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Award-winning strategic leadership expert, and future of work influencer

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Our keynote speaker Cheryl Cran is a leading  consultant and leadership coach with more than 20 years of consulting experience. Drawing on her exceptional insights, she provides her audiences with effective tools and advice in order to improve engagement, increase leadership abilities,  and has been named as a #1 future of work influencer.

Cheryl Cran is an internationally renowned and award winning strategic leadership consultant. She provides leaders and teams with (r)evolutionary change management skills to lead with 2020 vision using cutting edge tools.

Cheryl Cran has worked with hundreds of industries, in dozens of countries, and with thousands of audiences, sharing her insights into effective leadership, innovation, and agility in a time of fast-paced change. Her research into the future of work, change management, technology innovation, and generations impact provides data and strategies to inspire leaders to drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace, today – a workplace of shared leadership and innovative collaboration.

Starting out in her 20s as a high-performing senior leader in the banking and insurance industries, Cheryl Cran’s fast rise to success inspired her interest in helping others achieve the same. She pursued an opportunity of interning for a major consulting firm before establishing her own consulting firm in the late nineties.

Having consulted major brands such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDx, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more, Cheryl Cran has developed a thriving practice and esteemed global clients who have achieved breakthrough success as a result of working with her. She also works with small to midsized firms including professional practices, tech firms and more.

Cheryl Cran is the author of six books. Her best-selling 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work is a global success and has been the guide for training programs that are currently licensed by partners in over 60 countries. Her newest book, The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World, released in November 2015, offers a powerful collection of tools to inspire individual and collective transformation quickly and more effectively.

In 2014, Cheryl Cran was named Global Consultant of the Year in 2014 by TMI Global and is the past President of the Global Speakers Federation. In 2012 Cheryl was inducted into the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame, an honor awarded to less than 30 others.

A responsive and committed speaker, Cheryl Cran delivers intuitive insights to ultimately inspire organizations to be adaptive and iconic leaders in their industries. Her style is direct and on point yet humorous, and she is completely committed to helping others succeed. As she says, “Let’s get things done – while having some fun!”


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The Future of Work Is Now- Are You Ready?

Employee engagement, creating future ready leaders, attracting and retaining top talent are all elements that are rapidly changing and impacting the way we work and how we need to change to meet the challenges of the future workplace today.

This keynote will provide researched global business insights, thought provoking, creative, leading edge ideas and strategies on how leaders can take immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability and execution NOW as we head towards 2030.

  • A look at the trends and technologies shaping the future workplace today
  • Ideas for leaders and their teams to adapt their personality style and leadership style to the fast changing workplace
  • “How” to successfully work with and engage the multiple generations in the workplace
  • Insights into how leaders need to adapt to the ever-changing reality of worker attitudes and shifting attitudes on loyalty, job satisfaction and how work is done
  • Mindset model on how to navigate fast pace of change as we head to future of work
  • Research on the multiple intelligences needed to navigate the future of work
  • Case studies and examples of progressive companies and leaders on the leading edge of creating innovative future ready workplaces
  • Strategies on how to get everyone on board with the overall future vision, build excitement for the company’s direction and create commitment and buy-in to taking action today and for the future
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The Best Way to Create the Future is to Map It.

This future of work keynote provides insights into the future of work and strategies to proactively map the future as a leader. Dynamic ideas and creative approaches to help build future ready leadership that drives transformation towards the future of work.

  • Insights on the impact of AI and robotics on your industry locally and globally
  • A bi-modal model on how to leverage the best of what’s working now with data from future trends research
  • Case studies of organizations that have successfully mapped their future by being on top of trends and future of work
  • How to harness the ‘people first’ principle of future workplaces and a look at leaders who have leveraged technology to enable extraordinary value for clients and employee experience
  • A ‘what needs to change’ and ‘what will never change’ checklist to help prioritize strategic actions towards future of work
  • Inspiration, ideas and a ‘map’ of the future for self/teams/business that can be put into practical application right away
  • NextMapping™ model and steps to create your future for self/business
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Future Ready Teams - How to Create Agile, Adaptable & Innovative Teams

This future of teams’ keynote provides dynamic insights into the future of teams and how team structure is morphing to meet the real-time disruptions and demands of fast changing world. Research shows that small teams with highly motivated and engaged individuals are able to innovate and execute very quickly. The impact on business with high performing teams is faster ideas to market, nimble solutions for client experience and ultimately competitive advantage.

