About Michelle Ray - Change, Communication and Leadership Speaker:
Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, leadership expert, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks. She worked her way up the management ladder and was responsible for the sales revenues of 25 radio and television affiliate stations. She was subsequently hired by one of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractors to lead the company’s sales team and was also responsible for successfully generating record–breaking revenues during a severely depressed economic climate.
In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement, an internationally renowned non-profit organization committed to educating future generations about business. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators.
As an in-demand business conference speaker for the past twenty years, Michelle has delivered her powerful messages on leadership, change, accountability, communication and engaged workplaces to the “C-Suites” of global corporations, academia, diverse associations, government groups, as well as front-line staff. Her client list includes notable brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shell, Xerox, PayPal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Playboy Enterprises and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Having addressed thousands of audiences across five continents, Michelle’s combination of wit, masterful humor, practical content and an engaging, interactive style resonates with a diverse clientele seeking to inspire, educate and captivate the imagination of their leaders and teams.
Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV, Global TV and was featured in esteemed publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, The National Post, Huffington Post, BC Business and Inc Magazine. Michelle is a regular contributor for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Column.
Why Michelle Ray can add value to your conference:
What Michelle Ray Talks About:
How to Lead a Diverse Workforce: Building an Outstanding, Collaborative Culture
Organizations of every description are now facing new challenges regarding their workplaces. In addition to managing the increasing numbers of retiring baby boomers, building a culture that draws new talent and fosters engagement for all team members, regardless of age or culture, is a key priority.
Leaders need to ask themselves: “What is it that people want when they come to our organization? How are we leading in order to attract a diverse workforce?”
If you are able to answer these questions, then the process of creating a collaborative, diverse and high performing culture becomes easier.
The new generation of talent pays close attention to a prospective employer’s reputation when assessing career opportunities. They are mindful of the character and composition of your leadership, organizational structure and above all, your values. A workplace culture that supports and encourages diversity and equal opportunity holds great appeal. Leaders who understand the significance of open-mindedness, building professional relationships at all levels while upholding core values of respect and understanding are ideally positioned to attract and retain the best and brightest against a backdrop of intense global competition for their skills.
During this dynamic, interactive keynote presentation, your audience of leaders will be reminded of the power of developing core relational skills required to build an outstanding workplace culture. When individual values are aligned with your organizational objectives, teams are ideally positioned to support the mission and values of your business. Consequently, as leaders, you are better positioned to lead, engage and inspire your people. Your leadership mindset can positively impact employee motivation and talent retention.
Teams thrive in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual respect; ultimately benefiting the external clients they serve. As leaders, we can profoundly affect the atmosphere of our workplaces and opportunities for growth by being the best version of ourselves. Individuals and organizations need to be reminded more than ever that through our own demeanor and the lens we use to view the world, we impact how our current and future workforce sees us.
By attending this session with Michelle Ray, your leaders will discover the key components for building a dynamic culture that focuses on diversity, outstanding workplace relationships, engaged employees and energized leadership.
Sample of learning benefits for your audience:
Leadership: It Starts with Me - Take The Lead, Embrace Change, Own Your Future
Michelle challenges individuals, as well as clients and audiences, to take charge of themselves, shift perspectives and discover their greatest potential. Her refreshing, uplifting and common-sense message has inspired thousands of audiences with her simple yet powerful premise: Leadership is first and foremost a state of mind.
We all possess the ability to profoundly impact another person by the manner in which we conduct ourselves. When we go out in the world with a happier disposition, we impact others positively. By our own demeanor, we create an energy force that has the power to change attitudes and change lives. We should never underestimate our own personal power!
This humorous, highly energized and insightful presentation offers a deeper understanding of the power of positive thinking and personal initiative, as well as specific tools to implement when faced with our own negative thinking. Whether your group needs an attitude adjustment, tune-up or makeover, audience members experience a memorable, popular keynote as they learn to practice personal leadership, as well as the true meaning of making a difference!
Expected Outcomes for Attendees:
No More Drama! - Ditch the Dysfunction and Engage Your Workplace
The existence of people challenges has multiple consequences for your bottom line. Many individuals are working longer hours, spending more time with managers, co-workers, and computers than their own families. Stress levels have accelerated as organizations of every description feel the pressure of delivering results for their clients and shareholders in less time, with fewer resources. Teams are expected to be efficient, engaged and happy.
The demands of today’s workplace often take a toll on the most important resource of all…your people. Under these conditions, it is not uncommon for drama and chaos to reign. Is your business equipped to deal with personality clashes, emotional explosions, “my way or the highway” mindsets, and other theatrics that undermine productivity and success? Are you ready to manage the high cost of low morale?
Delivered with passion and insight, this exciting, fun keynote offers practical solutions to the most common workplace problems…helping your audience to put a stop to the drama…once and for all.
Sample of learning benefits for your audience:
You really WOW-ed everyone with your personal, passionate, and effective take on Customer Service! Many thanks for making such a fantastic first impression on our team here at RBC.
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