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October 31, 2020

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Lisa Eaton


Lessons from a Streaker: How to Fully Express Yourself on a Daily Basis
Strategic Solopreneurs: How to be an Entrepreneur AND Run a Business
Get Organized?! Where Do I Begin?!
Self-Management Tools: It’s About Time!
Increase Your Professionalism


Lisa Eaton is a professional speaker who inspires individuals and entrepreneurs to fully express their potential and gives you tools to run your personal and business lives more strategically.

Since 1996, Lisa has been “solopreneuring” as a Professional Organizer, Personal and Business Coach, Speaker and Writer.

Lisa earned the “coveted” Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and believes she will use her degree in the future as she comes full circle.

A recreational runner, Lisa has completed 8 marathons including Twin Cities, Grandma’s, Chicago and Disney. As a fair weather runner, Lisa moved to Colorado from Minnesota in 2002 and has no regrets.

Lisa invites you to get ready to train for the biggest race of your life…


In today’s world, we are busy, but are we effective? We are fortunate to have so many opportunities, options and choices, but are we choosing in a way that leads us personally and professionally away from being as productive, and fulfilled, as we can be? People are bored, and overwhelmed, with the daily grind and the everyday busyness of life. They live their lives and run their businesses unconsciously rather than strategically.

Lisa Eaton’s middle name is “Organization” and she sees the big picture of how things fit together and is able to share that vision with her audience and help them break it down into doable details. Her presentations are inspirational and interactive. Lisa sees herself as a facilitator who helps people work from the inside-out, resulting in increased personal power and ownership. Lisa believes life is about expressing yourself, having experiences, and filling yourself, and others, with positive energy.

Hire Lisa for:

Keynotes and breakouts for events with audiences of women, entrepreneurs, and/or students;
Workshops within companies or organizations;
Her S.T.E.P.S. for Students program for high school and college students.

Rave Reviews

Lisa has spoken to associations, law firms, private companies, entrepreneurs, chambers, sales groups, non-profits, financial institutions, the hospitality industry, REALTORS®, and state departments. Participants have this to say:

“Lisa’s speaking engenders her confidence. She shares personal stories that you can resonate with. Lisa is articulate, clear and refreshing.”

“…a fabulous speaker with lots of great information.”

“Lisa – you are an inspiration and great facilitator!”


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Lisa Lockwood


Reinvention 101
Undercover Angel—From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team-The Inspirational Lisa Lockwood Story
“Act as if!” The #1 Tool to Achieve Success in Your Personal and Professional Life
Victim or Victor? Know the difference to make a difference!
Go All In-The Six Musts to Achieve Success


Lisa Lockwood overcame growing up in poverty, to competing in a beauty pageant. She survived an abusive marriage, and the challenges of making it in a male-dominated military to a having a remarkable career in law enforcement. She reveals her illuminating story of Reinvention through perseverance, drive, and confidence in Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to Swat Team…A True Story.

Lisa story begins in 1988, when she competed in the Miss Illinois USA Pageant, to her present day life, retired from seven action-packed years on the police department of a Chicago suburb.

In 1992 she served a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, while serving a four-year stint in the United States Air Force. She was awarded the prestigious honors:
Airman of the Year Worldwide Logistics Squadrons
Airman of the Year, Base-wide Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal National Air Defense Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal Outstanding Service Medal

Upon leaving the Air force she trained at the Chicago Police Academy. Her first marriage of eight years, to an often drunken and verbally abusive man, ended soon after. She would later become the department’s first female SWAT member. She also became an undercover narcotics detective and went through training with the DEA. Some undercover cases involved the FBI. She was named Officer of the Year in 2002.

She went on to marry an affluent Canadian speaker and author. She is now a speaker, author and life coach. She is a certified practitioner in neuro-linguistic programming, a timeline therapy and certified hypno-therapist.

Lisa has earned a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Science degree.


Lisa Lockwood’s lectures draw upon her memoir, Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to Swat Team…A True Story. She captivates audiences with her enigmatic life which details her rugged experiences in the male-dominant domains of the military and law enforcement.

