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Go from Boring to Bravo with High Stakes Meeting Facilitator, Main Stage Conversationalist & Panel Moderator!
- Panel Moderator
- Master of Ceremonies
- Critical Thinking
Kristin J. Arnold creates collaborative conversations at the intersection of a presentation and facilitation. Her unique background and personality have enabled her to break the safe, traditional “professional speaker” mold, preferring instead to work as a “mainstage conversationalist”, engaging and involving the audience in shaping the content. Regardless of the size of group, large or small, Kristin will enable your audience to think differently by invoking relevant, timely insights applicable to real world issues.
As a high stakes meeting facilitator, professional panel moderator and keynote speaker, Kristin has worked with thousands of senior executives, project managers and team leaders in North America. With over two decades of experience facilitating and training teams in the work place, she has worked with over a hundred different organizations, three hundred different teams, and presented to over a half a million people around the world.
As one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy and the first woman stationed onboard a sea-going buoy tender, Kristin learned early on about working with others. In 1990, she became one of the first USCG facilitators – and made every mistake one could! Frustrated, she avidly researched this nascent skill called “facilitation” and found herself training a cadre of internal facilitators. By 1992, companies were asking her to teach their people how to facilitate and lead teams! Since then, she has been sharing her concrete approach to teambuilding with a treasure trove of practical concepts, tools and techniques her clients can apply immediately to see positive, substantive results.
Kristin’s passion for teams is reflected in her writing, speaking, facilitation and consulting. She is an award-winning author of Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audiences to Action and several books in the Extraordinary Team Series (Team Basics, Email Basics and Team Energizers). Her latest book, Powerful Panels, was written to raise the level of performance of panels at meetings, conferences and conventions.
Featured in numerous publications such as Harvard Business Update, USA Today, Selling Power, Kristin knows what it takes to lead, facilitate and participate on high performing teams. She was President of the National Speakers Association of the United States (2010-2011) and served as a National Director from 2005 to 2012. She also served as President of the Downtown Hampton (Virginia) Development Partnership (2001-2), a nonprofit business organization attributed to turning Downtown Hampton from a quaint, sleepy town to a thriving entertainment, retail and residential center. She retired from the USCG Reserves in 2002 as a Lieutenant Commander.
Kristin is on the Executive Development Faculty in the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, specializing in Leadership Through Teambuilding.
She has achieved two of the highest designations available within each of her core competencies:
- Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association (2002)
- Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) from the International Association of Facilitators (2002)
She is also certified to administer several assessment tools that assist people in determining their thinking styles, personality preferences and management effectiveness (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Kolbe™, Human Synergistics’ Group Styles Inventory™ and Organizational Culture® Inventory).
BRING ON THE BRAVO: A GAME-CHANGING CONVERSATION
- How would it affect your organization’s financial performance if every one of your employees understood and were able to focus on the #1, most important aspect of your business?
- Are you frustrated talking to your people about your core strategies such as innovation, collaboration or customer service?
- Does everyone on your team know the behaviors that translate into success?
Kristin Arnold’s presentation is an engaging and interactive experience revolving around your organization’s key strategy or corporate initiative. Kristin creates a high-impact conversation with the audience, moving the most vital issue facing your organization from concept in their brain to action with their hands – where they can actually do something about it, literally, when they return to work!
As a result of this HUGELY interactive session, your group will understand and be able to carry out your business strategy – all the way from the top to your front line employees.
POWERFUL PANELS: GO FROM BORING TO BRAVO
What could be so boring and discouraging than a staged Q&A, making your attendees eyes glaze over and walk out with unquantifiable results? That’s right: a traditional panel discussion!
If you want to enhance your panel discussions by successfully coordinating better formats, Professional Panel Moderator, Kristin Arnold, will show you simple, measurable tactics that will create substantial takeaways for your attendees.
In this highly insightful and participatory session, you will learn relevant information gathered from the largest survey ever conducted with over 500 executives, thought leaders and seasoned meeting professionals worldwide. You will be able to turn the old boring and traditional panel formats into your most requested repeat program year after year. You will be able to create memorable connections between the panel experts and the audience and by doing so, generate interest and continued engagement around the topic even after the session is over.
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR JOB AND IN YOUR LIFE
In a world of incredible change and information overload, it is no longer the purview of the one who knows the information; it’s about the person who can organize that information and make sense of it. The savvy manager distills the information, thinks through the options, and is able to articulate recommendations to the CEO and the rest of the team.
In this presentation, Kristin will share five “traps” that generate poor or faulty reasoning – and what you can do to prevent those traps. She will also share five practical techniques that will allow you and your team to
- Address the “right” issue or problem
- Access and assess valuable information
- Answer the question with the optimum solution or recommendation
- Act on the solution to achieve the desired results.
FIVE SECRETS TO LEADING AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING
- Are you frustrated that your meetings are not as productive as they could be?
- Are you worried that assignments are going to fall through the cracks?
- Do you wish everyone behaved better at your meetings?
Effective teamwork revolves around the opportunity for everyone to meet – either face-to-face (F2F) or virtually through videoconferencing, web conferencing or teleconferencing.
Teams should only need to meet once – to discuss the pertinent points, make solid agreements on how to move forward, and determine who is going to do what and by when.
60% of all meetings in the US workplace are considered to be non-productive. In this session, you will learn five key strategies for your meetings to become remarkably more productive. Your team will be able to achieve real results without the frustration, stress, and copious amounts of time. Everyone will be saying your meetings are excellent! Well Done! Bravissimo!
Before the session, Kristin will talk with the conference sponsor(s) to determine the “pain” in a typical meeting. She’ll interview a sample of participants to discover their thoughts and opinions – so that she can pull the absolute BEST five strategies to share in this session.
Kristin’s session goes beyond a traditional “stand and deliver” keynote. In an engaging and interactive way, she will share five practical strategies that will make a HUGE difference in the way meetings are held in the workplace.
CREATING COLLABORATIVE CONNECTIONS: THE BIRDS!
In this rapidly changing, hi-tech world, we must be even more vigilant about maintaining responsive communications with all the “diverse” people who are important to our success. This highly interactive session will help you develop the skills to increase the effectiveness of your communications with a wider range of individuals while reducing conflict and misunderstandings.
To maximize your potential and communicate more efficiently with employees, management, team members, clients and in personal relationships, you must employ a communication style that will be most effective for them to better process your information and messages.
Through interaction and role-play, you will identify the genetic markers, which provide clues to a person’s communication preferences. You will then develop strategies to adapt and strengthen your communication style in areas where you may be personally challenged. Additionally, you will develop a better understanding of the normal or usual reactions that others exhibit in different situations, which will enable you to use alternate responses and tactics.
Licensed psychotherapist, author, award winning educator and trainer specializing in keynotes and workshops for practitioners, veterans groups, first responders, care providers and educators
- Alcoholism/Drug Abuse
- Personal Development
- Mental Health
Louise Sutherland-Hoyt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bradenton, Florida and the developer of The Handy Guide for the Every-Day Warrior which is foundational in managing life with Posttraumatic Stress.
Louise has provided education to combat veterans, mental health practitioners, teachers, communities, and groups on the vast complexities of Posttraumatic Stress and how to navigate the minefields inherent to living with trauma.
She is a mid-life occupation changer leaving behind the hum-drum field of Mortgage Banking to pursue studies in Counseling Psychology. She received her both her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at Cambridge College, Massachusetts and navigated her way into the specialty of treating Posttraumatic Stress.
Ever so passionate about her work, Louise developed trainings for practitioners, teachers, family members, and survivors in order to educate the world at large on the far-reaching effects of trauma and how to plan for and navigate obscured horizons and turbulent conditions.
TRAUMA-INFORMED SELF-CARE Workshop
Trauma-Informed Self-Care: A Handy Guide for the Every-Day Warrior. Provides foundational guidelines to manage effects of trauma or vicarious trauma experienced by Mental Health Practitioners and First Responders.
TEAM BUILDING FOR THE EVERY-DAY WARRIOR Keynote
Team Building for the Every-Day Warrior. A trauma informed formula for enhancing interpersonal skills required in teamwork.
SUICIDE PREVENTION Workshop
Suicide Prevention. A handy guide for all Every-Day Warriors who desire to develop trauma-informed communication skills in talking about and taking proactive measures in Suicide Awareness.
HELPING THOSE WHO HELP OTHERS KeyNote
Recognizing vicarious trauma for mental health professionals, first responders, and others who in their work are exposed to trauma each day. Presents outline to develop a plan in managing “absorption” effects of compassion fatigue, a ritual for self care, and a means to grow from the experience.
THE DANCE OF ADDICTION KeyNote or Workshop
Instructs current research around the interactive nature of Addiction and how humans rarely have only “one” addiction. Introduces the Trauma-Informed concept of Survival through Reward and best practices in treating the complexities of addictions. For educators, treatment professionals, and others involved in the treatment of addictions.
Authentic Leadership & Diversity Innovator
Leading and inspiring your team to be more authentic, more engaged, more resilient!
Diane is an expert in military operations, information technology, change management and leadership. Her current role at Microsoft is a Service Practice Leader with responsibility for over 200 service professionals, who provide proactive support, consulting services and project management to Federal Security and Civilian agencies.
She is known for constantly raising the bar of performance and consistently adapting her organization to meet current and future needs. Diane has led various large network operations programs for Special Operations, the Joint Staff, in Africa and in Germany. She has supported the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Navy in Knowledge Management and online collaborative decision-support software.
As a leader in the Navy Reserve, Diane has commanded five times, and mobilized in 2006, including a short tour in Kabul, Afghanistan. She currently commands the Naval Reserve Oceanography and Meteorological Activity. While on active duty, Diane served at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Washington, DC, at the Naval Station in Rota, Spain, at the Pacific Command in Hawaii and as a Naval Flight Officer with Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron One in Guam.
Specialties & Expertise
- Microsoft Executive, leading team of over 200 engineers and consultants
- Certifications: GSLC (IT Security), PMP, ITIL and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
- Education: Cumma sum laude from Marquette University; Masters from Norwich University
- Captain, US Navy, five command tours
- One of the first women winged as a Naval Flight Officer (May 1990)
- Deployed to Afghanistan (2007)
- Girl Scout troop leader
LEADING WITH KINDNESS Keynote
Great leaders express great empathy with their people. And studies show that when people connect with, trust and know that their leaders they become more engaged, leading to greater productivity and creativity. Kindness is therefore a critical element for successful leaders. Diane breaks down how to express kindness and empathy while remaining focused on hard results for your organization.
For: Audiences with a leadership focus
EVERYONE LEADS Keynote
We all can step up and lead. Your organization, your committee and your family will benefit from your leadership. In this presentation, Diane will cover the distinction between leadership and management, dispels leadership myths, including the popular notion that true leaders are born, not made. Building upon her decades of leadership experience, she will show how everyone leads and everyone can become a better leader.
For: Corporate, Professional Groups, Teams, Military, Colleges & Universities
BECAUSE WE ARE WOMEN – BEING AN AUTHENTIC LEADER Combined Keynote & Workshop
The principles of authentic leadership show us how to be true to ourselves and be successful because we are women, rather than in spite of being women. Women are often divulged with advice on how to lead that asks us to model male leadership styles. This presentation draws on experiences of the past and recent years to show how true diversity strengthens all of us.
For: Audiences that are predominately women
DIVERSITY IN TWO UNIFORMS Keynote or Workshop
Diverse, inclusive workplaces are more productive, efficient and happier. As both an executive in the IT industry and as a senior officer in the US Navy, Diane has experienced a variety of diversity and inclusion efforts over the years. She will lead a discussion covering the why, how and what of Diversity and inclusion in both industry and in government organizations. She brings energy, humor and insight into this often-difficult conversation.
For: Corporate and military audiences
TAMING YOUR EMAIL Keynote or Workshop
Too many of us are drowning in our in-boxes, spending our work days doing email, with little energy, time or attention left over to devote to the difficult, cognitive work that must be done. Diane walks through a variety of organizational strategies, processing tactics and technical hacks that will free your time and your energy. Learn an adaptive method to search, sort, and respond to your email, making the communication system work for you, rather than you working for your email.
For: Best for organizations that rely heavily on email communication
WOMEN IN STEM Keynote or Workshop
The lack of women in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is well-documented. In this presentation, Diane covers the sometimes-surprising history of women in computing. Starting with Ada Lovelace, who first imagined the possibilities of Burbage’s hardware, through women computers during World War II, to the women who coded our trip to the stars and into the present of the Navy’s IT leadership — currently four women who lead the Navy’s cyber fight. She concludes with practical actions that everyone can take to build our nation’s STEM capacity.
For: Corporate, military and academic audiences
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CHANGE Keynote or Workshop
Change is often thrust upon us, rather than sought out. Most change management advice assumes that we are choosing the change that faces our organization. We must manage through change in any case. Change champions are of little use when no one — not even the leadership — want to make the change. In this presentation, Diane draws upon her personal experience as well as historical examples of how to lead your organization through dark times and into the new reality.
For: Organizations & Teams facing unwanted changes
- Microsoft Corporation
- American Business Women’s Association
- Tampa Bay Women in Defense
- Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
- Naval Information Reserve Forces
Wholehearted, powerful, and entertaining speaker who inspires her audiences to make a meaningful difference in the world through business and relationships.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Michele earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and served as an Army Intelligence Officer. She also holds an Master of Business Administration degree from St. Martin’s University. Michele combined her passion for adventure and professional skills with the private sector when she joined the Outdoor Industry as a Program Manager for Seattle-based Outdoor Research in 2006. She transitioned to Arcteryx Equipment in 2009 to serve as Commercial Director for the Law Enforcement and Armed Forces team where she implemented a global commercial strategy for military special operations.
Michele and husband Matthew are a veteran entrepreneur team. They founded Combat Flip Flops which was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in February 2016. Their community of ‘Unarmed Forces’ supports a Business Not Bullets mindset – changing the view on how wars are won and manufacturing peace through trade by empowering mindful consumers to build stability in war-zones by supporting local small business entrepreneurs and education.
Michele founded Griffworks LLC in 2016 focusing on speaking, consulting and training corporations, veteran groups and universities on leadership, entrepreneurism, communication, strategy, risk-management, efficiency, product, marketing, fundraising, and teamwork.
Specialties & Expertise
- West Point Graduate & Military Intelligence Officer
- Outdoor Industry Veteran Mentor/Advisor
- Commercial Director, 6 Years, Global brand
- Small Business Entrepreneur team
TIME MANAGEMENT: MAKING THE JUICE WORTH THE SQUEEZE Keynote or Workshop
Today’s best leaders understand the bottom line. They know what they want to accomplish, and yet how the team moves toward key objectives can be inefficient when employees are unaware of the impact that wasted time can have on a strategy, events, sales, decision-making, and morale.
Time management is a critical skill and one that makes a lasting impact on your organization. This content packed presentation (also offered as a workshop) will teach your audience to…
- Quantify personal time value
- Evaluate use of time
- Identify areas of improvement
- Address major time wasters
- Promote consistency and accountability
For: Corporate, Entrepreneurs
THE SAILOR’S WIFE: LESSONS LEARNED IN STARTING A BUSINESS Keynote or Workshop
Starting out on a small business adventure is exciting! Today’s entrepreneurs set sail to pursue big dreams, and the seas of entrepreneurism can have many ups and downs along the journey. Navigating the trip successfully can positively impact your life, your finances, your health, your confidence, and your relationships. By the same token, failing to read the tides and drifting off course can land your business, your relationships, and your life on the rocks.
This presentation will teach you a new approach to navigating successfully with key skills to…
- Define your destination
- Understand boundaries and constraints
- Create a trip plan
- Navigate risky waters
- Celebrate the wins
For: Entrepreneurs, Couples, Women’s events
HUMAN ASSETS: THE IMPACT OF KNOWING YOUR TEAM Keynote or Workshop
In very simple terms, business is just people working with people. Today’s leaders run companies brimming with human beings of all types and potential, with a wide range of temperaments, skills, experiences, and communication styles.
Learn how to discover, engage, and leverage human potential within your organization to make a positive and lasting impact on your business, culture, morale, and retention.
This presentation will teach you a new approach to navigating successfully with key skills to…
- Building a house without a hammer
- Knowing what’s in your toolkit
- Safety first
- Keeping your tools sharp
For: Corporations, Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Women’s events
YOUR NET WORTHK: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW Keynote or Workshop
You are wealthier than you think Learning how to leverage and grow your personal network is a critical skill that makes a lasting impact on your life.
Learn how to discover, engage, and leverage human potential within your organization to make a positive and lasting impact on your business, culture, morale, and retention.
This presentation will teach your audience these key skills and concepts:
- Barter is back!
- Any age, any stage
- How to determine personal worth
- Relationship mapping
For: Small Business, Universities, Entrepreneurs, Women’s events
DESTINATION ANYWHERE: CREATING YOUR PERSONAL AZIMUTH Keynote or Workshop
Your life is shorter even as you read this! You have no time to lose! Grab a notebook and find a pen. This workshop will inspire you to think big about your life and create tangible, amazing results.
This presentation will teach you to:
- Recognize the power of dreams
- Begin at the end
- Follow three easy steps for success
- Be honest with yourself
- Become an amazing outlier
For: Small Business, Universities, Entrepreneurs, Women’s events
- University of Washington
- Battle Tested Veteran’s, NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, San Diego
- 425 Live (Women to Watch, Seattle)
- CNBC “Small Business Week”Panel
Certified Executive and Leadership Coach, Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur
Cindi Basenspiler has over 20 years of dynamic experience as a leader in both for-profit and nonprofit environments, as well as serving in the US Army as a helicopter pilot and maintenance officer.
Cindi holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA from the University of South Alabama. She is certified in the Gallup and EQi (Emotional Intelligence) suite of coaching assessments, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), PMP (Project Management Professional) and Lean Six Sigma (Process Improvement) Black Belt.
Cindi’s company, Upshot Inc., provides coaching for individuals and teams. Her coaching specialties are: Leadership, Transition and Team Performance. Each customized program helps clients attain their highest potential, while driving them to form better habits and to make life-enhancing choices.
Specialties & Expertise
- 20+ years as a line manager, department head, or CEO
- Army Enlisted/Officer veteran
- CEO of nationally recognized local nonprofit
- Veteran/Woman Business owner
- Project Management Professional Certification
- Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification
- Gallup-Certified Coach
- MHS-Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach
- MBA, Organization Development
LIVING INTENTIONALLY Keynote
- What mountain are you climbing?
- What’s at the top?
- Is it better than what you’re speeding by now?
- Are you intentional?
For: Anyone who is successful, but exhausted or at a fork in the road
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI) AT WORK Keynote or Workshop
- EI is more indicative of career and business success, than is IQ
- How does emotional intelligence propel or derail your career and your enjoyment of work (and life, in general)?
- Participants leave with actionable steps to improve their self-awareness
For: Anyone who wants to become more self-aware and develop better connections
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI) FOR LEADERS Group Workshop
- Assess and interpret participant levels of emotional intelligence
- Interactive exercises
- Pre-workshop 1:1 coaching included, aimed at better understating and improvement in areas of weakness
For: Emerging leaders and leadership-development participants
OPPORTUNITY COST OF BEING A VETERAN Keynote
- Overview of veteran statistics and trends
- My journey
- Transition challenges that are hard to shake
- What’s one thing you can do to help a veteran in transition?
For: Veterans in transition and anyone interested in supporting veteran reintegration
LEADING WITH STRENGTHS Keynote or Workshop
- Most people don’t know their strengths
- Knowing your strengths has been proven to improve your engagement at work and the quality of your overall life
- Discovering and developing your strengths positions you to do what you do best
For: Anyone. You’ll have the option to take StrengthFinder assessment prior to presentation/talk (for extra cost and extra value)
LEADING WITH STRENGTHS Team Workshop
- This workshop balances team-building with improving individual self-awareness and management, and leaves your team with actionable items for improving communication.
For: Organizations and teams. Great for new-leader on-boarding, leadership development and team morale improvement.
