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Tony D'Amelio

Tony has spent his career putting talented people and audiences together, first in the music business and later representing the world's leading speakers. After concluding 27 years as Executive Vice President of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Tony launched D'Amelio Network, a boutique firm that manages the speaking activities of a select group of experts on business, management, politics and current events. Clients include: Mike Abrashoff, Geoff Colvin, Katty Kay, Polly LaBarre, Nicole Malachowski, David Meerman Scott, Bill Taylor, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

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What drives your business success? It could be different from what you think.

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 12th, 2018

It's a ritual for business folk to take stock at the end of the year and consider changes that might make business in the new year even better.  If that’s on your agenda too, the conversation I had with Dario Presutto, the man who's cut my hair for more than 33 years, might be of interest. Dario Salon is on West 55th Street in New York and he is absolutely amazing. If you’re ever in the city – Dario really IS the man to see!

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American Politics

BBC's KATTY KAY Immortalized on Saturday Night Live and Jeopardy

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 6th, 2018

BBC News anchor KATTY KAY can cross off two big honors this month. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PARODIED KATTY IN A SKIT THIS WEEKEND BBC News anchor can cross off two big honors this month. First, Saturday Night Live parodied MSNBC’s Morning Joe program following the announcement that the show’s co-hosts, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, got married in November.  "Katty" was shown trying to get a word in edgewise – and then comes back at the very end. Watch the whole 6:06 if you can – very funny.  Katty later posted on Twitter, "So now that Claire Foy’s played me on SNL⁩ - can I play the Queen?"

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Speaking Industry | Motivation

Audience "completely blown away" by Bill Walton

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 26th, 2018

"BILL WALTON is as good on stage as a speaker as he was on the court as a player. My client, the donors, and guests were completely blown away,” said the organizer from the Utah Clean Air Partnership fund-raiser. The email went on, "To be honest, our board of directors questioned my recommendation of Bill as the keynote speaker. After the event, they apologized for questioning me...profusely. We are not sure how we will top Bill's passion and the memorable delivery he gave at next year's event.”

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American Politics

Watergate reporter Bob Woodward: back to basics for new book on Trump

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 4th, 2018

On September 11th, the 19th book by legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward will be released. Fear: Trump in the White House is the inside story of President Trump as only Bob Woodward can tell it.

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Motivation | Managing/Leading Change

Inspirational Tour de Force: 1st Woman Thunderbird is Pure Magic On Stage

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 28th, 2018

THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF NICOLE MALACHOWSKI 

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Managing/Leading Change | Organizational Culture

Change Agenda: What to do first? A Navy Captain's surprising answer.

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 12th, 2018

Imagine this: you've just taken command of the near-worst performing ship in the U.S. Navy. Your job is to try and turn things around - something others before you have tried and failed to do. Where do you start?  What's the first thing you'd do? That’s was the intriguing question that was posed to MIKE ABRASHOFF during the Q&A session last month. Mike is the former Navy captain who came to the world’s attention in a Fast Company magazine cover story. The magazine heard that he’d taken command of a poorly-performing performing ship in the Navy and transformed it in just about a year's time into the best ship in the fleet – using the same crew. That’s some organizational transformation and the magazine wanted to know how he did it. 

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Motivation

THE CONFIDENCE CODE FOR GIRLS: BOOK TAKES ON THE COLLAPSE OF CONFIDENCE

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 1st, 2018

IT AFFECTS GIRLS WAY MORE THAN BOYS It’s a paradox – girls are achieving like never before, yet they’re consumed with doubt on the inside. Girls worry constantly about how they look, what people think, whether to try out for a sports team or school play, why they aren’t getting “perfect” grades, and how many “likes” and followers they have online.

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Leadership | Managing/Leading Change

Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders 2018: Who Are World's Best Leaders?

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 25th, 2018

The World’s Greatest Leaders list for 2018 has just been announced by Fortune. Five years ago, GEOFF COLVIN (a long-time speaker on business for D’Amelio Network) led the first-ever effort to create Fortune’s fresh look at leaders through a different lens. It’s not the usual suspects of well-known business and political leaders, but instead, a list that celebrates the passion, commitment, and ingenuity of a surprisingly broad range of those who are making a difference in the world.

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Organizational Culture

Looming Talent Crisis: The Vanishing Entry-Level Job Candidate

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 7th, 2018

“Nearly three-quarters of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible for military service due to obesity, other health problems, criminal backgrounds or lack of education, according to government data. That's a harsh reality check for the Pentagon’s plan to recruit tens of thousands of new soldiers, sailors, pilots and cyber specialists over the next five years.” So says this article on Politico last week.  The piece is definitely worth reading.

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American Politics

BOB WOODWARD TEACHES INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: NEW ONLINE MASTERCLASS

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 20th, 2018

We are living in a time when the truth is under siege, trust in the media is questioned, and democracy itself is threatened. Against this backdrop, MasterClass, the portal of online learning that lets people learn from the best experts, has just launched what may be its most important online course ever. In it, legendary Washington Post reporter BOB WOODWARD teaches what it takes to get the best obtainable version of the truth using the principles of rigorous and opinion-free investigative journalism.  

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