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Meet our High Profile Women of Influence

Today we are celebrating our women of influence, recognizing both high profile individuals as well as initiatives that are bringing women of incredible talent and drive together to improve their communities. Through their public speaking they are able to reach out to assist each other in bettering the female business community on a national level.

The importance of finding the right speaker to act as an influencer or spokesperson can’t be overestimated, prospeakers.com has the talent for a variety of integrated marketing initiatives including – public relations campaigns, endorsements, advertising campaigns, hospitality, public appearances etc.

If you’re interested in reaching out to your client with the voice of a female industry leader consider the talents of one of our speakers; Kathy Buckworth an award winning writer, public speaker, and television personality; Natasha Sharma a relationship therapist, entrepreneur, author, speaker; Leading parenting expert Alyson Schafer, who has a wealth of knowledge to share with your audience; Or Dr. Dina Kulik, pediatrician in Toronto and one of Canada’s leading child health media experts.

Our process includes understanding your program objectives; recommending talent based on relevance, timing & budget; negotiating all agreements and managing contract activation. We represent and have excellent relationships with a wide range of talent from media personalities, athletes, chefs, medical experts, and lifestyle spokespeople or industry experts.

Contact prospeakers.com today to include these talented and inspirational women in your next event.

Natasha Sharma

A welcome new addition to our roster, Natasha Sharma is a relationship therapist, entrepreneur, author, speaker, TV/media spokesperson, and doctoral student. She is devoted to inspiring and helping others to be their best and live their best, and has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families. Natasha received her Master’s degree in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, and is currently completing her Doctorate degree in Psychology.

Natasha writes for a number of global publications such as InsideToronto.com, TheBabySpot.ca, MotivatingOtherMothers.com, and Mike Fiore’s DigitalRomance.com. She has also appeared on some of Canada’s most popular TV shows including Global News Toronto, Breakfast Television, Etalk Canada, City TV News, CTV News, and Rogers TV. In addition, her relationship tips and mental health advice have been featured in The Globe and Mail and Huffington Post.

Kathy Buckworth

Kathy is an award winning writer, public speaker, and television personality. She is the author of six books and has been a regular guest expert on CityLine, CBC’s Steven & Chris, Breakfast Television, CTV Canada AM and other television and radio shows. She writes for Post City Magazines, Huffington Post and Metro News, and has a regular segment on Sirius/XM radio Canada Talks.

She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience, and is the Chief Family Advisor for Presidents Choice Financial and PCPlus. In addition to this she has acted as a corporate/media spokesperson and social media consultant for many other companies such as Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Nintendo, Research In Motion, Pfizer and LeapFrog Toys.

She has four kids (material) and a husband (more material) and lives in the Toronto area, helping Moms everywhere laugh and realize that balance is just something you need to do while putting on your peep-toe heels.

Alyson Schafer

Alyson Schafer is a therapist, author, and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy kids. She is the bestselling author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth; Honey, I Wrecked The Kids; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which have garnered attention from parents and the media across North America.

She delivers deep insights in ways that today’s busy parents can easily understand and apply immediately. The media recognizes her as their go-to person for parenting. She promotes a firm but friendly “democratic parenting” style and offers practical solutions backed by extensive research, as well as clinical and field experience.  Alyson’s insights into parenting, understanding, and working with children have proven to be valuable game-changers for many of her audiences.

Dr. Dina Kulik

Dr. Dina Kulik

Dr. Dina Kulik is a mother and Pediatrician in Toronto and is one of Canada’s leading child health media experts. She appears regularly as a pediatric medical expert guest providing parenting and medical expertise on The Social, CBC, CP24 and City TV’s Breakfast Television. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and writes many unique articles every month for her website, drdina.ca.

She obtained her medical degree (MD) from McMaster University, completing her Pediatric residency training at the University of Toronto. She completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and is currently a staff physician there. She is also part of a multi-disciplinary team at KinderCare, a pediatric centre in Toronto. She works with children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence.

