Speeches And Events

Please contact me at vmaynard@umich.edu for my rates and requirements.

Each booking includes a planning meeting or call, a presentation tailored to your group’s needs, time for Q&A, and conversation with group members afterwards. Rates vary according to the size and type of your organization.

Here are some ideas to consider.

Motivational Workshops

5 Things: How To Decide What To Do With Your Life. 5 Things is suitable for any type or size of group, whether young people, mid-career, people facing retirement and even those who’ve left the workplace.

This presentation grew out of a lecture I gave to my students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism At Arizona State University. My students had so many choices, so many goals, and no guidance on how to achieve them. Since then, I’ve found that many people need some help in figuring out what they’d like to do next.

5 Things lasts about an hour, with a half an hour for a workshop exercise followed by Q&A. I can provide handout text. I recently presented this talk as part of the Speakers Series at ZingTrain, the training arm of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. A recording is available if you’d like a sample.

Keynote Speeches

My topics include:

  • The Third Women’s Movement: What Happens Now
  • The Future of Transportation
  • How Millennials Plan To Get Around
  • The Role Of The Media In A Turbulent World
  • The Terrifying, Rewarding Path To Becoming An Entrepreneur

I have been a keynote or featured speaker at Southern Automotive Conference, the Frost Brown Todd AutoConnect conference, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, the US-China Chamber of Commerce, and many more events.

I have also spoken at a variety of universities, including Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago, Indiana State University, and Eastern Michigan University.


I can host a program and interview executives and news makers. I recently hosted the launch of the Zingerman’s Bakehouse Book, and interviewed co-authors Frank Carollo and Amy Emberling. I hosted the annual Reynolds Week conference at Arizona State University, and I also have acted as a host for programs by WBEZ Chicago, Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, and WCPN in Cleveland.


Looking for a woman to diversify your all-male panel? Look no further.

Please contact me at vmaynard@umich.edu for my rates and requirements.