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Specializing in building bridges between subjective human choices and the complexities of the modern electronic world, Emory Austin's vibrant and delightfully humorous presentations provide practical insights into the ways in which participants can connect to their own life lessons. Emory uses her remarkable gifts as a storyteller, allied with her expertise in strategy, branding, change management and customer service, to show her audience how they can choose the path of success.

Only five professional speakers are invited each year for induction into the International Speaker's Hall of Fame, and among these there are very few women; in her year, Emory was the only one. She has also been honored as a "Legend of the Speaking Profession". These honors reflect her expertise, style and professionalism and particularly the enormously positive response she receives from her audiences. Emory has clients in almost every industry across the globe; from healthcare to government, from nonprofits to pharmaceuticals, hundreds of organizations have benefited from her insights and she is frequently invited to return.

A Phi Beta Kappa in Writing and Psychology from Wake Forest University, Emory has hosted a talk show and her work has been called in by Simon & Schuster for use in their anthologies.

Full Profile

Emory Austin is fascinated by the myriad ways in which different people think, by why they do what they do, neglect what they neglect, choose what they choose, and by the patterns for success or failure they develop in the process. Your participants have developed highly individual ways of dealing with opportunities for leadership, professional and personal change, their customer base, and working relationships of all types! Are they where you′d like them to be in these areas?

What is going on in your organization with regard to all of this? Perhaps you are looking for an internationally sought-after expert and speaker with a brand new way to deliver your message. Your participants will identify with Emory Austin′s extraordinary gifts as a storyteller/strategist in ways that they will remember and use, because she will help them design a path for connecting their own life lessons to practical insights that they will act upon in positive ways on your behalf.

Emory′s presentations are unforgettable, growth-focused, and delightfully humorous. Clients line up to hear and to use her well-defined approaches to leadership, change, balance, customer service and teamwork. It′s all about subjective, human attitudes and action choices in an increasingly electronic world, and Emory builds a strong bridge between the two that is unifying, practical, and exciting.

Because of her ability to “dig deep,” Emory′s busy calendar is filled with national and international clients in almost every industry – healthcare, education, banking and finance, chambers of commerce and other associations, insurance, business and government, nonprofits, chemicals and agriculture, food service, computers, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, churches, real estate, direct sales, retail, construction, women′s organizations and utilities – and . . . she is invited back over and over again.

Why might Emory be your best choice? Because her customized focus is on partnering with you to enhance the professional culture that can produce the solutions required for success in your challenging and competitive environment. Our e-culture world is hungry for solid ways to build balance between cold technology and warmer people skills. Emory′s experience with leading international minds is a driving force in her acute analysis of ways to make this happen for your participants.

Emory Austin is recognized as one of only a handful of great women keynoters. She is a member of the International Speaker′s Hall of Fame, and was selected for her expertise, style, professionalism, reputation, and overwhelming audience response. Each year, only five professional speakers are chosen for this distinguished commendation, and Emory was the sole woman honoree! In 2006 she was honored as a Legend of the Speaking Profession.

Emory was the three-year host of an issue-based television talk show, and has been featured in best-selling Simon & Schuster anthologies by request of the publisher.

She is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest University with a major in writing and psychology.


Emory Austin Speaker Videos Back to top

Demo Video


Humorous speaker Emory Austin begins her presentation with some reminiscences of childhood. She recalls, “My childhood was extremely annoying. My parents were about 20 years older than all of my friends' parents, obviously a totally disgusting situation. And we couldn't afford a television, and so we had to do things like sing songs and write plays and read books and take walks and every night we had to sit around the dinner table, all of us together. My friends were lucky, they got to watch television all the time."

Remembering back to her days in high school, she tells the audience that she would always like to have been named Lisa. However, as she explains, “But I wasn't. I was named Emory, and I remember in high school I got a draft notice. It was not funny, and I can remember standing there with a draft notice in my hand, thinking maybe they can't do anything about the combination of genes and chromosomes that was going to keep me single forever…"

Recalling how her father would write a letter to every student beginning at his college, she offers a practical insight: “The subject he taught was Greek. Listen to me. If you make them feel important they will take Greek from you! Do you suppose there is a lesson in all that somewhere?"

Emory Austin Breast Cancer Speech



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Emory Austin introduces a series of presentations, all of which feature her clever practical solutions, lively enthusiasm and trademark humor. One of her most popular speeches is From She to Shining She, in which she describes her battle with breast cancer and the life lessons she took from it.

An expert on achieving greater leadership and professional excellence, Emory has several talks that will recalibrate your professional attitude; she shows you how simply staying where you are successful is a recipe for stagnation and sets out a roadmap which you can use to reach even greater heights of work and life satisfaction.