LEADING WITH STRENGTHS Group Workshop
- Workshop includes assessment to discover and maximize the top-5 strengths of the program’s participants.
- Discover participant strengths and be energized by participative content, improving self-awareness about each leader’s talents, blind-spots and weaknesses.
For: Emerging leaders and leadership development participants.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR LEADERS Group Workshop
- Objectives include assessing and interpreting participant levels of emotional intelligence, with interactive exercises and 1:1 coaching, aimed at better understating and improvement in areas of weakness. Price includes 10 participants. Additional fees apply for participants in excess of 10.
For: Organizations interested in improving leadership competencies and self-awareness.
- JTEKT North America Corporation
- Union County Chamber of Commerce
- Charlotte Bridge Home
- ArtPop Street Gallery
- Good United
- Vemo Education
- TFX Capital Management, LLC
Empowers audiences with life/work balance strategies, provides quick and easy tools for self-care, and a framework to strengthen your workplace environment
- Life Balance Motivational
- Stress Management
- Goal Setting
Sharon Babineau is a decorated military soldier, mountain climber, hockey player inspirational speaker, facilitator and author. Sharon is a recipient of many awards including “Volunteer of the Year”, ‘Heroine in the Home” and recently “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Her story has been featured in print, radio, TV and on CBC’s show “No Opportunity Wasted.” (Phil Keoghan – Amazing Race) Sharon is the contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul – Family Caregiver and her daughter’s amazing story –The Girl Who Gave Her Wish Away, published Dec 2012.
Sharon has studied at the University of Toronto – Applied Mindfulness Program, Mindfulness without Borders and The Centre for Compassion and Wisdom. She is a trained Facilitator in Transformative Mindfulness and the 16 Guidelines to a Happy Life. A charismatic leader of “SHIFT your Mind, CHANGE your Life”, she has facilitated seminars, support groups and workshops for over a decade, and speaks from the heart as she shares personal life experiences and teaches effective self-help methods to create lasting positive changes, especially during times of uncertainty, increased stress, or loss.
After a series of unimaginable losses, and through her own “shift”, she vowed to become fearless not fearful. Through her expertise and experience, Sharon shows her audiences how to embrace change, breakthrough limitations and discover their shift!
Sharon is a trained facilitator in Transformative Mindfulness, the 16 Guidelines to Life and the Five Gentle Yogas. She incorporates the self-empowerment techniques she has learned to heal, to teach effective self-help methods, and to create lasting positive changes, especially during times of uncertainty, increased stress, or loss. She carefully customizes her presentations for each group, to ensure they are empowering, unforgettable, and for many life-changing.
SHIFT YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
An inspirational message that weaves the strength of the human spirit with the power of change; this presentation can help you break through limitations in life and work. Speaking from the heart, and sharing her life lessons, losses and celebrations – Sharon guides her audiences to learn to embrace change, and to turn challenges into triumph. Her powerful message gives audiences the tools and inspiration to welcome change and shift from negative to positive choices at work and in life.
THE GIRL WHO GAVE HER WISH AWAY
This is the story of Sharon’s daughter Maddie. It is a powerful message of how a girl, diagnosed with terminal cancer and given the chance to fulfill a wish, anything she wanted, chose to use her precious wish to make a difference in the world. It is an inspirational message that illustrates the power of one person to change the world. This presentation is a must for high schools or anyone wanting to be reminded of the power of the spirit. Over 20,000 students have been transformed by the magic of this message.
Sharon uses her personal experiences to provide the tools to create “Self-Care”. Discover how to accept a difficult situation, organize yourself, and identify how others can help you. Learn to relax, recharge, and to embrace your right to be happy. (Yes, you have the right to be happy!)
THE POWER OF ONE
DISCOVER the 4 Keys to Living and Leaving a Powerful Personal Legacy
Learn how to live life more powerfully by intention and choice. Become motivated to live each day with purpose, feel more fulfilled, and be inspired to change the world around you resulting in your personal legacy. Sharon will impart specific tools that will inspire you to change the world around you.
KEY STRATEGIES FOR BALANCING LIFE AND WORK
Learn strategies to create balance in life and work. Provides quick and easy tools for self-care, and a framework to strengthen your workplace environment (team building).
Can use to connect your staff with your mission statement and corporate value, which is key to creating a sense of “belonging” in the workplace, while building a cohesive team. The methodology is very experiential and participatory (fun and meaningful). Quick and easy take-away tools are provided to all participants.
MEDITATE AND REJUVENATE LUNCH –N- LEARN
Participate in the potential to change your health with gentle transformations that leads to new insight and freedom by using mindfulness-based visualizations and meditations. An opportunity to sit back, reduce your daily stress and recharge, by participating in a meditation geared to relax, facilitate change and growth.
Karen is a fusion of a tough-minded senior military leader, a successful corporate executive and a gifted speaker and trainer
- Ethics & Integrity
- Time Management
- Workplace Respect
- Women in Business
Like you, leadership expert and retired Navy pilot Karen Baetzel has seen the word leadership used in many contexts and wondered what makes for a great leader. She knows the answer. Karen believes that leadership is a matter of training, discipline and practice. You and your crew will benefit from learning military methodology that works – right here and right now.
Is this another self-proclaimed leadership “expert” spouting the latest platitudes? Not hardly. She retired after 30 years as one of the Navy’s most senior female Naval Aviators. She is also one of the few naval aviators of either gender to qualified as an Aircraft Commander in fly helicopters, propeller and jet aircraft.
Karen has the resume of a practitioner, serving organizations such as NASA, Microsoft’s High Performers and the Departments of State and Defense, FDIC, National Corporation for National and Community Service and many others. The best and brightest partner with Karen when they want effective, sharp results. She was honored in 2015 to be named one the nation’s top 101 Leadership Speakers by New York Times Best selling author Kevin Kruse.
COCKPIT COMMUNICATIONS – LESSONS THAT WORK ANYWHERE
An enthusiastic dismantling of some conventional wisdom about communication, particularly in leadership. This presentation is filled with great insight, tools and tips that will work anywhere, right now.
COMMANDING PRESENCE – PUBLIC SPEAKING AND LEADERSHIP
A compelling and informative breakout session for upping the game of your speaking and leading “presence” and effectiveness. Offering 37 plus years of military bearing, briefing, training and public speaking experience as a guide, this content rich and experiential workshop will improve the podium presence and craft of even the most nervous of speakers. Very valuable for new leaders, uncertain public speakers and offers special emphasis for women called to communicate in high-pressure situations.
FOLLOWERSHIP- WHY IS IT FORGOTTEN?
“We have good corporals and good sergeants and some good lieutenants and captains, and those are more important than good generals”. Gen William T. Sherman
You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting some sort of leadership training. While leadership development is ubiquitous, developing dynamic and effective followers is an under appreciated (read forgotten) aspect in most organizations. BUT, follower competencies and skills are vital and can be trained and developed to provide immediate impact on your organization and mold them into your leaders of the future.
In this high energy and engaging strategic work session, you will take a hard look as followership as it exists in your organization.
What makes a good follower? It may not be what you think.
Is it simply a transitional stopover on the way to leadership?
Is it a situational skill set you and your team need to switch on and off?
You will be able to apply the knowledge and insight of the value of followership to your specific business, vastly improving the communication and efficiencies between leaders and followers. The modes will include large group lecture and discussion, small group discussion/dialogue and individual analysis and reflection.
ORGANIZATIONAL CLIMATE – THE UNSEEN FORCE MULTIPLIER
“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.” Warren Bennis
Does your organization seem stuck? Or simply just lethargic? Worse yet, do you need to end unnecessary drama and energy sucking conflict and prevent a disaster that can emerge from a poor organizational climate? Raise the tide of the entire group and make work a stimulating, engaging place to be.
In this high energy, engaging and participative strategic work session, you will review the organizational climate as it really exists in your organization. You will be able to apply the knowledge and insight into your specific climate, discover any mis-alignments and stimulate fuller engagement across the board. The modes will include large group lecture and discussion, small group discussion/dialogue and individual analysis and reflection.
(FINALLY) A USEFUL CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” Malcolm Forbes
Do you feel overwhelmed (and a little uncomfortable) by the entire issue of workplace diversity and inclusion? If so, you are not alone. Make your organization greater than the sum of its parts with some business sense and straight talk about the issues. Learn and apply some non-scary tactics, tools and takeaways. Ensure your organization is maximizing the talents of every employee on the property.
In this high energy, engaging and participative strategic work session, we will take an unflinching look at the issue of diversity and inclusion in today’s business climate, and begin an important, continuing dialogue in a safe and respectful atmosphere. You will acquire knowledge and proactive, common sense applications to enhance and protect your business. The modes will include large group lecture and discussion, small group discussion & dialogue and individual analysis and reflection
Innovator, Philanthropist & Speaker
- Tough Times
- Women in Busines Veteran Issues
Jas Founded Final Salute Inc. in November 2010 as part of her commitment to “Never Leave a Fallen Comrade”. Throughout her military career, she was dedicated to working with and advocating for Soldiers and their family members. In 2005, she was a single parent in the Army Reserves living in New Orleans. That spring, she learned she would soon be deploying to Iraq and then a few months later she lost everything she owned due to Hurricane Katrina. She tried to shift her focus to her platoon that was counting on her for leadership in a combat zone. The very next month in September, she received a devastating diagnosis of an aggressive head, neck, and throat cancer, and was now unable to deploy. Her options were limited and posed some very hard choices. Because of her illness, she had to discharge from the military. But she needed complex full-time medical care, employment, and a place to live with her young son.
When searching for assistance, she was told there were no existing programs for women veterans with children. She found these options unacceptable. This led to her starting Final Salute. She was determined to ensure her fellow sister veterans had a resource in their time of need. She also wanted to ensure they were treated with the dignity and respect earned they had earned under extremely severe circumstances.
Final Salute has raised over $1 million dollars to support homeless women veterans and their children and has assisted over 900 women veterans and children. Jas also founded the Ms. Veteran America competition, honoring the women beyond the uniform and highlighting the service and sacrifice of every woman that has worn the U.S. military uniform.
Jas has been honored for her leadership and community service including:
- Oprah Winfrey Standing Ovation Recipient
- American Veterans Center Lillian Keil Award – Women’s Contributions to the Military
- CNN Hero
- People Magazine Hero Among Us
- YWCA Woman of Distinction
Jas has spoken to a wide variety of organizations and groups including:
Defense & Veterans Organizations , Corporate teams and groups, Women’s Groups & Conferences, Homeless Advocacy & Support Groups and Cancer Survivor Groups
NO ONE RSVPS TO A PITY PARTY
The first step towards changing one’s circumstances starts with admitting the need to change. This keynote uses the lessons Jas learned as a homeless veteran and a cancer survivor as motivators instead of excuses.
YOU DON’T NEED A CAPE TO BE SOMEONE’S HERO
Jas shares lessons learned from starting and building her successful non-profit organization to help others find and engage their inner hero.
THE “F” WORD
No, the other “F” word: FEAR. Fear can be the greatest motivator in your tool kit. Success isn’t about what motivates you, it’s about what scares you.
I’M THIS ABLED
Having a disability doesn’t mean losing capability. This keynote teaches those living with disabilities to focus on their “can” instead of their “can’t”.
WOMEN: THE SECOND CLASS VETERAN
This keynote addresses how women are not seen as serving on the frontlines and how this has affected their transition to civilian life.
SHE’S A B*** AND SO ARE YOU
This keynote teaches women that the single greatest asset in the success of a woman is other women.
A LETTER TO A SINGLE MOTHER
As the author of The Princess and the Pedophile, Jas shares her experiences dealing with a child predator and warns of the lifelong affects of children exposed to “families of acceptance.”
Jas presents a keynote highlighting her nonprofit Final Salute and offers insights and perspectives to start and run programs to assist homeless veterans.
Jennifer is originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago West Indies, former state representative, Lieutenant Governor, business owner and retired naval officer
- Successful Business Strategies
- Veterans Issues
- International Trade
Jennifer immigrated to America from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago West Indies at the age of eight. She enlisted in the United States Navy in 1979. At a time when women were not the norm in her chosen field, she rose through the ranks from an enlisted Jet Mechanic, received a commission as a Naval Aviation Maintenance Officer and retired as a highly decorated Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20 years. She held both Secret and Top Secret Security Clearance.
Jennifer was Florida’s 18th Lieutenant Governor. She was the first female elected as Lieutenant Governor in Florida and the first African-American and Caribbean elected Statewide.
She was a state legislator for over seven years, a small business owner, former Executive Director of Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a Navy veteran. In addition to her duties assisting the Governor with economic development, Jennifer oversaw the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, conducted trade relation missions, and was Chairperson of Space Florida. She was also the Governor’s Designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, and Chairperson on the Governor’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection.
Jennifer is the author of the autobiography When You Get There; she is a political analyst for WJXT CHANNEL News4Jax and has appeared on other networks to provide commentary and political analysis on television and radio news programs. She has appeared on a variety of programs including Tavis Smiley Show, Roland Martin Show, Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, Comcast News Network, as well as other programs on CNN, C-SPAN, Black Chamber of Commerce, Newsmax, National Public Radio and local Fox News Channel. She’s been a panelist to discuss, women’s issues, space industry, economic development, leadership, business development, defense contract, politics, government, race relations, new public administration, military and veteran’s issues.
Her speaking topics include:
- International Trade
- Military & Veterans issues
- Space and Aerospace Industry
- Women’s issues
DIAMONDS AMONG US SERIES
This series is to promote inner strength and building audience’s confidence to reach their fullest potential.
DIAMONDS IN INDUSTRY
This series is geared towards increasing industry efficiency and productivity by improving leadership, creativity and business skills. Applicable to military, business, international trade, space and aerospace audiences. Keynote, workshop or panel discussion.
DIAMONDS IN THE WORKPLACE
This series is designed to help individuals who are stuck at a particular crossroad and need motivation to seek the right path.
This series is targeted towards moments in time: Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Keynote or panel discussion.
DIAMONDS UNDER PRESSURE: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
It’s applicable to employees, management, parents, adults and young women.
Renowned, charismatic, passionate and influential speaker with a mission to empower the next generation of leaders.
With her powerful messages, dynamic presenting style and passion for helping create leaders, Lieutenant Colonel Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch has been invited to speak, train and consult all over the United States and Puerto Rico. A native of Laredo, Texas, she received a B. S. degree in Law Enforcement from Hardin-Simmons University and earned her ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She became the first woman commissioned as a ROTC officer in the state of Texas. She holds an advanced degree in Cybernetics from San Jose State University (California). Her military education includes completion of the Army Command and General Staff College and Department of Defense Program Management Executive Course. Lieutenant Colonel Kickbusch rose to be the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field in the U. S. Army. Following a distinguished military career, she retired in 1996 to pursue her dream of establishing Educational Achievement Services Inc., a training/consulting firm, to share her talents, skills and knowledge with people of all ages. She has incorporated years of leadership experience, success techniques, and motivational messages to empower them. Her leadership workshops use real-case studies and situations, thus providing a dynamic and interactive learning environment. Consuelo resides in San Antonio with her husband and five daughters.
FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The Family Leadership Institute (FLI) is a multifaceted educational curriculum focused on providing families with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to help their children succeed in school and in life. The Family Leadership Institute has been recognized by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Department of Education as one of the three “Best Practices” parent programs in the country.
Originally designed as a culture-specific program for parents of first- and second-generation children, the FLI program has evolved into a curriculum that helps families of diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds grow as individuals, parents and leaders. Through a series of ten modules, parents are provided the skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary to enhance their effectiveness as role models for their children.
SLiCK STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
SLiCK is a revolutionary, innovative, and interactive series of student leadership workshops geared towards students. SLiCK stands for Student Leadership Inspired by Consuelo Kickbusch.
The SLiCK program harnesses leadership skills within each student; skills necessary to achieve personal growth, resulting in a desire to create positive change in their lives and in their community.
SLiCK Program Objectives
- Increase academic excellence through student engagement.
- Provide students with the purpose, tools and direction necessary to achieve personal and academic success.
- Produce active student leaders who will serve their families, schools and communities with distinction and encourage other students to do the same.
- Institute leadership, pride and education as important keys to success.
SLiCK 4.0 – COLLEGE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The program is designed not only to inspire, but also to allow students the time to discover the true reason they have decided to pursue a college degree.
Our curriculum is highlighted by our SLiCK Educational GamePlan that will prepare your student to fully engage in all your college has to offer while becoming an exemplary student ambassador in the process. SLiCK 4.0 will allow students to discover their passion, reasons they may not be doing as well as they could be doing in college, and create a new support group that demands success of each and every of its members, the SLiCK Society.
iSHINE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG WOMEN
iShine is an innovative, strengths-based program that empowers young women with information, inspiration, and application skills to overcome the unique challenges that they, as young women face. The iShine program’s focus is to provide teens and young women with the motivation necessary to excel and shine in everyday life.
- iShine helps meet Title I, part C statutory requirements for sections 1304(c)(6); 1306(b).
- iShine is an education-related activity provided to students to help them succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.
- iShine is an evidence-based research program that has shown improvement in LEP scores, attrition, grades, and interest in college.
- iShine can be implemented as a Saturday or vacation program, after school program, or as a summer program.
BE THE ONE: ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM
Be The One is a unique student leadership program with an emphasis on healing, diversity, and self-worth. The Be The One curriculum emphasizes that in order to lead a life of purpose, students must not be passive bystanders, but champions for themselves and their communities. The Be The One program puts a strong emphasis on healing and equipping students with the tools required to build themselves and each other up. The skills and techniques learned though this program teach students to support each other and work together to create a strong and encouraging community where leaders emerge.
Be The One workshop objectives
- Create a safe space where every student has the right to speak from the heart
- Give students the tools they need to recognize and remedy negative behaviors
- Provide students with positive role-models and a framework for personal growth, leadership development and success.
SHIFT AND RISE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG MEN
Redefining manhood to empower young, responsible leaders.
Shift & Rise is our newest educational program. Shift & Rise’s mission is to provide an enriching experience that will contribute to the personal and social development of young men.
Shift & Rise Objectives
- By the end of the program participants will have a better understanding of their past and hone a practical guide to create a brighter future.
- By the end of the program participants will have identified a variety of paths to success.
- By the end of the program each participant will have a clear understanding of how to refine their manhood to improve their lives and have a positive impact on their families, peers, and community.
- By the end of the program participants will have developed a blueprint for personal and community empowerment.
America’s Achievement Expert. Former Air Force instructor pilot and 3rd Degree karate black belt.
Deb knows about reaching goals that most people dream of yet few ever achieve.
- Peak Performance
- Goal Setting
Deb Cheslow is a #1 best-selling author, speaker, corporate trainer, consultant and facilitator who has spent her entire life defying the odds to achieve goals that should not have been possible from any logical viewpoint. She regularly appears in the media sharing her perspective on achieving breakaway success in business and in life. Deb has been seen on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates, as well as in Newsweek, Reuters, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The Air Force Times, Yahoo Finance and MarketWatch.com, among many others.
Famous for her no-nonsense, results-oriented style, Deb is known for asking the question, “Where would you be if every time you said ‘I Should…,’ you actually DID?” She shares a systemized strategy for achieving success beyond your wildest dreams that is based upon four foundational pillars – discipline, accountability, standards and systems.
Deb teaches a process for looking fear in the face and then acting in spite of that fear. It is a system she learned as an Instructor Pilot in the United States Air Force teaching airmen to fly advanced supersonic jets – a system that is easily duplicated by individuals, teams, organizations and companies to create phenomenal results.
Deb is the #1 best-selling author of the books, Remarkable Courage – A Systemized Strategy for Success, Release – The Simple Success Solution for Real and Permanent Weight Loss, Overcome Dysthymia – Break Free and Create The Life You Love, The Simple Success Solution, and The New Rules of Success.
She is a 3rd degree black belt in Chinese Kempo Karate, an accomplished road cyclist, an open water swimmer, an avid weightlifter and is passionate about health and wellness.
