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 Prospero is a human resources expert who delivers highly engaging keynote presentations that help founders and leaders transform how they think and feel about work. She knows employers benefit when their team members feel included, are happier, and are more productive. Her philosophy is that we give up the best hours of our days and years of our lives for work, and we should love our jobs.
Her signature keynote is People Revolution: Create the Conditions for Your People to Thrive.
The 3 key takeaways from this presentation are:
Determine your real values that will attract and retain top talent
Assess your culture’s strengths and weaknesses
Challenge your mindset to drive your culture in a new way
Audiences love Kendra’s straightforward approach to keeping employee engagement a top priority for leaders. Her gifts include helping leaders understand how to create the conditions for their employees to thrive, and how that turns into profit. Every organization needs to get ahead of the curve to ensure they are an employer of choice.
Before founding Turning the Corner, an award-winning Human Resources consulting firm and “Best Place to Work”, Kendra worked for many years as a Software Engineer for IBM but felt she was struggling in a career that left her dying on the vine. Turning the Corner is a result of her following her passion for helping others as the CEO and Founder of one of the few firms in the nation that supports growing small businesses with all their people needs.
Kendra loves helping people get results, leading her team to greater places, and challenging us all to change the world one job at a time.
People Revolution: Create the Conditions for People to Thrive
The industrial revolution in the 1800s and the technical revolution in the 1990’s changed everything about the way we worked and how we ran our businesses. We are now on the front lines of a people revolution, and businesses who do not embrace that they are in the talent business are not going to survive. Creating the conditions for people to thrive at your company will need to take at least 30% of our time, money, and energy. If you don’t start thinking like this, just like in other revolutions, those that did not adapt to the change were left struggling.
I am a CEO and founder too, and this practical and inspiring talk pulls from my 12-year journey building my company and the results are I have little turnover, a culture that is admired, is profitable and I work a normal 40-hour week. If I can do it, you can too!
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!
“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
Many founders and entrepreneurs start their businesses because they have an itch to solve a problem but reach a point where they realize they can’t do it on their own. They have to hire and now they’re a manager. Now they are truly leading and this is where most businesses fail unless they turn the corner. Every leader goes through a place where they hit this humbling moment. Hosted by Kendra Prospero, join us on How I Turned The Corner and hear stories from seasoned founders who experience this.
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