Garrett Oliver

Best-Selling Author Garrett Oliver is the brew-master of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer“, and the author of the award-winning book “The Brewmaster’s Table.” He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on beer and brewing and has spoken at more than 800 events in 14 countries. After years of amateur brewing inspired by beers he had encountered during a year in England, Garrett began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of fine beer. Garrett has hosted hundreds of beer tastings and dinners, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

Garrett explains how beer is like bread – there’s a big difference between the real and the fake – and how it’s possible to create a great product while growing a responsible, sustainable business.

 

PROGRAM TITLES:

•  An evening with Garrett Oliver

•  Beer, The Universe and Everything

•  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Brewer

•  Beer, the Avatar of the Emerging Food Movement

Full Biography

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer. Garrett Oliver began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of beer. Garrett has hosted more than 800 beer tastings, dinners, and cooking demonstrations in fourteen countries, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

In late 1994, Garrett joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster. Many of his beers have won national and international awards. He has served as a judge for the competition of the Great American Beer Festival for twenty years, and has been a perennial judge for the prestigious Great British Beer Festival competition and The Brewing Industry International Awards. He has hosted tastings and talks for many cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, MassMOCA, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society and The Jewish Museum. In the United States, Garrett has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesman for craft brewing.

Garrett has hosted beer tastings and dinners at many fine restaurants, cooking schools, and food events including several dinners at James Beard House, Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Craft NYC, Oceana, The Waldorf-Astoria, Gramercy Tavern, Aubergine (London), Noma (Copenhagen), the Slow Food Cheese Festival and Salone del Gusto in Piemonte, Italy, Restaurant Roberta Sudbrack (Rio Di Janiero), Restaurant Julia (São Paulo), Anthony’s (Leeds), Cape Wine 2006 (South Africa), The Association of Westchester Country Club Chefs, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Institute of America, the Sommelier Society of America, The French Culinary Institute, The Institute for Culinary Education, Johnson & Wales University and the 2008 GEL Conference. Garrett was a founding Board member of Slow Food USA and then later served for five years on the Board of Counselors of Slow Food International. He was also a 2009 and 2010 finalist for the James Beard Award as “Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional.”

Garrett’s first book, The Good Beer Book, co-written with Timothy Harper, was published in 1997 by Putnam/Berkley Books. In 2003 he authored The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. The Brewmaster’s Table was the winner of a 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was a finalist for the 2004 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. The Brewmaster’s Table was released in a paperback edition in May of 2005 and remains in print.

His book The Oxford Companion to Beer (OCB) was published in October, 2011 by Oxford University Press. Compiling the vast knowledge of 166 experts in 24 countries, covering 1,120 subjects, The Oxford Companion to Beer is the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject. Only nine weeks after its publication date, the OCB had risen to #8 on the Amazon list of overall books, had sold out four printings and headed into a fifth. Amazon.com named the OCB one of the “Best Books of 2011”. Calling the OCB “a treasure trove”, the New York Times said “The Oxford Companion to Beer is a definitive resource not just for beer enthusiasts but for amateur brewers, professional brewers and the thousands of restaurants that serve great beers but are staffed by people who may know little about them.”

Garrett is a graduate of Boston University, and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film. He is the recipient of the 1998 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, granted by the Institute for Brewing Studies. It is the highest award given within the United States brewing profession. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture (Denmark) and Cheers Beverage Media’s “Beverage Innovator of the Year” Award for 2006. In 2007, Forbes named him one of the top ten tastemakers in the country for wine, beer and spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit. Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its “Excellence 100” list several times. As a platform speaker, she has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award. As an author, Eileen has written five books.

Eileen is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues.

Experience a leadership and communications expert who fully understands your group’s challenges–someone who stimulates new ideas and truly catalyzes personal accountability and a readiness for action. She delights listeners all over the world while teaching them to be resilient and engaged at both work and at home, bringing them the wisdom she’s gathered during thirty years of working in the business world for. She motivates and inspires while sharing tools and techniques to help audience members meet their professional and personal goals, engaging the minds and hearts of the audience through extensive preparation and involvement in the entire event. Eileen McDargh connects with your
audience, inspires action, and delivers lasting results.