Above all, Dina’s greatest joy is her family and being the mom of three active, happy boys.

 

Donald Cooper – 20 Years On and Going Strong

 

Donald Cooper

For over 20 years, prospeakers.com has been booking Donald Cooper, MBA, for clients who want to create compelling customer value and experiences, manage smarter, attract a top-performing team…and grow their bottom line.

There’s a reason he continues to be respected as bottom-line realist and passionate visionary by clients in over 40 industries around the world; Donald has been in the trenches.  He has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning fashion retailer.

From humble beginnings, Cooper Sporting Goods became the world’s leading maker of hockey equipment and a Canadian Brand icon. As a growing family business, Cooper Canada bought competitors, went public, became unionized, became un-unionized, imported, exported to 20 countries, opened an offshore plant in Barbados, and grew to over 2,800 employees.

Then, at age 43 Donald ‘fired’ himself from the family business and reinvented himself as a visionary fashion retailer. He fundamentally redefined customer experience, for which he received seven Awards of Excellence for service, marketing and business innovation, including being voted Canada’s outstanding Innovative Retailer of the Year.

Simply put, Donald Cooper is a bottom-line management guy.  Through keynotes, interactive workshops and intensive  1-to-2 day ‘Management Boot Camps’, he works with business owners and managers who want to achieve extraordinary outcomes in 5 key areas:

  1. Create compelling customer value and experiences that will give them a clear competitive advantage.  Mediocrity is no longer an option.
  2. Market and promote more effectively on a tight budget in a cynical and over-served market.  There’s no point being the best if you’re also the best kept secret.
  3. Attract, engage, and retain a top-performing team.  The real battle in business today is the battle for talent.  We must all become ‘talent magnets’.
  4. Improve profitability now and for the long term…and
  5. Create a clear Vision for the future of their business, a specific Plan to get there and a culture of commitment, urgency and accountability to make sure they do.

Donald will inform you, inspire you, challenge you, disturb you…and leave you with a new and powerful understanding of your customers, your business and your life!

 

To learn more about having Donald speak at your next conference or event, be in touch with us via our website or by phone at 416-420-4525. We’d love to bring his effective business input to your company today!

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Social Media Mavericks

Need help with a social media strategy? Not even sure what social media is, or why you should be getting on board?

You’ve come to the right place! Prospeakers.com has the people you need to bring your business to life online, to engage with digital consumers, and connect with your customers in meaningful ways. Take a look at these experts:

 

Martin WaxmanMartin Waxman – A social media, content marketing and communications strategist, Martin helps clients uncover, create and amplify their brand stories, set up and manage newsrooms and conduct goal-oriented new public relations throughout North America, and teaches digital strategy at the University of Toronto. He writes a monthly column for Marketing Magazine, and is one of the hosts of the Inside PR podcast.

Martin developed a Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and teaches several courses there. He has worked in the communications industry for 25 years. Martin is a high-energy, entertaining and engaging speaker whose keynotes include Social Media Barometer: Beyond the latest app or tech IPO; Social Media for the C-Suite: A high-level overview of the new digital and social landscape for high-level leaders; and We’re All in Showbiz: A session on multimedia storytelling that demonstrates how important it is to master production and publishing techniques to add creativity and sizzle to your communications programs.

 

Scott StrattenScott Stratten – Scott is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which Scott calls Un-Marketing: positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have a need, they choose you.

Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for nearly a decade before focusing exclusively on speaking. He has helped companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Cirque du Soleil and Fidelity Investments find their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape. He was voted one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com.

His book UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging became a national best-seller before it was released, and a Globe and Mail #1 Business best-seller, National Post, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon UK best-seller. His second book, The Business Book of (Un)Awesome, was published in the summer of 2012.

