2012 SHRM Annual Conference  and Exposition

Recommended Speaker

Jonathan Michael Bowman is a national keynote leadership speaker who shares his presentations with SHRM groups all over the country. All three of the presentations described on this page have been previously approved by SHRM and HRCI for continuing education credits.

"[Jonathan's]       presentation on leadership was captivating, you could almost hear a pin drop in a room filled with over 100 people."

Beth Davisson, Past President

Louisville Society of Human Resource Management 


HRCI Business Credit & SHRM Accreditation


Have you ever wanted to create a new department or enhance the quality of your team’s work? Change can be difficult for anybody. Leading change can be even more difficult and – at times – seemingly impossible. This seminar will teach attendees change leadership principles that every organizational leader should know.

In this energetic and content-rich presentation, you will learn how to lead the way to successful – “Picture Perfect” – change. Drawing examples from real leadership situations, Jonathan will teach and inspire you to ignite your team to achieve dynamic results. You will learn how to set a vision of change, achieve buy-in and lead the way to capture your vision.

"I loved his use of visuals by incorporating breath-taking photographs he had taken, and tying the pictures to his message.  In addition, like the best trainers, he maintained a high level of energy, sense of humor and a strong connection to the audience."

Kathleen Lapekas, SHRM-CP, PHR

Program Attendee

Evansville-Area Human Resource Association

"Thank you so much for attending and speaking at our Labor Law Conference. 

You were a great hit!!"

Sarah Green

Conference Planner

Coastal Bend SHRM

"He was awesome. I would describe the presentation as energetic, educational, inspiring, creative, and original"

Donna Skowronski MEd., SPHR, SHRM-SCP Conference Attendee

HR Conference Cruise


HRCI General Credit & SHRM Accreditation

More than ever before organizations need to tap into the creative genius of their employees in order to stay competitive. The question is, “How can leaders accomplish this?” The answer is by using a Creative Team. A Creative Team is a group of employees assembled to accomplish a project through the use of the team members’ creativity and ingenuity. Jonathan has used these teams on many occasions to bring about innovation, increase productivity and start new initiatives. In this powerful presentation, he will detail what Creative Teams are and reveal how they work. More importantly, he will show you how you can start Creative Teams in your organization and use their brilliance to bring about innovative success.



HRCI General Credit & SHRM Accreditation


Are you ready to be inspired, invigorated, and equipped to turn great challenges into unimaginable victories? In this compelling, inspirational presentation, Jonathan uncovers three hidden benefits of your support system that can help you achieve this goal. This is the power of people in your lives.


Jonathan teaches how “People Power” helped propel him from living in public housing projects and homelessness as a child to becoming an accomplished attorney and award-winning leader. Plus, Jonathan’s message is made even more memorable by his powerful, fine art photography, which he uses as a metaphor to graphically illustrate key points.


Your attendees will be emboldened to use their support system – not to merely surmount    obstacles – but to ascend far beyond them into a future of success.


"Thank you for taking your time and giving us such a powerful message. I couldn’t stop talking about it today at work."

Lorena Pabon, MHSA

Program Attendee

Greater Orlando SHRM 


Jonathan is a fine art photographer. He uses his art during his presentations as a metaphor to graphically illustrate key points. Bullet points are replaced by close-ups of nature and graphs are supplanted by a serene countryside. This turns Jonathan’s presentations into more than educational leadership training. They are also  inspirational, artistic experiences.

This short video was taken during one of the group exercises as part of Jonathan's presentation, “How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change,” which he conducted at Northern Michigan SHRM’s program at the Odawa Hotel in Petoskey, Michigan. 

Jonathan had the honor of serving as one of the speakers at the inaugural HR Conference Cruise. It was a wonderful event with incredible attendees. If you did not get an opportunity to attend the first one, no problem! There will be more HR Conference Cruises in the future. This video provides more information about these innovative events. Also, Jonathan will be speaking again at an HR Conference Cruise in 2019. (See if you can notice Jonathan conducting his presentation in the video!)

"As a professional motivational speaker myself, and member of the National Speakers Association, I highly recommend Jonathan, as his upbeat demeanor and positive attitude is contagious. I look forward to hearing him speak again."

Bill Germanakos

NBC's The Biggest Loser

Winner Season #4

Program Attendee, SHRM-Long Island

"Thank you Jonathan for a wonderful and inspiring presentation with humor. Attendees were very pleased." 


Candice Smith Singh

Programs Director

Sarasota Manatee Human Resource Association