Deborah Gardner

A swimming champion turned author & competition catalyst, Deborah Gardner, has companies and organizations help them get more momentum. To do this, Deborah translates the topic of competition to transform those that want to identify their own competitiveness for stronger relationships more success and improved performance.

Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with infectious energy, warmth, fun, entertaining, humorous, on-the money captivating sassy presentation style. She doesn’t hold back on challenging audiences to think and act in an effort to inspire immediate self-motivation and positive action. Whether it’s a keynote, master class, workshop or a training program, Deborah provides the most relevant, up-to-date practices using real-life stories and examples in a conversational, interactive way for instant results. She combines her swimming triumph to victory while having audiences interactively align their goals with an “all swimmers on deck” approach that translates into innovative ideas for an impeccable experience for all.

With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Sports Radio, a successful hospitality veteran, Arizona Sunbelt Meeting Professional International Chapter Past President and a member of National Speakers Association. Deborah’s talents, knowledge and experiences for identifying untapped potential continues to prove results by helping others worldwide to discover their competitive spirit, such as Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Henkel, Silicon Valley Bank, DMC Networks, National Concierges Association, Professional Convention Management Association, Pacificia Host Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Chevron, Symbius, Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Meeting Professionals International, PSAV, Outdoor Industry Association, Michigan Society of Executives, National Association of Electrical Distributors, Collinson Media & Events, Blue Cross Blue Shields, Financial Insurance Conference Planners, Consumer Credit Industry Association and more.

A unique and great reason you will want to hire Deborah is due to her being a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) recipient. Actually, she is 1 of only 5 speakers worldwide that has been honored to receive the CMP credential which means she understand the back of the house logistics to your meeting and event. In other words, Deborah will make your working relationship with her a smooth and easy process. Currently, Deborah is considered as one of the top 5 most requested speakers by Meeting Professional International. Plus, Meetings & Convention Magazine poll by meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers ever heard, putting her in the category with Bill Clinton, General Collin Powell, Barbara Corcoran, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Magic Johnson and Tom Brokaw