International Speaker, Corporate and Leadership Consultant
Guarantee the success of your event with Connie Podesta. She radiates a super-charged, high-energy presence that immediately involves people, and has them instantly responding to her exciting challenge to reach for the best in themselves. She is an international speaker, a dynamic personality for your keynote address, and a successful leader.
Podesta has proven to be the right chose for people in all fields – including corporate, healthcare, and education professionals. She turns each presentation into a captivating performance, using her talent for comedy, flair for drama, and unique insight into human behavior. With her high-energy, motivating style, she delivers solid content, share practical techniques that can be used at work and home, and focuses on key global issues with presentations that are customized for each audience.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in speech/drama and education at Northern Illinois University, her master’s degree in human relations at Eastern Connecticut University, and her certification as a licensed professional counselor from the state of Louisiana. A licensed professional counselor who has worked with individuals, couples, and adolescents, she is president of Communicare, a film that specializes in dynamic and innovative presentations. She has authored several books: Excellence in Education; How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep: The Insider’s Guide to Being #1 in the Workplace; Self-Esteem and the 6-Second Secret; and Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t for Other People. Her newest book published in April 2009 is Make a Fortune Selling to Women: The Deal Makers and Deal Breakers You Must Know to Close the Deal Every Time!
An experienced television and radio talk-show host, she is also an accomplished actress and successful playwright, and has written and performed her play, Journey, before audiences across America. in addition to all of this, she has written and co-produced her own inspirational song, “Together We Can Build a Better World.” This wide range of experience, coupled with her own unique perspective and insight, serves her well in addressing healthcare, education, and business and industry professionals.
Podesta has served as director of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and director of staff relations at a large community hospital. She conducts workshop service training seminars for hospitals, healthcare organizations, and national and state associations throughout North America. She creates workshops for all departments, ranging from maintenance and food service to nursing and boards of directors.
For 15 years, Podesta taught students in junior high, high school, and three state universities. She successfully motivates, entertains, and challenges entire school districts with presentations for students, support staff, parents, teachers, and administrators. Her standing-room only presentations at both the National Secondary and the National Elementary School Principals Associations, followed by standing ovations, attest to the fact that she always delivers what is expected – and much, much more. High on the list of her most popular program is “Self-Esteem: A Community Commitment,” an interactive program for the entire family often offered by PTAs, school boards, or industries as a community service.
Podesta works with all areas of the corporate sector. Her customized, high-energy presentations focus on key corporate issues such as quality, customer service, team building, and leadership. She facilitates all-day management retreats and delivers programs for employees, support personnel, managers, CEOs, and boards of directors. Customer service is her number-one priority, and her customer is her audience. Her clients include NASA, Chevron, Exxon, Pan American Life, Aetna Life & Casualty, and the Million Dollar Round Table.