Speaker Series

Bridging the Missing Link between Managing and Leading Post Pandemic

Learn why and how to develop leaders in your organization. Identify people who can be considered part of the succession plan when the management team retires. Develop people to understand the core leadership competencies, successfully develop people and grow.

This program will differentiate between leading, managing, coaching and mentoring, how and when to apply each skillset.

This high impact program cultivates the best in your leaders and shows them how to serve as role models to enhance organizational performance. Besides developing leaders for success, this pro­gram also helps to accomplish more objectives with greater results at a faster pace than ever before. Participants learn to understand the key strategies they need to use as coaches and mentors to produce high payoffs in their staff with little or no expense. Participants leave the program enthused, moti­vated and empowered to act.

Learning Objectives:

  • The 4 key characteristics of a leader
  • How to be an effective leader and a trusted advisor
  • 7 Core competencies of good managers
  • The 5 core competencies of leaders
  • What motivates the managers and leader in people
  • How to increase performance at all levels.​

Ed Robinson has been a business growth advisor and sales trainer for over 30 years. He has consulted, coached and spoken to thousands of audiences and hundreds of businesses in more than 30 countries and multiple industries.

Ed has helped facilitate the growth of many organizations in the areas of leadership and business development and sales with focused projects to improve performance and productivity.

The CEO of Robinson Performance Group, his company provides business growth strategies and leadership skills to organizations worldwide, “transforming professionals to Rainmakers.”

Whether he’s speaking to Kiwi’s in New Zealand, Aussies in Sydney or professionals in North America and Europe, Ed shares practical strategies and techniques to enhance sales and revenue for organizations.

Ed has authored several books: “ 4 Giant Steps to Leadership , ” “ From Fighting the Storm to Dancing in the Rain , ” and “ The Million Dollar Rainmaker ” series, a parable about developing new business. Ed’s newest product is “ Rainmaking Strategies for Success ” a sales and marketing system that has a proven track record for teaching sales professionals how to close more business.

Some of the organizations Ed has worked with include UniGroup Inc., KPMG, Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HUD, Institute of Internal Auditors, MetLife, Merrill Lunch, Zurich Financial, Clear Channel, Time Warner, the US Postal Service, Deloitte, Environmental Protection Agency and NCR Corporation.

Brandon Fox - Habits of Top Performers - August 16th, 2023

Fred Blum Problem - Step Out of Problem-Solving and Become A Creator - 2023-07-26

Netania Walker - Motivating Your Team | NIA Sales Mastery 2023-07-19

Jaemin Frazer - What To Do About The Imposter Syndrome - June 28th, 2023

Tom Black - How to Create a Sales System for Your Business - June 21st, 2023

Michelle LaRose - Harnessing ChatGPT for Everyday Tasks and Strategies - May 24th, 2023

Jessica Zweig - How to Use Personal Branding as a Tool for Accelerated Career Growth | NIA Speaker Series 2023-04-26

Catherine Brown - Personal Branding: How Good Humans Sell Themselves | NIA Sales Mastery - 2023-04-19

Erin Urban - Get Off The Struggle Bus | NIA Speaker Series - 2023-03-23

Russel Dubree - The 8 Keys To Unlocking A High-Performance Culture | NIA Sales Mastery - March 15th, 2023

Nathalie Sessions - Elevate Your Plate: Eating for Energy & Productivity - February 22nd, 2023

Gerry Foster - January 25th, 2023

Tim Goering - January 18th, 2023

Candy Barone - November 16th, 2022

Scott Hartley - November 9th, 2022

Trish Perry - October 26th, 2022

Chris-Beasley - October 19, 2022

Pree Poonati - September 28, 2022

Chris Caton & Belanie Dishong - September 21, 2022

Ed “The Rainmaker” Robinson - August 24, 2022

Catherine Brown - August 17th, 2022

Sheldon Weisfeld - July 27, 2022 

Andrew Lawless - July 20th, 2022

Robert A Needham - June 22, 2022

Samantha Varner - June 15, 2022

Ron Sukenick - May 25th, 2022

Dew Tinnin - May 18th, 2022

Kris Kelso - April 27, 2022

Candy Barone - March 24, 2022

Escaping Economic Slavery

34-Plus years of Business Advisory, Management, and Consulting to small and large businesses in multiple industries. Clients are primarily based in the United States, and some international. Has served on the boards of several companies and ministries. Leads strategic planning efforts for clients. Recognized as a Thought Leader in Business and Finance, Franchising, Collaboration, Disruptive Technologies, Governance, Platforms, and Systems & Structures.

Technical experience includes owner of a IT Services company, Product Owner for several platform development projects, forensic analysis of financial transactions as an expert witness, servicing numerous financial and information transactions across numerous platforms, and member of the NASA Space Shuttle Program and Military Space Program from 1978 to 1986.

Degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Administration (PhD),and Law (JD)

You Empowered Strong

Candy Barone (CCP, MBA, BSME), CEO of You Empowered Strong, LLC, as known as the “Pull-No-Punches” Accountability Powerhouse is a certified coach, business consultant, professional speaker, and author. She is a master in creating a greater return on the energy and investment of time people expend. Candy’s diverse and expansive leadership experience (nearly 20 years with multiple Fortune 500 companies) has provided her with extensive tools to help grow business professionals and future leaders, build exceptional, high-performing teams, and stretch successful people further out of their existing comfort zones.

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Overcoming The Imposter

Session Overview:

Have you ever felt like you didn’t really measure up to the assumptions that others have made about you?  Do you wonder if your success may be the result of luck and timing, rather than your intelligence or hard work?  Have you ever worried that at some point, everyone is going to figure out that you’re just making it up as you go, and figuring it out on-the-fly?

If so, you may have had a run-in with The Impostor, that inner critic that tries to convince you that your success isn’t real, and that you’re living a lie.

Kris Kelso will break down the mental battle of Impostor Syndrome, and give you the tools you need to silence your inner critic. With engaging stories and powerful metaphors, Kris will help you to see the world differently - embracing failure as part of success, recognizing fear as a positive sign, and leading with vulnerability when the stakes are high.


Kris Kelso is a keynote speaker, a two-time entrepreneur, and is the author of “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence“.  Trained and certified as an executive coach, Kris has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and their leadership teams. He is a faculty instructor at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a Facilitator / Coach with The Alternative Board, and is a contributing writer for publications including Fast Company Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal.

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