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Meet the Speakers

Deborah Gardner, CMP

DG International
Author, Speaker & Competitive Performance Expert

A swimming champion, entrepreneur, author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner helps hundreds of companies and organizations advance to new levels of success while working and living in the fast lane. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is a highly regarded and in-demand global keynote speaker. Her firsthand experience and knowledge are delivered with an exclusive subject on STREAMLINE which profiled her as the best when it comes to researching and delivering her findings to the international stage. She instantly transforms people that want more momentum while competing in the fast lane through her explosive high-energy, captivating entertaining and sassy approach.

Deborah’s competitive practice comes from living in the fast lane; being a Marine Brat to growing up in a small 16-foot trailer, a real-life wedding crasher, an Olympic Trial swimmer, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports, a longtime veteran, owning several entrepreneurial businesses and founder/host for, the top 15% in the podcast world, HOSPITALITY TODAY LIVE weekly show that takes special pride in formulating the first-ever International Hospitality Women’s Day.

With a laundry list of honors, Deborah is most recently named CNN’s 2021 Top 75 Motivational Speakers Worldwide, Meetings Today Magazine Top 20 Meetings Trendsetters, Smart Meetings Magazine’s Top 50 Smart Women Leaders, Meetings Mean Business Ambassador, Arizona Magazine’s Fabulous People to Watch, Two-Time National Master Swimming Champion and crowned as Mrs. America 2021/2022. Deborah lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and 4-legged lover boy, Bear.

Karin Hurt

Let’s Grow Leaders LLC
Founder and CEO

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results. After two decades as a Verizon executive, Karin, and her husband, David, founded Let’s Grow Leaders, a training firm focused on human-centered leadership development for those determined to get breakthrough results without losing their humanity. Leaders, they found, were hungry for practical tools and leadership development that sticks.

Since 2013, Karin and David have helped grow tens of thousands of leaders in 14 countries with their live leadership development programs and keynotes. They also provide clean water to the people of Cambodia through their Winning Wells philanthropic initiative.

Karin is an award-winning author of four books, including:

  •  Courageous Cultures – How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates
  • Winning Well – A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul
  • She is the host of the popular LinkedIn show, Asking for a Friend. And she was recently named by Inc. Magazine as a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker.

Penny Zenker

Smart Moves Coaching
CEO, Author and Focusologist

Penny Zenker is The Focusologist, an international motivational speaker, business strategy coach, and best-selling author. Penny founded, developed, and sold her first multi-million-dollar business while living in Zurich, Switzerland. Later at the world’s 4th largest Market Research company, she managed business unit turnarounds and was a Tony Robbins business coach helping entrepreneurs around the world to double their businesses.

Her clients tell her, her gift is cutting through the clutter and helping them focus on the most important and relevant areas to sustainably grow their businesses.

Penny’s high-energy and interactive keynote presentations, motivational speeches and workshops inspire and challenge you to think, act, be more strategic, more emotionally intelligent, and inspired to develop your personal leadership skills.

Penny is the bestselling author of The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time. As a master NLP practitioner and neuro-strategist, she integrates the elements of thought, communication, and behavior to provide strategies for positive changes and maximum results.

Penny’s expertise focuses on strategic thinking, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and productivity. She has coached hundreds of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs in leadership roles, relationships, and building culture.