About Galen Emanuele 


As an international keynote speaker, Galen Emanuele works with events and organizations including Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, CBRE, and Shell, transforming the way teams and leaders interact and communicate in business.

Galen’s captivating programs teach how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, And” to improve communication, team performance, and create an intentional culture of high-level engagement. Galen is an expert in human behavior with more than 18 years in sales, marketing, and business leadership. He is also a world-class improviser, having performed and taught improv for many years, including touring with the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Unique Content. Compelling Delivery.

Galen delivers interactive keynotes and team workshops that captivate and electrify audiences. His unique, hands-on exercises provide skills to enhance leadership, increase engagement, strengthen teams, navigate change, and drive exceptional culture. Galen works with organizations and events all over the world creating lasting impact by teaching relatable, easy-to-apply tools and principles outlined in his “Yes, And” Manifesto which is available to download for free.

Accolades & Giving Back

Galen is an avid philanthropist and has been recognized by several organizations for his commitment to give back. He was honored with a “Red Cross Real Heroes” award for starting Pass The Hat, a non-profit organization that provides financial relief to families that face tragedy in his home town of Bellingham, WA. He created Pass The Hat after losing his brother in a car accident at the age of 18 and his experience with the financial burden that his family faced from that event. Pass The Hat’s ongoing work helps many families by paying for funeral expenses, counseling, and other costs that tragic events often bring.

For many years, Galen volunteered as emcee for the Whatcom Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Annual Fundraiser, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause. Galen also received a “Peace Builders Award” from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center for his work in promoting collaboration, positive communication, and conflict resolution in the community. His strong belief in contributing meaningfully and making significant impact continues to be at the heart of his work.

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