“BACK IN MY DAY…” MANAGING MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKPLACE DIVERSITY
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Learn to harness the power of your diverse, multigenerational workforce to propel your firm to stratospheric levels of success. Never before has there been such a wide disparity of motivators for members from different generations – Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials – each has their own unique set of trigger points. Understanding the keys to managing these diverse groups unlocks the door to powerfully productive teams.
MANUVERING THROUGH THE STORM
A compelling and informative breakout session for upping the game of your speaking and leading presence and effectiveness. Offering 37 plus years of military bearing, briefing, training and public speaking experience as a guide, this content rich and experiential workshop will improve the podium presence and craft of even the most nervous of speakers. Very valuable for new leaders, uncertain public speakers and offers special emphasis for women called to communicate in high-pressure situations.
AIM – FIRE – READY
Not your run of the mill goal setting seminar, this session is packed with tools and ideas you can begin using even before you leave the room!
Learn the 9 keys to successful leadership – unlike anything you’ve ever heard before
- Learn the traits of Remarkable leaders throughout history;
- Discover a simple formula to achieve breakaway success;
- Eliminate self-sabotage.
THE FOUR PILLARS OF PEAK PERFORMANCE: THE “MAGIC BULLET” IS A MYTH
Successful businesses are built upon a 4-pillar foundation; discover the courage to implement them and the payoff is huge
- Understand the principles of Discipline, Accountability, Standards and Systems as a strong foundation for your company and team to grow;
- Unlock the conscious thought streams and age-old thinking patterns that stop success in its tracks;
- Quickly learn the steps to bridging the gap between “information” and “action.”
Coach & Speaker
Motivator, Author, and Educator
Entertaining presentations that motivate people to change their lives!
- Personal Development
- Life Balance
- Image/Self Esteem
- Vision/PurposeStress Management
Author, speaker and educator, Dr. Yvonne Corppetts overcame many challenging obstacles in her life to rise up the ranks in the military and beyond. From a shy military brat, to a Private in the United States Army, and becoming a Commander in the United States Air Force, she discovered how to take charge for major success in fulfilling one’s life purpose and dreams. Dr. Corppetts’ unique presentations include survival skills that teach audiences how to rise above mediocrity and aim high so that you can be all that you can be. Her method of teaching escape and evasion techniques help you avoid booby traps that lead to an unfulfilled life.
Years of experience in Behavioral Science as a counselor and consultant, Dr. Corpetts has developed a formula for ultimate success that’s not for a moment but a lifetime. She challenges her audience to have a Can-Do attitude and unmask the imposter while discovering their true authentic self that leads to a life of power, passion, and purpose!
Dr. Corppetts’ extensive background as an educator and behavioral science consultant has allowed her to work with people of all walks of life from fighter pilots, military families, commanders and veterans to conducting training for bank employees, women’s retreats, healthcare personnel and faith-based organizations. Her passion is to help you develop the courage to pursue your dreams, inspire you with a plan to get there, motivate you to reveal and believe in your “authentic” self, AND have more fun in life.
As a mediator in workplace disputes, Dr. Corppetts understands the position of employers, managers, and employees to keep the mission of the organization running. Her presentations both educational and entertaining are thought provoking to hold you accountable for being effective in your personal and professional endeavors.
Dr. Corppetts is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation. With a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University and research in lifelong learning, her goal is to help you create habits for success. She has a graduate degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland.
She has written several articles on personal growth and professional development that have appeared in publications throughout the world. As a columnist for the MS Herald her column and articles were voted the most favorite by readers. Her book, Take Charge for Major Success, is used extensively as a personal self-help manual, for organizational training and educational textbook.
Dr. Corppetts’ seminars and workshops are perfect for individuals and groups, and they will help your attendees identify and embrace their authentic self. She will challenge your audience to analyze their lives and pinpoint areas in which they want to improve. Her dynamic workshops will also offer tips that will empower your attendees to make the changes necessary to live the life they deserve and not a life they settle for. Attendees will learn how to :
- Muster the courage to pursue your dreams.
- Believe in yourself and your talents.
- Overcome the self-limiting beliefs and behaviors that are holding you back. Improve your wellbeing and gain a sense of balance.
- Motivate yourself when you are feeling down.
If you are a business owner, it’s important that you understand how to help your team develop on a professional level. A major aspect of this is appreciating the value that your employees bring to your company—and understanding how to recognize this value in a positive way. When your employees feel as though they are appreciated they will certainly be more likely to step up to the plate when you need someone to take the lead on a project, volunteer to help complete an assignment, or even just contribute to a more positive work environment.
Attendees will learn:
- Building employee morale
- Stress management techniques
- Improving interpersonal relationships
- Maximizing employee talent. Reducing office conflicts
- Increasing talent retention.
Dr Corpetts’ presentations & workshops serve to inspire, motivate, and empower others to live a life that they love. All presentations and workshops can be customized for each organization.
TAKE CHARGE FOR MAJOR SUCCESS
Stress management is essential in developing both professionally and personally. With the right techniques, you can keep your stress levels under control. It is up to all of us to live successful lives about which we can be proud, but there are certainly challenges that can stand in our way! I can help you overcome these obstacles and empower you to build the life you have always wanted.
YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
Accountability is important in all forms of development, professional and personal. With the right mindset, you can make the changes necessary to achieve your goals.
DROP THE EXCESS BAGGAGE
Guilt, shame, and blame can accumulate over the years and you may not even know that you are carrying them around! It’s time to unpack that baggage and get on with your life.
BOOST PRODUCTIVITY WITH POSITIVITY
Positive professional behaviors are what really drive a successful work environment. I can help you to address bullying, gossiping, favoritism, and other conflicts that can lead to low employee morale, high turnover, and an all around stressful atmosphere.
THE POWER OF BEING YOURSELF
As an individual, you are a unique person who has the potential to do great things! The only problem is that, sometimes, it can be difficult to recognize this when you are trying to evade all of the obstacles on the field of life. With my help, you can stop holding yourself up to someone else’s standard and start living your life on your own terms.
KICKING STRESS TO THE CURB
Stress management is essential in developing both professionally and personally. With the right techniques, you can keep your stress levels under control.
Award-winning Author and Journalist
Former Marine Corps officer
Certified Writing Instructor and Coach
Sales, Marketing and Media Relations Keynote Speaker
- Writing & Publishing
- Public Relations Marketing
Tracy Crow is a former Marine Corps officer and an award-winning military journalist. Her essays and short stories have been published widely and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes.
Tracy is the author of
– It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, forthcoming March 2017;
– Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine, an award-winning memoir;
– An Unlawful Order, the military conspiracy thriller (under the pen name, Carver Greene);
– Red, White, & True: Stories from Veterans and Families, WWII to Present, a collection of true stories;
– and On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story, Tracy’s newest publication, which combines her skills and experience as a former Marine Corps officer, award-winning military journalist, author, editor, and professor of creative writing.
Tracy has a B.A. in creative writing from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.
Tracy’s clients include colleges and universities, companies with sales & marketing teams, writers and writing programs and veterans/military groups.
An insightful keynote addressing the importance of values-centered leadership and how your company’s success is affected by a values-focused vision.
YOUR LIFE AS STORY
How writing leads to self-awareness and healing.
Keynote or Workshop
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
Why today’s top leaders turn inward for the most creative solutions.
GET SMART WITH ART
Using the creative arts to enhance and sharpen our critical thinking skills in the workplace and beyond. 3-hour workshop that can also be customized to meet client’s needs.
EFFECTIVE BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS
Effective business-writing skills. 3-hour or 6-hour workshop, customized for client needs
How to write your military story & why you should. Customized Workshop or Keynote
THE CROSS GENERATIONAL IMPACT OF MILITARY SERVICE
The cross-generational impact of American military service since World War II: How customs, traditions, long separations, & loss transcend time and shape a society.
IT’S MY COUNTRY TOO!
War stories from the cross-dressers, nurses, cooks, spies, & other heroines, American Revolution to Afghanistan.
- Medtronic – keynote speaker
- South Carolina Library Alumni Association – keynote speaker
- Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading – featured author
- Dress for Success Triangle –guest speaker/writing workshop instructor
- Professional Business Women’s Association, St. Petersburg – guest speaker
- Saint Leo University – guest speaker/lecturer
- Eckerd College – keynote speaker for Friends of the Library and featured author for Writers in Paradise
- Gettysburg College – guest speaker/lecturer
- Everest University – guest speaker/lecturer
- Association of Writers & Writing Professionals – panel presenter
- Bouchard Insurance – teaching consultant for business writing seminars and teacher-training mentorship
- Carteret Writers, Inc. – guest speaker/lecturer
- Women Marines Association – guest speaker
- North Carolina Women Veterans Summit and Expo – keynote speaker
- Granville County – keynote speaker
- Town of Butner (NC) – keynote speaker
Coach, Consultant & Speaker
Family Coach who empowers & energizes parents to recharge FAMILY spirit, purpose & fitness.
- Personal Development Communication
More than a survivor, Valerie prevailed through challenging life experiences from childhood that compels her to ignite families to live and parent with purpose. Through VALSpeaks she helps them to “Take the Struggle out of the Juggle” for radical Family, Fitness and Focus results.
Valerie, the odds -beater, survived childhood in a Chicago ghetto to later graduate from the University of Michigan – one of few females to earn a STEM degree (math) – and earned a commission as an Air Force officer. She lived and learned coping strategies along the course of her journey and provides these as success concepts today. A former military communications officer and current entrepreneur, educator, personal fitness trainer and keynoter, she is mother of 9 – gaining her the title, MasterOverMayhem.
Valerie’s no-nonsense and entertaining approaches will help “Take the Struggle out of the Juggle!” for Family Recharge, Fitness Reboot and Focus Rebound. Her keynotes focus on:
- Empowerment tools that motivate and equip parents to reclaim family balance and progeny success
- Fitness Reboot Camp – interactive motivational sessions highlighting sensible approaches for lifetime fitness results
- Focus Rebound – Attitude checkup sessions for High Aptitude living
TAKING THE STRUGGLE OUT OF THE MESS OF LIFE
Valerie, the MasterOverMayhem (Mom of 9), engages and empowers audiences to take reasonable matters into their own hands to propel themselves forward, thus changing negative momentum. Audiences learn how to transform the messiness life presents and move forward into success living. It’s all about learning the attitude of looking at the mess that stymies progress, and choosing to Go 4Mess2Success living. Taking the Struggle out of the Juggle has its genesis here, where knowledge is gained based on proven, winning strategies.
TAKING THE STRUGGLE OUT OF … ME – LIVING IN GRACE
Women experience empowerment as they take concepts from this program that teach them to live with boldness and confidence, realizing and acknowledging their individual talents, gifts and potential. A new way of looking at self emerges to help with the process of redefinition – in a culture where it’s all too easy to allow circumstances and others to define who we are – or must be. A corollary Temple Maintenance interactive on achieving optimal fitness usually accompanies this program. This program is available as a keynote, workshop or retreat.
TAKING THE STRUGGLE OUT OF FITNESS: TEMPLE MAINTENANCE
To just “do” life can be physically exhausting – so maintain the body temple to keep yourself upright and able-bodied to handle what comes your way. With so much to do and so little time in which to do it, everyone benefits from seeing how doable health and fitness can be. In a day when fitness costs too much time and money, it helps to know how to do it yourself – the right and fun way. This MasterOverMayhem (Mom of 9) broke the code on building the physical and shares all in a fun and interactive manner with her audiences. This program is adaptable as a stand-alone fitness workshop or breakout. Participants enjoy a fun fitness routine as well as a personalized workout plan targeting flexibility, strength and cardiovascular health.
TAKING THE STRUGGLE OUT OF THE TASK OF FAMILY
If the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, and if the success of every society rests in healthy families, these messages equip parents to masterfully shape their family to make a difference. Parents, guardians and those with youth in their care receive tips and methods on how to nurture and grow their children with loving, positive intent. The results: children prepared to make indelible impact. Valerie, the MasterOverMayhem (Mom of 9) has done it – and is still in the trenches doing it, bringing proven as well as contemporary ways to help parents “Take the Struggle out of the Juggle” of family.
TAKING THE STRUGGLE OUT OF THE JUGGLE FAMILY ECONOMICS
Dealing wisely with finances helps keep a family healthy and intact. Gain insight from money-saving strategies employed by this MasterOverMayhem (Mom) of an 11-member family. This is a mom who has had to live on one income, apart from a husband (when his job demanded he move far away- alone), singlehandedly managing life and expenses for the children at home, sometimes supporting multiple/overlapping college kids, while operating home-based businesses. Money does not grow on trees, but sowing wisely lets you reap economic benefits when everybody gets involved.
TAKING THE STRUGGLE OUT OF YOUR DAY
Strategies must focus on recapturing the day when you start behind the power curve at daybreak. TheMasterOverMayhem (Mom of 9), who has faced time-challenge numerously, is equipped and competent to help families deal with life balance issues that concern never having enough time – for everything and everybody. Valerie guides audiences not just towards methods of organization and simplification to get them back on track, but also to the core issues behind why we got there in the first place. The major emphasis is on family time-management.
FOCUS THE EMOTIONAL – CHOOSING THE RIGHT ACT
Attitude – When your back is against the wall
Commitment – Dedication strategies when life overwhelms
Tenacity – Whatever it takes when odds stack against you
FAMILY THE MENTAL – KEEPING KIN IN MIND
Klocks – Time deficit at daybreak! Strategies to capitalize on family time
Intel – Programs teaching our youth to speak with confidence and poise for success
New – Methods/Economics for when the money runs low while demands run high
FITNESS THE PHYSICAL – WORKING TOWARDS THAT PERFECT END
Exercise – VALSpeaks Fitness to “Take the JIGGLE Out of the WIGGLE”
Nutrition – Sensible approaches to better eating for the whole family
Discipline – Temple maintenance to “Take the HASSLE Out of the CASTLE”
Empower, Inspire and Motivate Your Audiences to Think Like A Negotiator
Eldonna is a retired Air Force veteran with 23 years of honorable military service. She is a negotiation and contracts expert with over 30 years of leadership, contracts management and negotiation experience. She has negotiated contracts from $1 to over $100 million both stateside and internationally. She was deployed to the Middle East after 911 and has years of experience in foreign acquisition.
She is a subject matter expert in the Contracting Career Field and has developed and taught courses on Contract Claims, Negotiation and other aspects of Contracting. She was recently featured on Fox Business and has 7 years of extensive experience working for defense contractors in the Aerospace Industry. She holds a Top Secret security clearance and has been a trusted agent of the U.S. Government for 30 years.
Eldonna is the CEO of Dynamic Vision International Inc. a training and consulting firm. She specializes in training people how to think like a negotiator by creating win-win results and understanding the pitfalls to avoid. She is an international award winning speaker and an award-winning author.
THINK LIKE A NEGOTIATOR
Today’s best leaders are also great negotiators, whether they are discussing a multi-million dollar deal or simply where to meet for dinner. Negotiation is simply the technical term for discussions and conversations to reach and agreement. Improving your negotiation skills will give you more confidence and better results.
In this highly-charged, content-packed presentation Eldonna will show you how to find more power, negotiate better deals and create win-win results. You will be energized, empowered and educated to be a better negotiator and understand the art and language of negotiation.
Your audience will learn to:
- The 6 steps to reach a negotiated agreement
- How to go into any situation with 100% confidence that you will get the results you want.
- Consistently satisfy and attract the right clients or customers
- Know what to ask for and how to ask
- Understand strategies to turn a discussion or disagreement to a more favorable result
- The foundations of Offer, Acceptance, Counteroffer and Rejection of Offers
- Look at what is and is not Fair and Reasonable in a negotiation and the 3 deal killers
TAKE CONTROL OF THE HANDLEBARS OF YOUR LIFE
Confidence is not only one of the most important factors in being a great negotiator, it’s also important whether you are an employee, supervisor, business owner, parent, family member or in any relationship. Lacking confidence and not having the power to stand up for yourself is one of the key things that holds people back from being successful or achieving their goals and dreams.
In this presentation, Eldonna will show you how to stop taking a “back seat” in your life and move to the front seat. She will inspire you to take control of the handlebars of your life and “roll on your throttle” to success. As an avid Harley rider for 20+ years, Eldonna uses motorcycling as an analogy for success to negotiate your way through life. You will be inspired, empowered and motivated to take action to own you power and achieve your goals and dreams both personally and professionally.
In this highly-charged, content-packed presentation Eldonna will show you how to find more power, negotiate a powerful life and create win-win results. You will be energized, empowered and educated to be a better version of yourself and achieve maximum results in every area of your life.
Your audience will learn to:
- Go into any situation with 100% confidence that you will get the results you want.
- How to own your power and captivate people with your confidence
- Getting what you want and the keys to unlock the door to winning results
- 3 hard-won lessons derived from learning to ride a motorcycle
- What to do to create the clear thinking and make room for the truth
- Stress reduction practices that eliminate the overwhelm
- How to construct your own sense of life balance
Speaker, Coach, Trainer, Founder of Girl Smarts–positively and powerfully impacting the lives of young women!
- Youth & Children
- Image & Self Esteem
- Leadership Empowerment
- Veteran Transition
Dianna is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and a combat veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm receiving several awards during her service including the Bronze Star for her work with deployed units in the desert, and the Legion of Merit in recognition of her career of service.
Dianna is also founder & CEO of Girl Smarts. Girl Smarts works with parents, school administration and teachers to instill the essence of leadership in fourth and fifth grade girls supporting their future success.
Dianna has spoken on several occasions to education professionals about her initiatives to empower and strengthen elementary school girls. Her innovative workshop series is spreading quickly throughout the state of Virginia. Since starting with 24 girls and four workshops in 2009 Girl Smarts has conducted hundreds of workshops empowering over a thousand girls in dozens of locations in Central and Northern Virginia.
Girl Smarts was featured as part of the National Conference on Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression in both 2013 and 2014, has been featured in PTO Today Magazine, in Veteran’s Today Magazine and Dianna was a guest of the West Coast based Sprigeo Anti Bullying Program.
Dianna is also a frequent guest expert on “Sunday Mornings with Dee”, a woman’s issue focused radio talk show on B101.5. She has covered such issues as Body Image, Grit, and Helping our Girls Deal with Loneliness.
Dianna has spoken at public and private schools to give teachers strategies on how to effectively communicate with parents to create a team approach, minimize conflict and ensure the focus remains on doing what’s best for the children. Her specific strategies give teachers the tools to keep conversations and interactions within appropriate boundaries to foster positive and productive communication exchanges. She’s been the kick off speaker for local elementary schools to share her unique perspectives as a mother of four boys, former PTO president, combat veteran and now active mentor to hundreds of girls.
Dianna’s presentations to girls have taken place from Richmond to Arlington and everywhere in between in the state of Virginia. They are 60-90 minute assemblies that are suitable as stand alone workshops for any audience of girls over the age of 8 you are looking to empower. She has spoken to elementary and middle school girls about issues ranging from how to make a great first impression, how to turn dreams into goals and goals into reality, the Girl Smarts Guide to Leadership, the importance of grit and embracing failure, “when beauty becomes the beast”, relationship navigation, and “Mean Girls-Why they do what they do”. These presentations don’t just present information, they engage the girls with hands on activities and give the girls specific strategies they can use to walk away stronger and better equipped to manage the realities of being a young tween and teen in today’s world.
FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
MENTORING OUR GIRLS A CALL TO ACTION
During this call to action Dianna focuses on the important roll that every woman has in mentoring the next generation of women leaders. The underrepresentation of women in leadership rolls is staggering. The lack of positive roll models for young girls in elementary, middle and high school in popular culture is also a void just aching to be filled with strong voices of strong women. During this presentation Dianna de-mystifies the idea of what a “strong woman” is, who “the leaders” are and asks every woman to examine what she can contribute to the conversation and the culture of leadership for our girls. You will leave this presentation knowing that YOU can and should be a part of the mission to make our girls everyday leaders in their lives. It’s not about taking the hill, or running the corporation or managing a fortune 500 company, it is about living your best life and mentoring those girls you know to be confident in who they are. It’s about living IN the world and not just ON it.
