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Margie Warrell


Courageous Conversations! How to Speak Up About the Things That Weigh You Down (No Matter How “Touchy”) Without Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth.
Leadership Is Choice; Not a Position! Five Crucial Questions to Grow Your Influence, Expand Your Contribution & Fulfill Your Leadership Potential.
Upping Your Courage Quotient (CQ): Five keys to living with greater clarity, confidence and courage… everyday.
Success is a Balancing Act
Harnessing the Power of Vision: Daring To Dream Bigger & Live Bolder


Originally from Australia, Margie Warrell is an Executive & Life Coach, Speaker, syndicated Columnist and Author recognized internationally as an expert on courage as it relates to communication, relationships, leadership and life! A mother of four, in July 2007 her second book “FIND YOUR COURAGE!” became an Amazon Bestseller. Margie has degrees in Business & Pyschology and formerly worked as a marketing executive with large multi-nationals corporations including BP Oil and KPMG. A dynamic speaker, clients include NASA, Verizon, American Airlines and ExxonMobil.

In 2006 Margie co-authored “101 Ways to Improve Your Life” with Jack Canfield, John Gray, Richard Carlson & Bob Proctor. Her latest book “Find Your Courage!” has received extraordinary praise from experts in her field, academics and industry leaders.

As an ICF accredited and certified ontological coach, Margie works with individuals and teams to expand their vision, enhance communication effectiveness, strengthen leadership competence and fufill individual potential. A dynamic and sought after speaker, her most popular programs including Courageous Conversations!, Success is a Balancing Act! and Leadership is a Choice!

Since leaving her parents farm in rural Australia at 18 (where she rode her horse to school!), Margie’s work and intrepid spirit has taken her to nearly 60 countries around the world from the Middle East and Africa to South America and Papua New Guinea.

In more recent years Margie’s sense of adventure has extended into the realm of family: she is ‘mum’ to four young (and noisy)children. As a mother of four, she is passionate about helping other women successfully pursue the goals that inspire them – professionally and personally – with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

Margie has been interviewed as an expert on TV/radio/press extensively across the US including appearances on ABC, NBC and Hallmark Channel.


Margie’s upbeat and down to earth style, entertaining stories and powerful message will challenge the minds, touch the hearts and ignite the spirits of your audience.

An internationally accredited coach, Margie has an extraordinary ability to get to the core of the issues which limit success, stifle potential and keep people ‘stuck’. An experienced speaker who has given hundreds of presentations to tens of thousands of people, Margie highly interactive programs empower her audience with fresh perspectives and practical strategies they can use immediately to rise above their doubts, fears and limiting beliefs to enjoy greater success and a deeper sense of purpose in their relationships, career, business and life.

Margie’s warm and genuine personality quickly engages her audience and earns their trust because she genuinely walks her talk when it comes to living a courageous life. Her very unique & entertaining stories and powerful lessons draw from her diverse personal and professional experience: from her childhood growing up in a large family on a farm in rural Australia to her intrepid travels to nearly 60 countries from Algeria to Papua New Guinea to her experiences as a Marketing Executive for international corporations including BP Oil and KPMG to the challenges of raising for young children whilst moving around the world, Margie eloquently captures the keys to living a bigger, more rewarding and more courageous life.

The reviews of Margie’s clients attest to the real and last impact she has on the members of her audiences. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her message is powerful and the spirit of adventure which she embraces in her own life truly inspires her audience to live with more clarity, confidence and courage!

A demo video of Margie speaking is available upon request.

Rave Reviews

Margie knocked our socks off! She was both really educational and truly inspirational. I would recommend Margie as a speaker to any group wanting to get clear on their priorities, be more effective in their careers and find more meaning in their day to day life. Margie made our event a huge success! -Brooke O’Shae / Sabre Holdings

What an enlightening and outstanding program! Margie delivered her program with tremendous enthusiasm, great passion and great depth knowledge. It was extremely well received by all and we look forward to having her back at NASA soon.
-Kim Haney/ Director/NASA HQ/ Washington DC

Margie was a BIG HIT at our annual physician’s conference getting the highest rating possible by 94% of attendees! She completely engaged our audience – not an easy feat with a room of 90 tired and distracted physicians. A joy to work with, I would not hesitate to recommend her to other event planners.
-Kathleen Bozis / Medical Society of Virginia

