Speakers 2018-02-13T15:14:06+00:00

Mickey Addison

Colonel Mickey Addison, USAF(ret), MSCE, PMP, is an author, leadership consultant and keynote speaker, blogger, and frequent guest on podcasts and radio. Mickey is passionate about inspiring people to be their best and leading organizations to high levels of performance. He’s been featured on The David Webb Show on SiriusXM Patriot Radio and the US Air Force Academy’s Character Matters! program on KAFA-FM.

As an Air Force officer, Mickey has managed national portfolios totaling billions of dollars, and served twice in the Pentagon. He’s presented to senior leaders in government, industry, state and federal government, and worked with international business and government executives and in a dozen countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mickey deployed twice to the Middle East, and countless times around the Pacific Rim. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Bronze Star.

Jack Allen PhD.

Jack owns Dynamic Coaching, LLC in Austin. He is an expert in organizational culture development, ethics, motivation, and neuroscience. Over the last 25 years, he has spoken to over 100,000 people with audiences in every major US city as well as Ireland, Kenya, Rwanda, and Guatemala.

Jack has inspired groups from 25 to 2500 in venues from a sweaty tent in Africa to the air-conditioned Georgia Dome in Atlanta; from a cozy living room in Dublin, Ireland to a Grand Ballroom in Washington, DC. His humorous, candid approach opens audiences to new thoughts on old problems. You’ll find laughter, inspiration, actions to move in a better direction, and you will be glad you called him.

Jack believes it is obscene that more than two-thirds of Americans hate their jobs and that our national productivity has stalled. He envisions helping by making it easier to do the right thing.

Tom Britton

Using a touch of magic, keynote speaker/author Tom Britton will open your conference on a high note and bring the theme of your meeting to life in a meaningful, magical way. Tom sparks profitable new ideas about CHANGE and serving customers in new ways. Your group will learn, laugh and have their spirits “levitated!”.

Sara Canaday

As a respected leadership strategist and engaging speaker, Sara has a unique gift for connecting and communicating with her audiences to propel them from light-bulb-moment insight to strategic change. Moving far beyond the business-school basics, she helps people identify the professional blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers – and their companies – to the next level.

Sara’s professional career spans 20 years and includes sales, leadership, and executive roles at USAA and Texas Mutual. She served as principal consultant for Empowerment Enterprises before opening her own consultancy, Sara Canaday & Associates, in 2009.

Sara is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Founder and now Past President of the Austin Chapter. She has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the American Management Association’s Leadership Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You – According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career.

Scott Carley

Scott Carley

Scott Carley is a VISTAGE Speaker and Trusted Advisor as well as an Executive Coach.  He works with medium to large companies who cannot afford to be dragged down by mediocrity, unclear priorities or broken teamwork.

He is an energetic and interactive speaker who exudes confidence to his audience. When he speaks, people listen, laugh and respond with enthusiasm.

Scott spent the first 25 years of his career as a Church Growth Consultant traveling to over 300 cities.  In more recent years he was an award winning Managing Area Directors for BNI (Business Networking International), taking his 45 chapters to the top 2% internationally in growth, retention and referral revenue ($36 million annually).

His parents are immigrants from Oklahoma and he was the first native-born Texan in the Carley family.  He was raised in Midland, spent 10 years in Lubbock and moved to Austin in 2003.

Courtney Clark

Courtney works with teams who need to succeed during stress and change without burning out, lashing out, or giving up. She provides content-based motivation that helps individuals adapt faster, achieve more, and develop Accelerated ResilienceTM.

At age 26, Courtney beat cancer (for the first time). But five years later, a routine scan of her brain showed an aneurysm that was about to rupture. Courtney had a series of three brain surgeries in 2011 to remove the aneurysm. During those months she spent lying in bed, in pain so intense she wanted to die, she began her passion for researching resilience and teaching others how to succeed despite change, stress, chaos, and life’s struggles.

Jim Comer

Jim Comer is a multi-faceted speaker, author and speech coach with 30 years of experience in New York, LA and Austin. He’s worked as an actor, written jokes for Joan Rivers, been interviewed on the Today Show, appeared on seven quiz shows and coached CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. In 1996 he moved back to Texas for his most challenging job as caregiver for both parents for 14 years.

As a speaker, Jim brings his blend of humor, powerful storytelling and practical knowledge to audiences from Canada to Mexico. He specializes in interactive presentations that blend knowledge with humor and inspiration. Jim’s book, When Roles Reverse, was nominated as Best Nonfiction Book by the Writers’ League of Texas. He’s been featured on the Op Ed pages of the New York Times and Washington Post and his play, “Behind Every Good Woman, There’s Another One”, was produced in Los Angeles.