Emory is perfectly attuned to the demands of the modern sales culture in which customers demand a personal relationship with their service providers; she shows you how to see things through your customers' eyes and so provide them with exactly what they need not only to buy but also to keep coming back and recommend you to others.

From She to Shining She (Motivation, Resilience, Inspiration)
Breast Cancer. A scary diagnosis! Never anticipated. And yet . . . it happened to me. 20+ years ago. Totally unexpected. No genetic influence. But it could have been my heart . . . or some other type of cancer. At the time, a frightening nightmare that was completely unanticipated. And yet, as time has gone by, I am grateful - because I understand more fully what life and caring and support and medical research and possibility are truly all about. Breast cancer was the greatest teacher I have ever had. It, or some other life-threatening diagnosis, can be an impelling force toward uniquely enriching directions for those among us who have been struck by a hit to the solar plexus that knocks all the wind out of you. Or me.

An Ounce Of Different (Leadership, Motivation, Team Building)
Here it is: the success-seeker′s definitive edge. Your own unique insights and the ways you activate them are your master keys to success. You′ll learn to build on these strengths and construct more purposeful leadership. Playing to your strengths forms an internal alliance between them, your organization and your market. Making your differences memorable and profitable as you strive for mastery and impact will protect you from copycats and piracy, and will propel you beyond your competition! When you create a planned team environment, extraordinary performance becomes a daily occurrence. Emory opens doors to "aha" solutions that everyone will grasp, discuss, and use.

Yours Is The Vision (Dealing Positively with Change)
"How swift flows the tide that bears you along…how crucial the choices you make day by day." (from one of Emory′s poems) Change presents our most constant challenge as well as our greatest opportunity. We resist change even as we speed toward it. Learn how to compete smarter, lead smarter, work smarter…all while keeping up, getting ahead, keeping sanity intact, and increasing your value for a vital future! Staying up and motivated during down times is central to pushing the edge in today′s unpredictable economy. Renewed purposefulness can create a vastly different and far more profitable scenario than merely spinning your wheels on the "status quo plateau."

Eat Crackers In Bed... And Sleep On The Crumbs. (Personal/Professional Excellence)
Warning: Getting too comfortable with today’s success is a death sentence. The comfort zone too soon becomes the deadly zone. Emory presents how to elevate your flight pattern and set higher goals, while moving beyond where you are today to meet the future′s unpredictable demands. Don′t be overcome by attitude gridlock and get stuck in a holding pattern that could become a vision killer. Learn that intelligent risk-taking adds zest and sparks the clear-sighted strategies and actions that lead to success!

Is Your Bubble In The Middle? (Balance & Resilience)
Do you ever feel like you′re standing on one leg and flailing your arms wildly just to stay upright? The responsibility for balancing success and personal happiness is yours alone. Balance and realistic self-esteem begin with insights that often come our way in those unexpected "happenstances" that affect attitude and lead to clear-eyed self-examination and stronger goal focus. Balance consists of building on strengths and finding your own special niche. Attendees will gain a new perspective on making good decisions and getting a bigger bite out of life. And…they′ll be smiling for months to come!

My Map Must Be Upside Down (A Playful Look at Life′s Lessons)
Ever notice that life rarely turns out as expected? Make the odd twists on your route positive, and move forward with confidence as you re-draw your map with the pen of reality! Rethinking our route guidance system is often overlooked as we trot about layering more "stuff" on top of what is already there – forgetting to consider our own mileposts, speed limits and passing zones. Emory approaches this intriguing life-mapping exercise with strategies, humor, and attitude!

The Grass is Greener Where the Grass is Watered (Sales and Branding)
Is your “branding iron” hot? Are you effectively stamping your brand on everything you touch? In today’s global market, your closest competitors may be on the other side of the world as well as just around the corner. Every new day brings incredibly complex name recognition and selling challenges. Meet them head-on with strategies for delivering punch and impact to your sales and customer service roles. Master Emory’s creative mindset for outserving, outselling, and outbranding your competition.

Never Take Your Eye Off Your Boss (Customer Service)
Today’s hot topic - How to propel your clients and customers into absolute fidelity to you and your brand! Outserve your competition by weaving closer ties with those who vote with their dollars. Build trust, loyalty, effectiveness, appeal, and profit. Put on customer glasses; see and grasp what your clients′ highest needs actually are. Discover the mindset and develop the skills to act on every aspect of doing it right. Court your customers and they will say “I do!”

Close Encounters of the Crucial Kind (Education, Youth, Inspiration)
Those who teach and lead our youth face overwhelming challenges in helping them build a better world. How to use your skills wisely in positive and productive ways. How to light individual fires of potential and build self-esteem that makes sense. Put more fresh air and purpose into your own life and theirs. You have the power to touch the future in ways that no one else can. What an important honor! Join Emory for this inspiring celebration of workable and strength-building possibilities.



