- Tailors the message to your industry, organization or business environment so that people can apply what they've learned, resulting in stronger performance, happier customers and more engaged employees
- Conveys a keen understanding of the challenges that people in the audience are confronting, based on her real-world work experience in corporate, academic, government, nonprofit and entrepreneurial environments
- Knows how to connect with any audience -has received accolades from audiences throughout North America and in Europe, China and India, and her popular biweekly electronic newsletter has subscribers in 45 countries
- Engages the audience with stories and interaction rather than putting them to sleep with boring PowerPoint slides
- Combines extensive real-world business experience with a background in improv comedy - one person described her as "a person with credentials and wisdom who is also funny"
- Provides practical tools and ideas which people can use immediately to make changes happen and which will continue to yield positive results long after your meeting or event is over
- Offers proven and pragmatic strategies and tactics for communication and leadership success that will help people leverage their existing skills and take them to the next level
- See below for what others have said about Gilda...
Email Gilda or call 203-979-5117 to inquire about Gilda's availability or if you'd like her to speak on other topics not listed here.
Speeches can be presented as keynotes or concurrent/breakout sessions and can be made longer or shorter depending on your time frame and can include audience Q&A. Programs can also be expanded to become longer workshops and most can be offered remotely via webinar, streaming video or teleconference.
Gilda can also serve as Emcee for your event, Facilitator for your meeting or Moderator for your panel.
To see Gilda in action, check out the videos on her YouTube channel, including:
Success Inspiration Speaker: In the Path of the 2004 Tsunami
Powerful Presentation Skills: Use Non-Verbals Effectively
How to Deliver Bad News About a Failed Project
Find out about Gilda's Training & Workshops and Individual Coaching.
Gilda did a fantastic job
"Gilda spoke at our annual SNEC-PMI Conference this past April. She did a fantastic job at making the audience think about what is important to them, and how life is too short (~28,000 days) to delay goals. I highly recommend that you hire Gilda as a speaker, and/or for your organization’s training needs. She’s a very effective speaker."
Fred Johnson, Southern New England Chapter of PMI, Board of Directors & Program Manager, Climate, Controls & Security, United Technologies (UTC)
Thrilled to work with Gilda
"The Office of Alumni Relations at Marist College was thrilled to work with Gilda Bonanno to offer a 'How to Schmooze' workshop for our alumni. She provided practical and hands-on advice for putting your best foot forward and building bigger and stronger networks. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Gilda again in the future!"
Bobbi Sue Tellitocci, Associate Director, Alumni and Donor Programs, Marist College
Her energy, enthusiasm and humor engaged the audience
"We invited Gilda to present "Bold Presentation Skills for Women in Business" for our Women's Leadership Council event. She did a fantastic job! Her energy, enthusiasm and humor engaged the audience and she provided coaching tips that are easy to incorporate into our presentations. The feedback from the attendees was very positive - each woman walked away with specific ideas to make her presentations more confident, memorable and powerful. We look forward to inviting Gilda back to speak to us again."
Lisa Labella, Executive Director, Women's Leadership Council, Bridgeport Regional Business Council affiliate
Passionate, powerful, erudite
"'Passionate, convincing, powerful' are the words that come to mind as you listen to Gilda Bonanno, the erudite speaker, on her recent talk titled "Bold Presentation Skills for Project Managers" given at the PMI Central MA chapter."
Suresh Nadig, Director of Meetings, PMI Central Mass
High level of expertise
"Gilda Bonanno is a consummate professional willing to share her high level of expertise in networking with any size or type of business group. Her methods appeal to the entrepreneur or the seasoned veteran or mid-career individual, crossing multiple generations. in addition, Gilda provides tangible strategies to implement right away. I highly recommend Gilda to help your business put its best foot forward."
Linda Burhance, Owner, Apparel Development Consulting
Provided actions the attendees could use - inventive and engrossing presentation
“I have heard Gilda speak several times and she is an extremely engaging and well prepared presenter. She winningly applies the guidelines that she recommends in her newsletters, blogs and coaching sessions. As the closing keynote speaker for the 2011 Conference of the Southern New England Chapter of PMI, Gilda demonstrated her best practices by showing her confidence, influence and successful methodology for her session on “How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?” She provided real life experiences of techniques she has used and provided actions that the attendees could use. It was a very inventive and engrossing presentation.”
Laura Frank, Project Manager, Synapse Group
Gilda had her audience riveted
"It was a tremendous thrill getting to work with and host Gilda Bonanno, who was the featured speaker at Dominican College’s President’s Lecture Series in November 2013. Gilda’s commanding narrative of her experiences had the audience of mostly high school and college students riveted. Additionally, Gilda’s strategies for enhancing communication skills and maximizing opportunities were especially helpful to the adolescents in attendance, particularly in today's economic climate.
Working with Gilda proved to be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had hosting speakers. She is a consummate professional, generous with her time and someone whose passion for what she does is contagious in the best of ways!"
Matt Robertson, Host and Organizer, President's Lecture Series, Dominican College
Engaging, entertaining and enlightening stories and exercises
"We had asked Gilda to provide an inspirational and motivational talk for our group of over 50 administrative associates on Administrative Associates Appreciation Day. Gilda did an outstanding job of engaging, entertaining, and enlightening the audience with stories and exercises regarding trust, fear, aspirations, and success stories. The audience was very appreciative of her talk and left feeling invigorated and motivated."
Jack A. Grebb, M.D., Vice President, Neuroscience Global Clinical Research Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development
Valuable ideas - I walked away with insights I can use
“I had the pleasure of attending Gilda's presentation, “Bold Presentation Skills for Project Managers.” She was very engaging and shared valuable ideas on business communication. I walked away with insights that I can use at my professional presentations. I really liked her examples and the fact that she didn’t use slides. She was very precise in sharing her ideas and I am sure the other attendees felt the same. I have a presentation coming up and plan to take her advice about not having verbose slides and instead use more images and graphs/charts that speak to the audience. I would love to have the opportunity to hear her speak again.”
Mafruha Haque, District Manager, Kelly IT Resources at Kelly Services
Educational and entertaining
"Congratulations on the excellent presentation given at the SNEC conference. Presentation skills are so basic to what a project manager does it continues to amaze me that there is so little emphasis on such a critical PM tool. Your presentation was very entertaining as well as educational - the best kind! Thank you for your excellent contribution to the conference attendees."
Dick Kennedy, Director of Corporate Sponsorship, PMI Central Mass
Incredible ability to speak to, train and motivate a group
“The exercises were fun and interactive while still delivering a very important message. Thank you for your time and energy in, once again, delivering a top notch presentation. If there ever is a time I can recommend you and your incredible ability to speak to, train and motivate a group, please feel free to have your client contact me. ”
Nancy Margiano-Sylvester, Vice President of Training and Development & Recruiting, Family Security Plan