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Keynote Speaker Shari Harley

Shari Harley

Consultant, Speaker, and Founder & President of Candid Culture

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About Speaker Shari Harley…

Shari Harley, MA and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) is the founder and president of Candid Culture an international training and consulting firm bringing candor back to the work place, creating a safe haven for employees, managers, and clients to speak honestly. Candid Culture helps corporations, associations, government agencies, schools, and not-for-profits get and keep the right customers and employees by creating better business relationships.

Shari is a business person. Her previous experience includes selling and facilitating for Dale Carnegie Training, conducting customer service training for American Century Investments, leading leadership training and successful planning for OppenheimerFunds, and managing operations across 21, nation-wide locations, with 200 matrixed employees.

Shari started her management training business after a fifteen year corporate career. She left her National Director role in 2007 with no plan and no prospects. Her family and friends thought she was crazy. But even in one of the worst economic climates of all time, Shari’s business leadership development services have been in high demand. Organizations of all types and sizes, in seven countries, have gravitated to Shari’s simple communication and management training for forging long lasting business relationships.

Shari is known globally as an engaging, fun, content-rich business speaker and trainer. She is the author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone. She has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of Denver, where she served as an adjunct faculty member and taught business leadership development courses.

Shari’s practical approach to improving business relationships has led her to speak and train throughout the United States and in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. And while she enjoys speaking and training throughout the United States and internationally, Shari lives in Denver, Colorado because it is never humid there.

Testimonials 4

  • I just attended the best one hour learning session in my career while at the ASAE Great Ideas Conference. I received more useful tips about management and leadership during this session than I have in 30 years of professional business management and continuing education courses. If you want to teach your managers how to be more effective (or need to brush up on your own skills), I recommend hiring Shari Harley to help you build business relationships that really work!

    Every manager (from CEO of a Fortune 500 Company to a shift manager at McDonalds) should be required to take ten hours of training with Shari before being allowed to manage people.

    Peter Weber

    Chief Products & Services Officer, AVMA

  • It’s both my pleasure and honor to acknowledge Shari for presenting her “How to Say Anything to Anyone” talk to the University of Denver community during our Professional Development Week. Shari’s candid style and humor won over the packed house of faculty and staff the moment she began speaking. And to no surprise, she received the highest ratings of all of our speakers during the week. So much so in fact, that bringing her back next year is a “no-brainer.” So if you get a chance to bring her into your organization or conference, do it before someone else books her.

    Greg Giesen

    Manager, People Development, University of Denver

  • I just wanted to reach out to you and say THANK YOU!!! I met you at the WFF conference a few weeks ago and I can honestly say that your seminar was the one that I walked out of and felt truly changed my life.

    I’m reading your book and haven’t put it down since I got it out of the package! It is such a great reference for all types of communication.

    I was asked when I returned from WFF to put together a presentation for our President and executive staff, and I did 2-3 slides of the presentation your class alone. My VP of Sales was so impressed by the topic and my key takeaways that he asked me to come and present to his District Manager Team and I did. It was a hit!

    The energy and level of engagement in active and productive feedback here at our division has been taken to another level and I had to make sure to take a moment to say THANK YOU!  I truly feel that you have changed the way I lead and communicate both personally and professionally.

    Maya Cleveland

    Manager, Sales Coordinator, US. Foods

  • Thank you so much for the time you spent with Frito Lay this morning! It was fantastic – the team raved about it all afternoon. Some people just have the “gift” of public speaking — and you’ve got it!
    You definitely were the highlight of the meeting.

    Kassy Schimkaitis

    Human Resources Manager, Frito Lay

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