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Principal of Effecting Creative Change in Organizations

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 Amy S. Tolbert Biography

Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP develops multicultural organizations and individuals by bringing you cutting-edge topics, such as, multicultural and diversity initiatives, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams.

She is principal of ECCO (Energizing Cultural Change in Organizations), which specializes in increasing individuals’ productivity and organizations’ profitability through e-learning, technology and facilitated learning.

Addressing diversity and multicultural issues, cross-cultural training, and managing a diverse workforce, Dr. Tolbert has researched multicultural competencies needed for today’s global organization. In 2019, she released the second edition of Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand, a timely answer to the renewed urgency for actionable inclusion skills. The tool presents five simple actions to increase inclusive behaviors in the workplace. The Ostrich book also has been translated and distributed in Saudi Arabia and China. She has also co-authored and presented the Discovering Diversity Profile, a popular self-assessment tool, at many national conferences. She has served several terms as National Vice Chair for the Professional Expertise Group on Diversity with the National Speakers Association (NSA). She has served several terms as National Vice Chair for the Professional Expertise Group on Diversity with the National Speakers Association (NSA). She served as President for NSA-MN, as Commodore for Bayport Marina and serves on the hrconnection Advisory Board as well as the ILSEP board to reinforce trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. She earned her Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation with NSA as well. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of experience and skill. Fewer than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. She was awarded Member of the Year, Next Level Award, the Mark LeBlanc Award for excellence in the speaking industry, and in 2019 was inducted into the MN Speakers Hall of Fame.

Published by Pfeiffer, she has contributed a chapter in the book, Developing Talent for Organizational Results: Training Tools from the Best in the Field. She is a contributing author to The Princess Principle: Women helping women discover their royal spirit. She authored a video training program, Open Mind, Open World: Improving Intercultural Interactions, which includes leader guides and video clips so you can customize your own series of global education workshops, as well as a diversity and inclusion version for the US marketplace. As a best-selling contributing author with HRD Press (50 Activities for Achieving Excellent Customer Service) and published by the American Management Association (AMACOM), Dr. Tolbert consults and trains internationally in the areas of creating a global mindset, multicultural competency development, increasing influence in organizations, managing within a diverse workforce, motivation and leadership skills. Her diverse client list includes USBank, Gucci, AT&T, 3M, Best Buy, Comcast, Mayo Clinic, Dakota County, CHS, Polaris, Medtronic, United Way, Ford Motor Company, Becton-Dickinson and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

As a Fellow, Carlson Executive Education Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Dr. Tolbert earned her doctorate in Human Resource Development, focusing on international/cross-cultural and diversity education/training, from the University of Minnesota. She continues to support her alma mater by serving as adjunct faculty for several annual programs at Carlson Executive Education.

Speaking Topics
  • Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand

    What is the Ostrich Approach? Although the image of an ostrich burying its head in the sand is based on myth rather than fact, it is the perfect icon to depict the many avoidance tactics we use to deal with the tough stuff – including diversity. All the running, hiding and avoidance (a.k.a., the ostrich approach) won’t change what’s going on around us. We need to be strong, make a commitment and pull our heads out of the sand so we can communicate more clearly and effectively with one another.

  • Communicating Across Styles

    Why is it easy to communicate with some individuals while communicating with others creates conflict and confusion? Communication and behavioral styles vary from person to person and are culturally bound; some are compatible with ours and, for various reasons, some are not. By understanding our own behavioral strengths and learning how to identify and value behavioral strengths in others, we can improve the way we work with others across styles, discover viable solutions to resolve conflict, and relieve stress that comes with miscommunication. During this session, keynote speaker Dr. Amy Tolbert uses audience activities in a session that is motivating, inspirational, life-changing (okay – educational and informative, too)!

  • Is your Bias Showing?

    Is your communication bias-free? Think again. Knowing we are all biased may be a hard pill to swallow. Unconscious bias, a key component of inclusion, impacts our communication and our workplace relationships every day. It is not a question of if we are biased, but knowing which bias is at play is the first step to awareness. With that understanding we can then make a conscious choice to shift thinking which in turn allows us to change behavior. To understand bias, we have to understand ourselves, our own implicit bias and our target audience. We will start with the convergence of bias with the diverse workforce and marketplace of today, including cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, nationality, etc. We have biases; you have biases. The first step is awareness.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion (focused on leaders)

    The implications from not providing the tools to address diversity, equity and inclusion and the inability to build skills to leverage diversity and create an inclusive work environment can not only be devastating to an organization but undermine its success. Diversity, equity and inclusion create an organization’s lens for innovation. The impact on the talent pipeline alone can leave an organization stagnant and unable to address the needs of its diverse workforce and customers. Learn to tap diversity and build an inclusive culture to build organizational strength.

