2017 Speakers

Topics are subject to change.

Colin Sprake – Vital Steps to Maximize Growth, Sales & Profit!

80% of success in the inner game of psychology and 20% is your skill and knowledge.

Come out and learn from Colin Sprake who is a master at business. He will show you how to think like the wealthy and drive your personal and professional results to extreme levels of success.

  • He will teach you how to grow your business to the next level and how to create massive SUCCESS habits!
  • He will share with you how to become laser focused!
  • He will also teach you how to get to achieve your dream result…guaranteed!
  • And so much more!

Colin SprakeColin Sprake is a 4 Time Best-selling Author and mentor to over 47,000 entrepreneurs!
Colin has built several different million dollar businesses within 6 months. He has over 30 years of business experience having come from the mining industry to building his own multi-million dollar businesses from the ground up.

Colin is the master trainer at Make Your Mark Training and Consulting and is devoted to people achieving huge success in their businesses. His purpose is to assist business owners to dramatically improve the amount of businesses that succeed. After all, failing businesses affect us all in negative ways.

Colin is highly talented with decades of business experience. He speaks and trains on a wide variety of topics for corporations, organizations & associations. Colin Sprake is all about delivering what is required to achieve a desired result.
Website: Make Your Mark Training and Consulting
Facebook: MYM Success
Twitter: @ColinSprake

Stacey Berger – 3 Keys to Accelerate Your Results

In this dynamic session you will learn:

  • Two essential keys for tuning into your purpose
  • Simple thinking strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt & worry
  • What wealthy people do that creates sustained success
  • The 1 critical thing you must give up in order to reach your dream


Don’t let her youthful demeanor and upbeat, altruistic energy lead you astray. Life Mastery Consultant, Stacey Berger, combines a hugely powerful business background, years of experience in top corporate operations, marketing, and multi-million dollar investment acquisitions, with a deeper, spiritually holistic understanding of life that’s way beyond her years.

For almost two decades now, it has been this unique and winning combination that has helped Stacey steer each and every one of her countless clients to align themselves from the inside out, clarify their soul purpose and create the life of their dreams!

Her testimonials speak for themselves. “The depth of wisdom, and life experience that Stacey Berger brought to our coaching relationship, together with her extensive business and management skills, served as the catalyst for newfound success in my life, both professionally and personally.”

University educated with a degree in Business Management as well as Marketing, Stacey eventually decided to broaden her horizons, studying with numerous prominent names in the mentoring profession. Ultimately, she left her longtime position as a top corporate executive to pursue her passion for helping individuals and business owners realize their dreams and live their best life.

Now a thriving business mentor herself, she offers inspiring, transformational workshops to audiences around the country, in addition to personalized, in-depth coaching programs designed to empower clients to achieve the fundamental spiritual alignment that compels them to greater heights of success.

Website: www.everexpanding.ca
Facebook: @everexpanding

Craig Cannings – Ten Steps to Building an Online Marketing Funnel for Any Type of Client

In this rapidly evolving Internet landscape, every client is challenged by the same question. “How do I turn my targeted audience into a “buying customer”? The best strategy by far is to create effective marketing funnels that engage your audience, build credibility and result in new customer leads and sales.

In this workshop, Craig will walk you through 10 key steps to building highly successful online marketing funnels for your clients. You will discover…

– The five most popular types of marketing funnels to implement in 2017
– A simple process for creating a powerful free offer to attract new email subscribers
– The key technology tools for quickly creating effective online marketing funnels
– How to build a powerful email sequence that generates results
– How to create a profitable (and in-demand) service setting up and managing marketing funnels

craig canningsCraig Cannings is the Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of VAClassroom.com and has had the privilege of training 10,000+ Virtual Assistants in over 40 countries since 2008. Craig operates a very popular online university that helps Virtual Assistants develop specialized skills in Internet marketing, business management, social media, content development, technology and virtual event management. While Craig enjoys teaching and training VAs, his true passion in his life is spending time with his 6 main gals (his wife, Kelly and five younger daughters). Craig and his family reside in beautiful (but often chilly) Edmonton, Alberta!



Website: www.vaclassroom.com
Facebook: @vaclassroom
Twitter: @vaclassroom

Halley Gray – How to Be Known as an Elite VA (so You Only Get the Best Clients)

Being known in your industry isn’t luck or waiting for someone else to recognize you. It’s a strategic method that anyone can use to carve out a bit of online fame for your VA business.

