Speaking Engagements

What I love about giving speeches is the impact they have on members of the audience….how research, ideas, insights and stories plant seeds. The goal is to help people connect dots about their own leadership, inspired to consider what’s possible for their impact. Insight empowers! I tailor my speeches to what is most useful to the focus of your event.

Topic Areas include: Leadership: Presence, Values, Engagement, Culture, Purpose, Trust & Reputation, Managing Dilemmas, Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Selected Speeches and Presentations

“Actionable Evaluation,” Panelist, Communication & Leadership Conference (CLCON) 2020, May 14, 2020, (rescheduled online).

“Gael O’Brien on the Impact of Workplace Loneliness,) Compliance Perspectives: An SCCE podcast, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, April 2, 2020, https://complianceandethics.org/gael-obrien-on-the-impact-of-workplace-loneliness-podcast/

“Communicating Effectively to Get to the Next Level of Greatness” Panelist, Member Forum, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council,” October 23, 2019, Cambridge MA

“Creating Leadership that Matters,” Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado, October 4, 2018, Greeley, CO; and “Why Good People Do Bad Things,” October 5, 2018

“Presence: Keys to Maximizing Our Impact When it Matters Most,” Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), September 12, 2018, Waltham, MA

“Ethical Issues Facing Social Entrepreneurs,” Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Executive Education, Babson College: July 16, 2018; and June 19, 2018

“Gael O’Brien on Self-Seal,” Compliance Perspectives: An SCCE podcast, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, July 3, 2018, http://complianceandethics.org/gael-obrien-on-self-seal-podcast/

“Navigating Change: Working Through Ambiguity to Build Trust,” Breakout Session, Toastmasters International District 31 Conference, May 12, 2018, Waltham, MA

“Three Triggers that Invite Ethical Failures & How Leaders Can Avoid Them,” Keynote, Annual Isenberg Ethics Competition, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, November 4, 2017

“Tips on Finding One’s Purpose & How Purpose Increases Leadership Effectiveness, Workshop, Staples, Framingham, MA, February 22, 2017

“Leadership, Culture, Integrity & the Wall of Self-Seal,” Executive Fellows, Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, November 1, 2016

“Fostering Ethical & Thriving Cultures: CPA Leadership, Principles & Engagements,” Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Burlington, MA, October 25, 2016

“Ethical Challenges: Working Through Ambiguity to Building Trust,” Massachusetts Society of CPAs, South Shore Breakfast Forum, Braintree, MA, April 28, 2016

“A Conversation about Ethics and Leadership,” Saltire Foundation Fellows, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, October 26, 2015

“Why Good People Do Bad Things: Values, Lenses and Putting Your Own Oxygen Mask on First as a Leader,” Massachusetts Society of CPAs, South Shore Breakfast Forum, Braintree, MA, April 30, 2015

“Values, Lenses and Putting Your Own Oxygen Mask On First As A Leader,” Network of Enterprising Women, Hopkinton, MA, April 6, 2015

“Avoiding Ethical Lapses: Values, Lenses and Decision-Making for CPAs,” Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Stockbridge, MA, June 24, 2014

“Avoiding Ethical Lapses: Values, Lenses and Decision-Making for CPAs,” Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Springfield, MA, June 25, 2014

“Leadership, Ethics, and Decision-Making: Connecting the Dots,” Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Boston, March 6, 2014

“Leadership Edge,” Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium, Tulsa, January 9, 2014

“Spiritual Intelligence: Leadership Edge,” Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium, Oklahoma City, January 8, 2014

“Leadership + Change: The Power of Purpose in Innovation,” 2013 Annual Conference, California Society of Association Executives, San Francisco, April 19, 2013

“Building Success: Giving Voice to Values Now and in Your Career,” California State University at Long Beach: October 3, 2012; April 16, 2012; and April 18, 2012

“The Leadership Challenge: Building Trust and Reputation,” Long Beach Rotary, May 11, 2011

“Shared Governance: Transforming a Culture,” University of the Virgin Islands, May 9, 2011

“Managing Your Dilemmas,” Pursuing Ethical Excellence Series sponsored by Union Bank, Passkeys Foundation, etc., April 13, 2011

“Ethical Leadership as a Risk Mitigation Strategy,” Burkenroad Institute 18th Annual Ethics Symposium on Business and Society, A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, New Orleans, February 18, 2011

“Sustainability: From the Board Room to the Break Room,” Green Cities, Business and Beyond, (LA) October 13, 2010

Other selected speeches at: Ethics and Compliance Officer Association Annual Business Ethics and Compliance Conference, The Conference Board Communications Conference, Los Angeles International Auto Show, Professional Coaches, and Mentors Association, Public Relations Society of America, and Ohio Society of Association Executives Annual Conferences.

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Transparent & authentic, insightful, seasoned with organizational knowledge, purposeful & engaging, Gael O’Brien takes her audiences on a journey of ethical exploration that is thought-provoking. She creates the needed disturbance that invites personal and professional growth. Gael carries the noble voice of humanity’s hopefulness.

Russell Williams
Chief Inspirational Officer, The Ethical Edge