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

     Resiliency: The Grow-Through Secret for Sales Success

KEYNOTE 60-90 minutes or half-day session

Forget bouncing back in the face of rejection. That’s old school. Resiliency today is so much more.

Challenging, changing times require a mindset that constantly looks for how to improve the pipeline that traditionally is bogged down with unproductive actions.

It’s about turning right when the competition turns left. It’s about reframing the impossible into the possible.

It’s about the courage to deeply listen.

It’s about becoming a trusted adviser instead of a vendor.

Bottom line: Break-through results require grow-through strategies

Let Resiliency Expert, Eileen McDargh, offer provocative, pithy, profound yet personal insights into four resiliency skills. She’ll challenge your thinking while you interact and laugh—yes laugh. Laughter is a critical resiliency skill that binds us together.

Watch the results with increased sales, better retention of staff and customers, and an energized, resilient team.

     Radical Resilience: Staying Rightside Up In A World That’s Upside Down

KEYNOTE 60-90 minutes or half-day session

“Nobody ever downsized their way to greatness.”
– Eileen McDargh

Radically turbulent times demand professional and personal responses that transcend our regular work and life patterns. It’s not about happy faces on mirrors and mantras on coffee mugs. It’s not about hanging on while holding back. It’s about times when you feel someone ate your cheese, drained the swamp, and went from great to less-than-good. Eileen’s book The Resilient Spirit is an ideal gift that can be personalized as a take-home reminder of powerful lessons.

Radical resilience requires the courage to challenge, commit, and contribute in ways that positively impact both today as well as many tomorrows. Based upon the length of the presentation, participants will:

• Discover how to grow the skills of adaptability, agility, laugh-ability, and alignment for producing results that put YOU in control of your ship.
• Learn a four-part model for methodically tackling the tough issues you currently face.
• Explore what great leaders do to inspire teams to stay in the game and thrive. (And it has NOTHING to do with money!) Get them energized, actualized, authorized, and gratified.
• Develop a personal legacy leadership goal that defies downturns and disappointments.

     Leveraging Your Career To Fit YOUR Authentic Self

A good career fit is not like squeezing into Spanx. Nope! It means thinking, listening, and sensing where, when and how to craft actions that bring you from good work to great work! The result: you feel GREAT and you stop the busywork and start the work that matters. It begins from the inside out.

In this session, you will:

• Discover the difference between UGH work, Good Work and GREAT work.
• Explore through exercises how to identify what is uniquely YOUR authentic work.
• Learn how to ask for what you want and three possible steps to leverage you into your GREAT/Authentic work.
• Understand the difference between a mentor and a sponsor.
• Explore the six qualities of charisma and how to develop these qualities so that you attract people to you and your authentic work.

      The Power of Engagement: Inside Out Leadership for Resilient Teams

KEYNOTE 60-90 minutes

The “soft stuff” of business is always the hardest part of business.

It’s time to START talking and get back to work! Create a competitive edge in engaging and retaining talented employees and customers on the most human of playing fields: conversation. Without that connection, there is no energy of engagement. Discover the secret of viewing points, orange batons and Little Davids in creating teams and fostering loyalty. The latest report from DDI reports that more than 40% of leaders crave soft skills that can help them work better with others.

The results will be:

• Clear understanding of what energizes employees and what depletes.
• Connected and cohesive stakeholders.
• Candid conversations that can generate a renewed commitment.

     Work for a Living and Still Be Free to Live: The Secret for a Resilient Life

KEYNOTE 60-90 minutes

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

Balance is baloney! Discover a better metaphor for the realities of living in a 24/7 world. Learn the power of choice and how to conduct a C.A.T. scan of your life. Develop strategies to create a life by YOUR design and not by default.

A critical topic for all walks of life and one Eileen has followed since authoring the first book ever written on this topic.

