speaking

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epic talks

Book Shelli to be your Keynote Presenter

In the last 6 years, Shelli has coached more than 130 individual leaders and worked with many leadership teams and organizations. "Epic Leadership Lessons Learned in the Field" is a high energy and inspiring keynote presentation. Shelli shares wilderness images and stories about what she has learned from her work with her clients, and the leadership lessons she has learned in the field. These stories are metaphors for the skills leaders need in order to effectively lead, inspire, and engage their teams. The presentation "lights a fire" and inspires leaders to take stock of their life, their individual leadership style, and their impact.

Duration: 1 Hour (Includes Q&A)

Sampling of Themes Covered in the Presentation:

  • Daring to Fail
  • We choose our mindset
  • We can go farther than we think we can
  • Our people make us better
  • Get used to uncertainty
  • Know your position
  • It's wild and scary out there; take precautions
  • We're in this together
  • When we're inspired, anything is possible
  • Guided leadership self reflection
  • Pack the right stuff
  • (+10 additional lessons and topics available)

NOTE: Shelli also presents on Wellness and Enrepeneurism

Interested in booking Shelli as a speaker or presenter for an upcoming event or for your organization?

leadership

Hire Shelli to train and develop your leaders

Shelli has facilitated 2-hour, half-day, and full-day leadership development trainings. She has worked with leadership teams ranging in sizes from 17-70 leaders. She also is often hired to provide leadership training at retreats and conferences.

Leadership training & development offerings include:

  • Team building
  • Leadership development (self and team)
  • Building trust
  • Embracing uncertainty
  • Change management
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Listening
  • Self Awareness
  • Mindset
  • Daring to Fail
  • and more

Interested in hiring Shelli for
leadership development?

testimonial

What people say about Shelli as a presenter

"It was hard to listen to Shelli’s presentation and not feel as if she was speaking directly to me. Her lessons challenged and inspired me as a businessman, a non profit leader, a husband and a father. Her message is invigorating, empowering, exhilarating and emboldening."

Daniel Turner

Board President Wood River Community YMCA

"Shelli’s presentation is really amazing. We had a completely rapt audience. After it ended, everyone was still buzzing. I looked look like a genius for bringing her to the office. It was a great morale booster, and the presentation supported that we care about “the complete self” of our people."

Sharon Kamra

Vice President/Chief of People, SapientNitro

"I have sat (and often suffered) through many presentations from a wide variety of self-styled executive coaches during the last 35+ years of my professional career. Simply put: Shelli stands out from the crowd! Her unique combination of outdoors expertise, leadership skills, humility, wonderful sense of humor, coupled with sincere human kindness make her one of the most inspirational teachers I have encountered."

Wolf Ametsbichler

Board Chair of Missoula YMCA

"Shelli’s presentation included inspirational life lessons for living an epic life. She delivered these lessons in a genuine, true grit fashion with captivating real life stories and pictures. Her message is a road map for the journey through life that often contains road bumps, detours and major construction zones. Thanks to Shelli’s passion and insight, our audience members left with a tank full of inspiration."

Tina Postel

Director of Major Gifts, United Way of Central Carolinas

"We have engaged in leadership development courses, instructors and coaches in the past. Shelli’s approach is not run of the mill. Shelli’s team-building exercises are unique, and they brought people together in a special way that inspired them to think about issues in new ways. Shelli’s style allowed for more open and comfortable dialogue, along with laughter! Her focus on individual thresholds and pushing past one’s comfort zone allowed for our interactions to be more intimate than normal. Our people will remember Shelli and what they learned during our day with her, for a long time. I am grateful for her energy, enthusiasm, and inspiration. Shelli has a great gift to offer individuals and organizations."

Kathy Swanson

Chief Experience Officer, Wyoming Medical Center

"We were extremely fortunate to have Shelli Johnson lead our all-day offsite leadership retreat. The team had experienced great transition and role shifting in the last year leaving us in a rebuilding place. Trust, group norms and way of work were all in question. Shelli has a way of creating a safe space where delicate issues can be worked through. During our off-site, she intuitively worked the group for points of clarity and agreements. Shelli is passionate about her work, and she is good at it!"