  • Talking ‘bout My Generation...

    Do you feel like you are speaking a different language in the workplace? Are you met with blank stares from your peers in meetings? Are you bumping into generational differences more and more every day? In this session, we will work together to identify and understand the actual and perceived differences among generations – and most importantly what you can do about it!.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Amy S. Tolbert for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Amy S. Tolbert, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Amy S. Tolbert or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Amy S. Tolbert?

    Booking fees for Amy S. Tolbert, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Amy S. Tolbert, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Amy S. Tolbert?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Amy S. Tolbert for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Amy S. Tolbert for your next private or corporate function.
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Amy S. Tolbert

Principal of Effecting Creative Change in Organizations

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Amy S. Tolbert Biography

Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP develops multicultural organizations and individuals by bringing you cutting-edge topics, such as, multicultural and diversity initiatives, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams.

She is principal of ECCO (Energizing Cultural Change in Organizations), which specializes in increasing individuals’ productivity and organizations’ profitability through e-learning, technology and facilitated learning.

Addressing diversity and multicultural issues, cross-cultural training, and managing a diverse workforce, Dr. Tolbert has researched multicultural competencies needed for today’s global organization. In 2019, she released the second edition of Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand, a timely answer to the renewed urgency for actionable inclusion skills. The tool presents five simple actions to increase inclusive behaviors in the workplace. The Ostrich book also has been translated and distributed in Saudi Arabia and China. She has also co-authored and presented the Discovering Diversity Profile, a popular self-assessment tool, at many national conferences. She has served several terms as National Vice Chair for the Professional Expertise Group on Diversity with the National Speakers Association (NSA). She has served several terms as National Vice Chair for the Professional Expertise Group on Diversity with the National Speakers Association (NSA). She served as President for NSA-MN, as Commodore for Bayport Marina and serves on the hrconnection Advisory Board as well as the ILSEP board to reinforce trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. She earned her Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation with NSA as well. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of experience and skill. Fewer than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. She was awarded Member of the Year, Next Level Award, the Mark LeBlanc Award for excellence in the speaking industry, and in 2019 was inducted into the MN Speakers Hall of Fame.

Published by Pfeiffer, she has contributed a chapter in the book, Developing Talent for Organizational Results: Training Tools from the Best in the Field. She is a contributing author to The Princess Principle: Women helping women discover their royal spirit. She authored a video training program, Open Mind, Open World: Improving Intercultural Interactions, which includes leader guides and video clips so you can customize your own series of global education workshops, as well as a diversity and inclusion version for the US marketplace. As a best-selling contributing author with HRD Press (50 Activities for Achieving Excellent Customer Service) and published by the American Management Association (AMACOM), Dr. Tolbert consults and trains internationally in the areas of creating a global mindset, multicultural competency development, increasing influence in organizations, managing within a diverse workforce, motivation and leadership skills. Her diverse client list includes USBank, Gucci, AT&T, 3M, Best Buy, Comcast, Mayo Clinic, Dakota County, CHS, Polaris, Medtronic, United Way, Ford Motor Company, Becton-Dickinson and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

As a Fellow, Carlson Executive Education Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Dr. Tolbert earned her doctorate in Human Resource Development, focusing on international/cross-cultural and diversity education/training, from the University of Minnesota. She continues to support her alma mater by serving as adjunct faculty for several annual programs at Carlson Executive Education.

Amy S. Tolbert Speaking Topics

  • Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand

    What is the Ostrich Approach? Although the image of an ostrich burying its head in the sand is based on myth rather than fact, it is the perfect icon to depict the many avoidance tactics we use to deal with the tough stuff – including diversity. All the running, hiding and avoidance (a.k.a., the ostrich approach) won’t change what’s going on around us. We need to be strong, make a commitment and pull our heads out of the sand so we can communicate more clearly and effectively with one another.

  • Communicating Across Styles

    Why is it easy to communicate with some individuals while communicating with others creates conflict and confusion? Communication and behavioral styles vary from person to person and are culturally bound; some are compatible with ours and, for various reasons, some are not. By understanding our own behavioral strengths and learning how to identify and value behavioral strengths in others, we can improve the way we work with others across styles, discover viable solutions to resolve conflict, and relieve stress that comes with miscommunication. During this session, keynote speaker Dr. Amy Tolbert uses audience activities in a session that is motivating, inspirational, life-changing (okay – educational and informative, too)!

