C-suite Executive, Speaker & Author Who Helps Companies Successfully Navigate Transition, Rapid Growth & Change.
With more than 30 years of experience, earning bottom-line results for some of America’s best known corporations including Walmart, Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes and SuperValu. Keith Wyche has risen to become a successful corporate president and one of the highest-ranking African-American executives in the U.S. Keith understands the rules for success, rules he now shares as an author, speaker, and thought leader.
Corporate Transformation Leader
Keith Wyche knows first-hand how to lead an organization through change and with intentional DEI development. As President of Cub Foods (a division of SuperValu), a $3 billion grocery chain with more than 8,000 employees, Keith led the division to double-digit sales growth in his first year. After successfully turning around Cub Foods, SuperValu needed Keith to turn around Acme Markets (a larger division of SuperValu with 113 grocery and pharmacy stores and 11,000 associates) that had been on a downward spiral as sales and profits had declined for the prior five years. Within a year as President, Keith had reversed that trend and led the chain to growth for the first time in a half a decade. Before joining Supervalu, Keith was President of U.S. Operations for Pitney Bowes. There he turned around an organization that was losing clients, seeing its competition eat its market share, and suffering from a demoralized workforce.
Keith began his career in sales, marketing and management with AT&T and IBM. Currently, he is Vice President of Community Engagement and Support at Walmart, responsible for developing the operational strategy to support the overall plans to leverage business, government and community organizations in major metropolitan areas in which the company serves. Previously, he served on the Corporate Board of Directors of WMS Industries (a gaming company) and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and is currently serves on the Board of Directors for Brinks Company.
Nationally Recognized Leader
Keith has been recognized for his achievements, both in the corner office and outside. His awards and honors include:
Named one of the top 100 African American executives by both Black Enterprise and Savoy Magazine.
Honored as a Man of Distinction by the National Urban League.
2010 Executive of the Year by the Executive 50 Organization.
2008 Inductee into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Renaissance Leaders at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
2007 Diversity MBA Magazine Top 50 Under 50 African-American MBAs.
Keith is the bestselling author of four books on how to supercharge your performance and reach the top of the corporate world. Corner Office Rules: The 10 Realities of Executive Life, (Kandelle Enterprises) opens the door to the often hidden world of the C-suite. Keith’s first book, Good Is Not Enough: And Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals (Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House), was an Amazon bestseller and was nominated for the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. His book, Swag Is Not Enough: Career Advice for the Serious Millennial was co-authored with his daughter Alana. Keith’s newest book, Diversity is Not Enough, is a 2022 NAACP Image Award nominated book.
Keith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BBA from Cleveland State University and his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Featured Keynote Programs
Good is Not Enough (And Other Real-World Advice for the Serious Professional)
Moving up the ranks of any profession requires much more than having the right degrees and fulfilling your job description. You must know "the unwritten rules" to success. During this session, Keith empowers professionals to see themselves through the same lens from which their stakeholders and executive decision makers view them.
Known for his "straight-shooter" wit, Keith shares anecdotes and insights from his and his colleagues' journeys up the corporate ladder to provide real-world strategies for career advancement. More than an industry consultant or a coach, Keith Wyche has the perspective of a "boot-strap" corporate executive who worked his way up to the CEO position at a $3 billion grocery chain, where he led 11,000 associates working across 113 grocery stories and pharmacies. The practical advice, tools and tips Keith provides eliminate the maze that can confine you to middle management.
After this session, you will be able to:
Master the must-have leadership skills to power your performance and deliver results.
Define and build your personal brand for excellence to break yourself out of the pack.
More effectively engage with peers and senior management.
Prove you're a responsible, accountable professional who is ready to step-up.
Create an effective Action Plan that works in the real world and keeps you on track to attain your goals and fulfill your potential.
Giving you the real-world rules of corporate life, and equipping you with practical takeaways, Keith will help you achieve the success you want, for both yourself and your organization.
This presentation is available as a keynote and/or as a half-day workshop or as a fireside chat. (Workbooks are available for the workshop.)
It's Not Just About Managing Change
Responding to change as it occurs is NOT the answer. Keith Wyche shows you how to build transition resilience and equip your organization to deal with all transformations and transitions. Adapting to change is a minimum requirement in today's world. Change brings opportunity and responsibilities whatever your job title. For you and your organization to excel, you must be able to lead change and transformation. Leaders who can influence transformation are valued and differentiated. In this session, Keith Wyche draws upon his own experiences, as a change management leader with an exceptional record of turning around underperforming operations and managing in industries undergoing rapid technological or competitive change. As well, he shares real-world case studies to add to the learning experience. This is not Change Management 101. Keith will show you how to lead your people so that they acknowledge change not just in their heads, but also in their hearts. You will have powerful insights needed to successfully transform your organization.
After attending this session, you are able to:
Understand the psychology of change, and why people resist it.
Recognize and use the four R's of change: Relevance, Readiness, Robustness and Responsiveness.
Overcome the seven stakeholder barriers that can sink a change project.
Realize how to define and cast your vision so that it engages every level of your organization.
Corner Office Rules
10 Realities of Executive Life
Are you ready to step up to senior leadership? The realities of executive life can be sobering if you aren't prepared for them. How you achieve results, how you're perceived, what's expected of you, even who your friends are--nothing is the same as when you were in the middle ranks. A 30-year corporate veteran and results-driven CEO, Keith Wyche will open the door to the corner office to introduce you to the previously hidden world of the C-suite, and show you how to master the realities that every top executive must face, including:
What made you successful before won't work now. Keith will teach you the skill set every outstanding senior executive needs.
Constructive conflict isn't bad, it's how things get decided. Keith will give you his deep insights into how to work C-suite politics, and effectively channel conflict so that it positions you and your organization for success.
Tough decisions are a part of an executive's reality. Keith will show you how to make the hard calls, even when they challenge your personal values or relationships.
Keith shares real-world examples and insights from his own career and others', in an entertaining, no-nonsense and witty presentation that proves your authentic personality is the best tool you have. This popular new keynote outlines what have always remained unspoken Corner Office Rules and explores practical strategies and solutions you can use to succeed in the most challenging roles of your career