Make no mistake—everyone works—whether for free or fee!

How can you work smart and live happier? Is it even possible to have work/life balance in this fast-paced, frantic world? From senior executives to front line employees, this issue is key to the changing nature of America’s workforce and today’s world.

We hear about the need to balance personal and work priorities, but how do you go from burned out to fired up? How can we juggle the many responsibilities and demands on our busy lives?

In this insightful and interactive program you will:

1. Understand why traditional models of balance no longer work in these times of change.
2. Discover how to conduct your own “CAT” scan of life.
3. Acquire the skills to “sail” within the five critical areas of living.
4. Create your own action plan for juggling the demands of your fast-paced life.
5. Develop personal strategies for creating “a life by design, not be default”.
6. Learn at least three methods for effective self-management and self-improvement that you can put to work immediately.

Eileen is affiliated with Work Family Research Network University of PA. and listed as a resource on their site. Do good by bringing in Eileen to your local community non-profit. Sponsor her for an event and receive acknowledgment by both Eileen and your local non-profit.

Watch Eileen challenge our preconceived notions of what it means to be balanced. She explains that being balanced in life is not about equality, but about being personally connected with the important things in life.

     The Energy Connection: The Secret To Resilient Living

Keynote 60-90 Minutes

At the end of the day, you too yearn for a way to let your spirit soar and your gifts shine. The competitive global 24/7 world of heart-stopping competition puts personal energy at risk. We too yearn to connect with new possibilities for people, productivity, profitability and purpose.

This keynote is based on the premise that transforming our work requires nothing less than transforming ourselves and together we take a look at four inner skills essential for coaching ourselves along this journey. Our own “work in progress” becomes the touchstone for connecting at a deeper level with our work mates and our soul mates. As we ease on down this road, we find our wisdom, ah-ha moments and greatest learnings through the context of our lives. This wisdom becomes deeper if it is forged in a furnace fueled with mind, heart and spirit.

You’ll never think of energy in the same way again. Forget OPEC and prices at the pump. Discover your own reservoir of power and purpose with five tools to drill down into your own internal well of possibilities. Human energy is a priceless commodity. Learn a new formula for E=MC 2 . When it comes to energy and the capacity to do work, discover how to get it, renew it and stop giving it away.

     Lead-Her-Ship – Claiming The Power, Passion, Play And Purpose Of Our Lives

Keynote 60-90 Minutes

Gather women together and you have an energy source to light even the darkest corners of the world. Eileen puts a match to that energy. A presentation for reliving and laughing about our foibles, for celebrating our uniqueness, for renewing our passion and commitment to life, and for establishing the common traits which allow all of us to bloom where we are planted. We can learn to be heroines of our own story and leaders shaping tomorrow for all our children. This is your time to refresh, realign, reawaken, reflect, refuel, regenerate, rejoice, release, remember and renew.

Participants will learn to:

• Celebrate all you are (outlaw negative thinking and projection paralysis; banish living to someone else’s expectations.)
• Be fully alive (laughter and tears flow from the same well.)
• Act on the dream (small gifts-great rewards.)
• Love without ceasing (the grace of gratitude.)
• In-joy the ride (power of laughter.)

     Plain Talk for Complex Times

At the end of the day, our very success hinges on relationships.
These relationships grow or die based on a skill too often we forget: CONVERSATION. How meaningful are yours?

The proliferation of cell phones and the glut of chat rooms show us what society yearns for: meaningful human connection, community, and the value of relationships.

The pace of change, the lure of dazzling technology, and the speed of life have created the opposite. The most human of all connections is conversation – an internal and external event that has become blurred. We’ve forgotten how to talk to each other – if in fact some of us ever knew. In many instances, we have never been taught how to listen. At the deepest level, we’ve probably never stopped long enough to even listen to ourselves.

And at times of crisis, these conversations become even more important. This presentation explores a model for understanding and growing the conversations we have with ourselves and with each other so that everyone becomes fully engaged in the work we are tasked to do. And you’ll also celebrate the power of humor to connect. Be prepared to think, laugh, and learn.

