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Strengthening Individuals, Couples, Families and Businesses
Inner Resources for Outer Excellence Decade after Decade

Keynotes, Seminars and Workshops

(Custom tailored presentations and on-going training and consultation available)

As a speaker and trainer I am noted for my ability to inspire and entertain while also educating. For nearly 20 years I have been a professional member of the National Speakers Association. My graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan and Columbia University.

My teaching and research experiences include being on the faculty of Columbia University, the University of Washington, Fordham and New York Universities. I am an advanced certificate holder of the Family Firm Institute, and a founding member of the Northwest Family Business Advisors. Both focus on multi-disciplinary support and advising to individual and family enterprises. My writing includes the authoring of dozens of articles and several books.

I am a highly trained and experienced coach, mediator, educator and, more recently, a ballroom dance instructor. I find people, communications and relationships fascinating and love to help enhance and strengthen all three. I draw upon all the above and combine with creativity and humor to present educating, motivating, and fun presentations.

Personally I love the outdoors. I'm a skier, hiker, climber, camper. Love ballroom dancing and teach groups and individuals to ballroom dance - including the waltz, tango, swing and tap dancing. I am a veteran having served in the medical corps, a former marathon runner, and a cancer survivor for over 10 years having survived several close calls with death. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Pacific Northwest.

John W. Gibson

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"Dr John on Aging"

  • Managing Professional and Family Caregiver Stress and Compassion Fatigue
  • Growing Older with Poise, Power, Grace & Humor
  • Creating & Choreographing Care-Sharing-Teams
  • Dealing with Family Conflict around Health Care Decisions
  • In Praise of Health Care Providers: Professional & Personal Perspectives
  • Living, Loving and Dancing with Cancer

Advisor/Client/Prospects Series

  • As a Trusted Advisor:�Is Your Practice Elder Friendly?
  • Happiness!�The New Science of Wellbeing and Fulfillment
  • Second Half - Best Half: Tips and Strategies for Making the 2nd Half the Best Half
  • Life by Design: Making the Next Chapter the Best Chapter
  • The 5 R's of Successful Retirement: Resourcefulness, Resiliency, Renaissance Spirit, Renewal and Re-inventing Oneself

Partial List of Recipients
Speaking, Consultation and Training

  • AEGIS, Assisted Living Inc.
  • American Association of Retired Persons
  • American Heart Association
  • American Stroke Association
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Society on Aging
  • Badgley, Phelps and Bell
  • Bank of America
  • BECU Trust Company
  • Bellingham Business Academy
  • Boeing Company
  • Cardio Systems
  • Carter Subaru
  • City of Seattle
  • Childhaven
  • COPS
  • Davis, Wright,Tremaine LLP
  • Eddie Bauer Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Evans School of Public Administration at U.W.
  • Executive Service Corps of Washington State
  • First Place Schools
  • Flow International
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Gulf Coast Foundation
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • KCTS-9 Public Television
  • Horizon House
  • Maui Public Health Nurses
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • Municipal Court System, Seattle/King County
  • National Association of Retired Federal Employees
  • National Student Employment Association
  • NOAA
  • Northwest Senior Wellness Conference
  • University of Washington, Northwest Geriatric Education Center
  • National Shipbuilders Association
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Orange County Caregivers Resource Center, CA
  • Pacific Medical Center
  • PaineWebber
  • Pro Senectute, Switzerland
  • Providence Home Health
  • Short, Cressman & Burgess
  • Smith Barney
  • Swedish Health Services
  • Seattle Channel 21, Seattle Voices
  • Seattle/King County Division on Aging
  • Seattle University - Executive MBA in Not-for-profit Leadership
  • Senior Services of Seattle/King County
  • Snohomish & Island Counties Dispute Resolution Center
  • Tertianum, Switzerland
  • Trends Conference
  • Sun Valley Wellness Conference
  • US Forest Service, Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie & Olympic Districts
  • University of Washington, Retirement Center
  • Village on the Isle Foundation
  • Virginia Mason Hospital
  • Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts
  • Washington State Aging and Adult Services
  • Washington State Association Executive Directors
  • Washington State Association of Hospital Engineers
  • Washington State Association of Clerks
  • Washington State Division of Information Services
  • Weyerhaeuser Corporation
  • W.T. Grant Foundation


