©2020 by David Carter



Christy Classi, CAE

Executive Director

Kansas Society of Association Executives

Dr. Carter's presentation for KSAE was engaging and inspiring.  Participants continued to discuss his thoughts on leadership for the rest of the conference and found his take-aways to be valuable and thought provoking.

Elizabeth Lenherr,

Director of Learning and Development

Advisors Excel

We hired Dr. Carter to speak to our employees, with high hopes that he would come into Advisors Excel and rock the house. He did not disappoint. His speaking style is high energy, relevant, and challenging and our entire team, over 400 employees, thoroughly enjoyed his keynote. He took a drab topic like Business Ethics, spiced it up by giving the workshop an aerospace theme, and then topped it all off by showing up and presenting wearing his flight suit! Dr. Carter is a true class act! He is an accomplished individual who brings his topics to life in a brilliant motivating, and relatable way. 

Best speaker I have ever hired!

Kim Savage,

CIS Project Director

Westar Energy

Dr. Carter did an amazing job and provided great ideas for us to apply as we went through our merger.



The Story

Speaking Something Out Of Nothing

Dr. David W. Carter grew up in abject poverty, in a drafty shack in rural Kentucky, with holes in the roof.

He didn't stay there.

Today, Dr. Carter is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, influencing audiences around the globe to reach their maximum potential by pushing themselves beyond what they thought was possible. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations, he has served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a police officer, and as an education technician for the National Park Service.


Dr. Carter has built a career around personal growth and success by doing two things: growing personally and achieving success. No gimmicks. No substitutes. He holds a doctorate in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University (summa cum laude), and he has given two TEDx talks about leadership: The Lesser Seat (2015) and How Old Are You? (2016). In 2016 Dr. Carter established the Laurie Marie Foundation—a non-profit devoted to developing student leaders and providing scholarships. His past work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday Over Wichita.