Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Disruption, Digital, and Leadership

The following are a few events Courtney has spoken at on topics that range from innovation in education to marketing and digital trends.

  • TEDx Upper East Side
  • ASCD Annual Convention
  • Goodwill Industries International Conference of Executives
  • Pennsylvania School Board Association
  • DECA Inc. Michigan – Annual Convention
  • Drew University Women’s Leadership Symposium
  • WOW Talks: Rutgers University
  • TEDx NYIT Salon
  • ACPA National Convention
  • Hofstra American Marketing Association Marketing Week Keynote

Courtney O’Connell is a keynote speaker with a passion for inspiring other to think different and empower audiences with tangible ideas they can begin implementing Monday morning. She has spoken with groups that range from high school students to CEO’s and is consistently applauded for her ability to connect the material to the audience.

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A Look Inside Courtney’s Presentations

Most Popular Speaking Topics

Disruptive Innovation: Are you being disrupted or are you leading the change? Gain new perspectives on disruption, as well as practical approaches to innovation you and your team can start utilizing immediately in your work.

The Marketing Disruption: The basic principals of marketing are not enough for companies and organizations in the digital age. Courtney outlines the new rules for marketing in the digital age and delivers the message with industry specific examples.

Making Your Mark: The rules of leadership have changed. You no longer have to be a in a position of leadership to make your mark on the world. In this presentation, Courtney tells the stories of “mark makers” and reveals the new
rules for leadership in the digital age.

All presentation topics can be adapted into the following formats:

  • Keynote Performance
  • Interactive Workshop/Breakout Session
  • Full Day Workshop
  • Multi-day retreat
  • Consulting/Facilitation with a team

When Courtney presents, she has two goals in mind no matter the audience:

  1. Leave the audience with a new way of thinking about something (ie. education, design, technology, leadership).
  2. The audience leaves with at least 2-3 tangible things they can implement immediately following the presentation that will enhance the work they are doing.
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“Courtney created an incredible presentation for my Women’s Leadership Symposium. My college students were able to connect with her presentation through her engaging style and her creative slides. She is a visionary with an inspiring message who charges her audience to achieve greatness. It was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated presenter!” – Michelle Brisson, Director of Student Life at Drew University

“Courtney’s presentation on the 5 Habits for Innovative Educators was very motivating. She gave a clear picture of the challenges to promoting innovation in education along with five informative, practical, and exciting practices for changing the educational landscape to one that fosters student engagement and creativity. She is a thoughtful, energetic, and inspiring presenter!” -Francy Magee, Dean of Campus Life at New York Institute of Technology

“Courtney O’Connell’s visit to IU Southeast generated energy and much thoughtful discussion about social media and digital responsibility.  Our campus is proud to be the first to use “What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube” as an e-reader for our freshman, and having the book introduced by Courtney was a phenomenal way to begin the conversation.  The students and faculty were engaged by Courtney’s enthusiasm, wit, knowledge, and creative insight into the very real and practical nature of creating a digital stamp that is congruent with career and life goals.”  – Jason L. Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Indiana University Southeast

“She made me learn without making me feel like I was learning. I mean, how can it get any better? She encouraged my growth without me even knowing.” -Student enrolled in Courtney’s Leadership Class at Rutgers

“Igniting change on campus is one of the most important aspects/hot topics in higher education and is constantly evolving. Courtney is a superstar! She really engages her audience and provides relevant examples of how you can ignite change on any campus.” – CSPA-NYS Conference Attendee

“All you need to start a movement is heart, hustle, and a Twitter account.” –@CourtOConnell Really enjoyed the presentation today! -Student attendee at Hofstra University’s Marketing Week Keynote

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