About Todd

Todd Gongwer is a Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, former college Coach and aspiring janitor who is passionate about helping others discover their purpose in leadership and in life!

His expertise in the area of leadership and team dynamics come from over twenty-five years of a wide range of experiences spanning the world of business and athletics. He’s held senior positions in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-up to public entity while also serving as an assistant college basketball coach for one of the winningest small College programs in the country during the 1990’s. Since writing Lead…for God’s Sake! Todd speaks, teaches, and coaches on the subject of leadership throughout the nation. The impact of his message has been featured in numerous publications such as ESPN the Magazine, ESPN.com, YahooSports.com, and Grantland.com. In addition, his powerful messages are impacting leaders from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, major universities, professional sports teams, school districts, and churches throughout the country. Referred to by many as a Coach of coaches, Todd also works as a confidant and counselor to some of the most successful coaches and business leaders in the US.


Experience numerous leadership opportunities at a young age, growing up around the family’s food service business


As an entrepreneur built restaurants, multi-state franchise systems, and dabbled in real estate


As an Assistant Coach, was part of three NAIA II National Championships


Wrote The Need To Lead leadership development program to help the teams he was working with in business and athletics


Led the leadership development transformation process of a $250 million private-equity owned manufacturing company


After previous company was acquired by a public company, served as Vice President of Leadership Development and HR for the combined entity, while overseeing many consolidation aspects of the merger


Founded Kardia House Media


Wrote and published (through Kardia House), LEAD…for God’s Sake!


Sold over 10,000 copies in first year due mainly to the books word of mouth popularity


Tyndale House Publishing acquires the rights and re-releases the book in bookstores nationally


Continues to speak, coach, and teach on the subject of leadership for business, athletic, and non-profit organizations throughout the country

Todd Gongwer

"… it became more and more apparent, this was not a story I created in my head; rather, this was a story God was pouring out through my heart."

— Todd

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