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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 200 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 include: 

  • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Events:

    • National CNP Day - 75th Anniversary Celebration (2024)

    • Elevate Virtual Conference (2023) 

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP Global) Conferences & Events:

    • AFP ICON (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

    • AFP LEAD (2019, 2020, 2021, 2023)

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

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

    • AFP Virtual Spotlight Conference on Healthcare (2021)

    • AFP Advancement Northwest (2012, 2014, 2015)

  • Cherokee Nation Annual Conference of Community Leaders (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023, 2024)

  • Leadership Tampa Bay (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2024)

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

  • OneCause - Raise Conference (2020, 2021)

  • Fundraising Institute Australia - FIA Conference (2020, 2021)

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

  • 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, creating a culture of belonging and psychological safety, employee engagement & recognition, and mental health awareness. Some of my most popular keynotes and workshops over the last ten 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 Improve Mission Awareness and Fundraising.  

  3. Addressing Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace – Three Workshops (Corporations & Nonprofits)

    • How Nonprofits Can Support Employees and Create a Work Culture That is Stronger Than Stigma! 

    • Taking the Next Step, Moving from Awareness to Action: Strategies That Work!

    • The Epidemic AFTER the Pandemic: How Leaders are Now Faced with Taking Better Care of Their Team, Organization, and Themselves.  

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

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

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

  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.


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