Steven Iwersen

Steven Iwersen

Steven Iwersen, CSP is the President of Aurora Pointe, LLC, an international speaking and leadership development firm. He has been a professional speaker for more than 30 years and has been in active leadership roles since 1981. He is the author of The Porcupine Principles: How To Move Prickly People to Preferred Outcomes and Porcupine Philosophy: 365 Leadership Points to Ponder.

As a Keynote speaker and relational leadership expert, he has spoken to 700+ audiences during the last 12 years on the subject of creating a leadership culture. His expertise is in leading people and organizations through change.

Steven is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – a designation that only 1200 speakers worldwide have earned. He was the Co-Host of the NSA “Voices of Experience” Audio & Video Magazine in 2015-16.

Most Requested Programs

CHAMPIONS IN THE CHAOS: Turn The Unexpected Into Your Exceptional.
Regardless of the type of disruption you encounter – innovation, competition, quarantines, or complacency – your capacity to win is determined by your ability to manage your vision and process through the chaos.

Steven reveals a powerful strategy that champions in business, non-profits, churches, sports teams, and even the World Championship Porcupine Race winners all have in common.

You’ll discover in this session how to identify opportunities in the chaos, move proactively toward your goals, and remain true to what makes you unique in the marketplace.

LEADING THE RELUCTANT: How To Move Prickly People to Preferred Outcomes
Change creates discomfort and tension. How you intentionally relate to and communicate with others has a profound influence on your ability to build rapport, inspire collaboration, enhance positive camaraderie, resolve misunderstandings, and lead people while managing change.

Based on the World Famous Porcupine Races and his popular book: “The Porcupine Principles” audiences and organizations throughout the United States have laughed and learned from this highly engaging, interactive presentation about a subject no one wants to talk about – Conflict.

During the Leading the Reluctant Keynote Experience, Leadership expert Steven Iwersen uses his unique conversational style and sense of humor to create shared laughter, personal ah-ha moments, and practical strategies to empower you with the insights you need to be a leader that people trust – while moving to the goal of preferred outcomes.

PERSONALITY JAZZ: Creating Harmony At Work
Communication issues? No Problem! Team conflicts? Sure, but not terminal. Difficult people? Probably not difficult, just different!

Simply acknowledging that we have different personalities and ways of working don’t make for better teams. Your ability to get along, communicate, respect, and compliment instead of competing, is the mix needed for healthy relationships — at work and at home. The strength of your team depends on their ability to appreciate and work with those many differences.

Personality Jazz takes you into the exciting realm of personal styles and reveals the secret of working in rhythm with others. You will discover a new understanding of personalities from the world of Jazz!

Your audience will have a refreshing perspective about the significance of their personal strengths, a new appreciation for the contribution of others, the reasons for interpersonal conflict, and how to get better results through intentional communication.


"Steven’s presentation rocked! I don’t judge a speech by the applause at the end. I look for the impact later. Our employees were talking about the concepts and ideas he presented – months later!" - Goodyear

"Steven made an impression on our staff the moment he facilitated his first program more than 10 years ago. His presentation style is engaging, creative, and practical. Most importantly, he uses real-life stories that help to demonstrate the content and application of the strategies he teaches." - University of Notre Dame

"Great performance! The early returns of comments from our participants indicate that what Steven said resonated with their reality. Motivational and practical!" - Executive Director, MAKO

"Rave reviews have been coming in from our members about both Steven's keynote and the breakout. We laughed and learned. People loved him!" - Association of Washington Cities