Derek Deprey

Keynote Speaker, Author, Coach, Consultant, Trainer

LOCATION - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Derek’s passion in life is to help you become the leader you’d want to follow. After 7 years in basketball operations at the NCAA Division 1 and NBA levels, 13 years in the fitness industry, and 3 years in the automotive industry, he transforms managers into leaders at Living as a Leader & Fit to Lead, as an author, keynote speaker, and leadership coach. Derek is the author of two books: SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled and Everyday Leaders: Small Actions, Big Results. When Derek isn’t geeking out on leadership, he’s working out, coaching youth basketball, or carting his daughters all over like an Uber driver.

Popular Programs

  • SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled
  • Execute: 10 Habits That Will Transform Your Work & Life
  • Live Well, Lead Well: 5 Practices to Feel Better in Work & Life
  • Everyone Communicates, but Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently
  • The Miracle of Teamwork: Together We Can Do the Impossible

Professional Summary

Derek has been invited to speak at some of the biggest companies in the world, including Kohl’s, Molson Coors, and GE. He is the best-selling author of SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled. Much of Derek’s day is spent as a leadership facilitator and coach at Living as a Leader (LAAL). Before joining LAAL, Derek spent 3 years as the Head of Employee Success and Director of Leadership Development for ETE REMAN, where he taught over 100 managers the core principles of leadership, management, and personal development. Prior to ETE, Derek spent 12 years at the Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC) as the Director of People & Service, Director of Training & Development, and General Manager. During his tenure, he became a certified speaker and coach with the John Maxwell Team. Shortly after joining the WAC, Derek created his own business, Fit to Lead, to transform average managers into effective leaders.

In 2024, he published the book Everyday Leaders: Small Actions, Big Results.

"Derek always shares pertinent information in a way that allows you to learn and grow, but never feel judged because you aren't there yet."

Judy Hahn | Immersive Wellness Coach

Areas of Expertise

  • Accountability
  • Attitude
  • Author
  • Business
  • Business Consultant
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Company Culture
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Goal Setting
  • Health and Wellness
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Leadership
  • Life/work Balance
  • Male Speakers
  • Management
  • Midwest Speakers
  • Mindset
  • Motivation and Inspiration
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Productivity
  • Resilience
  • Sports
  • Stress Management
  • Team Building
  • Time Management
Lynne Jensen Award Winning Speaker

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