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, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, Geoff Colvin, Daryl Davis, Ron Insana, Katty Kay, Beau Lotto, Nicole Malachowski, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

Bob Woodward

A BIG LIFE LESSON I LEARNED FROM BOB WOODWARD

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 28th, 2021

IT ALL STARTED WITH WATERGATE In the summer of 1973, all eyes were riveted on televised coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings. The break-in, which occurred in June of 1972, went largely unnoticed at the time. But soon, thanks to investigative work by Washington Post reporters BOB WOODWARD and Carl Bernstein, troubling details began to emerge. A year later, those hearings were carried live on daytime television, pre-empting regular programming in an era when there were only three television networks – not the TV and streaming landscape of today. This was a very big deal.

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Get Gutsy

Managing/Leading Change | Organizational Culture | Teamwork & Culture | Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour | Peak Performance

“IT’S TIME TO GET GUTSY” – VERNICE “FLYGIRL” ARMOUR

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 1st, 2021

HOW TO HARNESS A BREAKTHROUGH Where are you right now – and where do you want to be?

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Diversity & Inclusion | Daryl Davis | Teamwork & Culture

HOW CIVIL CONVERSATIONS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD - DARYL DAVIS

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 15th, 2021

CIVIL CONVERSATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN POLARIZING TIMES How can we lower the emotional temperature at a time when people find themselves at odds with one another about so many issues - in their communities, at work, and at home? DARYL DAVIS has an answer: Get to know those who don’t share your values. Really get to know them! Daryl should know. A Black musician who befriended KKK leaders and other white supremacists, he built unlikely bridges with those who hate him just because of the color of his skin. And as unimaginable as that seems, many of those haters became true friends and renounced their old beliefs – some even gave Daryl their robes and hoods.

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Managing/Leading Change | Organizational Culture | Mike Abrashoff | Employee Engagement | Talent Retention

KEEPING YOUR CREW ON BOARD –  TALENT RETENTION STRATEGIES

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 3rd, 2021

TOP LEADERSHIP SPEAKER MIKE ABRASHOFF ON TALENT RETENTION STRATEGIES MIKE ABRASHOFF has been an influential speaker on leadership and organizational culture since Fast Company profiled him over 20 years ago. His bestselling book, It’s Your Ship, came shortly thereafter and has sold 1.2 million copies to date. Mike’s success as a speaker came because he is brilliant at providing audiences with actionable insights on the most pressing problems facing business. He draws on lessons learned after taking command of the near-worst ship in the fleet and overseeing its transformation to becoming the best ship in the entire U.S. Navy. 

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Daryl Davis’ Secret - How to Talk to People Who Don’t Agree With You

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 7th, 2021

TALKING WITH PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH YOU If a Black man can talk to and befriend KKK members, you can talk to co-workers, neighbors, family, friends who don’t share your views, too. Nicholas Kristof offered this amazing endorsement of DARYL DAVIS’s work in his New York Times’ op-ed “How Can You Hate Me When You Don’t Even Know Me?”   Davis, a Black musician who’s made headlines as a conflict navigator, reaching out to and meeting hate with civility, tells Kristof the biggest lesson for all of his from his extraordinary work:   “If I can sit down and talk to K.K.K. members and neo-Nazis and get them to give me their robes and hoods and swastika flags and all that kind of crazy stuff, there’s no reason why somebody can’t sit down at a dinner table and talk to their family member.”

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Managing/Leading Change | Diversity & Inclusion | Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis Meets Extreme Bias with Civility - Conversations That Ignite Change

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 9th, 2021

  TURNING DOWN THE TEMPERATURE Is it possible to ignite positive change in a polarized world? Can we make our community, workplace, and holiday dinner table more civil? I was beginning to lose hope – and then I met DARYL DAVIS. I’ve never met anyone like him – and I’d bet you haven’t either.

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Managing/Leading Change

Neuroscientist Beau Lotto Asks: Are You Change-Ready?

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 29th, 2020

  “The biggest mistake we can make in uncertain times: to think we know.”  -Beau Lotto  

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Motivation | Organizational Culture

Lessons from USAF Thunderbirds' Nicole Malachowski: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 20th, 2020

NOTHING IS CERTAIN EXCEPT CONSTANT CHANGE So much is changing in our professional and personal lives that it’s almost impossible to keep up. We’re all facing new challenges, working and competing in new ways, and encountering new problems that we’ve never faced before.

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American Politics | Bob Woodward

BOB WOODWARD’S NEW BOOK ON PRESIDENT TRUMP - "RAGE"

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 15th, 2020

A MILESTONE BESTSELLER The newest book by legendary investigative reporter BOB WOODWARD was released on September 15th and debuted at #1 on the non-fiction bestseller list. RAGE is Woodward’s 20th bestseller and becomes the 14th to reach #1 – more than any other non-fiction author.

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Event Ideas | Innovation | Managing/Leading Change | Motivation | Speaking Industry

New D'Amelio Network Speaker: Neuroscientist Beau Lotto - Adapt to Change by Seeing Differently

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 9th, 2020

  IS SEEING REALLY BELIEVING? Change is inevitable – but for us humans, the ability to adapt with it is anything but. The biggest obstacle to adapting and thriving in shifting environments is in our own heads: Our perceptions. Perception underpins the assumptions and biases that drive every single one of our thoughts, decisions, and actions. Most important, those assumptions and biases are borne from past experience that may not be relevant when coping with a new world.

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