Dave Mitchell’s Biography

Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 350,000 people have attended Dave Mitchell’s “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement.  His clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Universal Studios, Hilton Worldwide, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Electrolux Appliances, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World and the CIA.


Prior to starting his own organization development consulting firm, the Leadership Difference, Dave was the Vice President of Human Resources and Quality for Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Corporate Director of Training and Development for Marshall Field’s and a television reporter and producer for CBS News.  He has a B.A. in Mass-Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Global Human Resources Development.  Dave is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and has been designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier (som-uh-yay) by the International Wine Guild.  Having failed to achieve his dream of playing professional baseball, he went on to a successful coaching career at the tee ball level.


In 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave one of the “Top Speakers of the Year.”  Meetings Professionals International named Dave the Meeting Madness “Best Speaker of the Year” at the 2013 World Education Congress in Las Vegas.  Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau named Dave one of the top 10 best business speakers.


Dave is the author of the book Live and Learn or Die Stupid! The book focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence.  It was released in July of 2006 and was at the top of his publishers’ best seller’s list in the very first month of its release.  In December 2013, The Power of Understanding People hits book shelves.  Amazon selected it as Editor’s Choice for best business book.


Dave lives in the wine country of Washington with his wife of 31 years, Lori. He has two adult children: Brooklyn and Slade. Among the Mitchell critters are three horses, two dogs and two barn cats:  Socks and Stinkerbell.