Professional Speaker & Storyteller
Kindra is an award--winning columnist, author, and national champion storyteller. As a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales, Kindra discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—great storytelling. Kindra’s work can be seen in a weekly column at Inc.com, and has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and behind the scenes in New York Times best selling books. A former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and with a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Communications & Management, Kindra now teaches innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.
Melinda Marcus, M.A., CSP
Expert in the Science of Influence
Melinda shows executives how to influence decisions before they lose big opportunities. An expert in The Science of Influence, she bases her consulting and speaking programs on proven strategies in Persuasive Psychology, Body Language and Strategic Messaging. As a result of her consulting and coaching, executives have successfully influenced multi-million dollar decisions and grown revenues by more than $279 million. During her career, she was named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Working Women in America” by Glamour magazine and “One of the Five Women to Watch in the Southwest” by ADWEEK magazine. She has earned more than 100 awards internationally in the advertising industry. Melinda’s Master Nonverbal Communications training is with the former Special Agent who trained the FBI. She earned her B.S. with Honors in Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.A. from SMU. Her Psychology research on first impressions is published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. National Speakers Association has awarded her a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a designation earned by only 12% of speakers globally for excellence in the speaking profession.
Thom Singer, CSP
Thom Singer has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience with firms such as RR Donnelley, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP, Andrews Kurth LLP, Marsh Inc., and Wells Fargo Bank. He is an expert in human engagement and has trained thousands of professionals in the art of building professional contacts that lead to increased business. In today's distracted work environment there is a disconnect between social media "likes", "links", "shares" and "follows" and real meaningful business connections. Thom's work centers around helping people get back to the basics of relationships that lead to better opportunities and more sales. Thom has authored twelve books on the power of business relationships, sales, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firm and convention audiences. As the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and others who possess an extra dose of the entrepreneurial spirit. The information compiled from these compelling interviews is shared with his clients, as he challenges people to be more engaged and enthusiastic in all their actions. Thom earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 2014.
Founder, Rainmaker Thinking & Management Guru
Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Bruce lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals, including a regular column in Training Magazine, ‘Sticky Notes’, and a regular column in the Huffington Post. Before founding Rainmaker Thinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York.