Lisa regales her audiences with many colorful stories, including what it was like to:
– Be the first woman on the department’s ultra-macho SWAT.
– Go undercover to catch pedophiles
– Infiltrate drug rings.
– Pose as a prostitute, Hooter’s waitress, and girlfriend to thugs.
– Overcome the sexist, “Boy’s Club fraternity” of the police community to win their respect and praise.
– Become a narcotics detective, earn Officer of the Year

Not all was easy for Lisa, who traded in her high heels and tiara for combat boots and an M-16 rifle. Lisa inspiringly exemplifies how:

– You can pursue your career dream even if others naysay your efforts.
– One can overcome numerous challenges to succeed.
– Despite the limits of your childhood, you can rise above them to win.
– You can adapt to any situation and make it work for you

“I want my audience to feel inspired by showing them a unique transformation: from a welfare kid into a beauty pageant contestant, a soldier to victim of domestic violence, SWAT cop to man-eater, and finally back into the skin in which I was meant to live: A loving, adventurous, nurturing, driven and passionate lady…who just happens to know how to storm a drug house at a moment’s notice.” Lisa Lockwood

Rave Reviews

I enjoyed your talk at the WENS breakfast this morning. Wow, you tell a great story, and it is your life’s adventures and experiences. Good for you! As the saying goes, You have come a long way….baby! I have visited your web site and joined your mailing list. I plan to read your Undercover Angel book.
Karen Edwards, C.S.T. Consultants Inc.

Lisa Lockwood is an inspirational speaker. The members of my women’s network were simply awestruck at Lisa’s inner strength and phenomenal courage. Lisa will capture the heart of any audience and motivate them to conquer any conceivable obstacle. With such a big heart and a sweet smile, Lisa will offer any audience a memorable experience. GO TAKE ON THE DAY LISA.
Sherry Thacker, President and Founder of The Women’s Entrepreneurial Networking System.

Women do need a hero to help set them free from bondage…whether it is abusive relationships or poverty…they can do it all because you are a living example. I feel so touched and I’m inspired by your story. I know you are a very special lady. You’re not only “hot” from the outside you’re a truly beautiful lady inside Lisa. I know your book is going to be a total success. Everyone and women, especially, need to hear your story.
Kim Ha, Real Estate Broker/Owner, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, RE/MAX Elite,

I was very moved by your presentation of: “Undercover Angel-The Lisa Lockwood Story.” You made us feel what you were feeling. You are an outstanding speaker because you deliver from the heart.
Naureen Durack, CHA
Formation Pro/Action Training
West Island, Quebec


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Lucy Rosen


Champagne Marketing on a Beer Budget
42 Tips to Free Publicity
Now What? What to Do Once You’ve Found Your Big Idea
Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Networking…(* But Were Afraid to Do)
Networking: The Power of Your ‘Inside Circle of Ten’
Why Doing Good Does Good For All – How Professionals Today Can Make a Difference
Easy Marketing Strategies for Difficult Times


When it comes to women and networking, Lucy Rosen does more than just “talk the talk” about the value of networking for businesswomen. She’s done something about it that few women can claim … and which continues to help hundreds of women across the country in their jobs each day. Back in 1991, upon noting the lack of networking opportunities for professional women, Lucy founded Women on the Fast Track ( in New York City – a networking group devoted specifically to helping women throughout all industries “connect” with other professional women to form strategic alliances that could enhance their careers. Before long, the organization (which started with six women) took off … and quickly began expanding on a national level. Today, with chapters of her group now in New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, Lucy continues to be Long Island’s “networking guru” – and one of the country’s most sought-after experts on how women can enhance their careers through the power of networking.

Through her groundbreaking work at Women on the Fast Track over the past 17 years, Lucy has continued to help thousands of women grow and nurture their own careers – all while nurturing and growing her own successful company — The Business Development Group ( A savvy businesswoman who has grown her firm into one of Long Island’s leading marketing/public relations agencies, Lucy has helped a wide variety of entrepreneurs, corporations and not-for-profit groups organizations develop and expand their businesses. In addition, through it all she has also balanced the demands of motherhood, serving as single mother to daughter Samantha, now 13.

