We think all our Dale Carnegie graduates are superstars

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Over the last 100 years, Dale Carnegie Training has produced some mighty impressive graduates.

A list of 10 favorites:

  • Johnny Cash – one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century
  • Emeril Lagasse – celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author
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    Famous Dale Carnegie graduates are not the only alumni who do great things.

  • Warren Buffett – CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century
  • Mary Kay Ash – founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics who considered the Golden Rule the company’s guiding principle
  • Lee Iacocca – President and CEO of Chrysler and, earlier in his career, engineer of the Ford Mustang and Ford Pinto
  • Scott Adams – creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of multiple works of satire, commentary and business
  • Rosalynn Carter – former First Lady and advocate for causes that included mental health research
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta – CNN’s medical expert who also reports from the field of disasters with public health implications
  • Chuck Norris – actor, martial artist and former member of the U.S. Air Force
  • Orville Redenbacher – a small town farm boy who made a small fortune in fertilizer but turned his obsession with perfect popcorn into a global brand

We’re honored to have famous Dale Carnegie graduates who are household names. For each of these superstars, however, there are hundreds if not thousands of others who’ve benefited from Dale Carnegie training. Every day, these Dale Carnegie graduates practice core principles that benefit their workplaces and personal lives.

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Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar was a Dale Carnegie alum but so is Doug Pratt, a local program analyst, who gained the skills and confidence to present ideas within his organization and unify the message. Dave Thomas of Wendy’s and Tom Monaghan of Dominoes Pizza went through Dale Carnegie training, but so do all the multi-unit supervisors of JenTex Deli, a franchise group for Jason’s Deli with operations in Tennessee and six other states. Rudy Leal, the group’s market developer, says Dale Carnegie leadership training helps keep the company’s message consistent.

Darek Bell, vice president of Bell Construction, is keeping the new Music City Convention Center on time and under budget. Roscoe High, a commercial broker with Southeast Venture, listened to his uncle and took the Dale Carnegie Course.

Melvin Kearney, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, took the course, too, after watching a friend’s transformation and attending his Dale Carnegie graduation. “Now, when I’m telling my story people can feel the wind,” Melvin says. “They can feel the rain when I’m telling my story because I have so much enthusiasm and excitement… “I could never do that before Dale Carnegie.”

Melvin, Roscoe, Rudy, Darek and Doug may not be famous Dale Carnegie graduates. But to us, they are superstars.

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