includes:

  • Rare behind-the-scenes Blue Angels footage
  • Team connection and interaction
  • Q & A – Breakout Rooms – all customized to meeting objectives
  • John’s professional studio producer with 4K high definition production
  • Briefing call with client and sound check
  • 1 time use only behind password protection
  • 1 week right to use license on the recording
  • Additional fees may apply for:
    • license extension
    • re-recording a video file
    • presenting outside his home studio
    • post-production
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