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Speaking Bio

Alison Elissa Cardy is a career coach who helps people have better workweeks. She is an experienced speaker who has has successfully delivered over 100 presentations to audiences ranging from 10 to 300 people. Alison consistently delivers both inspiration and actionable takeaways. Her speaking style involves storytelling, humor, and audience participation.

Her speaking topics include:

  • Creating a Winning Career Plan
  • Successful Salary Negotiation Techniques and Mindsets
  • Creating Ease and Alignment in Your Workweek


“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

April 8th
Young Professionals in Transportation

April 13th
Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council

April 21st
Women Advancing Microfinancing

April 22nd
Women’s Information Network

June 20th
Authentic Girlfriends Circle Open House (DC Area Women Only)
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More Praise

“Alison’s workshop on salary negotiation was fantastic. Not only did she clearly and effectively present salary negotiation basics, but her presentation was also interactive, engaging, and fun! I would recommend her to any group.” -Roya Vasseghi, Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Solo & Small Practice Forum
“It was a pleasure working with Alison in the lead up to the Salary Negotiation presentation she did as part of our Emerging Leaders 2.0 Series for YNPNdc. The design she arrived at with our guidance for the session was exactly on point. During the presentation she mixed the right amount of theory with interaction, which brought the segment to life. We couldn’t be more positive about the experience.”-Jessa Morrison, YNPNdc Professional Development Committee
“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


Contact Alison to schedule a speaking engagement.