Merge Gupta-Sunderji turns managers into leaders. A professional speaker, author, radio commentator, facilitator and consultant since 1988, Merge gives people specific and practical tools to help them achieve leadership and communication success. Tens of thousands of managers in eight countries have participated in her engaging keynotes and facilitated workshops and obtained and practiced the tools to achieve leadership success. Merge’s insights come from first-hand experience. As a leader at one of Canada’s premier oil and gas companies for over fourteen years, and a Board leader at a Credit Union for three years, she offers a unique blend of realism and humor that consistently engages and entertains her audiences!
From the moment she steps on stage your audience will see, hear and know the difference. More than a motivator – Merge takes real-world research and makes it relevant to your organization, combines it with time-tested strategies and delivers the tools, solutions and mindsets your managers need for long-term leadership success. Her contagious enthusiasm turns even the most passive listeners into participants! If your people are tired of “fluff”, then Merge represents the solid alternative: enduring and compelling content, delivered in an engaging style, tempered with humor and realism.
For almost two years, she was the well-known voice behind the national CBC radio column The Softer Side of Business heard coast to coast across Canada on CBC Radio One. She’s an award-winning published author, writing for many well-known organizations and publications, including the very popular Merge’s Monthly Mega Minute. The second edition of her book titled Why Does the Lobster Cast Off Its Shell? was published in July 2009. She writes a regular column called Further Than Figures in CGA Magazine, a professional accounting publication with a circulation of over 80,000. In addition, she has released an entire Leadership Series of educational audio CDs covering off specific challenges and issues of concern to leaders everywhere. The titles range from How to Effectively Manage Off-Site Employees to Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace to Managing Employees with Lousy Performances, Unacceptable Behavior or Rotten Attitudes. She is presently working on her latest book, Power Tools for Leaders: Practical Strategies and Tactics to Build People, a hands-on practical how-to guide for managers and supervisors.
Merge’s client base is broad and varied including numerous professional associations, and mid- to large-sized corporations in the financial, energy and natural resources, and government sectors. You can access a partial list of her over 220 satisfied (and in most cases, repeat) clients here. Merge has also spoken on several occasions to audiences at Meeting Professionals International (MPI). With Meeting Planners International, Merge is one of only 43 people in North America to be recognized as a Platinum Series speaker.
Merge is a proud professional member of the Global Speakers Federation, and holds her Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. The CSP designation is an international measure of speaking and platform excellence and is awarded only to those accomplished speakers who meet strict criteria and have a proven record of delivering client satisfaction. Less than 10% of the speakers who belong to the worldwide federation hold this professional designation. Merge also serves as an elected Director on the Board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).
Many people ask Merge what she used to do before she became a speaker, and the answer often surprises them. Merge is actually a professional accountant, and even though she hasn’t formally practiced accounting for many years now, she still proudly carries her designation letters (CGA) after her name. As Merge sometimes laughs “You can get a girl out of accounting, but you can never really get the accounting of the girl!”