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|Women & Diversity: Identity, Inclusion and Empowerment|
|Pink Slips: Learning from Life’s Disappointments|
|Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing With Your Life?|
|Spring Cleaning for the Soul|
|Use Your Freedom to Create the Life of Your Dreams!|
Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and Executive Director of The Women’s Mosaic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in the world. As a speaker and seminar leader, she provides a practical framework for each attendee to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large. Kristina has a B.A. degree in International Relations from Boston University, and has taught extensively for New York University’s Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career, Education and Life Planning and was recently featured as a guest on the all-women owned radio network, Greenstone Media. She was listed as one of Hispanic Magazines Top Latinas of 2004 and is currently the Tango Diva 2007 Diva Visionary Award winner.
Kristina is an amazing inspiration to women in NYC and all over the world. She brings together such a diverse group of women for her programs and events and inspires all who meet her to be their best always. – Melanie McEvoy, President of National Association of Women Business Owners NYC
Kristina has worked tirelessly to create a community of women in New York City who support each other, learn from each other, and challenge each other to create better lives for our selves and our world. – Patti Binder, former Director of YWCA Center for Girls
….she is not only a visionary, but also an empathetic and able practitioner of her vision. She believes in the creative and collective power of women, so she devotes her time to facilitating just that. – Rebecca Cathcart, Journalist
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this topic couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. I found Kristina’s points to be very clear and direct. Not “over my head” and filled with textbook phrases. I feel very motivated and excited to take what I learned into my life. – Cindy D., Workshop Attendee
I feel that Kristina’s workshops are incredibly helpful. She teaches people how to view life’s disappointments in a more compassionate light. These challenges can indeed become significant learning experiences. Kristina is an inspirational example of taking a personal setback and using it to empower herself. Most importantly, she cares about the healing process and will share her resources for healing. I totally connect with her because her delivery is so down-to-earth, warm, and intuitive. I’m still reaping the benefits of her wisdom and guidance! Thank you Kristina! – Larie Hwang
After attending Using Your Freedom to Create the Life of Your Dreams] I gained a new realization and appreciation for my pure potential and resources.
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|The Connected and Committed Leader–Achieving sustainable results requires more than just timelines, numbers and business management skills. This program will help managers understand what it really takes to become a leader.|
|Changing Vantage Points to Create Advantage–Change is inevitable in business and in life. Have it work to your advantage and watch you and your business grow!|
|Harnessing the Power of Your Brand–Brands are magical. They stand for something clear. They harness the collective energy of those believing in them. Apply the principles of brand building to your organization and harness the power of your brand to help build employee engagement and morale.|
As a highly successful, former Marketing VP with The Coca-Cola Company, Laura Lopez knows how to get results. Laura works with companies and business associations to develop leaders throughout all levels within their organization.
“Leadership is not just for the top dogs”, says Laura Lopez. Laura has developed seven effective leadership insights based on more than 20 years in corporate leadership roles coupled with her parenting experience.
Is leadership a lot like parenting? Laura Lopez says, “yes”. As an author of her soon-to-be-released book, “The Connected and Committed Leader” Laura connects the skills needed for leadership to those of effective parenting.
“Leadership takes heart. A lot of it”, says Lopez. Learning how to balance our heads and hearts in business is key to Laura’s core message. “The Connected and Committed Leader” is the basis of her speeches and workshops.
Laura provides a unique perspective on leadership for business in the 21st century. She knows that businesses cannot fully thrive over the long run without their people being motivated, inspired and fulfilled.
Laura’s insights on leadership help her clients embrace leadership in a whole new way that is both informative and entertaining. For more information on Laura and her programs please go to www.Laura-Lopez.com.
• She inspires people to see how they are an essential part of the solution. Laura isn’t afraid to communicate her messages by sharing her mistakes. By doing so, the audience relates emotionally to her insights.
• Laura knows how to generate results. She increased the size of a mature business three-fold at The Coca-Cola Company generating over $120 MM in bottom line profit. Her real-world examples and stories help generate results for her clients.
