Inspiring a Better Tomorrow in Washington

Last night, I was honored to share Barry-Wehmiller’s story and the concepts of Truly Human Leadership with Republican members of Congress during the 2016 Congress of Tomorrow event in Washington, DC.
Originally, I was invited to speak at a small breakout session for 20-30 Congressional staffers. However, because the event organizer found our message so inspiring, I was instead asked to deliver the keynote address to the full 250 attendees.

One of the subjects I touched upon was trust. How can they better establish trust among each other? I shared one of the most valued insights from Barry-Wehmiller’s leadership journey. I suggested that to rebuild trust they should start with learning how to listen with empathy. That is the way we demonstrate how we care for another and truly value each other’s thoughts and feelings. It is the foundation of all trusting relationships. Rather than talk to each other, begin by listening!

It is always an honor to share our message of caring for the lives entrusted to us. It’s the reason we started this blog. It’s the reason Raj Sisodia and I wrote “Everybody Matters.” We want to inspire other leaders to consider a better way to lead.

Here are a few photos from the evening:


With Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House


Neal McConnellogue, President of BW Papersystems, and Tim Sullivan, BW Group President



Talking with attendees


Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.


  • Rob Peters says:

    Great post, Bob. We need our political leaders who have empathy and respect not just for their constituents, but for their opposition. Does mindset of getting re-elected lower the empathy emotion?

  • Becky Kepto says:

    What a great post by Chapman Hughes! Took me down memory lane when we had the pleasure of her mother interning with us for a summer in Clearwater.

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