VAs are the life blood of the internet but to get the clients, recognition, and the payment you need to succeed you need to change your marketing. You don’t have to do MORE marketing though, you just have to do the important bits right – packaging your services, writing your website right, launching your services online, creating an amazing client experience, and filling up your waitlist.

Halley Gray is the CEO of Evolve and Succeed. She teachers VAs how to be booked out in advance for months using their website (and smarts). She is an expert in launching services online.


Website: evolveandsucceed.com
Facebook: EvolveSucceed
Twitter: @evolvesucceed

Audrey Isbell – Value Pricing: The Pricing Model for Predictable Income & Happy Clients!

Thanks to Value Pricing, VAs no longer need to worry about working with only one-off project clients, an unpredictable clientbase, and even working for clients who may not appreciate what you really bring to the table.

Move into a Value Pricing model and you will blow hourly fees, packages, and fixed/flat rate models out of the water. AND the best part is… there are (simultaneously) more benefits to YOU, the VA, and more benefits for your clients!

In this hands-on workshop session, you will learn what value pricing is, who is currently using it, what the benefits are as a VA, and how this model will better serve your client base.

Audrey will spend time walking everyone though an exercise to help you understand/create a value pricing model for your business. You will also learn a few key marketing phrases that will help you promote this method of billing/working, so that your clients and prospects will best understand ― and see the value right away, too.

If you’re tired of figuring out how to create a more stable level of income and want to improve your cash flow, this session is for you. If you struggle with making your VA practice sustainable and feel like you must also keep a J-O-B to survive – join me in this session.

Established – and even emerging – VAs don’t have to work with people who suck! This pricing model allows you to work with the most awesome people in the world!

Audrey Isbell is the founder of AVA Virtual Assistance, LLC based in Grants Pass, Oregon. She has been a featured speaker for “Accelerate Your Business Success” and “Time Management: Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs” in her local community. Her skill and experience in public speaking may be attributed to her self-development work in Toastmasters, where she currently serves as president for the club. Audrey is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified in Social Marketing, and has a powerful network of people who are all about taking their business to a next best level. Past president and co-founder of the Southern Oregon Bookkeepers Association, Audrey had performed as Master of Ceremonies for the event Fraud Prevention Fair, an organization/event that gained global recognition during its time. When she’s not working, Audrey can be found singing and playing her ukulele, hiking trails, or wrestling with the dogs.

Website: www.AVAPowerUp.com
Facebook: @AVAVirtualAssistance
Twitter: @audreyisbell

Sarah MacGregor – Everything I Know About Being An Entrepreneur I Learned From BellyDancing – So Let’s Dance!

Are you getting a numb bum from sitting while partaking in all the awesome sessions at the conference? Need a little energy boost? Let’s dance! Join me for some simple stretches and get your body moving with Belly Dance. There are so many benefits to Belly Dancing: it improves memory and motor skills, aids digestion, boosts your self-esteem, it’s a low-impact exercise so anyone can do it. And believe it or not, Belly Dance will help nurture the same skills that will help you in your entrepreneurial journey. Come spice up your life, get energized, and have some fun!

Kesavah (a.k.a. SMac from SMac To The Rescue) has been Belly Dancing for 23+ years and has been teaching for over 14 years now. She firmly believes that if you’re not having fun in her class then she’s not doing her job! Kesavah dances in the Egyptian style, and has been described as a very patient and easy-going teacher, with a dash of goofiness thrown in for good measure. It’s a rare occasion to have a class without at least one snorting laugh!

Website: www.totherescue.ca

Kiki Ramsey – 7 Steps to Courageous Living

You’ve heard it all before—how you should think positively, overcome fear, live your purpose, pursue your passion. You’re ready to live courageously! But where do you start? Isn’t it easier just to keep doing what you’ve always done? Absolutely not! In this inspirational speech, Kiki will give virtual assistants a 7 step action plan to jumpstart a life of fear-facing, purpose-driven, passion-infused courage. Participants will walk away knowing how to tackle their obstacles, pursue their goals, and dream limitless dreams in their business and lives.

Kiki Ramsey is the CEO of Kiki Ramsey International, a full service coaching and speaking firm with 15 years of professional experience coaching women entrepreneurs and leaders to walk in their purpose and full potential. As motivational speaker, author, personal and executive coach, Kiki’s transformational strategies have help women overcome limiting beliefs caused by fear, and find deeper purpose doing the work they love. She is author of Get Courageous Now: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Passions and Purpose in Life and The Get Courageous Now Journal both offering women a step by step guide to radically breakthrough the mindset of fear. Kiki has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia and holds a second Master’s degree in Positive Psychology from Life University in Atlanta. Her B.A. is in Child Development and Family Studies from Berea College in Kentucky. She is a member is the National Speakers Association, the Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching and the Forbes Coaches Council.