• Her stories are relevant because they capture the challenges we face in any industry. Her honesty, clarity and lighthearted manner make people smile while they are relating to and learning about difficult issues.
• Her knowledge on branding is second to none. Laura repositioned established, household name brands to achieve unprecedented favorite brand scores. She communicates the concepts of branding in a simple way that everyone understands and can apply.
• She is so enthusiastic, passionate and optimistic; it’s infectious!
“Laura’s speaking style captivates and entertains an audience. Her diversity of experience allows her to give real world examples that make her advice much more meaningful, interesting and often hilarious.”
-Allison Barrett, Senior Brand Manager, The Coca-Cola Company
“Your stories helped me understand your points. I had never thought about Leadership quite that way before. You helped me make some important connections that have application to my work and my life”
-Michele Kimbrough, President Kimbrough Designs and
Co-founder of Entrepreneurial Woman Network
Great—such an eye opener!
-Phyllis Martin, Financial Advisor, Strategic Financial Resources
“You have such passion and smarts. You care about people and that’s what leadership is all about. Everyone has something to learn from your experience as a leader”
-Carl Carlson, Manager Strategic Initiatives, The Coca-Cola Company
“This was great! Great presentation! Very practical, it is something that I can use immediately!”
-Stephanie Sawyer, Chief Financial Officer APGLP
“I thought your speech on leadership was great! High energy and very insightful. I loved the blending of personal with work experiences that all of us can relate to!”
-Valerie McMullian, Director Finance, The Coca-Cola Company
“Excellent Program! Very worthwhile training that I can use both professionally and personally.”
-Patricia A. Hunt, CPA EOG Resources, Inc.
Partial Client List
The Coca-Cola Company
Keller Williams International
Miller Brewing Company
Network of Executive Women (NEW)
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
American Women Society of CPAs (AWSCPA)
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|Provocative Leadership – Moving Beyond Problem-Solving To Innovation|
|How To Double Your Company’s Sales In One Year|
|Asking Leading Questions – How To Get The Most Out Of Your Team|
|Believing Is Seeing – Tapping Into Your Team’s Vision|
Laura is a co-founder of the Institute for Provocative Leadership, a research and consulting organization as well as co-founder of Dancing Elephants Achievement Group, a strategic sales consulting firm. She is the co-author of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets and over 200 published articles on leadership and sales development. Laura has owned several businesses during her career as well as being a Regional Sales Manager for Nationwide Insurance, where she was earned every sales award they company provided. She is a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY at Buffalo and holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
I’ve been enthralling and motivating audiences since I was six years old. Dynamic, entertaining, enlightening and eye-opening are some of the words my audiences use to describe my powerful speaking style. From the first moment I walk on stage I’ll have your audience wondering how they ever succeeded without the knowledge and inspiration they get from me. They will leave the session ready to tackle new challenges with energy and excitement and to work with colleagues at a heightened level of collaboration and teamwork. If you want a speaker to bring results, not just PowerPoint presentations, to your team, we should talk.
“During a call like this, if I come away with a couple of nuggets of information or new ideas, I feel it has been time well-spent. This was a gold-mine!”
Concord Computer Systems
“You were a fantastic speaker! You provided a great deal of important information in a short period of time. Excellent!”
President and CEO
Consolidated Bank and Trust Company
“Laura, your presentation was excellent — simple, smart and easy to remember. …My team members will benefit greatly from your approach/presentation.”
Susan M. Raher
Senior Vice President
BB&T of Virginia
“I attended a 1-day sales training seminar as a brand new Private Dining Director. I really embraced your concepts, read the book on the way home and have religiously practiced the principles that you teach since then. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for teaching a way of thinking outside the box. I must have said a thousand times over the last two years, “Wow, Laura Posey said this would happen!”, every time someone called with a referral or a compliment. The PDR sales average is up 20% a month.”