Kent Cummins

He’s called, “The Fantastic Kent Cummins,” and he is a prolific writer, teacher, and entertainer.

Kent’s specialty is “Magic With a Message,” in which he uses the fascination and fun of magic to educate, inspire, and entertain. This is what led him, in 1993, to start The Fantastic Magic Camp, a fully-inclusive program which has helped build confidence in thousands of children in Central Texas.

Kent’s first public magic show was in 1952 in his home town of Del Rio, Texas, at the age of nine. His first professional speaking gig was for Navy club managers in 1970. Retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, Kent is a Certified Military Community Executive (CMCE)…and a Certified Juggling Instructor! (There is a photo somewhere of him juggling live hang grenades in Vietnam.)

But Kent believes that his most important title is “Grampa.”

Sometimes,. It takes a Magician!

Patti DeNucci

Patti DeNucci is an award-winning communicator, consultant, and curator of connections and ideas. She works with motivated people to help them Live, Work & Connect at a Higher Level™ so they can be more connected, respected, and successful.

Her book The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business, is a substantive, yet easy-to-read field guide that offers readers fresh, proven strategies for attracting and building valuable connections and relationships. The book swept the non-fiction category of the Indie Reader Discover Awards and was a Finalist in ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year competition.

With a strong background in communications and promotion, Patti has worked with hundreds of clients, including: Hewlett Packard, Dell, Phillips66, Microsoft, the Texas Conference for Women, Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota, Texas Healthcare Association, Concordia University, Rodan + Fields, PayPal , Carlisle Etc. LLC, Worth of New York, BazaarVoice, A+ Federal Credit Union, and others.


Ann Fry

Ann has a background as a: clinical social worker, healthcare director, college professor, executive/ leadership coach, an author and a Mother.

For the last 20+ years, she has been a professional speaker, delivering keynotes and workshops at association conferences around the country and in corporate training rooms. Her topics are related to her specializations in Workplace Culture and Reinvention, Stress and Change Management, and The ReGeneration Process: How to Re-Energize, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent. She also speaks on How to Navigate Cancer and Major Illness in the Workplace. Additionally, she has worked as an executive coach to high level leaders in domestic and global corporations.

Ann brings her maturity (and sometimes immaturity), her sense of humor and her heart to bring you topics that touch, inspire and make you laugh.

Chad Goldwasser

Chad Goldwasser excels in his chosen fields of real estate and motivational coaching by leveraging his decades of success serving others and helping them reach their full potential. He has built and led industry-best sales teams, been recognized as one of the top Realtors in the world and is now teaching others his secrets to discover the good fortune waiting to be unleashed.

Margaret Graziano

Magi Graziano, CEO of KeenAlignment, is a leading talent management expert, keynote speaker, and author of The Wealth of Talent with over 20 years of real-world, hands-on experience in hiring strategy and talent development. She brings neuroscience to hiring, learning and development, and employee engagement. A pioneer in her field, she has developed a talent strategy system that gives business leaders the actionable steps they need to align their corporate strategy with their people strategy and thereby maximize employee effectiveness and engagement and develop high-performing teams who consistently elevate the customer experience.
A Certified Co-Active Executive Coach, Certified Employee Retention Specialist and Trainer, and an Organizational Development and Talent Architect, Magi has been a guest speaker at conferences and seminars where she’s captivated audiences with her presentations on Conscious Hiring, Leadership Effectiveness, and Workforce Optimization.

Lynn Hayden

Lynn Hayden is a management and organizational coach. She specializes in government and private industry solutions, delivering training sessions from the individual level to a broader array of audiences.  Her work has taken her to South America and Asia and over the past 20 years has been leading seminars at the Singapore Institute of Management.  Her trademark is to partner with her clients by providing customized and easy-to-implement solutions to specific “pain points”. She has helped individuals and departments increase productivity and implement solutions that aid in strengthening team and leadership skills.  Lynn’s individual clients include directors, teachers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, public officials, and others.  She has worked with people at every level of an organization – boards of directors, advisory councils, managers, supervisors, line staff, clerical staff and volunteers.  Lynn empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve the results they want and beyond.

Teri Hill

Teri Hill, M.Ed. president of T.H.Enterprise www.terihill.com has been speaking, consulting, and coaching for over 25 years. She has led in the facilitation of global executive education for Fortune 50 companies, trained and coached 100’s of leaders, entrepreneurs and rising stars. A former executive, Teri understands the challenges in hiring, retaining, and leading people.