Website: www.kikiramsey.com
Facebook: @KikiRamseyIntl
Twitter: @KikiRamsey

Katrina Sawa – Jumpstart Your VA Business for More Clarity, Ease & Profits

Are you constantly struggling in your business or working way too hard for not enough profits? Want to find out how to work less in your business and make more? Are you finding it hard to do the things you love because you’re “too busy”. Want to learn how to transform your business models, marketing, mindset and PROFITS to design the business more around the life you want to live instead of fitting your life in around your business? You deserve to make a LOT more money doing what you love, now is the time to take charge of yourself and your business! Transforming it once and for all into a smooth-running, consistent income-generating machine. Once you do this you can implement additional strategies, but if you don’t at least do the basics of what works and what will bring you results then you’ll just be spinning your wheels over and over again not seeing the income you want (or deserve!). Come to this presentation and learn a better way to start, grow, run and market your business; all you need is the HOW so you can get more clarity and confidence to jumpstart your biz now.

Katrina Sawa is known as The JumpStart Your Biz Coach because she literally kicks her clients and their businesses into high gear. Katrina is the author of Love Yourself Successful and the creator of the JumpStart Your Biz In 90 Days System of which she holds live events on every year. Katrina helps you move faster and more affordably towards your ultimate revenue and professional goals using online and offline relationship marketing strategies, leveraged business models plus she kicks you in the butt to implement it all too! Katrina is an energetic international speaker and award-winning coach. She has been featured on the Oprah and Friends XMRadioNetwork, ABC, TheCW, plus she was awarded the National Collaborator of the Year Award by the Public Speakers Association in 2016. Get her Free Jumpstart Your Biz Kit online at www.JumpstartGift.com.


Website: www.KatrinaSawa.com
Facebook: JumpStartYourBiz
Twitter: @KatrinaSawa

Liz Scott – Simple Selling on Steroids. Sell More. Close More!!

Have you ever wondered why you aren’t closing more sales in your business?
Have you felt sure that you were going to get a new client only to fall short at the end of the sales call?
Do you struggle with overcoming objections?
Are you working way too hard to get the sales you want?
If you are tired of not getting everything that you want out of your business – and you want more clients, more cash and to simplify your sales conversations then this is the program for you.
In this program you will learn:
Your Best Sales Assets, Your Personal Sales Pitfalls, How to Close More Clients Faster, Why Your Selling Style Might Be Turning People Off, Your Biggest Sales Bang and… The Sixty Second Close

Liz Scott, BSC, CPC. The Business Growth Expert. The Entrepreneurial community knows her as the Business FireStarter for catapulting clients to extraordinary growth and results. This Marketing & Selling fireball has over 25 years’ experience as a senior Marketing and Sales executive leading entrepreneurs and small business owners well into 6 figures and beyond. Recognized as a force to be reckoned with in the Business world she is an international speaker, author, panelist, and strategist. She has the absolute privilege of working with clients across North America teaching them the most effective Marketing and Sales techniques based on the stage of their unique “Success Avatar”. Her clients hire her for her Marketing savvy, no BS approach and of course her signature trait of making Marketing fun! – Your GPS for Business Success


Website: www.affinitycoach.com
Facebook: @LizScottAffinityCoach

Janica Smith – The Riches are in the Niches — How Narrowing Your Market Can Expand Your Possibilities

In this workshop Janica Smith and Michelle Scappace Mack will share their own experiences choosing a niche and developing a thriving business serving that niche. They will lead you through exercises to help you identify a niche that will help you attract clients who you love to work with. You’ll learn how to develop the skills and expertise to establish yourself as an expert in your chosen field. You’ll also learn the power of saying no (and how to say it gracefully) as you say yes to opportunities that are a better fit for your skills and interests. This workshop will be of particular interest to VAs who are interested in working with authors and speakers but any VA who wants to learn more about choosing a niche will find value in the session.

