“I understand how bad culture can create bad leaders and disengaged team members. Nearly 30 years ago, I was a disengaged team member, trapped in a dysfunctional culture with a bad leader. As a result, I became a marginal performer.
Using the skills I learned from personal life experiences with five US Presidents, I am fortunate to have provided leadership development services to leaders at all levels, from the c-suite to the front line…including The President of the United States. By providing authentic customer-centered solutions that give you next-day, actionable steps, I can help you improve employee engagement and increase your impact.”
About – Anton
For more than 20 years, Anton has been a leadership advisor to some of the biggest brands in the United States of America, including the President of the United States. He has worked with hundreds of leaders and organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sector.
He is the Founder of 937 Strategy Group, a consulting practice that provides services to leaders and healthcare organizations who want to build a world-class leadership culture that transforms employee engagement and service outcomes.
He is a former lecturer at Harvard University and the author of two books, The Presidential Principles: How to Inspire Action and Create Lasting Impact (Advantage, 2018) and the Audacity of Leadership (AuthorHouse, 2009).
Anton’s leadership exploits in business, sports and politics have been featured in Time Magazine Wall Street Journal, Huff Post and many other top media outlets.
Anton has become the number one authority on presidential leadership in the healthcare environment. He has trained hundreds of leaders including c-suite executives, business leaders, physician leaders, professional athletes, music artists, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. Because he knows what it takes to build world-class leaders, Anton provides authentic customer-centered solutions that give every leader next-day, actionable steps to improve employee engagement and increase their impact.
Prior to founding 937 Strategy Group, Anton was a state legislator and federal policymaker playing a leadership role in many important issues. Previously, he served as one of President Barack Obama’s top spokesmen on the Affordable Care Act. Anton helped the President and Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, deliver critical information during one of the most disruptive and transformational times in United States history. Anton also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2009-2011, becoming the first African American in South Carolina history to represent House District 79.
Anton has an extensive track record in the media, including appearances in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The Source Magazine, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, The New Yorker and Jet Magazine. He also has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, MSNBC Live, TV One, Fox Business and CNN’s The Situation Room. His leadership role in Barack Obama’s campaign for president has been documented in numerous publications including Time Magazine, The American Prospect and the 2010 biography, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick. In 2012, Anton was recognized in the Huffington Post as one of the Top 50 Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America.
Anton is also a victim of Al-Qaeda’s terrorism against the United States of America. His younger brother, Signalman Seaman Cherone L. Gunn was killed in the Al-Qaeda terrorist attack on the USS Cole on October 12, 2000. As a Gold Star Brother, Anton has been a powerful speaker on the impact of terrorism on his life. He shares the significance of this terrorist attack and the leadership legacy of service inspired by his brother’s ultimate sacrifice in the United States Navy.
Earning the coveted international designation of Certified Speaking Professional™, Anton is ranked among the top 12 percent of speakers in the world. He speaks regularly at top conferences and leads seminars for businesses of every size. He has spoken to national audiences at the American College of Surgeons, American College of Health Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Pharmaceutical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Association for the Healthcare Environment, Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and KPMG, Verizon Wireless, Sodexo USA, Genentech, Aetna, Vanderbilt Health, AmeriHealth Caritas, WellCare of South Carolina and The Boeing Company.
As a former South Carolina Gamecock football player, Anton is an avid fan of SEC sports. Anton is also former adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina and has been appointed board member to several state and national organizations. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Speakers Association, the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
He lives in South Carolina with his wife, Tiffany and their daughter Ashley. Anton loves nature photography, dancing and spinning the sounds of classic Hip Hop music from the 1980s & 90s.
What Clients Say about Anton Gunn
“For two years in a row, we invited Anton Gunn to be our keynote speaker at our Annual Clinical Network Retreat. He is a phenomenal speaker who truly understands the challenges and opportunities we face in the new healthcare landscape. Anton’s energetic and passionate presentations motivate our members to strive for organizational and clinical excellence, which is why our members request him as a speaker year after year.”
K.K.P., Manager of Clinical Quality Improvement, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
“Anton Gunn’s session really resonated with our audience. He has incredible insights into the field of healthcare and an in-depth understanding of the role our audience plays in it. He rocked the house with his humor. Attendees described his session as “awesome, powerful, and motivating”. Anton not only inspired the crowd but also gave them tangible actions they can take to make the most of diversity within health care teams to improve their departments. Anton hit it out of the park!”
S.R., Director of Education, Association for the Healthcare Environment
“Anton Gunn is a dynamic and engaging speaker. He captivated the audience at the FINRA Men’s Forum with his energetic and passionate personal stories about turning adversity into great opportunity. He shared his leadership principles for success and used them as the basis for a game plan we could use to lasting effect. Finally, he challenged the group to look into the future, envision it in minute detail, and devise a strategy to make it a reality. I highly recommend him as a keynote speaker for your conference or annual meeting. -FINRA Parents Network Employee Resource Group.”
D.F., HR Programs Manager, Compliance, Diversity & Work Life Programs, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
“Methodist Health System was extremely fortunate to have Anton as the keynote speaker for the launch of our Intentional Inclusion and Diversity journey. Anton has a confident presence and the innate ability to grab his audience and move them to the edge of their seat. He is a role model for today’s healthcare leaders and continues to disrupt the industry with fresh perspective and innovative approaches. His messages are inspiring and empowering and I would recommend him as a opening/keynote speaker for any organization.”
T.R.B., Director of Learning & Development, Methodist Health System