FOR ADULT GROUPS, PARENTS & EDUCATORS
LITTLE GIRL LOST AND FOUND
During this presentation Dianna will take you through the evolution of her program Girl Smarts and her insights from five years working with hundreds of elementary and middle school girls. She will explore the challenges facing our girls today and provide a glimpse into the real world our girls are navigating starting as early as 8 years old. Without pulling any punches, Dianna will talk about what we are doing right and wrong as adults and the messages we’re sending with our actions. We’ll cover what has happened that brought us from the days of “free to be you and me” to the days of “you’re either in or you’re out.” At the end of this session moms and dads will see their daughters with a fresh understanding and new realization of how they can help their daughters be “confident, capable and in control.”
FOR THE WORKPLACE
COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE Workshop
Let Dianna share her experience from working as a senior leader in the Army as well as a leadership and management trainer for the FBI, with your team.
Communication is key! The old adage of “it’s not what you say it’s how you say it” doesn’t go far enough. It’s when you say it, how often you say it, who you say it in front of and what your motivation for saying it is. During this workshop meant for supervisors and managers Dianna walks through the importance of effective communication and gives supervisors strategies on how to enhance their interactions with subordinates. In a world filled with electronic “sound bytes” we are loosing the art of face-to-face interaction and that means we’re losing the personal connections that are keeping our workforce connected to our business. Dianna’s career of dealing as a woman in a male dominated military world where her ability to communicate effectively was much more important than her rank honed her skills as a leader and team builder ensuring the she got the most from every member of her unit. Let her give you her best tips on how to communicate effectively with even the most difficult employees you deal with.
Add on Workshop / Topic:
Generational Differences – Workshop add on about the generational differences now and how when you were born has A LOT to do with how you need to interact with your workforce.
The Veterans Advantage – Workshop add on to include a discussion on how to retain your veteran workforce.
GIRLS WORKSHOPS – ANTI-BULLYING
Strengthening Girls Against Bullying Behaviors!
Dianna facilitates the Girl Smarts workshops as a stand alone or in combination over a full or half day of workshops. Give them a day of empowerment and watch them grow!
These workshops are also great for summer programs.
The workshops can be structured to fit your time windows and are appropriate for girls 8 to 12. Older girls are welcome to attend and support as mentors and assistants. You provide the venue and we will provide the rest!
Words Count – and sometimes they hurt
The first of two sessions on bullying, our “Words Count” class sensitizes the girls to the impacts and outcomes of bullying behavior. Through skits, interactive play and the creation of life size paper dolls; the girls come to understand and empathize with their peers who are experiencing bullying.
What cha gonna do?
The second part of our series on bullying focusing on specific strategies and tools to stand against negative inputs from others. Through guided interactive sessions, the girls actually “talk back” to the bully and learn to “break contact” from a position of strength.
Mean Girls – why they do what they do
This workshop digs deep into the mindset of the middle and high school mean girl. We’ve all seen her and just cannot seem to understand why she’s doing the things she does. This workshop will take your girls “behind the scenes” into the world of the mean girls as we talk about and work through strategies to get those girls, their voices and their seemingly never end.
I can relate – Building healthy friendships and being a good friend
This class helps girls understand the importance of respecting themselves and others as new friendships develop and old friendships are redefined.
GIRLS WORKSHOPS – CONFIDENT, CAPABLE & IN CONTROL
Do you want to have an outstanding program for your girls? Bring Dianna in to run any one of her Girl Smarts workshops as a stand alone or in combination over a full or half day of workshops. Give them a day of empowerment and watch them grow!
These workshops are also great for summer programs.
Any of the workshops can be structured to fit your time windows and are appropriate for girls 8 to 12. Older girls are welcome to attend and support as mentors and assistants. You provide the venue and we will provide the rest!
FACE TO FACE
The workshop teaches girls the importance of making a strong first impression. We go over the basics of how to properly greet people; the importance of good posture, help them understand how quickly people will assess them based on their first introductions. In an age of electronics, we teach and practice the art of conversation and give them strategies to help them comfortably maintain eye contact with their peers and adults.
WHEN BEAUTY BECOMES THE BEAST!
This class explores beauty and the changing definition of beauty over the years. We talk about building real beauty and how to define what is important in our lives. We explore the impact of photo shopping on the girl’s impressions of movie stars and popular figures. Using videos and discussion we learn to start accepting our own shapes and sizes and introduce strategies toward building a healthy lifestyle.
YOGA, YUMMIES AND YOU!
A follow on to our “Beauty and the Beast” workshop; we talk to the girls about healthy eating; give them ideas on how to attain their goals physically and emotionally and bring in a local expert on fitness and yoga. Using a local fitness professional we introduce the girls to the basics of exercise. The session includes an actual workout (about 20 minutes of light aerobics) and then a switch to stress management using techniques taught through yoga. This seminar is very high energy and especially important to confirm for the girls that they are in charge of their bodies and their physical and emotional health.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: ORGANIZING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BEYOND!
In this powerful class, we talk to the girls about the most important aspects of the middle school experience. We provide all sorts of tips and strategies for the girls to get them started on the right foot for their coming school year. Our goal is to turn their anxieties into excitement and their fears into confidence as they take their first steps toward their futures.
GIRLS WORKSHOPS – GROWING INTO TOMORROW
Do you want to have an outstanding program for your girls? Bring Dianna in to run any one of her Girl Smarts workshops as a stand alone or in combination over a full or half day of workshops. Give them a day of empowerment and watch them grow!
These workshops are also great for summer programs.
Any of the workshops can be structured to fit your time windows and are appropriate for girls 8 to 12. Older girls are welcome to attend and support as mentors and assistants. You provide the venue and we will provide the rest!
VALUES – THE REAL GEMS IN LIFE
Our values session is one of our best received by the girls. During this class, the girls consider the importance of living a values based life. We work with them in small groups to talk about what values are, and then help them identify what they believe the top values in their lives are. By discussing real world, tough scenarios and asking what they would do in specific situations; we tie their values to their decisions.
DREAM CATCHING – HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
This class focuses on giving the girls techniques to use to turn their dreams into goals and their goals into reality. Having a plan is the cornerstone lesson to this session. We discuss their favorite personalities from TV and magazines and explain to them the myth of “overnight success” and being discovered. We culminate this session by helping the girls design a plan to start their own business in their neighborhoods (with their parents approval of course).
A GIRL SMARTS GUIDE TO LEADERSHIP
It is always our goal to give our girls tools to use in the years ahead. During this leadership presentation activities bring home the importance of our roles as leaders in our lives, our community and our families. Team challenges allow each girl to take on a leadership role and do hands on competitive tasks in a friendly, fun filled atmosphere. This is our keynote workshop moving our girls forward to become everyday leaders in their lives.
Award Winning Motivational Speaker, Internationally Published Author,
Prolific Blogger, Corporate Trainer, Conference Organizer and Host,
and TV Show Host
- Team Building
Motivated, passionate, and community driven with a powerful message of purpose, peace and power, Jennifer is the CEO of Inspirationally Speaking, LLC. Jennifer has over 10 years of professional speaking experience and with a wide variety of clients including corporate, and nonprofit conferences & seminars, churches, high schools, homeless shelters, colleges, and universities. She is a television show host of Living Unshackled ON Purpose, Founder and Host of the Unstoppable You Conference, corporate trainer for College of Southern Maryland, and prolific blogger of G.U.M.B.O. Greatness Unbounded Moving Beyond Ordinary. Jennifer is the author of “Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence.”
- Girl Scouts of America Calvert County Club
- Howard University Public Relations Undergraduate Class
- College of Southern Maryland Corporate Center- Tri County Government Employees
- Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Washington Fleet and Family Support Center
- Naval Support Activity Dahlgren, VA Fleet and Family Support Center
- Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Washington Navy Information Operations Command
- Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Washington Family Readiness Group
- Calvert County, MD Crisis Intervention Center
- YWCA ACCESS York Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
- Keystone Christian Academy-York County, PA
TURNING LEMONS INTO SWEET SUCCESS
This is a presentation about overcoming adversity. Jennifer uses basic cooking aids and ingredients to provide a visual on how to use adversity and turn it into personal and professional success. This presentation can be given at homeless or domestic violence shelters and women empowerment conferences/seminars.
THE FOLLOW THROUGH
Jennifer uses the analogy of sports and the performance of shooting a basketball or swinging a baseball bat, a good follow through can make the difference of scoring points for your team and winning the game. This is a presentation about commitment and dedication to set goals and stay the course to achieve them. This presentation can be given to middle and high school students or youth organizations.
G.U.M.B.O. (GREATNESS UNBOUNDED MOVING BEYOND ORDINARY)
This presentation is a visual presentation about overcoming adversity. Using a large pot, utensils, spices, and a lemon, Jennifer demonstrates how we have all the characteristic and resources we need to overcome adversity. No matter what life brings our way, we can persevere to achieve extraordinary accomplishments. This presentation can be given to middle and high school students.
LET’S FLY LIKE GEESE
This presentation uses the flight habits of geese flying in a V formation to demonstrate teambuilding. Jennifer provides detailed information for management/supervisors and employees to achieve cohesion, maximum production, trust, and a healthy working environment. This presentation was proven successful by a Rodan and Fields Skin Care Director. Once consultants adapted the concept, sales increased as well as worker cohesion. This presentation can be given professionally to corporate leaders and employees.
THE TRIPLE THREAT OF A GREAT LEADER
This presentation discusses the three main qualities a leader must have to gain the most out of the people who work for and around them. Jennifer breaks down the three characteristics “Inspiring, Innovative, with Integrity” so that leaders can have productive employees, meet deadlines, increase worker cohesion, while encouraging employees to be the best they can be personally and professionally. This presentation can be given to corporate leaders. It also can be tailored and given to youth organizations such as Boys and Girls Scouts of American as they learn how to be future leaders.
BEAUTY SCARS OF SURVIVAL
Jennifer transparently shares her experience of surviving domestic violence and the journey of healing. This thought-provoking presentation is to bring awareness to how one finds themselves in abusive relationships, how can they get out of it, and how to pick up the pieces to become whole again. This presentation can be given to shelters, churches, women and men organizations, colleges, and universities. In addition, this presentation can be tailored to assist corporate leaders in enhancing their knowledge of domestic violence and how it effects the work place.
THE UNSTOPPABLE YOU LEGACY – Workshop
Motivational multi-topic workshop to enhance, equip, and empower the audience to take personal responsibility in creating an unstoppable legacy. The Unstoppable You Workshop is a training platform that provides an open discussion between Jennifer and students in a journey of self-discovery. This enables the student to have an opportunity for self-realization and self-awareness that will be beneficial personally and professionally. Overall, once a student understands their personal potential, they can achieve maximum production at any corporate business or organization.
THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS THRIVER’S WORKSHOP
Training platform that provides an open discussion between myself and corporate leaders in a journey to improve business practices whether internally or externally. The purpose of this layered workshop is to stay competitive, meet and succeed industry standards, improve cost analysis, while reducing public relations nightmare. Overall, once a student understands how to incorporate these key elements into their business, they can achieve maximum production from employees, customer satisfaction and loyalty, as well as an increase in revenue. This workshop is to help businesses not just survive or exist, but to thrive while making an impact within the community they serve.
How Dare She? The Audacity to Demand More – Why Women Acting with Courage and Confidence is Good for Business and Life
- Ethics & Integrity
- Women in Business
- Corporate Culture
- Organizational Development
Called too tough for the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano made headlines in the media in June 2015 when she took a stand and confronted systemic problems of gender bias and lowered expectations for women. LtCol Germano fought back and became a national figure in the press by speaking out against discrimination and advocating for higher expectations and standards for women in the military. A 20-year career Marine and combat veteran, Kate has written extensively on the cultural challenges faced by service women, the change to official policy that opened all military jobs and units to women, and the need to de-segregate Marine Corps recruit training (the Marine Corps remains the only service to train men and women separately). Her writing has been published in national media outlets to include the New York Times, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post. She has also been featured on NPR, CSPAN, and the PBS Newshour.
Kate has a powerful and engaging speaking style mixed with a wonderful sense of humor. She easily connects with audiences and seamlessly combines her personal experiences with facts in order to discuss timely and important national-level issues while captivating her audience, creating lasting impressions, and fostering meaningful organizational change.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LIFE’S GOT YOU ON THE ROPES?
How having courage, staying true to yourself, and maintaining laser focus on your goals in the face of adversity will keep you in the game and make you a powerful asset in life and business. In this presentation, Kate discusses her perspectives on eliminating gender bias and the challenges she faced during her time as the commanding officer of Women Marine recruit training. It was during this period of adversity that she learned her true character and found her purpose in life. Her story of resilience and moral courage will inspire your organization as she highlights how she survived an extremely challenging career environment by sticking to her principles, which ultimately led to the Marine Corps expanding opportunities for women.
FROM THE RIFLE RANGE TO THE BOARD ROOM – THE POWER OF EXPECTATIONS
Kate presents examples from her tour as the Commanding Officer of the only all-female unit in the Department of Defense to explain how setting high standards for performance will lead to unprecedented success. She provides clear examples of how assumptions about race and gender and unconscious bias can negatively influence individual and organizational results, and how organizations can overcome these challenges to achieve their goals. Your employees and team members will be inspired to ditch the status quo in order to transition to a path of high performance, productivity and success.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
How much does gender really matter to your bottom line? Understanding how a culture of inclusion and diversity can positively influence your organization is essential to the success of your organization. As a woman officer in a male dominated career field for over 20 years, Kate draws on her expertise, her own successes and challenges to offer a unique perspective discussing the pitfalls of tokenism and how a culture of diversity and inclusion will positively impact your bottom line.
THE DOUBLE-BIND DILEMMA – FIVE WAYS TO OVERCOME GENDER STEREOTYPES TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE
More women are graduating from universities with four year and graduate degrees than men, but women are still woefully underrepresented in executive level positions. If you desire to change this dynamic in your organization, you will want to hear Kate talk about what her experience in the male-dominated Marine Corps taught her about overcoming stereotypes and gender bias. Kate will inspire your organization, teams, and individuals to make big and small changes to help level the playing field for performance, increase recruitment and retention of high quality women, and leverage expectations to ensure more women have the opportunity and desire to compete for top jobs in the C-suite.
GOOD AND NECESSARY TROUBLE – THE POWER OF CONSTRUCTIVE DISSENT
Do you view people who campaign for change in your organization as a nuisance or disloyal, not part of the team? Your view of constructive dissent may be holding your company back from achieving high performance, productivity and success. In this presentation, Kate talks about how her military experiences led to a national debate about women in combat and the roles of women in our military. Your organization will learn why constructive dissent is a powerful tool for organizational success.
Award Winning Author, Army Combat Veteran, Actress and Model, Passionate Veteran Advocate!
- Veteran Issues
Miyoko is a passionate veteran’s advocate and takes special interest in supporting and mentoring veterans through the transition period after deployment. She is an expert on the issues of military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress and suicide. She began her military career in the active duty Army in 1995 as a supply clerk and armorer in Air Defense Artillery, stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Bliss, Texas. After three years she joined the Iowa National Guard, was assigned to a transportation unit (and became a qualified truck driver), while she studied journalism and psychology at Iowa State University.
A Greenlee School of Journalism Scholarship recipient, she completed her degrees at the top of her class in 2004. Miyoko was mobilized twice—once after September 11th for the Force Protection Security team at Camp Dodge in Iowa for six months, then again in 2003 for a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that year, Miyoko completed over 70 supply-convoy, security and raid missions while also working as the unit journalist. During her nine years of service she earned 12 military decorations.
Miyoko’s current mission is to inform the non-uniformed public about military service, inspire veterans to work toward healing their invisible injuries through art therapy and remind her audience that everyone has a story of value to tell.
YOUR INNER WARRIOR: DISCOVER, ACCEPT, DEPLOY
Each of us has a warrior within. It takes different forms and isn’t about soldierhood but self-awareness and authenticity. Learn how to be an active participant-observer of your life and tap into your personal resources to elevate you in every area – professionally, socially and personally – giving you renewed purpose and passion for every day. Learn to embrace your true strengths and delegate to cover your weaknesses so that you are prepared for your battlefield, detecting the mines and pitfalls to become a champion in all circumstances.
TOUGH GIRL: BREAKING STEREOTYPES & FINDING BALANCE
You have what it takes to do the job, but becoming a leader doesn’t mean losing yourself? In male-dominated professions, desirable traits for executives are a win-at-all-costs attitude, emotional detachment, physical and/or verbal toughness-all stereotypical attributes of men. Women in leadership often play the role of a man in order to gain respect, but that strategy fails as it only reinforces that a woman is not good enough for the job. Learn how to find balance and ultimately victory through exercising the totality of your strengths.
FROM COMBAT TO LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Army Values are for Everyone: From Combat to Lights, Camera, Action!
Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage. We know what they mean, but what do they look like in the workplace or in our families? Ever notice that the people we look up to seem to be good at everything? That’s because having a universal strategy can work to improve your personal talent to focus, prioritize and follow through and also your relational ability to lead, mentor and co-create. From soldier to student to actor to writer-every successful career stands atop a solid foundation of values.
Dynamic ~ Energetic ~ Passionate ~ Life Changing!
Author ~ Speaker ~ Olympian ~ Veteran ~ Fitness Expert
Laticia’s passion, past experiences and transparency help women become empowered in both their personal and professional lives! She helps women conquer mental, emotional and physical barriers that prevent them from creating the lives and careers they want, desire and deserve!
Air Force veteran Laticia “Action” Jackson has been called one of the most dynamic and energetic personalities in the health promotion, body awareness, women’s health, fitness and personal development field. She’s a 2008 Fitness Olympian and 3-Time National Physique Committee (NPC) State Fitness Champion. Her academic background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a minor in Public Administration, B.S. Degree in Exercise Physiology, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, Certified Master Level Personal Trainer, Certified Weight Loss Counselor and Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialists. She was voted “In Weekly’s Best Personal Trainer on the Gulf Coast 2016.
She’s received both national and international recognition by being featured as a top-level athlete in over 20 health, fitness and wellness publications with her latest feature in Oxygen Fitness Magazine Australia 2017. She’s been the guest go-to health & fitness expert for TV shows such as C.W. 31 Good Day Sacramento, Blab TV, Council on Aging, WEAR 3 Channel 3, Fitness Friday’s before the Steve Harvey in the Morning Show and many more. She’s the author six women’s health and fitness training books and has been a writer for health and fitness magazines and companies such as Activewear USA.
Action Jackson is often called upon from national population health organizations such as The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association and The American Cancer Society to use her expertise for nation-wide health promotion and health awareness events that address chronic preventable illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes for at risk populations.
Her amazing ability to connect with her audience and tell a story has led to numerous invitations to speak at annual women’s empowerment events such as The Emmett Tills Legacy Foundation’s Loving from the Inside Out Women’s Symposium, Favor House White Rose Luncheon, E3 Women’s Empowerment Conference, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Paint the City Pink Breast Cancer Event, The Powerful Women of The Gulf Coast Pursue Your Passion Business Conference and additional speaking events that provide women with the tools to enhance and transform their professional and personal life.
She’s a survivor of domestic violence and believes there’s no power in silence. Therefore she continues to travel the world speaking on the warning signs of domestic violence as a domestic violence advocate.
