Speaker Spotlight: Richard Avdoian CSP, Steven Iwersen CSP, Lauren Schieffer CSP, and Candy Whirley

December 2, 2016

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to four professional speakers who can help turn your meetings and events into educational occasions.

Richard Avdoian, Steven Iwersen, Lauren Schieffer, and Candy Whirley are noted for their ability to capture an audience’s attention, impart wisdom and inspiration, make guests think outside their comfort zones, and elevate events to a higher level of takeaway value.

Richard Avdoian 2Richard Avdoian CSP

Richard Avdoian is founder and chief executive officer of the Midwest Business Institute Inc. in metro St. Louis.  He is certified as a speaking professional by the National Speakers Association and International Federation of Professional Speakers.  Avdoian presents to a variety of groups on topics including teamwork, leadership, employee development, staff potential, customer service, and increasing profitability and productivity. He is a published writer and frequent guest on business radio shows. Avdoian’s clients have included the U.S. Postal Service, Corning Glass Co., Monsanto Co., and Associated General Contractors of America.  www.midwestbusinessinstitute.com


Steven Iwersen croppedSteven Iwersen CSP

Steven Iwersen is founder and owner of Aurora Pointe LLC, a Lenexa, Kan.-based speaking and leadership firm.  His areas of expertise include leader development and helping organizations grow through change.  Iwersen also offers targeted training and coaching for those wanting to become leaders in business.  He is a certified speaking professional, and the author of three volumes – Chasing Porcupines: How to Lead Prickly People; Unplugged:  Mindfulness and the Law; and Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony at Work.  He serves as a co-host for the National Speakers Association’s “Voices of Experience” audio and video magazine.  Clients have included Toshiba, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, KPMG, and Capital One.   www.steveniwersen.com


LaurenLauren Schieffer CSP

Olathe, Kan.-based speaker Lauren Schieffer is a sought-after presenter on subjects such as interpersonal communication, differences in communication styles, organizational morale, preventing and managing conflict, finding one’s individual significance, and improving an organization by engaging its staff and stakeholders. She is a certified speaking professional and the author of such volumes as Road Signs on the High Road of Life. Clients have included Colgate Palmolive, QuikTrip, State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. departments of Labor, Agriculture, Justice, and Veterans Affairs.  http://laurenschieffer.com


Candy Whirley 1 croppedCandy Whirley

Candy Whirley is the owner of Waverly, Mo.-based SBG Services LLC.  She is known for her motivational presentations on subjects such as personality dynamics, generational differences, leadership and team development, problem solving, emotional intelligence, and individual and organizational effectiveness.  Whirley is the author of It Takes Four to Tango, and offers her presentation materials on CD and DVD as well. Her client list includes the Million Dollar Round Table, Hallmark Cards, WalMart, and AgStar Financial.   www.candywhirley.com

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