Your eloquent and moving story of the difference our varied services made in the life of one older man and his family not only educated people about some of the more subtle things we do but also helped them open their wallets and checkbooks more generously for our organization and cause.
Your presentation on Boomers here in Sarasota County was just the information we needed to lay the foundation for ongoing public-private discussions in our area.
John: On behalf of the National Shipbuilding Research Program, the Conference participants and we, the Planning Committee, thank you for your effective presentation at the Conference. You provided many challenging ideas for all to take back to their organizations for further reflection. The Conference evaluations were positive and appreciative. You were our highest rated speaker.... Your willingness to participate contributed to a highly successful Conference. Our sponsors, as well as the participants, are pleased with the outcome. We remain enormously grateful for your agreeing to stay for a second presentation.
Crosscut Initiatives Panel, Carol Davis, Mimi Maduro, Electric Boat corporation, Cascade General Inc., Joanna Jones, Carol Goloff, Bath Iron Works Corporation, Nancy Zugehoer
On behalf of the caregivers of Washington state, the Sponsoring agencies, and the Challenges in Caregiving Planning Committee, we want to thank you for your participation in the 2007 Challenges in Caregivning Conference.
Caregivers can't say enough good things about your workshops. Frequently, they cite the "Feeling" workshop as the most valuable part of the day. Consistently, they rank it 5 out of 5. Your compassion and ability to talk about difficult subjects puts caregivers at ease, and helps them realize they aren't alone.
The new caresharing workshop was also very well received.
Lynne Korte, Bev Ricker - Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Great information for the workplace. We could have spent all day on this subject.
Dan Nygaard, Executive Director, Seattle Management Association
Dear John, Thank you SO much for moderating the SCAN TV show. You really were fabulous and I so appreciate your taking the time to help us out. Always fun to see you too.
Dr. Gibson, you presented us with so much to think about and stimulated us with your ideas and knowledge. We have benefited greatly from all you have given us this day.
Attendee, Pro Senectute conference with Dr. Gibson on Aging in the USA.
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Gibson's speech was critical to the success of our merger with the American Stroke Association.
Participant, American Heart Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans
Dr. Gibson, I�ve learned more about aging and my aging parents in the past four weeks than I have in the preceding 4 years. It will make a big difference in our life.
Attendee, Televideo Course, Boeing Corp.
Thank you for the interview on Boomers in America. We can learn much from what you are doing in the United States.
Radio Interviewer, ALC Media, Tokyo, Japan
John, you inspired and touched every one of us this evening with your presentation on renewal and reinventing yourself.
Participant, Finale 65, Jona, Switzerland
Dr. Gibson, Your creative and practical suggestions on how to more effectively communicate with the Gen Nexters will be immediately valuable.
Attendee, National Student Employment Association Keynote
John, you have helped us understand how to coach our most difficult clients into taking the action and making the changes they need to make to improve their health and make a full recovery.
Physical Therapist, member of consortium of P.T. clinics.
Dear John, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to come and speak at our first annual fundraising breakfast. Your book is so good for most any age to get real good out of. Thank you again, we appreciate your support.
Kevin S. 5/2/2007
Dear Dr. Gibson, Thank you so much for joining us as our MOPS (and DOPS) guest speaker! We could have gone on for hours!!! I personally walked away very inspired and a happier person. We are so lucky to have you and your wife in our community! Thanks for making St. Thomas such a magical place to be!!! Lets do it again next year!
Anna Johnson, MOPS Coordinator, St. Thomas Family Ministries, 4/17/2007
Dear John, This is your official "Thank You" for taking time to lecture for the WRV Community on "You and Your Aging Family." I hope to continue to include you in our "Brown Bag" lecture series as you are very POPULAR! and so WISE!
Gary, 5/22/2007