The author of a series of business “how-to” booklets for women, Lucy is frequently interviewed by the media (including recent articles in Pink Magazine, Working Mother and an appearance on “Career Talk with Maggie Mistal”, a national radio show airing on Martha Stewart’s Sirius channel. In addition, she speaks to groups across the country about current issues in public relations, marketing and, of course, effective networking.


Lucy’s list of credentials — and enthusiastic referrals based on past speaking engagements — are extensive. But what truly makes Lucy a value-added speaker is her ability to engage her audience, and provide unique insight into the topics on the minds of so many professionals today. Whether she’s offering a not-for-profit group “42 Tips for Free Publicity” to help in their fundraising efforts – or speaking to a group of sales executives or business professionals about how to put an effective networking plan in place to dramatically improve their bottom line, Lucy speaks from experience – and from the heart. She speaks with candor, with confidence – and with commitment – about how people can enhance their professional lives –and her presentations have been proven to make a tremendous impact on thousands of professionals in all phases of their careers.

A mentor and role model for women and girls, Lucy’s leadership in this arena prompted her to be selected as a facilitator at a unique entrepreneurship program sponsored by Guardian Life Insurance. The program, called “Girls Going Places” was an inspirational leadership program for underprivileged girls ages 12 to 16. In addition, she makes “giving back” an important part of her everyday life – working on a number of pro bono accounts, and being an active participant in numerous civic organizations and philanthropic activities. Her important work has not gone unnoticed – in addition to being one of the area’s most sought-after speakers, she has been honored with a number of highly significant awards – including this year being named by Distinction Magazine as a 2008 “Woman of Distinction”, in recognition of her leadership in the Long Island business arena and overall contributions to the local community.

With her years of business experience, dynamic (and thought-provoking) presentation style and insight into the needs of today’s professionals, Lucy is sure to be a valuable addition to any organization and/or speaking engagement. She speaks candidly, and with tremendous insight and experience, about topics of interest to women in all phases of their careers – and is a living testimonial as to what truly great networking can do for businesswomen looking to bring their careers to the next level.

Rave Reviews

“Lucy is that rare individual who not only motivates, but inspires. Her practical, no-nonsense approach to how to maximize networking opportunities made me realize some important steps I could be taking that could enhance my career – and I attribute many of my valuable new business contacts to the work of Lucy and Women on the Fast Track.”

“As a long-time member of Women on the Fast Track, I’ve experienced first-hand how Lucy impacts the lives of everyone she comes in contact with – whether it’s helping to arrange a business partnership that makes sense for both parties, or providing advice as to next steps for an entrepreneur to help them launch a business. There are some amazing ‘success stories’ that have come out of Women on the Fast Track … and so many women, like myself, can attest to the important role that Lucy has played in their lives.”

“I’ve worked with Lucy in many capacities – as a client, as a member of Women on the Fast Track, and as an audience member at a number of her presentations. Every time I meet with her, I come away with something that I didn’t know before about how to grow my business. In addition, I always come away energized with new ideas – and, more often than not, I come away with a valuable new business contact or two!

“These days, it’s really about the bottom line … and working with Lucy has provided me with the results that I need to continue to grow my business. Her business expertise and insight have provided me with some innovative ways to market my business during these tougher economic times, and I continue to value her guidance and expert counsel.”

“Lucy provides exactly the right mix of candor, charisma and confidence that makes her so enjoyable to listen to … and brings new life to a variety of business topics. She’s a visionary whose presentations truly stand out from the crowd, and she continues to be one of Long Island’s most requested speakers.”


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M. Michelle Derosier


Taking care of black skin and hair 101
Career – introducing your “minority” to their “majority”
How to introduce your white boyfriend to your black parents (and other tales of racial integration introductions)
Taking the fear out of mentoring
Introducing young boys to the topics of sexual assault and rape


I’m naturally inquisitive – others refer to it as nosey. Either way, my doe-eyed interest in the world propels me to spend hours researching answers to a variety of life’s questions. Understanding that there are people with my curiosity, minus the obsessive compulsive attachment to research, I decided to focus on specific areas of interests (for me) and then spread the gospel.

At the moment, my target areas are anything in the realm of racial and cultural integration, career motivation for young kids, rape and sexual assault, and education and mentoring. However, this list is not extensive. I am more than ready to expand the scope of my investigative mind to meet the needs of a catalogue of clients.


