Speakers and Topics

Our Speakers

Author Kristine Carlson — Spokesperson on women's issues; co-founder of the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series with her husband Richard Carlson; author "Heart-broken Open:" A memoir through loss to self-discovery."

Financial Planner Rita Cheng, CFP® — 2013 Chair of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area

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Futurist Cindy Frewen — FAIA, LEED AP, Award-Winning Architect, Entrepreneur, and International Expert on "The Cities of the Future"

Hope Katz Gibbs

Hope Katz Gibbs — PR Expert, Journalist, Entrepreneur, Author, "PR Rules: The Playbook"

Carol Kinsey Goman

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. — An international keynote speaker, specializing in leadership and nonverbal communication Carol is an international keynote speaker who helps business leaders develop relationships by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma.

Karen Hanrahan — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights in the Obama Administration

Andy Hines

Futurist Andy Hines — Professor in Residence, University of Houston - Author, “ConsumerShift,” and “Thinking About the Future”

Entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs — Founder, InkandescentSpeakers.com

Dr. Carol Horn — Coordinator Advanced Academics, Fairfax County Public Schools, Author, "10 Big Ideas: How to help your child think bigger, imagine more, and do better in school"

Bodacious Mary Foley is engineering and energizing women's careers, communities, and events.

Author Kristine Carlson — Spokesperson on women's issues; co-founder of the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series with her husband Richard Carlson; author "Heart-broken Open:" A memoir through loss to self-discovery."

Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A., is a dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist.

Lisa Earle McLeod — Sales Expert, Bestselling Author, "Forget Perfect," "The Triangle of Truth," and her newest book, “Selling with Noble Purpose”

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell — HR Expert, Author, "The Big Book of HR," and "The Essential HR Handbook"

Yvette Montero Salvatico

Yvette Montero Salvatico — Futurist, Business Strategist, Former Disney Innovator, and Co-Founder of Kedge

Entrepreneur Gina Schaefer — The owner of 9 ACE Hardware stores in Washington, DC and Baltimore. With her husband Marc Freidman, their firm, founded in 2002, grossed $19 million in 2013.

Tara Sheahan

Tara Sheahan — Founder of Conscious Global Leadership, an organization whose mission is to support leadership development through mindfulness training and emotional intelligence.

Tom Shroder—Award-winning journalist, writer, and editor for more than 30 years. His books include "Old Souls," "Fire on the Horizon," and his upcoming title, "Acid Test"

Sonya Gavankar — Award winning television personality, former Miss DC, and the face of the Newseum

Derek Woodgate

Futurist Derek Woodgate — International speaker and CEO of The Futures Lab, a futures-based consultancy based in Atlanta, with six satellite offices around the world.

Financial Planner Bryan Beatty, CFP® — Partner at the Northern Virginia firm Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC

Financial Planner Michael Egan, CFP® — A founding partner of the Northern Virginia firm Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC

Financial Advisor Sheldon Weiner, LUTCF (Life Underwriter’s Training Counsel Fellowship) — A founding partner of the Northern Virginia firm Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC

Author Kristine Carlson

Co-Founder, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series

Her latest: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms”

Author / Motivational Women’s Speaker Mary Foley

Books: “Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women”

“Live Like Your Nail Color Even If You Have Naked Nails: Discovering Sanity, Confidence, and Fun at the Tips of Your Fingers or Toes!”

TV personality, former Miss DC Sonya Gavankar

Author, Leadership Coach Carol Kinsey Goman

Books: “The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help—or Hurt”

“The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and How to Deal with Them”

Author and Sales Expert Lisa McLeod

Author of three bestselling books:

“Selling with Noble Purpose”

“The Triangle of Truth”

And, “Forget Perfect”

Author and HR + Hiring Expert Barbara Mitchell

Author, “The Big Book of HR,” with Cornelia Graham

And, “The Essential HR Handbook,” with Sharon Armstrong

Author and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editor Tom Shroder

Author, “Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives”

And, “Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster”

Educator Dr. Carol Horn

Coordinator, Advanced Academics, Fairfax County Public Schools

Author, “The 10 Big Ideas: How to help your child think bigger, imagine more, and do better in school”

