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Joe Schmit

Speaker Expertise

​Joe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader, author and popular keynote speaker. As a sports broadcaster, he has covered every major sporting event in the past 4 decades and has interviewed many of the biggest names in sports. He joined KSTP-TV in 1985 and has won 19 Emmys from the National Television Academy. In 2020, Joe was awarded The Silver Circle designation by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Emmys for extraordinary contributions to the broadcasting industry. He was also honoured with a National Headliner Award in 2001.

Joe is also an author of three books: “​Silent Impact​,” “​The Impact Blueprint”​ and a children’s book he wrote with Minnesota Twins legend Joe Mauer called “The Right Thing To Do.” In 2019 Joe was also inducted into the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame and earned his CSP designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speakers Association. ​Less than 15 percent of NSA members worldwide have achieved the CSP designation.

Joe is a long time youth mentor committed to advocating for a number of community organisations with Big Brothers and Big Sisters is at the top of his list. He is a past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities. He has raised over $3 million for the organization through the Joe Schmit Celebrity Golf Tournament which had a 16-year run. In 2000, he was the winner of the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and in 2001, a winner of the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth mentorship. He was also honoured as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Community Leader of the Year in 2005. In 2018 Joe was honored with the Mike Givens Distinguished Service Award for The Mind over Matter Foundation.

Joe and his wife Laura also chaired a $4.5 million dollar capital campaign for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota. He is past president and board member of the Fairway Foundation and has contributed time to many other charitable organizations.

Presentation Description & Topics

Safety Culture First Mindset

An interactive, energetic presentation that has IMPACT.

The elite organization today creates an environment where employees want to be there, be
productive and feel valued. This happens ONLY when organizations create an atmosphere of
compassion, connection and clarity. You can make safety part of your cultural DNA.
We break the Safety Culture First Mindset down to the 3 C’s.

Compassion is contagious. When you let your people know you care about them, they are more
loyal, productive and it improves mental health.
Research proves connected teams are 60 percent more likely to stay than leave. That
consistency earns trust and improves teamwork and safety.

Clarity is the catalyst for growth. Culture is more important than strategy and people are more
important that profit. When an employee is crystal clear on their role and why it is important,
they are happier, healthier and more engaged.
When Joe works with organizations striving to build a World Class Culture, the results are:

  • Recruiting and Retaining Talented Employees
  • Developing a High-Performance, Highly Engaged Team
  • Improving Engagement and Collaboration
  • Fostering Less Stress, Less Wasted Time and Less Complacency
  • Make safety part of the organization’s DNA.

Hear what others have to say

Joe, thank you! You made a huge impact. You have a gift and are a blessing to those who get to hear your message. The takeaways from your session were inspiring and will be impacting us. – Mathew, Eckroth Music

Joe Schmit’s presentation was a knockout! The content, delivery, timing and customization of his message were all first-rate. We are enthusiastically looking forward to his second gig here for our franchisee conference. We are sure he will equally delight this group. Our President and COO was so impressed, he sent a personal note of thanks to Joe following the conference. You definitely have a winner in Joe Schmit and I would be happy to refer him to anyone looking for an entertaining and thought-provoking message, with powerfully personal moments. A+. – Bob Nye, HOLIDAY

Joe Schmit delivered a presentation to our fire department based on “silent impact”. The message of this presentation resonated powerfully with our work in public safety. Every day, on every call we have a “silent impact”, but our impact goes beyond the call, deep into our lives, the lives of our families and our communities. Joe’s presentation helped us to understand this message, reinforce its importance and rejuvenate our staff. It was funny, serious and relevant. If you’re looking for an engaging speaker with a message that public safety staff will immediately connect with, I strongly recommend Joe Schmit. – Hugo Searle, Fire Chief, Eagan Fire Department

I simply cannot count the number of clients who shared both in person and in writing how much they enjoyed your session. You impacted a group of leaders both professionally and personally and I want you to know that I am so impressed. Fantastic job! I know for me many of your topics hit home for me. Put things in perspective and made me realize how fortunate I am in my life and with my family. – Best Regards, DeAnna

Your presentation was a great way to lead off our fall conference! I am still hearing from superintendents in attendance that you connected with them on an emotional and intellectual level. You were so well-received and we are grateful! – Best regards, Deb Henton, Ed.D.