Hire me if you want someone who will be worth your investment. I provide professional service wrapped in a blanket of warmth. I engage the audience, rather than stand stiffly on a podium; in order to introduce them to knowledge within themselves they never knew existed.

Rave Reviews

Career Day – Middle School 8, Mr. Ken Goetz, Counselor – 2007

Oasis and Haven Crisis/Non-Crisis Hotlines and Walk-in Centers – 2000 – 2004


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Margaret Graziano


THE 5% FACTOR™: The key to turning “Should” and “Can’t” into “Did” and “Done” and Had a Blast
Choose Wisely: Impact Your Hiring Batting Average
Keeping Your Top Producers
So You want to be a Big Biller
Sell John Brown through John Brown’s Eyes: Increasing Sales with Communication Effectiveness


HR industry thought & action leader Margaret Graziano, CPC, CTS, CERS is today’s “go-to” source for best practice strategies on talent recruitment, development, performance management, and retention. With tools and tactics that propelled her staffing agency, Alliance HR Network, into a multi-million dollar business, this top producer has been named one of the nation’s top 50 recruiters, honored by NAWBO as a “Woman Business Owner of the Year” and distinguished by Chicago media as one of the region’s “Most Influential Business Leaders.” With her commitment to empowering people and organizations, Margaret now leads the KeenHire strategic hiring and retention initiative, consulting and speaking globally about leveraging the power of people.

At 21, single mother Margaret Graziano had a tough choice to make: to fight for child support or try supporting her family with a straight commission sales job. She chose the latter and never looked back. Graziano began her personnel career as an employment consultant earning a six dollar an hour draw and within 10 years, had opened her own staffing agency. In testament to her business savvy she has established a client base stemming from 80% repeat business, earned more than $5,000,000 in personal “desk production” income, and placed more than 2,000 candidates in direct hire positions with a 98% placement satisfaction rating.


A top producer in the staffing and recruiting industry for more than 20 years and business owner since 1993, successful entrepreneur Margaret Graziano is also a published author and sought-after business coach, consultant and speaker with the unique ability to lead change. Margaret’s expansive knowledge of industry trends is critical to winning the war on talent and managing the complexities of the human capital business. From benchmarking programs to behavioral interviewing and other industry-leading assessment tools, her dynamic, provocative and innovative presentations will challenge your audience, catapult their thinking, and set forth the context for learning and development that is sure to make any conference a huge success!

Don’t expect an evergreen presentation. Margaret’s laser-pointed messages target the trends and issues of the day. Her contagious enthusiasm motivates, empowers and inspires her audiences. Your attendees will be entertained, engaged and moved to participate in the conference fully. They will be compelled to bring all of themselves to the development opportunities facing them and will walk away with:

–An “aliveness” and hunger for learning
–A renewed motivation to take action in their life
–Inspiration to create goals that awaken their passions
–Awareness of what stops them
–Ability to use tools for turning breakdowns into breakthroughs
–Empowerment to make superior choices
–Capacity to turn “should & can’t” into “can, did, and had a blast!”

Margaret’s powerful “take-away” ideas provide instant opportunities to initiate expanded service offerings and implement innovative staffing and hiring solutions that directly affect profitability and enable exponential growth.

Rave Reviews

“If you’re considering having Margaret Graziano speak to your group, prepare to have your world thinking turned upside down. From the probing pre-event interviewing Margaret did to assure that her remarks were on message, to the mind-stretching, engaging delivery of her speech, Margaret raised our awareness of issues that drive the future of our industry.”
— Terry Rohde, President, Wisconsin Association of Personnel Services

“You rocked our world! The intensive training was nothing less than amazing. It was incredible how you were able to transform the way that we do business in just two days. We have a completely new perspective that will enable us to meet our goals.”
— Spencer Schmerling, Managing Director, VTI Staffing Professionals

“Margaret provides a powerful action-oriented format for taking your business to the next level – whatever that may be for you. I’m finding it to be a jumpstart approach for an already established business.”
— Alane Watkins, Systems Administrator, Kraft Foods, Inc.

