A few notes about my career, where I started and where I am now.
Bachelors degree in Architecture & Post-Graduate degree in the Behavioural Sciences
It was after graduating with a Bachelors degree in Architecture at the University of Cape Town, while I was completing my Post-Graduate degree in the Behavioural Sciences, that I became immersed in guiding and teaching.
Lifeskills Facilitator & Corporate and Sales Trainer
I spent the following two years based in Cape Town as a Lifeskills Facilitator for the UCT Lifeskills Education Project and as a corporate and sales trainer for M.A.S.T. (Management and Skills Training). This was tremendously rewarding and often outreach work, especially in the context of the political and economic turmoil South Africa was in at the time.
Game Ranger, Photographic Safaris, Head Ranger, General Manager
In 1990, my passion for wildlife and the outdoors triumphed. I left the city and I went to live and work in the great African bushveld. I underwent intense and thorough training and succeeded in qualifying as a game ranger. I spent the next seven truly life-changing years as a ranger and guiding photographic safaris mainly in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, whilst progressing through various leadership and management positions on the Reserve, including Head Ranger and eventually General Manager (Selati Lodge, Sabi Sabi).
Behavioral Ecology Research Project
I developed a special interest in the behavioral ecology of Africa’s three Big Cat species –lion, leopard and cheetah- and started a research project to study those species’ populations of the area, which I worked on for those years and which still continues today.
International Wildlife Photography Awards
It was also here where my love for wildlife photography started. Over the years now I’ve been fortunate to have won multiple international awards, fellowships and honors for my Big Cat and other wildlife photography, and to have had my photographic work published in numerous books, magazines, articles around the world.
Big Cat Photographic Safari
I also grabbed opportunities that came my way to work, photograph wildlife, guide and lead safaris in National Parks and reserves in other sub-Saharan African countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. (And even to this day, typically once a year I take a break from my speaking business to lead a Big Cat photographic safari to East Africa, focused around The Great Migration.)
Bushveld Lessons™ Keynotes and Seminars
In 1996, I moved from the bush to the US (with my American wife, Heidi 🙂 ) to begin to share my message I’d developed of the incredible organizational and life lessons we can learn from how wildlife have survived millennia of constant change and brutal competition. The North American market was hugely receptive to my very ‘different’ message, and for the next seven years I traveled from my base in Denver, CO, sharing my Bushveld Lessons™ keynotes and seminars with top teams and organisations, speaking primarily in the US and Canada.
Facilitator for Franklin-Covey Program & Feel Moved Enterprises Company
The African bush has a way of getting deep into one’s soul, and so in 2003 Heidi and I (and our firstborn child) moved back to my native South Africa in order to be close to the African bushveld again. Whilst establishing myself –essentially from scratch- as a speaker in the South African market, I worked for two years for Franklin-Covey (SA) as a contract Facilitator of their Seven Habits of Highly Effective People® program, and also founded my Feel Moved Enterprises company, under which I developed, marketed and distributed for seven years internationally a very successful range of humorous greeting cards using my own photographs of African wildlife.
Speaking business & Clients
I have been able to very successfully develop my speaking business whilst based in South Africa, and thanks to the Wright Brothers and technology, the world has become a very small place 🙂 My clients have included organizational giants on five continents, from NASA to Sony to Gartner. I have spoken on the world’s biggest stages. For my expertise –or perhaps my sins 🙂 – I appear on CNN. Over the years I’ve become known as The Big Cat Guy, and today I speak around the world on the potent life and high performance lessons specifically from these amazing super-predators that have been thriving for millennia in the face of change and competition. I genuinely love sharing my stories, photography, humor, and insights in a unique and powerful message to help and impact people’s lives.
"Lorne, I want to personally thank you. You made each session so relevant to our world. Your delivery is professional, entertaining and inspiring - every time... absolutely outstanding ... the ‘lessons that Big Cat guy spoke on’ is one thing they all really remember and still refer to."
DALE CROSSMAN - ED.D, IPM PROGRAMS, NASA, FLORIDA, U.S.A.
