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Corporate Event Speaker of the Year — Diane Helbig, Founder, Seize This Day

Diane Helbig celebrated the 10th anniversary of her business, Seize This Day, in 2016 by reaching beyond her self-imposed limitations. “My methods and messages are not exactly mainstream,” she says. “I hold beliefs about business development that are not what have been taught by other speakers and trainers over time. And my speaking style is unconventional; some would say even non-corporate. I had convinced myself that these things would prevent me from expanding my reach beyond certain audiences. I didn’t think I’d be accepted in the enterprise level environment or within more national organizations. I was wrong.” Helbig began to discover as much at a sales program she delivered in March for the admissions staff at Notre Dame College. “Unconventional or not, they had an interest in learning about a better way to seal the deal – and I had been recommended to them by someone who had heard me speak at prior business events,” she says. “That was probably the beginning of what became a significant shift in opportunities.” Better yet was her participation in the speaker group for the Corporate University at Kent State University. Her reach expanded from creating and conducting presentations and trainings for the staff and client companies at the Stark County Campus to other campuses around Ohio as well as with their client companies, such as Federal Express Custom Critical, Mercy Medical Center, Akron Zoo, and Signet Jewelers. She also provided the feature keynote for the S.A. Comunale annual sales conference in August. “I have had the pleasure of knowing Diane on a professional level for nearly four years and can say with no hesitation that when she interviewed to become one of our facilitators, it was a great day for us,” Faith Sheaffer-Polen, director of Corporate University at Kent State University at Stark, says. “She quickly connected with the team here and more importantly with our clients. Her style is genuine, realistic and engaging. She is able to meet people where they are whether it is in manufacturing, service or professional fields and give them tools that they can walk out and use immediately.” All told, Helbig’s income from speaking increased 62 percent from 2015. That revenue increase allowed her to do more pro bono work, and she earned the first Volunteer of the Year award from the Women’s Business Center in 2016 for presentations she had provided to their aspiring entrepreneurs.

Runners-up: Amy Martin, partner in marketing, JumpStart; Hugh Littleton, director of learning design solutions, Corporate College; Lisa Crilley Mallis, owner, Impactive Strategies; Phil Stella, president, Effective Training and Communication.


2016 — Diane Helbig
2015 — Lisa Ryan
2014 — Hugh Littleton
2013 — Lori Stevic-Rust
2012 — Jeff Nischwitz
2011 — Maia Beatty
2010 — Katherine Miracle
2009 — Hugh Littleton
2008 — (no award)
2007 — Hal Becker

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