Top 10 Events of 2023

Sharing my “Top 10 Events of the Year” has become one of my favorite business traditions 🙂 We’re all so busy and we move so quickly— it’s nice to take a moment during this time of year to reflect.

What I love about this exercise is that it really is so difficult to select just 10 because every event brings unique circumstances and opportunities.

It’s been quite a year of creative and professional growth, and I’m so grateful to have the support and friendship of each and every one of you.

THANK YOU for being on this ride with me 😊

#10 Bozzuto’s Emcee/Entertainment (Mohegan Sun, CT)

Hosting for Bozzuto’s on March 3rd, 2020 at Foxwoods Casino was my last gig before Covid. I couldn’t help but really “drink it in” this time around with Bozzuto’s (at Mohegan Sun this year). What a difference 3 years makes!

I was acutely aware of what a gift it was to be on that stage, and what a gift it is to be on EVERY stage…

#9 Xylem Emcee (Orlando)

Part of my scope of work for this one was to host a panel on digital transformation in the utilities space— chatting on stage with reps from water, gas and electric.

I had a distinct moment of gratitude for the speaking industry while prepping for this event when it dawned on me how wonderful it is to get the opportunity to learn about various companies, associations and industries.

I believe that having frequent opportunities to “learn a little about a lot” gives me a greater understanding and appreciation of how complex our world is, and the vast array of experience and expertise out there.

#8 Heraeus Medical Emcee, Keynote, Show, Team Building (Las Vegas)

Heraeus Medical had me host, perform, keynote AND lead my CSR Team-Building Workshop “Care Kits for Kids.”

I loved being able to add so much value and create so much impact. I’m hoping to do more “combo bookings” in 2024… host + keynote, host + team building, keynote + team-building workshop, etc.

#7 Keynote The Zero G Experience (Duck Key, FL)

To prep for this booking, I got to actually DO The Zero G Experience and experience zero gravity 🤯

Of course I tried to juggle in zero gravity 🤹🏻‍♂️ I can’t help myself!

This was absolutely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life…

#6 EY Emcee (Phoenix)

I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet, introduce and interview Chef Andre Rush on stage at this one.

What a beautiful soul who does so much for veteran outreach and for mental health awareness for all.

#5 NutraBlend Emcee/Entertainment (Cabo San Lucas)

This was my second time hosting Nutra Blend’s “Customer Rewards Trip” and once again, I had a blast 💥

I did my full show in the hotel’s theater, and I hosted their Symposium, pool party (complete with cannon ball and tug-of-war competitions), and “Nutra Palooza”— a full concert on the beach!

Not a bad way to spend my 40th 🙂

#4 FedEx Office Emcee (Costa Rica)

Four Seasons Costa Rica… how could this one NOT make the list!? 🙂

I’ve been fortunate to be involved with 3 President’s Club incentive trips for FedEx Office now— Portugal, Aruba and Costa Rica 🏝️ — and they are always best-in-class events on every level.

Shout out to Gail Davis and GDA Speakers for booking this one and a whole lot of other ones this year 🙂 I was honored to be listed as one of GDA’s Top Booked Speakers of 2023.

#3 Induction into Nat’l Speakers Association CPAE
“Speaker Hall of Fame” (Orlando)

There’s no way I’m creating a list of top 10 anything from 2023 and NOT including receiving my “CPAE” (Council of Peers Award for Excellence) and being inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame!

This is an odd industry— you’re kind of always around people, and you’re kind of always alone… big stages with lots of people around, but solo in the office, airport, plane, uber, hotel, etc.

So it was incredibly special and meaningful to have not just friends and colleagues in the audience, but also my family there to support me.

#2 Win Win Charity 2023 Telethon “Cheers to 11 Years!” (Las Vegas)

This was a transformational year for Win Win Charity. Our partnership with Leaderpass has taken us to the next level, and will allow us to expand our reach and impact significantly in 2024 and beyond!

Our 2023 Telethon on November 30th was a massive success. You can still donate $11 (or more) to Win Win Charity and watch our Telethon through January 31, 2024.

Your support emables us to bring more smiles to more kids in hospitals nationwide.

#1 Laughter Without Borders (Thailand)

Here’s a sneak peak of a passion project I’m rolling out in 2024…

I’m on a mission to show how laughter connects us all, regardless of what language we speak, what part of the world we call home, and what challenges we might be facing in our daily lives.

Each episode, I will bring a different performer with me on this adventure, traveling to bring smiles, cheers and laughs to the farthest corners of the world… showing the power of laughter to bring people together, while spotlighting wonderful organizations doing wonderful work to help those in need.

Join me for a little travel, a little entertainment, a little social impact… and a whole lot of ADVENTURE!