Speaking, consulting, and mentoring

Much as I appreciate straightforward offers from conferences and organizations asking me to speak, I hope they also appreciate straightforward terms from speakers. Here are mine.

Time-sensitive announcements:

September 2013: I am not accepting any further speaking engagements between October 2013 and May 2014, due to pregnancy and expected arrival of the baby. I will consider requests to speak in June 2014 and beyond, so if your event isn’t until June or later, please reach out. I may have additional travel requirements for any engagement in 2014 depending on my need for my husband and child to travel with me, dependent on location of your event, time it will require from me for travel, and things we cannot yet predict about the baby.


My standard speaking terms for North American travel, updated Autumn 2013, are as follows. My standard honorarium for a keynote address is $1250. In addition, I expect to have arrangements made for or to be reimbursed for:

  • Round-trip air travel from Ottawa or Montreal
  • Mileage between said airport and my home in Potsdam, NY, and transportation between the airport and hotel at the destination
  • Minimum 2 nights hotel stay, one the night before I speak and one the night of my speaking engagement

I may consider other terms if the speaking request is for something requiring less travel, or less time and preparation than a keynote address, and I will negotiate honorarium costs for more intensive engagements (workshops, etc).


I am willing to consider offers of consulting work, in areas in which I have skills and knowledge to offer to your organization. Fees and agreement will depend on the project and my availability.


I believe that mentoring works best when there is  a natural existing relationship between the mentor and mentee, and a specific task to be accomplished. I have not had good experiences with blind date mentoring programs, and am unlikely to agree to more. However, I’m happy to answer specific questions about a personal situation, or offer an opinion about a problem — but my willingness will depend entirely on my available time when you ask! I make no promises.

I also rarely have the time to review individual cover letters and job applications for strangers. Please do not ask.

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