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Chuck Garcia

Chuck Garcia is the founder of Climb Leadership International and is a Professor of Organizational Leadership at Mercy College in New York. He is also adjunct associate professor at Columbia University where he teaches leadership communication in the Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science. He coaches executives on public speaking, leadership development, and sales skills.

A 25-year veteran of Wall Street, he spent 14 years in sales and marketing at Bloomberg in a variety of leadership positions. He was Director of Business Development at BlackRock Solutions, an arm of the world’s largest investment manager, and was a Managing Director at Citadel, a prestigious alternative investment manager.

“Chuck Garcia was a breath of fresh air! So many conferences tend to pick executive level people to talk about their company and that gets dry. I hope that you’re able to continue bringing a keynote speaker that leaves you energized like I felt.”
-Participant Feedback from AUG National Members Meeting Keynote

He is also a mountaineer and has climbed some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, the Matterhorn, as well as mountains in Alaska and the Andes.

Climb Leadership International

Are you looking for a way to encourage and inspire your employees to reach for new heights? Or maybe your goal is to hone your personal communication skills in order to become a more effective leader. Climb Leadership International specializes in training employees in compelling selling techniques, teaching sales management to become sales leaders, and helping leaders become more powerful communicators.

Do you feel like your management styles are becoming less and less effective? Do you speak to your team hoping to spark motivation through your words but come up short? Chuck and his team know that you have to truly inspire your employees to see the results you desire. It takes a master communicator to sell effectively and inspire a crowd. Leveraging Chuck’s set of proven tools and methodologies, professionals can unlock their greatest potential as employees and leaders – making for a steady and successful climb to the top.

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“The second I heard Chuck speak, I knew I wanted to be wherever he was. He spoke articulately and with such passion that it inspired me to achieve things I never thought possible, including, but not limited to, landing a job at Google! Chuck helped me believe in myself; but not only me, I've witnessed Chuck inspire a wide diversity of people through his love and passion. Regardless of the subject matter, when you hear Chuck speak you can't help but be inspired - I challenge you to try not to be.”

- Anthony Sicuranza, Jr. , Google

"Chuck has a special ability to move entire rooms when you talk. I admire the hard work in which he put forth towards mastering his art and feel extremely grateful to have attended his presentation."

- Richard Kovatch, CAPTRUST

“With an audience ranging from C-level to analysts and operations personnel Chuck’s sessions at our conference scored nearly perfect survey results on both value of content and speaker. Besides many responses of “Excellent” in the open comments field we also heard a variety of “Best session all week! I was so blown away and happy I signed up for this. Thank you so very much!” A high value presentation from a high-quality speaker, I couldn’t recommend him more.”

- Shana Bruner, SS&C Advent.

“While attending an industry conference, I happened upon a personal development workshop on leadership. I was not expecting much to be honest, but was in fact captivated by Chuck Garcia. His message is simple, and resonates with industry veterans and leaders on how they can be more impactful. But it also addresses the traits the next generation of leaders should strive for in order to jump start their own careers, or kick it up to the next level. His message is easy to follow. I have had the opportunity to get to know Chuck, he is so engaging, and full of positive energy. Those that are looking to take the next step in their careers will benefit by listening to Chuck.”

- John Brennan, PAAMCO Prisma

“Chuck spoke at a Wharton Alumni Club seminar entitled “Communication that Moves Mountains.” What an outstanding coach with a great style combined with timely and relevant tools. His seminar earned the highest speaker ratings at the Wharton Club. Chuck's presentation incorporated his mountain climbing experiences with videos and slides to convey his message in a persuasive and effective manner. He shared presentation tools that were transformative for speakers. In addition, I have been privileged to work with Chuck as a presentation coach. His insights have transformed my presentations and have given me the confidence to become an effective keynote speaker. Also, I would highly recommend his book “A Climb to the Top: Communication & Leadership Tactics to Take Your Career to New Heights". Chuck’s insights and techniques will help even the most experienced speakers to elevate their game.”

- Grace Vandecruze, Managing Director, Grace Global Capital

“From start to finish, Chuck engages each audience and pushes them to think and act outside of their comfort zone. In doing so, he creates a clear and actionable "call to action" for each person for the days ahead."

- Madison Waldvogel, Bloomberg

"Chuck spoke on the importance of startups to communicate their pitches powerfully and persuasively. Everyone was amazed by his passion, energy, and ability to inspire an audience. I had countless attendees come up to me after the event who were ecstatic about how much they learned and who were thrilled about the opportunity to learn more about Chuck's book, A Climb to the Top.”

- Jason Malki, CEO, StartupBoost

“Chuck Garcia has the ability to captivate, motivate, and persuade an audience. As a coach, his passion combined with a wealth of experience fills the largest of rooms, conveying a powerful message with a lasting impact.”

- John Flickinger, Univelver

“Chuck was an amazing keynote speaker at our annual National Members Meeting. He connected quickly with the group, providing insights and practical advice everyone could take back to improve themselves as leaders. The smaller break-out sessions which tied in to his presentation were fun and informative….a memorable highlight for participants. Chuck is professional, engaging, and passionate about his work. We could not have be happier to have him as our keynote and he continues to be an important partner for our organization.”

- John Stiles, Chairman, AUG The Exchange