Marques Ogden | Former NFL Player,  Bestselling Author

Marques Ogden

Former NFL Player, Bestselling Author

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Marques Ogden

Marques Ogden is a former NFL player who is now an inspirational keynote speaker. He's also the founder and CEO of Ogden Ventures LLC, three-time best-selling author (Sleepless Nights; The Success Cycle), business coach and consultant and the podcast host of Authenticity With Marques Ogden; although his journey didn't come easy or without unrelenting adversity.

After retiring from football, Marques pursued a career in construction and contracting. At 27, he founded a construction company with fast growth but eventually went bankrupt, losing almost two million dollars on one project in 90 days. He pulled himself together during his darkest hours and got a part-time job as a custodian.

Marques rose to the top again with hard work and determination, using his struggles as inspiration to blaze his own trail forward. Now, he shares his powerful story to help others learn how to fail forward and achieve success in their lives. Marques' story and insights as a thought leader have been featured in top publications such as USA Today, Forbes, Cheddar News and Authority Magazine. As a speaker, he's landed jobs with over 40 Fortune 500 companies and over 15 Fortune 100 companies like Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Intel, JPMorgan Chase and Home Depot. As a podcast host, he's interviewed iconic guests such as Michael Strahan, Joe Namath and Willie Parker Jr.

Marques hopes to continue reaching new levels in his professional career and positively impacting as many people's lives as possible through doing what he loves; speaking on stage and sharing his experiences and knowledge with others.

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Leadership - Self-Absorption Causes Self-Destruction

Any leader who is focused more on themselves than they are on their employees and the organization's overall well-being is not a true leader. Marques speaks from experience; when he ran his construction company At 32, he became tyrannical and treated his employees like objects instead of people. This made him live his life with wrath, jealousy, anger, deceit and self-absorption, which caused his ultimate self-destruction.

Now, he has gone full circle, and his mission is to serve others above all. In this signature keynote, Marques shares the power of servant leadership and how leaders from all industries and walks of life can use this leadership style to empower their employees and build a legacy that doesn't lead to self-destruction but rather self-fulfillment. 

Company Culture – Recycling vs. Trashing Company Culture™

In an ever-changing work landscape wavering between remote and in-person work, companies must focus on nurturing a thriving, abundant company culture. Employees crave a positive and enjoyable work-life and perform at their optimal level when they feel aligned with the company and its values.

Sadly, company culture in today's world tells us to Cancel and Trash everything we disagree with, but what if we took the time to recycle it? In this signature keynote with pulled insights from Marques' book The Success Cycle, he shares how to recycle bad energy into positive, productive energy to shift employee mindset and build a thriving company culture to achieve optimal business success.

Diversity & Inclusion – The Success Cycle Creates Healthy DEI

In today's world, diversity, equity and inclusion shouldn't be negotiable; it should be the standard for all companies and teams. Navigating DEI can feel like a tricky space, but it doesn't have to be. In this signature keynote, Marques shares valuable insights from his book The Success Cycle on a unique method to create a healthy, flourishing and diverse work environment.

For many, there is a barrier to entry into the workplace. And for others, they have boundaries to prevent entry. The J.O.B. method is about Jumping Over Barriers™ and tackling the limitations set in place that hinder true DEI in the workplace. Marques shares his personal experiences with DEI in the NFL and his career and gives actionable steps on how companies can value DEI in an authentic and meaningful way.

Sales & Marketing – Drop The Poker Face (Selling Requires Authenticity)

Marques is an avid poker player who loves the game and the mental challenge that comes from it. With sales and marketing, it is the opposite. Selling should never be looked at as a game but rather an opportunity for you to create value and help better someone's life through your product or service. To sell authentically, you need to drop the poker face.

In this signature keynote, Marques articulates that being authentic is the ultimate virtue for sales and marketing, even if it means showing your hand. When you sell with authenticity, you have a genuine interest in the other person's needs, which is the key to sales success.

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