Chuck Gallagher

Chuck Gallagher

  • Author of nationally acclaimed SECOND CHANCES: Transforming Adversity into Opportunity
  • Recognized expert on business ethics
  • Rebuilt his life back again from a poor ethical choice that landed him in prison

Travels from Greenville, SC

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Ethics in the workplace is a serious matter, but talking about it doesn’t have to be “business as usual.” Chuck Gallagher learned a lesson about ethics, choices and consequences the hard way—but now he shares his experience so that others don’t have to.You may have seen Chuck on television, or heard him on CNN, CBS or NPR radio programs. His business insights are sought after for his strong position on ethics and ethical leadership. Chuck’s focus is business—but his passion is empowering others. His unique presentations on Business Ethics clearly demonstrate he brings something to the platform that isn’t often found in typical business speakers. Chuck’s personal experience in building businesses and sales teams while leading companies provides a practical and powerful framework for ethical success. Currently COO of a national company and former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for a public company, Chuck may have found a sales niche early on in life selling potholders door to door, or convincing folks to fund a record album of his musical performance at age 16 (and yes those were the days when an album was made of vinyl), but it was the school of hard knocks that provided a fertile training ground for Chuck’s lessons in success. Described as creative insightful, captivating, and a person that “connects the dots” between behavior, choices and success, Chuck gives his clients what they need to turn concepts into actions and actions into results.

In the middle of a rising career, Chuck lost everything because he made some bad choices. He has since rebuilt his career and his life back to immense success. With more vulnerability than the average keynoter, Chuck shares with his audiences his life journey, the consequences of his unethical choices, and how life gives you second chances when you make the right choices. In fact, Chuck’s new book, SECOND CHANCES: Transforming Adversity into Opportunity, has received numerous endorsements and has been described as one of those rare books that effectively bridges the gap between personal accountability and business success. With Chuck you have an industry professional sharing practical tested and time proven methods that can enhance personal and professional performance. What Chuck shares in his presentations, whether training, keynotes or consulting, are understandings of not only “how to”, but also “what motivates behavior”—behavior of individuals that can create personal and professional success.

On a nationwide basis, Chuck has helped countless individuals on their journey to success! So here’s the question: Do you want your personal performance or your company’s performance to improve? If so, Chuck offers a “real world” practical approach to improving your understanding of how to achieve ethical choices! Now is the time to book Chuck and take the steps needed to improve yourself and grow your business, thereby achieving your success!

And yes, Chuck’s programs are GREAT FUN! He’ll have your audience asking for more and knowing that what is discussed today will yield results tomorrow!

Chuck’s story…

Every choice has a consequence. In 1987, Chuck Gallagher made some bad choices at the height of his career and went from wearing a business suit to an orange jump suit some years later. So… you might be asking yourself-  Why would I want a former convicted felon to speak to my organization about ethics and integrity? Why? Because Chuck has experienced first-hand how easy it is to move from ethical to unethical. Having rebuilt his life back to immense success — the lessons he learned allow him to share a unique perspective unlike any other business ethics keynote speaker.

Rather than taking the usual theoretical approach to ethics—which, frankly, can put an audience to sleep—Chuck captures attention by talking about his own journey from a human perspective, then combining it with a practical application. His presentations are sometimes humorous, often thought-provoking and always impactful—but never “textbook.”

So what will you, your people and your company get out of it all?

  • A positive, compelling message that everyone will listen to and remember.
  • A fresh perspective that will raise ethics awareness to a new level—reducing the likelihood of fraud and other unethical behaviors that put your business at risk.
  • The motivation to make ethical choices that will lead to long-term success and profitability.
  • Valuable insight to help you develop an effective ethics program (or make your existing program more effective).

Each of the presentations below can be tailored to meet your organization’s specific needs.

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What causes an otherwise intelligent person—a person who knows the difference between right and wrong—to make a choice that will negatively impact themselves and their organization? You’ll find out in this fascinating presentation on human values and ethics. With a unique perspective gained from his own past experience, Chuck sheds new light on why we do what we do and how to influence behavior.

Most ethics presentations and training programs focus on compliance and legal issues—as if ethical choices are either legal or not. The reality is, ethical choices have far more impact on a company long before the issue of “legal or illegal” comes into play. While your Ethics Code of Conduct might meet all the standards required, the missing piece for most companies is the ability to help management and employees understand the human dynamic associated with conduct management.