Emory Austin Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"Plenty of people will certify your skill! but, if you ever need a referral that goes a level deeper, that certifies your dedication, your substance and professionalism, then call me first. we could not have done it without you."
Karl F. Volkman,
Berkshire Life Insurance Company

"YOU! by far are the most stunning, amazing, influential and motivational person I have met... Words alone cannot express my appreciation..."
Harold L. Gieseking,
Virginia Job Corps

"Guess what! You came in first! Your presentation received the #1 rating of the 95 sessions that made up the agenda. Of course, I knew this all along...."
Kib Shorey, Customer Relations Director,
National Computer Systems

"Your energy, wit, intelligence and wisdom captured all of us. You were simply wonderful."
Bill Moren, Director,
The Principal Financial Group

"...A lot of your expressions were repeated throughout the week- you are a tough act to follow."
John E. Plummer, Director,
Occupational Safety & Health Administration

"Refreshingly extraordinary! Enthusiasm for your presentation at our main tent resulted in overflow audiences at your workshop."
Dan Boe,
IBM Corporation

"Your keynote presentation Sunday night was so successful that more than double the space was needed at the spouses′ luncheon Monday!"
Terry Larsen, Training Director,
Fairway Foods

"I was fascinated by the intriquing quilt of wisdom which you sewed together for us."
David Glisson, Business Services Manager,
United Telephone

"Inspiring calls to action, beautifully wrapped in a thoroughly entertaining package, were both refreshing and motivating."
Allen Herskowitz,
Science Applications Internations Corp

"Emory Austin succeeded in setting the tone for the entire Congress (6000 attendees!). Your presentation was not only motivational but it also touched our heartstrings and our funny bones."
Margaret Barton Burke, Chair, RN, MS. OCN,
Oncology Nursing Society

"Your words were wonderful! You have a gift for telling a story that captures the heads, the hearts and strengthens the guts of your listeners."
Stevan D. Porter, Executive Vice President,
Hilton Hotels International




* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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"Plenty of people will certify your skill! but, if you ever need a referral that goes a level deeper, that certifies your dedication, your substance and professionalism, then call me first. we could not have done it without you."
Karl F. Volkman,
Berkshire Life Insurance Company

"YOU! by far are the most stunning, amazing, influential and motivational person I have met... Words alone cannot express my appreciation..."
Harold L. Gieseking,
Virginia Job Corps

"Guess what! You came in first! Your presentation received the #1 rating of the 95 sessions that made up the agenda. Of course, I knew this all along...."
Kib Shorey, Customer Relations Director,
National Computer Systems

"Your energy, wit, intelligence and wisdom captured all of us. You were simply wonderful."
Bill Moren, Director,
The Principal Financial Group

"...A lot of your expressions were repeated throughout the week- you are a tough act to follow."
John E. Plummer, Director,
Occupational Safety & Health Administration

"Refreshingly extraordinary! Enthusiasm for your presentation at our main tent resulted in overflow audiences at your workshop."
Dan Boe,
IBM Corporation

"Your keynote presentation Sunday night was so successful that more than double the space was needed at the spouses′ luncheon Monday!"
Terry Larsen, Training Director,
Fairway Foods

"I was fascinated by the intriquing quilt of wisdom which you sewed together for us."
David Glisson, Business Services Manager,
United Telephone

"Inspiring calls to action, beautifully wrapped in a thoroughly entertaining package, were both refreshing and motivating."
Allen Herskowitz,
Science Applications Internations Corp

"Emory Austin succeeded in setting the tone for the entire Congress (6000 attendees!). Your presentation was not only motivational but it also touched our heartstrings and our funny bones."
Margaret Barton Burke, Chair, RN, MS. OCN,
Oncology Nursing Society

"Your words were wonderful! You have a gift for telling a story that captures the heads, the hearts and strengthens the guts of your listeners."
Stevan D. Porter, Executive Vice President,
Hilton Hotels International


From She to Shining She (Motivation, Resilience, Inspiration)
Breast Cancer. A scary diagnosis! Never anticipated. And yet . . . it happened to me. 20+ years ago. Totally unexpected. No genetic influence. But it could have been my heart . . . or some other type of cancer. At the time, a frightening nightmare that was completely unanticipated. And yet, as time has gone by, I am grateful - because I understand more fully what life and caring and support and medical research and possibility are truly all about. Breast cancer was the greatest teacher I have ever had. It, or some other life-threatening diagnosis, can be an impelling force toward uniquely enriching directions for those among us who have been struck by a hit to the solar plexus that knocks all the wind out of you. Or me.

