Jeff Kortes

Tagline: Employee Retention

Talent Highlights

  • Strategic Employee Retention Solutions: Jeff Kortes delivers actionable strategies for retaining top talent in today’s competitive market. From innovative retention programs to cultivating a culture of appreciation, Jeff equips organizations with the tools they need to reduce turnover and foster long-term employee commitment.
  • Engaging and Interactive Presentations: With his dynamic speaking style and interactive approach, Jeff captivates audiences from the moment he takes the stage. Through thought-provoking stories, real-world examples, and audience participation, Jeff ensures that every attendee leaves his presentations inspired and empowered to enact positive change within their organizations.
  • Customized Content for Maximum Impact: Jeff understands that every organization is unique, which is why he tailors his presentations to address specific challenges and objectives. By customizing his content to resonate with each audience, Jeff ensures that his message hits home and drives meaningful results long after the event concludes.
  • Authoritative Thought Leadership: As the author of best-selling books on employee retention, including “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.: A Standard for Employee Retention,” Jeff Kortes is recognized as a leading authority in the field. His expertise has been featured in top publications, solidifying his reputation as a go-to resource for organizations seeking to enhance their talent management strategies.
  • Practical Takeaways for Immediate Implementation: Jeff doesn’t just deliver theoretical concepts; he provides practical, actionable insights that attendees can implement right away. Whether it’s revamping onboarding processes, enhancing recognition programs, or improving communication channels, Jeff equips audiences with the tools they need to drive tangible results within their organizations.

Keynote Topics

Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…®
The Success Formula for Building Employee Loyalty

Why do some bosses have loyal staffs of long-term employees, while others are poster children for employee turnover? The answer is C.R.A.P. … and successful bosses know how to dish it out. Drawing on his extensive experience as a talent recruiter and HR leader, Jeff explains why some employees will run through a brick wall for their boss, while others would gladly throw their boss off a wall. Jeff’s lively, give-and-take program helps participants understand that the formula for employee loyalty is simple: Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®.

Jeff deciphers why some employees gladly go the extra mile for their supervisors … while others work only for a paycheck, and are out the door at 5 p.m. As a “headhunter” and human resources executive, he’s heard firsthand from candidates why bosses who give their people lots of C.R.A.P. can count on them when times get tough.

Drawing on his three-decades career, Jeff uses real-life stories and audience participation to help attendees understand the C.R.A.P. formula to driving employee loyalty and employee retention. His insight is unique, to say the least. Most importantly, participants leave with tangible ideas and action steps – ones they can implement immediately to strengthen employee loyalty and retention in their own organizations.

Creating a Culture of C.R.A.P. – How Culture Will Drive Results in the New Workplace  
Why do some organizations rarely have open positions, get great employee reviews on hiring websites, and produce excellent results year after year?

How are some bosses able to build tremendous loyalty among their teams, to where employees will do almost anything for them?

It’s culture – plain and simple. Leaders and organizations that understand this enjoy sustained success. They know a people-centered culture drives results – not the opposite.

Creating this culture is not just lip service, though.

The secret is C.R.A.P. Grasp it, embrace it, practice it … and don’t be surprised when employee turnover drops, and productivity goes in the other direction.

As a veteran employee retention consultant, Jeff learned this long ago. His experiences as an HR leader, “headhunter,” coach and U.S. Army veteran taught him that making people the foundation of an organization is the secret sauce of success.

How to do so? This is both an “idea” program and a “process” program. Through real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff explains how to build an engaged and loyal workforce.

He provides actionable steps for immediate use, to build a culture of C.R.A.P. that transforms organizations and points their success arrow upward. Empower and challenge your workforce … and be amazed at the results.

Soon, you and your organization might be the success stories that others marvel at. When asked how you did it, just say “It’s all C.R.A.P.®!”

Recruit to Win
Do you struggle to find employees in a candidate-driven market? Frustrated in your job recruitment efforts to fill open positions? Trying to decipher the secret to winning the war for talent?

You’re not alone. Organizations everywhere are grasping for workers, as economic and demographic trends shrink the available labor pool.

It’s no longer enough to post a job opening and cross your fingers. It’s a new HR world. Recruiting requires strategy. Put the right one in place, and minimize your workforce woes.

Jeff, a “headhunter” and employee retention speaker and consultant, knows this well.

In “Recruit to Win,” Jeff provides a headhunter’s insight into building a comprehensive recruitment strategy. Through real-life stories and interactive participation, his “Recruit to Win” program helps you put the right pieces in place to systematically fill job openings.

Jeff’s many years in talent acquisition hold the solutions your organization is desperately seeking. Learn how to “Recruit to Win” … and win the war for talent. 

Making Millennials Great: Five Pillars to Building the Next Generation
Employers everywhere scratch their heads over “millennials,” the most recent workforce generation. They are indeed different – perhaps among the most mysterious, misunderstood groups ever.

Well, it’s time to stop working around millennial employees … and start working with them. In fact, how about molding them into peak performers?

Employee retention speaker and trainer Jeff Kortes’s “5 Pillars for Building the Next Generation” provides a blueprint. His live-action program offers real-world, hands-on direction for engaging this perplexing demographic.

Jeff’s not taking on this topic alone. He’s partnered with Randy Wilinski, a 30-something professional, to offer a generations-spanning perspective.

As a manager, Randy has hired, fired and inspired millennials for a decade. Partnered with Jeff, their generational differences meld through humorous anecdotes, interactive role play and audience involvement.

You’ll learn how millennials think, how they’re motivated, and why they will (or won’t) go the extra mile. Most importantly, you’ll come away understanding the Five Pillars to building the millennial generation and unlocking its productive potential.

