Bill Treasurer

Keynote Speaker: Bill Treasurer

Bill Treasurer is the founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations live more courageously.

Bill is considered the originator of the new organizational development practice of “courage-building,” and is the author of the internationally best-selling book, Courage Goes to Work. The book provides practical strategies for inspiring more courageous behavior in workplace settings.

Bill is also the author of Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace. As a comprehensive off-the-shelf training program, the material is designed to help organizational development practitioners and training professionals inspire more courageous behavior in their organizations. Learn more at

Bill’s newest book, Leaders Open Doors, focuses on the responsibility that leaders have to provide people with opportunities that cause them to grow and develop. Best-selling author and ASTD Legend Beverly Kaye calls the book a “wonderful treat,” and author Chip Bell calls it “amazing” and “profound.” Notably, Treasurer is donating 100 percent of the royalties from the sale of the book to programs that support children with special needs. Learn more at:

For over two decades, Bill has designed and delivered leadership and succession planning programs for experienced and emerging leaders for clients such as NASA, Accenture, CNN, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hugo Boss, UBS Bank, Walsh Construction, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the CDC, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more at

Bill’s insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor’s Business Daily.  Bill’s insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, Business-to-Business, Parents Magazine, Redbook, Women’s Day, Fitness, and The Harvard Management Update. 

Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill was an executive in the change management and human performance practice at Accenture, a $29 billion management consulting firm. Bill became Accenture’s first full-time internal executive coach, where he coached Accenture senior executives to become more courageous leaders.

Bill’s first book, Right Risk, was published in 2003 and is about how to take smart risks. It draws on Bill’s experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.  Bill is a former member of the U.S. High Diving Team.  For seven years, he traveled throughout the world performing with a team of high performing athletes. During that time, Bill did over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet...sometimes on fire.

Bill holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended West Virginia University on a full scholarship. He is a former chairman of Leadership Asheville, a community-based leadership program, is on the board of his local YMCA, and fights for the rights of people with disabilities. Most importantly, he is the father of three beautiful children, Alex, Bina, and Ian.


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