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Founded in 1972, the Franklin University Speakers Bureau provides presentations of various lengths and topics by faculty and staff.

Speakers can be arranged for meetings, development series, training sessions, and other civic gatherings. Designed as part of the University's ongoing commitment to community involvement and development, the presentations are offered free of charge.

With experts in a variety of fields, the Franklin Speakers Bureau features dynamic presentations on topics in the categories of leadership, business issues, motivation/team building, marketing/sales, career/workplace satisfaction, communication/public relations, and more.

To schedule a speaker, please complete and submit the form on the right, preferably four to six weeks in advance of your event date.


  • Business Ethics: Its Role in Organizational Leadership
    If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization. This presentation focuses on the connection between leadership, effective decision-making, social responsibility, and long-term strategic planning. It also discusses the importance of following a decision and making models to improve performance.

  • Effective and Non-Effective Leadership Styles
    This presentation addresses the range of leadership styles and their related strengths and weaknesses. It also discusses the optimal leadership competencies needed by today's leaders.

  • Leadership and Ethics
    Your leadership ethics and values should be visible because you live them in your actions every single day. This topic focuses on how ethics form the foundation for successful personal and professional leadership.

  • Leadership Style and its Effect on Organizational Culture and Performance
    This presentation shows how the style of a leader is both mediated by and impacts an organization's culture - and ultimately, its performance.

  • Management and Leading: The Franklin University Program for Today’s Managers and Leaders
    Franklin University's redesigned Management Major synthesizes the areas of managing people, making effective decisions, understanding human behavior, implementing change initiatives, and learning core transformational leadership competencies. This presentation will demonstrate the impact the major will have on preparing individuals to lead organizations.

  • Transformational Leadership: Changing Self, Others, and the Organization
    This presentation discusses the four key components of transformational leadership and how they can develop both the leader and the follower.

  • What Coaching Can Do for Your Organization
    In this session you will learn about the differences between coaching, mentoring, and counseling, as well as how coaching situations, processes, and goal-setting can be used to strengthen your organization.

Business Issues

  • Be Pro-Growth and Embrace Creativity
    Are you positioned for growth? You should always be thinking about new strategies, products, and services. Learn how your organization can foster creativity and how to reduce the obstacles to innovation to become "pro-growth."

  • Strategic Planning: Its Importance - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
    This presentation focuses on the key steps of crafting a sound strategic plan, underscoring that any plan is living and evolving, which results in continual planning.

  • Training That Works
    How can you increase the effectiveness of your training programs? What are the most important principles and methods for teaching knowledge and skills? This presentation provides research-based methods and tools for improving training and instruction in your organization.


  • Best Practices for Collaborative Creativity: Using Neuro-Communication Insights to Foster Innovation In Project Teams
    The 21st century has been touted as the age of the brain, with ground-breaking research on how the brain works shedding new light on how we learn, processing information, and communicate. Findings from recent research can offer insights for persistent business issues, like how to balance creativity and constraint to achieve project goals. The tensions associated with creative work can be further complicated by group dynamics, making innovative project teamwork challenging. This presentation focuses on notable findings from innovation research and the role of humor and other means of navigating stressful interactions.  Participants will learn to use what we know about how the brain works to achieve optimal outcomes through collaborative creativity.

    Attend to learn:

    - How “radical innovators” and “adaptors” approach problems
    - Group dynamics that enable creativity and innovation
    - Strategies for harnessing conflict for positive results

    * Note: Basic information on current project methods, prior training, or issues/ questions identified by the organization/group are requested in advance for appropriate customization of content.

  • Communication Workshop
    How you can improve internal or external communication by following a few simple but vital steps.

  • Cost-Cutting Ways to Develop Communication Training That Rocks
    This presentation highlights how professional standards, learning outcomes, and job-specific tasks undergird a course design that incorporates synchronous and asynchronous e-learning methods, simulation, and gamification.  The exemplar of a communication course is shared to clarify the process of developing a training that connects practice to application in a way that is engaging and reflective of real-world situations.

    Attend to learn:

    - Sequencing learning activities so they build on prior experience
    - Strategies to identify competencies linked to situations
    - Challenges and Points - Primary “motivational affordances” in Gamification
    - Using current tools to enhance self-efficacy and transfer of skills

    * Note: basic information on current training offerings and identified training needs of the organization/group are requested in advance for appropriate customization of content.

  • Crisis Communication Workshop
    Find out how your organization can avoid a media crisis and what to do if one happens.

  • Improving Business Communication
    This presentation explores the dos and don'ts of business communication, using examples of good and bad communication to demonstrate the best ways and what kinds of information to communicate.

  • Public Relations Workshop
    This presentation explores the fundamentals of public relations, including good speechwriting, how to prepare for a press conference, and creating a strong strategic PR plan.

  • SNAFU: How Slang Impacts Work Communication
    This presentation is about abbreviations and various types of slang (BTW, ttly, LOLZ) that creep into professional communications. The focus of this light-hearted look at social media and other forms of text-based communication is how generational and professional differences can affect messaging. We will address how to approach these trends with professionalism and humor.

    Attend to learn:

    - Quality “normal” communication based on channels and audiences
    - Strategies to discuss expectations with new hires or interns
    - Tips for using abbreviations without being a #poser or #totes clueless

    * Note: Basic information on current technology use, social media policy, or issues/ questions identified by the organization/group are requested in advance for appropriate customization of content.

  • Social Media: Preserve Your Authentic Self
    Social media networks, especially Twitter and Linked In, are touted as great ways to "sell" your business and yourself and can be very effective in reaching audiences and building your brand. But your messages need to be consistent with who you are and what you do. Learn how to get your message across and create a dialogue with customers or prospective employers while preserving what makes you special.


  • Cyber Culture/Pop Culture and Technology
    This presentation demonstrates how new directions in technology are bringing us together, not driving us apart, while also highlighting new challenges to how we communicate.