     Resilient Relationships: Surviving and Thriving With Difficult People

Workshop: 90 minutes to 3 hours

Life would be easy if it weren’t for other people! Would you like to turn from mad to glad with your colleagues and customers?

Eileen can show you how.

This session focuses on improving relationships at work through successfully dealing with people. Using humor and examples, Eileen will guide participants through the process of learning how to defuse anger in themselves and others. They will discover how to identify and understand problem behavior and how to use systematic methods for handling such behaviors.

Participants will also:

• Understand techniques for “scripting” and creating rapport
• Identify the behavior of difficult people and personal responses to such behaviors
• Focus on effective responses to the hostile-aggressive trio
• Discover the 4-step model for handling anger on and off the phone
• Learn the difference between difficult people and people within a difficult situation
• Identify self-management tools for developing rapport and maintaining inner calm and integrity under pressure

Please note: This session can also be interactive; including role-play, phone practice, etc.

     Resilient Relationships: Understanding Your Communication E-Quotient

Workshop: 90 minutes to 3 hours

Talk is never cheap. It’s priceless!

How would you rate your communication efforts? Better still—what would others say?

Using a personal communication profile (the DISC), you’ll discover your unique behavioral preferences. You’ll gain insights on where and why relationships grow or suffer. This workshop is designed to open channels for sharing communication preferences and valuing differences.

With interaction, humor and high content, Eileen will help you walk away with ideas for improving your own communication while understanding others.

This program provides plenty of ‘meat’—high content, useful information you can put to work at the office and at home. You will:

• Learn an easy-to-grasp framework to improve communication skills long after the workshop is over
• Discover why some people “bug you” and why you do well with others
• Find out how to work with peers and bosses using key information on “what makes them tick”
• Learn how to “sell” different people, differently
• Understand how to select a dynamic and productive team, valuing individual differences
• Improve communication skills with clients, colleagues, friends and family
• Look at every human interaction differently, using new-found knowledge and insights

Full Biography

Since founding her consulting firm in 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She believes that resiliency is a critical life skill and one that requires the energy of connections.

She draws upon practical business know-how, life’s experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious.

Executive Excellence magazine continually ranked her as one of the top 50 thought leaders in self-leadership development. Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also named her as one of the World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

Eileen has authored:

• Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, the first book to address work/life balance—a topic that placed her as a futurist in this issue.
• Her second book, The Resilient Spirit is found from South Africa to California and was written as a response to 9/11.
• Talk Ain’t Cheap—It’s Priceless serves as a leadership guide for numerous organizations.
• Gifts from the Mountain-Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. A training film based on this book earned a Silver Telly, the highest award for commercial productions.
• My Get Up and Go Got Up & Went offers succinct insights in an easy-to-read fashion for recharging and renewing human energy.
• Your Resiliency GPS: A Guide for Growing through Work Life offers a path for finding your GPS (growth positioning strategies) through recalculating questions.

As a business author and commentator, Eileen has appeared on network news, on radio programs and in business journals and in major metropolitan newspapers.

Eileen is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and her election into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame places her among the top 3% of speakers in the United States.

Naomi Rhode

Naomi Rhode

Award winning, dynamic, inspiring, international speaker Naomi Rhode, RDH, CSP, CPAE shares her expertise on team building, interpersonal communication and motivation. As part of the Speakers’ Hall of Fame she has spoken before thousands of people in all 50 states and 15 countries, sharing her expertise on insights and techniques on leadership, personal and corporate empowerment, successful team development, motivation and interpersonal communication skills, and change and growth. For the multitudes that have heard her, Naomi’s warmth, enthusiasm and unique insight into the dynamics of person-to-person relationships have made her a “Remembered Experience”.
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Kathy Buckley

