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Professional Speaker and Trainer


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.

Signature Talks Include:

Creating a Winning Career Plan

Alison supports professionals with actively managing their career direction in a fun, interactive environment. She assists your attendees in looking at the big picture of where they want to be going with their career and provides them with navigational frameworks that will support them in making career decisions. Your attendees will learn the 3 most important things to take into account when creating a career plan and the 5 biggest stumbling blocks people face when following through with their plan. They will walk away inspired to take ownership of their career.

Successful Salary Negotiation Techniques and Mindsets

Alison helps attendees brush up on effective negotiation techniques for getting the compensation package they’re most wanting, whether it is a specific dollar amount increase or another perk, like flex time, continuing education, or more vacation days. During this workshop Alison guides attendees through negotiation role plays in a comfortable and safe environment, teaches 5 core negotiation concepts, and pulls back the curtain on what may be causing them to feel uncomfortable or intimidated about asking for a more desirable employment package. Your attendees will leave the presentation with an improved negotiation knowledge base, an increase in their negotiation confidence, and clarity on the blocks that have been holding them back.

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Interested in having Alison speak at your next event or training? Excellent! Alison brings professionalism, experience, and a wonderful, supportive energy to every event she participates in. She is based in Arlington, VA and is most readily available to speak to audiences in DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DC metro area).

Contact Alison at speaking [at] alisonelissa [dot] com to schedule a speaking engagement. Please take the time to provide some additional information on your event in your email. Alison is regularly booked months in advance, so the more specific your answers, the faster we can get back to you!

Examples of relevant information to include are:

  • Topic of interest
  • Event date (or general timeframe you’re looking at) and location
  • Brief information about your event, audience, and predicted audience size
  • Speaker’s budget

Upcoming Events

WIFV_zpsxfgspr2c_copy May 13th
Women in Government Relations
Washington, DC

May 18th
Pros in the City
Washington, DC

May 21st
DC Web Women
Bethesda, MD

May 27th
DC Duke Women’s Forum, Career Advisory Network
Washington, DC

June 20th
Authentic Girlfriends Circle Open House (DC Area Women Only)
Arlington, VA
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Sampling of Organizer Feedback

“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, Arlington, Virginia
“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.
“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, Tysons Corner, Virginia