Finding the right speaker or local expert for your meeting or event is a snap with our Local Speakers Bureau.

The list below is a sampling of professional local speakers/experts in a variety of categories, who can deliver fresh, interesting, informative and inspirational presentations. Our expert speakers are “go-to” local professionals, coaches, authors, historians and savvy entrepreneurs who use public speaking to improve their visibility and personal branding. If you can’t find a category to suit the need of your organization or business, reach out to one of our Destination Experts to assist you – for FREE.

Categories: Historical, Books & Authors, Health & Wellness, Motivational/Self Help

Gail Alofsin Author, Motivational/Self Help, Health & Wellness

Gail Alofsin, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, career coach, mentor and university professor. Her programs are focused on coaching, mentoring and assisting others, especially women, in becoming their best selves. She leads work- shops and keynotes national and international conferences on the topics of: Work/ Life Integration, Time Management, Customer Service, Leadership, Employee Engagement, Communication Skills, Spirit in the Workplace, Corporate Sponsorship Sales and Personal Development. Newport, RI

Ashley Bendiksen Motivation/Self-Help, Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Adversity, Leadership

Ashley Bendiksen is a national speaker, Top Youth Speaker®, author, and award-winning activist. She specializes in engaging youth, traveling the U.S. year round to speak in schools and colleges. Additionally, Ashley offers keynotes and workshops for corporate audiences, workplaces, and the military as an expert in abuse prevention and response, mental health, resilience, and leadership. As a passionate activist, Ashley has led countless social change initiatives, from domestic and sexual violence to health and wellness, the performing arts, and Alzheimer's. She is also the Founder of the Blue Hearts Project - a global storytelling platform for survivors. Ashley graduated as Class Valedictorian from Salve Regina University - a remarkable feat seven years after dropping out due to her own story of abuse. Today, she remains actively involved in the Newport community in addition to her global work.

Lisa Campion Author, Reiki Master Teacher and Intuitive Counselor

Lisa Campion is the author of the #1 best-selling books The Art of Psychic Reiki and Energy Healing for Empaths and is a popular speaker, podcaster and radio show host. She works with business people to help them experience the power of their own intuition and how intuition in our lives and our businesses. We are all intuitive and tapping into it can help us navigate through our lives and our businesses to create more ease, happiness and success. Lisa has worked as a resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization, coaching Fortune 500 CEO’s, presidents and executives for many years. Lisa has been teaching Reiki for over 20 years and has trained over 1000 people in Reiki and has done over 15,000 individual sessions. She is also the host of the radio show and podcast, The Miracle of Healing on Empower Radio. She specializes in training emerging psychics, empaths and healers so that they can fully step into their gifts since the world needs all the healers that it can get!

Betty and Ted Czech Newport Tour Guides. Publishers of the Newport Map & Guide

Costumed in the spirit of the Gilded Age — because Newport is the most Gilded Age city in America — Betty and Ted Czech present a gracious, intriguing welcome to corporate and leisure groups with their 20-minute PowerPoint program Insiders Newport: A Welcome Presentation. It’s a light-hearted overview of major sights with photos, insider stories, and historical insights — interactive, educational, and entertaining for an arrival cocktail hour or a first-day breakfast. You will hear about Newport's connection to Winston Churchill, a smugglers incident that helped spark the end of Prohibition, and a Pulitzer-prize winning, Gilded Age insider who aired the "dirty laundry" of her elite clique. Client testimonial: "You two were a BIG hit. You really made our Welcome to Newport special."

Kim Fuller Author, Motivational/Self Help, Health & Wellness

Kim Fuller is the author of “Finding,” a Tedx speaker, mindful photographer, teach- er and coach. Every day we come in contact with other human beings and how we “see” them determines how our interactions will go. Her talks are designed to give you tools to clear your lens by shifting your perspective to seeing the possibility in your relationships; even the ones that are difficult. This practice is helpful in theworkplace, in your personal relationships and even with strangers who may push your buttons. We all have challenging people in our lives but we don’t have to let them keep us from our own potential for productivity and peace. Middletown, RI

Nikki Groom Speaker, Consultant, and Coach

Hailed as “a force of nature” and “a rising superstar”, Nikki Groom is speaker, consultant, and coach who is on a mission to help new voices leverage their expertise, insights, and ideas to drive meaningful change at a world-class level. She is the author of "A Power of Your Own: How to Ignite Your Potential, Uncover Your Purpose, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business", and the founder of the Movement Makers Leadership Academy social impact accelerator. Nikki hosts the Movement Makers podcast, is the Founder of The 100 Stories Worth Telling Project, and acts as an adviser for social entrepreneurs and enterprises. She has been involved in dozens of projects and partnerships that focus on empowering women in business.

Allison Ingalsbe

Allison Ingalsbe is a skilled design thinking facilitator who tailors her workshops for each client’s needs and objectives. She received her formal training in design thinking at Stanford University’s (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design). She has run design thinking workshops for business, executive teams, and non-profit entities. Her workshops enable participants to embrace empathy as a tool for discovery and empowerment where they are able to define issues and problems through a new lens in order to arrive at creative solutions.