Kathy Buckley

Kathy Buckley was born with a hearing loss that went undetected until she was eight and led to believe she was mentally retarded. She was sexually abused, run over by a car, and stricken with cancer all before the age of thirty. Rather than being consumed by grief, Kathy sought out laughter. She not only survived, she has gone on to become a successful comedienne and an award winning author. She is also a world-renowned motivational speaker. Kathy inspires hundreds of thousands of people around the country, sharing her story of overcoming some of the most difficult obstacles one can imagine in life, and how she met those challenges with dignity, courage, and laughter. Read more

Diana Jordan

Diana Jordan

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comic Diana Jordan has developed a loyal following using humor that will leave your audience in stitches. Whether your group is looking for someone to address women’s health, healthcare in general, happiness or comedy, if it has to do with humor or being a female – Diana has something for you! For instance, in her program created for healthcare providers she focuses on finding the humor in even the most stressful work environments. In addition to her stand-up and comedy work, Diana performs for private audiences with customized programs tailored for Go Red Luncheons, Breast Cancer Awareness events, Pre-and Post Surgical Patients, Read more

Mark Cordes

Mark Cordes has been hailed by many critics as a “One Man Laugh Factory.” This inventive comedian and humorist is a guaranteed winner! Whether it’s a very special event, roast, awards program or a final event, he will customize his performance to meet your needs…

Mark’s new program The Spouse Whisperer entertains the audience with very funny, acerbic observations on relationships and how to make them work…or not. He is always warm and congenial and has a great comedic rapport with his audience. Read more

Christine Dumas

Christine Dumas is a medical and lifestyle reporter as well as accomplished author. As a seasoned TV news reporter, Dumas is one of America’s most trusted personalities. She shows audiences how to live more successful, happier and engaging lives. Never far from the leading edge of what is affecting our world today, she offers audiences the information necessary to gain control of their happiness, career, health and future in an entertaining and engaging way. Dumas covers a wide range of topics from athletes in the Olympics to the legal issues of drugs that are unsafe for children.

Since 1996, her stories have appeared on The Today Show and Weekend Edition Today. She has reported on health, lifestyle, and fitness features for Weekend Today at the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dumas appears regularly as a medical reporter on Weekend Live on Fox News, as well as being regularly featured on the Sirius Stars Network, where she comments on topical issues which range across medicine, lifestyle, and the currency of conversation. She has been featured on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View.

Dumas covers a broad range of issues in her reporting, from profiling athletes competing in the Olympics to legal issues surrounding drugs that are unsafe for children,all with unparalleled intensity, commitment and compassion.

Author of a healthcare guide, Special Treatment: How to Get the Same High-Quality Health Care Your Doctor Gets, a reference guide for households across America that was featured in the January 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the must-have health books of the year. Her second book, The Weight Is Over, addresses breakthrough science and advances surrounding sleep, stress, and weight loss that might contradict everything you thought you knew about fat, carbs, and exercise. With unparalleled intensity, commitment and compassion she provides the real answers and a simple path to the healthy lifestyle that we all want but that always seems to be just out of our reach.

 


PROGRAM TOPICS

Transformation Healthcare – How Business Leaders Can Get Ahead of the Curve in a Post- Healthcare Reform World
In the post-reform world of healthcare, American businesses will be among the most heavily impacted by the new legislation. From new regulations and compliance issues to dealing with potential caps on premiums, many businesses may already be significantly behind the curve on managing the impact to their business and to their employees. In this presentation, Christine Dumas can help you navigate the complexities of this new legislation and share with your human resource and business leaders what they need to do now to prepare for the coming change.

Our country is at a critical juncture regarding the health of our citizens and the transformation of our health care system as a result of the passage of healthcare reform legislation. As research and science lead to groundbreaking cures and new live-saving treatments, doctors, patients, human resource and health care administrators are all increasingly frustrated by the factors that drive up costs and limit the availability of the highest quality, state of the art health care.

Drawing on her experience as a nationally recognized medical correspondent with a degree in Economics, a nationally recognized expert on corporate workplace wellness and as a senior advisor to the Center for Health Transformation in Washington DC, Dr. Christine Dumas covers the leading edge trends in the U.S. health care system and the changes that will come as a result of the new legislation. She covers how these trends will transform our health care system and the role that corporate America will play.

