Jack Stahlmann

Jack Stahlmann

Hi. I'm Jack. This is a bio I wrote about myself, but I made it look like someone else wrote it, so it doesn’t seem like I’m bragging.

Jack Stahlmann’s informative and educational presentations are built around his experiences in Los Angeles as an actor, producer, director — and of course, a waiter.

In Hollywood, he launched his own production company which created several films that enjoyed international success and was an Assistant Director for the Margaret Cho stand-up show, Cho Revolution.

As an actor, his shining moment came in a co-star role on the CBS drama Cold Case, where he played a wimpy park ranger. He also appeared on Days of Our Lives and several commercials.

Jack graduated with honors at DePauw University and has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Most Requested Programs

The Intangible It

The Intangible It examines the "it" quality movie stars possess that you can't quite put your finger on… or can you? By sharing humorous and humbling tales of his own Tinseltown adventures, Jack breaks down the "it" factor that makes certain actors’ superstars and shares how you can use those lessons to become a star in your profession.

Along this journey, you’ll learn about The Gift and how to channel your inner-Clooney to make everyone you encounter feel like the most important person in the room. We’ll examine The Shift by exploring the secret sauce that has given Tom Hanks such career longevity in an ever-changing industry. And with The Connect we will dive into ways you can be more memorable to anyone you meet – and it might be as simple as wearing a Dolly Parton tee shirt. For real.

You could call this presentation the spoonful of sugar with the medicine because it delivers the fun and humor you want with the applicable takeaways that you just might need.

The Upside

Inspired by a certification from Yale on The Psychology of Well-Being, this is the newest of Jack’s presentations, so it still has that fresh keynote smell. The human kindness shared nationwide and even worldwide in times of crisis has Jack examining the common thread that creates positivity during hardship. He examines how hard times can bring big things to anyone, if you look in the right place. But as the GI Joe Fallacy (yes, that GI Joe) demonstrates, simply seeing the silver lining is not enough. It's the doers find the upside. Because in a world with so much downside, you can always find a way to… up yours.

Vantage Point

Roles can change in an instant. One moment we’re working a ho-hum 9-5er and the next there’s a health crisis and an economic shift and we suddenly have a new role at work or even in the household. For those of us in new positions the road ahead may look daunting. But if you’re in the right role and you’re able to surround yourself with the right team, it just might be the adventure of a lifetime. This presentation creatively weaves in life lessons, challenging your team to think outside of themselves, and see the world through the eyes of others. By taking that perspective shift, attendees will gain a new appreciation for decision making at any level within an organization. And what’s more, this is the rare presentation that applies to employees and managers alike, due to its creative concept. This keynote also has an accompanying book, Days of Our Work Lives.


"Jack's message was perfect!" - Richard Davis, Former CEO of US Bank

"Jack was a game-changer for our event this year! We had originally hired Jack to deliver a one-hour keynote for our in-person conference, but when we had to shift everything to virtual, he customized his keynote into shorter segments, to keep the attention of an online audience. And he went above and beyond as an emcee and host for our virtual program, writing most of the content. As an event planner, I cannot emphasize enough how much easier he will make your virtual event. With Jack you get more than a speaker - you get a true event partner!" - Ashleigh Esselman, MEA Energy

"Jack's message was powerful and our members really loved his delivery. I knew he was a really big hit when I saw one of our - let's say, crabbier members - come up to him afterwords to say 'I was ready to not like you, but you were great!' And if you can crack that facade, you can deliver for anyone!" - Mia Ulrick, Minnesota Association of School Administrators