Speaking

Inspire your audience to
lead social change.

David and Marilyn have extensive experience in designing and delivering customized keynotes and presentations for a wide variety of organizations.

They deliver engaging, humorous, lively, and challenging talks that lead people to feel met where they are and motivated to act.
David and Marilyn Speaking

“The workshop was an incredible success! The attendees raved about the valuable takeaways she provided as well as her down-to-earth and humorous presentation style.”

Jennifer DeVan Troutman | Program Director, Massachusetts Conference for Women

Sample Topics

Our presentations engage participants to better understand how social systems behave and change, create a sustainable pace for themselves and their organizations, and develop the character traits of effective systems leaders.

Leading Systems Change

Why do systems resist our well-intentioned efforts to improve their performance? How can we learn to work more effectively with underlying systems forces? The purpose of this talk is to help leaders understand and shift complex system dynamics in sustainable ways.

Increasing Grant-making Effectiveness Through Applied Systems Thinking

Learn to distinguish short-term successes that build towards long-term system-wide performance improvement from quick fixes that frequently make no difference in the long run or make matters worse.

Is Moving Too Fast Slowing You Down?

Driven by a deep sense of urgency, we often drive people in our organization to achieve more than they can with existing resources. Learn to help your people achieve more by doing less – shifting their attention from firefighting to fire prevention and implementing strategic results.

Managing Your Time As a Leader

Learn to focus your time and energy on four key leadership responsibilities: guiding, strategizing, relating, and executing. This talk describes key tasks to meet each of these responsibilities and a proven seven-step process for shifting your time management habits accordingly.

All presentations are customized for your audience and goals. Typical audiences are executives of foundations, nonprofits, public sector, or private sector organizations who want to learn how to more effectively lead social change.

“It was really OUR pleasure and treat to have David share with this group. Every single person I spoke to said the same thing. It really opened up their thinking and gave them so many tools and ways to apply system methods and thinking to problems they are challenged with all the time.”

Alexander Rossides | President, Growth Philanthropies Network

Selected Speaking Clients

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Council on Foundations Logo
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) Logo
Help Me Grow National Center Logo
The Jewish Federation Logo
The Massachusetts Conference for Women Logo
National Alliance for Ending Homelessness Logo
National Council of Nonprofits Logo
New Profit Logo
Social Impact Exchange Logo

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