Teri’s passion is balanced between speaking to educate and inspire, coaching to fast track development, and consulting to facilitate the profitable growth of small to mid size business, the backbone of America.

Teri is a Trusted Advisor and Expert Speaker for Vistage, the world’s leading Chief Executive Association; she is Chief Facilitator for Westlake Chamber Accelerated Leadership Program; she has held numerous professional boards of director positions, currently President of Austin’s National Speakers Association.

Suzie Humphreys

Suzie Humphreys has been fired, been broke, been disappointed, been a petrified expectant mother at 40 years old and lives her life with a passion for not only being better but to see things differently. She lifts, jolts and nurtures her audiences and they love every minute of it! She makes them laugh until they swear they can’t laugh anymore….then she “grabs” them again!

Cheryl Jones

Cheryl C Jones is an exceptional speaker, workshop leader and executive coach. Immediately upon meeting her, audiences know that she is trustworthy, cares and is there to help them solve their problems. She is warm, vulnerable and light-hearted, but most of all, she’s real. 

Her message is one grounded in practical techniques and life experience supported by research and science. Through interactive-programming, she guides audiences down a path of personal growth and discovery that helps them gain personal insights, improve interpersonal connections, and remove obstacles to their success. Ultimately, Cheryl’s talks encourage, empower, and inspire audience members to take personal responsibility for the quality of their lives.

Contact Cheryl today to discuss her speaking at your next meeting or convention.

Donn LeVie

Former Fortune 500 hiring manager (Phillips Petroleum, Motorola, Intel Corporation), NOAA oceanographic scientist, and adjunct faculty lecturer (University of Houston), Donn LeVie Jr. is today a keynote speaker, seminar leader, and positioning/influence strategist. He is the author of Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0 (WINNER of the 2012 International Book Award ) and Strategic Career Engagement (RUNNER UP of the 2016 International Book Award).

Donn’s decision-maker engagement/positioning strategy programs elevate conference/client ROI with high-value, high-takeaway content, and push Return on Event (ROE) through the roof with follow-up programs over 30-60-90 days that continue to deliver high value for both meeting attendees and client organizations.

Donn is a member of the National Speakers Association, is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and is Chairman of the Board for Regeneration House, a 501c3 organization in Austin that supports men in transition from rehab programs to become better husbands, fathers, and sons in their respective communities.

Floyd McLendon Jr.

Floyd McLendon Jr. is a native of the south-side of Chicago, Illinois. For 25 years, he honorably served in the greatest, naval military in the world, 15 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. The last seven years of his military career, in addition to maintaining operational readiness, Floyd was a motivational speaker for the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community. He travelled nationwide to educate high schools, colleges, and community centers on the diversity NSW had to offer and shared the mental toughness techniques used to achieve mission success. He forward deployed five times, with presence in 24 countries over five continents. Floyd, now, is an experienced and highly inspirational speaker with a purpose to positively affect people’s lives. He is passionate about the development, execution, and evaluation of initiatives that inspire those who seek improvement professionally, socially, mentally, and/or physically.

Debbie Pearson

Debbie Pearson, RN has spent decades caring for others, as a hospital nurse, a home health care nurse, case manager and court appointed guardian. She founded Nurses Case Management in 2000 to advocate for people who could no longer care for themselves due to age, injury or illness.

Her books, Age Your Way and The Blueprint to Age Your Way, reflect her life’s work. These tell stories to compare and contrast those who planned and those who did not. The Blueprint is a system developed to guide in gathering information, documenting wishes, and avoiding the unthinkable. When completed, the Blueprint provides an immense gift, a personalized roadmap to follow in executing your own plan or to assist another.

Lessons learned and communicated with passion and compassion. That is Debbie’s “give back” gift.

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Dr. Paul O. Radde

Dr. Paul O. Radde, Ph.D., is a multi-talented, future-oriented presenter. His “ahead of the curve” leadership in high content topic development focuses audiences on what is inevitable, essential and unavoidable in their lives. Dr. Radde provides workshops on essential and timeless skills. His expertise in the Thrival perspective guides people in all walks of life toward the “richest experience of their lives.”  Twenty-four Federal Agencies, hundreds of associations, Fortune 100 corporations; and  notable clients  such as the New York City Police Chiefs, NASA, Department of State, Wall Street Journal Sales Department have benefited from his expertise nationwide and on four continents. 3M corporate-wide used Supervising as a desk top guide. Paul also presents in Spanish. An avid racquetball player, Paul also skis, hikes, bikes, and swims.   