Jon Lange

CEO, YMCA of Missoula, MT

"Shelli’s sessions were quite an inspiration. Working in the stressful life of government one must be find peace within in order to maintain their work balance. Thank you for your help, Shelli!"

Charri Lara

City Treasurer, Lander, WY

"I was fortunate to be part of an audience of business/technology professionals Shelli presented to recently and I was blown away by her enthusiasm, passion and professionalism, as well as how she was able to authentically connect with her audience. It's no wonder Shelli has been so successful in her career as an entrepreneur and business woman. As a speaker, and I'm sure as a coach, Shelli has the knowledge and ability to inspire, motivate and help others accomplish their goals and live their dreams."

Dayna Guzik

Founder of Big Dog Communications, and Pets in Our Hearts

"Shelli engaged Agile Boston with a story about leadership, reaching deep inside, and growing as a person - all the necessities for what she terms "living an epic life." It was an outstanding, inspiring presentation! Shelli took her audience through her experiences of going on epic adventures in the wilderness with a group of leaders. She easily and effectively conveyed all the subtleties of the personal discoveries that go along with learning about the different forms of leadership in such a setting. I was struck by how Shelli's message is derived from her own life experiences, how universal and attainable her message is, and how perfectly aligned her message was with her audience's interests: putting people first, open and honest communications, and working together as a team. Shelli is authentic, her energy is contagious, and I am grateful to have met her! I highly recommend Shelli Johnson!"

Stephen Daukas, B.S.E., M.Sc., CSM, CSPO

"Shelli gave a presentation at our Girls in Tech Boston / FounderMatchup event that blew everyone away. It was one of the most inspiring stories I've ever heard. She talked about overcoming odds and team building from her experience building and launching YellowstonePark.com. And then she talked about her NOLS expedition in Alaska and their similarities and lessons she took from both EPIC experiences.

She has a great perspective on life and I admire what she's done greatly. I plan to bring my team to Wyoming for a team building expedition."

Marsh Sutherland

CEO & Co-Founder ReferralBonus & SocialGrow

"I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Shelli at the Girls in Tech event in Boston. Shelli was the keynote speaker for the event and I was immediately mesmerized by her warm smile and inviting personality. She kicked off the event by talking about what it means to live your life by being epic and her talk was pure inspiration… A few quotes from Shelli really resonated with me: “Movement isn’t progress if you’re going in the wrong direction.” Amen. “Sometimes you need to pause and acknowledge your successes and your failures before you move on.” Great advice. “We are more than our skills. You have one life. Make it epic.” After the talk, she had a line-up of founders waiting to talk to her more and bounce ideas off her. She shares her inspiration from the heart and I would highly recommend her for any speaking engagements or events where you want to provide motivation for a crowd. She delivers!"

Michelle A Heath

Chief Marketing Officer, Currensee

"Shelli is a charismatic and moving motivational speaker. Her incredible zest and optimism are contagious. Her parables of outdoor adventure and business success carry profound life lessons. As an entrepreneur, I found her message resonated deeply. I highly recommend her."

Matthew Byron

Associate consultant for The Lucas Group

"I was lucky enough to go to Shelli's keynote speech at the Boston Girls in Tech/FoundersMatchup event and was highly moved and inspired. Every word she said and every picture she showed made me want to get up and do something, something more than what I am doing. There were so many layers to her presentation; her intellect in showing the strong correlations between epic outdoor adventures and founding a start-up, her command over the topic (both adventure and entrepreneurship), her ability to relate to people easily, and her passion for what ever she does, were all extremely moving. Obviously, left the whole room inspired. Yes, I was lucky to be there that evening."

Kshama Ananthapura

Independent Business Consultant

"After hearing Shelli deliver an engaging presentation at the eTourism Summit about using social media as an early adopter, she instantly raised awareness about the vast possibilities overlooked by many. She has a keen sense of technology and knows how to apply new media to deliver an entertaining and educational experience. As a speaker, I value content and delivery, and Shelli clearly knows how to captivate an audience with touching stories that showcase her knowledge. The only drawback is you'll have to wait in a long line to speak to her after her inspiring presentations. ;)"

Robyn K. Levin

Founder/CEO, R. Levin Marketing Group

"Shelli kept everyone spellbound while speaking at an Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit group near Seattle recently. She has an expertise in very effectively showing online/live how social media can drive traffic to a business."

