Manley Feinberg

Manley Feinberg

Manley is recognized as an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader, and author. He works with organizations who want to stretch their comfort zones, and lead with impact.

Through gripping keynotes and Vertical Experiences, Manley helps individuals and teams build breakthrough mindsets to step up and reach their next summit.

During Manley’s eleven years with Build-A-Bear Workshop, his leadership direction helped take the revolutionary retail concept from 40 stores to over 400 worldwide, realizing revenue growth from 55 million to over 474 million, and a successful IPO on the NYSE. He built an award winning reputation for implementing business solutions and support that produced measurable results every day. Manley’s leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row.

Using stories from his personal experiences, Manley weaves together lessons he has learned from the vertical and business worlds and creates actionable lessons which help inspire others to step up and reach their next summit. As a result of his work, people have more focus, more commitment and more momentum.

On a personal note, he likes to sleep on the side of mountains. More shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades, and his two teens still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends.

Most Requested Programs

Reaching Your Next Summit: 7 Vertical Lessons to Lead in the Unknown, Regardless of Your Title

Reaching Your Next Summit is Manley’s signature keynote, focused on Leading in the Unknown, intentional relationships and peak performance. Attendees will walk away with a renewed sense of focus, commitment and momentum to realize the next level in their life and business.

Program Overview
Professionals often struggle to deliver more value under tightening business constraints and rising expectations. Add the complications of regulations, engaging a multi-generational work force, constantly evolving technology, economic pressure, plus the chaos of day to day life; and you have a serious challenge.

After facing the same frustrations from the front lines to the executive level for more than 20 years; I believe the answer is in equipping individuals at all levels to think, act and influence as leaders in their environment. Manley’s Reaching Your Next Summit Keynote will help equip you to lead on the edge, and realize more in your life and work every day.


  • Gain 7 leadership strategies that will empower every attendee to embrace change and Lead Beyond Their Position.
  • Discover the one area you must micro-manage to gain Clarity in the Chaos, Drive Focus and Build Momentum
  • Drive innovation by encouraging individuals to step up, support others, and say what they see
  • Identify 3 Critical characteristics you need to look for, develop and demand from yourself and every team member to achieve breakthrough results
  • Engage, Equip, and Inspire attendees with multiple ideas they can use immediately to develop stronger relationships and increase their influence across vertical and horizontal boundaries

Attendees will gain tools they can use immediately to develop a leadership mindset that engages, equips and inspires both them and their team members to step up and lead in the unknown, regardless of their title. Expect team members to build relationships and serve beyond vertical and horizontal boundaries in their environment. Collaboration is just the beginning. With more accountability and increased commitment in the 80%, you will see results you can measure.

Chaos and Momentum:
How to Gain Clarity, and
Get What’s Important Done Every Day

Program Overview
Do you know what you need to achieve, but get sidetracked by the inevitable storms of life? Staying focused on our goals, making consistent progress, and achieving our vision is a critical professional challenge that we all face.

In this program, Manley will outline a powerful framework that you can execute every day to get immediate results. You can learn how to gain laser focus, no matter what task you’re facing, and utilize your momentum in an effective way. Shut out the white noise of the world and keep moving forward!


  • Discover the one area that you must micro-manage if you want to achieve big-time breakthroughs
  • Develop a daily process to keep you focused and moving forward towards your key initiatives
  • Pick up techniques to break through the everyday resistance and get things done
  • Cultivate 5 Strategies to Sustain Momentum in every aspect of your life
  • Not only will you benefit as a leader from the actionable ideas and unique perspectives presented in this program, but your team will also be able to leverage these strategies to boost the value of your organization every day.

Are you building Momentum with every move you make or are you stuck in the storm of chaos, confusion, and miscommunication? Setting goals is the easy part. The real question is: are you and your teams achieving those goals in a satisfying way? Break free from the daily doubts, uncertainties, and mediocrity. There is no better time than now to execute your world-class vision!

In this program, you will gain insights into building a powerful framework to create and maintain momentum. Learn how to move from vision to velocity, stay focused, and get the results you have always wanted.


“Manley’s presentation to the top leaders of our company was the best motivational speech I have seen. Manley engaged our team with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. Manley has embraced mental and physical challenges in places that most of us can only imagine. But Manley’s gift for storytelling helped put all of us on the mountain right there with him, anxious to see and hear what’s next. Equally important, he talks about his experience in The Vertical not just to entertain and engage, but also to purposely draw important lessons for all of us to apply in the office, at home, and in our communities.
Manley’s book, Reaching Your Next Summit, strongly reinforces Manley’s message. I think it also speaks to Manley’s character and authenticity that in his presentation and in his book one of the strongest messages relates not to any of Manley’s own achievements, but to someone else who inspired and left a lasting legacy without position or title.
I highly recommend Manley for inspiration and important lessons everyone can benefit from.” - Michael Dierberg, Chairman of the Board, First Bank

“Manley's keynote presentation at our annual convention was a hit. Our attendees truly enjoyed his presentation (and his awesome guitar skills!). His story was inspiring and engaging. Manley was SO easy to work with from beginning to end. I highly recommend Manley as a speaker!” - Maria Maggio, Executive Director of Leading Age Florida

“Words alone will not do Manley Feinberg justice. You must experience him. Wow!! Electrifying, passionate, powerful message delivery, and applicable in all professions, including your home life and community; expertly fine-tuned to exceed your goals and expectations.
As I listened to Manley’s keynote, I also looked at the audience around me and every person was engaged, riveted, and on the edge of their seat for what was to come next. Manley connected on such a personal level with his audience. His enthusiasm, values, integrity, authenticity and commitment are evident in his presentation and in the way that he embraces his gifts. From playing guitar, to storytelling, to spectacular views from the side of mountains! (yes, he climbs mountains too!!); in its entirety, when Manley speaks to you it is moving and inspirational.
I am a forever-fan! Such a kind-hearted, good man. I look forward to hearing Manley speak again in the future and can’t wait to read his book; “Reaching Your Next Summit!”. I highly recommend him for your event, without pause!
Thank you, Manley for changing the lives of so many. And I quote you – ‘Belay On!’.” - Sandy Hutzler, Program Manager, CNO Financial Group

“Manley addressed a full house at the Association of Marina Industries Conference & Expo in January 2020. He brought energy, wisdom and clear take home messages all nested into a well told and interesting story. Manley was easy to work with, did the necessary research and came to the event well prepared. The lines at his speaker's table was long, a clear indication that was a lot of interest in his message.” - Mark Amaral, Executive Team, Association of Marina Industries

“I had the privilege of hearing Manley speak at Oncor’s 2020 Metro East Region Safety Conference this week. His energy and enthusiasm was captivating! I really enjoyed hearing his personal stories, the many challenges he has faced, and how they helped him become a better person. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Manley! I hope to hear your stories again soon.” - Olga Delgadillo, Human Resources, Oncor Electric Delivery