Michael Veltri is a top­ rated business transformation keynote speaker with an exclusive system for achieving peak performance in business and life.

Here are Some of the Companies & Organizations Michael has Worked with:


Nick Morgan, Ph.D.

CEO, Author, Keynote Speaker, HBR & Forbes Blogger - Public Words, Inc.

"Too many executives in the workplace today suffer from information overload, analysis paralysis, and death by a thousand initiatives. Our challenges today come from too much, too many, too fast, and too often -- not too few. So how do you find clarity in all this overload?

Michael Veltri's keynotes offer a surprising new way to cut through the confusion, find the essentials, and make the decisions you need to make. You need to get him in talking to your executives today."

Col. Michael Callender

Colonel - U.S. Air Force

"Michael's enthusiastic and engaging personality captures the attention of any audience. His innovative and interactive techniques are clearly rooted in decades of immersion in the study of Eastern wisdom. Easy-going and approachable -- more artist than Drill Instructor -- Michael is rooted by a confidence and expertise gained through many years of hard work and study. His words and actions inspire audiences world-wide and will easily improve the performance of your team. To see it, is to believe it."


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Tracey L. Hill

Senior Software Developer - Booz Allen Hamilton

"It was truly a pleasant experience to travel to Japan with Michael who challenged us daily to quiet our minds, slow down and be present. Michael’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Japanese culture and history definitely kept us all engaged and wanting to learn more. And long after returning to the United States, I've continued to apply the lessons learned in Japan to achieve clarity and success in my life. I have known Michael for nine years, and he is very passionate about teaching others how to improve their life. I truly enjoyed my journey with Michael and I look forward to the next one!"

Jeremy Kenerson

Co-Founder - WKG Media

"I have worked with Michael for over a year. He is a consummate professional that anyone can rely on — anytime. His genuine demeanor and poised presence creates clarity, teamwork, and understanding in all situations. The success my team and I have achieve over the last year is transformational.

From his dynamic keynote events, seminars, and unique corporate retreats, Michael can help your organizations succeed the same way. Don’t wait — contact him now to find out how he can benefit your organization."


Christine Rosen

Historian & Senior Editor - The New Atlantis

"Too often in our impatient world we satisfy ourselves with information when what we really seek is deeper knowledge. After ten days in Japan with Michael Veltri, I understood this distinction far better than I had before. As our group explored the richness of Japanese history and culture, Michael's enthusiasm for and experience of Japanese life provided excellent leadership and guidance on our travels. He also challenged us to try a range of new experiences, all of which expanded our horizons and whose lessons I'm still applying in my personal and professional life. Of these, the most important was the value of human connection."

Bill Storm

President - Consulting By Choice

"The ability to be present in the moment, to make decisions without hesitation, and the discipline to stay the course are all qualities required for those of us in leadership positions. Our teams rely on our experience and wisdom to guide them to victory. Michael’s experience in the military and in the martial arts gives him a unique perspective. For those of you that do not train in the martial arts, it may seem that military training and the martial arts go hand in hand. However, the art that Michael practices is the gentle art of Aikido which embodies a very different approach to neutralizing an attack or conflict. This is what makes Michael’s talks so interesting. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience that will really keep your team’s attention, hire Michael for your next event; it will be an experience you won’t forget!"


Gregg DeMammos

Owner & Executive Coach - 21st Century Man Coaching

"Michael's adventurous nature and his energy are infectious. He brings these qualities to his leadership and to his life. I am grateful for his journey as a U.S. Marine, his training in Japan, his corporate experience, his leadership of an extraordinary Aikido Academy in Washington DC, and even the gifts of his recovery from cancer. These experiences give him a credibility -- that he has really walked the walk -- and it makes Michael a living encouragement for us to go beyond our own limits. You can't buy that, you can't get it from watching videos or reading books. You must live it, and Michael has.