Margie is energetic, professional, easy-going and quite a breath of fresh air. Without notes, props or even a chair, Margie delivered divine words of wisdom for women seeking to make changes and promote themselves at work and at home through conversations with others.
-Deanna McRae King / British Telecom

Margie was an awesome speaker who really connected with the audience at our National Leadership Convention. Her stories were funny & touching, her ideas thought provoking & relevant, and her personality down to earth & delightful!
-Lynda Bayliss/ American Business Women’s Association

Factual, not fictional. With both feet on the ground, and a delightful accent that delivers a straightforward message, Margie Warrell can and does, in the best business sense, ‘tell it like it NEEDS to BE.’
-Susan Wight / eWomenNetwork Executive Managing Director

“Your presentation was a superb and your dynamic style was just what our group needed.”
-Jacque R. Lytle, Ph.D/Southern Methodist University

“Margie’s presentation was professional, her candor and energy refreshing, her remarks highly valuable and her strategies extremely relevant, practical. Undecided on a speaker? Hire Margie”
-Melody W.Orrantia/ Accenture

“Wow, what a fun presentation! It was great to get information for bettering our lives while laughing. It was one of the best presentations we have ever had!”
-Stacey Perkins / American Business Women’s Association

“Margie’s presentation was powerful. We got nothing but great feedback – our members want her back!”
-Jennifer Dicks/ Dallas Career Women’s Network


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Maria Bailey


The Art of Juggling: Balancing Family, Life and Work
Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Share of the Trillion Dollar Market


Maria T. Bailey is an award-winning author, radio talk show host,
internationally known speaker and the foremost marketing authority on marketing to moms. She has been an invited presenter to Burger King, Coca Cola, Best Buy, General Mills, Buena Vista Entertainment, and many other major corporations.
Her book, “Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Share of the Trillion Dollar Market”
(2002, Prima) is the first to examine the buying power of mothers and the most effective
marketing initiatives to tap the $1.7 trillion market and is published in several languages.
Maria’s newest book, “Trillion Dollar Moms: Marketing to a New Generation of Mothers” (Dearborn, 2005) focuses on the emergence of Gen X and Gen Y moms and how they compare to Boomer Moms.

Maria has an audience of over 11 million moms a month. She is the host of Mom Talk Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show for moms, co-host of Doug Stephan’s “Good Day”, Founder/CEO of, the award winning Website for executive working mothers and host of The Balancing Act on Lifetime TV. She is also the creator of Smart Mom Solutions, a product line that offers solutions to everyday challenges for busy moms. She has informed and entertained audiences around the globe with her passion and charisma.
She has presented at The International Direct Marketing Association Annual Conference,
The International Volunteerism Conference, The National Association of Industrial Psychology,
Alliance for Work/Life Professionals and many corporate sponsored seminars including
Noni International’s Woman’s Health Summit, Highlights-Jigsaw National Convention, Johnson & Johnson
and Southeast Toyota Lunch and Learn Series.

The mother of four young children, Ms. Bailey lives in Florida with her husband. She is a marathon runner and enjoys travel.


Maria Bailey has entertained, engaged and educated audiences around the globe. Her charasmatic style has made her a sought after keynote speaker as well as session facilitator. She has been an invited speaker at companies such as Disney Global, Nestle, HP, Microsoft, Cartoon Network, Chuck E. Cheese and Office Depot. Maria has presented at industry conventions such as The American Diary Association, Produce Marketing Association, Bowling Alley Owners of America, Youth Marketing Conference, Marketing to Women and many more.

Rave Reviews

“In ten years of meetings, Maria Bailey was the best speaker we’ve ever had” Disney Executive

“We learned more in your one hour speech than we did the entire conference.” VP, Packaged Goods

“Maria Bailey not only was informative but she was entertaining. She kept us laughing the entire time we were learning.” SVP, Marketing Furniture Industry


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Matilda Virgilio


Express to Destress
Start With the End In Mind
Joy In the Simple Life
Where have you been. Where are you going?
Women Warrior


Much of Matilda’s creative expression step from her immigrant roots. The use of collages grew from a child’s dream to have beauty in an ugly world, to an adult’s need to express emotions and complex concepts via collage assemlby. A favorite quotes states that “art is a way of knowing”; collage assembly helps to simplify what words alone can’t say.

