erika napoletano keynote speaking

When I was a kid, I was that kid — the one always being told to shut up, simmer down, dial it back, rein it in.

So I did.

For seventeen years of my professional career, I did all all of those things. And I found myself one tax day with 17 (yes, seventeen) W2s and a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that told me something had to change. Soon.

Well, soon became now. I walked away from a crazy six-figure job and since that day in early 2008, I’ve never once simmered down, dialed it back, or reined it in. I let it all out, turned up the volume, and gave myself permission to be the one thing that no one else in the world could be: ME.

The only way I was ever going to be happy or find success was to:

  • Start being honest with myself about who I am and what’s important to me, and
  • Stop apologizing for who I am and what I love.

In seventeen years, I can tell you what I never found: permission. Permission to be myself.

But in the years since that day in 2008 when I upended the table, I’ve found ME. Imagine waking up in the morning and never wishing you were anyone but YOU.

That’s WHY I do what I do on stage. But HOW do I do it?

I’m an edutainer. I believe these crazy roller coasters called life and business (for some of us, they’re the same roller coaster) aren’t worth riding unless we have fun in the process. Through an artful combination of humor, vulnerability, and no-holds-barred and blunt advice, I give audiences permission to build the best self, company, and brand they could possibly build…

…and for the right audience. Because frankly, the right audience is the only audience that matters.

TED Editor’s Selection: 2012

TEDxBoulder is one of the largest independently organized TED-branded events in the world. With roughly 2000 attendees, its audience surpasses even that of the annual TED conference. I was honored to be among the speakers at the 2012 event and garnered the event’s only standing ovation (I might have both done a spastic dance and cried — you can see the dance in the video). In a tale woven together by Sarah Palin, purple skirts, pie charts, and polar bears, have a look at how I extend you a personal invitation to rethink what “unpopular” means. My talk was also called out by the national TEDx organization as one of their Editor’s Picks, where they highlight 4 videos per week out of hundreds.

People who hired me to speak before you hired me…

Erika was the perfect speaker to have at Serious Business 2013 in New Orleans. We had a packed house and she was embraced with open hearts and minds. I’ve never experienced such an enthusiastic and heartfelt standing ovation EVER! It wasn’t one of those “stand because everyone else is” type of standing Os. It was a “Hell Yeah” standing ovation!

Carol Augusto - Neill CorporationSerious Business Conference

Erika graciously agreed to be the emcee for the Public Relations Society of America Colorado Chapter’s annual awards program, Gold Picks, and two words describe her participation: kick ass. Erika brought much-needed energy, humor, and creativity to the evening and we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback for inviting her to be part of the night. Thank you, Erika for sharing your wit and intelligence and spicing up our event. You rocked it!

Erin Pursel & Sarah GiantiPRSA Colorado Gold Pick Co-Chairs

If I weren’t gay, I’d marry her.

Alan/Bill/Brian/MarkSerious Business Conference

We have asked Erika to speak at several of our national Entrepreneur Magazine Growth Conferences and couldn’t ask for a more informed, entertaining presenter. Her sessions are always standing-room only and the line of guests seeking to meet and talk with her after the event is a testament to her ability to connect with her audience.

Mike LudlumEntrepreneur Magazine

Book Erika to Speak

Due to my performance schedule in Chicago, I only take selected speaking engagements throughout the year. This means you’re getting a seasoned and practiced performer on your stage. It also means that I might not be able to make your date.

But I want to hear about your event! Use the form below to drop me a line. I’d love to make you look like a rockstar to the people who matter most to your business, brand, and event. So, let’s talk about that.

And most importantly, thanks so very much for thinking of me.

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Selected Previous Engagements

  • Women’s Fitness & Running World
  • AFFTA Dealer Summit
  • Entrepreneur Magazine: Winning Strategies (keynote and panelist)
  • Ungagged (host and day 2 opening keynote)
  • World Alliance Retail Merchandising & Marketing Conference (featured speaker)
  • Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (NEW AITP)
  • IBD Summit (opening keynote)
  • Fort Collins Board of Realtors (keynote)
  • CAPS Calgary (keynote and workshop)
  • Colorado Librarylanders Conference (panelist)
  • Colorado Association of Realtors Annual Conference (featured speaker & workshop leader) –
  • MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2013 (workshop instructor & 7 Minutes of Awesome featured speaker)
  • Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous 2013 (Get UNstuck Workshop and Custom Branding Panel/Workshop)
  • Type-A Parenting Conference (closing keynote)
  • INBOUND 2013 (speaker)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Thought Leaders LIVE
  • Association of Independent Information Professionals(AIIP)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Growth Conference (featured presenter)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Winning Strategies Conference