Jamie Leal

Kidnap Survivor, Change Management, Leadership Expert

After being kidnapped at gunpoint in Mexico, Keynote Speaker Jaime Leal, a well established business owner, humanitarian relief volunteer, former paramedic and television host, rapidly learned how to handle a crisis without losing his cool. His life depended on it. In the end, he arranged for a ransom and was released unharmed. But not unchanged.

Jamie Leal uses his vast experience and expertise in the field of psychology, coaching and experiential learning to help good change happen and find the good in change that seems to be “bad”. A humanitarian relief volunteer, he has worked as part of a rescue team and also a translator, mediator, paramedic and staff volunteer in global hotspots around the world.

Canadian Keynote speaker Jamie Leal offers practical principles, which can be applied immediately to everyday business and personal life, in order to change perception and find the good in change that seems to be “bad”. His keynote speeches will inspire employees, help bring communities together, build a cohesive team oriented environment and motivate any audience.

Well established business owner and kidnap survivor Jamie Leal’s compelling story and powerful message captivate audiences around the globe who consistently give him a standing ovation. This ‘never-say-die’ no-excuses business man brings his savvy business building and leadership skills to business audiences. A true survivor, he has navigated many crises and lost (through no fault of his own) and rebuilt his business three times.

Jamie Leal’s Accomplishments:

  • Humanitarian Relief Volunteer – Haiti 2010 (PROFESSIONAL) 2010-01-16
  • Served during 45 days as a translator, paramedic and mediator at a campaign hospital in Haiti, right after the earthquake on January 2010.
  • Special Citizen Award 2009
  • After my service as a humanitarian relief volunteer, paramedic and SAR team, I was granted the Special Citizen Award by Pazes.ORG a not-for-profit organization in Mexico. Board of Directors of Connect 4 Life


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After being kidnapped at gunpoint, Jaime Leal, a well established business owner and television host, rapidly learned how to handle a crisis without losing his cool. His life depended on it. In the end, he arranged for a ransom and was released unharmed. But not unchanged. Jaime applied the wisdom he acquired under pressure to rebuild his highly successful business and now shares what he’s learned both from crisis and in business-building with audiences around the world.

Follow Jaime on a journey through a series of inexplicable “coincidences” he encountered while serving as a humanitarian relief volunteer in one of this century’s most devastating disasters.  Leal walks the talk on this enriching keynote while the audience discovers how full of modern miracles our life is.

  • Realize that golden opportunities are all around us

  • Find the joy even in crisis or disaster

  • Appreciate the ability we all have to help others in a crisis

In Jaime Leal’s experience, there’s one main thing that separates leaders from the the pack - leaders don’t make excuses. They are accountable, not only for their own actions as well as their teams and their organization’s performance.

Leal created and uses this seven-step process to transform excuses into goals and problems into solutions:

  • Create a no-excuses environment

  • Model accountability for your team

  • Give each team member their full share of responsibility.

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