Married at 21, divorced at 31. Her seven year daughter was never the same emotionally, and the newborn struggled most of her life with both physical and attention difficulties. Matilda had to dig deep into her creative spirit and come up with some hope and a survival plan. Her dining room became a sewing room and over a span of twenty years garment alterations evolved into a costume design business. Being self employed helped shape her into a very resourceful, competent mother and interdependent woman.

Getting effective child support, a never ending cycle of frustration, was well worth the 25 year effort. Carla, now 37, has a Journalism BA from Hofstra University. She is a web designer for, recently married and lives in Tucson Arizona. Annette, now 25 and expecting her first child, majored in Musical Theatre/Education NYU. She teaches young children at the Waldorf School in Garden City NY.

Matilda’s BA in Sociology & Business was from Molloy College. She is still self employed, teaching English and Italian at the Berlitz School of Languages. Recent projects include a visual aid teaching module tool. She hopes to share her passion for self discovery via collage assembly. She is also a Dale Carnegie life coach with several private clients and is facilitating hospice care for her 89 year old “mamma”.


Story Telling is a craft. The most engaging speakers take you on a journey without your knowing it. They transport you to their world. New perspectives open your imagination. You link the story to your past totally connected to the story, the speaker and the moment. It’s as if time stands still…and before you know it…you want more, but the speaker is walking off the stage. Eager for a more intimate connection, you make sure to ask how you can catch their next appearance. Their story is now part of you.

Rave Reviews

2007 “Power of Collage and Gestalt Therapy”- Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan CT – Rehab Applications
2007 “Children’s Favorites Retold” -Valley Stream Library – Art Show Exhibit and Discussion
2006 “Collage Fun for Children” – Queens County Farm Museum County Fair – Facilitation and Discussions
2006 “Express to De-stress” -NAMI National Convention, Washington DC – Art Exhibit and Presentations
2006 “Story Boards and Dreamscapes” -Valley Stream Library – Art Show Exhibit and Discussion
2005 “Inside the Pages”- Self Esteem & Teens – Girl Scouts of Nassau County, NY – Collage Facilitator
2004 “Award for Achievement in Public Speaking”-Dale Carnegie Institute – Unanimous Peer Vote
2003 “The Shadows of Expression” -Valley Stream Library – Art Show Exhibit and Discussion
2002 “Expressive Personal Journey” -Valley Stream Historical Society –Art Show and Discussion
2001 “Domestic Violence in the workplace”- Wingate Inn, Mineola, NY -Bi-lingual Presentation
2000 “Memories and Dreams” -Department of Mental Health of Nassau County -Team Renewal
1997 “Hospice Care and the Expressive Arts”- Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY- Gerontology Workshop


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Melody Brooke


Oh, Wow, This Changes Everything! Transform Your Life and Relationships.
Creating a Culture of Compassion in the Workplace
What is the Right Use of Power? (Ethics)
Raising Compassionate Kids
Success From the Inside Out


After a childhood of abuse and neglect and two failed marriages Melody decided there had to be a better way. Counselors and self-help books agreed that it was her parent’s and husband’s fault. Applying this new knowledge widened the gulf between them. It didn’t take much of this before she KNEW their had to be a better way. With three kids to take care of, she needed to find it fast. Well, it took a dozen years to grasp how alike we really are, and more importantly, how to bridge the gap between us when all seems lost.

Melody first worked with adolescents and their families. Success required helping everyone see each other’s perspective. When Melody entered private practice she was drawn to working with severely emotionally disturbed clients. Behind their seemingly irrational behavior she saw rational processes controlled by a viewpoint distorted by years of abuse.

Melody’s model evolved from understanding the distortions her clients used to survive in a scary world. Her techniques transformed their lives and allowed many of them to return to the workplace for the first time in decades. The results are just as remarkable when applied to couples, families, and even in the workplace. What she loves about sharing these tools with “normal” people is the ripple effect it has on their children, spouses, parents, and co-workers.

Practicing what she preaches, Melody is now happily married and has five children enjoying the ripple effect in her life.

Melody is a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, graduating Texas Woman’s University in 1989. She is published in Radix Journal, Dallas Recovery Magazine, The Southwest Morticians Journal, Plano Child Magazine, on the Dan and Jennifer Relationship website, and is the author of Cycles of the Heart; A way out of the egocentrism of everyday life.


