Speaking Availability and Experience

We were so pleased to have Val as our first speaker for our new Holistic Chamber of Commerce chapter in Western Massachusetts. Val’s topic and reputation drew a sizable crowd (including news coverage). The best part about having Val as a speaker, aside from the fantastic information she shares, is her welcoming presence. Even though she’s a “former wallflower” Val really holds a room. Thank you!”

~Gretchen Duhaime, Massachusetts Chapter President, Holistic Chamber of Commerce

Available Topics

These are my favorite topics for speaking and being interviewed:

Depending on audience size and the amount of time, I speak in an interactive way so that the audience is engaged in the learning. All interactive portions are supportive of introvert sensibilities.

Speaking Experience

You can see my recent public speaking list below for concrete examples of my experience. Also, I have training in teaching and adult education and I spent many years teaching both youth and adult audiences. I understand what it takes to get an audience engaged and learning. Speaking and facilitating learning is in my natural flow zone, despite being a former wallflower who never wanted to speak in front of a room. It’s funny how far I’ve come.

I tend to get good feedback wherever I speak, so I think I have a natural ability to read my audience, engage with them in meaningful ways, and ensure they leave with meaningful insights.

Speaking Fees

Fee depends on the audience, location, goal of the event, and cost of the event. Please inquire. Let’s find a way to make it work for you and your audience.

Recent Public Speaking

  • Harvard Business School, “Dynamic Women in Business Conference,” Feb. 21, 2015
  • Women Business Owners Alliance, Holyoke MA, 2014, 2013.
  • Holistic Chamber of Commerce of W. Mass, Hadley, MA, April 2014
  • Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Western Mass Coaching Alliance, Northampton, MA, May 2013, 2011, 2010.
  • Bay Path College, Springfield MA, Oct. 2012
  • Teleseminar: An Ex-Wallflower’s Networking Secrets in a Nutshell September 2012.
  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • Univ. of Connecticut School of Social Work, 2012
  • Keynote at 18th Annual Women Business Owners Conference (Mass. Small Business Development Center), 2011
  • UMass Amherst Alumni Association, 2011
  • Women’s Business Owners Alliance (WBOA) in association with Bay Path College Kaleidoscope Series, Sept. 2011
  • Western Mass Business Expo, 2011
  • Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC)
  • Western Mass Podcamp (Social Media Conference)
    2014 topic: Find Your Sweet Spot for Online Marketing, and Drop the Shoulds.
    2013 topic: Are Introverts Better than Extroverts at Online Networking?
    2012 topic: Personal vs Professional Persona Online
    2011 topic: What Sets Your Business Apart — Online and Beyond?
    2010 topic: Connecting Online and Offline Networking
  • Hidden-Tech, Northampton MA
  • Women & Spirit in Business Café

See also: past media coverage.