- Master’s Degree Public Health/ Public Administration
- S. Degree Exercise Science
- Associate of Arts Degree In Human Performance
- Certified Corporate Wellness Coach
- Certified Master Level Personal Trainer
- Certified Weight Loss Counselor
- Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialists
- Certified Tobacco Cessation Facilitator ( Navy Certified)
- Certified Coaching Healthy Behaviors (Navy Certified)
- Certified Choose Healthy Options For Wellness (Navy Certified)
- Certified Ship Shape Navy Fitness Facilitator and Coach
- 2008 Fitness Olympian
- 3-Time National Physique Fitness Champion
- Women’s Health, Wellness and Fitness Writer
- Featured in Over 20 Health, Wellness, Personal Development and Fitness Publications
- CW 31 Good Day Sacramento
- Blab TV
- Sierra Alternative Middle School
- Pensacola State College
- University of West Florida
- The Progressive Black Woman
- The Pensacola Network
- Financial Mainstay E3 Women’s Conference
- WEAR 3 Channel 3 News
- Council On Aging
- West Florida Hospital
- Brokers International Firm
- The Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast
- The Favour House: Domestic Violence Shelter
- Life Long Learners
Self-Published Health, Wellness and Fitness Training books by Action Jackson
- “Goodbye Skinny, Hello Size Healthy- A Woman’s Guide To Becoming Healthy, Happy and Satisfied”
- “Changing The Norm- A Black Woman’s Guide to Eating, Feeling and Looking Her Best”
- “Yes Girls Lift- A Girl’s Fitness Guide To Becoming Fit, Confident and Strong”
- “Fit, Empowered and Unstoppable- A Woman’s Guide To Becoming Her Fittest, Most Empowered and Unstoppable Self!”
THE POWER OF YOU! KeyNote
5 Ways To Tap Into Your Unique Qualities, Personality and Awesomeness to Create The Life and Career You’ve Always Dreamed Of.
In a world crowded with comparisons and concepts of sameness, individuals often shy away from their authentic selves! The fear of becoming an outlier or deviation from the norm often leads individuals to living safe, unfulfilled lives and careers. This can result in discontentment, stress and poor health! This thought-provoking, engaging and action-packed presentation will teach your audience:
- Identify the impact of other people’s expectations and the impact they have on your personal and professional decisions
- Confront life and career decisions that leave us unengaged and passionless
- Accept and embrace your innate personality to match yourself with the right career and business path
- Become your best advertisement in business and life
- Rock your awesomeness and create the life you’ve always dreamed of!
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOUR BODY OR YOURSELF Keynote
3 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Body and Yourself Again
There’s a subliminal message that once a woman reaches a certain age that it is all downhill from there. Societal expectations of beauty, changes in hormones and other life transitions can often lead women to feeling invaluable, uncertain and unfulfilled. This funny, informative and educational presentation will teach your audience:
- How to decode the belief that the aging process is a negative experience.
- The importance of resistance training and exercise to ward off osteoporosis, sarcopenia and other women related health conditions
- How to create a new normal, by fully embracing your current position in life despite life changes
- How to embrace other women as a way to fully embrace yourself
YOUR PERSONAL STRUGGLES CAN BECOME YOUR BRANDING PLATFORM! Keynote
In her transparent, interactive and emotional presentation, Action Jackson shares her domestic violence experience and how she could have lost her life. Throughout her presentation she discusses how through her struggles she learned to love herself, forgive others and redefine success. In a passionate and comprehensive way she explains to her audience how they too can use their struggles to propel them forward in their professional and personal life.
- How to use your struggles to build resiliency and determination
- How struggles can create compassionate business and personal relationships
- How struggles lead to better leadership
- How struggles make life more valuable
- How struggles can be used to tell a story and build your brand
HEALTHY TO THE TOP! Keynote
Helping Women Remain Healthy as They Grow In Business, Career and Life
According to a 2016 study conducted by American Express entitled “The 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report”, between 2007 and 2015 there was an increase of 3.5 million women owned firms. Women-owned firms are contributing to improving employment rates and making trillion dollars economic contributions to the marketplace.
With the increase in business ownership and career development, women remain tasked with the act of juggling family life, community obligations, taking care of aging parents and so much more. This often leads to no time for self-care. As a result of minimal self-care many women become overworked, overwhelmed and unfortunately overweight resulting in costly chronic illnesses such as diabetes, some forms of cancer and high blood pressure. Laticia teaches her audience the following:
- The Power of Saying No and Setting Personal Boundaries
- How To Ask for Help Without Feelings of Guilt
- The Importance of Having a Healthy Versus Skinny Body
- How Proper Nutrition Can Create Brain Power and Increase Business Creativity
- How to Become Your Best Assets in Life and Business
- The Seven Pillars Of Wellness and Why They Are Important For Business Success
FIT, EMPOWERED & UNSTOPPABLE Workshop
Teaching Women How To Become Their Fittest Most Empowered Selves!
On a daily basis women are bombarded by subliminal messages of bodily perfection and beauty. These messages are often flaunted throughout social media and found on the pages of women’s health, wellness and fitness magazines. These messages enforce unattainable expectations of what every woman’s body should look like. This can often leave women feeling insecure, frustrated and defeated. In this interactive presentation workshop attendees will learn:
- How to set S.M.A.R.T. fitness and weight loss goals,
- How to not allow the scale to dictate their self-worth and self-esteem
- Instructs women on how to lift weights properly,
- Identifies the benefits of staying strong to ward off osteoporosis, sarcopenia and other illnesses
- How to use exercise as a stress management tool
High Performance Strategist showing you how to stay at the top of your game in business and in life thru leadership, language and lifestyle
- Personal Development
- Peak Performance Wellness
- Women in Business
Dr. Karen Jacobson, a High Performance Strategist, shows high achieving entrepreneurs, executives and leaders how to stay at the top of their game. She empowers you to breakthrough any hidden limitations that might be holding you back from maintaining successful careers; while regaining balance in your life, your health and your relationships, Dr. Jacobson provides you with strategies to unlock your ultimate potential and live an extraordinary life!
For over 23 years, Dr. Jacobson has been sharing a message of High Performance Living as she touched the lives of countless people around the world. Her focus on supporting people in their journey to live their best lives through the pillars of Leadership, Language and LifeStyle has come from her own life experience. Her role as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Israeli Army Intelligence and other leadership roles throughout her profession and community have given Dr. Jacobson an advantage when working with like-minded professionals and leaders.
Dr. Jacobson believes your personal blueprint in life is rooted in your perception of the world, mindset, emotions and belief system. Her personal motto is “Design life of possibility rather than limitation, a life of choice, not chance!”
Dr. Jacobson is a speaker and international Bestselling author. She has been featured as an expert, across various media outlets, including radio, TV and print.
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SUCCESS – LET WORDS CREATE YOUR FUTURE
There are many ways in which you can communicate with the world around you, body language, voice and words. The words are only 7% of your communication the meaning behind them can have great impact. It starts with what you say to yourself and what you share with others. Discover the power behind your vocabulary and how you can use language to create success in your life.
- Dramatically increase your value in the marketplace by understanding the relationship between consciousness, connection and communication
- Increase your bottom line. By applying small changes will bring you closer to your goals and improve your results.
- Build an empowering presence and develop the skills to uplevel your communication in networking, sales or speaking events
7 STRATEGIES TO HIGH PERFORMANCE LIVING
To get to the top you must have a plan, everyone has success strategies. Learn the power of Focus, Intention & transformation in creating the mindset & body for High performance in life & in business. The power is in who you are being. As you elevate yourself, you elevate your health, your relationships & your business
- 7 keys to performing at your best creating the habits to play at your best
- Tips and tricks on reducing stress in your life and restoring a sense of wellbeing
- Skills to master important area in your life
- Creating the life you desire, regaining balance and time for yourself and loved ones.
- Daily success strategies that will help you set the tone for your day
PURPOSE DRIVEN LEADERSHIP – FOLLOW YOUR CALLING AND BUILD ROARING SUCCESS
- Discover how to find your P.L.A.C.E. as a leader
- Naturally tap into your own strengths & improve your confidence
- Effectively communicate & empower your team
THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT – YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ONCE YOU SET YOUR MIND TO IT
- Discover the 7 strategies of High Performance Living
- Learn about the G.I.F.T. and the power of personal transformation.
- Tap into your inner strength and live your dreams
UNLOCK YOUR ULTIMATE HEALER! THE POWER TO HEAL LIES WITHIN YOU
- Be Empowered to Take Charge of Your Own Health
- Learn the real effects of stress on your health & how to overcome them.
- Discover the 4 keys to unlock your ultimate potential in overall health.
CLAIMING THE LIFE YOU ARE WORTHY OF LIVING – HOW TO STOP “SELF” SABOTAGE
- Breaking the Myth of Big Ego
- Finding your value at work and in relationship
- Making peace with your inner critic
RUNNING ON EMPTY – THE FAST PACED LIFE & ADRENAL FATIGUE
Audience will learn to naturally reduce stress & improve their health, heal themselves naturally
- Running on Empty – Adrenal fatigue and Burnout
- Learn how your lifestyle determines your health & ways to improve it
- Take back the control – The Body – Mind approach
Internationally Known Speaker, Business Consultant, Coach, Christian Minister, Author, Leadership Trainer & Advisor
- Life Balance
- Master of Ceremonies/Emcee
KM Johnson Davis is an internationally known Speaker, Business Consultant, Coach, Christian Minister, Author, and Leadership Trainer & Advisor. She is the Executive Director of Faith By Design, and Principal of Emergeify, Inc. a Consultancy Firm.
KM is an inspirational speaker and life coach who connects personal stories to real-life situations. Her animations, voice inflections, and charisma have audiences listening intently. Inspiring others to pursue a more intimate relationship with God and increase their faith are what she does best!
Her first book, “Knowing The Struggle Is Over!” is the foundation for many of her topics resulting in a continuous effort for her readers, clients and herself to keep pushing forward!
Her quotes such as, “Just because you’re in a situation, doesn’t mean you have to be that situation,” or “You’re not the situation you’re in!” show her ability to shape one topic around multiple issues. As a Speaker, Faith Empowerment Coach, and Author with over 15 years military experience she has had the opportunity to help many people in various circumstances.
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, KM Johnson Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Florida A&M University. She received her Christian Life Coach Certification with the Professional Christian Coaching & Counseling Academy. She has earned her a second Bachelor Degree in Theology from a Bible Studies Institute in Houston Texas and is ordained and licensed by Bishop Williams of New Testament Pentecostal Church.
Serving as an officer in the US Army, positioned Minister Davis with the ability to coach and mentor people from all ages, genders, beliefs, and walks of life. Her coaching style is to take the individual along the journey of discovery according to the path that individual determines is the way to travel. Her preaching and teaching style is to break the word of God down in a way to remove any confusion and to help the congregation gain a deeper understanding that can be applied to their everyday lives.
KM specializes additionally in helping those who specifically are looking to increase their faith, understanding and belief. As well as those who know they are called to a higher purpose but are unsure or afraid. KM will help you to take that leap of faith confidently.
Enrich the lives of your audience with the “enchanting” spirit of inspirational and motivational speaker, KM Johnson Davis. As KM states in her book, “It is what it is, but what it is will NOT affect my disposition!” Statements such as these are what KM utilizes in order to show the audience that regardless of how things look, it should not keep you from your destiny, and divine purpose.
KM Johnson Davis customizes each speaking engagement, paying special attention to your specific needs, including educational seminars, women’s conferences, church organizational events and overcoming adversities for all audiences.
- KNOWING THE STRUGGLE IS OVER
- CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
- SEEDS OF F.A I.T.H
- THE TOTAL WOMAN
- THE VISIONARY IN YOU
- BEING A CHRISTIAN IN THIS “NOT-SO” CHRISTIAN WORLD
- LIFE BALANCE
- DATING TO MARRY
- OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
- TIME MANAGEMENT
- OVERCOMING FEAR
- WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE
Professional, experienced storyteller with a gift for encouraging and supporting change and growth.
- Women Ministries
Cari Kaufman is an intuitive and innovative Leadership, Career and Personal Coach and motivational speaker who energizes leaders to identify and overcome performance and communication barriers while building highly successful organizations and developing a unique and compelling personal brand.
Cari’s experiences run the gamut from military officer to stay-at-home mom and give her a unique perspective into everyday life. Her calm-under-fire approach to the transitions in life make her the perfect partner to help navigate the waters of change.
Cari graduated from the University of Arkansas, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, and spent four years serving her country in one of the most highly deployed units in the American military. In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Soldier’s Medal for Heroism, after rescuing a young girl from a gang rape and single handedly dispatching several attackers.
After leaving the military, Cari became the factory manager in a plastics manufacturing facility. While there, she became the primary liaison for labor union negotiations, eventually becoming known for her ability to diffuse tense situations and broker satisfying solutions for all parties. After the birth of her first child, Cari put her time management and leadership skills to the test as a stay-at-home mother of two children. She has also served as the Community Services Representative and Veterans Services Liaison for Home Instead Senior Care, giving her the opportunity to give back to those who have served our country.
As a coach, Cari uses her keen intuition and well-rounded insight to help her clients regain perspective and forward momentum in their lives. In addition to coaching, Cari is a talented and energetic speaker and an experienced facilitator who can address a wide variety of subjects including leadership, retention, customer service and more.
In July 2009, Cari surrendered to the a Call to women’s ministry and began using her gifts as a teambuilding coach to help women’s groups around the country build close, healthy relationships and become successful teams. This retreat ministry focuses specifically on church and para-church organizations, but has extended to groups as widespread as Susan G Komen and Inspired Girls Success Summits. Cari’s first book, “Living Life with Strings Attached,” a guidebook to restoring biblical friendship was published in March 2010.
Cari lives with her fabulous husband, Charlie in the heart of Northwest Arkansas and they have two amazing children, Alexander and Elizabeth.
Mary makes improving productivity and developing leadership skills attainable and entertaining. Best-selling author of leadership books creates interactive program experiences.
- Business Growth
- Best-selling Author
With over twenty years of leadership experience and a diverse background in the U.S. and abroad, CDR/Dr. Kelly has extensive experience in the areas of Leadership, Productivity, Business Growth, Human Resources, Organizational Management, and Economic Development. Mary has a track record for success as an organizational change agent.
Dr. Kelly developed a business model for the computer and telecommunications organization for personnel hiring, training and retention that was adopted globally by the U. S. Navy. Managing culturally diverse teams, she orchestrated organizational changes for over 3,000 personnel for 2 military base closures. Her ability to problem solve and provide innovative solutions enabled her to transform the Navy’s largest pay and personnel organization from the lowest in customer satisfaction to the highest in the nation in 18 months, with 23% fewer employees.
As a speaker and presenter, Mary pulls from her diverse experience to provide keynote presentations that are engaging and compelling, leaving audiences wanting more. With a warm, entertaining, and sincere style, CDR Kelly uses her vast knowledge to provide informative presentations that hold the interest of her audience.
After over 20 of years of leading diverse teams all over the world, Dr. Kelly’s approach to leadership is immediately practical and applicable. She has real world leadership experience and she shares it with her groups. Her Leadership Lessons from the Dog discussion is an enjoyable, interactive approach to getting the behaviors you want from the people who surround you. The communication session focuses on solving and resolving common misunderstandings in the workplace. Finally, Dr. Kelly helps her audiences stay mindful of what is important for success. CDR Kelly’s program suggestions can be applied as soon as the audience leaves the room with immediate results.
A popular speaker for both the U.S. Naval Academy and Hawaii Pacific University’s Speakers’ Bureaus on topics of finance, leadership, communication, and management. As an Emcee, Mary facilitates panels for economic, leadership, and business conferences. She has conducted over 3,000 seminars on financial, business, human resources, management and leadership topics to all levels of private and government corporations.
Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned an M.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma, and M.A. in history from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in economics from Greenwich University.
MASTER YOUR WORLD: 10 LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY, PROFITS, AND COMMUNICATION
One of Mary’s most popular presentations! In this informative, engaging and entertaining program you’ll learn what it takes to be a great leader, which will, in turn, result in a great team. Leadership is all about creating a vision as well as executing the strategy. Leadership is also why people, and companies, succeed or fail. Some people believe leadership is limited to the people at the top, but real leadership happens at all levels in every organization.
True leaders strategically plan and implement long-term programs to take advantage of talent and increase morale throughout the organization.
Everyone benefits when leaders apply three core techniques, and then refine them with seven critical applications. Mary can’t wait to share these key pieces of leadership knowledge with you! This program is engaging and immediately applicable. Master Your World is packed with templates and tools so leaders can achieve optimal results.
So what can you expect to learn by selecting this inspirational program?
In this presentation Mary will teach you:
- What most employees are not getting from their leaders and managers that they need in order to be more effective and successful in the workplace
- How to implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork and better engage those around you
- How to improve personal and professional productivity with less stress
- Ways to best use your networks and relationships to further your influence and your business
- How to find the keys to being happier and more productive at work (and at home) by applying the Master Your World techniques
360 ° OF LEADERSHIP: STEERING AROUND THE ICEBERGS
Great leadership is an upside down pyramid. You as the leader are there to support the people working for you. Great leaders build effective teams and remind managers and leaders to communicate, develop employees, listen, and strategize for optimal results.
The military asks employees to sleep at work, but your organization doesn’t expect your people to work for several weeks without a day off. Learn the secrets of leadership and motivation from a 21-year Navy veteran who lead multi-cultural teams all over the world in this thought-provoking, action-packed session. This program is designed for teambuilding, experienced managers, and senior management.
Is the 360° of Leadership the right program for your group? In this powerful and thought provoking session, you will learn the following:
- What to consider as you assume a new role with new responsibilities
- How to communicate effectively with your diverse workforce
- What most employees wish their leaders knew
- Ways to use the strengths of your workplace demographics
- How to motivate employees even without a budget
Let Mary help you navigate the waters of the workplace, we promise you won’t even need a floatation device!
WHY LEADERS FAIL AND THE 7 PRESCRIPTIONS FOR SUCCESS
The news is full of leadership failures. Many good people, when they rise to leadership positions, fail. Good leadership seems easy in theory but actually living, executing, and fostering strong, effective leadership in corporations and organizations is tough.
The military focus on leadership is not an accident. Leadership is most critical during times of crisis. As Mary says, “Anyone can lead a team of highly-motivated, well-paid, good-hearted employees when there are no problems. That isn’t leadership.” Leadership happens when things are tough and there are problems to solve.
The program and resulting book, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success, developed from studying over 10,000 military, government, and business people, and analyzing what makes successful leaders. Mary Kelly and Peter Stark realized that there are 7 overarching reasons why leaders fail. They created 49 Prescriptions for Success to help well-intentioned leaders become trusted advisors, respected advocates, and highly effective team builders.
In this cutting-edge program, participants will gain:
- Insight into behaviors that may be sabotaging the loyalty of their direct reports
- Understanding about why their top talent may not be performing up to their potential
- Tools to align team goals with organizational mission
- Awareness of how they are perceived by their direct reports, peers, and supervisors
- The 49 Prescriptions for Success
- A personalized leadership assessment to help identify leadership strengths and weaknesses
CHANGE MANAGEMENT: SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Change is fun for some people, but miserable for others. Personality type, job position, seniority, and past experiences all determine how different people react to the idea of changing the way they conduct business. Understanding how people will react and addressing their concerns in advance of implementation can determine the success or failure of the new process.
Change management is a critical part of any organization that leads, manages, or enables people to accept and embrace new processes, technologies, systems, structures and values. This fun and interactive experience explores how health care professionals can maximize new opportunities and help others understand the change process.
The intent of effective change management is to:
- Address the concerns and barriers of the people who will need to adopt the new methods.
- Address the concerns and trepidation of the supporting roles.
- Overcome the uncertainty obstacles that impede necessary change to achieve greater effectiveness.
- Ensure that everyone in the organization is ready, willing, and able to perform his or her role in the new environment.
Outcomes: Through this entertaining and interactive session focusing on leadership at all levels, we increase productivity. Participants learn how to enact change, how to explain why the change is being implemented, how it is going to benefit them, and why adapting to the new system is in their best self-interest. We overcome ambiguities, barriers, resistance, and reluctance to change behavior and methodologies.
15 WAYS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN EVERY ECONOMY
You are wonderful with clients, you understand what you need to do to stay current in your field, and you have a great staff, but running a business is tough.
Wouldn’t it be great to prosper all the time? Would you like to grow your business regardless of the economy? Do you want to be recession-proof?
