Informed Opinions’ founder Shari Graydon draws on her actor’s training, sense of humour and belief in the persuasive power of research and storytelling combined in crafting and delivering her engaging presentations, which she tailors to the interests of the audiences she addresses. Contact us for more information.

OMG! What if I really AM the best person? (Now available in book version!)

Imagine if we lived in a world where women were supported in sharing their unique insights and formidable talents at every opportunity… For the past seven years, Shari Graydon has been encouraging women across the country to help bridge the gender gap in public discourse. Although women constitute 61% of university graduates, their voices account for less than 29% of expert sources in the news media. That’s a problem. When women are absent from both the corridors of power AND public conversations, their perspectives and priorities are less likely to exert influence. This keynote reminds women what’s at stake and why we need to disregard the “I’m not the best person” tendencies that persist, despite ample evidence to the contrary.  

Amplified Voice = Increased Impact

That old chestnut about “it’s not what you know, but who” needs revising. Because if your goal is to increase your impact, sometimes it’s not who you know, but who knows you. The best way to overcome unconscious bias is to challenge it with visible demonstrations of your competence. This story-rich keynote shares research-supported context and offers concrete suggestions for how you can amplify your voice, raise your profile, and position yourself as a contributor, while increasing the role models for others.

Abridged Keynote: Top Reasons Women Need to Speak Up

Shari in action at the Vancouver Public Salon, February 2012: