Speaker and CEO Kendra Prospero shares genuine, funny, and captivating stories from her failures and successes as a leader, founder, and award-winning business owner. Kendra is an accomplished executive recruiter, human resources expert, and executive coach who helps companies build and lead strong, happy teams. Her passion is helping leaders transform their businesses by focusing on their most important asset: people.
Kendra is a charismatic and pragmatic keynote speaker. Audiences love her no-nonsense approach and action-oriented presentations that offer both inspiration and actual tools they can use right away in their own lives and businesses.
Kendra’s client list includes both Fortune 500 and startups alike, including Google, Infusionsoft, Ricoh USA, Project Management Institute, Galvanize, Boomtown, SurveyGizmo, and SHRM Colorado.
Speaker and CEO Kendra Prospero empowers organizations and leaders to build winning teams and transform their company cultures in the process.
Kendra is a natural speaker, loving the stage since she was a young child. Although she attended college with the dream of performing professionally, her path led her toward a degree in computer information systems and a 15-year career at IBM and Hewlett Packard. After a decade of refining her own management and leadership processes, she discovered her true gift: Transforming the way employees feel about their work and helping companies harness the dramatic growth and productivity that follows.
As the Founder and CEO of Turning The Corner, specializing in custom HR services, recruiting, and leadership training, Kendra knows first-hand what it’s like to be in her audience’s shoes. She’s faced the highs and lows all entrepreneurs do and used those experiences to build an award-winning company culture that inspires the best in her team.
Since its inception in 2011, Turning The Corner has increased five times in size, has been recognized as a Fastest Growing Company by the Denver Business Journal, and has received a 2019 Best Places to Work Award. It is one of the few firms in the nation that supports both job seekers and businesses who are hiring, giving Kendra a unique perspective as a professional keynote speaker and program leader. Her experience founding a small business after years in corporate America resonates with leaders at all levels including entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and employees alike.
Get Off the Recruiting Treadmill
Every growing company is looking for talent right now, and the task of filling open positions is overwhelming and daunting. More than ever, the hiring process can be time-consuming, costly, and discouraging for a busy leader. Your organization’s success depends on your ability to hire and retain top talent, yet it can take months to fill a single position—and then, how do you really know the person is right? Finding great talent is more of a science than an art, yet many leaders struggle to fill roles. Additionally, if you have a revolving door of talent and you’re struggling to keep people, this makes your hiring process even more challenging.
I am a CEO, Founder, and Recruiter and I have personally recruited for hundreds of positions. This practical and inspiring talk pulls from my 11-year journey building a company where I have a constant pipeline of great candidates, have little turnover, a culture that is admired, is profitable and I work less than a 40-hour week. If I can do it, you can too!
On Becoming More
Most leaders find a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative to be important and also find it daunting. You know that there is value in having a more diverse team, but most leaders have little idea around how to do it - the efforts to hire, promote, train, and retain a diverse team people seem like too much with little impact. The journey begins with a single step, and it is possible to create a diverse team with time and effort.
I am a founder too, and this practical and inspiring talk pulls from my 11-year journey building a company where I have diverse representation from every member of my team. Plus, we have little turnover, a culture that is admired, is profitable and I work less than a 40-hour week. If I can do it, you can too!
3 Steps to Find Work You’ll Love
The finest hours of our day and the best years of our lives are spent at work, and deep down we all have a need to feel like the work matters. Yet, 80% of the population self-report that they hate their job. Who benefits from this? We can’t think of one stakeholder that wins when people hate their job. Yet, when you love your job, everyone benefits.
I hated my job for 13 years, and I felt so stuck because I was addicted to the paycheck. After making 3 significant changes in my life, I found myself in my dream job and doing the work I was born to do. I now spend all my time helping people and companies make sure that everyone, someday, will love their job.
“Kendra delivered one of the most talked-about sessions during the 2018 Spring CGAIT conference. She inspired our members, gave them the push they needed to take their hiring to the next level and left them with a greater perspective on building a team with “no jerks”. She did her research on our industry and delivered hands-on tactics our members could take home and implement right away. Kendra is a brilliant speaker and personable individual. Funny, motivating, relatable and knowledgeable.”
Colorado Govern. Assoc. of Information Technology
“I can’t thank you enough for coming and presenting such relevant information. Every attendee left with something. 2 things jumped out at me. You live what you preach. This gave you instant credibility. I also liked how you were able to reconcile 2 somewhat conflicting values – family-friendly and results. Some people preach culture more naively. I see your more realistic model as a key reality of building a healthy culture. Finally, your model of situational leadership is so lucid. Makes complete sense. Many other key takeaways but these resonated with me.”
The Alternative Board
“Kendra Prospero was inspiring, empowering, and shared real-life stories and practical experience at the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ program in Denver, Colorado. Her positive influence made a huge impact and gave the audience hope on how to create a greater level of inclusion and diversity within their company culture.”
Diversity & Inclusion UZ