 

Dev BasuDev Basu – Dev is the President and CEO of Powered by Search, a PROFIT HOT 50 recognized internet marketing agency specializing SEO, Local Search, and Paid Search driven marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 and small or medium sized businesses. Dev has worked with the who’s who of Canadian brand names including RE/MAX, Public Storage, Delta Hotels, and many other enterprise and mid-sized businesses. He is a regular guest lecturer in marketing courses at the University of Toronto, where he speaks on building a foundation in SEO as a technical and marketing art, followed by an introduction to SEO as a career stream.

Dev’s articles and opinions have been widely published and quoted by the Canadian press such as the Globe & Mail, Financial Post, National Post and CTV. He is also a contributor to industry media publications such as WebProNews, Small Business News, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, SEO Book, and Media Post.

 

Kevin KneblKevin Knebl – Kevin is recognized as a LinkedIn expert and has trained hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals on the most effective uses of LinkedIn since 2003.

Kevin is the owner of a Colorado-based professional speaking and training company that advises small, medium and Fortune 500 companies including State Farm Insurance, The Wall Street Journal Office Network, Herman Miller, HUB International, Dale Carnegie, Grubb & Ellis, Quizno’s, RE/MAX, Brokers International, Lorman, Standard & Poor’s and more on Online and Offline Networking, Social Media, Relationship Building, LinkedIn and Twitter. He has over 20 years of experience in interpersonal skills training, sales, networking and related areas of expertise. He is the coauthor of “The Social Media Sales Revolution: The New Rules for Finding Customers, Building Relationships, and Closing More Sales Through Online Networking” and a contributing author to “Learn Marketing with Social Media in Seven Days.”

 

To book these, or any of our other tech experts, be in touch! Our website will always take your inquiries, or you can phone us at 416-420-4525.

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Welcome to the Team!

Prospeakers is proud to announce the addition of two wonderful speakers: Kathleen Taylor & Howard Behar.

Welcome to the team!

Taylor - 2013 - cropped(1)As a global executive, Kathleen Taylor attributes  her business success to an unyielding customer focus, strong core values,  constant innovation and authentic leadership. These key elements combined with  her ability to build high performing teams have enabled the ongoing delivery of  superior long term results. During  almost 25 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – and over a decade  serving successively as its President, Worldwide Business Operations (1999),  Chief Operating Officer (2007) and CEO (2010) – Katie played an instrumental  role in establishing the Company’s global portfolio of luxury properties and  ensuring the brand’s international success. In that period, Four Seasons  quadrupled in size – growing to 90 locations operating in 37 countries – while  at the same time earning more consumer and industry awards than any other luxury  hospitality brand in history.

Katie’s unique leadership style, negotiating expertise, and strong relationship  management capabilities allowed her to drive the modern evolution of an iconic  Company with the support of almost 100 hotel ownership and development partners  around the world.

Katie is the recipient of numerous accolades for her business achievements, including  being the first woman ever to receive the Corporate Hotelier of the World award  from Hotels Magazine. She also received  the Cornell University Hospitality Innovator Award, the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership, the inaugural Medal for Career  Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University, and has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.

Yet, despite myriad professional achievements, Katie has  made work-life integration her mantra, always describing her relationships with  her husband and their three grown children as her “greatest  achievements”.

Howard Behar(1)Howard  Behar’s career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer oriented  businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee after  21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North  America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International.   During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only  28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents.  He served on  the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring.

Howard now serves on several Boards including for-profit and non-profit organizations.   They include Anna’s Linens, Sterling Savings Bank, Education Elements and  the advisory boards of Anthos Capital and Roadtrip Nation. His non-profit  commitments are to the University of Washington Foundation, and Washington  Business Alliance.

Howard is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and  has been a longtime advocate of the Servant Leadership Model.   He  has also authored a book on leadership titled “It’s Not About the  Coffee”

He lives in Seattle,  Washington, with his wife Lynn, and enjoys spending time with his children and  his five grandchildren.  Boating is his favorite hobby, exploring the  waterways from Seattle to Alaska.

 

To book Kathleen or Howard for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.