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Speaking Experience

Over the last ten years I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to be a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at more than 150 conferences, association meetings, and virtual events in Canada, Australia, and all over the United States. Over my career, I had the privilege of speaking to more than 50,000 professionals in the nonprofit, mental health, education, and corporate sectors.


Notable conferences and events I have had the opportunity to present and keynote include: 

  • Nonprofit Storytelling Conference (2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

  • AFP ICON (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

  • AFP LEAD (2019, 2020, 2021)

  • AFP Healthcare Conference (2021)

  • AFP Florida - Planet Philanthropy (2017, 2020, 2021, 2022)

  • OneCause - Raise Conference (2020, 2021)

  • Fundraising Institute Australia - FIA Conference (2021)

  • Sarkeys Foundation Leadership Forum (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)  

  • Cherokee Nation Annual Conference of Community Leaders (2018, 2019, 2020)

  • AFP Chapter events in; Florida, Washington, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, and Vancouver BC.

  • Qgiv Fundraising Lab (2019)

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Workshop & Keynote Topics

I present and speak on a number of topics, these include: winning donor attention, fundraising strategy, board development, storytelling & donor communication, succession planning, nonprofit leadership, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement & recognition, and mental health awareness. Some of my most popular workshops over the last five years have included the following: 

  1. The Evolution of Nonprofit Executive Leadership - What it takes to Survive and Thrive today in a Changing Philanthropic Landscape.  

  2. Leadership Storytelling: How to effectively use your Board of Directors and Staff to convey your "WHY" to your Audience and Donors to Improve Fundraising.  

  3. In Order to Achieve Fundraising Success in Today’s 24/7, 365 Information-Overloaded World - Nonprofits Need a Mobile-First Strategy NOW.  

  4. Finding Balance: Addressing the Biggest Challenge for Nonprofits Today – the Recruitment, Onboarding, and Engagement of its Board Members. 

  5. Executive Leadership Today - Leading with Empathy, Gratitude, and Action.  

  6. Mental Health in the Workplace – How Nonprofits Can Support Employees and Create a Work Culture That is Stronger Than Stigma! 

  7. Attention Focused Fundraising: A Modern Formula for Winning Donor Attention. 

  8. An Unprecedented Amount of Leadership Turnover is Taking Place Right Now - It's Time to Talk Succession Planning.