Melody explores the mind-body connection in her crusade to transform our personal and professional relationships. Her proven techniques work in the most stressful situations to help entrenched parties bridge the gap between their irreconcilable stances.

Through her nearly 20 years of experience working with clients from all walks of life, Melody has reached people with her positive messages about love, happiness and the search for meaning in our lives. When you are faced with low morale, communication conflicts, customer service issues, managing change, the need for improved teamwork, or just need a great laugh and attitude adjustment…the Counselor is in!

On stage, Melody is a bundle of energy that inspires you with specific, fun-filled strategies that launch you into action. You will be energized with new ways to enhance your relationships, increase the joy in your life, and to find the success you deserve.

With boundless energy and a message that invigorates even as it enlightens, Melody Brooke tells it like it is. She captivates audiences with real, practical solutions for successful communication and relationships without fluff and hype. You will walk away with a better understanding of leadership, life, your self and communication. This brilliant creator of the “Cycles of the Heart” model uncovers the secret ingredients of every day relationships to unveil hidden obstacles to success at home and in the workplace. And she makes it fun in the process. Known for her authenticity and energy, Melody blends humor and story telling with interactive, application-based programs that inspire motivation and implementation from her audiences.

Melody’s message is a powerful aid whether your group wants to improve their personal relationships at home or develop a team of collaborative and trusting colleagues at work.

Rave Reviews

“Melody is a skilled facilitator with great management of her audience. Her fun presentation really reaches her audience.”
-Elexis Rice, Speaker, Author

“Melody surprised me with her fun, light and playful approach. I really want others to know that Melody can provide a real possibility of a breakthrough.”
-Claire Phillips, Bedford, Tx

“Melody is an engaging speaker-articulate, warm, and light hearted. Her material is creative and accessible. She inspires hope for lasting Change-both in behavior and in attitude.”
-Cedar Barstow, RightUse of Power founder.

“Melody speaks from the heart about the things that matter most. Her delivery is authentic, gentle and moving.”
-Lisa Olson, Spark! founder.

“Melody’s presentation helped me see the patterns in relationships I’ve had. She was enthusiastic and got everyone involved. She presents a very Buddhist way of thinking and interacting.”
-Kathy Staford, Ancho’s Personal Chef Service

Feedback from attendees:
“I really enjoyed it!”
“Your talk is right on target”
“Good information I can share with my clients, thank you!” (from a therapist)
“I enjoyed Melody’s presentation in every way!”
“It was light and uplifting and well organized.”
“Melody’s talk enlightened me. It helps me plot a path for my thinking when dealing with issues.”
“Totally enlightening!”
“Great visuals and examples.”
“I enjoyed the whole program. It was well spoken with good content.”
“What I will take away is that taking ownership doesn’t mean getting down on myself for making mistakes.”
“I really enjoyed sharing with the person next to me and your ‘real’ stories from your clients. You are an honest, open, pleasant speaker. I love the hearts- wonderful (given out at the end.)
“The presentation made it clear how we operate in situations and made me think more about empathy.”
“It was very clear and helpful.”
“I loved the magic wand!”


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Nancy Barry


Do Your Customers and Clients “Feel the Love”?
When Reality Hits – Will You Be Ready?
The Ultimate Employee Orientation
Surely They Know…or Do They?


A successful 25-year corporate veteran, Nancy Barry walked away from what she describes as “the best job in the world” to focus on her love of public speaking and her desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Her extensive business experience, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy, and humor make her a dynamic presenter. Nancy will motivate, educate and inspire your audience!

Nancy is an expert on “soft skills” – the practical lessons in business savvy, communications and building relationships that can be applied immediately. She firmly believes soft skills are the key to success in life and business.

Nancy is a motivational speaker on a variety of topics. One of her passions is helping twentysomethings be successful in their careers. Nancy has the opportunity to speak on college campuses and corporate clients hire her to help get their young professionals off to a great start. She is the author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know, published by Brown Books in May 2007. In Nancy’s book, she tells twentysomethings what managers want them to know and don’t have time to tell them

For the last 16 years of her corporate career, Nancy worked for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, where she served as vice president of community services and vice president of The Dallas Morning News Charities, an annual campaign that raises money for the hungry and homeless.

Nancy is a member of numerous professional organizations including: National Speakers Association, National Association of Colleges and Employers, and National Association of Women Business Owners. She earned her B.S. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Nancy lives in Dallas and is the proud mother of two children, Chris and Lauren.


