Guest Speaking and Presentations

 

In my heart, I'm a storyteller. Some of my stories appear in my books, in my magazine column and in my articles. Others have to be spoken out loud and shared. 

I have had the good fortune to have a varied and rich life, not free from adversity, but shaped by it. Gathering in a group creates a synergy and community where magic can happen. Through the stories I tell you will discover aspects of your own story and be empowered to journey a bit deeper into self-knowledge. You will transform your challenges into a new capacity for living and leading.

Here are a few favorite topics and I'm open to presenting on other topics as well. 


BUSINESS RESILIENCY IN TIMES OF RAPID CHANGE: KEYS TO MANAGING SELF, LIFE, WORK AND BUSINESS 

My book, Managing Your Life Before Life Manages You, is about aligning what matters most to you and creating structures in your life to create harmony, flow, and ease between life and work. It’s true – you can create your own destiny, but only if you’re willing to act upon the world instead of allowing it to act upon you. In this talk, I’ll help you tune into what causes you the most stress, how to make small shifts that add up to a big difference, and how resilience applies to both people and organizations. This is a highly interactive presentation that requires you to work closely with your colleagues, sharing their insights and reflecting upon common threads that make up the quilt of our busy lives. You’ll leave with insight, empathy, and ideas for integrating new practices into your day, so that you and your team can navigate rapid change with confidence and resiliency.


The Space In Between: Managing Up While Managing Down

Emerging leaders today are caught between the employees they manage and the bosses who manage them.  Being adept at managing up and managing down is a skill that requires acumen, finesse and confidence.  In this interactive 60-90 minute presentation I will address successful strategies to develop the 360 leader in you.


Integrative Leadership for Women: Leveraging Your Leadership Style to Meet 21st Century Challenges

Much has been written on the distinctions between masculine and feminine ways of leading causing the discourse to be fragmented and polarized. In this talk I introduce a holistic and integral framework for leadership that is unitive and that values the attributes of leadership, inclusive of gender, as it applies to 21st century challenges. You will identify your authentic leadership style and learn practices that support integrative leadership in your daily work.


RECOVERING PURPOSE AND PASSION 

“Busy-ness” is a thief that robs us of our purpose and passion. The worst part is, it’s something we’ve invented to keep us from accessing abundant joy. In my work with clients, I’ve seen firsthand how stillness and mindfulness helps us recover our inspiration, intuition, and inner voice that sets us upon a more fulfilling path. In this talk, I’ll share the steps you can take to create an environment that encourages stillness and taps into your innate childlike wonder. You’ll hear practical ways to incorporate awareness and intention into your daily life, and new consciousness to avoid what zaps your energy from authentic happiness.


SLAYING THE DRAGON: FEAR, SPIRITUALITY, AND STORIES

We live in a state of hypervigilance, running from invisible predators and doing our best to survive imaginary threats. There’s a campaign of fear active in our world that, paradoxically, keeps us entranced by the illusion of safety and security. This kind of generative fear pervades our culture, our thinking, and most importantly, our spirituality. As a result, we feel fragmented and disconnected from ourselves and each other. In this talk, I share personal stories about facing fear from my own past and present, and how I regularly engage the ‘dragon’ within to create transformational shifts in my life and my work. In select passages from my book, Manage Your Life Before Life Manages You, you’ll hear more about the two faces of fear we must conquer, and how that energy can be used to transform fear into energy and the unknown into motivation. This talk is perfect for helping leaders of any level overcome their own self-created obstacles and replace doubt with confidence.


THERE ARE NO NAIL SALONS IN THE JUNGLE 

I’ll be the first to admit it: I much prefer the comforts of the everyday to the discomfort of the unknown. In this talk, I share stories from my walks through the wild rainforests of Ecuador, letting you into my private conversations to understand how I use uncertainty to drive me forward. You’ll find yourself laughing at the irreverent humor within, as we walk together to encounter the wild side of Ecuador and the cavernous corners of our own lives. This talk speaks to the way we create our identity and self-worth, and how a walk through an unlikely landscape can transform the way we see ourselves.


LESSONS FROM AN ACCIDENTAL PADDLER

We learn about ourselves in the most unexpected ways when we put ourselves in the most unexpected places. Suddenly, our vulnerability, tenacity, and grit are exposed, leaving us to either embrace or exert force against them. By connecting these unexpected realizations to the act of kayaking, one of my favorite hobbies, I’ll help you understand how to prepare yourself for a deep dive into courage, simplicity, empowerment and leadership. I believe that lessons learned on the water translate beautifully between life, work, and play. A splash of humor, a drop of inspiration, and a lasting transformation bring this talk alive with lessons that leave a ripple.

 

Ignite Annapolis: Lessons from an Accidental Paddler


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