Entrepreneur Ann Butler

Founder and CEO, Edible Education

Entrepreneur, Journalist, PR Expert Hope Katz Gibbs

Founder or the PR firm and publishing company, The Inkandescent Group, LLC

Creator InkandescentSpeakers.com

Author, “PR Rules: The Playbook”

And, “Truly Amazing Women Who Are Changing the World”

Entrepreneur, Retail Expert Gina Schaefer

President, 9 ACE Hardware stores in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD

Entrepreneur Tara Sheahan

Founder of Conscious Global Leadership

Financial Planner Bryan Beatty

Partner, Egan Berger & Weiner

Financial Planner Rita Cheng

Diversity expert and CEO, Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Financial Planner Michael Egan

Expert on the Future of Social Security

Partner, Egan Berger & Weiner

Financial Adviser Sheldon Weiner

Partner, Egan Berger & Weiner

Futurist Cindy Frewen

Award-Winning Architect

Expert on Cities of the Future

Futurist Andy Hines

Professor in Residence, University of Houston

Author, “ConsumerShift” and “Thinking About the Future”

Futurist Yvette Montero Salvatico

Former Disney Innovator

Co-Founder, Kedge

Futurist Michael Vidikan

Founder and CEO, Future In Focus

Futurist Derek Woodgate

President, The Futures Lab

U.S. Government Leader Karen Hanrahan

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights in the Obama Administration

Former Chief Innovation Officer for the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Keynotes, Workshops, and Seminar Topics 2015

Entrepreneurship

Education & Lifelong Learning

  • “Let’s “Netconnect”: The Fun, Simple Way to Create Meaningful Connections by Mary Foley
  • Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times by Mary Foley* Living the Big Stuff: How to heal through loss and return to joy by Kristine Carlson
  • The Meaning of Womanhood: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women” by Kristine Carlson
  • Working Happy: Responding to demands with resiliency by Kristine Carlson
  • Mothering with the Greatest Joy: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms by Kristine Carlson
  • Creating a Continuum of K- 12 Services for Gifted Learners: Putting Standards into Practice
    by Dr. Carol Horn
  • Assessing for the Academic Growth of Advanced Learners in the 21st Century by Dr. Carol Horn
  • Twenty-first Century Learning by Dr. Carol Horn
  • Socratic Seminars: A Dynamic Search for Understanding by Dr. Carol Horn
  • Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars by Dr. Carol Horn
  • Old Souls: Compelling evidence from children who claim to remember previous lives by Tom Shroder
  • Fire on the Horizon: What really happened in the bolwout of Deepwater Horizon and who was most responsible? by Tom Shroder
  • Acid Test: Can once-feared drugs heal our wounded warriors and liberate our souls? The astounding saga behind the renaissance in psychedelic healing by Tom Shroder

Financial Planning: Retirement

Future Forecasts

Generations at Work

Hiring & Human Resources

Leadership

Public Relations & Marketing

Sales

  • Above and Beyond Panels: Conversations on Career Confidence by Mary Foley
  • Body Language for Sales by Carol Kinsey Goman
  • Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud by Lisa McLeod
  • How to Be More Persuasive and Influential At Work: 3 Secrets That Make the Top 2% More Successful by Lisa McLeod

Inkandescent Speakers Bureau

Are You Ready to Be Inspired?

Welcome to the Inkandescent Speakers Bureau!

Our speakers are some of the most knowledgeable business experts, been-there-done-that entrepreneurs, corporate and government leaders, visionary educators, and veteran futurists who can give you a glimpse at what is ahead on the horizon.

With wit and a sense of humor, our experienced speakers offer best practices and insights into the hottest trends in business, and organizational, professional, and personal development through corporate keynotes, workshops, seminars, webinars, lunch-and-learns, and networking events.

Speeches feature:

  • Topics that are important to the growth of your organization: foresight and innovation, the generations at work, best practices in hiring and recruiting—as well as the future of education, leadership, management, marketing, PR, financial planning, and more.
  • Insight and guidance that is needed by entrepreneurs, small business owners, and corporate managers—as well as career changers and college grads who are entering the workforce.
  • Inspirational ideas that are concrete as well as motivational, and that help professionals develop a clear strategy to accomplish their long- and short-term goals.

