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Growing up in the ’80s and with over twenty years of leadership experience in corporate marketing, he knew three things very well – ’80s pop culture, business and this crazy thing we call life. One day, in his mid 40s, he was on his couch having a self pity party of one over a job that just wasn’t working out for him.
He was watching The Breakfast Club when John Bender said, “Screws fall out all of the time. The world’s an imperfect place.” He sat straight up and said to himself, “I’m an imperfect place. My screws have fallen out. What am I going to do to put them back in?” Continuing to flip channels he stopped on the classic 1983 movie The Outsiders and literally jumped off his couch when he heard Johnny Cade say, “You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.” Yes I do still have a lot of time to make myself be what I want, he thought to himself.
He took the advice of Johnny Cade and left his corporate career of 20 plus years to become a keynote speaker and author on the topic of lessons from 80s pop culture for life and the workplace. Combining his areas of experience, he created the popular book series, The Ultimate Series on Essential Work & Life Lessons from ‘80s Pop Culture, which includes two volumes of What ’80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace, and his newest title Raised on The ’80s: 30+ Unexpected Life Lessons from the Movies and Music That Defined Pop Culture’s Most Excellent Decade.
He’s spoken to a diverse set of organizations and companies including VISA, University of Florida, UPenn Medicine, DHL, WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services), DisruptHR, FuturePharma, HR Healthcare, CMAA (Club Management Association of America), SGAC (State Government Affairs Council), Nostalgiacon and more. He’s also a frequent guest on podcasts with topics ranging from workplace culture to 80s pop culture and has been referenced or interviewed in numerous publications such as Entrepreneur.com and Esquire UK magazine.
A graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, he has over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with companies ranging from Planet Hollywood to DHL. He’s been lucky enough to build brands, lead brands through transition and spearhead sports sponsorships with NCAA Basketball, PGA, MLB, International Soccer and the UFC.
He’s also very passionate about animal rescue and donates a portion of the proceeds from his book and speaking engagements to WonderPaws Rescue and lives by the quote from the poet laureate Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Learn how two greasers – Johnny Cade and Ponyboy from The Outsiders – teach us about the importance of keeping our moral and ethical leadership compass intact; See how Prince Akeem from Coming To America can teach us the difference between earned and unearned leadership; Learn the distinct difference between those that rule and those that lead through the actions of the musical and pop culture icon, Prince; see how Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop taught us the importance of protecting your team; and many more leadership lessons.
Learn how Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High taught us two very valuable lessons for the culture in our workplace: (1) That it is ok to say “I don’t know”; and (2) How to avoid the “bogus” tag for your workplace culture; See how we can turn the old adage of work-life balance for ourselves into a righteous and selfless act – a la Ferris Bueller; Find out what Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid taught us about how to manage our stress in the workplace; Learn what the Ghostbusters taught us about embracing risk; See how E.T. taught us about social responsibility; and many more workplace culture lessons.
See how lovable knucklehead, Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation, teaches us the importance of knowing your audience; Learn how Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride taught us about message and brand consistency; Find out how Del Griffith from Planes, Trains and Automobiles taught us that every great company needs a great salesperson; See how Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything shows us how to create a unique and memorable brand; and more marketing, sales and communications lessons.
How two characters from The Goonies (Chunk and Sloth) teach us the importance of inclusion in the workplace; See how The Frog Brothers from The Lost Boys teach us that problem solvers don’t come in a one size fits all package; Learn how a goofy greenskeeper from Caddyshack taught us the importance of expanding our workplace circle of trust; Find out how five kids stuck in Saturday detention in The Breakfast Club taught us how to appreciate, embrace and value each other’s differences; and more workplace inclusion lessons.
Ah the 1980s. A magical time for creativity, invention, individuality and timeless movies and musicians that taught us valuable business lessons. Wait? What was that last one? No matter where you are in your career, the business lessons from 80s pop culture will resonate.
Chris can customize the lessons to your needs or theme and include 80s pop culture lessons that fit your business, workplace, conference or even. These are just a few of the workplace categories and lessons from 80s pop culture that he can integrate into presentations.
- "One of the last presentations of the conference was Laugh & Learn: What 80’s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace by Chris Clews. I never thought I'd see the Goonies referenced at a professional conference, but it was a fantastic way to discuss diversity and inclusion! Well done!" Elizabeth Lust, Ph.D Industrial/Organizational Consultant at Educational Testing Service
- “Loved the 80s presentation!”; “Very inspiring and relatable especially in these times; “This was probably my favorite LF webinar so far :)” I would work with Chris Clews anytime and look forward to introducing him to a larger crowd for future Visa events. Thank you, Chris!" John Knauff Director, Visa University Marketing Learning, Visa Inc.
- "Chris's energy and relatable style combined with his fun and unique content will keep any audience engaged. Who would have thought we could learn so many valuable business and life lessons from 80s pop culture. He should be on your stage at your next event." Andy Ellen President and General Counsel at North Carolina Retail Merchants Association
- "Chris captivated our group of students, faculty and staff with his enthusiastic presentation focused on 80s pop culture and workplace topics that resonated with attendees no matter their age or level of professional experience. An engaging, insightful, fun and useful experience that we didn't want to end. Chris can be our wingman in education and professional development anytime because the adventure he takes you on doesn't need roads" Evan Kropp, Ph.D Director of Online Graduate Programs at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Mass Communications