As a keynote speaker and speaker at conferences with up to 3,000 attendees across the United States since 2012; Deborah Mersino has had the good fortune to have been in good company.
In her past work as a Chief Marketing Officer, Deborah helped put on global conferences for more than 20,000 attendees. She understands:
Every audience has different wants and needs; Deborah tailors her content to ensure maximum engagement and influence. While her speaking topics have shifted through the years, her energy and impact hasn't.
Her current Keynotes (slight variations on similar themes):
Topics covered include burnout, stress, teams, trust, conflict, new frameworks for accountability, and pragmatic tools for achieving results - including better bottom lines, but also greater feelings of belonging and joy in the process.
Deborah understands the power of leadership collaboration. She gets immense satisfaction from:
This same collaboration applies to speaking and planning. Deborah works with conference planners, presidents, CEOs, executive directors, and board chairs to identify what's most important for their conference and organizational needs, and puts these insights in action.
Even good speakers can delight a crowd but may be forgotten a month later. Deborah brings sticky and bold wisdom and tools that impact leaders and teams long after they travel home.
Just like Mersino Consulting, Deborah's speaking is focused on nonprofits, not-for-profits, b-corps, and socially responsible organizations - and those who serve them. Fueling leaders doing good in the world, so that their organizations can do even greater good, is what motivates her.
Coming out of the pandemic, organizational events need a boost as they return to hosting in-person events. The leadership topics Deborah discusses when speaking resonate with executives today. Better yet, they spark leaders' thinking and have them walking away grateful for their attendance.
"After a long discovery process our team of 7 committee members were unanimous in their choice of Deborah Mersino as the keynote speaker for our annual conference in fall of 2023. Deborah was a breeze to work with for the coordination of details and gave deep attention to the nuances of our profession. Her keynote was beautifully presented. As the days went on I and other team members heard her keynote points regarding the deep health of a well functioning organization mentioned or referenced many times by conference attendees. Her points regarding excellent ways to achieve healthy conflict and meaningful trust in an organization were poignant and inspiring. I highly recommend Deborah Mersino and her work for your next Keynote address. She’s fantastic!"
- Rochelle Mitchell-Miller, Board Chair, Association for Colorado Centers for Independent Living
"We were honored to have Deborah Mersino as our opening Keynote Speaker at the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce 2022 Annual Conference. She inspired us all to build our Chambers’ Organizational Health to foster minimal politics, minimal confusion, high productivity, high morale, and low turnover. She shared different tips and a model that one CEO commented was ‘riveting’ for him and others. Thank you, Deborah Mersino!”
- Colene Martin, Chief Operations Officer, Oregon State Chamber of Commerce - April 2022
Speaking engagements for smaller audiences of 100 or more must be booked a minimum of two months out.
“Deborah is an innovative and influential leader that has built a reputation of success. It has been a pleasure to get to know her and see her passion for her craft. Whether it is on a national stage like the Financial Brand Forum or a regional stage like the Northwest Credit Union Association MAXX Conference she is a dynamic and forward-thinking presenter.”
- Gene Pelham, President & CEO, Rogue Credit Union, Oregon
“Deborah is an energetic and genuine speaker whom I’ve seen twice now at The Financial Brand Forum. Each time, she shares willingly and openly from her many experiences. Examples are always the best way to tell a story and she brings them with positive reinforcement, mindful of getting her audience involved and interested in real learning and change.”
- Sam Kilmer, Fintech Adviser, Speaker, Writer for Cornerstone Advisers & GonzoBanker
“Deborah spoke and presented possibilities to our group of mostly newbies in the field of social media and how we can enhance our service to others and become more connected in the modern world. The interactive presentation took 4 hours, but it seemed like 1/4 of the time. She had so many good ideas that it had our heads spinning - in a good way.”