"I was blown away ... Lorne is unique and I really feel he would please any audience. His was and still is one of the most talked about presentations we've seen."
MATTHEW NEWNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ASTRAIA TECHNOLOGY, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
"Your presentation was brilliant, Lorne. In my job, I hear a lot from motivational speakers and much of it is a rehash of other presentations or literature. This was different…… Pure, base animal behaviours ... expertly translated into the world of human beings ... An intellectual triumph."
MARK SUDDABY - GROCERY DIRECTOR, TESCO STORES, UNITED KINGDOM
"…I was struck by your powerful message that can benefit all of us in today's world of chaos and change. Goose-bumps stuff! We immediately implemented your lessons around teamwork and leadership and are already noticing a huge difference. ..."
CAROL HALLING - ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS MANAGER, AT&T, U.S.A
"The standing ovation said it all. You have something rich and powerful ... which you expertly fit right in line with our conference... a provocative and exciting approach… absolutely unique and fascinating."
ISISARA BEY - SENIOR DIRECTOR, SONY MUSIC CORPORATE AFFAIRS, U.S.A.
Where Lorne Frequently Speaks
United States and Canada
Atlanta GA; Greater Atlanta Area; Los Angeles SC; San Diego CA; San Francisco CA; Denver CO; Washington DC; Miami FL; Tampa, FL; Chicago IL; Detroit MI; Las Vegas NV; New York NY; Philadelphia PA; Phoenix, AZ; Dallas TX; Houston TX; Seattle WA; Vancouver BC; Toronto ON; Edmonton AB
Europe and the UK
Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Munich, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Ireland;
Africa and the Middle East
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa; Durban, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; Windhoek, Namibia; Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia: Auckland, New
Zealand; New Delhi, India; Mumbai, India
Tag: Business Motivational Speakers, Business Speakers, Business Keynote Speakers
Lorne Sulcas - The Big Cat Guy
Atlanta Convention Centre
Atlanta, Capital of Georgia
Atlanta is the largest city and capital of Georgia and situated in the northwest part of the state at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Chattahoochee River. The first European settler was Hardy Ivy, who built a cabin there in 1833.
Atlanta is a unique destination in the heart of the South. It is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia and apart from its fine dining, shopping, and rich history, it is also host to one of the most connected convention spaces.
One of these convention centers, the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, has a team of experts with more than 50 years of experience in operating, managing, and providing solutions for events of any size. It has 500,000 square feet of space, 100,000 square feet of contiguous space and over 45 breakout rooms.
Did you know that there are over 55 streets with the name "Peachtree" in Atlanta? Apparently, they're named after the Native American village of “Standing Pitch Tree.”
Atlanta's symbol is a phoenix because. Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. Only 400 buildings survived after General Sherman burnt it to the ground. So the city is almost completely rebuilt after the fact.
A highlight of visiting The King Center in Atlanta
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in a two-story frame Queen Anne style house that was built in 1895 and bought by his grandfather in 1909. After Dr. King's assassination on April 4, 1968 plans were begun to restore the house as a historic museum.
Dr. King was born and lived in this house for the first twelve years of his life.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered the busiest airport in the world because it’s just a three-hour flight from many major American cities.
Things you might not have known about Atlanta
- Atlanta is the major commercial and transportation hub of the southeast United States.
- Atlanta has one of the world's largest aquariums which offers an up-close look at exotic marine life where you can also learn about aquatic habitats and see of the most diverse examples of oceanic life in the world.
- World of Coca-Cola is situated at Pemberton Place, Atlanta, the only place where you can explore the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand.
- One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
- Stone Mountain outside Atlanta is one of the largest blocks of exposed granite in the world.
- It was an Atlanta resident, Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the well-known novel, "Gone with the Wind". An ankle injury kept her from walking and so she reverted to writing her novel.
- The Winecoff Hotel was thought to be absolutely fireproof when it was built in 1913. But an enormous fire engulfed the hotel in 1946 and 119 people died. As a result of this tragic event, President Truman called a conference that led to the creation of modern-day fire safety codes. The hotel is known today as the Ellis Hotel.