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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 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.

Grow Your Paycheck: Phrases, Strategies, and Mindsets You Need to Know to Get What You Want

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


February 4th
Community Career Event
Alexandria, VA

February 23rd
Harvard Club of DC
Washington, DC

March 2nd
George Washington University
Washington, DC

March 15th
Career Grease: How to Get Unstuck and Pivot Your Career Community Book Launch Event
Use promo code GREASE-AC to register for a free ticket.
5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC

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

Sampling of Participant Feedback

Alison’s salary negotiation talk helped me negotiate a 20% salary increase, signing bonus, and relocation assistance when I was accepting a new job. Most importantly, Alison’s workshop gave me the confidence to successfully navigate multiple rounds of negotiation while maintaining a constructive and friendly relationship with my future employers. Her insights and teaching style helped me tremendously, and the information I gained from this workshop will continue to serve me in many other professional and personal situations that require negotiation.” – J.C
“Before attending Alison’s salary negotiation workshop, I only had a rough idea of how to ask for a raise. But I had no idea how to present myself in a professional manner for the presentation; she gave us strong examples of how to bring in materials, what words to use, and most importantly what to avoid.” -Tara A.
“I have been on both sides of the negotiation table – but it wasn’t until I participated in Alison’s workshop that I was able to understand the psychological dynamics of negotiating – from both perspectives. An eye opening experience.” – Randi in Virginia
“Before I attended Alison’s Negotiating presentation, I was not confident about handling salary negotiations. Now, I feel like I have the tools to discuss salary requirements during an interview and negotiate a salary that I can be happy with. Thanks for the tools!” -Nona O.