Laura Schwartz

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Former White House Director of Events, Author of "Eat, Drink & Succeed", Keynote Speaker, Top Emcee and Moderator

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Being Present in Life and Work

6 Programs By This Presenter

The keynote your audience will be talking about all year. It’s motivational, humorous and engaging, it’s immediately actionable.

Laura’s super-charged signature series is centered on being “prepared for partnership” while turning the “optional into opportunity,” because as Laura reminds us all, “You ever know when the next conversation will be the conversation to change your life or that of someone else!”
Laura challenges her audience to ask, “What can I do for you?” instead of the more negative — “What can you do for me?” interpretation of networking. She explains how positive, powerful networking involves mentoring and leading both inside and outside of the office. And, she incorporates your conference programming and year-round engagement into examples where Laura’s tips can be used to increase results for every member of your audience.
When the event is over, these lessons can be carried back to the office and put to work in professional and personal settings. Eat, Drink & Succeed motivates, engages, and most importantly, it drives action. Whether a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran, attendees will feel empowered to take every facet of the conference and make it work to their full advantage and yours. Laura pro- vides the tools and techniques that motivate attendees to capitalize on all social and business interactions at the conference so that they, too, can turn relationships into partnerships and ideas into realities.


This presentation knows no boundaries and is given around the world to all industries. This program can be adapted for any conference, meeting, company, association or annual retreat.

A unique & dynamic presentation on leadership in times of success, turbulence and change.

As any great leader will attest, leading in successful times is easy. It’s what a leader does in times of turbulence and change that sets them apart. In this one-of-a-kind program, Laura shares little-known stories from more than 200 years of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies to inspire great leadership in any circumstance. Laura adapts these non-partisan stories to make relevant and relatable comparisons to your company or association, and offers tips that attendees can immediately put into action in their personal or professional lives. Laura uses her unique White House experience to share valuable takeaways and inspiring stories from the earliest White House inhabitants, along with first-hand accounts of defining moments during the Clinton administration. She illustrates real solutions from the successes and failures in leadership that we all can practice in our daily lives as we work with our customers and colleagues and share within our communities and families.


This presentation knows no boundaries and is given around the world to all industries. This program has an exceptional connection to women’s groups and can be adapted for any conference, meeting, company, association or annual retreat.

Designed in response to requests for a program about her personal and professional journey, this keynote empowers audiences with 5 pillars of engagement that can change their lives professionally and personally.

From her start as a small-town girl with a speech impediment to becoming the youngest female presidential appointee in White House history and eventually an international professional speaker and television commentator, Laura delivers relevant and relatable moments of challenges and success.

She outlines how we can all turn to these 5 Pillars for answers, leadership and development throughout all stages of our lives. This compelling, comedic, motivational program will leave every audience feeling inspired and ready to engage with their life!


This presentation knows no boundaries and is given around the world to all industries. This program can be adapted for any conference, meeting, company, association or annual retreat.

Laura customizes each keynote and can further create original programming and curated plenary’s tailored to specific company content and themes.

Laura always customizes her programs to your message and objectives, and she is known for her power of connection to the audience at hand – not simply giving the same speech over and over again.
Laura is eager to work with partners like you to create original programming and to curate a keynote or creative plenary tailored to your goals and objectives. Whether based on conference themes, a rebrand, new partnership or a corporate milestone – you name it – after an hour call with Laura she will transform your message into an incredible personal connection with your audience and deliver it on your stage!


This presentation knows no boundaries and is given around the world to all industries. This program can be adapted for any conference, meeting, company, association or annual retreat.

In addition to keynoting, Laura emcees conferences and events of all sizes, conducts interviews on stage with CEOs and industry leaders, and moderates expert panel discussions. She tailors her role as an emcee to the tone and purpose of each conference, and works with the production team to ensure all technical requirements are met and rehearsals take place as needed. Laura prepares for each event by conducting extensive research into the client’s industry, brand and audience whether it’s an afternoon event or a four-day conference.

Through her effortless energy and humor, Laura can seamlessly keep any conference on track, on message and on time!

Laura has had great success as a mistress of ceremonies for events including business conferences, charity galas, sporting events, panel discussions and fashion shows. She keeps audiences engaged and their energy in-sync with the event’s overarching purpose. No matter the size of the event, Laura dazzles attendees at conferences large and small with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm.