Michael embodies this energy, experience, openness to new experiences, and courage every time he speaks, leads, or advises. You want to leap past your comfort zone in his presence into possibility, and his warmth tells you that he will be there by your side, enjoying every moment of your discovery with you."

Julie Taylor

Consultant & Owner - Business Coaching 1-1 LLC

"When I returned from the Mushin Experience corporate retreat in Japan, I noticed big and small changes. After 10 days in Japan outside my comfort zone – where I did not know the language, the people, or the customs – I discovered an ease and effortlessness of a transformed way.

While my noisy inner voice had always been there, it was much quieter now. The clarity that I gained allows me more freedom as a consultant, mother, and life-long student to both enjoy the moment and create the big goals that offer me what I really want – not just what I can get done right now."


Jonathan Ross

Management & Communications Consultant - Black Rock Consulting

"Michael brings an appreciation for, and deep understanding of, time-proven Eastern principles, which while springing from a martial arts and military context, are truly applicable to all life matters. Coupled with his own experiences facing and defeating very real adversity, and leveraging his own achievement of attaining high-level instructor status in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, he understands how to guide, counsel and influence those who are seeking to improve their lives, whether for professional or personal reasons, or both.

Michael’s capabilities are very much aligned with the concept of AGATSU, or “victory over self,” and the process of identifying, confronting and overcoming the deficiencies and shortcomings that lie within each of us in order for us to ascend to a higher level of performance and fulfillment."

Albert Lukban

Director of Internet Strategy - (for an) International Public Health NGO

"Michael is a dynamic and energetic communicator who is able to translate martial arts axioms and principles into actionable life principles, making them relevant to his audiences, be they his Aikido students, young adults starting their professional careers, or executives with decades of experience.

These principles have let me unlearn a lifetime of unproductive and reactionary responses to threats and conflicts and replaced them with techniques that de-escalate, clarify and resolve situations. It has become easier for me to work with high-value, high-needs creative staff and management, and I’ve become a better manager and leader."



Jason Kalra

CEO & Founder - AbundantWords

"For over a decade, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with hundreds of high profile leaders and entrepreneurs across industries and verticals. Michael is among a very small number of professional speakers I know who is not only capable of connecting with these gifted leaders and entrepreneurs, but IS also one of them. As such, he connects with his audiences on an internal level. Listening to Michael is like listening to your own intuition, free from the distracting and sometimes dizzying noise of information overload that often clogs the channel.

Few people are as gifted as Michael. Fewer still choose to share their gift, so that those around them can benefit and make a bigger, better contribution. Michael is of the latter tribe. The leaders and entrepreneurs he transforms through his work -- and the millions of people who they, in turn, will influence and impact -- are among the benefactors. It is without reservation that I recommend Michael to any individual, group or organization that is ready to go beyond their barriers, and truly make an impact in their life, and the lives of those around them."

Kim John-Banks

Clinical Laboratory Quality Management Consultant

"Michael Veltri is a true leader and coach, and his approach is tremendously uplifting and insightful. He leads by example, showing proof in his daily life. What a life altering experience after traveling with him to Japan for 10 days. I am reminded of a Buddhist principle Ichinen Sanzen, which teaches that: “one’s life at each moment” (Ichinen) - “contains great potentials” (Sanzen); and have learned some valuable lessons to enable me to unlock my full potential, not just with my martial arts practice but also in my personal and professional life.

Make time for yourself and experience the ‘Mushin Way’, so that you can be clear and focused to make better decisions in all aspects of your life. What are you waiting for? Contact Michael today and let him guide and help you to develop an empowered state of mind, enabling you to take on all of life’s challenges."


Dr. Alexander Smirnov

Staff Scientist - National Institutes of Health

"Michael is never content with maintaining the status quo and is always ready to challenge himself and others to a higher level of success and abundance. He had a profound influence on me as a husband, father of two, and scientist. In short, whether it is an educational or professional setting, you can hardly find a more insightful and motivational speaker who is also warm, compassionate, and professional — all in one!"