What do our clients say?
Here are highlights of our clients’ rave reviews. Scroll down to read the full testimonials.
Reviews from audience members:
“You were amazing! Best Speaker So Far!”
“Great presentation ! You are sharing many thought provoking insights!”
“Thank you for the text message of questions! It made me more engaged.”
“Loved the polling – so good to see what others are thinking in the room.”
“Cheryl, thank you for making us think, and to help us better understand our role in creating the future!”
“I want to congratulate you on giving our 600+ attendees lots of food for thought in your session: The Future of Leadership. Your energy, enthusiasm and compassion for all that our attendees are dealing with came through loud and clear. Many of our attendees came up to me after your session and said: “Home Run”. Sometimes being the first presenter in the morning of the second day of a conference can often be a tough spot to draw: you immediately established a strong connection with all of us and kept us engaged and energized.
So well done…take a bow!”
– W.E. Tobin, CEO
“Cheryl knocked it out of the park, by the way. Our attendees were buzzing about her session all day on Tuesday. Many said that her presentation alone was worth the price of admission. So kudos to Cheryl!!!”
– E.Collins, Director of Events
“Thank you Cheryl!
Your closing keynote for our Raising The Bar conference in Orlando was spot on.
Our leaders gained immense value from your strategic insights on how to leverage collaboration for greater success.
The ‘me to we’ model provided all of us with a framework to self assess and improve our leadership abilities.
We loved your interactive style of texting and polling with the group – we were engaged!
You definitely helped us ‘raise the bar’!”
– J. Blue, President
Rave reviews from Side Conference Audience of 1100:
Thank you for your inspirational talk! -M. Miller
I loved your keynote! -A. Rocks
Cheryl…loving this! Incredible way to kick off Day 2 – Your Keynote was fantastic!
I enjoyed your interactive keynote! You are a rock star!
Thank you for helping me see “share” as a superpower!
You are amazing! Thank you for your wisdom!
Cheryl thanks for bringing us your amazing energy! -D. Gunther
Thank you so much! You inspired our whole team – we are here with 3 brand new agents and you left a huge impression!
You were amazing I am bummed my business partner wasn’t here to hear it! -B. Hopkins
Amazing keynote – resonates on so many levels and re-energizes – Thank you
OMG this entire keynote was designed for me! That was awesome thank you.
“Cheryl was the keynote speaker at our annual summit in Toronto in December 2022 and shared her thoughts on “The Future of Work” with 170 of our leaders. After a tumultuous year of unprecedented challenges with labour, inflation and the changing work environment, Cheryl’s insights and perspectives were both reassuring that we’re not alone and eye-opening in terms of how to tackle issues that aren’t going away anytime soon. Her ability to connect with the audience and make stories relatable and actionable was terrific. Cheryl’s keynote set the stage for two days of learning and inspiration for our leaders on how to embrace the future with confidence, resilience and conviction that we can win in business and in the hearts and minds of our associates.”
– L.Wills VP People & Corporate Affairs
“If you are looking for a workforce expert to speak at your next meeting, look no further! Cheryl Cran is wonderful to work with and provides an energetic and inspirational session your teams won’t want to miss!”
-A. Moorman, VP of Operations
“Cheryl’s keynote, The Future of Leadership was eye opening, confirming and exciting!
She has a unique ability to provide context, and to articulate in a way that is inspiring AND provides strategies to our very discerning group of managing partners.
The research, the statistics and the real world examples delivered with humor and insight made a huge impact – we even had several firms express interest in bringing her in to present directly to their management teams.”
“Cheryl Cran was our event closing keynote speaker on, The Future of Work Is Now – Are You Ready? And our group was blown away! The energy, research and remarkable insights really resonated with the audience, expanding their perspectives about the now and future of work. We also engaged Cheryl to facilitate a panel to follow her keynote, with three local business leaders – her warm, engaging style along with her ability to adapt, quickly made for a dynamic panel dialogue that really brought some earlier topics to life. Thank you, Cheryl, for making our event remarkable.”
Director, PMI North Saskatchewan
“Understanding the expectations and latest onboarding best practices is crucial to success with the new team member whether their position is in the factory or the front office. Cheryl provided insights and actionable steps to be successful.”
VP, Industry Services
“We invited Cheryl to be our keynote speaker at a national leadership event. The Future is Human presentation was thought-provoking and pertinent to current events. Cheryl connected our associate’s feedback to research and relatable stories, and her charismatic personal style fostered engaging dialogue and challenging conversations. The Future is Human insight is a great reminder to cultivate a “we” mindset in all situations.”
Director, Program and Change Management
“Cheryl Cran’s keynote was a major hit with our leaders – her keynote “The Future of Leadership” had it all – audience polling ,trends research, usable strategies AND delivered with massive energy that kept everyone entertained and engaged throughout.”
-N.Lewis, Senior Communications Advisor
“Cheryl Cran’s presentation to our group of Executive, Senior Leaders and others was in a word, TIMELY! We had our bi-annial leadership conference and Cheryl was the closing speaker for our two day event. Her ability to weave in content that is current to the corporate situation as well as present in a way that is fun, intelligent and thought provoking is amazing. We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from Cheryl’s session with comments that her message was the perfect close to the two day event and that they felt inspired and willing to shift their approach in their work as a result of hearing her.
Cheryl brought research, the ability to connect, global intelligence and more to help make our conference a remarkable success.”
BDO – VP Human Resources, Toronto, Canada
“Cheryl Cran is not Sheryl Crow but she is a rock star none the less! We had Cheryl as our closing keynote speaker for a series of programs for our leadership groups. Cheryl worked with us on over a dozen events where she delivered to about 6000 general managers in total from the AT&T system. Her keynote, “Lead with Vision” was THE icing on the proverbial cake of our two day events. Her ability to weave in the messages of the other presenters, her ability to engage the groups with humor, fun, authenticity and provocative thought was quite simply amazing and EXACTLY what we needed as a close to our events.
