AFP 2017 Sunday Keynote: Lessons from the Dirt
Can someone who’s made a career out of getting his hands dirty teach treasury and finance professionals about teamwork, efficiency, and the determination to succeed? One man can - Mike Rowe. Rowe shares the surprising lessons he has learned from his time as an apprentice traversing all 50 states and the reality that a little elbow grease goes a long way. In the process, he reminds us of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work, and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure and the economy.
Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get your hands dirty with Mike Rowe – dirt not required.
Television Host and Narrator
Mike Rowe loves jobs. And he's had quite a few of them too. From the Baltimore Opera to QVC and every dirty sewer in between, Rowe has done and seen it all when it comes to work. He earned the title "dirtiest man on TV" from his hit TV series, Dirty Jobs, which took him to all 50 states to complete 300 different jobs. You have probably heard him on TV just as frequently as you have seen him. Mike has narrated hundreds of documentaries and he has lent his now iconic voice to leading brands that include Ford and Caterpillar.
Mike runs the mikeroweWORKS foundation, a public charity that provides scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. Through the scholarship program the foundation has helped grant more than $4 million to trade schools across the country. Today, Mike hosts a weekly five-minute podcast called The Way I Heard It, and he keeps a lively conversation with his 4.5 million Facebook followers.