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Steve Harden,

Dynamic Keynote Speaker & Workshop Leader

Steve Harden has developed a national reputation for his insight and experience in helping health care leaders improve the quality of the care their institutions provide.

His success in helping the leaders in over 250 health care organizations improve their organizational culture, increase the reliability of their processes, and measurably improve their care has been featured in more than 50 publications including Fast Company, Health leaders, Entrepreneur, and PBS Nightly Business Report.

Steve possesses the credentials, experience, and speaking talent to help you create a unique event for your group. His singular passion for improving the quality of healthcare leadership informs every one of his presentations so that you can:

  • Educate your group with his use of thoroughly researched, current data, and industry trends.

  • Inspire your group with Steve's candid and personal experiences that establish credibility and a sense of authenticity.

  • Create a learning experience for your audience that will last beyond the conference.

“I have been the toast of the Society since your visit. It was a truly wonderful presentation and afterwards I saw a lot of high ranking surgeons asking for your help. I hope that this is the start of a new culture in NYC and surrounds. I am very happy that you accepted the invitation to speak at our Annual Dinner. It was the best received presentation in recent memory.”

Gary Gecelter, MD
New York Surgical Society

About Me... 

I believe everyone is created in God's image and therefore has - with the right coaching, inspiration, and motivation - the ability to succeed, to achieve, and to do worthwhile work that makes a "dent in the universe."


Helping others become their best self is what makes me tick, and has defined my life's work.

As a Navy fighter pilot, I served on the instructor staff of the Navy's Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), coaching other fighter pilots to become world-class experts in aviation combat.

While serving as a Captain for FedEx, I co-founded Crew Training International, Inc. (CTI). CTI grew to be the world's largest provider of teamwork and communications skills training for military flight squadrons. The coaching, training, and mentoring programs built into our products helped produce the greatest improvement in aircraft safety in U.S. Air Force history. Thousands of military pilots around the world benefited from our training.


In my role as the founder, Chairman, and CEO of LifeWings Partners LLC, I helped coach leaders in over 250 health care organizations around the world lead change initiatives to eliminate patient harm, improve quality, and drive out waste and inefficiency in their patient care processes. LifeWings provided me the opportunity to train and coach over 20,000 administrators, physicians, nurses, and staff.

As the owner and executive coach for LeadersGetResults, LLC, I lead group Leadership Labs and provide one-on-one coaching for healthcare administrators, physicians, nurses, and other staff.


Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the leaders in a healthcare institution achieve zero patient harm, create a great organizational culture, and improve patient care quality measures with the help of my coaching and training.

My fire and passion to see others become their best continues to burn bright. I share what I've learned about personal and organizational excellence around the world in conferences, workshops, presentations, and group and one-on-one coaching sessions. I've authored, or co-authored, three books on patient safety, written hundreds of articles and newsletters, and designed over 40 separate training programs for commercial aviation, military flight squadrons, heavy construction, military contractors, and health care.


It is more clear than ever to me now that if you want a better organization (or life, or marriage, or partnership, or team...) you must become a better version of yourself. Nothing is more satisfying to me than being part of making that happen for you.

Presentations That Will Increase the Value of Your Event

Steve’s presentations are lauded for their relevance, passion, and thoroughness. To make your event truly powerful, Steve is able to customize his work to your group’s unique perspective and challenges and he is accomplished in speaking to the following topics:

  • Leadership Development

  • Team Building

  • Effective Communication Skills

  • Conflict Management

  • Decision Making

  • Giving Effective Performance Feedback

  • Change Leadership Skills

Previous Speaking Engagements 


  • MediServe National Conference, Phoenix, AZ

  • Surgical Information Systems National Conference, Atlanta, GA

  • Surgical Information Systems Fast Track conference, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

  • Patient Safety Summit for 2013, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Richmond VA

  • Cook Children’s Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds, Ft. Worth TX

  • Maimonides Medical Center OB/GYN Retreat, NYC, NY

  • 1st Annual Leading Organizational Change Conference, Curacao

  • 2nd Annual Ambulatory Surgical conference, Newark NJ

  • FASCA of Tennessee Fall Conference, Memphis, TN 

  • Northwest Medical Infomatics Symposium, Spokane WA

  • Surgical Quality Conference, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, NY

  • Collierville Chamber of Commerce Summer Luncheon, Collierville TN

  • MediServe Annual Quality Conference, Phoenix AZ

  • HealthTech’s 2012 Trustee Conference, Santa Fe, NM

  • Bridgeport Hospital Annual Physician’s Retreat Penfield Pavilion, Fairfield, CT

  • Tennessee Hospital Association’s Small or Rural Health Care Conference, Franklin, TN

  • Mayo Clinic Annual Surgical Quality Conference, Rochester MN

  • Carolinas HealthCare / Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, 2012 Physician Retreat, Charlotte, NC

  • Health Forum’s Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, Phoenix, AZ

  • St. Peter’s Medical Center, Leadership Workshops, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Tennessee Hospital Association Leadership Conference, Nashville, TN

  • Medical Center of Plano, Quality Week Workshops, Plano, TX

  • OR Excellence Conference for Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Keynote Speaker, San Diego, CA

  • Nevada Nurses Leadership Conference, Keynote Speaker, Reno, NV

  • Arizona Operating Room Nurses Conference, Keynote Speaker, Flagstaff, AZ

  • North Westchester Hospital, North Westchester, NY

  • Flagstaff Medical Center, Leadership Course, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Toumey Hospital, Sumter, SC

  • Drexel University, Grand Rounds, Philadelphia, PA

  • Quantros Conference, Keynote Speaker, San Francisco, CA

  • Oregon Hospital Association, Salem, Oregon

  • Kentucky Hospital Association Louisville, KY

  • ASOS Annual Conference San Diego, CA

  • CVPH Medical Center – EXPLORE Plattsburgh, NY

  • Patient Centered Care: Safety, Service & Quality

  • North Carolina Healthcare System Leadership Development Institute Charlotte, NC

  • Clark Memorial Hospital Leadership Retreat Louisville, KY

Learn More About Reserving Steve for Your Event!

Would you like to get some ideas for exciting, impactful presentations at your upcoming event? Let me know how to reach you and I will contact you to learn more.

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