Her stage presence, her use of audience interaction and her depth of knowledge on how today’s leaders can lead change, transform people and grow business in the digital age was the reason we hired her and she is so easy to work with, it was a pleasure to have her on our team.
We would definitely work with Cheryl again.”
Dean of AT&T University, Dallas Texas
“Amazing presentation. Your positive future-forward attitude is contagious. Thank you for inspiring us.”
American Society for Quality (ASQ) Conference
“We received overwhelming positive feedback from our group about Cheryl’s dynamic delivery style, the polling and Q&A interaction, and the survey she sent to participants to get to know her audience and customize her presentation.”
– Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
“Your virtual program was interactive and engaging and kept the audience captivated throughout. It was spot on.”
– Eye Bank Association of America
“Cheryl, thank you for helping us make the CFC Forum a huge success – we have to say that you were one of the most prepared speakers we have ever had and you were great to work with!
We are still getting survey results but the early comments have been stellar and your session was highly rated. Thank you!”
Conference Co- Chair
“Cheryl very quickly identified my management style and worked with me to reframe perspectives, adjust behaviors, develop multiple perspectives and enhance my leadership skills. She held me accountable during those difficult times when I was unable to do that myself! The greatest reward was when others communicated how proud they were of my development and how it inspired them to make change.”
– C. Cameron
“Cheryl has a unique ability to gather tremendous data and content, sift through it and then provide a clear and simple pathway that helps the leaders and the business to grow. Her style is direct yet fun and she is deeply insightful into the personal growth needed by each individual in order for him or her to be able to contribute at higher levels to the overall goals of the company. Cheryl as a leadership expert is consultative, creative and results-focused. We look forward to working with her again.”
– Ron Laudner, CEO Omnitel Communications
“Great workshop on future-ready organizations and future-ready leaders! Together, let’s change the “me” mindset to a “we” mindset! I’m very grateful for the knowledge you shared during the workshop. I cannot wait to read your books!”
– Bank of Montreal
“Cheryl has the unique ability to bring [a] relevant and inspiring approach that creates both innovative solutions as well as practical ways to apply the ideas shared … Each time we have worked with Cheryl we have benefited from increased innovation and teamwork within our city team.”
– Coral Gables
“Cheryl Cran was our guest virtual keynote speaker for a recent leadership event ‘The Future of Leadership’, and the feedback we received was resoundingly positive. Her researched content was thought provoking and provided outside expertise for us to be more informed and ready to lead in the year of the worker. We really appreciated her pre keynote survey questions to include our leaders’ insights into her presentation. Cheryl’s dynamic delivery and ability to inspire via a virtual meeting was excellent.”
Vice-President, Corporate Human Resources
“Had to email you right away because THAT was a fantastic virtual keynote! Everything went off without a hitch. We had a bunch of people jump into the Q and A to say thanks and how great the keynote was!”
“Although I felt that I was relatively effective leading and engaging hybrid teams, Cheryl made me think twice about how to be even more effective… I also like the shared leadership model. I tend to try to do everything myself, but that doesn’t engage the team.”
“Another great Q and A follow up session to your virtual keynotes, thank you, as always you were able to field any questions that arose with a very natural and engaging style, anchoring back into research and trends about the future of work, worker values and the implications for leaders and using these to frame thoughtful responses to things on our leaders’ minds.
Our primary objective when we set out with the virtual keynotes was to provoke thinking among our leadership community about our transformation journey and to encourage reflection among the group about the ways in which the ask of them as leaders is changing and how the role of the leader needs to evolve to meet a new reality.
I personally feel that we have achieved our objectives, each session has been different but no less valuable in its own way because you have been able to skillfully adapt your responses to the direction taken by each group.
Thank you once again and it will be good to re-connect in future to explore opportunities to engage our audience as our transformation progresses.
The future is now!”
“We have received extremely positive feedback from the symposium participants on their experience, here is what they are saying about your session:
- “Rebalancing how I use my time.”
- “Leadership influence. Everyone is a leader in the future of work regardless of title.”
- “Critical thinking and factor in why might a person be doing something that way.”
- “Skills of women are needed in the future of work.”
You have made quite an impact!
And here is feedback from my team:
- Cheryl’s keynote was heartfelt, she openly shared personal stories that really resonated with our participants. We appreciated her connection between work and real-life; how what is going on in your life is a part of how we engage at work. She expertly pulls the messaging together with her extensive research backing up her key points. Cheryl’s workbook tool is an excellent resource for self-leadership in preparation for our personal version of the future of work.
- Incorporating a green screen and professional production made this virtual keynote almost as good as having her speak in person!
Thanks again for adding such incredible value to our symposium! I will keep following your progress as you continue to provide great insights into the future of work.”
C. Schroeder – Director, CME
“Thank you to the team for organizing this event. The speaker was very engaging and provided great actionable tips.”
“I found the speaker to be energetic and she provided very relevant suggestions to our company.”
“Cheryl should have been booked for a longer time block!”
“Cheryl your virtual keynote speech was an integral part of our conference – thank you for your care, customization and inspirational keynote.”
Event Planner – ServiceNow
“That was fantastic! Your virtual program was interactive and engaging and kept the audience captivated throughout. It was spot on.”
Conference Chair – EBAA“This was an excellent presentation and the timing could not have been better with the current challenges we all are experiencing.”
“I really liked the software the keynote speaker used – probably the best virtual experience I have seen yet (and closest to an in-person experience). The repositioning of her image as appropriate to what was on her slide.”
“I loved Cheryl’s use of the platform which made it easy to follow her presentation and broke the monotony.”
“Cheryl’s point about seeking to understand and find common ground with the factors that are challenging us, rather than reflexively pushing back and trying to fight those factors, was especially valuable and timely for our industry.”
“The session with Cheryl was dynamic and motivating. The new leadership mindset and intelligences will help organizations, if they’re not already using the models, become more successful in team building.”
