Changing the world for good.
Our speakers all have the same goal -
Maybe you’re a speaker doing all the right marketing, social media and you want to grow your speaking business. Are you ready to take it to the next level? We’ve been representing speakers for years with great success helping them with proposals and pitching, sales, contracts, logistics, promotional assets, scheduling, travel, merchandise, and all the administrative support necessary to grow a healthy speaking business with ease.
If you’re an engaging, inspirational, creator of event experiences that transform people’s lives for the better, maybe a collaboration with Engage Your Stage makes sense. If you see every speaking engagement as an opportunity to empower people to expand their thinking and reach their greatest human potential in work and life, maybe we should chat.
If you have engaging, inspirational keynotes with stories and experiences, future-relevant, that you believe will help change the world for good, what are you waiting for?
Owner/Speaker Representative: Shelley Kelly
Shelley is responsible for finding the precise opportunity where a meeting host’s vision and event objectives intersect with the expertise, style and content of her speakers. She works closely with hosts and speakers to ensure seamless integration of the keynote into the programming for an event. Shelley works closely and strategically with speakers, guiding them into growth and meaningful connections with meeting hosts.
This NC State University graduate built and ran one of the Triangle’s longest running and most successful strategic marketing and branding firms, Mottis (formerly Kelly MarCom), for 20 years. As CEO, she worked as a connector of people, teacher, mentor, sales pro, and problem solver. She uses her talents here to empower and connect people in support of our mission.
Shelley is the recipient of dozens of awards and accolades for her leadership, creativity, public service, and business growth and profitability, including; TBJ’s Top Women in Business in the Triangle, TBJs Top 40 Under 40 Business People in the Triangle; TBJ’s Pinnacle Award for Steady Growth and Profitability; and dozens of marketing and design awards by regional and international design, marketing and public relations associations, globally.
Shelley has always been fascinated with human potential. She is in her element when she is making tools, information and experiences available to people seeking to reach their greatest individual potential in work and life.
In her spare time, Shelley and her husband provide live acoustic music for special events and write wedding songs for couples. She practices yoga, reads and loves the outdoors and spending time with her husband and children.
Marketing Coordinator: Alex Martin
At Engage Your Stage, Alex works closely with our speakers and potential meeting hosts to make meaningful connections. Alex handles outreach to build speaker tours, share new speaker information and offerings with meeting hosts, handles research and data analysis.
Alex is a North Carolina State University graduate who majored in Fashion and Textile Management. Upon graduation, she obtained her teaching certification in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education. She taught high school marketing classes, including event planning, marketing, and fashion merchandising. She has worked in various leadership roles where she wrote and revised curriculum being taught in high schools across the state of North Carolina.
Alex joined the Engage Your Stage team as Marketing Coordinator in February of 2019. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking trips to the beach.
Event & Logistics Coordinator: Susan Young
When Engage Your Stage speakers are confirmed for engagements, Susan makes sure our meeting hosts have important promotional assets, stage introductions, presentations, book order details, travel and production logistics sorted out, and clear communication between parties every step of the way to ensure expectations are met and the process is seamless for our hosts.
Susan Young joins Engage Your Stage with over 25 years experience assisting the critical functions of entities including the North Carolina School System, YMCA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, R&B and others. Susan has been recognized throughout her career for her performance and achievements in education, wellness/fitness coaching, and fundraising.
Susan enjoys daily workouts, running, spending time with family and friends and reading.
Web Developer: Laurence Anthony
Over the past 20 years, Larry has gone from a GPS technician and QC inspector to a web developer with his own web hosting company. He first started out by calculating global coordinates of remote locations like tops of cell towers, water tanks and buildings. Since then, he’s learned a variety of programming languages, designed and built thousands of web pages for hundreds of clients, won design awards, and started a web hosting company. Larry is also experienced in email campaigns, social marketing, search engine optimization, motion graphics, and more.
On his down time, he loves to hike, produce dance music, travel, spend time with family and friends, and spend time with his son. He believes strongly in decency, giving, and shared parenting.