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Wayne Sotile

Wayne Sotile, Ph.D.

His entertaining programs examine high performers. How they think, act, and interact with their peers. He empowers audiences to let go of what is holding them back, take charge, and make a difference

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Price range

  • $20,000 - $25,000
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  • Change
  • Humor
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Wellness
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  • Healthcare/Medical
  • About


    Would you be interested in hearing the insights of a clinical psychologist who has spent more than 30 years counseling high performing individuals, couples, and companies? What if those insights were delivered with passion, precision, and a great mix of South Louisiana Cajun humor, poignant real-life stories, and commonsense interpretations of cutting-edge research from health psychology, organizational dynamics, and marriage/family life?

    Meet Wayne M. Sotile, Ph.D.   Wayne has counseled more than 8,000 high performers and consulted with 400 leading corporations. He has delivered over 5,000 keynotes to professional and lay audiences worldwide, including invited addresses to the Million Dollar Roundtable, the Entrepreneurship Institute, Conde Nast Publishers, Federal Express, State Farm Insurance Co., AMA Leadership conferences, numerous healthcare organizations and specialty societies, and countless Fortune 500 companies.

    Wayne’s high energy presentations empower audience members to let go of what’s holding them back, take charge of themselves, and make a difference at work and home. And he has audiences raving:

    Wayne has authored or co-authored nine books, including Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, Thriving With Heart Disease, and The Resilient Physician. His work is featured frequently in the international print media and on national television, including appearances on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Dateline NBC.

    Educated at Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, and Duke University Medical Center, Wayne is a former faculty member at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is Founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina.

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational

    Happiness is a choice that yields big dividends – personally and professionally. This presentation combines practical advice from cutting-edge research in health psychology with common-sense lessons learned from 60,000 hours of counseling experience with 7,000 high-performing people and consultation with 400 leading corporations. (Plus, Dr. Sotile sprinkles in a good dose of Cajun humor!) The Sotiles’ model for keeping the flame alive at work and home has national television and corporate audiences throughout the country raving. Come and learn how being a hero at work and home go hand-in-hand, and find out how you how can do it!

    Keynote | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    Dr. Wayne Sotile teaches Cajun life-lessons. Learn how lagniappe (giving “a little something extra”), protecting your relationships, and paying attention to ducks, chickens, and dogs can save your life and help you to thrive! The perfect keynote for teaching serious people how to laugh at themselves and build resilience, this is a talk that will leave you smiling, thinking, and reaching out to help each other.

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    A vital part of any healthcare leader’s role is to bring out the best in people. Doing so requires driving accountability while helping others to get beyond psychological barriers that interfere with passionate engagement in meaningful work. Unfortunately, the more stressful the work challenges, the more likely are leaders to ignore the evidence-based fundamentals that promote and sustain high-passion individual and team engagement. 


    In this session, clinical psychologist Wayne Sotile, author of Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, teaches practical applications of the broad fields of motivational psychology, performance management, and leadership resilience. Drawing material from his 35 years of experience as a change agent in his work with individuals, families, teams, and healthcare organizations, Wayne charms and challenges audience members, and shows them how they can move beyond whatever might be holding them back from the personal ” best” – whatever that best might be. Throughout his message, Wayne weaves hilarious Cajun humor and heartwarming stories that never fail to lift the spirits and warm the hearts of his audiences. Wayne’s work in this area was described this way by one physician audience member: “Wayne Sotile could motivate a stick to change.”  Either as a keynote or extended workshop, this presentation will provide participants with a toolkit of skills for better understanding and motivating others while enjoying themselves in the process.  

  • Review
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    “This is the first standing ovation I have seen a group of physicians give a speaker.”

    Davita Corporation CJ M.
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    “Wayne Sotile could motivate a stick to change.”

    Psychiatrist and Author MONA LISA SCHULTZ, M.D., PH.D.
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    “I would pay to listen to him read the Yellow Pages. The best speaker I've heard in 30 years of attending conferences.”

    Men's Health Conference Physician
Wayne Sotile could motivate a stick to change.
Psychiatrist and Author MONA LISA SCHULTZ, M.D., PH.D.