Mike Robertson

Mike Robertson is creativity in a loud suit. As a professional speaker, he draws on a lifetime of chasing one creative rabbit after another: music, magic, writing, acting, graphic design, painting. All those paths unite in his unique approach to speaking while incorporating innovative and surprising visuals.

A nationally-known expert in designing and using innovative presentation slides, Mike was invited in February 2017 to be part of the elite C-Suite Advisors group, offering his expertise to upper-level executives in the top five percent of businesses in the USA.

Mike has written four books, including The Pizza, The Peach, & The Platypus, an accompaniment to his signature keynote speech on creativity, The Art of Readiness. He lives in Austin with his wife of 30 years, Lisa, a talented videographer and documentary filmmaker. They have one daughter, Lindsey, a writer and performer in Los Angeles.

Mike Robertson believes that life is an art project and he tries to add an interesting page/color/melody to his own life every single day.

Sara Russell

Described by many as a “unicorn” – Sara has mastered content creation that connects her client’s objectives with the hearts and minds of the audience by going an inch wide and a mile deep.

As a speaker, she leverages her oh-so relatable style with her intuitive nature as facilitator in order to first connect with them as a “person in the position” and then to lead them to the promised land of purpose and breakthrough ah-ha’s.
As the COO of Beyond Ten, she is focused on solutions that address the challenges of miscommunication and ineffective relationships in the workplace.

Sara has spent much of the last 20 years helping Fortune 200 companies with a variety of topics related to leadership, service and sales – and is now bringing that level of excellence to small & midsize businesses. How can she help you?

Sharon Schweitzer

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cultural communication expert, corporate trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. With deep international experience, travel to more than 70 countries, and her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she also serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business,  Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards. She works with global organizations, law firms, universities and executive teams, athletes and highly motivated individuals providing practical techniques to improve business communication and increase revenue. (WC 135)

Helene Segura

Do you want to wake up 10 years from now and lament, “I wish I’d lived a little more instead of work around the clock”? Helene Segura doesn’t want to either. That’s why she tells her time what to do – and teaches busy professionals how to do the same by slaying lost time.

The author of two Amazon best-selling books, Helene has been the featured productivity expert in more than 150 media interviews. During her time management keynotes and workshops, she shares her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

On weekends, Helene can be found experimenting with recipes or sneaking adult beverages onto the lawn bowling court. To connect with Helene or for details about her third book, The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer (New World Library), select the link below.

Thom Singer

Thom Singer has more than 23 years of sales and marketing experience with firms such as RR Donnelley, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP, Andrews Kurth LLP, Marsh Inc., and Wells Fargo Bank. He is an expert in branding, positioning and networking, and has trained thousands of professionals in the art of building professional contacts that lead to increased business.

His Conference Catalyst Program has become a “meeting planners” favorite in how it transforms the conference attendee experience.

Dave Swanson

A motivational speaker with an incredible background as a US Army Infantry platoon leader who engaged in over 100 firefights while deployed to Sadr City, Iraq. Dave is a consummate leader that speaks and coaches with a sense of humor that reminds us that we all have the resiliency to overcome to do our absolute best.

Dave focuses on Resiliency with every example that helps everyone understand how to get through the difficult times and focus on the results that matter.

Dave Swanson is a dynamic, energetic, idea-generating crowd engager whose blend of humor, content, and style make him a trusted leadership expert in many organizations. An expert in working with different levels of people, Dave has an alluring insight into how humans interact in the most stressful situations. He will have each person in the audience feeling like he is speaking directly to them with their individual outcomes in mind. Adding value to your organization is his only purpose and each speech or training will be specifically tailored to you. You will know you are in good hands the minute you meet him.

Clint Swindall

Clint is the president and CEO of Verbalocity, Inc., a personal development company with a focus on leadership enhancement. These solutions include leadership development programs, training, speaking and general consulting.

As a professional speaker, Clint travels the world delivering high-content speeches and training in an entertaining and inspirational style to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and trade associations. His clients include 7-Eleven, American Express, BMW, Jack in the Box, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Keller Williams.

With a focus on employee engagement, Clint delivers programs based on his two books published by John Wiley & Sons: Engaged Leadership: Building a Culture to Overcome Employee Disengagement, and Living for the Weekday: What Every Employee and Boss Needs to Know about Enjoying Work and Life.

As a professional speaker, trainer and leadership consultant, he has delivered his programs throughout the United States, Canada, South America, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Bermuda, and The Bahamas.

Darlene Templeton

Darlene Templeton is a sought after professional speaker.  She is a master in LEADERSHIP and TRANSFORMATION, Darlene’s extensive corporate experience, (36 years with IBM) has given her the tools to transform even the most experienced executives into world-class leaders!  Her passion is working with professionals and businesses to improve their communication and leadership skills, increase productivity and achieve extraordinary results.

