A Chief Executive Exclusive Masterclass

Lead Better, Live Better

Featuring Bestselling Author and World-renowned CEO Coach Marshall Goldsmith; Caroline Webb, Executive Coach and Author; Garry Ridge, Chairman and CEO, WD-40

July 19, 2022 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET

A Live, Online Event For CEOs and Leadership Teams

In his New York Times bestsellers Triggers and What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There, world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith helped CEOs and other leaders identify the psychological and environmental roadblocks that prevent us from achieving our best performance.

Now, in this Chief Executive Group Exclusive Event, based on his new bestseller The Earned Life (Currency, 2022), Goldsmith goes deeper, laying out a powerful roadmap for developing a habit of connecting ourselves—and those around us—to something greater that will last a lifetime.

Marshall will be joined by two friends, Caroline Webb, Executive Coach and Author How to Have a Good Day and Garry Ridge, Chairman and CEO, WD-40, for an afternoon of personal and professional growth for top leaders and their teams.

Meet Our Speakers

Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. His two other New York Times bestsellers are MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – the Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year. In February 2016, Amazon.com recognized the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books’ in their To Read in Your Lifetime series. The list included classics and newer books – management and self-help books. Both Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There were recognized as being in the top 100 books ever written in their field. Marshall is only one of two authors with two books on the list.

Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Global Gurus, INC and Fast Company magazines – World’s #1 Executive Coach, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Management Association – 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress (India) – global leader in HR thinking. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.

Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb is an executive coach, author, and speaker, who specializes in showing people how to transform their life and work for the better by applying insights from the behavioral sciences (behavioral economics, psychology and neuroscience). Her book on that topic – How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life – has been published in 17 editions and over 60 countries. It was hailed by Forbes as one of their “must-read business books,” by Fortune as one of their top “self-improvement through data” books, and by Inc magazine as one of the “best 15 leadership and personal development books of the past five years.” The book also won plaudits from publications as diverse as the Financial Times, TIME, and Cosmopolitan magazine.

She is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey, where she was previously a Partner. During her 12 years at McKinsey & Company, Caroline specialized in helping leaders achieve transformational change in their organizations and teams. She co-founded McKinsey’s leadership practice, designed the firm’s approach to transforming top team dynamics, led the firm’s work on organizational effectiveness in the healthcare sector, and drove the expansion of the firm’s work on personal leadership effectiveness. She also founded and remains faculty of McKinsey’s flagship leadership development course for senior female executives.

Before that, Caroline spent the 1990s working in public policy as an economist at the UK’s central bank, the Bank of England. Her work there included working closely with the Monetary Policy Committee as author of the Inflation Report, global economic forecasting, and institution-building in post-communist Europe.

Caroline has been a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, and her work appears in HBR Guide to Being More Productive and HBR Guide to Dealing With Conflict. She has also written on behavioral change topics for the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, Quartz at Work, Business Insider, Psychology Today, Behavioral Scientist, and WIRED. Her work has been widely featured in the media, including in The Economist, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, and BBC Radio. She is on the Advisory Boards of Ethical Systems and OpenMind, two non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of discourse and behavior in business and education, and she is an Adviser to BehavioralSight. She is also a Founding Fellow of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching, one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches, and a member of Silicon Guild. Caroline has degrees in economics from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and she has guest lectured at Harvard, Chicago Booth, Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, London School of Economics and London Business School on applications of behavioral science to leadership and workplace effectiveness.

Garry Ridge

As chairman and CEO of WD-40 Company, Garry Ridge is responsible for developing and implementing high-level strategies, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships for the company. Garry is passionate about learning and empowering the organizational culture he has helped establish at WD-40 Company. His vision and leadership have positively impacted the WD-40 Company in both measurable and immeasurable ways.

Garry joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and has held various management positions in the company, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, and vice president of international. He has worked directly with WD-40 Company in over 50 countries. In 1997, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of WD-40 Company.  He has worked directly with WD-40 Company in over 70 countries.

Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches the principles and practices of corporate culture in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program.  In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.’ ”

A native of Australia, Garry holds a certificate in Modern Retailing and wholesale distribution and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Goldsmith, Webb and Ridge will share practical frameworks to shed the obstacles that prevent us from creating fulfilling lives:

Close the gap between what you plan to achieve and what you actually get done, even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs

Live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”

Understand and beat the behavioral roadblocks that ensnare you and keep you from making the changes you want to make

Develop deeper, more powerful connections with others around you, from your teams to your family

Bring more long-lasting, deeper satisfaction into nearly every aspect of your life

Goldsmith’s coaching of more than 200 CEOs and their management teams has enabled him to deeply understand how successful people make decisions and how certain behavioral changes can help them avoid pitfalls on the way to successful careers and lives.

He uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute our destinies, and haunt our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes.

Praise for Marshall Goldsmith and The Earned Life:

Agenda Overview

1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Living an Earned Life

Marshall Goldsmith, World-renowned Coach and Author, Triggers, What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There and The Earned Life

One of the most celebrated business authors of our time turns his attention to the biggest question of all: How do I create a life that’s full of meaning and fulfilment? Goldsmith shares his practical new framework for deliberately sculpting a way of living that’s richer, more connected and more rewarding—both personally and professionally.

2:15 – 2:25 pm ET


2:25 – 3:10 pm ET

How to Have a Good Day: The Science of Raising Your Leadership Game

Caroline Webb, Executive Coach and Author, How to Have a Good Day; Senior Adviser, McKinsey & Company

There are days when we’re at our best as leaders – we’re wise in the face of tough choices, creative in seeing new solutions, empathetic and inspirational with our colleagues. But it’s sometimes hard to be that brilliant version of ourselves, especially when we‘re exhausted or dealing with stressful and uncertain situations. In this session, we’ll cover what our brain needs to function at its best under pressure and explore how this science points to small daily changes that can make it easier for us to thrive and excel. 

3:10 – 3:15 pm ET


3:15 – 4:00 pm ET

How to Be a Truly Great Leader

Garry Ridge, Chairman and CEO, WD-40, author Tribe Culture: How It Shaped WD-40 and Helping People Win at Work, with Ken Blanchard.

For Garry Ridge, one of the most respected and admired CEOs of the last two decades, the real job of leaders is to help people live better by creating a workplace culture—a Tribe—where people thrive and go home happy. By avoiding the 20 toxic behaviors of what Ridge calls “the soul sucking CEO” you’ll not only build a more resilient, loyal workforce, you’ll also become more personally fulfilled and compassionate, with impacts you’ll feel in every aspect of your life.

Choose your ticket type

Ticket purchase provides access to the live event and recording on-demand.


Single pass
$ 595

Small Group

For teams up to 5
$ 1595

Large Group

For teams up to 10
$ 2295

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.