Janica Smith and Michelle Scappace Mack have built successful businesses as Professional Author and Speaker Assistants and are now partners in InstructionSmith – a training company that offers the Professional Author and Speaker Training and Certification Program originally developed by Jan B. King. They are both graduates of the programs and used the skills they learned there to build their own independent businesses. They formed a partnership and established InstructionSmith in 2014 to continue to offer the courses after Jan King retired. Both Janica and Michelle love to travel and have built their businesses to enable them to work from wherever their travels take them.



Website: www.instructionsmith.com
Facebook: @instructionsmith
Twitter: @ProAuthorAssist

Michelle Scappace Mack

Michelle_ScappaceI am a Virtual Author’s Assistant. I save clients time and money by helping them effectively navigate the publishing process. I make sure they are taking the right steps, in the right order and at the right time. I offer information to clients regarding the entire publishing process starting with the initial setup of their publishing company. I establish the necessary account applications and setups for obtaining ISBN and Library of Congress numbers as well as publishing and printing sources. The services I offer allow writers the ability to better manage their time and focus their efforts more effectively toward achieving their publishing goals. My passions are: traveling, good food, good beer, good wine, good friends and having a good time!


Website: MichellesVA.com PVAA & PVSA: InstructionSmith.com
Twitter: @MichellesVA

Tawnya Sutherland – Website Creation and Conversion Challenge

Discover and implement strategies at your website to help you get more clients through your website traffic. If you have a website, then you will highly benefit from this list of ideas and changes to make in order to improve on your current website conversions. If you don’t have a website yet you’ll still benefit from this session as you’ll be able to incorporate these strategies from the get go during your website creation! This hands on workshop will include how to tips as well as constructive website critiques to further help you with this website creation/conversions challenge.

Tawnya uses her Internet Marketing skills to help business entrepreneurs turn clicks into cash. She is a VA Expert, coaching new and veteran Virtual Assistants on how to make money with their business online. Hundreds of VAs have utilized her Virtual Assistant Career Training Program to get their businesses up and running quickly and easily.

Tawnya started the VA Virtuoso Seminars so Virtual Assistants could access top notch advice and support from Tawnya and her exclusive worldwide network of business experts.



Website: www.vanetworking.com
Facebook: @Virtual.Assistants
Twitter: @vanetworking

Lisa Wells – Go From Awkward to Awesome with Networking Tips and a Surefire Follow-up System

You make the time and spend the money to attend a networking event and really want to make the most of it. But you don’t know what to say when asked “what do you do?” Not only that, but you have stacks of business cards sitting on your desk, that you had every intention of following up with, but never got around to it.

In this interactive session, you’ll go from awkward to awesome with networking tips on what to do before, during, and after an event. You’ll discover how to make the most of an event, gain confidence when talking with prospects, and learn a sure-fire follow-up system that will be sure to land you your dream client. Earning more money doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel. Tightening up just this ONE process can make a huge difference in your bottom line!

By day, Lisa Wells empowers business owners how to create structure in their business using powerful automation tools and processes. But her real passion lies in helping other VAs grow their online businesses. A Marine spouse for 23 years, she knows all too well the burdens of living a military lifestyle and never passes up the chance to speak about the benefits of having a portable career. As the founder of VirtualAssistantTrainer.com and creator of “Virtual Assistant Business Essentials” and “Profitable Packages” online training programs, she helps VAs build and grow their businesses so they can create the fabulous lifestyle they dream about.


Website: virtualassistanttrainer.com
Facebook: @VATrainer
Twitter: @LisaWells

Kathy Colaiacovo – Learning from RFP Horror Stories: How to Respond to RFPs to Land the Client.

Many VAs make major mistakes when replying to RFPs. Join Kathy as she shares some stories of RFPs that will never work and how to use a step by step system to reply effectively to get noticed as the VA to hire!

This session will offer direct feedback from people who have received RFP applications that made them run away from the applicants. Then Kathy will show you how to properly respond to an RFP so you increase your chances of getting an interview and the client!

Kathy Colaiacovo began her career as a Virtual Assistant when she opened Time on Task Virtual Assistant Services in 2008 and grew that business to incorporate 14 Virtual Associates. She built her reputation a leader in the Virtual Assistance industry and an expert in Social Media Marketing. She is one of the Past Presidents of IVAA.  She founded Pepper It Marketing in 2014 to level up and work with clients on a more strategic level for their marketing. This is where her passion lies: Empowering other Business Owners to feel and see Success with the Online Marketing through her consulting or online training programs.



Website: pepperitmarketing.com
Facebook: @PepperItMarketing
Twitter: @PepperIt_Mktg