Emory Austin

Inductee, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame

Austin, Emory

Inductee, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame
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About Emory Austin

Engaging Seminar Leader and Keynote Speaker

Emory Austin is fascinated by the myriad ways in which different people think, by why they do what they do, neglect what they neglect, choose what they choose, and by the patterns for success or failure they develop in the process. Your participants have developed highly individual ways of dealing with opportunities for leadership, professional and personal change, their customer base, and working relationships of all types! Are they where you’d like them to be in these areas?

What is going on in your organization with regard to all of this? Perhaps you are looking for an internationally sought-after expert and speaker with a brand new way to deliver your message. Your participants will identify with Emory Austin’s extraordinary gifts as a storyteller/strategist in ways that they will remember and use, because she will help them design a path for connecting their own life lessons to practical insights that they will act upon in positive ways on your behalf. Emory’s presentations are unforgettable, growth-focused, and delightfully humorous. Clients line up to hear and to use her well-defined approaches to leadership, change, balance, customer service and teamwork. It’s all about subjective, human attitudes and action choices in an increasingly electronic world, and Emory builds a strong bridge between the two that is unifying, practical, and exciting.

Because of her ability to “dig deep,” Emory’s busy calendar is filled with national and international clients in almost every industry – healthcare, education, banking and finance, chambers of commerce and other associations, insurance, business and government, nonprofits, chemicals and agriculture, food service, computers, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, churches, real estate, direct sales, retail, construction, women’s organizations and utilities – and . . . she is invited back over and over again.

Why might Emory be your best choice? Because her customized focus is on partnering with you to enhance the professional culture that can produce the solutions required for success in your challenging and competitive environment. Our e-culture world is hungry for solid ways to build balance between cold technology and warmer people skills. Emory’s experience with leading international minds is a driving force in her acute analysis of ways to make this happen for your participants.

Emory Austin is recognized as one of only a handful of great women keynoters. She is a member of the International Speaker’s Hall of Fame, and was selected for her expertise, style, professionalism, reputation, and overwhelming audience response. Each year, only five professional speakers are chosen for this distinguished commendation, and Emory was the sole woman honoree! In 2006 she was honored as a Legend of the Speaking Profession.

Emory was the three-year host of an issue-based television talk show, and has been featured in best-selling Simon & Schuster anthologies by request of the publisher.

She is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest University with a major in writing and psychology.

Here’s another bonus for you: Emory will connect with your audience . . . and their hearts. Not only will they love her as a speaker, they’ll trust her and wish they had her as a best friend!

From She to Shining She (Motivation, Resilience, Inspiration)

Breast Cancer. A scary diagnosis! Never anticipated. And yet . . . it happened to me. 20+ years ago. Totally unexpected. No genetic influence. But it could have been my heart . . . or some other type of cancer. At the time, a frightening nightmare that was completely unanticipated. And yet, as time has gone by, I am grateful – because I understand more fully what life and caring and support and medical research and possibility are truly all about. Breast cancer was the greatest teacher I have ever had. It, or some other life-threatening diagnosis, can be an impelling force toward uniquely enriching directions for those among us who have been struck by a hit to the solar plexus that knocks all the wind out of you. Or me.

An Ounce Of Different (Leadership, Motivation, Team Building)

Here it is: the success-seeker’s definitive edge. Your own unique insights and the ways you activate them are your master keys to success. You’ll learn to build on these strengths and construct more purposeful leadership. Playing to your strengths forms an internal alliance between them, your organization and your market. Making your differences memorable and profitable as you strive for mastery and impact will protect you from copycats and piracy, and will propel you beyond your competition! When you create a planned team environment, extraordinary performance becomes a daily occurrence. Emory opens doors to “aha” solutions that everyone will grasp, discuss, and use.

Yours Is The Vision (Dealing Positively with Change)

“How swift flows the tide that bears you along . . . how crucial the choices you make day by day.” (from one of Emory’s poems) Change presents our most constant challenge as well as our greatest opportunity. We resist change even as we speed toward it. Learn how to compete smarter, lead smarter, work smarter . . . all while keeping up, getting ahead, keeping sanity intact, and increasing your value for a vital future! Staying up and motivated during down times is central to pushing the edge in today’s unpredictable economy. Renewed purposefulness can create a vastly different and far more profitable scenario than merely spinning your wheels on the “status quo plateau.”

Eat Crackers In Bed… And Sleep On The Crumbs. (Personal/Professional Excellence)

Warning: Getting too comfortable with today’s success is a death sentence. The comfort zone too soon becomes the deadly zone. Emory presents how to elevate your flight pattern and set higher goals, while moving beyond where you are today to meet the future’s unpredictable demands. Don’t be overcome by attitude gridlock and get stuck in a holding pattern that could become a vision killer. Learn that intelligent risk-taking adds zest and sparks the clear-sighted strategies and actions that lead to success!

Is Your Bubble In The Middle? (Balance & Resilience)

Do you ever feel like you’re standing on one leg and flailing your arms wildly just to stay upright? The responsibility for balancing success and personal happiness is yours alone. Balance and realistic self-esteem begin with insights that often come our way in those unexpected “happenstances” that affect attitude and lead to clear-eyed self-examination and stronger goal focus. Balance consists of building on strengths and finding your own special niche. Attendees will gain a new perspective on making good decisions and getting a bigger bite out of life. And . . . they’ll be smiling for months to come!


“Plenty of people will certify your skill! I, for one, will. But, if you ever need a referral that goes a level deeper, that certifies your dedication, your professionalism and your personal substance, then call me first. We could not have done it without you.”
– Karl F. Volkman, Berkshire Life Insurance Company

“YOU! by far are the most stunning, amazing, influential and motivational person I have met… Words alone cannot express my appreciation…”
– Harold L. Gieseking, Virginia Job Corps

“Guess what! You came in first! Your presentation received the #1 rating of the 95 sessions that made up the agenda. Of course, I knew this all along….”
– Kib Shorey, Customer Relations Director, National Computer Systems

“Your energy, wit, intelligence and wisdom captured all of us. You were simply wonderful.”
– Bill Moren, Director, The Principal Financial Group

“…A lot of your expressions were repeated throughout the week- you are a tough act to follow.”
– John E. Plummer, Director, Occupational Safety & Health Administration

“Refreshingly extraordinary! Enthusiasm for your presentation at our main tent resulted in overflow audiences at your workshop.”
– Dan Boe, IBM Corporation

“Your keynote presentation Sunday night was so successful that more than double the space was needed at the spouses’ luncheon Monday!”
– Terry Larsen, Training Director, Fairway Foods