About Tony Loyd

Get to know Tony through this intimate interview. 

My Journey

Do you have a feeling that you were put on earth to accomplish something…more? I did. Here’s what I found.

In 2014, I was a successful Fortune 500 executive. I have a wonderful wife and children. I live in a comfortable home, and have everything that I need. But something was missing.

Somedays, it felt like I consumed food, to create energy, to go to work, to make money so that I could consume more. Do you know that feeling? The purpose of my life has to be more than consumption.

At work, I was particularly bothered by an overemphasis on shareholders over all other stakeholders. Two fundamental questions grabbed me, and would not let go:

  • To meet the needs of shareholders, do we have to sacrifice other stakeholders such as employees, customers, the communities in which we work, and the planet upon which we depend?
  • If we focus on shareholders alone, is that a sustainable business model?

I could not shake these questions. So, I decided to try to answer them. In the process, I discovered companies that found a way to marry profit and purpose. These companies are called social enterprises. The people who run social enterprises are called social entrepreneurs.


Inspired by the work of social entrepreneurs, I left my job. I began to mentor changemakers. As they told me their stories, I knew I would have to share their stories with others. That’s why I started Social Entrepreneur. Social Entrepreneur exists at the intersection of profit and purpose. We tell positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. I also host Thrive. Connect. Contribute. where we hear stories of resilience. 

Thank you, listeners! Social Entrepreneur is ranked in the top 1% of podcasts globally. The popularity rating of the podcast is based on download numbers. You did this! 

Business Coach

Today, I utilize my expertise to help aspiring changemakers rapidly grow a business that does social good. I do that through one-on-one coaching combined with curriculum and a community of purpose-driven business leaders

Best-Selling Author


I am a keynote speaker. I speak on topics at the intersection of profit and purpose. I am most often asked to talk about climate change, social entrepreneurship, leadership, corporate social responsibility, and finding meaningful work. I customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs.

I empower aspiring changemakers to rapidly grow a business with a social mission. I provide targeted coaching so that they can live a life of purpose and meaning. I draw upon my extensive business experience and lessons learned from hundreds of podcast interviews.

Tony Loyd is a leadership development expert. He empowers aspiring changemakers to rapidly grow a business with a social mission. His Purpose-Driven Leadership Program provides a blueprint to bridge the gaps from idea, to innovation, to impact.   

Tony is a former Fortune 500 executive with companies such as John Deere, Medtronic, and Buffalo Wild Wings.   

Today, Tony is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, business coach, and podcast host.  

He is the Executive Producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur. He shares positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. Social Entrepreneur is downloaded more than half a million times in over 180 countries. 

Tony also hosts Thrive. Connect. Contribute. where he tells stories of people who thrive in life, connect with others, and contribute to the world in the face of adversity.  

He is a TEDx speaker and the best-selling author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. 

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