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Andy Lopata


Professional Relationships Strategist, Author, Podcast Host & Speaker

Andy Lopata is a specialist speaker on professional relationships, mentoring, networking and social media strategy.

Andy is a firm believer that professional relationships underpin our success in our business, our roles and our careers. The right relationships with the right people can lead to new business opportunities, investment, collaborative working, innovation and career progress. We just need to be comfortable approaching those relationships strategically, without making people feel ‘networked’ by us.

Andy has worked in the field of networking and professional relationships for 25 years, working with global giants such as Paypal, GSK, AstraZeneca, Wella, HSBC, Wembley Stadium, the BBC, the Prime Minister’s Office of the UAE and many more in that time. He has worked with leading universities including NYU, Duke University and Oxford University’s Said Business School.

A regular blogger for Psychology Today, Andy has been quoted in The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian as well as many other national and regional newspapers and magazines worldwide.

He has written or co-authored six books on networking and professional relationships, with his sixth book, The Financial Times Guide to Mentoring being published in Spring 2024. He is also the host of The Connected Leadership Podcast and has interviewed globally recognised names in business, academia, sports and entertainment for the show.

Andy has been inducted into the PSAE Hall of Fame – the Professional Speaking Association Award of Excellence, which was held by only 21 other speakers at the time it was presented.

He is a Fellow and a former Vice-President of the Fellows’ Community of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA), a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) and a Member of the Association of Business Mentors and the Meetings Industry Association.


Keynote talks INCLUDE –

  • The Power of Professional Relationships
  • Connected Leadership
  • How NOT to Get Referrals
  • Just Ask – Why Seeking Support is your Greatest Strength
  • Vulnerable Leadership
  • Meaningful Mentoring
  • How to Use LinkedIn as a Referral Tool


Vulnerable Leadership

Leadership people look to their leaders for strength and direction, particularly in times of uncertainty. But does that mean that leaders need to know all of the answers, all of the time? At a time when people are being encouraged to share their vulnerability, how can leaders do so while still commanding respect? If, indeed, it is desirable for them to do so.

Andy Lopata explores the apparent contradictions between vulnerability and strong leadership. Andy proposes that not only is vulnerability an asset for leaders but it is a sign of strength and works to the benefit of the leader as an individual and the people they lead. In the talk, Andy discusses how we expect our leaders to be strong, and be seen to be strong; to be resilient and to be seen to be resilient; to take the lead and be seen to take the lead. Culturally we are conditioned to see these qualities as the polar opposite of vulnerability but Andy argues that, in fact, each of these qualities is aided by leaders being more vulnerable and authentic. This can be delivered as a keynote talk, a facilitated discussion or a combination of the two.

** June 2020 – Andy’s new book Connected Leadership is now available. For more information please click here


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He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.