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Willie Jolley

Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks

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There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He truly is a renaissance man! He is a serial entrepreneur and global consultant/thought leader. He is also a Hall of Fame speaker, an award-winning singer, an international best-selling author, a popular national radio show host, and a dynamic television personality.

Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer who was replaced by a karaoke machine! He has gone on to be named “One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” and “Motivational & Inspirational Speaker of The Year” by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. In 2005, he was inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame and received the C.P.A.E. Award (Council of Peers Award of Excellence), as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional (CSP) by the National Speakers Association. In 2012, was a recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2013, he was named “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by In 2018, he was named a “Legend of The Speaking Industry” by the Veterans Speakers Association.

Many know him as the expert Ford Motors called on in 2006–when they were on the brink of bankruptcy. He worked with them in 2006, 2007, 2008 and in 2009, they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to make billion-dollar profits.

Dr. Jolley started his speaking career as a drug prevention coordinator for the DC Public School System and went on to speak to millions of youth around the world and produce the first PBS Special for teens. As a result of his popularity with youth audiences, he started receiving speaking request calls from other industry sectors and went on to great success speaking to colleges, associations and corporations. In 2014, he replaced the legendary Zig Ziglar on the National Get Motivated Tour. Dr. Jolley was the first African American President of the Washington, DC Chapter of The National Speakers Association (NSA) and was able to double memberships and revenues in one year. As a result, he went on to become the first African American elected to the National Board of NSA. He is presently the Chairman of The Speaker Hall of Fame Leadership Committee and is also the first African American to hold that position.

Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God-given potential! No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his Sirius XM radio show–to corporate audiences like Walmart, General Motors, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott, Johnson, and Johnson Dubai, Coca-Cola US, Coca-Cola South Africa, Prudential Australia, and Prudential Malaysia or The Million Dollar Round Table–Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm. He delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life and win more, every day!

Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including, It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence–which was endorsed by former Ford Motors CEO, Alan Mulally and Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Dr. Jolley is also co-author–with his wife of 36 years, Dee Taylor-Jolley–of the popular new marriage book, Make Love, Make Money, Make It Last!

Dr. Jolley can be heard daily on the “Get Up Mornings With Erica Campbell” show on the Radio One Network and weekly on his #1-rated Willie Jolley Wealthy Ways Show on Sirius XM Channel 141.

His popular podcast, The Willie Jolley Wealthy Ways Podcast, can be heard on iHeart Radio, C-Suite Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Apple Podcasts.

Additionally, his “Live Better with Willie Jolley” daily television show has been a popular staple on many stations across America and will soon be available globally on the new Jolley Media online network. Dr. Jolley and his wife host a weekly marriage advice show called “Make Love, Make Money, Make It Last! with Dr. Willie and Dee Jolley,” which airs live Monday nights at 9 pm ET on Facebook Live. All episodes can be found on

In addition to his corporate activities, Dr. Jolley started a non-profit organization, Jolley Good News, which focuses on helping people reduce prison recidivism and encourage youth–particularly urban youth–to pursue leadership and academic excellence. He also hosts a weekly faith-based achievement show Saturday mornings called “The Jolley Good News Report” on Facebook Live. All episodes can be found on Jolley Good

Dr. Jolley holds an earned Doctor of Ministry Degree in Faith-Driven Achievement from the California Graduate School of Theology, a Master’s Degree in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from American University. He resides in Washington, DC and shares his life with his wife, Dee, his two adult children and two grandchildren.


“The best way to build your future is to build yourself. And the best way to build your organization is to build your people.” –Willie Jolley

In this program, the audience is sold on the positive perspective of change! Change is essential to any growth process. Everyone wants progress, but nobody wants to change!

Willie Jolley shares his patented “VDAD” (vision, decision, action, desire) Formula for successfully embracing change. You will leave this program viewing change as an ally – not an enemy. You will leave ready to implement the formula to drive change. You will leave believing that change “truly” is good when your attitude is great!

Participants will learn:

  • The attitude necessary to positively adapt and embrace the inevitability of change
  • The four step process for “winning with change!”
  • How a change in perspective can positively change results
  • The success strategies that outstanding leaders have used to turn problems into possibilities, and setbacks into comebacks
  • How to successfully navigate the winds of change by working as a team
  • How to create an all-star team where everybody is an MVP!

Willie Jolley is the inspirational thought leader Ford Motor Company used to go from the brink of bankruptcy to billion dollar profits.

Tough times create new opportunities, that either make you or break you! When you implement Willie Jolley’s 7 steps for turning setbacks into greenbacks, you will be ready to make those new opportunities work for you!

Willie Jolley helps you discover how to:

  • Create your own “PHD” – Persistence, Hunger and Determination
  • Break through negativity
  • Focus on your pursuit of success
  • Maintain calm in situations of panic
  • Find an attitude of gratitude to fortify your growth

Willie Jolley draws on inspiring real-life success stories and business insights to show you how to:

  • Create a positive outlook
  • How to become adaptable to every circumstancex
  • How to seize opportunities that will lead to greater success!

Developing “An Attitude of Excellence” is Willie Jolley’s answer to the age-old question of what secrets, principles and strategies help “5 star” organizations create consistent success.

This highly entertaining and comprehensive program is based on his work with these leading edge companies.

This program is designed to help participants:

  • Develop a workplace culture of excellence
  • Develop leadership skills – no matter the position in the organization
  • Embrace change as positive factor
  • See building the team as necessary for the success of the entire operation
  • Identify and serve the internal and external “customer”

Willie Jolley believes leadership is an action not a position! He reminds us that great leaders always focus on the possibilities rather than the challenges! Great leaders are willing to do whatever is necessary rather than doing what is comfortable! And leaders look to develop more leaders rather than more followers!

Willie Jolley takes you on a memorable roller coaster ride of why you must develop the leader within you and then gives you the steps for getting it done! It requires sweat equity, but so does anything that produces great achievement! Whether you are an association executive, sales professional, entrepreneur, business owner, or manage … you will experience growth and renewed enthusiasm for reaching and exceeding your goals!

*This program will develop more leaders and set them on a course for becoming unstoppable!

Participants will learn:

  • The Attitude Of Excellence mindset for creating unstoppable leaders
  • How ordinary people can become “extraordinary” leaders
  • The critical “Vision-Decision-Action-Desire (VDAD Formula)” for excellence in leadership
  • Strategies for implementing the V-D-A-D formula
  • The power of “Better” for creating leaders at every level of the organization!
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