Speaker Showcase

Tuesday, November 15


Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald, Multicultural Marketing and Business Trends Expert

Represented by Keppler Speakers.

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in diversity and inclusion, leadership, marketing, the customer experience and consumer trends. She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, which has twice been named one of the Top Ad Agencies in the United States by "Advertising Age" magazine and ranked as one of the fastest-growing independently owned companies in the United States by "Inc. Magazine."

Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Chubb, NASA, Kimberly-Clark, Nike, Harley-Davidson, Miller-Coors, and Sherwin-Williams.

Kelly was named one of the 10 Most Booked Speakers in the United States and ranked #1 on the list of 25 Hot Speakers by Successful Meetings Magazine.

She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, on CNNMoney.com and more.

She is the author of four bestselling books on diversity & inclusion, marketing, the customer experience and leadership.

Her latest, "It’s Time to Talk about Race at Work:  Every Leader’s Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion" debuted as the #1 Bestselling Business Book in the U.S.

Kelly lives in Denver and when she’s not on the road speaking, she enjoys boxing (yes, boxing, not kickboxing) – and shopping for high heels.

Learn more about Kelly.

Riaz Meghji

Riaz Meghji, Human Connection Expert

Represented by Speakers' Spotlight.

Riaz Meghji is a human connection keynote speaker and author of the book "Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships." He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television experience, interviewing experts on current affairs, sports, entertainment, politics and business. Along the way, he not only learned the power of a candid conversation, but also how to put it into practice.

Meghji has hosted for Citytv's "Breakfast Television", TEDxVancouver, MTV Canada, CTV News, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He is a natural storyteller with a proven ability to conduct engaging, in-depth conversations across various disciplines, making him a highly sought-after keynote speaker and moderator. Meghji is also the founder of Every Conversation Counts: a platform that shares insights from leaders, celebrities, athletes, and philanthropists all with one common thread—memorable conversations that forever altered the course of their life.

Off camera, Riaz dedicates himself to philanthropy and causes he cares about including Canuck Place Children's Hospice and Covenant House. He holds a degree in business from Simon Fraser University and studied Leadership Communication at Harvard's Extension School and the Canadian Management Centre.

Learn more about Riaz.

Crystal Washington

Crystal Washington, CSP, Technology Strategist and Futurist

Represented by Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau Inc.

Crystal Washington, CSP works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity!

As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Crystal takes complex social media, app and web topics and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people.

Crystal’s clients comprise Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE, and as a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe.

As one of Forbes’ 50 Leading Female Futurists, she has appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert.

Crystal is the author of the books One Tech Action and "The Social Media Why."

Learn more about Crystal.

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