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
“I had won other awards for top sales and such but never the Rock Star Award and it has really bothered me. So I really visualized it and really believed that I was going to win this month, just like you said to do. At our monthly staff as soon as our COO began talking about the winner I knew it was me! Thank you!”
Other convention/meeting clients include: American Heart Association, American Business Women’s Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association, Chem-Dry, Allegra Network, ProForma and many more.
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|The Art of the Apology: How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone|
|How to Apologize to Clients and Customers – And Why Your Lawyer May Tell You Not To!|
|Elegant Ethical Solutions: How to Resolve Dilemmas While Preserving Your Professional Relationships|
Lauren Bloom is an attorney who speaks and consults on business ethics and the author of “The Art of the Apology – How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone.”
For many years, Lauren was the General Counsel and Director of Professionalism of the American Academy of Actuaries, where she delivered hundreds of keynotes, panel presentations and seminars on business ethics, helping thousands of financial professionals nationwide to achieve high ethical standards and responsibly manage their litigation risk. Now, Lauren is the President and CEO of Elegant Solutions Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping professionals, businesses and association management executives build trust with their clients, customers and members by “walking the ethics talk” in their daily practices.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree from Yale College and her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. She also holds an advanced degree in Labor Law with distinction from Georgetown Law Center. A practicing attorney with over twenty years’ experience, Lauren is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics in Minneapolis, MN. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute of Management Consultants USA and a local community theatre troupe, and appears regularly in films and professional and community theatre productions around the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Lauren is an audience favorite who delivers direct, compassionate advice about how to handle tough ethical issues. Content-rich and entertaining, Lauren’s most requested keynotes are pure audience pleasers:
1. How to Apologize to Clients and Customers — And Why Your Lawyer Might Tell You Not To!
Everyone makes mistakes, but business mistakes can cost a fortune — and possibly ruin your professional reputation. Many business people don’t apologize because they worry they’ll end up in court. This keynote offers practical guidance on how to apologize so effectively that your relationships with clients and customers end up stronger than ever, and lawsuits are less likely.
2. The Art of the Apology: How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone
Lauren’s signature keynote, based on her new book, “The Art of the Apology,” offers invaluable advice on why, when, and how to apologize. Audience members gain an understanding of how apologies heal damaged relationships and restore trust, and the necessary tools to make effective apologies to co-workers, clients, customers, and loved ones.
3. Elegant Ethical Solutions: How to Resolve Dilemmas While Preserving Your Professional Relationships
What can you do when someone in your workplace asks you to do something underhanded, unethical, or just plain wrong? This keyote provides a practical approach to resolving ethical dilemmas, explaining how to analyze an ethical dilemma, brainstorm solutions, and work creatively with other people to come to an elegant, “win-win” solution. It encourages the audience not to blame others, but to approach ethical dilemmas from a compassionate, non-judgmental perspective.
“Lauren is as smart as they come — and always entertaining!” — Tom Terry, CEO, JPMorgan Compensation and Benefit Strategies
“Lauren Bloom is a superb speaker. I highly recommend her!” — Donna Claire, FSA, MAAA, President, Claire Thinking, Inc.
“Lauren is warm, humorous, and communicates with clarity and great expression. You really enjoy her!” — William C. Cutlip, President, William C. Cutlip Consulting
“Lauren’s presentation style completely engages the listener.” — Tom Bakos, President, Tom Bakos Consulting Inc.
“Lauren combines a real talent for public communication with the dedication and ethical backbone rarely seen these days. She’s an inspiration.” — Greg Vass, Senior Policy Analyst, America’s Health Insurance Plans
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|Professional Image: The 3 key components and how to use them to reach your goals|
|Networking 123: Tips for mastering in-person and online networking with confidence|
|Finding Your Passion: Discovering your “best fit” career, and making money at it|
|Today’s Job Search Strategies- finding your place in today’s job market|
After 20 years working in a corporate environment, Linda transformed her career and her life by creating Back to Business LLC, a firm dedicated to helping moms return to the world of work. She is a career consultant, and has a passion for helping people develop the self- awareness, confidence and real- world tools to successfully identify and reach their goals.
