Eric Pennington


Waking Up In Corporate America: The Seven Secrets That Opened My Eyes chronicles the experiences of Eric Pennington through a 15-year career inside corporate America.

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Whether your group is made up of five or five thousand, Eric can deliver a captivating message. We have conversations about the below topics, or can work with you to develop an Epic message about a current topic with which your organization is struggling.


With the release of his new book Waking Up In Corporate America: The Seven Secrets That Opened My Eyes, Eric Pennington takes the audience on a journey of discovery. Eric defines, in detail, what each secret is all about, while giving clear direction on how they can make each secret applicable to their own work life. Whether it’s a secret on personal branding or living a life of influence, audience members will be inspired to move their careers and life to a higher level. This speech topic is also available in a one-day workshop by the same name.

Our business culture has proven that you can get far with skills. Whether it’s an advanced degree or knowledge of specific marketing disciplines, many have reached heights only dreamed of by others. Sadly, though, that same culture has proven that a lack of character will ruin our best intentions. How can we move this lopsided equation between character and skills development to a balanced state? In his speech on Character and Skills Development, Eric Pennington shows the audience specific steps every leader must take to make sure their character and skills are rightly balanced. Each audience member will come to understand that one can be highly skilled, and yet be a person of high character.

Have you ever wondered if your life and work is authentic? Would your endeavors pass a lie detector test? As Bagger Vance (from the motion picture The Legend of Bagger Vance) said, “Judah might win if he finds his authentic swing.” In this speech Eric Pennington helps audience members evaluate where they’re at today and gives specific steps to finding their authentic swing-lost or never discovered. The audience member will be challenged and inspired to move to a place they’ve always dreamed of-a land called Authentic.

In this compelling speech, Eric Pennington shows his audience that the greatest of us all is the one who serves. Audience participants will learn why much of corporate America has lost its soul, due to following a self-serving model. Eric shows those in business-public or private-that much power comes with serving. Specific steps are illustrated to show that businesses, communities and education systems are transformed by embracing the power of serving.

What if risk isn’t the problem? What if risk is something to be embraced? In a time when our news is full of stories that portray risk as enemy number one, Eric Pennington reverses our course and teaches us that risk is your friend and not your enemy. Each audience member will hear about Eric’s experiences with risk as a corporate leader and entrepreneur. The audience will connect with Eric’s inspiring examples of how risk can be managed in business and life.

What’s In It For You?

Hopefully we’ve kept your attention through the story, and maybe now you’re wondering what’s in it for you. Consider the following:

Is your organization a place where customers consider you a vendor of high character and trust? As we know, people do business with people they like and trust. Do your internal customers (your employees) behave with an approach of high character and trust? The same applies here; employees cooperate/work well with employees they like and trust. Many organizations lose sales and increase expenses due to these types of problems.

If your organization is trying to figure out how to operate from a position of high character and trust, then select the speech The Power of Serving and invite Eric to speak at your organization’s next event.

Would you like your employees to be more authentic? More importantly, would you like your customers (internal and external) to interact with employees who are more authentic? Authentic employees are productive and help organizations grow their bottom line.

If you want more authentic employees, then select the speech Finding Your Authentic Swing and invite Eric to speak at your organization’s next event.

Are disengaged employees awake or asleep/dormant? That’s an easy question to answer; they’re asleep/dormant. According to the Gallup Organization, 70% of American workers are disengaged in their daily work habits. This correlates with another statistic showing that US businesses lose $300 billion in productivity costs from disengaged employees.

If that describes a problem your organization has, then select the speech Waking Up In Corporate America: Unlocking the Secrets and invite Eric to speak at your organization’s next event.


Eric Pennington is the Founder and Chief Idea Spreader of Epic Living, LLC (, a leadership development organization that helps organizations and individuals discover their leadership, management and personal growth potential. The group accomplishes it’s objectives via speaking, consulting and workshop discovery sessions. Eric has over fifteen years of practical management and leadership experience inside Fortune 500 and charitable organizations. Some of those organizations include Bank One, Huntington National Bank, The Gathering and Grace Brethren Fellowship.

Epic Living was founded by Eric in 2005 and was born out of a vision to change the lives of those working in corporate America. Eric’s experience is as varied as pastoral speaking and workshop processes, to host/master of ceremony duties. He is an idea spreader of the highest form. All communications (speaking, writing or guiding) are specific portals for spreading the ideas of awakening and higher performance in corporate America.

To further expand his idea reach, Eric authored the book Waking Up In Corporate America: The Seven Secrets That Opened My Eyes in January of 2008. The book is a field guide for those navigating a career in corporate America. The book unlocks seven secrets that Eric learned, experienced and taught over a 15 + year career.

The following are a couple of notes of praise for Eric and his work:

“A powerful book…Waking Up In Corporate America renews my hope in what one person can do to change their world for the better.  Eric’s experiences in Corporate America are not only relevant, but timely.”
-Marshall Goldsmith, author of the NY Times bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Eric simply possesses a drive and passion for helping leaders lead. His tools and techniques are simple - but his delivery is what makes leaders receive and apply his techniques in manner that is welcome to those that follow the leader. Passion, integrity, and perseverance....need I say more.”
-Jim Kaminski, Director of Continuous Improvement, Limited Brands



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