“I feel energized and more future-focused than I have in a while!”
“Great positive leadership ideas.”
“Cheryl’s presentation was really interesting, and I learned some tips I can use at work.”
“Excellent timely speaker – I felt more connected to the society after this session.”
“Thank you, Cheryl, for showing/demonstrating your point of view – great presentation!”
“I thought the NextMapping was excellent and very timely. ”
“Excellent timely speaker – I felt more connected to the society after this session.”
“Apt timing for this subject matter!”
“I liked how she was the talking head at the bottom of her slides. Her background did not take away from the slide presentation as a result.”
“Cheryl was excellent!”
“Loved this. The emphasis on empathy is needed.”
“Interactive polls were a nice addition to the presentation.”
“Keynote speaker was very knowledgeable and would recommend for the future.”
“Well we can honestly say Cheryl’s keynote had the most audience engagement maybe ever in our 50 year history of doing this event.
With the texting of questions and the audience polling, the audience was made to feel as part of the conversation – not an easy feat!
Cheryl’s keynote style is creative and models what she talks about ’shared leadership’. ”
Director – NWLS
“Excellent. Thank you! And thanks again for the great presentation, podcast and spark session. I have gotten tons of positive feedback on all. Thanks again!”
H. Wetzel, Sr. Director Marketing and Member Communications – NRECA
“Great learning and thought provoking session this morning on the Future of Work – Thanks.”
“Cheryl so glad we were able to bring you to our clients across Canada, your forward-looking research and insights are where the world is already heading! Not only that, but you’re a true delight to work with. It’s been a pleasure.”
“BMO hosted a “Future of Work – How to be a Future Ready Leader” seminar this week by Cheryl Cran. In a world of automation and digitization, it’s important to understand that progress with technology enhances the chances of success, and having the best teams who are adaptable and can embrace change will bring rewards, not reduce jobs. It’s about enabling teams to be more efficient and focus on core business needs. A client once told me she wanted to do less banking and more business – that’s a step to being future work ready.”
“Thank you, Cheryl, for a very thoughtful workshop. You provoked a lot of quality reflection from both our clients and our staff in attendance today. Also, thank you for the interesting sidebar re: the relationship between automation and UBI —great conversation!”
“Great workshop on future ready organizations and future ready leaders! Together, let’s change the “me” mindset to a “we” mindset! I’m very grateful for the knowledge you shared during the workshop. I cannot wait to read your books!”
“An inspiring and engaging morning with our BMO Financial Group Canadian Commercial Banking clients and Cheryl Cran. Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people. It was an eye opening experience to learn how you can take immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability and execution.”
“Cheryl your keynote on, “Change Leadership & The Future of Work,” was perfect for our group of leaders and for all of our global partners.
Our team was thrilled to have you in the Las Vegas head office and we had numerous positive feedback from everyone on-site and from the live stream participants.
We saw a lot of Twitter discussion about some of your strategies on change leadership and the future such as ‘learnerships’ and breaking down silos.
We all wished we had more time with you!
Let’s stay in touch for future collaborations – thanks again.”
Global Senior Manager, Quality – Aristocrat Technologies
“This is the best, most polished presentation of the whole conference.”
“This is a great way to encourage participation and help people want to really listen to you. Thanks for sharing this innovative technique and excellent content. ”
“I am psyched by your high energy and positivity. I love to get connected and get your advice.”
“Awesome, Memorable, Nourishing, Thought provoking – THANK YOU”
“Thank you! I will. Great presentation today. You rocked it!! I will gladly read your book.”
“Very much appreciate your willingness to share your presentation and other resources. It shows your confidence & not concerned about creating just consulting business.”
“Holy !@$& Outstanding presentation! Thank you.”
“LOVE the interaction and refreshing content”
“You were awesome!”
“Oh Super women – Thank you for re-emphasizing on “change is law of life”
“You inspiring me, Cheryl!
“You really inspired me!”
“Great! You also talked more on this during your presentation. Thanks so much for igniting us today. I have been reformed.”
“Thank you, you are very dynamic and inspiring.”
“Great interactive session. Thanks for being inspirational and practical! Fabulous.”
“Loved it. Definitely the highlight of the conference. Thank you!”
“Great keynote speech!!! I am psyched! Great balance of humor, wisdom, engagement and inspiration as usual. Best one so far!”
“Amazing presentation your positive future forward attitude is contagious. Thank you for inspiring us.”
“The best session so far! Energetic and inspiring”
“Cheryl was our opening keynote speaker for our Innovation Unplugged Skills Summit in Toronto.
From our first conversation it was obvious that Cheryl was very knowledgeable in the Future of Work and took the time to understand the objectives of our organization and our event. Her presentation was engaging and informative and set up the rest of our day perfectly. We had a diverse audience which included secondary school students, educators, industry experts and government officials. Everyone took something away from Cheryl’s speech and commented on the power of the presentation in their feedback comments. I would welcome working with Cheryl again in the future.”
Namir Anani – ICTC President and CEO
“I really enjoyed your keynote speech. I was captivated right away and loved the interaction. Most of all, your passion for the future in work and business made your presentation even more unforgettable. Please let me know about future events and projects in which you have involvement in. I would love to hear you speak more about innovation and tech.
It was truly a pleasure to hear you speak. I hope we meet, in the near future.”
Grade 9 Guest – ICTC Innovation Summit
“Cheryl was our opening keynote speaker for our annual AGA National Leadership Training and she was phenomenal!
Her keynote was titled, “The Art of Change Leadership – How to Flex in Flux” and her message was truly timely and of high value to our participants. We received overwhelming positive feedback from our group about Cheryl’s dynamic delivery style, the polling and Q&A interaction, and the survey she sent to participants to get to know her audience and customize her presentation. Cheryl’s opening keynote started our conference off with huge energy – we loved the videos and the music that got everyone excited for the rest of the day.”
