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Michael Bergdahl

Michael Bergdahl
Michael Bergdahl
Michael Bergdahl

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Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist.


Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart, as the Director of “People” for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Walmart’s founder Sam Walton.


Michael Bergdahl has 25 years of Human Resources experience working for four different Fortune 1000 Companies including: Walmart (#1), HQ Director of People, PepsiCo (#44), Group HR Manager, Waste Management (#217), VPHR, and American Eagle Outfitters (#703), VPHR. He also worked as a Plant HR & Safety Manager at J.M. Huber, a privately owned $2 Billion Manufacturing Company. He started his career in his family’s Houston, TX based publishing business as HR Director. 

He is a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds at public companies. He received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) lifetime certification from SHRM. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology / Behavioral Science.

Michael Bergdahl is considered an authority on the best leadership practices of Walmart & Sam Walton. He has been interviewed 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 been published in business newspapers and magazines around the world. Bergdahl is the moderator of two LinkedIn discussion groups. The first is “Walmart’s Best Leadership Practices” and the second is “Sam Walton’s Best Leadership Practices”. His groups have a combined membership of 15,600 worldwide members and 5000 followers including: Retailers, FMCG/CPG Product Manufacturers/Suppliers, HR Professionals, & SC Professionals. 

Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker with substance, he is one part solid business content, one part inspiration, and one part storyteller. He presents Keynote Speeches, breakout sessions, half day programs, and full day Master Classes. He tailors his speeches to fit the conference theme. 

His Full Day Master Classes are designed to teach others the Best Leadership Practices of Walmart. In his speech, “Picking Walmart’s POCKETS”, Bergdahl unveils the best practices of Walmart, 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 Walmart, the World’s Largest Company.”

He also presents an inspiring keynote speech about “Bringing Out the Best in You” based on his book, HEATKTE: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything.


  • What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Walmart World (2004)
  • The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets
for Remarkable Results (2007)
  • The Sam Walton Way (2012)
  • HEATKTE: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything (2014)
  • Putting Employees First! (2018) 

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