Speaking


Laurel speaks and teaches about the power and impact of advocacy in a way that both energizes and engages audiences. Whether she is delivering a keynote, or a workshop she connects the dots in new and different ways between advocacy, leadership and impact. Laurel’s approach provides a unique blend of inspiration and information to advance your leadership to the next level of success.

 

Signature Keynote:

Go from Surviving to Thriving with Advocacy Leadership

Your leadership success depends on the ability to make a difference. Advocacy is the single most effective strategy for achieving impact while advancing your mission. It is also one of the most misunderstood leadership strategies utilized by nonprofits. Audience members learn how to overcome overwhelm and make advocacy an enjoyable, values-driven process that allows them to use their voices as change makers to advance the mission of their organizations.

Signature Training (or Workshop):

Demystify Advocacy (and Amplify Your Impact)

Before nonprofits can make a difference with advocacy they need to understand what’s possible, including what is legally permissible. In this excerpt from her AdvocacyForward™ training program, Laurel takes participants through a series of interactive exercises designed to shift mindsets and overcome common challenges. Participants will leave both excited about the possibilities and grounded in practical next steps on how to get started with advocacy.


To request Laurel O’Sullivan J.D. as a speaker for your conference, or organization, please contact Laurel@advocacycollaborative.com with your booking request.
 


 Hearing Laurel talk about what advocacy is and is not was eye opening. She discusses the topic in a clear and matter-of-fact manner. Gaining momentum in the historic preservation community is really about working together to advocate for our shared goals. As a result of what we learned, the Historic Trust has decided to begin some advocacy working groups next Fall with a goal toward enhancing the state’s historic preservation image.
– Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director New Jersey Historic State Trust

 

Laurel connected with our diverse audience of nonprofits and foundations during both her plenary and workshops. She connects the dots with advocacy in new and different ways. Our members were energize and engaged and the lightbulbs went off as she shared case studies and framed advocacy in a unique and motivating framework.
– Nina Stack, CEO New Jersey Council of Grantmakers

 

Laurel’s keynote message was completely on target in its tone and tenor and very relevant. In addition to her content expertise, Laurel was a pleasure to work with in addition to being smart and knowledgeable. She was extremely professional and truly the easiest part of planning the conference.
– Dr Camille Miller, President Texas Health Institute

 

Laurel connected with our diverse audience of nonprofits and foundations during both her plenary and workshops. She connects the dots with advocacy in new and different ways. Our members were energize and engaged and the lightbulbs went off as she shared case studies and framed advocacy in a unique and motivating framework.
– Nina Stack, CEO New Jersey Council of Grantmakers

 

Laurel inspired me to become a better advocate for the people we serve. She really helped to reframe and ground advocacy for me as being central to our mission and our values. In fact, I was so inspired that our agency agreed to sign on to a lawsuit challenging the federal travel ban which was adversely impacting our clients’ hope, and endangering their lives. Thank you, Laurel for helping this Executive Director find her voice!

– Mindy Berkowitz, Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley


To request Laurel O’Sullivan J.D. as a speaker for your conference, or organization, please contact Laurel@advocacycollaborative.com with your booking request.