Linda has developed a clear, 6- step process to guide anyone wanting to re-enter the workforce or transition careers to success.
Her business has recently grown to provide career direction and effective job search strategies to college-aged students as well.
An accomplished business leader and presenter, she co- hosts a local TV show called “You’re Hired”, and speaks regularly to academic, professional and corporate audiences on career-related topics.
Linda has recently been named the recipient of her region’s Athena Award.
Linda takes a unique approach to the job search, combining her own corporate experience as a working Mom, her experience negotiating flexible work arrangements, and a blend of career- related certifications to provide a unique step- by- step process which effectively helps women make positive career changes.
You can view testimonials to the effectiveness of Linda’s programs on LinkedIn at:
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|7 Things Every Consumer Needs To Know About Timeshare|
|Making The Most Of Your Timeshare|
|Don’t Fall For These Timeshare Tricks!|
|Timeshare Business Use…Why Rent When You Can Own?|
A Chicago area native, Lisa moved to the Central Florida area in September of 1997. With more than 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing, media and PR, she was hired by a local hotel as their Advertising Director. Within a year, she entered the timeshare industry and several months after that, earned her Florida Real Estate License.
She began writing advertising and marketing articles for the industry’s #1 read publication and quickly became a sought after expert for anyone in the media writing about or talking about timeshare.
She published her first book, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation . . . Confessions From The Sales Table” in October of 2004 and it became an instant hit with the public, who had obviously been longing for no-nonsense information about a product that suffers from a less than stellar reputation. Lisa followed up that success with “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies” in July of 2005 and cemented her reputation as the industry’s expert.
As “The Timeshare Crusader” Lisa continues to expose the industry’s strengths and weaknesses while pushing for more consumer education in this industry that for so long has thrived because of un-educated consumers. She is working on her third book, “An Introduction to Vacation Ownership Management,” a college-level textbook due out in 2008.
Lisa still lives in the Central Florida area with her two cats, enjoys travel, photography, music and driving in her two-seater convertible.
Not all timeshare salespeople wear lime green leisure suits! Lisa is a fun, dynamic and interesting speaker who brings years of experience to her presentations.
At one point or another, nearly everyone has been on a timeshare sales pitch and most people have walked out more confused and more annoyed than when they walked in.
“The Timeshare Crusader” sheds light on what has been, up until now, a mysterious world. Forthright, honest and informative, Lisa does NOT sell, buy, rent, broker or represent any timeshare or any type of timeshare. She is neither pro- nor anti-timeshare, only decidedly pro-educated consumer.
Your attendees will walk away from Lisa’s programs with a better understanding of timeshare, armed with questions to ask before making any purchase decision and the information that they need in order to control any timeshare sales pitch in the future. Anyone who already owns timeshare will be sure to learn tips to have them make more out of their timeshare.
Relax everyone; “The Timeshare Crusader” is here!
“I was a little disappointed when (Lisa) mentioned that she would only be back to lecture once in the semester. Her lecture and introduction to the industry was phenomenal! The subject at hand in class isn’t the most exciting one however she kept me very interested with her vibrant personality and her down to earth attitude. I also love how she simply tells it like it is and doesn’t sugar coat anything. I am looking forward to read her book on timeshare. Hopefully we will get a chance to have her more involved throughout the semester.
-J. Rivera-University of Central Florida
“When we sent out invitations and the agenda for our last meeting with included our guest speakers, Lisa Ann Schreier, we had an overwhelming response from our members wanting to attend. Lisa Ann is a dynamic speaker and extremely knowledgeable about what is going on in the timeshare industry. Nearly everyone who attended bought her book to be more timeshare savvy. We highly recommend reading her book and having her speak at one of your future meetings. As we say you learn something new everyday.”
-E and M Hastry-Baltimore, Maryland