Doug Keeley

Doug Keeley

Toronto, Ontario
Leadership, Creativity and Corporate Culture Expert
Doug Keeley is one of North America’s leading communicators and an acknowledged expert at creating cultures of leadership at every level of organizations. Doug Keeley has a unique, story-based presentation format that combines mesmerizing video and music, making for an unforgettable experience for the audience.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Growth
  • Event Hosts & Moderators
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational


Doug Keeley’s clients are unanimous in saying he has hooked them onto business storytelling because stories work.

After spending more than 3 decades in the global communications industry serving Fortune 500 companies, Doug Keeley saw that facts, broad statements, and busy slides, were replacing great stories in business. And it wasn’t working. Leaders weren’t connecting with their people. Salespeople were just dumping information on prospects. HR was struggling to attract and keep its best people. So Doug Keeley founded Stories Rule! To help clients use stories to power sales, leadership, and culture.

Over the last 15 years, Doug Keeley has inspired hundreds of thousands of people through his keynotes, conference hosting, workshops, and training. His clients include Accenture, HP, IBM, Merck, Microsoft, Pepsi, Starbucks, and TDBank, as well as small business leaders, startups, educators, and public servants.

As an MC, Doug Keeley is a master at tying clients’ messaging together from beginning to end while injecting his “tour de force” video stories through an agenda. As a keynote speaker, Doug Keeley will knock it out of the park, whether the focus is Business Storytelling, Leadership, Teamwork, or Innovation. He is also happy to do workshops as part of his program.

Doug Keeley’s programs work exceptionally well virtually as well as face to face. Doug Keeley is the author of the book, The Mark of a Leader and is an inductee into Canada’s Meetings Hall of Fame.



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Doug Keeley Topic Presentations

the mark of a leader

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • All great leaders know how to connect with their audiences using powerful communication, clear ideas, and passion. Doug Keeley will show your audience how to do that, using his amazing library of inspiring video stories. This is a highly customizable program that can be fine-tuned to your audience and issues and has been used by hundreds of global corporations to rave reviews. Doug can also custom-create a program to focus on Communication, Innovation, Performance, or Culture.

five-level leadership

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • This hands-on workshop takes the basic messages of Five Level Leadership and shows how they have been implemented by successful companies around the world. Doug Keeley then challenges and works with audiences to discuss how they can better bring these ideas to life in their environment. Like all of his sessions, this workshop uses video examples extensively and is a mix of leader-led presentation and audience interaction.

the art of business

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this session, Doug Keeley and a team of experienced artists teach the audience the basics of visual expression and gets them to create theme-based art works in teams. Typically, audiences are asked to create works expressing ideas about their market, challenges or opportunities, competitive pressures, or the future. This session gets participants outside their comfort zones by challenging them to create art, to work as teams, and to communicate abstract ideas. It is an incredibly powerful, hands on session which produces powerful insights into your business and how your people work together.

moving from ‘me’ to ‘we’

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • A leader’s most important job is to help others to be their best. But in many organizations, internal competition, silos, and ego make this impossible – there is no “we”. This program examines new ways to create better team cultures and shows how collaboration has been the foundation of all great world-changing activities.  As your Host/MC, Doug Keeley challenges, teaches, and inspires your audience.

delivering a great customer experience

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • If you are not constantly measuring and improving your customer experience, you are likely losing out to your competitors. But how do you ensure your organization stays one step ahead of its rivals? In this presentation, Doug Keeley demonstrates that customer experience must be cultural in order to be great. This presentation shows not only how some of the world’s best “experience” organizations do it well but also some concepts and best practices to make your Customer Experience a cultural asset.

five powerful story programs

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • The Mark of a Leader has become the “go-to” program for organizations that want to create a memorable and lasting conference or program. Our library of inspiring leadership stories, interactive exercises, and customized workshops is unique and unforgettable. There are five core programs, each crafted and customized to every client and audience. All of these subjects include materials for a keynote, MC engagement, and workshop.

comedy improv

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • One of Doug Keeley’s most beloved leadership stories is Second City, the most successful training ground in the world for young comics. In this workshop, he tells the hilarious story of Second City’s success, highlighting many of the communication and leadership skills which they employ.

    Doug Keeley then leads his audience through a comedy improv exercise which dramatically (and hysterically) illustrates the challenges of day-to-day communication, and provides insights into being better listeners and communicators.

using stories to power sales, leadership and culture.

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Stories are our most powerful method of communicating and yet very few businesses use them intentionally. Using his amazing video stories of people, ideas, and companies that have changed the world. Doug will show your audience the What, Why, and How of business storytelling in a fast-paced, interactive format that will inspire your audience to integrate stories into their work style and show them how to be better communicators.

Doug Keeley travels from Toronto, Ontario & delivers customized and tailored keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and training sessions. on the topics enlisted below. These services are designed for a variety of audiences, industries, and event types and event formats.


If your organization is ready for inspired leaders – and never before have we needed leaders more – then use The Mark of a Leader. It will help take your corporation from where you are to where you want to be.

Mark Victor Hansen

Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Your stories injected energy and creative thinking through the meeting. The way you customized them to the Frito Lay messages for the year really hit home. These stories were truly inspirational to our teams and helped us reinforce our objectives in a unique and powerful way.

Frito Lay Canada

By far one of the most effective, motivational speakers I have ever heard. Retaining information from presentations is always a challenge. Because his presentation was so visual, emotional and energetic, I will retain most of it.

Janssen Inc.

You hit a huge home run! That was incredible. You could tell how well your General Session presentation was received by the fact that your breakout session afterwards was filled to capacity. I will recommend you to anyone looking for an inspiring and unique presentation for their conference.

American Health Information Management Association

Doug was great!! We have a lot of Keynote Addresses where presenters say they get camp and the idea of camp, but they really don’t. Doug nailed it!! They loved him, they loved his presentation and they loved the theme behind his presentation, we all have something special to give no matter how big or how small the offering.

Executive Director
Ontario Camps Association

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