Uncover your team’s untapped potential.

Maureen is available to present keynote speeches, high-content general sessions, breakout sessions, and training workshops. The ideal audience/client includes:

  • Companies with smart, skilled and successful staff who want to see their staff explode with confidence and go from self-doubt to self-assurance.
  • Professionals / Leaders — especially women engineers and/or technical experts — who may experience a confidence cutback, yet want to live with bold professional enthusiasm.
  • People who need to improve presentation skills to have their message heard, remembered and repeated.
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I reached out to Maureen to partner with our women's network on an event on the Impostor Syndrome. It was easily our most well attended and most talked about event hosted this year. Maureen worked closely with our facilitators to deliver content that was tailored to the needs of our organization. …Maureen's energy was infectious and attendees left with actionable tasks to work on.
Nicole Beck
Swagelok Company


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Professional Development

Over-Achiever, Under-Believer: How to Align Your Confidence to Your Competence

You’re talented, accomplished and successful. People think you have it all together. Yet you still think to yourself “Oh my gosh! I don’t t know what I’m doing! And everyone is about to figure it out! They’re on to me!”

You feel like a fraud, an impostor. You discount your success, often explaining it away as due to luck, or an accident or perhaps due to a grand mistake somewhere. You live in near-constant state of being discovered as incompetent or stupid. This drives you to work harder, accomplish more, and strive for more goals. But the fear of being discovered never leaves you.

You suffer from the Impostor Syndrome or the Impostor Phenomenon.

It’s estimated that 70% of people suffer from this. That alone should give you encouragement: You are not alone. But, be even more encouraged! There are proven strategies that can silence that impostor voice so you can embrace your success and be confident to move further ahead without fear of being unmasked as a fake. You can be released from the clench of the counterfeit so you can match your confidence to your competence.

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Maureen presenting a professional speech on impostor syndrome.
Professional Development

Leadership is NOT Rocket Science

Great technical experts do not automatically make great leaders and managers. Unfortunately, far too many people are promoted into a leadership position simply because of technical competence and superiority.

But that often sets them up for failure. They don’t have the right “soft” skills to lead well. The result is that everyone loses. The leader is discouraged. The crew is frustrated. Upper management is forced to accept lower morale and productivity. Leadership is not rocket science. It’s just as complex, but it’s completely different.

In this session, Maureen will uncover a unique twist on leadership that can transform a technical expert into a managerial superstar. When leaders discover the “Five Alives” — the five key capacities that every employee needs to fulfill, they will be able to lead with authority, passion and confidence. And, their teams will begin to explode with loyalty and camaraderie. Leadership is not rocket science!

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Professional Development

Is Your Supersonic Team Producing Subsonic Results?

Would you like to have your team be more engaged, more enthused, and more productive? A Gallup poll conducted in 2010 indicates that 71% of employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their job. WOW! What’s that costing your company? Lots.

You, as a leader, can begin to turn this around! You know you have star players on your team…and there’s a LOT you can you do to make them SUPERSTARS. Take some lessons from the jet engine testing world…while leadership isn’t rocket science, there are things you can do as a leader that the greatest propulsion researchers do too.

Explore three aspects of leadership that are so basic and fundamental, that most leaders unwittingly overlook. You CAN learn the secrets to being the leader they need so they become the team you want. You will gather your data, you will push the envelope, and you will see how small changes in power setting make a huge difference. You CAN propel your team to peak performance by thinking like a rocket scientist.

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Presentation Skills

How to Add S.P.I.C.E. to Your Speeches!

Have you ever had a deliciously seasoned meal that you remembered and relished long afterward? Why not create the same experience for your audience with your words? In this workshop, you will learn the Five Non-Negotiable-Must-Have-But-Often-Omitted-Game-Changing-And-Astoundingly-Simple Ingredients that makes every presentation an awesome experience.

When you add the five S.P.I.C.E. elements, you will add the extra flavor to your message that will cause your audience to take action to make their lives better. You can be on the road to becoming a master communicator because your speeches will transform people, giving them an experience that they will remember and ideas they will use.

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Presentation Skills

Find the Glory in Your Story

We all have a great story to tell. And we all should tell our stories. But, unless you find the “glory” in the story…the real MESSAGE of the story, you are shortchanging your audience. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to catalog your memories and experiences so you can develop a list of stories from which to draw.
  • The litmus test that determines if a story is a GREAT story that has the potential to change the listener’s perspectives.
  • How to transfer that value to your audience by pulling out a powerful message for them.
  • How to encourage your audience to take action after being inspired by your story and the message.
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