Chris Clews

Speaker, Author, Film/Stage Consultant, and '80s Pop Culture Guy

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA


Growing up in the '80s and with over twenty years of leadership experience in corporate marketing, he knew three things very well – '80s pop culture, business and this crazy thing we call life. One day, in his mid 40s, he was on his couch having a self pity party of one over a job that just wasn’t working out for him.

He was watching The Breakfast Club when John Bender said, “Screws fall out all of the time. The world’s an imperfect place.” He sat straight up and said to himself, “I’m an imperfect place. My screws have fallen out. What am I going to do to put them back in?” Continuing to flip channels he stopped on the classic 1983 movie The Outsiders and literally jumped off his couch when he heard Johnny Cade say, “You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.”  Yes I do still have a lot of time to make myself be what I want, he thought to himself.

He took the advice of Johnny Cade and left his corporate career of 20 plus years to become a keynote speaker and author on the topic of lessons from 80s pop culture for life and the workplace. Combining his areas of experience, he created the popular book series, The Ultimate Series on Essential Work & Life Lessons from ‘80s Pop Culture, which includes two volumes of What '80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace, and his newest title Raised on The '80s: 30+ Unexpected Life Lessons from the Movies and Music That Defined Pop Culture’s Most Excellent Decade.

He’s spoken to a diverse set of organizations and companies including PoolCorp, VISA, University of Florida, UPenn Medicine, DHL, WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services), DisruptHR, FuturePharma, HR Healthcare, CMAA (Club Management Association of America), SGAC (State Government Affairs Council), Nostalgiacon and more. He’s also a frequent guest on podcasts with topics ranging from workplace culture to 80s pop culture and has been referenced or interviewed in numerous publications such as and Esquire UK magazine.

A graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, he has over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with companies ranging from Planet Hollywood to DHL. He’s been lucky enough to build brands, lead brands through transition and spearhead sports sponsorships with NCAA Basketball, PGA, MLB, International Soccer and the UFC.

He’s also very passionate about animal rescue and donates a portion of the proceeds from his book and speaking engagements to WonderPaws Rescue and lives by the quote from the poet laureate Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Chris also looks for opportunities to volunteer at animal rescues in the cities where he has speaking engagements.

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Workplace Culture


Inclusion and Teamwork


Chris can customize the lessons to your needs or theme and include 80s pop culture lessons that fit your business, workplace, conference or even. These are just a few of the workplace categories and lessons from 80s pop culture that he can integrate into presentations.

Chris Clews - Sizzle Reel
So what's my keynote speaking/author story?
Podcast: Back to the ’80s: Brat Packers Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall
WGN TV: ‘Raised On The 80s’ author talks life lessons from 80s pop culture
Unexpected Life Lessons from the ‘80s
The Outsiders and Leadership - Disrupt HR
Mr. Miyagi and Stress
Prince and Suzanne Vega
Future Pharma - How does one become an 80s pop culture expert
The Jason Show - 80's Pop Culture Author Talks Lessons from the Decade


"One of the last presentations of the conference was Laugh & Learn: What  80’s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace by Chris Clews. I never thought I'd see the Goonies referenced at a professional conference, but it was a fantastic way to discuss diversity and inclusion! Well done!"

Elizabeth Lust, Ph.D
Industrial/Organizational Consultant at Educational Testing Service

“Loved the 80s presentation!”; “Very inspiring and relatable especially in these times; “This was probably my favorite LF webinar so far :)” I would work with Chris Clews anytime and look forward to introducing him to a larger crowd for future Visa events. Thank you, Chris!"

John Knauff
Director, Visa University Marketing Learning, Visa Inc.

"Chris's energy and relatable style combined with his fun and unique content will keep any audience engaged. Who would have thought we could learn so many valuable business and life lessons from 80s pop culture. He should be on your stage at your next event."

Andy Ellen
President and General Counsel at North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

"Chris captivated our group of students, faculty and staff with his enthusiastic presentation focused on 80s pop culture and workplace topics that resonated with attendees no matter their age or level of professional experience. An engaging, insightful, fun and useful experience that we didn't want to end. Chris can be our wingman in education and professional development anytime because the adventure he takes you on doesn't need roads"

Evan Kropp, Ph.D
Director of Online Graduate Programs at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Mass Communications