We look forward to meeting you—and inspiring your team and audience!Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent Speakers

Inkandescent Speakers Making Headlines

Inkandescent Speakers are Rocking TEDx

Andy Hines Featured at TEDxHouston

“Andy Hines had us at hello. Hello future that is,” wrote the directors of TEDxHouston after Hines spoke to the audience. “Andy’s career has lead to him helping organizations integrate future thinking into their business processes and decision making.”

As a lecturer and Executive-in-Residence at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Futures Studies, he believes that foresight can help deliver the insight that is so needed in today’s organizations and the world.

Click here to watch Andy in action.

And click here to learn more about Andy’s speaking topics, and to book him for your next keynote.

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Kristine Carlson Helps Us Wake Up to an Inspired Life

The author of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms,” and her memoir through loss: “Heartbroken Open,” author and motivational speaker Kristine Carlson courageously shared from her heart the message that came through the sudden loss of Richard — who died without warning from a pulmonary embolism six years ago. With raw emotion, she shares a story about living, loving, healing and waking up to an inspired life.

At TEDx Greenbrook, CA Kristine wowed the audience. Grab your Kleenex. You’ll not only be touched—you’ll be called to action.

Click here to watch Kristine’s TEDx talk.

Click here to learn about her speaking topics, and how to book Kristine.

