Keynote Speeches & Programs

  • What it would be like if people in your organization or group had excellent communication skills and were motivated?
  • What would it mean for you if you could maximize the performance of your organization or team and accelerate its transformation?
Gilda’s dynamic, high-content speeches can help you transform your vision into reality.
Collaborative Transformation:  All of Gilda’s programs are created in collaboration with you and based on your needs and the background of your audience, from executives to entrepreneurs, salespeople to association members.  
Make your meeting or conference more successful, memorable, results-focused and fun!

Bold Presentation Skills 

Boldness means being confident, distinctive and imaginative.  Bold presentation skills are a key skill for success, whether you are introducing yourself at networking events, speaking to clients/customers, managing team meetings or sharing your expertise at industry association meetings.


  • Develop and communicate self-confidence

  • Use powerful and engaging body language (voice, gestures, movement, eye contact) to connect to your audience and convey your expert content

  • Step out of your comfort zone and overcome any anxieties you have about public speaking

  • Create and practice relevant and memorable content (stories, product demos) in order to stand out and build your unique brand

Developing Leadership Presence: Confidence, Competence and Composure

Great leaders are made, not born. In order to be successful as a leader, you have to know what you're talking about and come across as credible,demonstrate confidence without being perceived as cocky and maintain your self-control, especially under pressure. Whether you are setting strategic direction, managing change or leading people, you will achieve your goals if you can calmly and confidently tap into your knowledge and communicate clearly.


  • Learn how to communicate like a leader and be authentic, engaging and focused

  • Prevent your non-verbal communication from undermining your message

  • Demonstrate your expertise and establish credibility

  • Discover how to react quickly and effectively to the unexpected​

How to Schmooze

Hate networking events because you never know what to say or do? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you're looking to get new clients or be recognized as an expert in your field, networking is a key ingredient of your success.  


In this interactive and fun session, learn the secrets of being a master schmoozer, including how to listen and think quickly, how to harness the power of non-verbal communications and how to deal with difficult people, like the obnoxious egotist and the boring timehog.


  • Learn how to make schmoozing/networking work for you to build a consistent and clear personal brand

  • Create a workable process for networking, from planning through following up

  • Develop a clear statement of what you want to share yourself with this particular group

  • Prevent your body language from undermining what you're saying

  • Become more comfortable handling commonly encountered networking dilemmas, such as breaking into a networking conversation and making a graceful exit

Retrain Your Brain: A New Approach to Leadership Development 

Do you want to get the edge in today's changing business environment? In order to be competitive and thrive as a leader, you have to change the way you operate so you can effectively adapt to change, whether external (the market, customer base or regulations) or internal (systems, organization, employee needs). 


In this interactive session, you will focus on how to sharpen your leadership skills using the lens of improv - learning core improv principles such as being present, listening and "yes and," while exploring how these concepts can be applied to your leadership and communications. The result is new skills and behaviors that can be immediately utilized in the workplace.

Benefits: Learn how to apply the principles of improv comedy to develop your leadership skills so you can:

  • React quickly and effectively to change

  • Be a more effective leader by breaking patterns and changing how you think

  • Be fully present and build collaboration and team support

  • Boost your confidence 

Connect With Confidence 

For all the opportunities you have to connect with others, whether through networking, presentations or meetings, confidence is crucial to your success.  In order to have people listen to you and take your ideas seriously, you have to present the right amount of information, with clear and focused organization, delivered in a credible and engaging manner.


  • Develop and demonstrate self-confidence

  • Express your message clearly and concisely

  • Use powerful body language (voice, gestures, movement, eye contact) to engage your audience 

How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?

Don't wait for a life-changing crisis to create the life and career that fulfills you most. In this motivating session, illustrated by Gilda's experience of being in the path of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, you'll gain a vivid understanding of the importance of priorities in life and work.


  • Being challenged to consider how you choose to spend time

  • Understanding how to break out of your comfort zone

  • Focusing on important priorities in life and work

  • Avoiding career burnout by recommitting to your career or making a change

After this talk, you won't want to spend another thousand of your estimated 28,000 lifespan days complaining and making yourself and others around you miserable -- and you'll be on your way to making important changes happen so you can live a more inspired life. 

Why hire Gilda to speak at your event?


  • Customized Content:  Each speech is tailored to your audience’s specific needs, with relevant content and useful examples to enable them to translate the program into actions and outcomes.

  • Applicable to Varied Audiences:  Gilda’s engaging and impactful speeches have captivated, informed and motivated audiences large and small at companies, professional associations, academic institutions and non-profits, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Hartford, University of Kentucky Healthcare, Wells Fargo, Women in Cable Television and Yale.

  • Format: Length is usually 1 hour for keynotes or concurrent/breakout sessions, but can be 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 also be offered remotely via webinar, streaming video or teleconference.

Email Gilda or call 203-979-5117 to inquire about Gilda's availability or if you'd like her to serve as your Event Emcee, Panel Moderator or Meeting Facilitator.

To see Gilda in action, check out the videos on her YouTube channel (with over 1.5 million views!) including: 

Powerful Presentation Skills: Use Non-Verbals Effectively

Success Inspiration Speaker: In the Path of the 2004 Tsunami


How to Introduce Yourself Quickly (over 1 million views!)








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