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Speaking Bio


Alison Elissa Cardy is a career direction coach who specializes in helping people navigate their careers. She is an experienced speaker who consistently delivers both inspiration and actionable takeaways. Her speaking style involves storytelling, humor, and audience participation.

Alison is an active member of Toastmasters International. She is an Advanced Communicator Bronze and has won her club’s humorous speech contest.

Her speaking topics include:

  • Creating a Winning Career Plan
  • Successful Salary Negotiation Techniques and Mindsets
  • Common Career Concerns and What to Do About Them
  • 5 Mindsets to Help You Survive Your Job Search

Testimonials

“It was a pleasure having you come and speak! I don’t think that I have ever seen so many folks wait around after the event to talk with the speaker, which I think is a good indicator of how well you engaged people.” -Dana Kaasik, Graduate Research Assistant, Center for NonProfit Studies at George Mason University
“Alison worked diligently to develop content, find a venue, and recruit fellow alumni clubs to join Cornell alums in a session on “Developing a Winning Career Plan,” a pertinent topic in today’s ever-changing economic environment. Alison presented worthwhile information to a group of about 60 guests, with a networking session to follow, further adding value to the event. She was communicative and easy to work with and the event was a success for all!” -Lindsay Shattenstein, Young Alumni, Cornell Club of Washington, D.C.
“I just wanted to let you know that Alison Cardy was an awesome speaker! She was articulate and informative. I especially appreciated that she was willing to stay after so we could ask her specific questions about our own situations. I would definitely recommend bringing her back for a future event.” -Attendee at Cornell Alumni Event
Alison volunteered her time and expertise to share her “Creating a Winning Career Plan” with a group of 33 young women professionals in attendance of the Public Leadership Education Network’s PLEN360 Summit, a two-day conference focused on the skills needed for career success. Coming in to wrap up day one of the program, Alison entered the room with all of the energy that we needed to keep our participants engaged and inspired at the end of a long day. Alison’s presentation was interactive and extremely approachable for our participants who ranged in age and life experiences. We all left with a solid foundation upon which to build our own career plans and with a renewed sense of confidence that our passions need not be dismissed in order to achieve success. Thank you, Alison, for your time and encouragement! -Jillian Lopez, Public Leadership Education Network

Upcoming Events


2014
September 1st
Authentic Girlfriends Circle August Event (DC Area Women Only)
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October 2nd
Women’s Bar Association

Fall 2014
DC Web Women
University of Maryland Law School Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland
Young Non Profit Professionals Emerging Leaders Series

2015
Women in Bio DC/Baltimore Chapter

Previous Speaking Engagements

Arlington Writers Group
Career TEAM
Common Sense Networking
Cornell Alumni Club of Washington DC
Falls Church Rotary Club
George Mason University, Nonprofit Speakers Series
George Mason University, Public and International Affairs Graduate School Program
George Washington University, Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi
George Washington University, Alpha Phi Fraternity
George Washington University, Alpha Phi Omega
IgniteDC 2011
IgniteDC 2012
Intersections, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner/ McLean
Penn Alumni Club of Washington DC
Public Leadership Education Network
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at First Baptist Church of Alexandria
The HUB
UChicago Alumni Club of Washington DC
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland QUEST Program
Young Education Professionals DC
Young Non Profit Professionals DC
Young Non Profit Professionals DC Annual Conference
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

More Praise

“Alison’s work with my student organization was outstanding. Her ability to relate to our members and provide valuable insight that we could all take away from made her a wonderful resource for us. She communicated well with us before, during and after our session, and she kept our organization’s specific needs of service learning as students and adults in mind. We look forward to working with her again in the future.” -Christina Revenis, Vice President, Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, Theta Chi chapter George Washington University
“Alison developed a workshop especially for our audience of young professionals. She is an engaging speaker and her presentation was both thought-provoking and approachable.” -Andrea Bufka, Professional Development Committee, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network DC
“Alison walked in the room with a great attitude and immediately won over the trainees with her presentation. She was extremely knowledgeable and helped trainees work through some of the thoughts that were holding them back from progressing. She left them with useful tools that will undoubtedly help them move forward. We can’t wait to have her back!” -Deniece Pope, Lead Trainer, Career TEAM DC
“I thought Alison’s presentation was excellent! Alison was poised, confident, professional, and shared top notch info. I had a blast.” -Diane Cohen, Coaching2Connect, Attendee
“Alison was extremely informative and identified many common concerns that college students have regarding their future. Alison also shared stories of her past experiences which helped engage the audience. Attendees of the event reflected to me how much they enjoyed the coaching session with Alison. I look forward to working with Alison again very soon!” -Betsy Chau, Vice President of Professional Development, Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta Mu Chapter at George Washington University
You were just perfect!!!! Thanks, Alison, so very much! Our folks are so hungry and appreciative when someone takes the time to be with them. You have given them valuable tools for a lifetime. For that, The HUB is grateful. I would very much like for you to return to our group for another speech in the future -HUB Organizers
Your session was one of my favorite parts of the summit and really clarified how to approach the job search. I appreciated your advice and look forward to incorporating it into the beginnings of my career path! -Attendee at PLEN360 Summit
Your workshop was amazingly helpful to me because I have been trying to figure out my life after college. I am a worrier and a planner, so I get myself freaked out. Your seminar was incredibly helpful in just reminding myself to take a breath and remember it all doesn’t have to be figured out right away. Your session stuck with me in so many ways, and I am so thankful I had to opportunity to hear your speak. -Attendee at PLEN360 Summit
Thank you for such an all encompassing presentation. It came right on time. You were relaxed and confident in your area of expertise. I loved how you used the audience to supplement the questions that were industry specific. I wish we had more time!!!- F. Jones

Scheduling

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