J. Bruce Director of Meetings
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker for our annual leadership event and in a word she was outstanding. Cheryl’s unique perspective on the future of work and what is needed for companies to be on the leading edge brought tremendous value for our group. She spent time consulting with myself and the leadership team on our distinct culture and how to leverage what we were already doing well. Our leaders gave two thumbs up for Cheryl’s delivery style which was fast paced, direct and dynamic. In addition, the leaders really enjoyed that Cheryl joined us for our evening social. What I found very valuable as CEO of the company was the survey before event that she incorporated into her keynote as well as the real time polling and texting which really engaged our discerning group of leaders. Cheryl didn’t just talk about the future and trends she actually gave us the change leadership tools to create our next level of success.”
B. Batz CEO, Fike
“I can’t thank Cheryl enough for her inspirational and informative keynote on Attracting Change Makers at our JLT Canada Public Sector Summit 2018. Her session certainly resonated well with our municipal audience, but as a millennial aiming to be a change maker one day, Cheryl’s session landed particularly well with myself. And our delegates could not stop talking about the interactive elements to her presentation – it served really well as a way to connect everyone, literally!”
P. Yung Marketing and Communications, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc.
“Cheryl was our closing keynote speaker for our annual TLMI conference. She was a big hit with our group – her keynote provided insights and research on the future of work was relevant to this high performing group. We loved how Cheryl added special touches such as pics of our hospitality event the evening before and she referenced one of our members success while providing strategic insights too. The texting and polling interaction was unique and added an extra level of positive inclusion of the audience. We loved working with Cheryl and our group loved her too.”
D.Muenzer President, TLMI
“Cheryl Cran was our opening keynote speaker at the 2018 CSU Facilities Management Conference and she was outstanding! Her message on change, courage and collaboration was exactly what our group needed to hear. The future is not to be feared when one realizes you are the architect. She shared usable tools that all of us can take back and apply right away for increased team success. Cheryl’s use of texting with audience and polling was greatly appreciated and our group actively engaged with her using these tools. I loved how Cheryl willingly answers ALL text questions including the challenging ones. Texting questions encouraged the public expression of heartfelt concerns. Many attendees reported through text and Twitter that Cheryl’s dynamic opening keynote set the tone for a very successful two-day conference.”
N.Freelander-Paice Director of Capital Programs, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
“Cheryl Cran is the Genuine ‘Real Deal’
There is no better motivational speaker, generational psychology expert, and change leadership mentor than Cheryl Cran. Cheryl is totally credible, sincere, transparent, and endearing as she relates her life experiences to today’s business and work situations.
I have no reservations in recommending her to any Fortune 100 company who is dealing with radical change in their workforce.
The world would be a much better place if they followed Cheryl’s advice and recommendations on hope to relate to others and how to cope.”
C. Lee President, Raytheon Employee Association
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker for our leadership meeting and her keynote titled: Framing Our Future – Leading the Change To Get There was a hit- her message and her delivery was a perfect fit for our group.
Cheryl’s research on the future of work and the changes that leaders need to make to get there was timely and relevant for our group. Her research along with dynamic delivery created tremendous value for our discerning group of leaders. Our group also eagerly joined in on the texting of questions and the polling that Cheryl included in her keynote. Inspiration along with actionable ideas were just a few of the takeaways of Cheryl’s keynote.
Our leadership event was a huge success and we include Cheryl’s keynote as a highlight of the overall success.”
B. Murao Deputy Assessor, BC Assessment
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker at our leadership conference and her keynote titled: “The Art of Change Leadership – Make it Happen Make it Matter” was a great success with our store leadership team.
At Rubicon we are growing and experiencing lots of internally driven change and externally imposed change. Cheryl’s research and customization for our group made an impact with us.
We appreciated the texting, polling and interaction along with the usable content, actionable ideas and follow up responses to the groups text questions.
Cheryl delivered on our objectives and helped our store leadership team to think in new and elevated ways about change, integration of business and future success.”
R. Care COO, Rubicon Pharmacies
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker at our recent MISA BC conference for municipal IT professionals – Cheryl’s keynote was a hit with our group!
I appreciated a number of items with Cheryl’s keynote – there was the perfect balance of content, research and ideas along with inspiration.
Feedback from our attendees was phenomenal and they were grateful for the ability to text questions to Cheryl and her candid responses along with the polling to engage the group.
Attendees left Cheryl’s keynote feeling energized, inspired and ready to take ideas and action back to the workplace and put into place right away for increased success.
Cheryl exceeded our expectations!”
