MVP Seminars Keynote Speakers & Business Trainers

Laurie Gardner

Laurie received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, where she also taught quantum physics. Her book, The Road to Shine, is receiving all 5-star reviews on Amazon and is currently being featured in nationwide media. An avid world explorer and former Outward Bound wilderness instructor, Laurie traveled to 50 countries and 40 states by the time she was 33 and speaks five languages.

Keynote Topics: Career Development, Change/Career, Communication, Employee Development Goal Achievement,
Business Training Topics: Career Development, Leadership,

Laurie is a Harvard-educated Jersey girl who is the close, personal advisor, trainer, and coach to Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of countries, governors, mayors, and other top business, political and education leaders worldwide. She is the founder and principal of Shine Your Light Consulting, strategic training and coaching for out-of-the-box entrepreneurs who want to make a difference. A highly sought-after expert in leadership, organizational and personal development, she has 20 years of multilingual public speaking experience and is a frequent media guest. Laurie spent two decades spearheading an international public school reform movement, founding and directing an internationally acclaimed organization and helping hundreds of corporations, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies to start up and run successfully and profitably. Known for her quick wit, warmth, and laser-like insight, she has a unique talent for immediately getting to the crux of an issue and communicating practical, effective solutions. Authentic, humorous, and inspirational, she is passionate about helping you and your organization to thrive.

Laurie received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, where she also taught quantum physics. Her book, The Road to Shine, is receiving all 5-star reviews on Amazon and is currently being featured in nationwide media. An avid world explorer and former Outward Bound wilderness instructor, Laurie traveled to 50 countries and 40 states by the time she was 33 and speaks five languages.

Laurie’s clients include popular rock stars who are greening the music industry, a Middle Eastern mover-and-shaker who overhauled his entire country’s educational system, a mayor who started a military academy, and a stained glass designer for Hollywood high rollers who’s helping people to donate their credit card change to charity.

If you are passionate about an idea that helps the world and want help in making it happen, I would be honored to do everything I can to help you succeed.

Laurie graduated from Harvard four times. When asked why she kept returning to Cambridge, she replied, “Where else can you go out for homemade ice cream at 1:00 am?”

Harvard College

Bachelor of Arts, high honors, Psychology and Comparative World Religions, 1989. Undergraduate teaching fellow in quantum physics.

Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Masters in Education, highest honors, 1994. Dual degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, and Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments. Specializations: Educational leadership, public school reform, hands-on learning. Massachusetts Principal Certification (grades 5-12), 1997.

Massachusetts Teaching Certification (Spanish and Social Studies), 1995.

Following is a sample of Laurie’s most recent seminars, keynotes, and business training topics. Contact her for details and to personalize to your organization’s individual needs.

Warning: Laurie’s seminars are not for those who lack a sense of humor. We will laugh, joke, and have fun while engaging in serious personal and organizational change.

How to Be Happy Even When Life is Crappy: 3 clear steps to move your business from crappy to happy for more productive employees and a prosperous bottom line

Now What? Managing Organizational Change Without Falling into a Pit of Despair

Are You With Me? Team-Building and Conflict Management

From the Rearview Mirror to the Road Ahead: Setting and Achieving Doable and Powerful Strategic Goals

Leading Smarter, Not Harder: Maximizing Your Leadership Style and Strengths

The 3 C’s: Communication, Communication, Communication: Creating and Maintaining Effective Written and Verbal Understandings

Change is possible. You’re not alone. You and your business deserve to thrive.

S.B., Iowa\n\n“The more I peeled back the layers and interacted with Laurie, the more I discovered just how amazing she is.”\nJ.M., San Mateo\n\n\n“Laurie was awesome... she was on point, funny, real, light-hearted, and most importantly, she was exactly what I needed to wake myself up to what I have always known. Truly an amazing experience that I will tap into again in the near future..”\n\nD.G., Merced


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