Mike Thompson

Keynote speaker

Mike Thompson is the CEO of SVI, a talent development company on a mission to create irresistible companies and extraordinary people.

Mike and SVI partner with complex global organizations to engage, train, assess and develop their entire workforce. As one of the most forward thinkers in leadership, Mike coaches executives and next generation CEOs at many of the world’s largest companies. He has toured the world and studied leadership in some of the most primitive environments to gain deeper- level leadership insights in all types of communities and cultures around the globe.

Mike is the author of three top-selling business and leadership books, The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level; The Anywhere Leader: How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment; and, most recently, Forging Grit: A Story of Leadership Perseverance.

Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University, serves as the president of the Dallas Chapter for the Association of Talent Development, and has received numerous recognitions, including Business of the Year finalist and the 40 Under 40 Award in his home state of Arkansas.

Prior to founding SVI, Mike was the founder and president of ThompsonMurray, a leader in in-store marketing. Mike also served six years in the Air Force and Air National Guard as a life support technician providing instruction on land and water survival, and tactical evasion.

Mike lives in Dallas with his wife, Mel, and their two children.



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