Merge Gupta Sunderji

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Turning Managers Into Leaders

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A professional speaker, author and radio commentator, Merge Gupta-Sunderji gives people specific and practical tools to achieve leadership and communication success. Over 44,000 managers in eight countries have attended her fun, content-rich keynotes and facilitated workshops. A leader at one of Canada's premier oil and gas companies and a Board leader at a Credit Union for a combined total of over seventeen years, Merge offers a unique blend of realism and humor that consistently engages and entertains her audiences!

Previously, she was the well-known voice behind the national CBC radio column The Softer Side of Business. She's an award-winning author, writing for many well-known publications, including a regular leadership issues column in CGA Magazine and the very popular Merge's Monthly Mega Minute. Her book Why Does the Lobster Cast Off Its Shell? is now in its second edition. As the author of over 50 articles and a complete series of educational audio CDs, Merge is still finding time to work on her second book, a practical hands-on how-to guide titled Power Tools for Leaders.

Merge's clients include Capital One Financial Corporation (worldwide), Shell Oil, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada, QVC Inc., Honeywell, Promotional Product Professionals of Canada, and the International Association of Business Communicators.

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Why Does the Lobster Cast Off Its Shell?

This intriguing title actually has a very simple answer: to GROW! A powerful message that spotlights the need to leverage change, take risks and stretch beyond comfort zones in order to grow, thrive, and position yourself and your organization for long-term and sustainable success.


Turning Managers Into Leaders

Successful leaders know that there is an enormous difference between managing and leading! Merge crystallizes these differences into what she calls the leadership mentality - six core values that ignite the spirits and minds of leaders and take them from average to exceptional! And from manager to leader.


Millennials Exposed! Insights into the Psyche of a New Generation of Workers

Numbering in the tens of millions across North America, the Millennials can take your organization to the next level of success IF you can figure out how to harness their potential! This entertaining, thought-provoking and strategy-filled keynote shows your leaders how to do just that!


High Heels That Click: Why Female Leadership Has Its Advantages

In this entertaining, engaging, and sometimes tongue-in-cheek keynote, Merge outlines five significant traits that separate women from men in the workplace, and shows how the things that set us apart as women actually set us ahead as leaders. Using colourful anecdotes and compelling metaphors, you'll see how what makes you distinct also makes you incomparable!


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Why Does the Lobster Cast Off It's Shell?


"Merge is a meeting planner's dream come true! She doesn't just deliver packaging, the content is always rich. Her platform skills and subject knowledge will ensure that you get rave reviews from your attendees." Vice President, Promotional Product Professionals of Canada

"I must say, few speakers can capture a diverse audience of 350 people like Merge does! I mean the entire room! Our attendees talked about her presentation and the skills they learned throughout the entire four-day conference. Merge was definitely the "buzz" of our event!" Director of Claims Training, Eberl Claims Service

"Merge is funny and entertaining, engages the audience in a supportive manner, and her insights are relevant to today's business climate. We thoroughly enjoyed having her at our conference and would happily work with her again in the future." Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs

"You are inspiring, motivating, and leave your delegates feeling like they can take on the world. Thank you for sharing your message and words. They do change the world, one person at a time, and one conference at a time." Sales Manager, Scotiabank Convention Center

"The feedback from Merge's sessions is always outstanding. She is a dynamic speaker who is in tune with her audience. She uses humor appropriately, and it very successful at creating situations for participants to be interactive during the full day sessions. We always have a waiting list for her class." Fisher-Price Inc.

"Merge's presentation was indeed very well received by our staff, and the information she shared made, and continues to make, a difference..." Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

"Merge is a meeting planner's dream come true!  She doesn't just deliver packaging, the content is always rich.  Her platform skills and subject knowledge will ensure that you get rave reviews from your attendees". Promotional Products Association of Canada

"Our employees attending found Merge to be enthusiastic, articulate, and her manner of teaching was easily understood. She had the attention of everybody in the room almost immediately." Peavey Industries Canada

"Merge was inspirational and engaging. All the participants I spoke to had nothing but glowing reviews. One participant even wistfully mentioned that she wished she could do the day all over again." International Association of Administrative Professionals