In this fast-paced, dynamic, and fun session, renowned economist, speaker and leadership expert Mary C. Kelly, PhD covers 15 ways to assist business owners in more effective marketing, enhanced productivity, and achieving greater profits all the time. Mary would love to help you grow your business!
- Learn how to put together a dynamite, well-organized business plan that defines your business strategy with Mary’s easy-to-use, fill-in-the-blank templates
- Discover how to use your business relationships to further your business with a structured referral system
- Be able to track the strengths and weaknesses of your teams to best assign tasks, align goals, and achieve optimal outcomes
- Implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork, improve personal and professional productivity, and better engage those around you using a daily tracking tool
- And 11 other actions that grow your business
LEADING TEAMS: 10 MILITARY SECRETS FOR BUILING EFFECTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE TEAMS
Getting people to work together is challenging. Office tension, competition, gossip, personal agendas and pettiness reduce morale and productivity.
Do you ever wonder how the military recruits people from diverse environments and coalesces them into cooperative, fighting teams?
Find out how you can use military approaches to enhance communication and teamwork, develop integration, and facilitate a positive work environment. In this workshop you can expect to learn:
- Ways to be more productive in less time
- Ways to work together to accomplish more
- How to communicate clearly among all levels
- How to set and exceed expectations
- Ways to conquer the obstacles that create barriers to effective teamwork
- To use the strengths of people you work with despite cross generational gaps
The military forges cohesive teams and develops leaders, and you can too!
What Glass Ceiling?
Identify and overcome the obstacles that stand between you and your ultimate potential.
- Personal Branding
- Sales Training and Strategies
- Nailing the Interview
- Embracing Leadership
Anne Leanos graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy when only twelve percent of students were women, and served in high-visibility positions within the Navy’s Public Affairs specialty. An outstanding communicator, from crisis response to community outreach, she served as principal media liaison on a diplomatic team that worked with foreign countries and was selected by the Navy to perform as Master of Ceremonies at Hero Street USA’s Memorial Day commemoration honoring Mexican-American Veterans.
A master at personal branding, who has coached others to do the same, Anne has leveraged the confidence and grit she’s developed through overcoming obstacles facing women in the military for achievement throughout her career. She holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is experienced in marketing, sales, retail management and developing leaders. Anne has worked both as an entrepreneur and as a leader in corporate America.
Soon after leaving the Navy, Anne found success running her own Mary Kay business, and her ability to build high performing teams earned her multiple Pink Cadillacs and company awards. Recognizing unique accomplishment in the speed of her business growth, Mary Kay handpicked her to speak and train at National Conventions.
Anne’s unique combination of military, sales and business development experience lent to success as a Macy’s Inc. Vice President, where she turned a store from last in its district to number three company-wide. Anne has blended her military experience with a love of education, personal growth and business savvy to innovate in her new role as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Eureka College. Anne maintains her ties to the Navy, where she serves as a Commander in the Reserves, using her public relations expertise to engage with corporate, media, civic, and education leaders to elevate public awareness of the Navy.
Sales & Productivity
From goal setting, to time management, to how to follow up and close, Anne shares how the principles she learned in the military parallel business success traits, and how she implemented them at different organizations across the spectrum of businesses serving customers. Learn how to increase sales from new customers and how to leverage repeat, loyal customers for a constant cash flow stream.
The Art of Networking
Learn how to network yourself into your dream career! Networking is a total person approach involving face-to-face, social media and follow up. Learn proven techniques in relationship building that will lead you to personal and professional fulfillment.
Entrepreneurship/Sales and Marketing
From Grey Hull to Pink Cadillac; Anne will share how life lessons from the military translated into small business success that anyone can achieve-when they are simply willing to do the work.
Coaching and Mentoring – From the Boat to the Boardroom
A Navy Commander shares how life lessons from the military allowed her to effectively coach and mentor several teams through successful turn-around situations.
Learning how to lead doesn’t happen overnight. Naval Academy graduate and Naval Officer, Anne Leanos, shares how incorporating honor, courage and commitment into your interactions with people at your workplace or volunteer organization will help you to develop a reputation as a leader who people trust and respect.
Anne shares how principles and traits learned during 18 years in the military translate into business growth. Learn how incorporating honor, courage and commitment will grow you professionally and lead your organization to successful outcomes such as process improvement, improved customer satisfaction, cost savings and increased top line sales.
Anne Leanos graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy when only 12% of students were women, learned how to navigate relationships through healthy conflict during her military career and leveraged that knowledge for fantastic team engagement that led to improved top line results in the private sector. Healthy Conflict is Productive. Learn Why and How to Channel Conflict for Improved Performance and Sustainable Results.
Balancing Motherhood, Marriage and Career – Work Life Intrusion, Integration, or Balance?
As a Naval Officer who married a Naval Officer, Anne learned how to balance grueling schedules, solo parenting, a job search and transitioning to the private sector; where she has landed her dream career. Learn how to soar with your strengths, take control and work to live, not live to work.
As a professional, woman military officer, Anne learned the value of diversity first-hand. Hear the business case for diversity, and how to go about building a diverse team with examples from Anne’s military experience as well as her vast experience in sales and marketing in corporate America and Higher Education.
Workshops & Coaching Programs – Anne offers customized Workshops and Coaching Programs
- Sales and Productivity
- Building your Personal Brand
- Public Speaking and Presentations
- Interacting with the News Media
- Resume Writing
- Goal Setting
- Work Life Balance
- Small Business Development
Combat Aviator, Keynote Speaker, Award-Winning Author, Entrepreneur, Women Veteran Speakers Bureau Owner
- Family / Work Balance
Linda is an award-winning author, business owner, leadership development professional, speaker and former military aviator and officer. She is also the CEO of Women Veteran Speakers – Speakers Bureau & Booking Agency.
Linda spent 20 years in the Navy, first as an enlisted air traffic controller and then as a Naval Flight Officer, flying both the A-6 “Intruder” and EA-6B “Prowler.”
She was one of the first women in U.S. history to join a combat military flying squadron and received numerous military awards, including the distinguished air medal for combat, awarded for flights flown over Southern Iraq in support of the no-fly zone during her deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
She also was the first woman to eject from a Martin Baker ejection seat from her A-6 aircraft in 1991 over the Atlantic Ocean. Since retiring from the Navy in 2004, Linda started her second career working as a defense contractor supporting aviation and submarine programs.
She currently is a senior systems engineer for a major defense aircraft program. She is also an author, event speaker, and the owner of Women Veteran Speakers – Speakers Bureau & Booking Agency.
Her award-winning book—Military Fly Moms ~ Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope, was published in 2012, and is a biographical collection of the inspiring true stories and photographs of seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming aviators in the military, and being moms.
Linda speaks throughout the country on topics such as Passing Down a Legacy, Leadership & Women, Women & Non-traditional Careers, Margin & Life Balance, Transitioning from Military Leadership to Business Leadership, and Aviation for K-12 Groups.
There is a deep curiosity to peer inside an old chest or trunk in the attic! What causes this spark of interest? There is a tiny spark of hope as we peek inside, of finding unique treasures hidden within the depths. People long for a legacy. Linda offers a thought-provoking presentation highlighting the importance of passing down a lasting legacy to our children and to future generations.
LIVING A LIFE OF MARGIN
Managing family, career and life priorities requires insight, thought and planning… and can leave little time to pursue ones dreams and live a life of excellence. Many people these days feel like their lives are on fast forward and are stressed running from place to place with no time to spare. As a former military officer, business leader, and as a busy mom, Linda Maloney knows from her own personal experience the challenges of juggling family, life, and career demands. Linda will inspire you to achieve a margin-filled perspective and create margin in your day-to-day life… so that you can live a life of excellence in all the areas of your life.
GETTING TO YOUR DESTINATION: MISSION SUCCESS = BUSINESS SUCCESS
Linda Maloney was one of the first female combat aviators to fly onboard a Navy aircraft carrier after the combat exclusion law was repealed in 1993, which allowed women to fly combat missions. She knows, firsthand, what it takes to succeed in a high-tempo and competitive environment. Linda and her aircrew completed many successful combat missions, and those experiences and lessons have followed her into the business world. Linda shares the essential steps that she used from flight preparation to mission debrief to achieve success in the business and corporate world.
FLIGHT PLANNING FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION
A special presentation (including a short breathtaking flight video and hands-on opportunity to try to flight gear) geared toward young peoples’ groups and schools. With aviation flair, Linda combines all the elements of a flight, from preflight to touchdown, highlighting what it takes for our younger generation to stay on track and achieve goals.
Linda shares her own personal testimony that spans the course of her military aviation career including her experiences ejecting from an aircraft over the ocean to her experiences as a wife and mom. Her presentation also includes unique inspiring photographs that accompany her personal story of grace, recovery and hope.
Former US. Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, Energizing, Entertaining, and Enlightening YOUR Next Event, Inspiring YOUR Leaders to ACTION
- Successful Business Strategies
- Women in Business
Former US. Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, Energizing, Entertaining, and Enlightening YOUR Next Event by Inspiring YOUR Leaders to ACTION with unique stories from her experiences in Aviation with take-aways that are immediately implementable and WILL EMPOWER your leaders and teams to STAND UP and get RESULTS.
“Elizabeth is an Experience Maker” – So much more than your keynote speaker, Elizabeth McCormick’s goal is to be a part of your conference attendees’ EXPERIENCE.
When you book Elizabeth for your event, you’ll receive more than customized content given from the stage!
Most speakers will schedule a conference call with you prior to the event and customize their content. Elizabeth does this and so much more…..
Seeking more registrations? Elizabeth will shoot a customized video just for your event to embed into your registration page or include in your emails. Having this video has proven to increase registrations 13%
Want your registered attendees to feel special? “I can’t wait to see you!” Elizabeth will also shoot a customized video just for your event thanking your attendees for registering and sharing a few of the exciting things they have in store – what ever you provide!
Composing newsletter or blog content? Elizabeth will write a blog post/newsletter article on a topic of your choice.
During the Event (In Flight)
Most speakers just show up, some show up right before their speaking time and leave shortly after.
Creating an experience for your attendees? Elizabeth is willing to stay for your entire event (as requested). Attendees LOVE being able to connect with the keynote speaker before and after they speak. Elizabeth will wear her flight suit (unless requested otherwise) and be available in a designated place for pictures, autographs and book sales. She is friendly and personable with your attendees.
“Elizabeth is just as genuine in the hallway as she is on stage!” ~ Ilda G. event attendee
Have VIP’s? Top performers? Give them an additional perk of being seated with Elizabeth at a meal, or special meet and greet time during the event. Have a charity you’re supporting during the event? Auction a seat at the table with Elizabeth or front row seating during her keynote. Elizabeth will work with you to ensure attendees feel special.
Unique Gifts for your attendees? If requested in advance, Elizabeth will provide each attendee with a silicone wristband in your company color with her signature message: “See a Need, LEAD”
Add a personal touch? Autographs, photo opportunities and personal Q & A time. Elizabeth is often chosen as the “CLOSER” keynote to energize audiences, empower individuals, and anchor objectives; Elizabeth plans on staying as long as it takes. Every attendee who would like a picture taken with Elizabeth, will leave with one!
After the Event (Post-Flight)
As you know, just because the event is over, doesn’t mean it’s over…
What worked? What needs improvement? Elizabeth will be available for a post event call to after action review the event. What keynote message really resonated with the attendees? What message could use more emphasis?
Emphasize objectives! Elizabeth will shoot a short training video emphasizing one lesson or message. This can be for the attendees, or to send to those who were unable to attend.
Composing newsletter or blog content? Elizabeth will write a blog post/newsletter article on that topic of your choice.
Elizabeth truly connects with your audience throughout the event and makes it an “EXPERIENCE” for them. Why wait? Book Elizabeth Now.
What events can I hire Elizabeth for?
Opening and Closing Energizing Keynote Speaking * Business Seminars Association Conferences and Conventions * Sales Meetings * Emcee Women’s Conferences * Leadership Team Meetings Youth Assemblies College Conferences and Training Events
Anywhere you need an audience inspired, motivated, energized! Your Audience will Leave Empowered!
Have breakout sessions to fill next?
When Elizabeth is booked as your keynote speaker, you have the option to book Elizabeth for breakout session(s) the day before or after her keynote for no additional speaker fee. Additional hotel and per diem expenses may apply.
** Liz offers customizable speaking topics
SOAR 2 SUCCESS! (Keynote)
Elizabeth’s most requested Energizing and Entertaining Keynote
Through her real life experiences about being a US Army Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Elizabeth uses humor and vulnerability to share the lessons learned relating to today’s business and life. Your audience will be inspired to Soar 2 Success!
Your Audience will be learn to:
- Believe in themselves to accomplish their goals no matter what is happening around them.
- Determine their success factor within them to focus on being their best.
- Lead from where they are, influencing others to climb to a higher level of success.
F.L.Y. FIRST LEAD YOURSELF (Keynote)
Leadership Keynote- Elizabeth teaches your audience to Fly a Helicopter!
US. Army Black Hawk Pilot, Elizabeth McCormick, shares the secrets to her success in life and business while overcoming overwhelming obstacles as a helicopter pilot.
Real life experiences are presented with humor and candor, inspiring your audience to FLY! Your audience will leave knowing how to:
- Unlock the key to boosting their confidence
- Discover the success principle that raises their satisfaction
- Lead with the three pillars of C.A.N. leadership
- Soar to a higher level of success when influencing others to lead
THE P.I.L.O.T. METHOD (Workshop)
Workshop Training based on Elizabeth’s popular personal development book The P.I.L.O.T. Method
Elizabeth reveals her life and business success formula, directly from her book by the same name, in this motivational keynote.
Your audience will leave feeling:
- Reignited with a passion for their abilities in business
- Driven to lead themselves and others to a higher level of success
- Focused and energized to act on the lessons taught in the P.I.L.O.T. Method
SOAR 2 SUCCESS WITH YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE
Soar 2 Success – Elizabeth’s most requested presentation customized and tailored to customer service training.
Elizabeth shares her story of becoming and being a helicopter pilot in a humorous way that relates to both men and women then segue-way that into high performance principles for business!
- Belief ZONE- Confidence leads to Competence to Excellence – starts with YOU
- Practice Makes…. Perfect – Or does it? Practice Makes PERMANENT (with the story of how I almost failed flight school) — how you perform every day makes a difference day over day
- Implementation– How to get more DONE! Improve focus and achievement!
- Leadership– Using my 3 principles of CAN Leadership:
- Communicate- being proactive and more effective
- Aviate- taking action
- Navigate- knowing where you are going and thinking through the outcomes
- Optimal Performance– Maintaining and sustaining a higher level of performance through Focus (yes again!) and positive attitude. Most importantly learn the 2 strategies to LIFT your attitude (time dependent)!!
Best-Selling Author – Non-Profit Founder – Speaker Consultant – Survivor – Cover Girl
- Best-Selling Author
- Sales Strategies
- Triumph Through Tragedy
Karen R. Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny. A car accident in 2007 when she was hit by a very drunk driver (.221) on the interstate traveling over 100 mph was the genesis that led her to start Fulfill Your Destiny that helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Karen is an award winning, best-selling author. Karen’s book, Plaintiff 101 The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know, a #1 Amazon Best Seller and #1 Hot New Release explains in layman’s terms how to protect yourself and your family financially before and during the litigation process. It’s a must read for every driver!
Karen uses an entrepreneurial business model that she’s overlaid onto a non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 11 ways, 5 of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation. Karen is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by bringing business and community together.
As a professional motivational speaker, Karen has shared with thousands of people across the United States. All fees for Karen’s speaking and consulting engagements are paid directly to the 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit, Fulfill Your Destiny.
Karen is an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), having served over 20 years in the military Intelligence and Comptroller career fields, Karen is sought after to share key leadership tips she has learned in her Air Force career. Her leadership experience includes having had the rare opportunity to serve as the Commander of two back-to-back Comptroller Squadrons. In an overseas assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Mertes served as a Commander of the Comptroller Squadron also known as Chief Financial Officer responsible for a military base budget in excess of $169 million dollars. Karen has been recognized and presented numerous awards throughout her distinguished career including the Major T H Baca Award for her contributions to women in the military.
Karen is featured on the cover as well as in the book: Fearless Women Visions of a New World and received the Fearless Women Award in Los Angeles, CA. Bay News 9 featured her on their Everyday Heroes segment. Karen has also been interviewed on dozens of radio shows nationwide and has appeared on Daytime TV.
HOW TO BECOME A #1 AMAZON BEST SELLER
Karen Mertes shares all the valuable tips that led to the success of her book, Plaintiff 101. When asked, most people have a desire to write and publish a book. Why not make it a Best Seller? Karen shares the secrets of her successful strategy, explains the process and answers any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller.
5 Key Points that Audiences will Learn:
- What’s an Amazon Best Seller?
- What’s an Amazon Hot New Release?
- How to Write a Book that can become an Amazon Best Seller?
- What to Consider when Designing and Creating your Amazon Best Seller Campaign?
- Increase your Bottom Line with an Action Plan for Leveraging your Book’s Success for even Greater Profitability
PLAINTIFF 101 #1 AMAZON BEST SELLER
Plaintiff 101 is a survival story, which educates all drivers, inspires injured victims and assists them through litigation. Plaintiff 101 answers the common question, “I’ve been in an accident. What do I do now?” It’s a Must Read for Every Driver!
This groundbreaking book is written from the combined efforts of an attorney who has been a member of trial teams that have earned million dollar verdicts and settlement and a plaintiff. It gives you much of the information from inside a personal injury lawsuit from a lawyer and the plaintiff who was successful in her litigation.
Plaintiff 101 The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know provides 50 Takeaways and Checklists some of which can be implemented immediately to save you time, money and energy.
HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER AT OVER 100 MPH AND ALIVE TO TELL
Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph. He had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit. Both vehicles were totaled. Her axle snapped in half, with brakes and steering inoperative. Karen made a futile attempt to regain control of her vehicle as her car slid sideways down the interstate, with cars in the remaining lanes traveling by her at highway speeds. During these split seconds, as her life hung in the balance, Karen made a bargain and promised that if she were fortunate to survive, she would spend the rest of her life helping others. This was the genesis for what has become Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org
FULFILL YOUR DESTINY
Karen Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force. A car accident in 2007 when Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph was the genesis that led her to create the organization that helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.
Karen uses an entrepreneurial business model that she’s overlaid onto a non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 11 ways, 5 of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation. Karen is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by bringing business and community together.
Having designed this proven, successful non-profit organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.
THE ART OF LEADERSHIP – VIEWS FROM THE MILITARY COMMANDER’S C-SUITE
Karen Mertes is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force. Karen shares leadership tips and life lessons appropriate for the sole entrepreneur through corporate CEO through the acronym, INSPIRE. Revealed during her speeches, Karen shares how you can INSPIRE yourself and others to live the life you’ve always envisioned.
*Attendees at presentations receive a complimentary take-away of 35 Leadership and Life Tips that are easy to implement for immediate, positive results.
CONVERSATIONS WITH MOM I NEVER HAD: MOM, MONEY AND ME**
Karen’s Mom passed away very suddenly from a massive heart attack. Karen was the executor, personal representative and trustee. Combing the internet for resources to help, Karen didn’t find all that she needed so she created two checklists: What to Do When Learning of the Passing of a Loved One, and The Asset Map which helps you find the treasure in your business and personal life, map your assets, and prepare your family for financial freedom.
**As an added bonus, Karen provides each attendee with a checklist of everything that must be done on the day, and during the first week and month upon learning of the passing of a loved one. Special Tips for Executors are included as well.
TRIUMPH THROUGH TRAGEDY
Karen Mertes sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when she was hit by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph. The impact upon her head and brain were multiple G-forces. Karen’s brain literally cracked and bled inside her skull.
Karen is living proof of how only one concussion can change a life forever. During this collision, Karen suffered multiple brain bleeds that impacted her memory, cognitive executive functioning and personality. In a split second, that drunk driver had pushed the reset button on her career, family relationships and upon her whole life.
