Book Vanessa for Your Speaking Engagement

The Wakeman Agency Founder and CEO, Vanessa Wakeman, is an increasingly sought after speaker. 

With a deep well of knowledge on a range of issues specific to the arc of social change,, Vanessa presents compelling and practical perspectives. In her words:

“As a strategist and futurist with a deep interest in social change, I enjoy the exploration of issues impacting social change and social justice. I think a lot about what organizations need, in order to address our most pressing social issues, including reimagining diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, power and influence, elevating women’s voices, and the overall role of philanthropy in our society today.

As the CEO of a social change agency, I have worked with organizations of all sizes, primarily as a strategist. These experiences, coupled with my expertise, have shaped my understanding of the behaviors and patterns of successful organizations. I am naturally drawn to the examination of innovation, disruption, new concepts and ideas that help to advance an organization’s goals. I welcome the challenge to collaborate on compelling topics that will benefit your audience.

My speaking style can be inspirational, informational/educational and transformative, based on the topic and your needs. I don’t deliver any canned talks. The subjects I have been speaking about recently include thought leadership for women, equity and power dynamics in social change.

My fee is based on the length of the presentation, preparation and size of the audience. If you think I could be a good fit for an upcoming event, I would love to hear from you.”

If you are interested in potentially booking Vanessa for an event, please contact Jennifer Lynn at 212.500.5953, x113, or via email at [email protected]

Recent Speaking Engagements

Utah Nonprofits Association Nonprofit Conference: Connect NOW!
Keynote Address: We The People
Breakout Session: The Power of Thought Leadership
Salt Lake City, UT, September 26, 2019

PRSA International Conference
Breakout Session: The Stories We Tell
San Diego, CA, October 21, 2019

Hispanics in Philanthropy Leadership Conference
Panel Moderator: Starting with Equity at the Center
Washington, DC

Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote
Manhattanville College School of Business, Purchase, New York
Topic: Thought Leadership for Women (A Love Letter to Women)

Funding Your Impact Presentation
Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, San Jose, CA
Topic: Audience Development, Communications and Fundraising for Nonprofits

United Nations Women’s Thought Leadership Lunch and Learn
UN Women, New York, NY
Topic: Thought Leadership/Amplifying Your Voice

She Roars Women’s Thought Leadership Training Session
Hive Conference, Boston, MA
Topic: How to Begin to Develop a Thought Leadership Platform

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Presentation
Stock Market Game Symposium, New York, NY
Keynote: Defining Thought Leadership