Performance speaker to continue Pillars series

The Pillars of America Speaker Series continues April 27 with motivational speaker and screen writing consultant Scott Greenberg.

Greenberg has been a speaker for 18 years, specializing addressing people and businesses on resilience, customer service and peak performance.

“What gets me excited is to see individuals and organizations overcome their problems and perform at a higher level,” Greenberg says. “Everything I do is to get them to excel.”

His talk in Juneau is called “Survival of the Finest,” centering on thriving during times of change and adversity, adapting to change and overcoming mental barriers to success. He said this lesson involves a lot of stories and interaction.

“I hope it will be as entertaining as it is informative,” he said.

Greenberg came into this profession from a unique life story, many aspects of which depended on his own motivation. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in English creative writing, he went to New York University’s film school on scholarship and with a determination to work in filmmaking. He was actually the youngest person in his program. However, this plan hit a speed bump when he was diagnosed with stage 2 of Hodgkin’s disease during his second semester.

“It was serious enough that I had to drop out of school, return to California and spent the next year fighting for my life,” he said.

It was this time of treatment and chemotherapy that really planted his inspiration to help people make the most of themselves. Greenberg described how he would notice the disparities among those in treatment. The suffering really showed in some while others were in good spirits and were focused on living and not dying. He wondered why there was such a dramatic difference between these people; why, in under the same set of circumstances, did some people thrive and others suffer?

That notion is part of what he tries to help people with today, either in life or business or school.

“What I do is help people control what they can control so they can live better and work better,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg recovered through his treatment and went on to work in the California entertainment industry after all, forming a screen writing consulting agency.

It was there that he first started getting invitations to share his story and explain how it relates to the business world. Today he finds that being a motivational speaker still circles back to his earlier aspirations.

“I can still be storyteller and be creative, but found a new way to do it which I find very fulfilling and great fun.”

Besides his own obstacles, Greenberg has drawn a lot of inspiration from his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor and one of the “Schindler Jews.” He grew up hearing her story of overcoming these odds, coming out alive, having a family and living a long life.

Greenberg has studied through leadership seminars and experience with a variety of audience. He has built a lengthy and prestigious client list over the years, including Nike, 20th Century Fox Television, Young Presidents Organization, Cargill, the United Nations Environment Programme and many others. He also does a lot of work with universities and student organizations.

Greenberg has also written three books on motivation and leadership and has been published in “Chicken Soup for the College Soul.”

To complement his leadership work, Greenberg owns the Edible Arrangements franchise in Los Angeles. It won the “Best Customer Service” award of all the company’s locations. Greenberg said this all ties into peak performance and connecting to others, which is what his lessons are all about.

Doors open at 11:15 a.m. at Centennial Hall with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon. Parking is also available at the subport parking lot. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books.

More about the speaker can be learned at

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