Karen was no longer the same person as she was before the crash. Karen saw a different person when she looked in the mirror. Karen now openly shares these insights as a TBI survivor and inspires others by explaining how she made gallons of lemonade out of that big lemon!
The University of Illinois calls Kelley a “powerful relationship strategist.”
She calls herself a “Marine in Mom’s clothes.”
- Performance Coach
- Communication Diversity
Kelley began her career in service to others by serving our country as a member of our nation’s most elite fighting force, the United States Marine Corps, where she developed the values necessary to succeed in any environment and began to truly believe that each of us possesses a deep, internal wisdom that allows us to access the resources we need at exactly the right time to achieve whatever mission we choose.
As a Performance Coach, Kelley works with key executives to recognize, accept and develop their inherent potential and see their unique possibilities.
Her specialty is supporting these powerful leaders as they acquire the knowledge, skills and wisdom that enables them to be more productive, self-directed and passionate in their personal and professional lives.
Kelley has the ability to speak the language of every person in an organization, from the CEO to the front-line “troops.” A former non-profit executive, an award-winning sales and marketing consultant, a business owner, a Professional Behaviors and Values Analyst, and a Mom to two active and creative girls, Kelley brings a blend of education, insight, sound principles, and FUN that is crucial to success in today’s business environment.
GET IT! GOT IT? GOOD!
Believe that you are ALWAYS communicating even when you don’t say a word!
This popular presentation reveals the secrets to make every interaction count.
- Gain knowledge of your communication style and understand the style of others.
- Enhance your engagement and increase collaboration.
- Translate non-verbal clues and “hear” the real message.
Quit Playing Scared
Share your message with passion and clarity!
Use this versatile program to kick off a conference, as a seminar series or a best practices discussion.
- Gain clarity about your opportunity in a fun atmosphere.
- Engage and enroll others with enthusiasm and confidence.
- Take away secrets and shortcuts to grow your business quickly.
Huh? What just happened?
Realize that you are responsible for the outcome of your communications
Finally, there is an interactive program on building relationships, handling conflict and improving leadership traits.
- Gain the skills necessary to create, cultivate and keep “key” relationships.
- Execute strategies to handle difficult situations and even the most toxic people.
- Transform your personal presence and take charge of your life.
Learn & Laugh!
- High Performance Leadership
- Best-Selling Author
- Crisis Management
- Organizational Change
- Women in Business
“You are the right person, at the right time, in the right place.”
This was Colonel Jill’s mantra when she found herself leading during dangerous times. She realized that if you find yourself in a leadership position, you are meant to lead. What lights Jill up is knowing that anyone can be a leader. Leaders are not born, leaders are grown. With better-trained leaders, we will have a better world.
Jill Morgenthaler is a retired military colonel who was able to climb up the career ladder despite the fact that it was quite challenging for her to advance in the 1970s and 1980s when women were viewed as incapable of leadership and inferior to men. The military reflected the society of the time. However, this colonel has many words of wisdom for both female and male leaders.
What sets her apart from others is that she has led at all levels, from an Army squad to homeland security for Illinois. She has led in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Not only has she been a military leader, she has also led in business, in high technology and in business. She is able to communicate easily with men and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) plus project management.
She has had unique experiences (from a showdown with Saddam Hussein to saving an American engineer from a Soviet kidnapping) that translate into universal lessons. Her high content and high energy immediately engage the audience. She doesn’t simply tell what you can do, she shows you how to lead. Her promise at each presentation is that the clients will learn, will laugh (laughter = learning), and will leave with something concrete they can do tomorrow.
Over the years, her expertise and gift of storytelling has been honored with notable accolades, including the Bronze star for leadership, the Legion of Merit, Woman of Vision – presented by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Leadership Award from Beauty in/Beauty Out, the Wordsmith Award from the National Speakers Association – Illinois, and multiple awards for speaking and storytelling.
Author of The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer, published by McGraw-Hill, Jill has reached national and international audiences with keynotes, seminars and workshops. Her four most popular programs are:
- H.O.O.A.H. – Leadership During Crisis, Chaos and Change
- From the Battlefield to the Boardroom – Leading Forward
- Show and Tell Power: Women, Take Your Places!
- Herding Cats – Dealing with the media during crises
She has mentored beginning leaders to leaders of nations. Colonel Jill does not advocate top down leadership but inclusive leadership that embraces the individual. “Mission First, People Always!” is an important tenet for leaders at all levels.
With 30 years of international experience guiding men and women from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Colonel Jill knows leadership.
FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO THE BOARDROOM: SECRETS TO HIGH PERFORMANCE LEADERSHIP
Success requires focus, discipline and creativity. In her signature keynote address, Col. Jill shares the secrets to effective leadership through her unique HOOAH method: Heart, Optimism, Opportunity, Abilities, and Hands. This program provides step-by-step guidance so you can increase profits, boost morale, reach a goal, identify challenges, and overcome difficult people and situations.
NAVIGATING CHANGE, CRISIS AND CHAOS
In this keynote, Col. Jill covers the three core leadership components necessary for managing a crisis situation. She enthralls audiences while sharing concrete information on what a leader must be, must know and must do during times of chaos.
Audiences will learn:
- Identify the five stage lifecycle of a crisis
- Emergency management of a crisis
- Characteristics of the unprepared leader
POWERFUL PRESENCE: SHOW AND TELL YOUR POWER THROUGH YOUR B.M.I.
Tailored to women, Colonel Jill shows you ways to move forward, while eliminating unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back. You can easily incorporate these invaluable coaching tips into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change certain behaviors, the results will pay off in career opportunities you never thought possible – and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and knowledge to lead and succeed.
Audiences will learn:
- Projecting your power through your body, mouth and intellect
- Show Power – P2 Posture and Presence
- Tell: Unique you – 4 S’s: Self, Situation, Solution, Success; Toot your horn; Tell us what you want; Take credit
- Think Powerfully: tools to know you are meant to lead
SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR RESILIENCE
Personal resilience is the human capacity to remain both flexible and strong in the midst of ambiguity, stress, and change. Resilient people are able to remain calm in unpredictable environments, maintain their balance while being adaptive, and spring back quickly after being subjected to the stresses of change. This program covers 1 F and 6 P’s in developing resiliency.
Audiences will learn:
- How to “Fake it ‘til You Make it”
- Six skills for resiliency to include being your point person, staying positive, being proactive, enlisting people, personal maximization, and piloting your life.
- Agreements on how to move forward, and determine who is going to do what and by when.
HERDING CATS: MEDIA RELATIONS DURING CRISIS
From running the public affairs division in Iraq or a disaster relief communications operations stateside, Col. Jill has worked with the media during extreme circumstances. In this presentation she shares techniques for successfully managing media and overcoming communications challenges. In the age of social media and 24/7 news coverage, knowing how to herd cats is no longer optional.
Audiences will learn:
- The 3 C’s of credibility (add those in): Compassion, Competent, and Calm
- Keys to effective messaging
- Typical questions and reporter’s tricks of the trade
Veteran Entrepreneur Speaker & Trainer
Expert Green Energy Advocate
White House Champion of Change Honoree
- Renewable Energy
- Climate Change
- Green Economy Veteran Entrepreneurship & Small Business
- Environmental Policies
- Native American & Latina Owned Businesses
Elizabeth “Liz” Perez-Halperin is the President and founder of GC Green Incorporated (GCG) and owner of Green Build General Contracting and Consulting Firm. GC Green is involved in an effort to broaden the outreach and impact of the green economy. In addition to being an active builder and installer of green solutions, GC Green also participates in a growing network of providers and promoters of education, training, apprenticeship, and project placement opportunities in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems for Veterans and other displaced workers in California. Prior to starting GCG, Liz was in the green build and engineering industry for six years in San Diego, California.
Before GC Green, Liz served in the United States Navy for nearly nine years as an Aviation Logistics Specialist. The creation of GC Green was Liz’s vision to find meaning and purpose after a nearly three-year struggle battling homelessness, joblessness and dealing with the struggles of transitioning from the military,
Liz is very passionate about using her personal experience and struggles to support the veteran community. She uses her network to help other veterans to find job opportunities in the green economy and to promote to veterans to seek out and follow their own entrepreneurial dreams. She is currently the spokesperson for Veteran Entrepreneurship for California Association Micro-Enterprise Opportunity Veteran Entrepreneur (CAMEO), which promotes veteran women entrepreneurship
Liz has been awarded many honors including selection as the “Champion of Climate Change & Clean Energy Veteran” from the White House in 2013.
SEVEN GENERATIONS – THE NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES
Are we just planning for today? What are we truly doing now to address Climate Change and is it working? Why this is important and what can we do for humanity to plan for Seven Generations? The Native American culture of planning for Seven Generations has truth to it. How do we incorporate this belief in our everyday living?
SUSTAINABILITY = NATIONAL SECURITY
Why does the military care about Climate Change? What did our military experience that made us more aware regarding energy efficiency, energy conservation, sustainability and water conservation? What are the changes happening today in the military to address Climate Change and Advance Technology?
SOLVING CLIMATE CHANGE – HARNESSING AMERICAN INGENUITY
The American Drive & Ingenuity – What is Climate Change?
How will this affect the United States and globally? Why is the military interested in this issue as well? Let’s take a step into a world of possibilities that is a reality today and becoming reality for tomorrow. We will explore the American drive, optimism, confidence and our belief that it is our responsibility to make our future better. How can we continue to fire this up for our future?
WHY WOMEN VETERANS ARE THE FASTEST GROWING ENTREPRENEURS – THE TREND AND NUMBERS DON’T LIE….
Women Veterans are the fastest growing entrepreneurs. We are putting our stakes in the ground more than any other group. Studies show from 2007 to 2013 women veterans are returning to civilian life to build businesses and jobs for our country. Why is this happening? What does this mean? What can we expect to see from this?
WOMEN IN COMBAT – A VETERAN WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE
What the general population doesn’t already know….women are already working in combat roles and situations. Why is it important for our military to include women in combat and other top ranking roles. Discuss gender bias and the burden Women Veterans carry to continue to show they are as qualified as their male counterparts and some.
THE REFUGEE SITUATION – A VETERAN WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE
The general public does not know that at least 80% of the refugees are women and children. The US has already allowed 10,000 refugees in the United States. What can America do to understand tolerance and the world most of the refugees are coming from?
This keynote opens up the refugee discussion offering key insights and education with a 30,000 foot view of international foreign policy. Liz also offers detailed information on why the current refugee and terrorism issue is so complicated. Many of these reasons derived from decisions America made after 2001. She will also discuss why veterans who have served in the Middle East and other countries that breed terrorists need to be involved in the political discussion to educate politicians on this issue.
THE STEPS TO STARTING & OPERATING A NATIVE AMERICAN OWNED BUSINESS
Workshop highlighting how to start and operate a Native American owned business.
Liz offers a step-by-step process to starting a Native American owned business. The workshop covers different phases of business development, such as turning an idea into a business, market research, marketing/business development, getting registered, getting certifications, basic business financials, marketing yourself, networking, etc.
THE STEPS TO STARTING & OPERATING A LATINA OWNED BUSINESS
Workshop highlighting how to start and operate a Latina owned business.
Liz offers a step-by-step process to starting a Latina owned business. The workshop covers different phases of business development, such as turning an idea into a business, market research, marketing/business development, getting registered, getting certifications, basic business financials, marketing yourself, networking, etc.
Former Navy helicopter pilot. Passionate change agent with workplace diversity and inclusive leadership expertise!
- Ethics & Integrity
- Women in Business
- Corporate Culture
- Organizational Development
Andi Sue Phillips is a veteran naval officer and MH-60S Seahawk helicopter pilot. She has flown missions all around the world operating in dynamic and constantly changing environments. The experience Andi Sue has in leading high performing diverse teams, in challenging environments, enables her to deliver engaging presentations and keynotes.
After working and flying for years in the nearly all-male environment of naval aviation, Andi Sue is able to deliver unique guidance and diversity training from personal insights and lessons learned. Her knowledge and experiences coupled with a dynamic personality will produce results for participants at all levels.
Specialties include leading people to be their authentic selves, empowering women and motivating business leaders to embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
SERVICE BEFORE SELF
Andi Sue delivers this powerful message through her personal story. When the Gulf War started in 1990, Andi Sue decided to join the Navy and serve her country, vice accepting a college scholarship. After becoming a Naval Aviator, her flying style also embodied service before self. Learn from this dynamic woman and her flying adventures why this topic is so important and imperative to the American way of life. Sure to impress! Keynote
BE TRUE TO YOU
Authentic Leadership Workshop or Keynote. Based on Andi Sue’s forthcoming business book Be True To You – Unleash Your Authentic Leadership Skills about authentic leadership and the importance of work and life balance. Will include the four pillars necessary to stay in balance while you continue to grow in your field.
THE ABCS OF CAREER TRANSITIONS
A Keynote or Workshop designed to provide guidance through professional and career transitions. An adventurous and thought provoking style for people who want to plan their transitions successfully.
After transitioning from the Navy, Andi Sue took a year off to travel the world and explore what the next chapter of her life should be like. Full of insights, adventure and lessons learned so you can take charge of your transitions and the next chapter of your life.
Andi Sue’s new book “Transitional Life” will be published in 2017 and highlights her year of adventures to the Caribbean, South Pacific, New Zealand and a 10-day trek through the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal.
THE ACCIDENTAL AVIATOR
Andi shares her experiences and journey from a young enlisted military member to naval officer and aviator. How does a 17-year-old girl, who had never seen the ocean, decide to join the Navy and be stationed on a ship, travel the world, fly military aircraft and perform life-saving rescues? This inspirational keynote will motivate and inspire your team. Keynote
DON’T FORGET TO LOWER THE LANDING GEAR!
Keynote on maintaining focus on the basics of your business. In a world full of multi-tasking, over scheduling and a lot of noise, it can be easy to forget the one thing that might kill your business. Find out the importance of maintaining a warrior focus on the simple and important tasks.
DIVERSIFY, LEAD, EMPOWER!
Workshop or Keynote on three imperative factors to successfully diversify a work force. Building leaders and striving for a productive and inclusive workforce will improve your business culture and your bottom line. This workshop would be a solid fit for executives to middle managers desiring to successfully recruit and retain top women and minority talent for your organization.
Embrace Your Differences Starting Today! Find out how to leverage diversity and embrace your differences to achieve the greatest productivity and efficiency in your business. Ideal for organizations working to diversify their workforce. Workshop or Keynote
Motivate and inspire your organization with lessons and stories from celebrated adventurer, author and one of the Army’s first women Apache helicopter pilots.
- Women in Business
Shannon Polson is a dynamic keynote speaker for corporate, business and social audiences across the nation. Drawing on experiences as one of the first women to fly Apache attack helicopters in the US Army (commanding a platoon in Bosnia and a company in Korea) and in the business world (MBA from the Tuck School and leadership at Guidant Corporation and Microsoft), as well as adventures on the world’s highest mountains and in remote wilderness (Alaska’s Denali and Arctic regions and Africa), Polson’s presentations use graphics and storytelling to inspire, inform and motivate companies, teams and individuals to be strong, effective and compassionate leaders, to find their own grit, and to live with passion.
LEADING FROM ANY SEAT: STORIES FROM THE APACHE COCKPIT
Polson informs, inspires and motivates your company, teams and individuals with stories from eight years firing the Apache helicopter and leading in both military and civilian settings. Her presentation will inspire your organization to reach its highest potential by empowering every employee to lead toward results. Using examples from her experience as one of the Army’s first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter and service in Bosnia and Korea, Polson will leave her audience with renewed passion, purpose and ideas to make a difference every day in the office.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF STORY: HOW NARRATIVE SHAPES OUR EXPERIENCE
Polson motivates and inspires your organization with examples from her experience in the Arctic wilderness and research on early women aviators, weaving together research on storytelling with corporate examples sure to give your employees ways to incorporate narrative in their professional and personal lives to reconnect with values and weather change.
Criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, hostage survivor, professional speaker, published author and mother of triplet boys!
- Leadership Ethics/Integrity
- Women in Society
Rabia is an Australian human rights and criminal lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author.
Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence.
Having earned an international reputation as a powerful, transformative, inspirational and unforgettable speaker Rabia is in demand to address audiences around the globe. In October 2014 Rabia received a standing ovation from 1700 people at her TEDx talk titled ‘Courage Under Fire’ where she spoke about the power we all have to create the change in the world we wish to see.
In March 2015, Rabia was nominated for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and cited as a case study at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. As nominee for the Professional Speakers Association of Australia (PSA) Keynote Speaker of the Year Award, Rabia was chosen to headline the 2016 PSA National Congress.
Rabia’s best selling memoir, “Equal Justice’ was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and is now in its sixth reprint. Her book will soon be published in North America and Europe and an Australian/British feature film based on it is currently being developed.
Leading with professionalism, integrity, ethics and compassion, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is committed to peace, gender equality, inclusion and education. This is evidenced in her philanthropic work and dedication to inspiring others to find their voice and embrace their capacity to create ripples of change.
Rabia has run the London marathon and a double marathon in Australia for charity. She is a Mother to young triplet boys, her biggest and most rewarding challenge yet.
Rabia’s most commonly requested keynote relates to her very personal story of battling with discrimination, abuse, chronic illness and PTSD after her involvement in a hostage crisis in Iraq, and then being written out of history. She explores what it means to display moral courage and lead by example, to stand up for one’s principles in the face of criticism, adversity and sacrifice, to fight for equality and to live what she teaches.
COURAGE UNDER FIRE
Another popular keynote Rabia delivers, where she uses her unique and powerful story as a starting point, and by sharing her truths and vulnerabilities with the audience, Rabia explores what it means to be a truly great and authentic leader. She addresses what she believes are the essential qualities and key roles for a great and effective leader. She calls her audience to a higher purpose, challenging them to practice and live great, authentic leadership, to lead by example and be agents of change.
WHAT’S HOLDING YOU HOSTAGE?
This keynote presentation addresses the topic of resilience – what it means, how one can learn to be resilient and recognizing the warning signs in order to prevent future unnecessary hardship, and to plan ahead in order to predict and overcome future obstacles. It is in the context of this keynote that Rabia asks her audience a key question – what is holding them hostage? It could be a boss, a colleague, a bully, a friend, a partner, a fear or even a memory. She explores with the audience the need to be self aware and insightful to recognize those things that prevent them from realizing their full potential, the steps needed to overcome that which is holding them captive, and the warning signs to watch out for in order to prevent being trapped in the same way again.
FINDING YOUR VOICE
One of Rabia’s other popular keynotes focuses on living equality. It addresses the common challenges faced by many people, particularly women – trying to achieve that mythical work/life balance, tackling unconscious bias and prejudice, the realities of being a working parent and the desire to truly have it all. Rabia uses her own life lessons and discusses the way feminism has evolved and been viewed over the generations (from baby boomer, Gen X and now Gen Y). She explores the subversive as well as the real impediments to true equality in the community and in the workplace, and Rabia discusses the communication and negotiation skills required to find your voice, address and overcome these impediments.
Inspire and motivate your team with Lessons from the Lipstick Leader!
- Coach & Speaker
- Workplace Diversity Team Building
- Empowerment Communication
Sherry Strothers is an experienced, passionate and energetic personal career consultant and trainer. She is a decorated Naval officer who has been a leader at all levels, she is a Lipstick Leader whose leadership doesn’t smudge. The Lipstick leader does not have just a purse, she has a toolkit of skills and techniques for success. Sherry motivates individuals, forges teams and changes organizations. She will help develop the tools of leadership that will help motivate members to follow you and inspire them to respect you.
