Richard Hadden

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Richard Hadden is a Certified Speaking Professional with a focus on Leadership and Employee Engagement. He is co-author of the “Contented Cows” leadership book series, and the new book, Rebooting Leadership.


Master of Business Administration from The University of North Florida, Jacksonville.

Bachelor of Science in Management from Jacksonville University.


Professional Designation

Richard has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned designation in the speaking industry, conferred by the National Speakers Association, and held by fewer than 7% of its members.



Richard Hadden was a manager for a large savings and loan association in the 1980’s. He learned computer programming and worked as a programmer and systems analyst in the field of multi-user microcomputer software, before the advent of PC’s. He was Director of Product Development for a software house in North Florida before starting his own software consulting business in 1986.

While consulting, he taught software design, principles of management, and international economics at Jacksonville University. He began working as a trainer and consultant to corporations and left the university in 1991.

Since 1990 he has delivered keynote presentations and training programs for more than 800 audiences on five continents.



Richard is a 9th-generation Floridian, and a native and lifelong resident of Jacksonville. He’s a classically trained vocalist, a highly untrained bicyclist, and he loves to travel – on the job, and off. He and his wife Christine, a native of Scotland, have two children – a recent college grad, and a college senior.

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