Motivational Speaker for Conferences & Workshops on Leadership & Visionary Achievement

Christopher A. Wray (FBI Director) & Dennis C. Miller (Spring 2024 FBI SAC Conference Keynote Speaker)

Dennis wowed the crowd with his dynamic presentation “Leading with resilience in the face of adversity, while maintaining integrity and optimism” and completely engaged the audience.

Vibrant. Engaging. Thought-Provoking. Inspirational. Relevant.

These are just a few of the words that audiences across the country use to describe Dennis’ presentations, trainings, keynotes and retreats. One person recently said, ‘Dennis is one of the best speakers I have ever heard!’

Dennis, a motivational & inspirational speaker provides state of the art educational and leadership development programs, conferences, retreats and workshops for the nonprofit community, business trade associations and corporate foundations at your own location or another setting more conducive to learning.

Speaking Videos

Behavioral Health Today
Resiliency: From Hopelessness to CEO with Dennis Miller

Dennis C. Miller TED Talk: Moppin’ Floors to CEO

9 Transformational Competencies Needed by Today’s Non-Profit

Interview: Executive Search and Non Profit Leadership

2020 Affiliate Pre-Conference Day: Harnessing Your Leadership and Board to Respond to COVID

Speaking at the January 2018 Alliance Learning Circle


As expected, you did a stellar job not only informing our members to strengthen their leadership competencies to increase staff morale and retention, but also inspiring them to do so during your webinar today!

Of the many compelling points you made, some that stand out are that relationship building should be every leader’s top priority; communication should frequently include the organizations’ and individuals’ achievements and impact; and that constructive criticism is a loving thing. I especially appreciate and fully agree with your comment about leadership development programs not only build employees’ morale and motivation, but also can result in a greater impact on the communities they serve.

It is always a terrific experience watching you present and learning so much from you! We look forward to seeing you again and having you share your expertise at many more future events!

Debra L. Wentz, PhD,
President and CEO, NJAMHAA
Executive Director, New Jersey Mental Health Institute

Dennis Miller is an absolute delight to work with. He captivated our audience at NatCon22 during his TED talk with his story of perseverance, believing in one’s self and tenacity. It is a story all of us can relate to that highlights the importance of determination and grit. He is simply great with our members and they so enjoyed his story!

Jeannie Campbell, Executive Vice President
National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Dennis C Miller rocked the house at NATCON 22 in Washington DC. He is extremely entertaining, insightful, educational, personable, and engaging. Those in attendance were so personally impressed with his personal story and presentation that they didn’t want him to leave the stage – too bad there’s a limit on the length of a Ted Talk. He’s simply that engaging. Do yourself a favor – get Dennis C Miller for your next audience and instill hope where you may feel there is little or none. You can thank me later.

Stuart Katz
Mental Health First Aid Israel

Dennis was engaging, informative and totally transparent with our attendees at our NATCON19, the annual conference for the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare. People lined up to get into one of his sessions and I repeatedly heard attendees say that what he taught them should be required learning for all boards!

Sarah Michel, CSP, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting Event Organizer
National Council for Behavioral Healthcare

Dennis presented at our annual Not-for-Profit seminar this past November. Dennis’ presentation “A Guide to Becoming a High Performing Nonprofit Board” was informative, entertaining, and well received. Audience members described it as captivating, educational and immediately actionable as he provided specific strategies that were relevant to nonprofits.

Laura Lampron, Director of Marketing, Nisivoccia
CPA Advisors to the Nonprofit Community

On behalf of the Executive Directors of Union County Steering Committee, I congratulate you on your presentation: “Leadership Succession Planning: What Every Organization Needs to do NOW!” at our recent Nonprofit Networking Conference. The conference consisted of over 165 senior nonprofit administrators and Executive Directors of Union County nonprofits. The overwhelming feedback thought that your workshop was very motivational, thought provoking and high engaging and entertaining. We would highly recommend Dennis to any nonprofit organization seeking a dynamic speaker on leadership.

Sidney Blanchard, Founder
Community Access Unlimite

We would like to thank Dennis Miller and Allan Weisberg from DCM Associates for helping make this year’s 2021 Texas Child Care Administrators Conference, Powering Connectivity the largest and most informative for our child and family services professionals in Texas. Their session, How to Assess, Develop and Retain Your Organization’s Greatest Assets: Your Team’s Leadership Talent, was very well received. Some of the comments include: “The session was GREAT!!! Loved the stories and strong engagement! Impressive delivery:” “Very useful information to be incorporated in our leadership role. It’s difficult dealing with employees and keep us strong and supportive. EXCELLENT PRESENTATION! We hope to see them again next year!

Katie Olse, Chief Executive Officer
Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS)

Thanks again for your participation in our 2021 PCCYFS Annual Conference – A Year of Resilience. It was very well received. Your presentation on The Nine Transformational Competencies Needed by Today’s Nonprofit Leaders was lively, engaging and motivational in helping CEO’s think strategically about what it takes to transform their organizations in to high performance teams. PCCYFS highly recommends DCM Associates for any nonprofit organization that wants new tools to assess and evaluate their organization’s performance.

Terry L. Clark, President & CEO
Pennsylvania Council for Children, Youth and Family Services

I have had the pleasure of meeting Dennis recently over Zoom on 2 webinars and again this morning with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Roundtable. Each time I hear him speak; he gives me so many things to think about, including helping Boards cultivate relationships to expand an organizations donor base, enhance their bottom line, and engage others with their mission.

