0 Speaker List
 John  Foley Image

John Foley

Former Lead Solo Pilot, Blue Angels; Founder & CEO, CenterPoint Companies; Founder, Glad To Be Here Foundation

Travels From:
Fee Range:
$25,000 - $40,000

John Foley has spent nearly a decade sharing practical and inspirational messages on high performance with audiences around the world. The former lead solo pilot for the famed Blue Angels flight-demonstration squadron is among the most sought-after conference speakers, presenting keynote messages at more than 100 events a year. He also is the founder and CEO of CenterPoint Companies, which provides in-depth training on the How of High Performance. John also founded Glad To Be Here® Foundation, a giving-forward program that partners with clients to make donations to worthy charities.

Featured Videos

Sizzle Reel

3 Keys To High Performance: Connect Align Commit


Speaker Resources


John Foley is a former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, Sloan Fellow at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, leadership expert, speaker and gratitude guru. As a thought leader on high performance, John created the “Glad To Be Here” mindset methodology and the Diamond Performance Framework.

As a Blue Angel, John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying an F-18 at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches apart. To survive in those circumstances, he relied on a culture of high trust and leadership that turned inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences. His presentations inspire individuals, teams and organizations around the world to reach their highest potential while sustaining excellence under dynamic change.

For decades, John has shared his exciting, rare journey with audiences around the world, becoming one of the most in-demand leadership and performance experts. John has spoken on 5 continents, 20 countries, and at over 1,000 events, working with some of the world's top organizations such as Google, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, HP, Mercedes Benz, BMW, IBM, Hitachi, Chevron, BP, Marriott, Hilton, Penske Racing, Alabama Football, LA Kings, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Edward Jones, Fidelity, Mass Mutual, MetLife, Bank of America, Deloitte, IBM, Hershey, P&G, Philips, Etihad, America Hospital Association, Blue Cross and the Mayo Clinic. He has also been a featured speaker at NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA, TedX, VC and CEO summits, Titan Summit, USNA Leadership Conference, Stanford Business School, University of Zurich and Global Sports Summits.

John keynote presentations, workshops and online curriculum support Individuals, Teams, Organizations with lessons in:
• High Performance, Leadership, Teamwork
• Trust, Beliefs, Accountability, Culture
• Glad To Be Here Mindset, Gratitude

John graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was a defensive back for the Midshipmen. He was chosen as “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming an F/A-18 Instructor Pilot.

He holds three master’s degrees: MA in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Stanford Master of Science in Management, as a Sloan fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. John was also a Fellow at Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation and was awarded an honorary PhD from UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

As the founder of the Glad To Be Here Foundation, he and his wife Carol have donated over 1.9 million dollars to over 347 charities worldwide and sponsor children in 47 countries.

Speech Topics

High Performance is a mindset, a process and a state of being that accelerates everyday 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 dreams.

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

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.

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.

In the digital age, innovation surrounds us. And 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?

The Blue Angel approach to leadership inspires trust through confidence, but remains open to criticism and communication. Character, authenticity, compassion, strength, trust: the Blues’ performance flows from powerful leadership.

Check Availability


  • “The most inspirational and transformational Keynote on the planet.” - Patrick Cowden, CEO, Beyond Leadership

  • “Huge WIN all around, people couldn’t stop talking about John’s presentation!” - Matt Hanningan, VP Organizational Development, TEKsystems

  • “It was one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen. It made me think, it made me feel and it enlightened me.” - Tiger Paw Software