With Darlene’s unique combination of her corporate experience, her own personal journey and her successful small business, she can speak to any audience, from individuals, small businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Darlene has a special talent for easily connecting with audiences and workshop participants, creating immediate feelings of trust and integrity.  Gifted with humor and a natural-born storyteller, her presentation style is exceptionally enthusiastic, energizing and fun!  She has been called the “high octane” energy source in the room.  She entertains, motivates and inspires—always, always leaving her clients and audiences empowered with the tips, tools and strategies for leadership, personal and professional excellence, and success.

Your audience will leave engaged, inspired and empowered to take immediate action in their lives, and achieve the success that they desire!

Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity, work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. Her clients include such recognizable names as Dell, Old Navy, and Kaiser Permanente. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, and author of Personal Productivity Secrets and the best-selling Work Without Walls. She is a media favorite on these topics and appears weekly in business outlets such as Fast Company, Inc., and Forbes, and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, with articles there viewed over a million times. Follow her on Twitter @mnthomas.

Abby Vasek

Abby Vasek is an HGVT design star, active public speaker and real estate educator elaborating on subjects that reflect her background in business, design and real estate. Abby is a natural motivator and feels most alive when she is actively engaging with an audience.

Abby has licensed and developed several real estate continuing education courses that she teaches all over the state of Texas. When she’s not teaching she is often producing and starring in television segments for morning lifestyle TV shows like ‘Great Day Houston’, ‘We are Austin’ and ‘San Antonio Living’ or contributing to lifestyle and real estate radio programs.

Abby also contributes to her community in Wimberley, TX and the surrounding areas as an emcee for civic and educational events and provides uplifting topics for business luncheons, the occasional break out session, lunch & learn or business association

While Abby has built a wide platform that reaches a diverse audience her central message is one of empowerement, improvement, connection and joy!

Joe Vitale

Dr. Joe Vitale is the author of far too many books to mention here. Here are just a few of them:

He wrote the bestseller, The Attractor Factor: 5 Easy Steps for Creating Wealth (or anything else) from the inside out. It became a #1 bestseller twice, even beating the latest Harry Potter book.

He also wrote Life’s Missing Instruction Manual: The Guidebook You Should Have Been Given at Birth. It, too, became a #1 bestseller and was picked up by WalMart.

One of his most popular titles, Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More reflects an ancient Hawaiian practice, known as Ho’oponopono. A fan favorite, Joe has hosted multiple live events on the subject, nation-wide, and he has created quite a following on this title alone.

Lisa Walker

Dr. Lisa Walker is a psychologist, certified executive coach, trainer, relationship strategist, facilitator of difficult conversations and professional speaker. She is a respected adviser and coach to C-suite and emerging leaders.

She is powerfully engaging, and whether she is speaking to a large audience, having an intimate conversation with a few people, conducting a training or coaching an executive, she has earned the reputation for possessing the ability to help leaders unleash their highest potential and strive for greatness. Her signature strength is helping people see the Possible in impossible.

Dr. Walker leverages her depth of relationship and people knowledge to educate, motivate, inspire and move her clients to actions resulting in rapid change for lasting results.

Mardi Wareham

Mardi Wareham is a spirited story-teller who delivers a rousing program designed to inspire and uplift her audiences.

As CEO and chief performer at Singing Telegrams of Austin, she personifies innovation and creativity. From the first time she put on a gorilla costume, she knew she wanted to disrupt the workplace.

What makes her unique is her six-step blueprint for creating innovation, illustrated with stories of singing telegram hijinks.

Mardi also facilitates team building – she teaches groups of people in the corporate workplace to play ukulele.  She believes everyone should experience the joy of working on a great team and she loves to help people get there.

Prior to starting her innovative business, she held traditional positions in marketing in the insurance, education and nonprofit sectors. Mardi and her ukulele moved to Austin from Vancouver, Canada in 2005 and are delighted to live in the Live Music Capitol of the World.

Ron J. West

Ron J. West is a knowledgeable, inspiring and entertaining speaker with a delightful English accent. He stands ready to transform your next conference, private company event, retreat or leadership group meeting into a memorable one.

Ron’s purpose is to make a positive and lasting difference in the world by inspiring leaders to change. Throughout his career, he has led massive shifts in leaders and their organizations both in Europe and the USA.

When Ron first took the stage to present in front of his peers, I immediately knew he was a natural. He has a profound gift for facilitating positive and lasting changes in leaders and their companies.” – Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach

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