9:00am - 10:45am
Opening Session

Making A Difference While Working and Living In The Fast Lane

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Deborah Gardner

CMP Author & International Speaker

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner helps companies and organizations professionals advance to new levels of success for maximum winning results. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with a captivating, entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style.

With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and a 25 year hospitality sales veteran. Deborah’s talents, knowledge and experiences for identifying untapped potential continues to prove results by helping hundreds of her clients worldwide to discover their competitive spirit. Along with a laundry list of awards, Deborah was just honored with the 2017 Top Woman Leaders by Smart Meetings Magazine, Convention Industry Council’s Top 30 Influential Meeting Professionals and, Meetings & Convention Magazine recent poll by meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard in the last 2 years, putting her in the category with Bill Clinton, General Collin Powell, Barbara Corcoran, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Magic Johnson and Tom Brokaw.

Deborah believes in mastering her craft on the platform by doing television commercial work as an actor, conducting voice-overs and runway modeling. Deborah lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and her lover boy, Chief, the dog that makes special program appearances. For more information, go to www.DeborahGardner.com or just Google, you’ll find her.

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