  • Is your Bias Showing?

    Is your communication bias-free? Think again. Knowing we are all biased may be a hard pill to swallow. Unconscious bias, a key component of inclusion, impacts our communication and our workplace relationships every day. It is not a question of if we are biased, but knowing which bias is at play is the first step to awareness. With that understanding we can then make a conscious choice to shift thinking which in turn allows us to change behavior. To understand bias, we have to understand ourselves, our own implicit bias and our target audience. We will start with the convergence of bias with the diverse workforce and marketplace of today, including cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, nationality, etc. We have biases; you have biases. The first step is awareness.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion (focused on leaders)

    The implications from not providing the tools to address diversity, equity and inclusion and the inability to build skills to leverage diversity and create an inclusive work environment can not only be devastating to an organization but undermine its success. Diversity, equity and inclusion create an organization’s lens for innovation. The impact on the talent pipeline alone can leave an organization stagnant and unable to address the needs of its diverse workforce and customers. Learn to tap diversity and build an inclusive culture to build organizational strength.

  • Talking ‘bout My Generation...

    Do you feel like you are speaking a different language in the workplace? Are you met with blank stares from your peers in meetings? Are you bumping into generational differences more and more every day? In this session, we will work together to identify and understand the actual and perceived differences among generations – and most importantly what you can do about it!.

FAQs on booking Amy S. Tolbert

  • How to book Amy S. Tolbert?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Amy S. Tolbert for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Amy S. Tolbert, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Amy S. Tolbert or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Amy S. Tolbert?

    Booking fees for Amy S. Tolbert, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Amy S. Tolbert, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Amy S. Tolbert?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Amy S. Tolbert for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Amy S. Tolbert for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Amy S. Tolbert or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Amy S. Tolbert or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Amy S. Tolbert is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand, Communicating Across Styles, Is your Bias Showing?, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion (focused on leaders) and Talking ‘bout My Generation.... The estimated speaking fee range to book Amy S. Tolbert for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Amy S. Tolbert generally travels from MN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Seth Mattison, Doug Lipp, Linda Alvarado, Parul Sehgal and Kim Lear. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Amy S. Tolbert for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Amy S. Tolbert Speaking Topics

  • Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand

    What is the Ostrich Approach? Although the image of an ostrich burying its head in the sand is based on myth rather than fact, it is the perfect icon to depict the many avoidance tactics we use to deal with the tough stuff – including diversity. All the running, hiding and avoidance (a.k.a., the ostrich approach) won’t change what’s going on around us. We need to be strong, make a commitment and pull our heads out of the sand so we can communicate more clearly and effectively with one another.

  • Communicating Across Styles

    Why is it easy to communicate with some individuals while communicating with others creates conflict and confusion? Communication and behavioral styles vary from person to person and are culturally bound; some are compatible with ours and, for various reasons, some are not. By understanding our own behavioral strengths and learning how to identify and value behavioral strengths in others, we can improve the way we work with others across styles, discover viable solutions to resolve conflict, and relieve stress that comes with miscommunication. During this session, keynote speaker Dr. Amy Tolbert uses audience activities in a session that is motivating, inspirational, life-changing (okay – educational and informative, too)!

  • Is your Bias Showing?

    Is your communication bias-free? Think again. Knowing we are all biased may be a hard pill to swallow. Unconscious bias, a key component of inclusion, impacts our communication and our workplace relationships every day. It is not a question of if we are biased, but knowing which bias is at play is the first step to awareness. With that understanding we can then make a conscious choice to shift thinking which in turn allows us to change behavior. To understand bias, we have to understand ourselves, our own implicit bias and our target audience. We will start with the convergence of bias with the diverse workforce and marketplace of today, including cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, nationality, etc. We have biases; you have biases. The first step is awareness.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion (focused on leaders)

    The implications from not providing the tools to address diversity, equity and inclusion and the inability to build skills to leverage diversity and create an inclusive work environment can not only be devastating to an organization but undermine its success. Diversity, equity and inclusion create an organization’s lens for innovation. The impact on the talent pipeline alone can leave an organization stagnant and unable to address the needs of its diverse workforce and customers. Learn to tap diversity and build an inclusive culture to build organizational strength.

  • Talking ‘bout My Generation...

    Do you feel like you are speaking a different language in the workplace? Are you met with blank stares from your peers in meetings? Are you bumping into generational differences more and more every day? In this session, we will work together to identify and understand the actual and perceived differences among generations – and most importantly what you can do about it!.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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