  • The latest research on team dynamics needed for future of work
  • Statistics and data on the best future of work structure of a team, the best mix of personalities, aptitudes and more
  • Strategies for team members to build a ‘me to we’ future of work attitude
  • A mindset model on how to shift towards a ‘shared leadership’ team culture
  • Ideas on how to cross collaborate, break down silos and innovate across the business
  • How to create agile, adaptable and innovative teams
  • Inspiration and plans to ‘map out’ what’s next for your teams to be future of work ready
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“Cheryl was our keynote speaker at the UVA Wise Economic Forum and she presented “The Future of Work is Now – Are You Ready?” The response from our audience included comments such as: “Fantastic and inspirational view of the future” “Loved the blend of practicality along with a push to help us be more innovative” “Phenomenal ideas on how we can innovate and increase real time creativity for future success” “Excellent research and statistics on the future of work and its relevance to both education and business” “Inspired by Cheryl Cran” We would definitely have Cheryl back to provide more insights on the future of work, innovation and change leadership.”


University Virginia at Wise

“Cheryl was our opening keynote speaker for our annual AGA National Leadership Training and she was phenomenal! Her keynote was titled, “The Art of Change Leadership – How to Flex in Flux” and her message was truly timely and of high value to our participants. We received overwhelming positive feedback from our group about Cheryl’s dynamic delivery style, the polling and Q&A interaction, and the survey she sent to participants to get to know her audience and customize her presentation. Cheryl’s opening keynote started our conference off with huge energy – we loved the videos and the music that got everyone excited for the rest of the day.”

J. Bruce, Director of Meetings

Association of Government Accountants

There is no better motivational speaker, generational psychology expert, and change leadership mentor than Cheryl Cran. Cheryl is totally credible, sincere, transparent, and endearing as she relates her life experiences to today’s business and work situations. I have no reservations in recommending her to any Fortune 100 company who is dealing with radical change in their workforce. The world would be a much better place if they followed Cheryl’s advice and recommendations on hope to relate to others and how to cope.”


President, Raytheon Employee Association

“At our annual staff event, Cheryl delivered an inspirational and informative keynote address on the future of work and its impact on us. She worked closely with us to customize her address to ensure it was meaningful and relevant to our staff. Cheryl’s talk was provocative and delivered with positive energy.”


Chief Executive Officer BC Pension Corporation

Being a guest on Diane’s show is truly a first-rate experience. Diane is a fabulous host, making the setting warm and conversational. I love her energy and enthusiasm, which made me want to lean in further to our discussion. I appreciate the passion we share around curiosity, leadership, and business and I know we could have continued the conversation for hours. Thank you, Diane, for creating high-quality work with fascinating guests that people look forward to listening to and learning from.

Kim Bohr

CEO at The Innovative Group Inc.

Interview with Cheryl Cran

What do you gain personally from being a keynote speaker?

I truly want to transform business through leadership and help businesses grow and thrive by helping leaders to lead in a way that engages and inspires others to work together for a common goal. Keynote speaking is an opportunity to provide energy, information, tools, new insights and some fun and I love the interaction with the audience. If I can provide one or two new ideas with a bunch of new insights then I feel like I have contributed on a big level. I love what I do.

What types of results do clients experience after your programmes and keynotes?

I have been keynoting for over 20 years and my testimonials from clients always say that my keynotes are eye opening, lots of good insights and tips, inspiring and practical ideas. People leave my keynotes with revived energy around their work and with practical ideas to go back and implement into their work right away.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

I have so many – I have been blessed and honored to work with clients all over the world, my work in Italy was especially rewarding as well as the people that I get to meet and connect with globally. I love the overall experiences I have been able to have as a result of my speaking career.

What do you consider the biggest challenge facing businesses today?

Technology integration for optimal business while leading in a way that is evolutionary for business. Many companies are struggling with attracting and retaining top talent and it all comes back to leadership. Leaders need to ‘upgrade his or her operating system’ which includes thinking differently, leveraging technology and engaging people with more energy awareness.

Can you provide 3 tips for effective collaboration in multi-generational teams?

Generations intelligence is one component of being a master leader – I often share with my clients that there are multiple intelligences.

When it comes to the generations I would say that these tips are key:

  • Have a team session on the different perspectives that include different personalities and generations to increase awareness and appreciation of each other.
  • As an individual take the time to understand the values and approaches of each of the generations – often there is misunderstanding simply because of lack of awareness.
  • Communicate with a focus on the strengths and the gifts that each person on the team brings – often we focus on what the ‘differences’ are rather than what we have in common.

And a bonus tip – leverage technology to communicate with each other and use all forms of communication to increase success: face to face, email, instant messaging, texting, etc.

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