Mike Kenna

Founder/President, Printery Communications

"Shelli is an excellent and dynamic speaker who embodies the positive, informative nature of online social media. Shelli was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Olympic Peninsula Tourism Conference. She delivered an engaging and informative presentation that demonstrated - in real time - how social media technologies can impact destinations and businesses.

The audience of business owners and tourism professionals was deeply impressed with Shelli. Her personal and professional experiences were integrated smartly into her presentation, and she was able to speak simultaneously to destination marketing novices as well as seasoned professionals. To cap it off, she spent 1.5 days executing what is perhaps the most jam-packed travel itinerary ever conceived on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, setting the standard for all future visitors!"

Keven Elliff

Owner, Principal, Windridge Solutions

"I had the pleasure of seeing Shelli's talk on building the Ultimate Website presented at EyeForTravel's Online Marketing Strategies conference in Miami. Of all the talks, Shelli's was the most memorable and enjoyable -- by far.

While many conference participants spent much of their time on Blackberries and laptops, I don't think a single person could focus on anything else but Shelli during her talk. She is such a pleasure to listen to as she shares many personal but relevant stories and photos.

…Aside from her obvious business know-how, she is just a delight to listen to and be around.

…I absolutely recommend bringing her in to your companies to discuss her methods and success. She has a wealth of advice and knowledge that should continue to be shared."

Cassie Nielsen

Marketing Support Specialist, NewTrek, and Operations Associate at LawLogix Group, Inc.

"Shelli is not only a great Web technologist and publisher but as the crowd at a recent travel event learned she is an inspiring speaker. Often publishers of large sites are miss how to connect with their Web audience but clearly Shelli understands here audience and is part of here audience and that is why her sites have thrived."

Jon Burke

Ad Lead at Automattic, Principal at Internets Inc, and President at Range Labs

"Shelli spoke at the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit for 2009 in Sequim, WA. She gave the closing presentation about using advanced technology for marketing and tourism. She is a wealth of knowledge and is a high energy presenter with a warm smile. Her years of experience have proven she walks-the-walk and can talk-the-talk. Anyone attending her presentations will come away with a great ideas for their own business."

Ron Gilles

President/Designated Broker at Professional Real Estate

"Shelli presented at an online marketing conference targeted at the travel industry, to which I attended. Her presentation stood apart from the others - it was captivating, detail oriented, and targeted directly at her immediate audience.

During the presentation, she used several methods of media to enhance the session as well as clarify key points in her discussion. It was fun learning about her progress and work during the conference session as well as in-between times when we had the opportunity to speak.

Shelli is clearly a subject matter expert in her field and, unlike many, is willing to happily share her information and ideas in a transparent fashion with any who are willing to engage the conversation.

I look forward to working with Shelli in the near future on some of my company projects; I feel that she would be an incredible asset on a number of different programs across many different subjects. She is a true pleasure to work with."

Joe Elias

President of Little Big Consulting Company

"We have engaged in leadership development courses, instructors and coaches in the past. Shelli’s approach is not run of the mill. Shelli’s team-­building exercises are unique, and they brought people together in a special way that inspired them to think about issues in new ways. Shelli’s style allowed for more open and comfortable dialogue, along with laughter! Her focus on individual thresholds and pushing past one’s comfort zone allowed for our interactions to be more intimate than normal. Our people will remember Shelli and what they learned during our day with her, for a long time."

Kathy Swanson

Chief Experience Officer, Wyoming Medical Center

"We were extremely fortunate to have Shelli Johnson lead our all­-day offsite leadership retreat. The team had experienced great transition and role shifting in the last year leaving us in a rebuilding place. Trust, group norms and way of work were all in question. Shelli has a way of creating a safe space where delicate issues can be worked through. During our off­-site, she intuitively worked the group for points of clarity and agreements. Shelli is passionate about her work, and she is good at it!"

Jon Lange

CEO, YMCA of Missoula, MT