Keynote Speakers

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Suzanne Bates, CEO, CSP

Suzanne Bates, speakerSuzanne Bates is an executive coach, author, certified speaking professional (CSP), former award-winning television news anchor, and CEO of Bates Communications, Inc. Suzanne is an executive coach to top Fortune 500 executives and is the author of the best-selling Speak Like a CEO: Secrets for Commanding Attention and Getting Results, Motivate Like a CEO: Communicate Your Strategic Vision and Inspire People to Act!, and Discover Your CEO Brand: Secrets to Embracing and Maximizing Your Unique Value as a Leader, all published with McGraw Hill.

Ms. Bates founded Bates Communications Inc. after a successful on-air career with major market television stations WBZ-TV Boston, WCAU-TV Philadelphia and WFLA-TV Tampa-St. Petersburg. She was a recipient of the AP News Award, and interviewed thousands of political leaders, executives, experts, authors and celebrities over her career.

Suzanne is one of 600 speakers in the world to receive the CSP designation. The Certified Speaking Professional Designation is awarded to members of the National Speakers Association who have met the requirements of a rigorous five year evaluation, including professional education, paid speaking, testimonials from clients, and adherence to the ethical standards of the speaking profession.

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“Suzanne Bates is such a dynamic, engaging speaker that we felt very lucky to have her on stage for our July 2011 CIO Perspectives event in Boston.  Her keynote presentation (“Discover Your Leadership Brand”) was rated by fully 96% of our audience members as “very good to excellent.”  The material truly resonated with our audience of Chief Information Officers and senior technology leaders, many of whom are looking for expert advice on building their own brands and communicating more effectively across the C-suite with CEOs and business peers.  In her very lively, energizing session, Suzanne gave them clear tips – and most importantly, actionable suggestions -- on how to implement these valuable strategies.” - Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO magazine & Events 


David Casullo

David Casullo, speakerDavid Casullo is President of Bates Communications and author of Leading the High-Energy Culture (McGraw Hill 2012).

Prior to joining Bates Communications, David held the Senior Vice President of Human Resource role at the rapidly growing national retailer, Raymour & Flanigan. For ten years his leadership helped Raymour & Flanigan become a billion dollar retail giant, the largest furniture retailer in the Northeast and one of the fastest growing in the US, with nearly 4,300 associates company-wide.

David's passion is developing leaders who have the courage and capability to change the world. His experiences as a successful business leader and entrepreneur give him credibility with executives and emerging leaders in key roles throughout organizations.

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"Last month's MBODLG speaker, Dave Casullo, president of Bates Communications, spoke on Leading the High Energy Culture, which is based on the research for his book. He was fantastic. In fact, one of the best professional speakers I've ever heard. His talk revealed key strategies for discovering your core values as a leader and using them to effectively engage and motivate people." - Clarissa Sawyer, Partner, Second Curve Systems; Executive Team Member/Programs/Marketing & Communications, Mass Bay Organization Development Learning Group



Craig Bentley

Craig Bentley, speaker

Craig Bentley is an executive coach and senior communications consultant. Prior to joining Bates Communications in 2007, Craig was a principal at a management consulting firm.

Craig is a sought-after business consultant, financial expert and speaker. His thirty years of experience in domestic and international financial markets, banking, business development, and strategic planning provide his clients with a diverse, strategic perspective to leadership communications.

Craig has been active in a number of professional organizations and has lectured at universities, seminars, and industry conferences domestically and abroad. He lived in Europe and Asia for over 10 years and has conducted business and traveled extensively in over 65 countries.

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Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods, speaker

Sarah Woods is an executive coach and senior communications consultant. Sarah has an extensive list of clients at the executive level at companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Raytheon, State Street Corp., EMC and Bristol Myers Squibb who have significantly transformed their leadership style through coaching; improving performance and sustaining measurable results. Sarah works with senior leaders across multiple industries to elevate their executive presence, strategic communications and management effectiveness.

A dynamic keynote speaker and thought leader, Sarah has been quoted in dozens of publications including The Washington PostThe Boston Globe,The Chicago TribuneBusiness Review USA and The StandardShe is a sought after speaker at leadership conferences and company events.

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Margery Myers

Margery Myers, speaker

Margery Myers is an executive coach and consultant to senior executives in high-visibility roles. She helps leaders drive strong business results by communicating powerfully and confidently to their important audiences, from Boards and Executive Committees to global teams of employees, clients and the media. Margery’s more than 20 years of experience leading communications teams at top U.S. companies and reporting to CEOs allows her to understand first-hand the challenges senior executives face. 

Prior to joining Bates Communications, Margery was the Senior Vice President, Communications for Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company to Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Margery is a highly regarded speaker and writer. She has delivered speeches and published articles on topics such as “Communicating with Impact,” “Communicating in the Age of Change,” “C-Suite Communication,” and “Communicating Effectively When You’re Here and Your Team is There.”

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Elizabeth Freedman

Elizabeth Freedman, speaker

Elizabeth Freedman is an executive coach and senior communications consultant who improves her clients' businesses by helping senior executives "Have Better Conversations" with their teams, clients, and other stakeholders. She is the author of Work 101: Learning the Ropes of the Workplace without Hanging Yourself (Bantam Dell), which has also been published in India and has over 10,000 copies in print.  

Elizabeth is a dynamic, motivating speaker who has spoken in front of thousands of audience members, and she delivers dozens of keynote presentations annually.  Her high-energy programs have appealed to corporate, nonprofit, and association audiences, and she was a 2005 finalist for College Speaker of the Year, awarded by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. 

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