Dennis’ ideas and thoughts on how to truly engage leadership and board members to create a successful culture of philanthropy is phenomenal. I highly recommend inviting him to hear him speak.

Peggy Banko, Director of Development
Community Hope, Inc.

Dennis was truly incredible as the keynote speaker at our annual gala. I read his autobiography, Moppin’ Floors to CEO, and learned about his journey from homelessness to becoming a CEO in a prestigious health care system. I was impressed from reading the book. But, hearing him speak was remarkably motivational – far more impactful than I imagined. Thank You Dennis for sharing your inspirational story.

David Walker, CEO/Executive Director
Visions and Pathways

We were pleased to have Dennis Miller at our 30th anniversary conference in Orlando which was attended by 64 chapters around the country and affiliates from 36 countries around the world. In short, Dennis hit a home run! His session was dynamic and practical. We will have him back again soon.

David Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America

Dennis has a unique ability to communicate the role of emotional health and wellbeing in the workplace. He uses his experience as a former CEO of a major medical center to illustrate how understanding, supporting and engaging with employees at all levels is central to success. At the same time, he inspires audiences with his personal transformation from mopping floors to a c-suite executive position, highlighting the huge opportunity we have to help people with trauma or other mental health issues achieve their full potential. At our Leadership Summit, Dennis reminded us about why we care and how we can do better as individuals and organizations to support the mental health and wellbeing of our people!

Michael Thompson, President & CEO
National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Dennis Miller’s ‘From Mopping Floors to CEO’ presentation was the perfect addition to our annual Enhanced Freshmen Experience banquet. Dennis has an engaging presentation style that uses humor as well as touching personal stories to make his message relevant and effective to today’s college students.

S. Craig Morton, Associate Provost
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Thank you for partnering with NJAMHAA and presenting The Truth About Leadership and Mental Health in the Workplace: A CEO’s Perspective. Your presentation was excellent and greatly appreciated by the attendees as evidences by the feedback we received from your session. Once again, thank you for your presentation and for your commitment to improving leadership within the mental health and substance use community.

Debra L. Wentz, Chief Executive Officer
New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addition Agencies, Inc.

Dennis C. Miller, author of Moppin’ Floors to CEO, was the keynote speaker at the 36th Annual Conference for the Maryland Association for Resources for Families and Children (MARFY) in 2016. Dennis speaks from the heart, has an engaging style and a great sense of humor. We all enjoyed the chance to meet him as he shared his courageous and inspirational journey.

Heather Iliff, President & Ceo
Maryland Nonprofits

We recently hosted Dennis C. Miller, author of Moppin’ Floors to CEO, to speak at an event as part of our month-long celebration of Mental Health Awareness. Dennis inspired us all as he spoke about his early life struggles with emotional abuse and depression and how he transformed his life from hopelessness and failure to happiness and success. View PDF

Michael J. Tozzoli, MSW, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer
West Bergen Mental Healthcare

The Somerset County Business Partnership is a Chamber of Commerce with a 100 year old that provides economic development and tourism services to the entire community. Our largest constituency is our 80+ nonprofit organizations that work in Somerset County. In order to service that constituency, we invited Dennis Miller to talk about how to get your nonprofit Board more engaged. Dennis did an outstanding job in describing the process of how you can get your Board more energized, motivated, inspired and ready to achieve the true potential of your organization. His personal life story is remarkable and inspiring.

Michael V. Kerwin, President & CEO
Somerset County Business Partnership

Dennis was a delight to have as our conference speaker. He engaged the entire audience. We were anticipating learning a lot and Dennis did not disappoint. His personal stories of his experience with nonprofits, foundations and boards made it clear. His sense of humor is terrific, and he made it fun. And the tips and takeaways made is very practical. Thanks Dennis Miller. Job well done!

Debbie Marini, President
Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth

We received excellent feedback from our Board members regarding the keynote presentation on “Creating a High Performing Board” given by Dennis Miller of Dennis C. Miller Associates. Dennis was engaging, informative, and thought provoking. He got excellent marks for how he engaged the participants in the dialogue.

Diane Fennimore, President and CEO
Community Health Charities of New York

The feedback NJACYF received from Dennis Miller’s presentation “Strategic Leadership Decisions – Building a Sustainable Future for your Mission” was excellent. Attendees learned how to be more successful as a leader, how to build lasting relationships and how to engage board members and supporters in meaningful ways. NJACYF appreciates Dennis’ support of our members and our mission and we are fortunate to have made a connection with him.

Megann Anderson Fischer, J.D. Executive Director
New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families

Dennis not only wowed the crowd with his dynamic presentation style on ‘Does Your Board Need a Therapist?’ but completely engaged the audience. One attendee said, ‘Dennis is one of the best speakers I have ever heard!

Mary Jo Buchanan, President
Morris County Chamber Nonprofit Conference

Dennis Miller spoke at our firm’s recent nonprofit conference on “Recognizing and Developing Great Nonprofit Leaders.” He was succinct and on point in every aspect regarding the key characteristics of great leaders. His personal insights gained from years in the nonprofit world added value and helped the audience understand how to apply the lessons to their own situation and to their own organization. He educated and inspired us all with his passion and experience.

Sally Glick, Principal & Chief Growth Strategist
Sobel & Co., LLC

To hire Dennis to be your next keynote motivational speaker or to facilitate a workshop please contact our office!