What Christine knows from her years covering healthcare is that promoting better health means more than just passing new healthcare legislation. To get a healthier America and a healthier workforce we need to transform the way Americans think about their health. She discusses a leadership-driven model for a healthcare system of the future that we can embark on today – one that is patient-centered and rich in innovation. She outlines in detail what the American consumer really wants from their healthcare experiences. She provides her audiences with insight on the critical issues that business leaders and human resource managers will face when dealing with the new healthcare landscape as a result of the new legislation, while outlining specific trends that will lead to better care and a healthier America.

Creating Your Best Life: Health and Wellness Edition
In her refreshingly entertaining and straightforward style, Christine Dumas shares the candid advice that has motivated her throughout her career, inspiring audiences to take charge of their life, career, health and happiness.

Drive, determination and knowing where you want life to take you are part of the equation for success. At each step of the way, Dumas emphasizes the importance of never letting traditional expectations keep you from having your preferred life — one that is custom-made for you. To say that she thinks “outside the box” doesn’t begin to describe her intuitive, innovative and entertaining presentation for everything from financing a college education to a business, to doing whatever you feel passionate about, to seamlessly changing course in life as opportunities present themselves — allowing you to create the very best life possible.

Creating Your Best Life features many health and wellness highlights from her book, The Weight is Over (Wiley, 2011) which deals with new groundbreaking research surrounding stress, sleep and the physiology of the brain and how those factors can impact your lifestyle, family life, relationships and positive self image. She takes new science and research and makes it “consumer friendly” so that the audience member or reader can instantly understand it, embrace it and take action. Her book, Special Treatment, was selected by O Magazine as one of the top five must-read books of 2005. Your audience will be entertained and inspired with a memorable presentation that will change the lives of those in attendance.

Delivering the Promise – What Healthcare Consumers Really Want in the New World of Healthcare
To get a healthier America and a healthier workforce, healthcare providers need to fully understand the new way Americans are thinking about their health today. Christine outlines in detail what the American consumer really wants from their healthcare experiences – not what healthcare providers think that they want – in this challenging and rapidly changing healthcare landscape. She describes how healthcare providers and businesses can not only deliver, but exceed the healthcare consumer’s new expectations.

More than ever, consumers are clear that healthcare should be about the relationship between a patient and his healthcare provider – not about rules and regulations coming from Capitol Hill. She will show you ways to put the caring and humanity back into the healthcare experience in ways that Americans can easily embrace and appreciate. She provides her audiences with insight on the critical issues that healthcare providers, business leaders and human resource managers will face when dealing with the new healthcare landscape as a result of the new legislation, while outlining specific trends that will lead to happier consumers of healthcare, better care and a healthier America.

Building Your Strongest Brand: Successfully Reaching Women Across America and the Blogosphere
Today’s businesses require visionary strategies that quickly respond to rapidly changing conditions and intense competition?especially among the trillion dollar “mom market.” Find out what this demographic thinks, needs and desires as Christine Dumas discusses her connections among women utilizing her expertise as a national television correspondent, author and trends specialist. With her engaging insight, witty commentary and successful web outreach, she shows Fortune 500 companies and consumer brands how to turn occasional shoppers into profitable brand ambassadors while simultaneously improving their bottom line. Whether you are building a new brand or reinventing an existing brand, you will take away important lessons to better understand the women who can build your brand from one of America’s most trusted television personalities.

Christine Dumas as Moderator and Entertainer
One of the most charismatic, entertaining and gifted moderators available today, Christine Dumas leads panel discussions with the perfect balance of information, entertainment and tone, while bringing out the best in diverse panels across the spectrum. More than just a facilitator, she can turn a panel discussion into the highlight and most memorable moment of your meeting.

Full Biography

Dr. Christine Dumas is a consumer/health /lifestyle reporter, strategic consumer trends advisor and author. Since 1996, her stories have appeared on NBC News Today and NBC News Weekend Edition Today. She has also been a regularly featured medical correspondent on Fox News Channel’s Weekend Live since 2003.

