For years from his executive post, Chris Laping has been engaging audiences with disruptive ideas on innovation and roller coaster storytelling. Now, he is hitting the stage as author of his debut book, People Before Things, to take audiences on a journey that focuses on how great organizations take care of people and inspire a culture of change. Whether it’s a large audience at a national conference or a small, private group, Chris brings the same passion and energy to each talk—and with content that’s tailored for each unique situation!

Becoming an Event Hero Has Never Been So Simple

We understand that when you’re planning a team event or managing a conference that you want to hit a homerun with inspirational content. At the same time, you want practical advice that motivates action. Let Chris Laping support you on your next event with roller coaster storytelling about how leaders inspire change and transformation.

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Speaking Abstracts


Gallup reports that 70% of all change initiatives are unsuccessful. Why do some organizations succeed at delivering change while others don’t? Quite simply, their leaders put people before things.Using concepts from his best-selling book, Chris takes his audience on a journey to help them visualize how they can become CHANGE leaders. Intended for any executive, middle manager or grassroots influencer, this is an inspirational message for all levels of leadership!


Unfortunately, we often hear stories and jokes that suggest IT is not seen as an equal to “the business.” The reality: IT has an opportunity to drive game-changing outcomes that inspire “crazy loyalty” in the communities they serve—which can result in a powerful brand for themselves as technology professionals. In this discussion, Chris will focus on the fundamental mind shift that IT leaders and engineers must make to evolve their role and become transformative change leaders.

“I have been honored to share a stage with Chris on two occasions, and by the time he left the stage on both occasions, the crowd was buzzing with excitement based on what they had heard.”

Peter High, Author & President, Metis

“Chris Laping remains one of the most memorable and influential speakers Hospitality Technology has had the pleasure of working with.”


Abigail A. Lorden, Group Editor-in-Chief,
Hospitality Technology (HT) & Vertical
Systems Reseller (VSR) magazines

“Chris gave an outstanding keynote address to our Leadership team at our annual conference. He was exceptionally well received by those in attendance and it truly brought an inspiring closure to a terrific two-day event”

Jeff Puttkammer, M.Ed. Director,
Learning and Development

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