“Inspirational and packed full of relevant business take-aways..”

— Jeff Duckworth, Exec VP of Sales, John Handcock
Waldo’s story lines around teamwork and trust really resonated with our organization.
— Chris Ogburn, Dir, Personal Systems Group, HP


Waldo Waldman

Why Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman?

  • You want a leadership expert who can call on life experiences to show the value of committing to excellence, adapting to change, and building collaborative, trusting relationships.

  • Your audience needs an interactive, high-energy speaker who can bridge the gap between the highly competitive world of the fighter pilot and the challenges of business.

  • Real world sales experience, MBA, New York Times & Wall Street Journal best-selling author, member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Lt Col Rob “Waldo” Waldman is a decorated veteran who shares how commitment, collaboration and courage can help you overcome fear, break performance barriers, and give you the courage to take action in rapidly changing competitive environments.

Known as “The Wingman”, Waldo is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo.  He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. 

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a peak performance culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the people in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success.

“We Survive Solo, But Win Together.” – Waldo Waldman

Commitment, Collaboration and Courage are the three tenets of Waldo’s peak performance programs. His compelling stories about overcoming adversity, earning trust, and breaking performance barriers are heartfelt and will inspire you and your team to reach new heights both personally and professionally.

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 180 speakers worldwide. He’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, The Denver Broncos, MassMutual, Siemens, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of national associations.



Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business

Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff and managers. You have directors, suppliers, and partners. And you have colleagues and significant others. Today in our super charged, highly competitive world of constant change, those who build trust and work as a team will dodge the missiles of adversity and win. By committing yourself to excellence and placing your trust in those around you, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers during adverse times. By placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to others, there is no mission you can't complete!


Building a Corporate Culture of Courage & Mutual Support

MISSION OBJECTIVE:  Assist in creating a collaborative culture of trust, commitment, and mutual support that will promote growth, adapting to change, and innovation. A focus will be on core values, accountability, open communication, and teamwork.


  • Instill a “One Team-One Mission” climate of team ownership so that every leader feels fully accountable for the success of the mission. Transformational leaders never fly solo.

  • Share tools that can motivate the members of your leadership team and their staff to collaborate more effectively, adapt to change, and face adversity and conflict with courage.

Assess leadership strengths and weaknesses and learn tactics for personal and professional growth that will give additional leverage for building high-performance teams.

The key to building a high-powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, effective communication, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high-energy program, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman highlights the difference between managing others and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident wingmen. What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges and competition both internally and externally.

Waldo will discuss proven leadership principals based on his experience as an AF Academy graduate, decorated fighter pilot, and seasoned businessman. A relentless passion for the mission, dedicated teamwork, and a commitment to excellence are a few key elements of this engaging and highly interactive seminar. Attendees will learn leadership tools based on four key modules:

  • Attitude of Excellence

  • Shared Vision

  • Values Based Culture

  • Effective Communication