“Your management training seminar was great. Everyone walked out appreciating what they learned with a better understanding of the personality types of the other managers. It was an important value-add for our company.”
— George Kriza, President, Marketing Technology Concepts

“The work you did with our management team clarified our goals and values, making it so much easier to discriminate among candidates. The tools you provided are invaluable. The interview questions and behavioral checklists are used by all of us who meet with potential employees. They have enabled us to standardize the hiring process that you designed especially for our needs – saving us time and money.”
— Barbara Rose, President, S. N. Peck Builders


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Margaret Norton


“What is a Life Coach?”
“Don’t Let Your Family Drive You Crazy”
“The Many Faces of Abuse”
“There is Life After Divorce”
“Getting Started as a Writer”


I am a middle-aged wife, mother of two, step-mother of one, grandmother of four, and rich in life experiences.

I married young, was abused, divorced, made many mistakes and struggled with low self-esteem for many years. Enrolling in college at the age of 28, I found more success in the business world than in my personal life. For 15 years I was self-employed and received numerous awards for my contributions to women in the sales field.

My degree is in Business Administration, which has been a tremendous benefit to me, but completing the Dale Carnegie Class was what finally helped me to understand and love myself. I donate my time as a coach with this organization and receive much satisfaction in seeing others break out of their shell just as I did many years ago.

As my confidence grew, I started to get involved with domestic violence organizations. I wanted to share my experience with others by giving them hope that they too could escape the cycle of abuse. Currently I am a volunteer with Lydia House in St Louis.

My work experience includes mortgage banking, franchise owner, life insurance sales, retail management, and non-profit organizations.

In 2004 I started to write about my life experiences which turned into a 400 page memoir. My agent is currently looking for a publisher. As a result of the writing, I decided that I wanted to spend the rest of my life helping others in a more personal way. That’s when I became a life coach.

Though I have spoken to all types of groups, my ideal audience is women and the topics I feel most passionate about relate to women’s issues.


If you want a speaker that is passionate about life then you should hire me.

It is my belief that passion takes many forms and mine is a quiet, inner feeling. To be honest, I am not the most charismatic person one would ever meet, and typically I do not win an audience with my charming ways and words. But I do captivate their attention with my sincerity and my genuine love of other people.

I am not a stand up comic but have been told by many that I have a wicked, dry sense of humor. Often my topics are serious by nature, and I am a serious type person but I do try to use humor as much as possible when doing a presentation.

In giving a speech I try to teach my audience something they do not know or challenge them to look at old ideas in a new way. I use handouts and graphics. And to make the experience more enjoyable I invoke active participation or game playing.

I try hard to connect with my audience and my goal is that they will take away something that will make them a better person and better able to cope with life.

Rave Reviews

“Margaret made me think of abuse in a different way. Her presentation was very informative and brought this unpleasant subject closer home for me. After hearing her speech I am so much more aware of those around me who might be experiencing this problem. Before I was hesitant to get involved but now I know how to speak a kind word or just offer my support. I now know there are many facets of abuse and I am more aware of my own words and actions.”
-Lynne E

“I attended this presentation because I was facing a terrible divorce and feeling hopeless about my situation. Margaret’s presentation gave me ideas on how to cope and how to build a new life for myself. Her candid comments from her own life were much appreciated. Though I am still uncertain how my situation will play out, I now have hope that one day things will be better. She helped the audience to see that divorce does not have to be the end of something but rather can be the beginning of something new and exciting. I highly recommend her as a speaker.”
-Jean B

“Margaret spoke to our local writing club on how she got started as a writer. It was obvious that she had spend much time and done much research as a new writer. She was eager and happy to share with us all that she had learned. It is rare for a new writer to start out writing a novel and even rarer to have your first attempt accepted by an agent. Knowing she was able to do this inspired me to continue pursuing my dreams.”
-Cathy H

“After listening to Margaret speak about her family I now know that my family isn’t so bad after all and there is no “normal” situation. For years I had struggled to get along with certain family members and felt I was the black sleep. I felt that I had failed myself and my family as I struggled to be perfect. The guilt and pain were almost unbearable. But as I listened to Margaret speak, I was able to put this situation into perspective. I no longer allow my family to define who I am and I know it is OK to be different. I am so grateful that my church decided to have her as a speaker.”
-Linda P


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