John C. Welch, Ed.D., M.T.S., M.B.A. is an author and professional speaker on topics related to influence, leadership, power, hustle and grit. He hosts the Classic Influence Podcast (available on iTunes), and he teaches a course at Columbia University entitled Creating Revolutionary Change in a Democratic Society. Deeply concerned about the future of American democracy, he also works part-time as the National Campaign Manager for the movement to launch the new Progressive Bull Moose Party. He earned a master's degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a master's degree from Harvard where he split his time between the Divinity School and the Kennedy School of Government. He earned his doctorate from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia. Johnny currently lives in San Diego and, in his free time, enjoys weightlifting, running, traveling and, above all, surfing on some clean, hollow, warm water waves.