Awards Dinner and Virtual Event Emcee
We are pleased to welcome Laura back to the BGRS Supplier Partner Forum!
Professional Emcee and Keynote Speaker
Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and Television Commentator
Named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the Global Event Industry and one of the top 7 speakers in the United States, Laura Schwartz has been a sought after Professional Emcee and Keynote Speaker since 2001. Laura began her professional career in 1993 as the youngest female presidential appointee in history serving as the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration. After which, in addition to speaking, published her first book “Eat, Drink and Succeed” and currently appears on television as the American contributor on Australia’s #1 Today Show, the BBC and ITN London. Laura has been featured by and a published writer in Fast Company, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire and other periodicals across the globe.
Gold Medalist & Sports Broadcaster
Cheryl is a passionate and invigorating speaker who believes that individuals’ and teams must be ‘inspired by their journey’. Each journey provides a remarkable opportunity to learn from success/failures, adapt to change, and persevere through adversity. Excellence is a process. This process requires commitment, leadership, teamwork, focus, determination, and the willingness to take ‘self-inventory’. We must be accountable for our actions and fully prepare every day.
Success in one field doesn’t necessarily translate to another area. In the case of former Canadian Women’s hockey player, Cheryl Pounder, who has made the transition from ice to stage, the move has been a triumph.
In the sports world where accomplishments are measured by medals and titles, there aren’t many who can claim a list of achievements as glowing as Cheryl’s. Her run of success began early in the 1990s when her ice hockey team won the Under-18 Canadian National championship. In 1994, she won Gold for the first time at the 1994 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship, and during her illustrious career with the National Women’s team, Cheryl won two Olympic Gold medals (2002 and 2006) and was crowned IIHF World Champion six times.
It is all part of a journey that we must be willing to take – a journey that must be inspired to take for ourselves and those we work with… our TEAM. To this point, she adds, “When the team goal is met, the individual goals take care of themselves. Seize the opportunities, get outside your comfort zone, trust yourself, and engage in your life, don’t just participate. Most importantly, listen to your strong side, even when your weak side is louder.”
The journey continues for Cheryl – her varied background and knowledge were major factors for TSN & CBC choosing her as a colour commentator for the coverage of the women’s hockey tournament at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. In her sporting life and in her life off the ice, Cheryl continues to motivate with a passion that comes across in all her worlds.
A native of Mississauga, Cheryl, was born in Montreal, Quebec. She attended high school at St. Martin Secondary School in Mississauga and was the captain of the ice hockey team at Wilfrid Laurier University. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology and physical education and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.