Suzanne McDonald Motivational/Self Help

Former Boston Globe journalist, Suzanne McDonald started Designated Editor with the express purpose of educating clients on all relevant aspects of new media, affordably, thoroughly, and cohesively. McDonald has become the leading purveyor of new media expertise in New England. McDonald’s “techie” forum, in Newport Rhode Island, reaches nearly 1,000 business leaders. Her business has doubled each year since she began. Launched in 2008, Designated Editor specializes in content, search marketing, and social media, integrating targeted messaging and usability across the new media spectrum. Suzanne happily applies her 15 years of daily newspaper experience to the evolving world of new media. Newport, Rhode Island

Miki Ohlsen Momentum Learning Lab, Creative Training

Miki Ohlsen is a nationally & internationally acclaimed choreographer, dance educator, and movement specialist. As a dynamic leader in the Newport arts community, she has 40 years of experience in leading teams and developing leaders in challenging environments. Miki co-founded Momentum Learning Lab, an experiential, teambuilding, and leadership training seminar that leads individuals and organizations in an exploration of their creative processes, communication style, and their ability to break down barriers, build trust and enhance empathy in the workplace. Miki and her team deliver Creative Training seminars to groups, organizations, and universities throughout New England. She is also a frequent collaborator with Italy’s Office of Gender Equality, working to support female leaders in the arts throughout Italy and currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.

Christopher J. Robertson, Ph.D. Professor of International Business and Strategy, Northeastern University

Chris Robertson’s primary interest is in business strategy and cross-cultural management. Specifically, he is interested in ethical, behavioral, and strategic differences across borders. He has expertise in Latin America, and he has spent considerable time in Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Ecuador among other countries. He has taught the Full-time MBA required Global Management course at Northeastern for many years and was recently Chair of the International Business and Strategy Group. As a speaker, Professor Robertson, a three-time Fulbright Scholar, has delivered talks and workshops to a wide range of groups including recent sessions for the United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard, Government of Colombia, and visiting MBA students from New Zealand and Morocco. His topics include sessions such as Understanding Workplace Ethics, Creating a Globally Competitive Firm, and Cultural and Economic Differences within Latin America.

Christopher Rondina Author, Historical

Christopher Rondina is a nationally respected presenter focusing on New Englandfolklore, history, and legend. He is the author of several non-fiction books, includ- ing his latest release: Ghosts of New England (2017), and he is one of the North- east’s most noted speakers on regional legends and paranormal folklore. Christo-pher can be seen in documentaries including Night Visitors on The Travel Channel, The Tillinghast Nightmare for Firesite Films, and the Emmy-nominated PBS film Ghosts and Vampire Legends of New England. Christopher is a native of Rhode Island where he works as an educator and guide on Narragansett Bay. Newport, RI

Bob Walsh Author, Assistant Basketball Coach - Providence College

With almost 30 years of experience in college basketball, including 13 as a head coach, Bob Walsh is well known nationally for his innovative and uncommon approach to leadership. Bob has been a featured speaker at national conventions, corporate outings, and team retreats. As the founder and CEO of the Dynamic Leadership Group, Walsh has a unique perspective on leadership, team building and organizational culture.

Terry Wildemann, CEC, CPCC, CPBA TEDx Speaker, Author, Motivational, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Health & Wellness, Certified Coach

Terry Wildemann is a global Intuitive Success Navigator and Founder of Intuitive Leadership® U. She guides entrepreneurial leaders to align the practical, personal and spiritual sides of business to attract their ideal clients and increase sales & profit. Terry has been in business 30+ years and guides her audiences and students to elevate their inner business game to succeed in business and life. Her programs and topics include change management, intuition for leaders, positive communications, team building, stress resilience, Magnetic Business Attraction, decision-making and time management. Learn more about Intuitive Leadership® U self-study courses and events at

Fred Zilian Ph.D., Lt. Col. (US Army-Ret.)

A retired Army officer and educator, Fred Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on history, American society, Germany, NATO, religion, music, education, climate change, and globalization in numerous publications. He has been studying, writing about, and lecturing on the history of Rhode Island for ten years. He currently lectures on the following subjects: Founders of Rhode Island, including the Narragansett, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, William Coddington, and John Clarke; Slavery in Colonial Rhode Island; The British-Hessian Occupation of Newport, 1776-1779; Life on Aquidneck Island during the British-Hessian Occupation, 1776-1779; The Revolutionary War Battle of Rhode Island, 1778; Rhode Island and the Civil War; Elisha Hunt Rhodes: Rhode Island Soldier of the Civil War; Julia Ward Howe: Beyond the Battle Hymn; Notable Women of Rhode Island; Famous RI Woman Activists of the 19th/20th Centuries: Howe, Elliot, and Belmont; and The Challenge of American Civilization. Please see his website here:

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