Our speakers frequently receive rave reviews for their talks at trade associations. Here are just a few recent examples of successful events:


APRIL RINNE: Global Authority on the New Economy, Future of Work and Navigating Constant Change; Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum; Leading Voice on Living and Thriving through Change; Advisor for Airbnb, Jobbatical and Trov; Contributor, Quartz at Work

APRIL RINNE recently received a rave review for her talk at The Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals (PLLIP) Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, where she gave a 60-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A via a live Zoom. The theme was "Hindsight is 2021: Responding to Chaos and Change" and was attended by around 150 librarians. Rinne hit it out of the park, as an expert on change management and responding to change. After the event, they raved, "April was a delight to work with from start to finish. She worked with our committee to carefully plan her keynote and provide our organization with a customized presentation. She wanted to understand our goals and ensure that our event was unique and specifically prepared for our attendees. April was thoughtful, detailed, and engaged throughout the process. Her presentation was excellent and thought provoking. We were thoroughly pleased with the keynote, and I would highly recommend April for a future event."


JULIAN CASTRO: Democratic Presidential Candidate for the 2020 Election; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2014-2017); Mayor of San Antonio, Texas (2009-2014); Political Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC

JULIAN CASTRO spoke for The National Association of Colleges and Employers at their NACE Annual Conference and Expo. The conference engaged 2,000 attendees over four days, preparing for future challenges in the industry. The conference themes included the future of the workforce, organizational branding, strategic recruiting and onboarding, and building a successful and productive workforce. The NACE thoroughly enjoyed hearing Castro’s keynote, sharing: "Julian Castro’s keynote was amazing and our audience is so happy! As is our leadership! In my 19 years doing this, I have never had a keynote customize his presentation to the audience as much as Secretary Castro did. We are truly grateful to him that he took to heart the conversations during our prep call. He was outstanding!"


MAYSOON ZAYID: Comedian, Writer and Disability Advocate; Princeton University Arts Fellow for 2021-23; Author of the inspirational memoir, Find Another Dream; Co-Founder & Co-Executive Producer, New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest

MAYSOON ZAYID spoke in a live virtual format for the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, a worldwide organization for private and public sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines. Giving a motivational talk about how to overcome and do the impossible with little to no support, Zayid exceeded expectations at FinCrime Virtual Week: Agents of Innovation. Zayid entertained approximately 3,000 attendees from multiple countries, giving a comedic and inspirational lens to overcoming adversity. The ACFCS was blown away: "Maysoon KILLED IT!!! She was amazing, topical, and the response has been overwhelming." Some of the many crowd comments included, "AMAZINGLY motivating and humorous!!!! ... GREAT presentation and what a great idea for a Wed afternoon! Thank you for the pick-me-up! ... Maysoon is hilarious, thank you!!! ... She was great! Definitely a nice break during the week!!! ... Loved it! Loved her! ACFCS rocks! ... It was great to hear Maysoon's experience and she was so funny!! ... So refreshingly honest and fun!"


DESHAUNA BARBER: Miss USA (2016); Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve; President and CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN); Inspirational Voice for Survivors of Bullying, Sexual Abuse and Loss

DESHAUNA BARBER gave a 40-minute keynote followed by a 20-minute moderated Q&A and participated in a meet & greet for The International Association of Home Staging Professionals. The IAHSP is the largest and longest running Home Staging Industry Trade Association, and invited Barber to their IAHSP Family Reunion Conference & Expo, with the theme of SOAR – Seek Opportunities and RISE – Reach New Heights of Success. Barber’s discussion was motivational and inspirational, engaging approximately 400-500 business owners, professional home stagers and real estate agents. The Association was in awe after Barber’s visit, sharing, "We sought out Deshauna Barber as a Keynote Speaker for our 2021 IAHSP Conference & EXPO after I saw some of her talks online and knew she was was perfect for our Inspirational Keynote Speaker. Deshauna did not disappoint. She shares from the heart. She is articulate and passionate about her causes and beliefs. She is so accomplished at her age with her degrees and awards, and yet not intimidating at all. She had our audience laughing, clapping, cheering and crying. She moved us with her stories and insights - and made us really reflect on who is important in our lives as well as the focus on not giving up. Her quote, "Do not fear failure but do fear regret," resonated with us all in a powerful way. She presented using power point, used the stage versus staying rooted in one spot, and interacted with the audience. She even did a great visual demonstration on life balance that was a lot of fun. She was not demanding as a speaker and made it very easy for us to facilitate her time with our attendees. I highly recommend Deshauna as a speaker for any event where your goal is to make your attendees think about their goals and purpose, to have a multi-faceted speaker who can address just about any topic from business to personal growth to mindset, and who is a beautiful human inside and out."