It’s time to take ethics training in a different direction. No longer is a two-hour compliance speech going to change behavior! Chuck will pull back the curtain to reveal the truth about ethical behavior and how we shape a new direction in ethical leadership.

Expect to leave this presentation with the ability to:

  • Understand specific human dynamics when it comes to ethical decisions.
  • Identify key components involved in making ethical choices.
  • Review the phases of “The Unethical Continuum.”
  • Establish a road map to keep employees’ behavior between the ethical lines.


Don’t Be Fooled by Illusions of Success—Discover the True Rewards of Making Ethical Choices Every Choice Has a Consequence: Ethics, Integrity and the Power of Choices in Life and Business

Each choice we make and each step we take provides the foundation for our future. Wherever you are right now—regardless of the circumstance—your choices define who you are and the outcomes you will live. While your employees may be aware of this on some level, do they truly realize the power behind the choices they make on a daily basis? More importantly, what’s the risk to your company if they don’t?

In his unusually authentic style, Chuck reveals the consequences of the unethical decisions he made in his own attempt to build the great American dream for himself and his family. This powerful ethics presentation is filled with unforgettable messages of success and failure, illusions and reality, and choices and consequences.

Your audience will discover:

  • How easy it is for ethical people to make unethical choices—and what to do about it.
  • The impact of life’s choices and how that affects your performance, both personally and professionally.
  • Real-world practical examples of how to use ethics and integrity to create success in business and life.
  • This motivational keynote ethics presentation has received rave reviews and was voted Program of the Year by NACE.


Do you ever wonder if your sales team is more worried about achieving their sales goals than they are about the reputation of the company? The truth is, anyone can get caught up in a vicious cycle of doing whatever it takes to accomplish an objective. But this program provides the positive guidance and motivation needed to keep your sales team, operational group or management leadership on the right track.

In his unusually authentic style, Chuck brings home the consequences of the unethical decisions he made in his own attempt to build the great American dream for himself and his family. Your audience will never forget this powerful presentation filled with messages of success and failure, ethics and illusions, and choices and consequences.

By applying Chuck’s motivational ethics techniques, your team will discover:

  • How to start conversations that build relationship and trust.
  • How to focus on finding ethical ways to help solve the prospective customer’s problem.
  • The impact of life’s choices and how they affect your performance, both personally and professionally.
  • A keen awareness of the value of ethical choices and empowered consequences that follow.


Based on many of the key insights Chuck reveals in his book, Second Chances: Transforming Adversity into Opportunity, this presentation sheds new light on the motivating behaviors behind the choices that we make—and how our personal behavior is deeply intertwined with our professional success.

After hearing Chuck’s keynote—which is based on experience, education and even humor—your employees and managers will have the ability to:

Find out how and why people drift from making good ethical decisions to making decisions that are unethical or illegal.

Identify patterns of behavior that are indicators of potential unethical behavior ahead.

Seek opportunities to turn personal behavior into ethical success for your people and your company.


“It opened my eyes to the broad range of things that could fall under ethical. It was thought-provoking, yet at the same time, it was fun!”  Meredith Oliver

“Wow! The slippery slope from unethical to illegal scared the pants off of me! If you want to set an ethical path for your company, give Chuck Gallagher a call—he’s your man.”  Russ Seagle

“This comes from a man who knows what he’s talking about, believes what he’s talking about and is there to help people. He can talk from both sides. He adds color, laughter and humor—it’s everything rolled into one.” Glen Strange

“Speaker of the year!” Dallas Chapter, National Association of Catering Executives

“Chuck Gallagher is one of those people who, when you meet them in person, you instantly like. So it comes as a big surprise when you hear his story… Chuck has told the ugly part of his poor choices and how he learned his lessons the hard way, so that all of the rest of us can consider each choice we make and avoid life-changing mistakes.” Lorri Allen, Talk Show Host, Mornings with Lorri and Larry

“This touching story of real-life circumstances blends the wisdom of experience with a powerful insight for successful living.” Dr. Nido Qubein, President, High Point University; Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Co.

“Second Chances guides the reader through Chuck’s personal story of triumph to finding his or her own rare, one-of-a-kind pearl within.  Chuck’s story illustrates how imprisonment of the soul can take place behind bars or outside of them.  It’s a choice we can make and then change the trajectory of life when we make it.” Anne Bruce, International Speaker and Best-selling Author