Todd Mitchem

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When he’s not engaged in 1-on1 leadership coaching with his clients, Todd Mitchem delivers programs on the power of transformative and disruptive change.

Todd Mitchem is on a mission to share his successes and journey in a way that guides people through any adversity. He teaches individuals, leaders and organizations how to challenge the norm to overcome roadblocks on the way to success. 

Mitchem’s presentations have been called a “powerhouse” combination of humor, energy, learning, and thoughtful commentary. Your group will leave engaged, inspired and ready to take on the world looking up with a new perspective to overcome life's many deviations, distractions, and difficult events.

When he’s not speaking, or leadership coaching, Todd loves to write. Besides his many articles in publications like Entrepreneur, he has also mapped all the pieces that it takes to succeed in life and business by looking up to make your own opportunities, in his new book: YOU, DISRUPTED: Seizing the life you want by shaking, breaking and challenging everything. Todd is also very active in the media who labeled him, “a soundbite machine.”

Todd offers consulting, 1-on1 leadership coaching, award winning keynote presentations and more.

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to see if your group or leaders qualify for one of Todd’s coaching or keynote presentations.






  • 45-60min content customized for maximum relevance

  • Optional 2 hour workshop available for each program

Todd’s message of disruption is universal and worked for our group of both men and women as well as different level leaders. He disrupted us in the best way possible and we are seeing huge changes. We are disrupting!
— Anna V, Microsoft
Todd was able to apply his expertise and experiences to our conference with engaging energy. He is a powerhouse on stage so strap in! Todd is professional and creative in a way that few people are and always nails the desired result.
— Erik E, Sr Manager, People Development, Pizza Hut

Look Up! - How to achieve your goals by shaking, breaking and challenging your thinking.

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Adults make an average of 35,000 decisions on a daily basis. Each choice comes with a degree of impact which can change the course of a person's life dramatically. The good news is that each of us as individuals are ultimately in charge of those decisions, thus also in control of the impact.

Author, TEDx presenter and leadership expert Todd Mitchem is an engaging professional motivational keynote speaker who teaches audiences how to overcome the most difficult challenges in their own personal and work life. In his presentation, "Look Up," based on learning from Todd's new book, YOU DISRUPTED (Prometheus/Random House), he takes the group on a journey into his experiences as a leader, leadership coach, and successful entrepreneur while giving practical and easy to apply lessons which can be easily applied to their lives in a diverse way.

For leaders, Todd also can add his custom two-hour accompanying workshop, Look Up Leader, which is a deeper dive on how to apply the lessons as a leader in any business environment.

Key learning:

  • Tools to Look Up instantly when faced with any challenge

  • Turn a Deviation Point into a positive Decision Point

  • Overcoming challenges of team dynamics as a leader

  • Tools to quickly discern what drives your decision making

  • Apply formula: Impact = Actions/Time to achieve breakthrough results

  • Motivating, inspiring, and humorous

Disrupt Opportunity, Making your own way even when you see no way.

How does a true disruptor think, act and behave? What is the quality in a truly disruptive person that causes them to literally make opportunity when they need it? 


What leadership and life philosophy does it take to disrupt for the positive? What tools can an individual learn that will enable them to reach new success by becoming a disruptive thinker? Known as the "Thought Leader in Disruption" Todd Mitchem, teaches how to do just this in what he calls: YOU, DISRUPTED. In his presentation based on his latest book, YOU, DISRUPTED; Seizing the life you want by shaking, breaking, and challenging everything, (Prometheus/Random House), Todd guides participants around redefining risk, obliterating crisis, and challenging the norm, to overcome roadblocks on the way to success. Through a detailed look into personal ownership, he brings the group to breakthrough results, thus becoming more powerful disrupted versions of themselves.

Key learning:

  • Tools to create opportunities for success

  • Tools to redefine risk and challenge personal thinking

  • Easy application to Reboot your work or personal life

  • Understanding of the difference between Intentional Why and Habitual Why which drives results

  • Motivating, inspiring and humorous






  • minimum 3 month commitment, one-two hours each week

  • Phone or in person

Do you qualify to become one of Todd’s Coaching clients? Let’s find out.

Leaders, it's not you. Actually, yes it is.

In Todd’s own words.


“What I look for before accepting the ideal coaching client.

Often my potential clients will ask me what I consider to be the ideal client who will succeed with my unique brand of leadership development coaching. After developing hundreds of leaders I've worked with every type of personality, leadership style and have witnessed all sorts of behavioral quirks. This experience has taught me what characteristics to look for in a leader who is about to receive coaching from me. 

Here are the top three qualifying attributes I look for when deciding to accept a new client.

1) Teachability - If you are a leader who feels the leadership coaching was forced upon you, or you dislike learning of any kind, then you are not going to be teachable. Our work will be a struggle right from the start. So first and foremost I look for teachability in all the leaders I coach. The determining factor for me to assess teachability is the leader's attitude about coaching. If they are telling me of a strong desire to learn, grow and become a better leader, then I know I am working with a good candidate. 

2) Willing to Commit - Coaching with me is at minimum a three-month commitment, but for most of my clients the engagement is far longer, sometimes years. So I look for the leader's (and company's) reaction to the three-month commitment concept. If they were hoping to "quick fix" their leadership issues in a few sessions or a few weeks, then we are not a good fit to work together. Behavioral change is a journey, not a race. Like a long journey, to reach the destination of real change, my clients understand the commitment needed and are willing to dedicate an hour or two a week for three months or more to achieve their desired result. In fact, they are eager to do whatever it takes to become a better more effective leader. 

3) Willing to Be Honest - Leaders are already in a very select club. Executive leaders have an even smaller group of people with whom they can discuss challenges. What this means is that most leaders feel unable to be vulnerable, honest about their deficiencies, and overall have very few other people to talk with about core issues. In my sessions honesty is critical. I push leaders to dig deep into their lives, past, and attitudes about specific issues. By being completely honest with me and themselves in our sessions, leaders I coach achieve breakthrough results. A leader unwilling to bring honesty to our discussions will become frustrated quickly when my proposed solutions miss the mark because they left out critical and honest data about themselves. Want a great example, read about one of my clients Tom, here. So if we commit to working together remember I will push for your honesty always and will call you out when you are holding back. I also work in total confidentiality. 

Todd Mitchem changed me as a leader. I now know to Look Up instead of looking down when I guide my team. He taught me to overcome my obstacles and helped me discover what past issues were holding me back. He also taught me the importance of knowing my own leadership philosophy. I was promoted from VP to SVP in a matter of six months in large part due to Todd Mitchem’s guidance. I am forever grateful. 
— Thomas S., SVP Business Development, Exceleron Technologies

This is not another attribute but more like a note of caution. My feedback as well as direction for actions to change behaviors will ALWAYS be to the point and honest. If you can't take feedback, or a direct but kind approach, then we may not be a good fit. One of my clients says it this way, "Your coaching was not what I expected, but exactly what I needed. Tough love for sure."

The bottom line is that you can't be all things to all people, so I had to make choices about the type of client I accepted. My teaching, style, and experience combine beautifully with the leader who possesses the above attributes. But I do not take every person who inquires. Because I limit my leadership development coaching to only sixty clients annually, time is essential. You and I won't waste one second of it.”




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In this TEDx talk, Todd Mitchem discusses what is broken about social media, dating sites and our society. He offers a solution to how we can get control of our technology and use it for good BEFORE it destroys us.









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