Her high-energy presentations focus on bold, but practical, visions, open communication, effective leadership boundaries, realistic goals and achieving balance with all the methods and techniques necessary. She is a recognized expert in Team Building and Leadership, Professional Training and Development, Solutions Development, and more. Her presentations are lively, information-packed sessions that will improve the leadership and self-empowerment of anyone. Her high energy programs inspire leaders, aspiring leaders and personal growth seekers to:
- Spark their imagination to create a bold vision
- Lead from the heart and not from the head
- Become skilled at achieving balance and establishing boundaries
- Learn communication skills that exude confidence, not intimidation
- Share a clear-picture vision so that it energizes others
She is author of Strength is in the Struggle, Charting Your Path to Personal Success and was one of a select group of women coaches and consultants selected from around the world to co-author How to Break the Glass Ceiling without a Hammer – Career Strategies for
SMUDGE FREE LEADERSHIP
Leadership Should be Smudge Free. Too much emphasis is placed on gender in the workplace. It is true that men and women communicate differently. However, leadership requires a hybrid approach to be successful in today’s sophisticated workplace. I will give women the tools needed to communicate successfully to create harmony and balance within the workspace.
FAILING TO LEAD, LEADS SUBORDINATES TO FAIL
Are You the Problem? Very often poor leadership is the cause of many failures in business. I will help you identify and overcome those potential weaknesses to ensure long-term professional success.
Mindful in the Midst of Madness: Transforming intentional leaders to be agile in adversity
- Change Coaching
- Vision & Purpose
- Women in Business
Dr. Yvonne Sum has a gift. She draws executives into their deep inner essence to express their talent and make timely changes in their outer world. She transforms leaders on-the-go by building a ‘wirearchy’ of aligned professionals who collaborate on just-in-time mission critical objectives in VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) without taking them out of the business. She lives with them, builds on what they know, and when they have achieved their mission impossible, they say “We have done it ourselves”.
Yvonne has honed this gift through her own transformational journey drawing insights from various tribes: as a dentist, Royal Australian Air Force officer, executive coach, leadership facilitator & speaker, media expert on national lifestyle television, author, corporate expat, business partner, wife and mother of two.
Endearingly calling herself a global gypsy, Yvonne has lived in Asia, Australia and the Middle East and worked with Directors, CEO’s, Senior Management in high growth multinational corporations, family enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups. She facilitates unique leadership development and executive coaching programs which help senior executives discover a centered and balanced leadership presence to drive through their 3G (Gender, Generational, Global) challenges by seamlessly shifting their contextual intelligence.
She works with key clients within a diverse range of industries but not limited to, aviation, luxury brands, IT, financial & professional services, pharmaceuticals & healthcare. She speaks conversational Cantonese, Malay and Mandarin but prefers to coach in English. She was awarded BlessingWhite Asia Pacific’s 2009 Consummate Facilitator and Client Development Award for her work with multinational clients in the region. She is currently on global faculty for Mobius Executive Leadership to help leaders find balance in their essence and presence. She is also co-creating the scaling up globally of a unique entrepreneur education experience in Investible – Australia’s Business Generation Lab.
Dr Yvonne Sum is a published international author on leadership across home and work tribes. She consistently provokes senior business leaders to ‘lose their minds and come to their senses’ by integrating their leadership lessons at home successfully back into the work tribe, and vice versa.
As one of only 267 female CSPs in the world, she has presented alongside Edward de Bono, Tony Buzan, Tun Dr. Mahathir, Howard Gardner, Ram Charan and Jack Canfield. Dr. Yvonne Sum transforms the leader in you. You will find her powerfully intentional & inspirational.
- Intentional Leadership- Start Losing your Mind to Come to your Senses. For Managers & Leaders
- Intentional Parenting- Start Kidding Yourself. For Parents & Educators
- Intentional Business- Start Surrendering to Succeed. For Teams in business
- Intentional Leadership– Start Playing More. For Personal & Professional Development audience
Customized Workshops – Dr Yvonne Sum can customize a program to workshop and facilitate your organization’s outcomes through our obligation-free TLC Needs Analysis with your decision makers and relevant stakeholders to realize the learning & development of your human capital and other resources in your business to its fullest potential.
Transformational Coaching – work one-on-one with Dr Yvonne Sum to set and get your intentions and outcomes.
Become energized and moved to action with tools from a leadership expert, former intelligence officer and executive coach that will help you develop a leadership presence that makes others follow you!
- Executive Coach
- Organizational & Corporate LeadershipInspirational
- Women in Business
Dr. Sandra Tibbs is an accomplished leader, corporate trainer, speaker and executive coach who has worked with leaders in Fortune 500 companies. Combining her extensive experience in military intelligence training with an understanding of neuroleadership and organizational leadership, Sandra makes every speaking event, and training session interactive and shares unique and relevant stories with her audience. Audiences leave her sessions motivated and with actionable tools that they can use right away.
Born in Peru, Sandra immigrated to the United States when she was 17 years old. Fluent in Spanish and English, she can deliver training programs in either language.
Sandra has over 14 years of leadership experience, to include leading at different levels of an organization. She has led more than 800 military and civilian employees while holding two leadership positions, as well as at the executive level, while serving as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force supporting National Agencies.
As an executive coach, Sandra brings those skills to every training session, speaking event and coaching session, helping leaders move past any blockages they might be currently facing. Her impassioned approach to helping organizations and individuals succeed is unparalleled. Audiences and clients describe her as emotionally intelligent and deeply impactful. As a result she was named one of 101 Top Leadership Speakers by NY Times bestseller and Forbes columnist Kevin Kruse.
Sandra is the former group leader for the Neuroleadership Institute Special Interest Group in San Antonio, Texas, where leaders discussed research in the neuroscience field that applies to effective leadership. She is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPECP) and is a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF), holding the credentials of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). Sandra has been featured on NBC Latino and asked for her expert opinion by Latina Magazine for the article Is your culture holding you back? in the June/July 2013 issue. She was also interviewed by Vista Magazine for the article Leadership from the Inside Out, Oct 2014 issue. She has also been a guest on several radio shows and is a contributor author to Graduate Leadership: A review of the Science of Leadership by Mark Green, Ph.D and Evidence of Leadership by Mark Green, PhD
After obtaining a B.S in Biology, Sandra earned an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and a PhD in Leadership Studies.
LEADERSHIP PRESENCE WITH COURAGE AND HEART: HOW TO LEAD AUTHENTICALLY, BUILD BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS
The biggest misconception about leadership presence is that it is about “owning a room.” While there are times when having a strong and authentic leadership presence will require you to own a room, leadership presence is more than that. It is about consistency and authenticity that is also able to be flexible and moldable depending on the situation, people and outcomes you want. Leadership presence is about what continues to happen way after you have left the room in the hearts and minds of those you interacted with. Anyone can own a room for a few hours, but to own the trust and hearts of people long-term, that is leadership, and can only be achieved through your unique presence. When you invest in your leadership presence, you are better equipped to deal with the top challenges that leaders face: developing managerial effectiveness, inspiring others, developing employees, leading a team, guiding change and managing internal stakeholders and dealing with office politics.
During this presentation attendees will:
- Discover what leadership presence is and how to utilize it in the ever-changing business world.
- The 3 myths that stop people from developing their own strong and authentic leadership presence.
- Learn how to radiate leadership presence using the power of A.I.R, an acronym for the most essential elements of leadership presence.
HOPE, COURAGE, AND ACTION: HOW RESILIENT WOMEN LEAD
You will find the courage to lead unapologetically as a woman, to find the hope in your future as a leader, and take action despite your fears. Courage, hope and action will provide you with the resilience to overcome any leadership challenges.
BUILDING RESILENT ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH YOUR LEADERSHIP
As a leader you set the tone for those you lead. When you lead authentically, you create an organization with people who are in alignment with the values and purpose of the organization, resulting in an organization able to bounce back from any setbacks.
OVERCOMING RESISTANCE TO CHANGE IN YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Understand, from the neurological perspective, why people (including you) resist change. The secret to sustainable change in an organization. Three ways in which you can help yourself and those you lead embrace change and make it stick.
THREE WAYS TO DEVELOP RESILIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE RESULTS OVER THE LONG TERM
The importance of resilience for the success of any organization. Three ways to cultivate resilience as a leader and help those you lead do the same. Learn of real world leaders whose resilience helped their organizations bounce back and how you can do the same.
Multicultural speaker and publisher marries award-winning literature on entrepreneurship, leadership and military service with corporate brand’s need to recruit and retain a diverse workforce
- Best-Selling Author
- Veterans Youth
Graciela’s diverse set of speaking expertise include presentations on:
- Writing & Publishing
Graciela (Grace) is a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, educational publisher, bilingual STEM Consultant to K-12 school districts and a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship, STEM leadership, innovation and the Latino educational crisis and solutions. She’s the author of 5-time award-winning Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, the first book showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. She authored the award winning Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, the first bilingual children’s picture book about military women, inspired by Graciela’s military aviation service. Graciela’s second book in the series “Captain’s Mama Surprise/ La Sorpresa de Capitan Mama” was recently published and is a wonderful sequel that blends military aviation, engineering, and career opportunities that inspire children to believe they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.
Graciela is the founder and CEO of multicultural marketing and educational publishing firm, Gracefully Global Group LLC, an SBA-certified woman-owned small business. Graciela was honored by The White House as a Woman Military Veteran Leader, Champion of Change in March 2014 for her social entrepreneurship.
Graciela completed the Aerospace Studies program as an Air Force ROTC scholarship cadet at the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a degree from the School of Environmental Design & Architecture. While on active duty, she completed her master degree in international management at Whitworth University, a program that required dual language skills for admission.
After returning to civilian life, Graciela worked in marketing management roles utilizing her bilingual skills, in both the global telecommunications industry and the solar photovoltaic industry, before creating her own firm.
PERSONAL BRANDING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
Highly interactive workshop – learn to draw from your expertise and experiences to communicate in a compelling, memorable and differentiated way to influence your intended audience.
PERSONAL BRANDING FOR MILITARY VETERANS
Highly interactive workshop – for active duty service members, students veterans at universities, veterans in corporate settings -learn to draw from your service experiences to communicate in a compelling, memorable and differentiated way to influence your intended audience. Create powerful, written, story-like introductions for yourself to put into action immediately to convey your best, most valuable skills to the people you wish to persuade. Workshop can be 45 or 90 minutes with an additional block of time for 1:1 consultations and to access Graciela’s professional networks with contacts you can call to set up informational interviews.
Graciela is a Personal Branding content instructor with the Syracuse University V-WISE (Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) program.
PERSONAL BRANDING FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Highly interactive workshop – Similar to the workshop described above, but tailored to university and community college students. Workshop can be 45 or 90 minutes with an additional block of time for 1:1 consultations and to access Graciela’s professional networks with contacts you can call to set up informational interviews. Student feedback scores from a recent workshop with 250 students at Cal State University – East Bay were 28.5 points out of 30!
YOUTH AUTHOR WORKSHOPS
Graciela conducts writing and peer editing workshops and assembly services with an aviation and STEM focus for elementary, middle and high school students. These services encourage college-going actions, planning and the emulating of proven successful educational, work and entrepreneurship journeys. These presentations can be included in your district’s STEM programs to enrich the content and encourage active participation from students.
7 MILITARY LEADERSHIP LESSONS PROFESSIONAL WOMEN CAN USE DAILY
Nuggets of wisdom from Graciela’s active duty service, for use in professional settings, entrepreneurial ventures and motherhood.
Can be tailored to various audiences: for both genders in corporate settings or conferences or for university students.
NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY FROM COCKPIT TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Google Hangout hosted by VetNet, part of Syracuse University’s Institute for Military Veterans and Families. 45 minute that describes my post-military career track through various corporate roles and ultimately to establishing my multicultural publishing and marketing firm.
MODERN MILITARY WOMEN: HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Today’s military women are achieving tremendous heights. Women now wear the ranks of two, three and four-star generals in the Air Force, Army and Marines. Audiences will be treated to images and video of modern military women flying combat jets, refueling tankers and the first Thunderbird pilot who was born a woman, and so much more. This presentation is a tribute to the heights women are achieving now that combat exclusion has finally been officially lifted and women are serving everywhere.
THE UNLIKELY MILITARY AVIATOR
Presentation for adults and students alike features Graciela’s personal journey from oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants to scholarship AFROTC cadet at the #1 public university in America to military officer and aviator.
ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESSES IN THE GREEN ECONOMY
Role Models and Innovations from the Latino Community
JOIN THE WOMEN LEADING THE GREEN ECONOMY
A variation on the topic above, featuring the 5 entrepreneurial women profiled in Latinnovating
THE STEM OF AVIATION
Designed for middle and high school students, this talk encourages young people to pursue STEM careers while sharing highlights from Graciela’s military career as an Air Force officer, aviator, instructor navigator and leader in multicultural settings.
LinkedIn Maven- Helping your participants build a professional online brand
- Social Media
- Networking Inspirational
- Veteran Entrepreneurship
Melissa Washington is a Navy veteran, small business owner, speaker, who specializes in training for individuals and organizations on LinkedIn and author of Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real World Strategies to Make your Next Career Move. She is also the founder and director of Women Veterans Alliance.
Melissa is a dynamic speaker who connects with people and inspires them to take action. People leave her workshops feeling empowered and confident, ready to take on new challenges with anticipated excitement. She is able to leverage the audience’s expertise and experiences through facilitation.
As a LinkedIn expert, Melissa will help demystify the use of LinkedIn to help participants improve their online brand for themselves and for their company. She deliver’s this advice in every day words that people can understand. LinkedIn should be in your social media tool box and Melissa will share why and how in her session. As a bonus she will share how to never make a cold call again.
Her workshops and presentations appeal to all audiences, including associations, networking groups, Chamber of Commerce, corporate education. Presentations are customized for every audience.
She has been featured in the Sacramento Business Journal and University of Phoenix’s Phoenix Forward magazine, as well as on an NBC KCRA 3 news segment where she was referred to as the Lord of LinkedIn because of her extensive LinkedIn expertise. She has spoken at conferences and events including Innovatix and Essensa National Meeting in Hollywood and Monterey County Convention Visitor Bureau (MCCVB) Quarterly Forum, and conducted more than 100 training workshops for organizations such as Marriott and National Owned Veteran Business Association.
I’M ON LINKEDIN, NOW WHAT?
I’m on LinkedIn Now What? Sharing tips on how to effectively use LinkedIn
Sharing Story of Career Reinvention
GET BACK TO WORK!
Sharing Tools on how to get back to work
Enlighten, Empower and Elevate through Speaking, Teaching and Coaching
- Personal Development
- Life Balance
Inspiring. Motivational. Transformational.
These are the words to describe the inspirational speaker Dee Woolridge along with simulating, passionate and sincere. Dee is a specialist in personal empowerment and transformation. She helps you reach your goals, make best choices, and develop into your greatest self. As a post breast cancer thriver, mother of a young adult with autism the ninth child of 13 siblings raised by a single mom and a military spouse with multiple deployments, she knows about overcoming adversity.
She has been speaking for over 25 years starting with a career in the Navy as a Public Affairs Officer. Dee has worked with civic organizations on leadership, women’s group on personal development, business groups on goal achievement, and new thought groups on spiritual growth, just to name a few. She is the author of Unlimited – Clearing Beliefs That Block Happiness and Success and Spirit Guide Connection 101.
Dee is the founder of The Heart Centered Institute, LLC where teaching is focused on new thought, personal growth, and transformation. She is the owner of Heart Centered Hypnosis and the San Antonio Location Director of the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy.
FIVE CRUCIAL STEPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GOAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
No matter if your goal is to get your degree, to lose weight, to have a harmonious relationship or make more sales revenue, Dee has the system to help you reach that goal. Using the complete, all-inclusive model called VIPER, she takes you through a strategic goal setting plan from goal setting to goal accomplishment.
FROM VICTIM TO VICTORIOUS – HOW TO REGAIN YOUR PERSONAL POWER
In this presentation, Dee talks with the audience about their illnesses, challenges, abuse, setbacks and obstacles. As a post breast cancer thriver, mother of a young adult with autism and the ninth child of 13 siblings raised by a single mom, she knows about overcoming adversity. She gives you steps on how to move from a life of victim consciousness to a happier more empowered life no matter your circumstances.
UNLIMITED – CLEAR LIMITING BELIEFS THAT BLOCK HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS
Perfect for a seminar or workshop in personal development, business development or spiritual development. An interactive presentation based on Dee’s book which leads the audience through exercises to uncover beliefs that block them from reaching their goals, offers tools & steps to clear the blocks and move forward to the life you deserve.
THE RADICAL POWER OF FORGIVENESS
The audience is shown two models of forgiveness, traditional and new thought. They are brought to understand how each model works and within the learning of the two models is the transformation of the self. She illustrates that even when you don’t know how to forgive, your “willingness” is the start of a new life of relief, peace and love.
LIVING OUT LOUD (LOL) – THE ULTIMATE YOU
Keynote designed to start you on the path to becoming better in all life categories: spirituality, mental and emotional health, physical health, career and finances, relationships, free time and recreation, education, housing, vacation and travel. It helps you prioritize what is before you on your path and guides you to become your best. Dee will introduce you to tools that help develop the empowered you. It will help you define your life’s mission, create balance, manage your time and live your life out loud.
THE CARING GIVER – CARING FOR YOU SO YOU CAN CARE FOR OTHERS
Dee has been a caregiver for 26 years to a now young adult with special needs and to her elderly mother. She’s also overcome her own challenges with breast cancer. Because of this she has intimate knowledge of what it’s like to be the caregiver and the cared for. Dee designed a presentation that speaks directly to caregivers giving them hope, comfort and a means to build strength. The purpose is to help them recharge and rejuvenate so that they can continue their excellent service by caring for themselves first.
Motivate and inspire your team to rise to the challenge, overcome barriers, and face adversity with one of the first combat woman naval aviators
- Teamwork & Teambuilding
- Change Management
- Diversity & Inclusion Training
- Organizational Development
Dr. Joy Bloom Wright is an Organizational Development Consultant and Keynote Speaker with more than twenty years of military and corporate consulting and leadership experience. Her areas of expertise range from sexual harassment prevention, diversity training, team building, strategy consulting, leadership training and organizational change.
Dr. Wright was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and one of the first women to assist with the integration of women on aircraft carriers. She provided training and feedback through this integration process.
Dr. Wright served as an active duty Naval Flight Officer, flying the F-14 Tomcat, stationed aboard aircraft carries. After her service in the Navy, she co-founded and is the president of Launch Team Consulting and vice president of Dr. Bloom Inc.
Dr. Wright earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. She earned her Masters in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She earned a Doctorate in Organizational Development from Alliant University in Fresno, California. Joy currently resides in California with her three sons and husband.
LAUNCHING YOUR ORGANIZATION: DR. JOY WRIGHT
Dr. Joy Wright provides an inspirational keynote address or training session that will engage the audience from her first personal story of life in the Navy as a female on an aircraft carrier with 5000 men. She helps her audience understand what we still face today with Diversity and what she went through as the only female in many of her first jobs in the Navy. Dr. Wright is an Organizational Development Consultant that inspires corporations, military units, and non-profits to rise above challenges and face their fears and adversity. Dr. Wright has multiple training models that will inspire your organization to work together in diverse groups and effectively work with their teams.
DIVERSITY TRAINING WITH DR. JOY WRIGHT AND RAY LEONARD JR.
Ray Leonard Jr., motivational speaker, consultant, and son of legendary boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard and Dr. Joy Wright, consultant, former Naval Officer, and one of the first females on Naval Aircraft Carriers will provide an informative and inspirational program directed at improving communication and understanding diversity. The program will help people interact and find ways to relate to each other. It helps with effective leadership skills and finding confidence in your own skin. It will provide a discussion with the audience, a training model, and personal stories from Ray Leonard Jr. and Dr. Joy Wright.
LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK: DR. JOY WRIGHT AND RAY LEONARD JR.
Ray Leonard Jr., motivational speaker, consultant, and son of legendary boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard and Dr. Joy Wright, consultant, former Naval Officer, and one of the first females on Naval Aircraft Carriers will provide an informative and inspirational program directed at improving communication and leadership skills. The program will help people interact and find ways to relate to each other. It will provide a discussion with the audience, a training model, and personal stories from Ray Leonard Jr. and Dr. Joy Wright.