Are you looking for an energetic speaker who will motivate, educate and inspire your audience? You may have found just what you’re looking for!

Nancy is a “soft skills” expert who has a passion for helping people be successful in their careers. Her extensive business experience, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy, and humor make her a dynamic presenter. Your audience will gain a fresh perspective from Nancy’s real-world stories. She has a special way of relating to audiences so they feel as if they’ve known Nancy forever.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire Nancy Barry…

• Nancy is committed to exceeding the expectations of her clients.
• She is extremely easy to work with.
• Nancy will customize a presentation that will directly impact your audience.
• She shares original and useful information, which can be applied immediately.
• Nancy’s passion is contagious!

Some of Nancy’s clients include: ExxonMobil, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jackson Walker, TXU Energy, Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Economic Development Council, and Corporate Housing Providers Association.

Nancy has appeared as an expert source on several television shows, including Good Morning Texas (WFAA-TV), Good Day (KDFW-TV), and Positively Texas (KTVT-TV). She has also been featured as the on-air career expert on the Texas State Radio Network, WBAP 820, and eWomenNetwork radio show. Articles about Nancy and her book, When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know, have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate, and The Oklahoman.

We invite you to explore her website,, to learn more about Nancy and her signature presentations. She would love to visit with you about speaking at your upcoming event!

Rave Reviews

“For more than 35 years, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program has been recognized for its commitment to providing college students with experiences that create lasting appreciation for careers and leadership in the nonprofit sector. CSPJ seminars are key components of the program and designed to provide interns with tools to enhance professional development as well as personal development. Nancy’s presentation, When Reality Hits – Will You Be Ready?, helped provide a foundation for all this and more. The benefits the interns will reap from hearing and learning from Nancy will last a lifetime.”
— Millicent Boykin, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program

“I can’t say enough about the qualities that made working with Nancy such a positive experience for us. It is apparent that Nancy is a keen observer of life and of people, and she is able to draw on a wealth of experience. The event was a stunning success. The positive feedback we have received from attendees shows that her speech accomplished its goal of informing and motivating.”
— Bunny Summerlin, Metrocrest Social Services

“Nancy Barry presented the top-rated session of our national RiteCare conference. She captured her audience with an engaging presentation filled with pearls of practical content. It is rare to find a speaker so dedicated to personalizing a presentation to their audience. Nancy Barry did that for us.”
— Gladys Kolenovsky, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

“Thank you for the excellent commencement address you gave to the graduates. It was both refreshing and stimulating. There is no doubt that it helped put some important ‘icing’ on a day that will be memorable to each graduate and their families. You are a good friend to the University of North Texas and we look forward to continuing this relationship over the years.”
— Thomas Evenson, Ph.D, University of North Texas


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Pamela Pope


Retirement Life by Design: Living Well
Work and Caregiving: What Employees Don’t Know and Can’t Tell You


With over a decade of experience as a health care professional, running a national elder care advisory company, publishing a well regarded book (Retirement Life by Design Living Well), and hosting a radio show (Retirement Life Radio) Pamela Pope is a certifiable expert in strategies for retirement quality of life and caregiving to aging adults.


Informed. Empowered. Inspired. All words that capture the attendee experience with Pamela’s presentations. Whether the audience is individuals, professionals, or policy makers, they are informed with new and outside-the-box strategies, empowered with tools to master their role, and inspired to take decisive action to affect change.

Rave Reviews

I would describe this experience as quite informative and educational for anyone faced with the responsibility of taking care of aging parents or loved ones. The presentation, information, and resources make the seminar lecture well worth it. It was not only helpful for my concerns for my mother; it encouraged me to start making my own home easy to use. Brenda L., -Caregiver

My sister and I came to this class to plan for our mother’s needs. I have to say, I wouldn’t change a thing; you covered everything I wanted to know and gave direction on what to do next.

A seminar attendee about her elderly mother: She did not fall asleep which is a real compliment to you!
Rita G., -Caregiver

Abridged List of Presentations & Recognitions:

* St. Louis Community College
* (small business television) featured small business owner podcast
* Microsoft Vision to Venture women-owned business panel
* Keynote address 2008 Missouri Conference on Minority Aging
* 2008 Semi-finalist $1,000 small business grant


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