Dumas has been the national spokesperson for Kellogg’s Healthy Beginnings campaign and currently serves as a senior adviser to the Center for Health Transformation in Washington, DC. In addition to her clinical training, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and has been called upon as an advisor to Congressional committees addressing lifestyle issues that matter most among American families. Her insight and Washington experience among politicians, policy and watchdog groups as well as industry organizations makes her perspective increasingly valuable in this rapidly changing marketplace.

As an expert in consumer trends, Dumas has advised domestic and multi-national brands on message, product positioning and tactical outreach. Companies utilize her skills, warmth and demeanor due to her connection with a wide demographic, contact with well over a quarter of a million women and also, because of one prime keyword affiliation: trust. Consumers across the country have bonded with Dumas listening to her sage recommendations, knowing it originates from someone who understands them, their lifestyle and their needs. She holds an unparalleled position in this capacity, and is considered one of the key connectors to “gatekeeper moms,” viewed by many as their primary demographic. Dumas stands alone as someone who can interpret trends navigate a path for success and help reach a target audience as well as financial goals.

Each speech delivered by Dumas is unique. As a result, she creates special appeal and a value added component for both organizers and attendees with unparalleled satisfaction. Her appearance is further complemented by her extended one-on-one post meeting gatherings. Many feel working with her is both an investment and beginning of an extended relationship for them and their clients.

Dumas started her broadcasting career as a health correspondent on ABC’s Home Show and was also featured in a similar role for Home and Family. She also makes guest appearances on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View.

Dumas’ 2010 book, The Weight is Over, showcases the many facets of her expertise. She addresses the breakthrough science and advances surrounding sleep, stress and weight loss while contradicting common themes about fat, carbohydrates and exercise. She connects the dots, provides the real answers and a simple path to the healthy lifestyle everyone wants but always seems to be out of reach. The Weight is Over will transform everyone’s relationship with food and health allowing them to relax, enjoy and understand the breaking edge information they need to transform their bodies and their lives.

Dumas delivered the keynote address for the Speaking of Women’s Health National Tour, where she covered the latest trends in health, lifestyle and fitness, while delivering that message to thousands of women across the United States. She has also served as a national spokesperson and strategic planning consultant for the American Medical Association’s Women’s Health Campaign and the National Tobacco-Free Steering Committee for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. She serves on the senior faculty of the American Medical Association’s Health Broadcasting Conference, providing counsel and advice to some of the most well-known officials and experts communicating with the public. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts and thought leaders on employee wellness and high quality healthcare transformation for our nation’s corporations and for all Americans in the workplace setting and at home.

Dumas has spent over a decade reporting on trends in health, lifestyle, fitness and sports giving her a leading-edge perspective that is sought-after by Fortune 500 corporations, think tank associations and group forums, such as The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families. Her background and broad-based career experience give her a unique perspective that resonates with audiences. She has covered a broad range of issues in her reporting-from profiling athletes to legal issues surrounding drugs that are unsafe for children-all with unparalleled intensity, commitment and compassion.

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Read more

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum has advised nearly every major Democratic candidate from Edmund Muskie and Ted Kennedy to Al Gore and John Kerry, because he understands how political campaigns are fought and won.

 

A complete list of Shrum’s clients would be a “Who’s Who” of American politics. As chairman of Shrum, Devine & Donilon, a political media consulting firm, he has created and produced advertising that resulted in winning campaigns for over 20 U.S. Senators, six Governors, mayors of many major cities and several Congressmen. Read more

Holly Atkinson

Holy Atkinson

One of the most recognizable and popular healthcare journalists in the country, Dr. Holly Atkinson helps audiences make sense of the latest medical news. Always candid and prepared to “tell it like it is,” she offers guidance through the maze of challenges that consumers face today including healthcare reform, women’s health issues and the overload of medical information reported in the media. Atkinson leaves her audiences with the ability to exercise their healthcare options more intelligently, and more informed about the medical issues making the headlines. Read more