C. Crabtree Conference Committee, Municipal Information Systems Association of BC (MISA-BC)
“I highly recommend Cheryl Cran as a future of work and change leadership expert who can help you navigate your future in this world of change. I have had some really great coaches during my years in school. Great coaches are obvious when you see the result in a group of individuals working together as a cohesive body. Sports, music, dance – all have rewards and recognition for great coaches. The coaching I do for my staff has been little league stuff. I knew that if I wanted the performance of a professional team I needed a professional coach. Cheryl Cran is that to MyMutual’s Leadership Team. We first met Cheryl Cran in 2014 when she was asked to be the keynote speaker at our annual Broker Seminar. Cheryl came early, met the attendees and gave a fantastic keynote on Leading Change. Cheryl is a top notch keynote speaker. The second way I know Cheryl is as an Executive Coach. She has been both a coach and mentor in my personal growth as a CEO. And now she is that coach for our Leadership Team, challenging us and holding us accountable. Our Leadership Team is taking the NextMapping Online Leadership Training course offered by Cheryl Cran. The courses are available online and include one on one coach calls. We are able to apply what we’re learning in real-life situations with the support of a coach for our team. The specific ways that Cheryl’s coaching and consulting has helped is:
- Clarity on our mission and vision which has helped us increase employee and customer value
- Guidance on having the ‘right people’ on the team to drive the business into the future
- Inspiration and specific resources to help us hire, coach and grow our team members
- Facilitation of leadership team to increase skill sets, team work and hold accountable to goals
- Helping us to increase strategic thinking, create a shared leadership culture and increase employee engagement
- Increased energy and excitement about the future and how we can create it as a team”
V. Fehr – CEO MyMutual Insurance
“We had Cheryl back for a second time to facilitate and keynote our annual 1.5 day retreat for our city employees, designated residents, business community and other city stakeholders, and it was a huge success. We had attendees say that it was even better this year than last year and it’s attributed to Cheryl’s skillful and expert facilitation, interaction with her participants and preparation. Cheryl spoke with each of the guest speakers on the agenda in advance of the event and ensured that the agenda flowed so that there would be maximum effect on the overall retreat. Our theme was ‘NextMapping’ the future of work including innovation, technology, leadership and culture. Her keynote address throughout the retreat included the open, the close of day one and the close of day two. Cheryl has the unique ability to bring relevant and inspiring approach that creates both innovative solutions as well as practical ways to apply the ideas shared. In her open keynote, she set the inspiring tone on the future of work including the impact of technology and how people need to adapt to the fast pace of change. Her closing keynote on day one focused on NextMapping the future of leadership and what it means in the future of work for teams and entrepreneurs. The speakers on the agenda covered smart cities, world class businesses, innovation, creative thinking, historic digital preservation, drones and more. On day 2 Cheryl recapped the entire day and a half and incorporated key items from each speaker into her closing keynote. Each time we have worked with Cheryl we have benefitted from increased innovation, and teamwork within our city team. We see Cheryl as an integral part of our annual innovation focus and look forward to working with her many, many times in the future.”
W. Foeman – City Clerk City of Coral Gables
“Cheryl was our keynote speaker at the UVA Wise Economic Forum and she presented “The Future of Work is Now – Are You Ready?” The response from our audience included comments such as: “Fantastic and inspirational view of the future” “Loved the blend of practicality along with a push to help us be more innovative” “Phenomenal ideas on how we can innovate and increase real time creativity for future success” “Excellent research and statistics on the future of work and its relevance to both education and business” “Inspired by Cheryl Cran” We would definitely have Cheryl back to provide more insights on the future of work, innovation and change leadership.”
B. Joyce University Virginia at Wise
“Cheryl Cran was a hit at our ISBN conference. Cheryl’s content was perfectly timed for our group of C-Level executives as it helped them organize a conference full of ideas into a concrete strategy to move their organization forward. Our group is very discerning and can be critical of speakers outside of the salon and spa industry, but Cheryl’s keynote dynamic and was right on the money. Cheryl customized her keynote for our group, The Future of Work Is Now – Is Your Salon Ready? and her message was the perfect balance of research, relevant ideas, enlightening looks into the future as well as preparing for future disruptions. Unlike most keynotes, Cheryl proactively offered teaser materials, including a video a blog and also offered to survey the attendees as well as conducting live polling engagement and including their feedback in her keynote. We also had Cheryl facilitate a mastermind discussion on attracting top talent and her group was standing room only. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to others.”
V. Tate Executive Director International Salon Spa Business Network
“I had the pleasure of engaging Cheryl Cran for a large group all staff workshop, comprising several hundred employees. Cheryl presented The Future of Work is Now – Are You Ready for this day long event. She delivered not only a keynote address, but also a closing synopsis of the day to elevate the sense/meaning making experience of attendees. We appreciated her ability to incorporate aspects of all of the activities of the day in her closing summation – her unique and intuitive pick up on the cultural uniqueness of the group really stood out. Those who were present for the day have described Cheryl’s keynote delivery as invigorating and energetic. One individual shared that she created so much energy, it was easy to get excited about what was happening in the room. Cheryl’s keynote and closing were a key element of our full day workshop, adding greatly to its’ success. We would definitely consider working with her again and I do highly recommend Cheryl Cran as a speaker for organizations who are faced with change or that may be wanting to explore the topics of transformation, business process, or motivation. Thank you, Cheryl for you have a wonderful way with words.”
L. Masse Higher Ground
“Cheryl was the absolute perfect fit for our Futures Summit – we have a highly discerning group of credit union leaders who pride themselves on being on the leading edge AND Cheryl challenged them to think even more creatively, to stretch their innovation approach as well as to build future strategies based on the fast changing realities in the financial services industry. We would highly recommend Cheryl Cran as a future of work expert and keynote speaker.”
J. Kile Futures Summit Credit Union Executives MN
“Cheryl’s presentation on the Future of Work offered an interactive and engaging hour to kick off our event. Our guests particularly loved the audience participation and evidence-based actions that they could immediately take back to their teams to put into practice. She knocked it out of the park for our audience of 350 HR, recruiting and talent development professionals.”
J. Palm, Managing Director TeamKC: Life+Talent
“At our annual staff event, Cheryl delivered an inspirational and informative keynote address on the future of work and its impact on us. She worked closely with us to customize her address to ensure it was meaningful and relevant to our staff. Cheryl’s talk was provocative and delivered with positive energy.”
L.N., Chief Executive Officer BC Pension Corporation
“Cheryl was a guest expert at our annual leadership conference – she presented on change leadership and recruiting talent. At a high level we found Cheryl’s approach, rapport with the leadership team and models she presented were exactly in line with our goals for conference. The end result is that it left us with wanting to know more about the change cycle and to look more closely at how to better support our leaders to be flexible and agile with ongoing change.”
W.B., Research & Development BASF
“Our group rated Cheryl 10 out of 10 as our keynote speaker. She was our highest rated keynote speaker at our conference. She exceeded our expectations!”
CEO National Agra Marketing Association
“Cheryl worked us on our first city-wide retreat. The retreat focused on the broad topics of innovation and leadership change. We invited speakers to our retreat that were both internal and external customers to our organization. Cheryl’s expertise could be seen in everything including the pre-planning of the event and during the day-and-half long retreat. During the retreat, Cheryl was masterful in tying together and helping each leader map out their future for themselves and their business.”
