Jason Barger is a globally-celebrated Author/Speaker/Consultant and creator of the "Step Back from the Baggage Claim" Movement - featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Kiplinger, Book TV, and many other spots worldwide. Beyond his books, Barger gives over 50 speeches worldwide each year and consults with organizations focused on leadership, culture, and clarity of mission, vision and values.
Prior to sleeping in airports and observing human behavior, Barger led over 1700 people to construct 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty, as well as implemented the Streets Mission Project to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. As the former Director of First Community Church’s Camp Akita, he designed programming focused on living with joy, love, compassion, faith, and service for over 1900 campers a summer.
Jason is a graduate of Denison University, where he served as Captain of the men’s basketball team. He also received certification from Georgetown University in Nonprofit Executive Management. In 2004, he was one of five people in Columbus, Ohio to receive a Jefferson Award, a national award given to “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things." In 2014 he was named one of Columbus Business Firsts’ “40 Under 40.”
Today Jason and his wife, Amy, and their three children, Will, Benton and Brooke, live in Columbus, Ohio. Jason is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, visionary, and consultant. As founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, he works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, Social Responsibility, and bringing their Mission to life everyday.
ABOUT HIS “STEP BACK” BOOKS: The "Business Leader Edition," in collaboration with former President of Starbucks, Howard Behar, was released in September 2010. The "Healthcare Leader Edition," in collaboration with Dean of Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Chip Souba, was released in 2011. In collaboration with Christian Long, Educational Consultant, the "Education Edition" was released in 2012.
Jason's latest book, "ReMember: Renewing our Memberships, Relationships, Focus in a Distracting World," was released in 2013 and sold out within days on Amazon.
- * Business First "Forty Under 40" Award Recipient * Jefferson Award Recipient — national award given to "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" * TEDx Speaker * 3-Time Global Leadership Conference Speaker (Bahrain, Panama and Thailand) * SHRM National Conference Speaker 2015