- Connie Tucker, School Psychologist, Gifted Development Center, Colorado
“I had the distinct privilege to work with Deborah prior to her speaking at our 2017 MAXX conference, which drew nearly 1,000 industry professionals. We were very lucky to have secured Deborah as a speaker, as she is among the heavy hitters and thought leaders in the marketing industry. Deborah scored the highest marks from those who attended her jam-packed session. Her lively session was chock full of examples. On a personal note, Deborah is delightful to work with. She is highly professional and thoughtful when assessing speaker requirements and audience needs, and she comes fully prepared and exudes tons of positive energy. I highly recommend Deborah for speaking engagements.”
- Danielle Sittu, SVP Marketing & Communications, NWCUA, Oregon
“Deborah is passionate, positive, energetic, and inspirational! She shares her talents broadly as she communicates with purpose! It's always a pleasure to work with Deborah!”
- Susan Scheibel, Affiliate Faculty, Regis University, Colorado
“Deborah presented at the Marketing to Millennial's 2017 April Conference. Her presentation and key points on the best way to market beyond scope of technical elements was truthful, inspiring, and motivating. Deborah engages the human element and what is most crucial to really connect and demonstrate how financial organizations can go beyond to build lasting relationships. The key steps shared are essential for those organizations wanting to retain and build rapport. Highly recommend Deborah for speaking engagements and conversational examples that aren't lectures but elements of connectivity that can be easily identified and executed. I have already shared the goodness from this conference.”
- Judy Johnson-Kinlaw, Lead Digital Program Manager, Enterprise Platform Services, USAA, Texas
"She sees the needs, knows the trends, and obtains the most updated facts and stats. She is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable communicator who makes complex concepts easy to understand. She is passionate and professional, and I would hire her to speak for me again in a heartbeat!”
- Lisa Baba, MS, Director of Community Relations, The Temple Grandin School, Colorado
“I had the opportunity to hear Deborah speak at the Marketing to Millennials for Financial Services conference. Deborah gave a fantastic presentation! Her top 10 "musts" for Millennial Marketing were spot on, and she was a super engaging speaker.”
- Breffny O’Rourke, Senior Director, Visa, New York
“Deborah spoke to a group of parents of gifted children via Skype. She focused on parenting issues, advocacy, and resources. This group of parents has had access to a number of experts related to gifted children but noted that Deborah's presentation was one of the best they've ever attended. She connected well with them and facilitated discussion with them, despite being connected virtually via Skype. The parents left feeling inspired and connected. I highly recommend Deborah as a presenter and consultant to work with building rapport with parents.”
- Lynette Breedlove, Director of The Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University, Kentucky
“I have had the opportunity to work with Deborah both on an individual level as an executive coach and in a group setting with our executive team. Deborah is highly intuitive and provides engaging content that helps to foster more productive conversations and thought processes. In the short time my team has worked with Deborah, I have already seen great improvement in our communication and organizational health. I am very much looking forward to continuing our relationship in the future and building upon the foundation we have to make us the best organization we can be.”
- JC Reavis, Chief Operating Officer, Allegiance Credit Union, Oklahoma
“Deborah pairs innovative vision with strategic thinking to create bold plans. Whether in writing or before a group of 250 people, she is a consummate communicator able to share her vision and build not just consensus but also enthusiasm for ideas.”
- Colleen Scrivner, Director of Programs and Communications, SVP Chicago, Illinois
“Working with Deborah Mersino has given our Executive Team a much-needed shot in the arm. As a CEO, I feel like a burden has been lifted, as I now see our team working shoulder to shoulder across department lines to move our organization forward. Between the Leadership Team Assessment, her executive coaching with team members, her introduction of the Working Genius tool, and her ongoing support, we have benefited from better understanding one another and ourselves. For instance, we’re optimizing each other’s strengths and minimizing our frustration and drudgery zones thanks to The Six Types of Working Genius model. This past year has been tough but working with Deborah has given us hope, a renewed sense of purpose, greater efficiencies, and a tangible return on our investment.”
- Amy Downs, President & CEO, Allegiance Credit Union, Oklahoma