Opening Keynote Colette Carlson

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Opening Keynote, February 3, 2021

Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc., is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. How to create effective connections, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread woven into every one of Colette’s presentations. With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a fascination with communication trends, and extensive experience in the personal development industry for over 20 years, Colette knows the difference between trendy topics and timeless truths when it comes to successful business practices. Colette is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers.

In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall Fame®, a lifetime award that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. Her articles have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily, and Working Mother magazines. Clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Cisco, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Great Clips, Davidson Hotels, the United States Government.

Laugh out loud while you learn how to form and sustain connections that drive productivity, engagement and collaboration!


YOU Management: Self-Care Strategies for Successful Leaders
When leaders are not well, everyone suffers. To sustain excellence, leaders must tend to their own self-care. They should take deliberate actions to ensure that they are ready for every challenge of every day. In order to do so, they must be well-rested and healthy. Additionally, leaders must balance their on-going workload by accepting help and preparing others to be able to take the baton from time to time. It sounds easy, but there are far too many examples of leaders who work themselves into poor health, accelerate their own demise, or perform inadequately because they have taken on too much. Leaders must spend sufficient time caring for themselves -- as much as they do caring for others -- because there are a lot of people's livelihoods, promotional opportunities, careers, morale, and much more, riding on their good health.

Stress is the leading factor for a leadership breakdown. Managing stress is the most important form of self-care a leader can take.

Colette will address the importance of self-care and offer tips for how you can consciously build it into everything you do throughout the day. From self-awareness to self-reflection, self-care is about beating the stress of everyday life in healthy ways, building a positive mindset, and increasing mental toughness.