W. Foeman City of Coral Gables
“I’ve worked with Cheryl several times and each event she knocks it out of the park. She listens to what you need and what you are trying to achieve with your event, she brings a practical message with memorable visuals that inspire the audience. Evaluations of Cheryl’s presentations are always very high marks. She’s authentic, dynamic and professional. She delivers every time!”
Chief Executive Officer CREW Network Foundation
“We invited Cheryl to join us as keynote speaker at our annual 2017 Canadian Association for University Continuing Education conference. Cheryl’s keynote “Leading In The Currents Of Change” was perfect for our group of educators. Cheryl prepared by surveying our attendees ahead of time and she customized her talk to address our unique needs and context. Conference delegates were appreciative of this tailored approached. Cheryl’s keynote challenged our thinking on how we need to develop innovation mindsets as change leaders and how we need to prepare continuing education students to be ready for the work of the future. Cheryl’s models on the change cycle and on the four stages to upgrade leaderships were very useful tools that we could take away and apply right away. We valued her collaborative approach towards making our conference a huge success.”
Dean pro tem Lifelong Learning Simon Fraser University
“Cheryl Cran was the closing keynote speaker for our 2017 Worker Experience Tour in Atlanta and Chicago, and she was phenomenal! Great energy to close the day and leave attendees inspired to take action. Cheryl’s future of work research highlighted the need for a focus on worker experience as a means to creating a great customer experience. She provided both ideas and solutions for leaders to be future of work ready. Feedback from attendees was excellent and they loved how Cheryl really made them think! Cheryl was a true team player. Our events were a huge success, and we thank her for her part in that.”
Marketing Director Appirio
“We recently had Future of Work expert Cheryl Cran as a Keynote Speaker at our annual Project World/ Business Analyst Conference, and in a word she was superb! Our attendees rated Cheryl as one of the top keynote speakers and her keynote “The Future of Work Is Now – 5 Radical Changes for the Future” was a hit. Cheryl’s consultative approach to her keynote was greatly appreciated – she included data surveyed from attendees and in the keynote she provided customized solutions and ideas that could be put into action right away for the audience. The combo of dynamic energy, thought leadership, real and relevant content along with fun and engaging style was the perfect approach for our group of discerning project leaders and business analysts. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Cheryl again. ”
Group Event Director ProjectWorld*BusinessAnalystWorld
“On behalf of the Legal Innovation Zone and LexisNexis Canada, I would like to thank you for your keynote presentation at our Innovation Summit on Monday. The feedback we have received about the event and your keynote, in particular, has been nothing but positive. Your presentation was the perfect way for us to recap the day, contemplating innovation in a broader sense.”
Project Manager Legal Innovation Summit Team
“We had Cheryl present, “Transformational Leadership – Breaking Down Silos” at our PRSM national conference and she was a hit with our discerning group of attendees. In the retail facilities profession, many of our association members are challenged with how to collaborate, innovate and lead at higher levels. Cheryl’s session provided research on the future of work, provocative insights on the leadership needed, and insightful ideas on how to bridge silos and build a more collaborative and creative culture. Her style of high energy and use of fun interaction, movie clips and video insights was impactful. Cheryl provided calls to action and examples of ‘how to’ be a transformational leader who can lead change now and into the future of work. As a result of Cheryl’s solid content and high ratings, we decided to bring her back to present at our Mid-Year Conference.”
Vice President of Professional Development PRSM Association
“We had our annual Gartner Conference for Data Center, Infrastructure, & Operations professionals and we brought back Cheryl Cran, future of work and change leadership expert, to present as part of our leadership track. Cheryl’s session Leadership@The Core of Change was pre-booked and full once again this year. Our discerning audience of IT leaders are looking for tangible solutions, ideas and inspiration as they are being tasked with enabling, influencing and transforming their work places for the future of work. Cheryl delivered exactly what was needed and more – her research and statistics, which were presented in video, and her interactive direct style was a true hit with our group. We look forward to working with Cheryl again.”
“Cheryl Cran, Future of Work and Change Leadership expert was absolutely fantastic with her keynote “The Future of Work – Everyone is a Change Leader” – we had comments such as “Cheryl was the BEST keynote speaker we have ever had” as well as “Cheryl’s style of using interaction along with fun and compelling content was phenomenal”. Our VIP’s each got a copy of Cheryl’s book “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World” and were so excited to talk with Cheryl after her keynote while she signed each of their copies. Cheryl and her office manager Michelle are a dynamite team – easy to work with before, during and after the event. Thank you Cheryl for helping us to provide supreme value to our attendees of AIIM 2017″
G. Clelland, VP Events AIIM
“We had Cheryl join us as a Keynote Speaker for our GEA Conference in Puerto Vallarta in January 2017. Cheryl’s keynote The Future of Farming is NOW! was a major success with our audience of discerning dealers and customers in the agriculture industry. Her direct yet engaging style and thought provoking research created quite the buzz with our group. Cheryl provided insights on the future of leadership and how leadership is evolving in response to increasing technology and demographic changes. She challenged the group to evolve their leadership skills by upgrading their ‘operating systems’ which includes being more creative, innovative and increased abilities to lead multi generational teams. Her strategies on recruiting and retaining were eye opening and we loved that she provided ‘calls to action’ for the audience to take back to their workplaces. Cheryl was a major hit with our group!”
CEO GEA Farm Technologies USA
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote for the Central 1 Credit Union conference and she was the absolute perfect choice! Her keynote based on her new book, The Art of Change Leadership was exactly what our group of Credit Union leaders needed. Many of the leaders commented that they learned something new, that they valued the approach Cheryl takes on future of work and change leadership. Her keynote style is fun, interactive, thought provoking and most of all provides practical ideas that leaders can put to use right away. Cheryl was THE highlight of our conference.”
