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Maresa Friedman

Maresa Friedman

Maresa Friedman - Motivational Speaker

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Death by powerpoint isn't my thing!

When asked to describe herself, Maresa laughed and said "I am the kind of person you meet in line at Von's who'll end up being in your wedding." Maresa is a Google & TEDx Speaker who inspires groups into action with quick wit and a dynamic style.

Fee Range: $5,000 - $7,500
Travels from San Diego, CA (US)

For more information about booking Maresa Friedman, visit
https://www.speakermatch.com/profile/ExecutiveCatHerder

Or call SpeakerMatch at 1-866-372-8768.

Maresa Friedman
Maresa Friedman - Motivational Speaker

The Executive Cat Herder

Death by powerpoint isn't my thing!

When asked to describe herself, Maresa laughed and said "I am the kind of person you meet in line at Von's who'll end up being in your wedding." Maresa is a Google & TEDx Speaker who inspires groups into action with quick wit and a dynamic style.

Fee Range: $5,000 - $7,500
Travels from San Diego, CA

Affiliations:
  • The National Speakers Association
  • Toastmasters International
  • Certified Speaking Professional
  • Certified Management Consultant
Maresa Friedman - Motivational Speaker

Maresa Friedman

The Executive Cat Herder

Death by powerpoint isn't my thing!

When asked to describe herself, Maresa laughed and said "I am the kind of person you meet in line at Von's who'll end up being in your wedding." Maresa is a Google & TEDx Speaker who inspires groups into action with quick wit and a dynamic style.

Fee Range: $5,000 - $7,500
Travels from: San Diego, CA

Affiliations:
  • The National Speakers Association
  • Toastmasters International
  • Certified Speaking Professional

For more information about booking Maresa Friedman,
Visit https://www.speakermatch.com/profile/ExecutiveCatHerder/
Or call SpeakerMatch at 1-866-372-8768.

Biography

UPDATE: Google Certified Speaker / Forbes Council

I began my career in the technology industry while studying engineering, liberal studies and behavioral development in college. I have always found the people and process behind technology fascinating. Early on in my education- I had the opportunity to participate in a Science Scholar program at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD.  The program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and gave me the opportunity to explore the excitement of opportunities in science, mathematics, art and the internet- lovingly referred to in the early days as the World Wide Web. 

At the age of 15 I began presenting at poster sessions and speaking at conferences.  My earliest memory was preparing a presentation for the California Mathematics Council on why dumbing down curriculum and creating gender biased materials for the class room was a disservice to students and teachers.  I spent time over the past 5 years working for a company where I took highly technical material and created presentations, speaking engagements, and webinars that general audiences could understand.  Specifically, I worked to ensure that companies understand the benefits of a Data Driven Decision Making Environment.

I have always preferred dynamic environments where I can contribute in a cross functional team.  I have technical knowledge and cross functional capabilities in multiple subject areas which allows me to address multiple audiences and groups.  From Millennials to Baby Boomers-I address each group in a few unique ways that establish credibility, intent, and create an environment for active listening.

My core focus has always been insuring that my teams understand People, Process & Technology.  I have also encountered challenges and victories in my career along the way.  These challenges have constructed areas that I speak on for small/medium sized events.  Some of these include but are not limited to; 

  • Are you a Victor or a Victim?
  • Changing of the guards (AKA When a new CEO is brought in)
  • Change Management
  • Personal & Professional Branding
  • Relationships & Why they matter
  • Re-Engaging in work
  • Work as a part of life, not the only thing
  • Comfort Zones
  • Willfull Blindness
  • Recovery & The Workplace
  • Being a woman in technology
  • Being a minority in technology (which hadn't occurred to me until someone said it)
  • Understanding the complexities of cross functional teams
  • What made a company great, can be it's downfall
  • Why credibility matters
  • When times are tough - how do you rise?
  • Harassment in the workplace
  • When people underestimate your abilities
  • Shifting & Narrowing Focus
  • Easy ways to increase your productivity
  • Hiring & Scaling Up
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Making mistakes
  • Having a seat at the Executive table with no voice
  • Embracing being feminine in the workplace
  • Empathy vs. Sympathy
  • Creating culture
  • Navigating Personalities
  • Managing Up
  • Ownership, Accountability, & Responsibility (The OAR that keeps a company moving)
  • Why culture dominates strategy every time
  • Why people stay in work situations they hate (Hint: The answer is NOT money)

 I have always had the gift of gab- and enjoy evangelizing products, services, and companies that I believe in.  

 

Publications

  • (Forbes) 10 Ways To Tell If The Work Environment You're Interviewing At Is Toxic
  • (Fast Company) Introvert Or Extrovert? Here’s Another Way To Think About Your Personality

Awards

  • 40 under 40
  • Forbes Council
  • Most Admired CEO
  • Women Who Mean Business
Find out more about Maresa Friedman at http://www.executivecatherder.com.