Her past clients include the Financial and Insurance Conference Planners’ (FICP) four-day annual conference at LA Live; Essilor North America’s three-day annual sales conference at the Waldorf Astoria New York City; Connect Marketplace’s two-day conference at Navy Pier Chicago, Cathay Pacific’s announcement of its Chicago-to-Hong Kong gateway service at the Peninsula Chicago and R.W. Baird Financial where she interviewed strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin on stage for the 1200 guests. Laura is also the annual emcee for several prominent charitable events, including the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Chicago’s Grant Park and the YWCA Leaders Luncheon. In 2013, she had the honor of moderating a panel of civil rights leaders for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Laura can deliver any keynote as virtual to your team, association, audience or offices around the globe

Professional Virtual Presentations: Laura is “virtual ready” and uses a variety of technologies with her clients to produce such programs. She has an in-house creative studio with professional lighting, video and audio equipment to give your presentation a high level of technical confidence and substance.

Creative Dynamic and Background in Technology: Laura always enjoys a creative dynamic so if a client has a new idea, she’ll explore it and technically make it happen. Laura is a professional television commentator and was The White House Director of Television prior to becoming the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration so, as you can imagine, she is comfortable with technology in a studio setting and producing it as well.


“Laura has such great energy and stage presence! Her message is a good one for people who network/ do sales, etc.”


Our team was truly energized after hearing your insights, guidance and perspective on how to capitalize on making relationships count. Your talk was inspiring and memorable, and now I will think twice before I go home to the remote control vs. spending 20 minutes at that cocktail party!

— Macys

Boy, did you WOW our group! Your positive nature and enthusiasm is so energizing. And the way that you tied in your session into our profession and attendee demographic was really appreciated. People were talking about it throughout the event. Also, thank you for being so gracious with the audiovisual challenges we had. You handled them as professionally as any meeting planner could hope for.

— Event Service Professionals Association

Your presentation was wonderful, as always, and our team was fully engaged. We received much positive feedback about you as a speaker and the absolute relevance of the subject for our team. As always, you were a big hit!


Lauras talent and command of the audience, as well as a well-presented keynote address made the show for all in attendance. I would highly recommend Laura as a keynote and emcee. I am proud to have worked with her and will leverage the fact that I know her in every circle I can!

— Collinson Media and Events

She (Laura) is organized and she delivers our members loved her. She worked in association information and SWS details throughout her presentation. She had studied us and knew what we were all about. And we are a tough group as people who hire and hear speakers all the time, we are hard to impress. But Laura brought out the best in everyone and she got outstanding reviews.

— TX Society of Association Executives

I came away from your presentation inspired to network in new ways that I am putting to work for me immediately! Thanks for being a wonderful role model for the modern working woman!

— Northern Trust Womens Leadership Council

Your presentation received RAVE reviews – ratings and comments were off the charts! It earned wonderful comments not only for the content, but also for your energy and enthusiasm. It was the perfect way to start the day! I also want to thank you for virtually attending the entire Symposium and making yourself available to chat with the participants they so appreciate it when speakers are as open, downtoearth and willing to speak to them as you were.

— Arizona Womens Leadership Forum

Laura, you were just terrific at our meeting and we received nothing but rave reviews back from our attending members! I cant remember a time when one of our speakers received such allaround praise from this many attendees. Great job and thank you for making us look so smart by booking you for the event!

— Tampa Bay Meeting Professionals International

Laura, your positive energy, humor and entertaining personality were the hit of the conference and very contagious! I truly enjoyed watching you on stage daily. You made the entire FICP Conference very enjoyable!

— Marriott

Lauras enthusiasm as she presented each and every award kept the audience on their toes. What could have been a lengthy, uneventful program became a true celebration of everyones work to bring United Ways mission to life. She was flawless! Attendees raved that this years program was by far their favorite due in large part to Lauras energy.

— United Way

Laura you are a pro that can step into any situation and that is greatly appreciated! We cant wait to recommend you for our next job. Thanks again for a fantastic evening!


Thank you so much for honoring us last week. It was the best gala ever, and a HUGE portion is attributed to you. Youre an amazing woman and I am proud to know you.

— MGM Resorts International

Your presentation at the ACCE (Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) Conference was the very best of a fabulous week!

— Mont Belvieu, Texas

We loved your energy and enthusiasm – you were exactly what we needed! Always a real bonus in any event!

— Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

Laura, you were just terrific at our meeting and we recieved nothing but rave reviews back from our attending members! I can’t remember a time when one of our speakers recieved such all-around praise from this many attendees. Great job and thank you for making us look so smart by booking you for the event!

— The Florida Aquarium
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