Central 1 Credit Union
“Cheryl Cran was highly recommended by another Kaiser group she had worked with- and we recently hired her as our closing Keynote Speaker for our annual meeting – what a perfect fit! Cheryl’s message was fully customized based on our business, our diverse audience and she closed our conference beautifully. She was able to weave in content from other elements of the program as well as tune into the unique challenges that people in our teams are dealing with and provide inspiring ideas. Her business background and experience along with her intuitive insights and dynamic delivery provided our group with inspiration and was a fantastic way to wrap up our conference!”
VP Federal Employee Benefits Kaiser Permanente
“Cheryl Cran was one of the Keynote speakers for our annual AME International Conference and her thought-provoking Keynotewas just what we wanted for this group of professionals, who are mainly in the manufacturing industry. We liked that Cheryl used technology, including audience texting and tweeting, during her presentation and we were so appreciative that she had handouts for our attendees and provided them with a link to download one of her e-books. Our conference attendees were impressed with the caliber of presenters chosen and commented that Cheryl was engaging and energetic. Her keynote showcased her unique style of providing usable content with humor and connection.”
AME Conference, Jacksonville Florida
“Cheryl Cran is not Sheryl Crow but she is a rock star none the less! We had Cheryl as our closing keynote speaker for a series of programs for our leadership teams. Cheryl worked with us on over a dozen events where she delivered to about 6000 leaders on future ready teams. Her ability to weave in the messages of the other presenters, her ability to engage the groups with humor, fun, authenticity and provocative thought was quite simply amazing and EXACTLY what we needed as a close to our events.”
VP AT&T University
“Cheryl Cran was our 2nd day Keynote in the morning for our annual conference September 2016 and in a word ‘WOW!’ Cheryl brings incredible energy, insights, usable ideas and so much more in her keynotes. Our group loved her engaging and inclusive style including having the audience text message and use social media to ask her questions throughout her keynote – very hip! She had us laughing and she had us taking a good look at ourselves to see if we were being change leaders. Love the balance of audience interaction along with very powerful models that provide people with the ‘how’ to be more creative and how to be more adaptable for the future of work. Everyone left her session feeling empowered, emboldened and ready to tackle the future now!”
J. Moore BC Financial Healthcare Professionals Society
“Cheryl Cran was a keynote speaker at our User Conference – and in a word she was ‘wonderful’. Her keynote “Leading Change in a Fast Paced & Technological Workplace,” was perfect for our group of healthcare professionals. People loved her fast and on-point delivery along with her models that showed ‘how’ to be a change leader and the skills that are needed. The focus on real-time creative solutions was important for this group and the action items gave everyone some very useful items to put into action back on the job. Cheryl models what she talks about – before, during and after the keynote she was flexible and easy to work with. We would highly recommend Cheryl for your conference!”
Tricia Chiama, Sr. Coordinator, Education and Learning Services InSight
“Cheryl Cran was a key asset to our Annual General Meeting, bringing energy and excitement as our keynote speaker at the open and close of our conference. Cheryl shared her insights and knowledge on the future of work and change leadership, customizing her presentation to our business and audience. We worked closely with her to ensure the messaging throughout the meeting was aligned, relevant, and of high-value for our partner group. She helped to inspire our team, leaving people with ideas they could put into action right away in today’s rapidly changing world and workplace. We truly appreciated having Cheryl as our keynote and thank her for her contributions in motivating our firm to think and act differently to achieve success in the future.”
Pat Kramer, CEO BDO Canada
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker at our annual SilkRoad Conference and in a word she was superb! Our tech savvy HR audience were completely wowed by Cheryl’s style and delivery of very valuable, relevant and important content regarding change leadership and the future of work. Cheryl challenged all of us to ‘upgrade our leadership OS’ and to leverage our creativity real time.She provided the context our audience needed to understand how to lead and manage impactful change.”
J. Shackleton, CEO SilkRoad
“Cheryl was one of our keynote speakers at our annual leaders summit – Cheryl’s keynote Future of Work Is Now was a great fit for our group. The financial industry is in massive change and disruption – Cheryl provided research and tools for our leaders to increase creativity and innovation while having fun. Her message helped to remind us of the things we need to do daily as leaders which is to inspire growth and innovation. The video with statistics and the case study examples she gave of companies that are on the leading edge of future of work strategies helped give context to what we are already doing really well and what we can continue to improve. Our discerning group of leaders were inspired and Cheryl wove in key messages from the previous speakers making it a great closing keynote to our conference!”
L. Skinner CEO First West
“We had Cheryl as our keynote speaker and her presentation “The Energetic States – The Secret to Productivity and Performance in the Workplace” was very well received by our delegates. Cheryl’s pre-event survey, which we sent out on her behalf, allowed her to customize her program and based on the responses that she received, she developed a presentation that was filled with great energy from the beginning to the end. Cheryl’s research into the future of work and her strategies on how to lead change by harnessing energy was leading edge. Thank you Cheryl!” T. Tse Manager, Events Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
“Cheryl Cran’s keynote “The Future of Work – Are You Ready” aligned perfectly with the HRIA Conference theme ‘Navigating Booms and Busts’. Cheryl took the time to truly get to know our attendees before delivering this highly customized closing keynote. Cheryl’s pre-conference survey and her arrival the morning of the session to view the presentations of the day to weave their content into her closing comments was outstanding. Cheryl’s use of research, solid tools to help us with the ‘how’ and fun interactive style was a hit with our discerning audience. She engaged the group through text questions and our Twitter hashtag was trending during and after her session. Cheryl is an absolute pleasure to work with.”
J Chapman, CMP Human Resources Institute of Alberta
“Cheryl Cran knocked it out of the park! Cheryl was the opening keynote at our annual conference on April 1st, 2016 and was a perfect start to the day. She was captivating, motivating, with lots of great laughs throughout! Her message was on-topic and highly relevant in today’s changing workplace. I would highly recommend her for your conference!”
