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Michael Hoeppner

GK Training and Communications

Michael Chad Hoeppner is the CEO and president of GK Training, a firm dedicated to giving individuals, companies, and organizations the skills necessary to reach their highest goals in work and life. He leads a team of coaches who help professionals achieve profound, lasting transformation through superb coaching and dedicated long-term follow-up support.  GK T&C serves dozens of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. 

As an individual coach, trainer, and speaker, Michael has worked with some of the world’s most influential companies and their leaders, in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. His clients include Swiss Re, Xerox, Computer Associates, The Boston Consulting Group, Pfizer, KKR, Johns Manville, Columbia University Business School, NYU Law School, Macy’s, Octagon Sports Marketing, and others. He offers individualized coaching for c-suite executives and senior partners on communication skills, consultative selling, executive presence, influencing, messaging, and more. He builds and delivers customized training programs for Fortune 100 companies and presents to thousands of audience members around the world every year. 

 His background in communications, training, and teaching is diverse and rich. He studied linguistics, theatre, speech, rhetoric, philosophy, and communications at the graduate and undergraduate level. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious NYU Graduate Acting Program, where he trained with the best voice, movement, and speech teachers in the country. He worked as an actor in film and television, on Broadway stages, and international theatre for eight years. He has handled public relations and event management for clients ranging from the National Basketball Association to The Trust for Public Land. He traveled across the United States and Southeast Asia as part of a worldwide speaking tour with a total audience of 60,000 people. He has lead workshops on communication, team building, and education in Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Dublin, London, and across the US. He also volunteers his time and skills, teaching and mentoring elementary school students in New York City at the 52nd Street Project and the Staten Island Zoo, and doing pro bono consulting for non-profit organizations.  Michael attended Dartmouth College and Colorado College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in History and Philosophy. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School. 

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