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, Ron Insana, Katty Kay, Polly LaBarre, Nicole Malachowski, David Meerman Scott, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

Motivation | Bill Walton

ZOOMING WITH BILL WALTON: A MASTERCLASS IN POSITIVITY

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 19th, 2020

THE BILL WALTON ZOOM INTERVIEW - A POSITIVE FORCE OF NATURE If you are feeling down…if you’re feeling like you just can’t face one more curveball that life has to throw at you…you need to spend some time with basketball legend BILL WALTON. And if you need to get something done…anything done…BILL WALTON is the guy you want on your team.

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Event Ideas | Speaking Industry

One Big Thing Virtual Events Can Learn from Television News

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 28th, 2020

Virtual events look like they are here to stay. To make them effective, though, we have to learn a whole new skill-set.

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American Politics | Bob Woodward

Chasing the Elusive Truth – Bob Woodward and the Challenge of Journalism

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 1st, 2020

There’s a story legendary Washington Post political investigative reporter BOB WOODWARD tells in his speeches to make the point to audiences about the craft of investigative reporting. The reporter’s job, the story illustrates, is never really done. The truth unfolds over time – it never drops in a reporter’s lap in one piece. And sometimes, the truth winds up being something very different from where it looked like things were headed at the beginning.

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Motivation | Bill Walton

Against the Odds – How Stutterer Bill Walton Became a Broadcaster

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 11th, 2020

“Learning to speak without a stutter is without a doubt my greatest accomplishment in life…and your biggest nightmare,” said basketball legend BILL WALTON to an audience of financial professionals recently. The crowd laughed because it was 30 minutes into his 60-minute talk and they'd already discovered what Walton fans everywhere already know -- the man can talk!

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Leadership | Geoff Colvin

DN Conversations: Talking Courageous Leadership with Geoff Colvin: GM, Netflix, Disney & Microsoft

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 11th, 2020

STOP PROTECTING THE PAST; CREATE THE FUTURE Innovation, reinvention and transformation are the business survival skills of our time. In this edition of DN Conversations, I talk with GEOFF COLVIN of Fortune who gets to explore how top companies and business leaders are managing the daunting job of adapting to nonstop disruption coming from every direction.

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Economic Outlook | Ron Insana

DN Conversations: Talking Economic Future with CNBC's Ron Insana

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 23rd, 2020

CLOSEST THING TO AN ECONOMIC CRYSTAL BALL What’s in store for the economy and business environment in the year ahead?

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Organizational Culture | Nicole Malachowski

Building Trust by Being Trustworthy: The  Organizational Culture of the Thunderbirds

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 16th, 2020

THUNDERBIRD PILOT NICOLE MALACHOWSKI TALKS ABOUT TRUST AND FLYING 400 MPH AND 3 FEET APART Trust: It’s the fuel that feeds high-performing organizations. 21-year Air Force veteran Colonel NICOLE MALACHOWSKI, USAF (Ret.), the first-ever woman USAF Thunderbird pilot, is frequently asked to talk on the subject. Her story about making the transition from fighter pilot to Thunderbird pilot is filled with valuable lessons for organizations looking to elevate their performance.

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Innovation | David Meerman Scott

DN Conversations: Talking Fanocracy, the New Book by David Meerman Scott

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 8th, 2020

DIGITAL CHAOS AND THE QUEST FOR TRUE HUMAN CONNECTION Bestselling author DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT has been the leading voice in real-time business strategies since identifying the phenomenon over a decade ago. He wrote the definitive book on the subject - The New Rules of Marketing & PR - which has sold over 400,000 copies. His newest book, FANOCRACY, just out this week, furthers his dominance in the field, with insight on growing the relationship between company and customer into something more meaningful. David co-authored Fanocracy with his Millennial daughter Reiko. They were fascinated by each other's fandoms and began to research the science behind the phenomena. The true human connection that comes with fandom is, as it turns out, a refreshing antidote to the loneliness and digital fatigue people are feeling in a sea of digital chaos and overwhelm. In their book, they cite powerful examples of forward-thinking companies who have recognized the value of this innovation, creating a fanocracy to build connection and community that turns customers into fans and fans into customers. Tony D’Amelio connected with David to explore the idea of business fandom and learn more about how Fanocracy speech attendees are responding.

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Motivation | Katty Kay | Women's Issues

Brave Career Decision - BBC's Katty Kay Takes a Work Sabbatical

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 3rd, 2020

A GUTSY MOVE KATTY KAY made a brave career decision in 2019. She took time off from broadcasting – taking a work sabbatical from the BBC and MSNBC. Katty's husband Tom, who runs the Washington, D.C. office for Africaworks, was setting up a non-profit in Senegal and it represented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go and help out and also do research for her next book. Katty also brought her 13-year-old daughter Poppy, who attended school there. “She had an amazing cultural experience...and I think we’ve given our daughter the best education we could give her,” Katty said.

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Managing/Leading Change | Leadership | Organizational Culture

Leading on Purpose: What Does Your Business Stand For?

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 27th, 2019

TAKING A STAND Have you noticed how more and more business leaders are becoming outspoken advocates on important topics? And - they’re making business decisions based on their convictions. The company that first got my attention on this was CVS which banned tobacco products from their stores in 2014, the first national retail chain to do so. They couldn’t reconcile being a health-focused company and selling a product proven to compromise their customer’s health. CVS has prospered in the aftermath. Since then, there’s been a trend of stakeholders holding companies accountable – asking them to stand for something more than just profits. These are the times we live in – and navigating that is tricky stuff for any business leader. Just ask Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods who banned assault-style rifles and raised the age to purchase guns to 21 after finding out his store sold the Parkland High School shooter a shotgun. That gun wasn’t used, but he felt the company needed to do something. They turned $5 million in assault rifles into scrap metal. Actions like that have a profound impact on the corporate culture of an organization as well as how the company is perceived by the public.

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