The buffalo river in Northern, Arkansas

Photo by Steve Uzzell

LIFE IS A RIVER…Experiences in Leadership

30 & 50 minute presentations tailored to the specific needs and objectives of your organization

The LANGUAGE of the river is the language of life.  The RHYTHM of the river is the rhythm of life. The RULES of the river are the rules of life.  The FLOW of the river is the flow of life.
Todd Parnell has experienced a full and unusual array of leadership opportunities in his professional life.  From founding CEO of a bank, to President of a small liberal arts university through the Great Recession, to chairing his State Water Commission, to leading nearly a dozen major civic organizations and initiatives in two different communities, Parnell brings an uncommon portfolio of leadership experience to the table.IMG_3567 (1)
To Todd Parnell, a river is a perfect metaphor for life and leadership.  In a unique and fresh 50 minute presentation with 125 unique images he shares diverse leadership and entrepreneurial experiences and lessons learned in the context of a river, where he has invested much of his personal time and energy with family and friends.
This proven and passionate leader, community activist, award-winning author, and environmental advocate relates his leadership journey to a river’s flow with a series of relevant and humorous vignettes set amidst stunning photographs.  “LIFE IS A RIVER” provides a unique lens through which to view leadership development and personal growth.

Recent & Upcoming Presentations:

March 2016 – ARVEST Bank Sales Awards Banquet

Insightful and thought provoking presentation that challenges leaders regardless of experience level. Utilizing personal stories and his passion for the outdoors provides a unique perspective on leadership that keeps you engaged and inspired. – Brad J. Crain, President, ARVEST Bank Springfield

April 2016 – Edward Jones Regional Meeting

July 6 –  Sunrise Rotary, Springfield, MO

July 12 – Springfield Metro Rotary, Springfield, MO

July 14  – The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals

July 18 – Missouri Master Naturalists – Springfield Plateau

July 19 – Ted Talk at Springfield-Greene County Library


Book your presentation now.

A 30-minute version is also available.


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