Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell
Founder/President, the Leadership Difference, Inc.


Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 300,000 people have attended Dave’s “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. His clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Universal Studios, Hilton Worldwide, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Electrolux Appliances, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World and the CIA. In July 2013, Meeting Professionals International selected as the Meeting Madness winner for Best Speaker of the Year at their World Education Congress in Las Vegas.

Prior to starting his own organization development consulting firm, Dave was the Vice President of Human Resources and Quality for Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Corporate Director of Training and Development for Marshall Field’s and a television reporter and producer for CBS News. He has a B.A. in Mass-Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Global Human Resources Development. Dave has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier by the International Wine Guild. Having failed to achieve his dream of playing professional baseball, he went on to a successful coaching career at the tee ball level.

Dave is the author of the book Live and Learn or Die Stupid! The book focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His second book, The Power of Understanding People, was released in December 2013 and was immediately named Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon.

Dave lives in the Walla Walla Valley wine country with his wife of 29 years, Lori; has two adult children, Brooke and Slade; three horses and two dogs and two barn cats: Socks and Stinker bell.

“From the moment Dave takes the stage, he captivates from beginning to end. His speaking ability and overall talent for communicating with all types of people are amazing. His enthusiasm has inspired all of us.” -- Gwen H. Wilson, Public Relations Manager, Orange County Convention City, Orlando Florida

“Investing in Dave Mitchell has been the best business decision I have ever made. He is the most entertaining speaker I have ever heard, which is why he is so effective getting his message across to the audience.” -- Willis Chrans, Chairman, Avitus Group

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