An Ounce Of Different (Leadership, Motivation, Team Building)
Here it is: the success-seeker′s definitive edge. Your own unique insights and the ways you activate them are your master keys to success. You′ll learn to build on these strengths and construct more purposeful leadership. Playing to your strengths forms an internal alliance between them, your organization and your market. Making your differences memorable and profitable as you strive for mastery and impact will protect you from copycats and piracy, and will propel you beyond your competition! When you create a planned team environment, extraordinary performance becomes a daily occurrence. Emory opens doors to "aha" solutions that everyone will grasp, discuss, and use.

Yours Is The Vision (Dealing Positively with Change)
"How swift flows the tide that bears you along…how crucial the choices you make day by day." (from one of Emory′s poems) Change presents our most constant challenge as well as our greatest opportunity. We resist change even as we speed toward it. Learn how to compete smarter, lead smarter, work smarter…all while keeping up, getting ahead, keeping sanity intact, and increasing your value for a vital future! Staying up and motivated during down times is central to pushing the edge in today′s unpredictable economy. Renewed purposefulness can create a vastly different and far more profitable scenario than merely spinning your wheels on the "status quo plateau."

Eat Crackers In Bed... And Sleep On The Crumbs. (Personal/Professional Excellence)
Warning: Getting too comfortable with today’s success is a death sentence. The comfort zone too soon becomes the deadly zone. Emory presents how to elevate your flight pattern and set higher goals, while moving beyond where you are today to meet the future′s unpredictable demands. Don′t be overcome by attitude gridlock and get stuck in a holding pattern that could become a vision killer. Learn that intelligent risk-taking adds zest and sparks the clear-sighted strategies and actions that lead to success!

Is Your Bubble In The Middle? (Balance & Resilience)
Do you ever feel like you′re standing on one leg and flailing your arms wildly just to stay upright? The responsibility for balancing success and personal happiness is yours alone. Balance and realistic self-esteem begin with insights that often come our way in those unexpected "happenstances" that affect attitude and lead to clear-eyed self-examination and stronger goal focus. Balance consists of building on strengths and finding your own special niche. Attendees will gain a new perspective on making good decisions and getting a bigger bite out of life. And…they′ll be smiling for months to come!

My Map Must Be Upside Down (A Playful Look at Life′s Lessons)
Ever notice that life rarely turns out as expected? Make the odd twists on your route positive, and move forward with confidence as you re-draw your map with the pen of reality! Rethinking our route guidance system is often overlooked as we trot about layering more "stuff" on top of what is already there – forgetting to consider our own mileposts, speed limits and passing zones. Emory approaches this intriguing life-mapping exercise with strategies, humor, and attitude!

The Grass is Greener Where the Grass is Watered (Sales and Branding)
Is your “branding iron” hot? Are you effectively stamping your brand on everything you touch? In today’s global market, your closest competitors may be on the other side of the world as well as just around the corner. Every new day brings incredibly complex name recognition and selling challenges. Meet them head-on with strategies for delivering punch and impact to your sales and customer service roles. Master Emory’s creative mindset for outserving, outselling, and outbranding your competition.

Never Take Your Eye Off Your Boss (Customer Service)
Today’s hot topic - How to propel your clients and customers into absolute fidelity to you and your brand! Outserve your competition by weaving closer ties with those who vote with their dollars. Build trust, loyalty, effectiveness, appeal, and profit. Put on customer glasses; see and grasp what your clients′ highest needs actually are. Discover the mindset and develop the skills to act on every aspect of doing it right. Court your customers and they will say “I do!”

Close Encounters of the Crucial Kind (Education, Youth, Inspiration)
Those who teach and lead our youth face overwhelming challenges in helping them build a better world. How to use your skills wisely in positive and productive ways. How to light individual fires of potential and build self-esteem that makes sense. Put more fresh air and purpose into your own life and theirs. You have the power to touch the future in ways that no one else can. What an important honor! Join Emory for this inspiring celebration of workable and strength-building possibilities.



Demo Video


Humorous speaker Emory Austin begins her presentation with some reminiscences of childhood. She recalls, “My childhood was extremely annoying. My parents were about 20 years older than all of my friends' parents, obviously a totally disgusting situation. And we couldn't afford a television, and so we had to do things like sing songs and write plays and read books and take walks and every night we had to sit around the dinner table, all of us together. My friends were lucky, they got to watch television all the time."

Remembering back to her days in high school, she tells the audience that she would always like to have been named Lisa. However, as she explains, “But I wasn't. I was named Emory, and I remember in high school I got a draft notice. It was not funny, and I can remember standing there with a draft notice in my hand, thinking maybe they can't do anything about the combination of genes and chromosomes that was going to keep me single forever…"

Recalling how her father would write a letter to every student beginning at his college, she offers a practical insight: “The subject he taught was Greek. Listen to me. If you make them feel important they will take Greek from you! Do you suppose there is a lesson in all that somewhere?"

Emory Austin Breast Cancer Speech