Like all businesses, the speaking and events world is subject to change. This is a topic many speakers and event organizers are thinking about now, thanks to the Coronavirus, but it is something the industry needs to start preparing for in spite of these difficult times. Speakers and event planners make their living off of live events and conferences and like any business, they can have disruptions. Having multiple ways to deliver your services and a contingency plan in place is key for business continuity. Here are a few things to help you prepare for the future.
The world is a complex and fast-moving place. Innovation is happening in every industry and spans a multitude of both current and emerging technologies. The mixture of innovation is rewriting our society in real-time as we know it. How do we wrap our heads around this age of change to develop, adapt, and innovate?
The world is changing fast and technology has opened up a whole new way of doing and starting businesses. One of the tremendous emerging trends is a pathway for underrepresented people to have their voices heard and deliver value in a more inclusive marketplace. Walls are being broken down and the rules are finally starting to change. One of the people facilitating this change is the fabulous Lolita Taub. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know her and hearing her story and digging into what drives her to do the work she is doing now.
Imagine sitting in an audience and listening to the story of a journalist who was literally shot in the face with an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) in Afghanistan and lived to talk about it. The entire audience sits in awe, listening intently full of empathy ready to hear his story. This is what it is like when Carmen Gentile speaks. I got to talk with Carmen recently and get to know him and his story and more importantly the impact he is having and wants to have on the world.
In this conversation, Ross explores the connection between brand value and employee experience with Mark Levy, the pioneer of EX through his work at Airbnb. Mark now shows organizations what is possible when you empower employees and rethink HR.
I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with the multi-talented Gravity Speakers Exclusive, Shontavia Johnson, whose company LVRG is helping empower female entrepreneurs in a way that is both impactful and highly needed. It never ceases to amaze me when I meet the founders of companies and hear their stories. You can see how these trailblazers use their own experience to create opportunities for others who come from similar places. Shontavia’s journey through law school and then entrepreneurship as a woman of color was one that was far from easy. She cut her own path in a male-dominated industry and what she brought with her was a new perspective but she didn’t stop there. She turned around and helped pave the way for others helping to increase diversity in industries and organizations. Some people are willing to go it alone where there is no trail and in doing this they create inroads for others. Her thoughtfulness and positive energy are infectious and she is just getting started.
Sheen Allen has an incredible story of success in an industry that is difficult for everyone and even more difficult for minorities, women, and female founders. Listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30, Sheena started Sheena Allen Apps as a non-technical founder garnering millions of downloads. From there she created her 2nd big startup, CapWay, a neobank to serve underbanked and unbanked segments with financial services and education and she is just getting started.
You are ready for your next big event, budgets are approved, expectations are set, and now it’s time to find the perfect speakers. There are risks with taking a shot on new speakers you have met or even worse, Googled. In this post, I will take you through 5 reasons you should use a speakers bureau for your next event.
As we enter into Pride Month, we thought it would be a great time to highlight some of the amazing speakers at Gravity Speakers that are driving change in the LGBTQ+ community. Change requires support throughout the entire social ecosystem and this collection of six change makers is each supporting a unique function. As society and business continue to become more complex, diversity and inclusion are hot topics. Change is a constant and one of the best ways to adapt to change is diversity. These six speakers represent a holistic set of voices supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
In a world of constant change and new demands, entrepreneurs, creatives, and employees are experiencing constant stress and this is creating a lack of wellness that is permeating our society. When people think of wellness they often think of health, but by many definitions, wellness has a number of contributing factors beyond health. I recently got to talk to Jonas Koffler, bestselling author of Hustle, speaker, co-founder of Radical Wellness Inc and The Mental Wellness Summit, and social innovator about the epidemic of our time which is a lack of wellness.