Liz Bohannon

 About

About Liz Bohannon - Author and Inspirational Speaker on How A Beginner's Mind Breeds Success & Achieving Challenging Goals:

Liz Bohannon, Founder and CEO of successful fashion brand Sseko Designs, shares the lessons learned from her 10-year entrepreneurial journey growing her business. This quest enabled Liz to acquire an understanding of how a beginner’s mind can influence the successful outcome of any goal? The answer might very well inspire you to create a new roadmap for your next challenge.

Sseko Designs materialized from three women under a mango tree, into a successful international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities - and entrepreneurial training to thousands of women across the globe. Her story is filled with lessons for success that are grounded in the principle of having a beginner’s mind.

Liz sums up those lessons in her new book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now. In it, as in her speeches, she shares uncommon ideas toward success such as: Own Your Average; Stop Trying to Find Your Passion…Create It; and Dream Small. Liz continues to channel her inner beginner as she manages 100s of employees across multiple continents - and this mindset sets her apart as a more courageous, creative and effective leader. Audiences find humour and heart in Liz’s storytelling, as well as refreshing strategies that are a realistic roadmap to reaching goals.

Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares inspiring strategies that will help leaders be more creative, innovative and courageous - and ideas that will spark intrapreneurs as well as entrepreneurs to go beyond dreaming and start doing.

The Sseko story has been featured in dozens of publications including, Vogue Magazine, Redbook Magazine, O Magazine, Inc., Fortune and others. Sseko has appeared on national broadcasts including ABC's Shark Tank and Good Morning America.

Among other notable honours, Liz was recently named a Top Three Transformation Leader by John Maxwell, Forbes listed her as a top 20 public speaker in the U.S. and Bloomberg Businessweek named Sseko a top social enterprise to watch.

Liz now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon - where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs and raise their two young sons.

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What Liz Bohannon Talks About:

5 WAYS A BEGINNER’S MIND HELPS LEADERS AND TEAMS ACHIEVE THE MOST CHALLENGING GOALS
How often do we dismiss someone’s success by calling it “Beginner’s Luck?” What if the very fact that they were a beginner is just what gave them the advantage to succeed? What if there is a method to a beginner’s mind that creates success? What a beginner may lack in experience, track record, know-how, and connections, they make up in nerve, curiosity, spirit, courage – and a willingness to acknowledge they don’t have it all figured out, which ultimately leads to an iterative approach to achieving success.

In this presentation, based on her new book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now – Liz takes her 10 years of experience building her company, and shares uncommon ideas toward success that come from a beginner’s mind, because everything is about iteration – so get something out there and change it as needed. All of these principles go against the grain of many things we are taught at a young age, but Liz explains that once you can let go of the “…visions of grandeur of what it will look like when you finally strike gold and find your passion, only then can you get down to the business of learning how to build it.” Liz will guide your audience to a new roadmap for success that focusses on the acts of doing instead of dreaming – and ultimately attaining even the most challenging goals.

Keynote takeaways:

  • Use the principles of a beginner’s mind to achieve any goal
  • Shake yourself out of analysis paralysis
  • Get inspired to go beyond dreaming and start doing
  • Focus on creating your passion rather than waiting for it to find you

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Liz Bohannon will inspire your audience. Her story is powerful, and she can connect with young and old, CEO or entrepreneur - and bridges the gap of not just inspiring but also providing practical lessons that can be applied immediately.

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