Matisse holding the book 'Inclusion on Purpose' in front of her face

Speaking Engagements

Energize your events with a tailored speaking engagement, delivering impactful insights, dynamic presentations, and expert knowledge to inspire and engage your audience.

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As a seasoned PR and digital accessibility consultant and professional public speaker, I bring much experience from speaking at countless events. At industry events, I’ve spoken with industry thought leaders like Molly McPherson, Shel Holtz, Martin Waxman, Helio Fred Garcia, and Zaria Parvez.

My engagements span diverse topics within public relations, communications and digital accessibility, drawing from deep industry knowledge and real-world experiences. This includes researching, working and learning from industry leaders about internal communications, media relations, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible (IDEA) strategies and implementation, and more.

Having been a professor for more than seven years within the Durham College PR program, I’ve been able to adapt my presentation style. I focus on being informative, engaging, and inspiring, making complex concepts accessible and actionable.

As a dedicated professional within the industry, I actively serve on a variety of boards and advisory committees, including two with IABC, ensuring I stay at the forefront of emerging trends, issues, and events that shape our sector. This involvement grants me a panoramic view of the industry landscape, allowing me to bring a wealth of knowledge and a diverse perspective. By participating in these influential groups, I’m able to keep my finger on the pulse of the wider industry, which enriches my speaking with cutting-edge insights and a dynamic approach to tackling challenges. Engaging with thought leaders and change-makers across different forums empowers me to offer my clients forward-thinking strategies and solutions that are informed by the most current and comprehensive industry intelligence.

I’m passionate about sharing these insights and strategies that empower audiences at industry conferences, corporate workshops, or educational seminars. I’m available to speak both in person and virtually. For international travel, please contact me at least six months in advance of the event.

Planning is now underway for 2024 speaking engagements.

What I Speak About

Public Relations & Communications

  • Building an inclusive and equitable internal communications strategy
  • Media relations in the time of social media
  • Making the most out of your video content

Digital Accessibility & Public Relations

  • The state of accessibility in social media
  • Embracing digital accessibility in communications
  • Creating accessible content as a professional communicator
  • Brand reputation and digital accessibility
  • Making your social media accessible
  • The art and science of alternative text
  • Building an accessibility strategy that works for you

Some Previous Speaking Engagements

  • PRSA Northeast District Conference – November 2023
  • IABC World Conference – June 2023
  • PRNEWS Brand Reputation Summit – May 2023
  • IABC World Conference – June 2022
  • #a11yTO Camp – June 2022
  • Canadian Public Relations Society National Conference – June 2022
  • PRNEWS Social Impact Summit – April 2022
  • PRNEWS Social Shakeup Show – September 2021
  • IABC World Conference – June 2021
  • Employee Experience Summit – June 2021
  • The CNIB Foundation’s Connecting the Dots Conference – October 2020
  • Employee Experience Summit – June 2020
  • The CNIB Foundation’s Connecting the Dots Conference – October 2019
  • Guelph Accessibility Conference – May 2019

People are still talking about the impact your session had and how they can start implementing changes into their comms practices.

Erika Bradbury, PRNews