Looking for some fresh, inspiring and practical ideas that will ignite the leadership within your organization?

When was the last time you had an award-winning teacher come and speak to your company or organization?

Alex loves to speak to corporate and non-profit audiences, for whom he draws on his pre-teaching career (in restaurant management and working for a non-profit), as well as the universally applicable lessons he’s learned as an award-winning teacher leader in the public eye.

Organizational audiences find him both refreshingly different and immensely relevant, as he connects the ability to teach well with the ability to lead and manage well – including humor, poignant stories and real strategies in his talks.

Contact Alex to speak at your next conference, meeting or professional development day.

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A Refreshing, Relevant Speaker For Your Organization


Alex has inspired employees at organizations across the country. He can offer his main organizational keynote (see below) or tailor a talk or workshop to your group.

Leadership Secrets That Work: From the Classroom to the Boardroom.

Twenty years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of California’s poorest neighborhoods. His middle school students were unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in the math he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn his class, and his life, around.

Today, Alex holds the title of California Teacher of the Year and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, 2009, and is lauded for his innovation and “real talk” on what it takes to effectively lead any organization.

In this keynote address, Alex shares the four leadership secrets that he has used throughout his career, first as the manager of a successful restaurant, and then as an award-winning middle school math teacher. Yesterday’s students are today’s employees, and today’s students are the employees of tomorrow. Thus, Alex connects the often awkward lessons we all experienced in middle school, to the profound challenges we face in leading our companies and organizations — and how both require a similar skill set and belief in our employees to be successful.

From pimples to payroll, and from class management to risk management, this session offers fresh, easy-to-implement strategies and proven results to ignite your organization’s professionals to return to work and make a difference to the employees and teams they serve.

“We were honored to have Alex as our keynote speaker at the Annual Arcadia Mayor’s Community Breakfast. He presented an inspirational message for all in attendance, and was labeled the “Best Ever” by our attendees!”

Gary Kovacic,
Mayor, City of Arcadia
Gary Kovacic

“Alex is amazing! His workshop was extremely insightful for leaders at all levels of our organization. His unique approach that links teaching to business leadership is inspirational and immediately applicable. The leadership team at Leatherman was very impressed!”

Mindy Harter
Vice President, Human Resources
Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

Mindy Harter

“Our Leadership team was inspired by Alex’s real-life stories, his energy, insights, and knowledge – what a treat!”

Christa Hammack
HR Manager, WaferTech

Christa Hammack

“Alex Kajitani is an amazing teacher and an incredible communicator and motivator.”

Jack O’Connell
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jack O’Connell

“Alex Kajitani will bring energy and positivity to your event.  I have seen him speak multiple times at Human Resources conferences and each time have been entertained and inspired.  Alex’s background as a restaurant manager combined with his notable classroom experience shows up in fun, elegant, and easy to understand messages that can be applied in a wide variety of business settings.”

Dana Pratt, SPHR, CPLP
Director of Staffing & Development
New Seasons Market

Dana Pratt

“Portland Human Resources Management Association recently hired Alex as our keynote speaker at an all day Strategic HR conference for approximately 300 attendees.

Alex was overwhelmingly chosen as the part of the conference the attendees liked the most, and he was labeled as engaging, inspiring, entertaining and refreshing. We couldn’t be happier to have hired Alex to speak for us!”

Pamela Mack
President-Elect, PHRMA

Pamela Mack
Just a few of the companies & organizations that have been ignited by Alex’s message:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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California State PTA