Conference Chair CUMA
“Thanks again for an AMAZING session yesterday. My crowd is a hard one to please, and I immediately received a lot of positive feedback after your speech. You had the team energized, attentive and participating in what was the last conference of a 2-day kickoff. Not an easy task. I would recommend you anytime! Thanks again and I hope that our paths can cross in the near future.”
CBC & Radio-Canada Media Solutions
“Cheryl Cran was our luncheon keynote speaker at our NOHRC 2016 Conference – her keynote Lead with 2020 Vision – Change Leadership for HR Professionals was so right on for our group of HR professionals! Her message of change leadership and being ready for the future of work now is exactly what we all needed to hear. Cheryl had our audience engaged, interacting, tweeting furiously and texting her questions that she answered very directly and thoughtfully. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our attendees – we would definitely highly recommend Cheryl Cran for your conference or event!”
Chair of NOHRC Conference 2016
“We had Cheryl Cran as our keynote speaker for our recent client meeting and her message of “Leading Change In a Fast Paced & Technological Workplace” was on point. We wanted a tech savvy and people savvy expert who could deliver a message to our clients that would add value to them in the healthcare industry and also provide messaging of the changing workplace. Cheryl’s style of having fun while delivering an important and much needed message of a ‘shared leadership’ approach, collaborating with the generations and leveraging technology was received by our attendees with great enthusiasm. We asked for ‘take away’ messages that could be applied and Cheryl gave us that and more – we would definitely work with Cheryl again”.
Chair/Organizer Fifth Annual Crowe Healthcare Summit 2015
“Cheryl Cran was keynote speaker for the Hospitality Leadership Forum, part of the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show. Our audience of hospitality industry leaders and students embraced Cheryl’s message of ‘shared leadership’ and the need to upgrade his or her leadership operating system. Cheryl’s presentation was multidimensional and engaging thanks to her audience interaction, humor, and technology. Cheryl encouraged attendees to text and tweet throughout – a great boost to the level of engagement. The feedback received from our attendees was extremely positive, and she was a terrific addition to our conference program.”
K.Moore, Director Convention & Events American Hotel & Lodging Association
“Cheryl Cran facilitated our annual Executive Strategy meeting in February 2014 and we are ecstatic with the results. With Cheryl’s help we were able to refocus and gain clarity on our brand message to our customers, what needs to happen internally to fulfill the brand promise and what we as executive leaders need to transform in order to lead the company into its next level of success. Cheryl spent time with me and the team prior to the strategy meeting in a series of conference calls to gather input and data to help form the direction of the strategy meeting. She created an online survey to gather information and personal views on the challenges and the opportunities for the company and how the executive team viewed the future. Cheryl has a unique ability to gather tremendous data and content, sift through it and then provide a clear and simple pathway that helps the leaders and the business to grow. Her style is direct yet fun and she is deeply insightful into the personal growth needed by each individual in order for him or her to be able to contribute at higher levels to the overall goals of the company. Cheryl as a leadership expert is consultative, creative and results focused we look forward to working with her again.”
Ron Laudner, CEO Omnitel Communications
“Cheryl Cran’s presentation to our group of Executive, Senior Leaders and others was in a word, TIMELY! We had our bi-annual leadership conference and Cheryl was the closing speaker for our two day event. Her ability to weave in content that is current to the corporate situation as well as present in a way that is fun, intelligent and thought provoking is amazing. We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from Cheryl’s session with comments that her message was the perfect close to the two day event and that they felt inspired and willing to shift their approach in their work as a result of hearing her. “Cheryl brought research, the ability to connect, global intelligence and more to help make our conference a remarkable success.”
D. Dumont, HR Executive Jamieson Laboratories
“Cheryl Cran’s keynote on Lead Change with 2020 Vision was right on the money! Our EO Arizona Chapter members are entrepreneurs who have highly successful businesses and they were riveted by the content and the business relevance of Cheryl’s presentation. She has the unique ability to zone in on the diversity of the group – we had over three dozen industries in the audience – and she is able to provide cutting edge research that validates the need for business leaders to lead change to grow the business utilizing effective communication skills with a multigenerational work environment. “Her change solutions include leveraging technology, strategically using social media, rewiring the leadership operating system and so much more. The feedback from our group of entrepreneurs who attended was that they thought Cheryl’s Keynote provided them with the most take home value than anything they had attended in previous learning events. “We will definitely work with Cheryl again!”
Executive Organization, Arizona Vantage Retirement Plans
“Cheryl Cran was our closing keynote speaker at our GAM conference for internal auditors – what a perfect fit! Her presentation on Leading Change was spot on for the challenges and opportunities of our leaders in our industry. Cheryl’s pre event survey gathered audience intelligence that helped her to fully customize her presentation. In addition, she went above and beyond by researching the presentations before her to incorporate relevant components into her presentation. She was fun, direct and provided provocative and compelling leadership strategies for our group. Loved that she provided “action items” at the end for people to take away ideas and implement in their practice settings. I highly recommend Cheryl for your event or conference.”
Director, Conference Institute of Internal Auditors
“Cheryl Cran was our keynote speaker on the 2nd day of our UniverCITZy Conference for the BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services and she also did a follow up workshop as well as addressed our Executive Team at breakfast. Cheryl’s keynote Lead with 2020 Vision and her workshop The Evolutionary Leader were extraordinary! She absolutely had our audiences both live and livestream remote audiences wanting more. Cheryl’s unique delivery style includes connecting quickly and intimately with the group, providing insightful and thought provoking concepts, practical ideas and solutions for us to implement. Her music had us dancing in our seats, the interactivity had us engaged and the content had us expand our thinking. We will definitely work with Cheryl again!”
S. Biblow, Senior Advisor, People & Organizational Performance BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services