Like it or not, millennials are the future. Understanding the keys to millennial employee engagement, and retention, allows you to start shaping tomorrow’s leaders today.

No more head-scratching. No more avoiding the obvious. Jeff’s program bridges the generational divide … and provides the tools to mold millennials into masterpieces.

Age Gracefully? No, Age Healthfully!
Let the future be your motivation for fitness!
Our sedentary world makes it hard to stay fit. We work long hours at our desks. Maybe eat too much takeout from restaurants. Probably watch too much TV, because … well, we can’t miss our favorite shows, right?

Inactivity has a high price, though. Do you want to be able chase your kids or grandkids around… travel and fully enjoy your life … even be able to get off the toilet without assistance? How about just look in the mirror and feel good about yourself?

The cost of poor health is steep. The solution lies in doing something … just a bit at a time.  Employee retention speaker (and power lifter) Jeff Kortes wants you to “Be Fit for You!”  If you’re feeling a bit unfit, Jeff can relate. He was active earlier in life – wrestling, distance running and martial arts. Those drifted away. Still, he wasn’t overweight, or grievously out of shape. He just wasn’t … aging healthy.

At 59, Jeff had an epiphany. His son said he looked “frail.” Taking a hard look in the mirror, Jeff realized he was right. Thus began a quest that took him to places never foreseen.

Jeff took up crossfit training. His passion quickly grew. Serious weightlifting followed. Less than a decade later, he was competing in the USA Powerlifting National Championships.

The experience brought a stark realization: Without engaging to get fit, Jeff would have encountered serious, negative lifestyle changes. He was on the precipice. He committed to be fit… and help others do so, too!

In this energetic presentation, Jeff provides actionable steps toward better health and, as importantly, motivation for fitness to keep moving forward. Getting fit doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be fun, fulfilling and a way to meet new friends.

The process starts with measured goals. Doing something, no matter how small, is better than nothing. Jeff details an approach that, taken in stride, yields results that will have you feeling better and living a fuller life.

Jeff couldn’t be a successful employee retention trainer – traveling regularly, going on stage, and making dynamic presentations – without being fit. He didn’t want to be a frail old man. Healthy activity prolonged his career and enhanced his life.

You, too, can enjoy a healthier, more vibrant life, regardless of age. The first step can be the
hardest … so let Jeff help you get off the couch and into the game!

Travels from:

  • Franklin, WI

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $10,001 - $20,000




Jeff Kortes is a dynamic and engaging speaker renowned for his expertise in employee retention and recruitment strategies. With over two decades of experience in human resources and leadership roles, Jeff brings a wealth of practical knowledge and insightful perspectives to his presentations. His engaging speaking style, coupled with his passion for helping organizations build […]

Jeff Kortes is a dynamic and engaging speaker renowned for his expertise in employee retention and recruitment strategies. With over two decades of experience in human resources and leadership roles, Jeff brings a wealth of practical knowledge and insightful perspectives to his presentations. His engaging speaking style, coupled with his passion for helping organizations build and maintain high-performing teams, makes him a sought-after speaker for conferences, seminars, and corporate events worldwide.

Jeff Kortes | Employee Retention

Detailed Background and Expertise:

Jeff Kortes has dedicated his career to understanding the intricacies of employee retention and recruitment. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jeff started his professional journey in human resources, where he quickly realized the critical role that employee engagement plays in organizational success.

Throughout his career, Jeff has held various leadership positions in both large corporations and small businesses, giving him a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities that organizations face in attracting, retaining, and developing top talent. He has worked across diverse industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and finance, honing his expertise in creating cultures that foster employee loyalty and commitment.

Jeff’s approach to employee retention and recruitment is rooted in practical strategies and actionable insights. He understands that retaining top talent is not just about competitive compensation packages but also about creating a workplace culture where employees feel valued, engaged, and supported in their professional growth. His presentations are filled with real-world examples, case studies, and best practices that resonate with audiences at all levels, from frontline employees to C-suite executives.

Jeff Kortes is also the author of several acclaimed books on employee retention, including “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.: A Standard for Employee Retention” and “No Nonsense Retention: Painless Strategies to Retain Your Best People.” His expertise has been featured in leading publications such as Forbes, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal, solidifying his reputation as a thought leader in the field of human resources and talent management.

Reasons to Book Jeff Kortes:

Event planners should consider booking Jeff Kortes for their next event for several compelling reasons:

  • Expertise in Employee Retention: Jeff’s deep understanding of employee retention strategies equips audiences with practical tools and techniques to reduce turnover and increase employee satisfaction.
  • Engaging Speaking Style: Jeff’s energetic and interactive presentations captivate audiences, keeping them engaged from start to finish. His ability to connect with diverse audiences ensures that every attendee leaves inspired and empowered.
  • Customized Content: Jeff Kortes takes the time to understand the unique needs and challenges of each organization, tailoring his presentations to address specific pain points and objectives.
  • Proven Track Record: With a track record of delivering impactful keynote speeches and workshops for organizations of all sizes, Jeff brings a wealth of experience and expertise to every event.
  • Actionable Insights: Attendees walk away from Jeff’s presentations with actionable insights and strategies that they can immediately implement to improve employee retention and recruitment efforts within their own organizations.

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In conclusion, Jeff Kortes stands out as a leading authority in employee retention and recruitment, offering practical strategies and actionable insights to help organizations build and maintain high-performing teams. With his engaging speaking style, customized content, and proven track record of success, Jeff Kortes is the ideal choice for events seeking to inspire and equip their audiences with the tools they need to thrive in today’s competitive business landscape.

And by booking through Speakers Inc, event planners can enjoy expert guidance, access to top talent, and seamless logistical support, ensuring a memorable and impactful event experience for all attendees.

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