Attorney, Business Consultant, Two-Time White House Senior Advisor, Co-star of Unicorn Hunters
The staff and the co-stars on the YouTube show “Unicorn Hunters,” call Moe Vela a modern-day renaissance man. And it’s a title well deserved. Vela, who is also co-executive producer of the series, can do it all. A true multi-faceted character, he is an attorney, media commentator, entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker and consultant. His influence is felt from the halls of Congress and the White House to corporate boardrooms, financial centers and beyond. Read More >
Growing up in a prominent Hispanic, Catholic family on a ranch in South Texas, Moe Vela never felt he belonged. He knew his parents would in no way accept that he was gay and he was bullied to the point of suicide by his former best friends for being different. So, he kept his “little secret” for years. In this talk, Moe shares his journey from those days of being in the closet to accepting who he was and launching himself on a journey to become the first Hispanic American and first gay American to serve two senior executive roles in the White House to multiple senior executive roles to being a panelist and co-executive producer of the hit YouTube show “Unicorn Hunters.” Full of inspiration and humor, Moe gives hope to anyone who is different and shows them why they need to believe in themselves, understand who they are and realize that everyone has a place at the table.
Is it possible to have a successful career doing the work you love? Moe Vela, a highly successful attorney, business consultant, two-time White House Senior Advisor and Co-star and Co-executive Producer of Unicorn Hunters, knows it’s true. In this talk, Moe gives students the strategies they need to find their dream careers. Moe shares his personal journey, the power of pivoting, plus the characteristics and traits you need to possess to be able to get up every morning and do what you love. Incredibly motivating and inspiring, plus a lot of fun, Moe lays out the foundation for happiness and success at work and at home.
For Moe Vela, Attorney, Business Consultant, Two-time White House Senior Advisor and Co-star of Unicorn Hunters, the secret to success in business and life is simple: build meaningful, connective relationships. In this talk, Moe discusses the importance of deep connectivity and why it needs to be foundational to everything you do, whether with your spouse, family and friends, or boss, employees and customers. He’ll also give you the tools to get started, including effective relationship-building strategies.
As Director of Administration and Senior Advisor to both Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, Moe Vela had a place at the table when healthcare policies were being created. He learned an incredible amount. Add to that, all the interviews he did with many healthcare experts and that his brother is CEO of the largest hospital in South Texas, and his knowledge deepened even more, as well as giving him a different perspective on the problems we’re facing. In this talk, Moe discusses the biggest issue he sees—access to quality medical care—and how we can improve it, along with health equity, fighting big pharma and price disparities.
It’s no secret that companies with motivated team members are winning. Study after study has shown that engaged employees are less likely to resign, burn out or call in sick. They are also more creative, productive and loyal—all that lead to more profitability. And yet, only about one-third of employees in the U.S. feel engaged at work. So how can you fire up your team? In this keynote, Moe Vela, who has vast experience leading teams, including two stints at the White House, senior executive roles at several organizations and leading his own companies—will give you the tools to get started. It’s not all about the perks and benefits, he says. The foundation for success is building meaningful connectivity in the workplace and in our personal lives. Full of passion, energy, inspiration and humor, Moe will motivate you to begin connecting to others, whether colleagues, employees, consumers, spouse or family.
In today’s business world, DEI in the workplace has become as necessary as any other workplace tool. Ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table is critically important to future success, employee retention and recruitment. Just ask Moe Vela, who possesses a deep understanding of DEI. In fact, he has been an advocate for DEI since being invited to become chief financial officer, as well as his senior advisor on Hispanic and LGBTQ affairs, by Vice President Al Gore in 1996. Throughout the years, he’s developed countless effective DEI programs and has become an expert on the topic. In fact, on his hit YouTube series “Unicorn Hunters,” in which he co-stars and co-executive produces, two of the three producers are Hispanic, two of the panelists are gay and several have immigrant backgrounds. If you want to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to DEI in the workplace, as well as why it’s important, this keynote is for you.
What is the role of corporations in the multi-dynamic setting that is our country today? In this keynote, Moe Vela, a longtime Washington insider, discusses how companies can successfully play at the intersection of policy, politics, government, finance, corporate responsibility and social impact; what’s their position in this new environment; and how they can fit into a global society when boundaries are quickly disappearing.
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