Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Wal-Mart, as the Director of 'People' for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Wal-Mart's founder Sam Walton. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, 'Bird Dawg!' Previous to Wal-Mart, Bergdahl worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Division in the sales organisation and headquarters staff assignments. He is a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds as a VP of HR at both American Eagle Outfitters, and Waste Management. Bergdahl received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) lifetime certification from SHRM. Bergdahl is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA degree in Sociology and Behavioral Science.
Michael Bergdahl is considered the authority on the best practices of Wal-Mart and Sam Walton. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on Power Lunch, On the Money, Morning Call and Closing Bell. Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him, have appeared in business newspapers and magazines around the world. Bergdahl is the moderator of a LinkedIn discussion group called, 'Wal-Mart’s Best Practices - Super Group with more than 5700 worldwide members including retailers, FMCG product manufacturers/suppliers and supply chain professionals.
Bergdahl's books include What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart World (2004), The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results (2007) and The Sam Walton Way (2012).
Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker with substance, who is one part business, one part inspiration, and one part storyteller. He customises his speeches or workshops to fit the conference theme, and he designs his messages to teach others the best practices of Wal-Mart. He presents keynote speeches, half day programs, and full day master classes. In his speech, 'Growing Your Business the Sam Walton and Wal-Mart Way (aka Picking Wal-Mart's POCKETS)', Bergdahl unveils the best practices of Wal-Mart, and the success secrets of Sam Walton. Audience members will learn the tactics of the world's richest man, Sam Walton, and the strategies of Wal-Mart, the world's largest company.
Michael Bergdahl has spoken at association conferences, public events, customer conferences, and private company meetings in the USA and internationally to retailers, non-retailers, manufacturers and suppliers.
He speaks to a wide variety of audiences including sales, customer service, IT, supply chain/logistics, franchisees, financial services, real estate developers, property managers, leasing agents, retail managers, brand/marketing professionals, human resources, plant managers, engineers, DC managers, operations managers, product manufacturers/suppliers/buyers, pharmacists, bankers, credit union directors, presidents, entrepreneurs, college students and college commencement, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CFOs. He has spoken at events for Wal-Mart's current suppliers, as well as its direct competitors who are interested in improving their ability to compete successfully in a Wal-Mart world!
Michael Bergdahl travels from United States