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Events

Speaking Events

more Date: May 13, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Innovation and Creativity + Applied Positive Psychology = Laughter and Joy Organization: oung Leadership/Entrepreneur Seminar Location: Berlin, Germany
more Date: Apr 07, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Salon for the Soul: Discover the language of the soul and excavate your deepest knowing Organization: Private event - call for details Location: Los Angeles, CA
more Date: Mar 09, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Applied Positive Psychology: Find your hidden joy and inner laughter Organization: Women's Circle, Chabad of Wilkes Berre Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
more Date: Feb 18, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Applied Positive Psychology, Laughter and Joy Organization: United States District Court, District of Connecticut Location: New Haven Courthouse: Support court for probation population
more Date: Jan 21, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Keynote: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Growing Business Acumen Organization: Dorian Drake International, Inc. Location: Westchester, NY
more Date: Oct 20, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: How Savvy Women Thrive on Change, Increase Their Confidence and Power-Up Their Career Organization: Space Telescope Science Institute Location: Baltimore, MD
more Date: Oct 13, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 8 Things Interns Should Not Do Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University, PR Program Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Oct 06, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Why Is PR Important? Organization: George Washington University, PR Graduate Program Location: Alexandria, VA
more Date: Oct 01, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times Organization: The Journal Record Location: Oklahoma City, OK
more Date: Oct 01, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: “Chopped” Team-Building Competition Organization: The Steward School Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Sep 30, 2015 Speaker: Michael Vidikan Topic: Technology Values Organization: Foresight & Trends conference Location: SLS Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
more Date: Sep 22, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 2015 Annual "Woman 2 Woman" Extravaganza Organization: Network for Enterprising Women Location: Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, Richmond VA
more Date: Sep 15, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Engineering a Passion Organization: The Story Tellers Channel's "Stories that Matter!" Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Sep 03, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Facilitation: Extraordinary Women's Exchange Executive Committee Organization: Richmond Chamber of Commerce Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Sep 03, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Top 5 PR + Marketing Tips in 10 Minutes Organization: Network for Enterprising Women Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Aug 28, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Creative Line Displays for Increasing Sales Organization: Richmond Public Schools Location: Henderson Middle School, Richmond VA
more Date: Aug 17, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times Organization: Virginia Society of Association Executives Location: Norfolk, VA
more Date: Aug 08, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Eating Healthy in a Hurry Organization: Genworth, Bring Your Chlid to Work Day Location: Genworth headquarters, Richmond VA
more Date: Jul 29, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: How to Get Teachers to Think Like Business Owners Organization: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Location: Virginia Beach Hotel & Resort Conference Center
more Date: Jul 28, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Cauliflower is the New Kale Organization: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Location: Virginia Beach Hotel & Resort Conference Center
more Date: Jul 19, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Above and Beyond Panels: Creating Energizing Facilitated Conversations Your Clients Really Want Organization: Nationals Speakers Association Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Jun 27, 2015 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Mentoring Millennials Organization: Women Leading the Future Conference 2015 Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Jun 09, 2015 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Dressing for the Political Woman Organization: Women's Campaign School at Yale 2015 Location: New Haven, CT
more Date: Apr 24, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Grow Where You Are Planted: A Fun Panel with Award-Winning Administrative Professionals Organization: Lord Fairfax Community College Location: Watertown, VA
more Date: Apr 22, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 8 Steps to PR Success for Entrepreneurs Organization: ENOVATE: Employing Northern VA Through Entrepreneurship Location: Annandale, VA
more Date: Apr 18, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Leveraging Your Network to Build A Successful Career Organization: Ladies America Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Apr 01, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: PR 101: Why and How I started Inkandescent Public Relations Organization: PRSSA Location: Virginia Commonwealth University
more Date: Mar 24, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Keys to Being a Confident, Courageous, Career-Savvy Woman Organization: Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Location: Bluefield, WV
more Date: Feb 28, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Women Entrepreneurs: Taking Your Business to the Next Level Organization: Prince William County Women Entrepreneurs Network Location: Old Hickory Gold Club in Woodbridge VA
more Date: Feb 20, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Dining Etiquette in a Business Setting for High School Students Organization: Dinwiddie Career and Technical Education Program Location: Dinwiddie Country Club, Richmond VA
more Date: Feb 18, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Heart-Healthy Cooking Organization: American Heart Association / Macy’s New York City Location: Macy’s, Short Pump, VA
more Date: Jan 31, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Leveraging Your Network to Build A Successful Career Organization: Ladies DC Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Nov 24, 2014 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Low-Glycemic Cooking Organization: Greater Richmond Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Location: The Source Kitchen, Midlothian VA
more Date: Sep 24, 2014 Speaker: Gina Schaefer Topic: Gina Schaefer On the Art of Customer Service Organization: SOCAP Location: Arlington Heights, IL
more Date: Sep 15, 2014 Speaker: Gina Schaefer Topic: Gina Schaefer On the Art of Customer Service Organization: Ace Hardware—International Retailer Group Location: Orlando, FL
more Date: Sep 11, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Institute for Management Studies Location: Pittsburg, PA
more Date: Sep 09, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Institute for Management Studies Location: Atlanta, GA
more Date: Aug 08, 2014 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Chopped” Team-Building Competition Organization: GE Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Jul 18, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaborative Leadership Organization: Texas Municipal League Leadership Academy Location: Austin, TX
more Date: Jun 24, 2014 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Dressing for the Political Woman Organization: Women's Campaign School at Yale 2014 Location: New Haven, CT
more Date: Jun 17, 2014 Speaker: Rita Cheng Topic: Reaching Generation X & Y clients Organization: The Client Connection! Location: Online
more Date: Jun 14, 2014 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Mentoring Millennials Organization: Ladies America: Women Leading the Future Conference 2014 Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Jun 06, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Institute for Management Studies Location: London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh
more Date: May 18, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Silent Language of Leaders Organization: Kaiser Permanente Location: Northern California
more Date: May 15, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: Body Language for Women Who Lead Organization: San Francisco Women's Exchange Location: San Francisco, CA
more Date: May 13, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: Body Language for Women Who Lead Organization: Professional BusinessWomen of California Location: San Francisco, CA
more Date: May 05, 2014 Speaker: Yvette Montero Salvatico Topic: Reframing Workforce Narratives Organization: Linkage’s Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion Location: Atlanta, GA
more Date: Apr 08, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: Body Language for Business Professionals Organization: California Institute of Technology Location: Pasadena, CA
more Date: Apr 01, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Petrofac Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
more Date: Apr 01, 2014 Speaker: Yvette Montero Salvatico Topic: Beyond Trends: Navigating the Changing World of Work Organization: Master Plan: The Strategic Workforce Planning Conference Location: Melbourne, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand