Live and Lead with Significance with Warwick Fairfax

You are more than your failures and setbacks. We share stories of leaders who have moved beyond life’s most difficult moments to lead lives of significance, and insights on how you can do the same.

Warwick Fairfax


Warwick Fairfax is the founder of Crucible Leadership, a philosophical and practical breakthrough in turning failures and setbacks into the fuel for igniting a life of significance. He has been hailed by Forbes as offering “compelling insights for anyone who would like to wake up feeling inspired by their work, but doesn’t.”

Fairfax was only 26 when, as the fifth-generation heir to a media empire bearing his family name, he led — and lost — a public takeover bid. The result? The company founded by his great-great-grandfather slipped from family control after 150 years, at a cost of AUS $2.25 billion. He was left to examine not only his own shortcomings and losses, but also his life’s principles. Lessons he learned from family members who came before him and some of history’s greatest leaders helped him as well. It has been by shaping these insights, as a leadership adviser and executive coach, that Fairfax has enabled others to learn from what he describes as their own “crucible moments” and emerge to lead a life rooted in who they are.

He is The Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Crucible Leadership: Embrace Your Trials to Lead a Life of Significance (Mount Tabor Media, 2021), the broad appeal of which led it to top Amazon’s charts in business leadership, memoir and self-help.

Fairfax holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach and an Elder at Bay Area Community Church.

He lives in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Gale. They have three children who are in the process of developing their own unique paths to lives of significance.

Gary Schneeberger


Gary Schneeberger’s three decades in journalism and public relations fuel his passion for — and success in — strategic marketing and communications.

He is communications director for Crucible Leadership, assisting founder Warwick Fairfax with strategic multimedia outreach to help leaders live lives of true significance. As founder and president of ROAR, he helps individuals and organizations engage audiences with the boldness and creative clarity that ensures they are heard. He has advised Hollywood studios (Universal, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox), TV networks (USA, History, The CW), global ministries (Focus on the Family) and publishing houses (Simon & Schuster).

Schneeberger is the author of the best-seller BITE THE DOG: Build a PR Strategy to Make News That Matters (Niche Pressworks, 2018), a guidebook to the effective practice of public relations hailed by critics as “helpful and hilarious” and recommended by colleagues as “smart, clear, cogent, actionable and always thoroughly entertaining.”

He and his wife, Kelly, live in Camp Lake, Wis., with their two children.