Eric Chester CSP, CPAE
As a former high school teacher and coach, Eric's career in school-to-work transition has spanned 35 years; 6 as a high school teacher & football coach, and 15 years as a motivational speaker for teens and young adults. Over that time, Eric co-authored and published a series of books for teens that sold more than 350,000 copies. He spoke for hundreds of schools and even hosted a television talk show for youth called Teen Talk 2000.
Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. As an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester has now cracked the code on the tactics and strategies companies that are recognized as “best places to work” in their respective industries are using to win the talent wars.
On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out is Eric’s 4th leadership book. His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce is the first business book on developing soft skills and core work ethic values since 1904. He is the Founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development and created a work ethic training curriculum based upon his book, Bring Your A Game to Work: The 7 Fundamental Values that will Make Every Employer Want to Hire You and Fight to Keep You. This material is being taught at hundreds of schools, colleges, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world.
Eric has delivered more than 2000 paid keynote speeches on three continents and is a 2004 inductee into the National Speakers Association’s acclaimed Hall of Fame.
NSA Members will remember Eric as the Chair of the 2004 Western Workshop 'The Platform Party in Portland' and the acclaimed 'NSA Rocks' Convention in New York City in 2008.