In 2015, I had the privilege of teaching + empowering creative entrepreneurs at these awesome events:

Indie Cruise: floating somewhere in the Caribbean

Central Soapers Workshop: Kansas City, MO

HSCG Annual Conference: Indianapolis, IN

The Nova Studio: San Francisco, CA

Alabama Soap & Candle Gathering: Prattville, AL

I'm currently planning my 2016 speaking calendar... got something in mind? Learn more about the value I could add to your next event + let's connect!

People say the nicest things about my workshops + presentations...

"Participants were wowed by Lela's stunning sense of aesthetics combined with her knowledge of product quality and enthusiastic demonstration of high level business skills. I have rarely seen West African clients' motivation levels higher, than after hearing her present to a packed auditorium in Bamako, Mali."

Dr. Peter Lovett
Technical Director:  The Global Shea Alliance

"It has been our pleasure to have Lela Barker as a Speaker at The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild’s Annual Conference.  Lela keeps the audience engaged with her down to earth advice and good humor.  The attendees always walk away from her sessions with a ton of real, usable, practical information that they can implement to further their business goals and reach for success.  Whether the audience is a few dozen or several hundred, Lela knows how to present her content so that every audience member leaves feeling energized and ready to vault their business to the next level and beyond."

Leigh O'Donnell
Executive Director: Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild

"Lela is one of the most tenacious business women I have ever known. Lela is also gracious, friendly and incredibly sensitive to the needs of others. She views business ownership, particularly for women, as an endeavor that requires not only gusto and chutzpah, but also respect for the delicate balance between career achievement and personal and family success. Lela Barker is a woman entrepreneur who not only pursues her business with passion and zest, but who also drives you to do the same in yours. I have watched Lela help countless numbers of small business owners. I highly recommend her, without a shred of hesitation."

Donna Maria Coles Johnson
Founder + Host: INDIE Cruise

I've been cultivating my speaking chops since high school, when I was a nationally ranked speaker in the National Forensics League. I spent weekends wearing business suits, toting a briefcase and traveling all over the southeast competing as an extemporaneous speaker (It's astounding that I ever landed a boyfriend in high school, eh?). Those state championship wins helped pave my way to (and pay my way through) college and I've now been a featured speaker at 90+ live events, podcasts, television and radio interviews.

I've been honored to be a featured speaker at these fine events, too...

USAID Global Shea Conferences: Bamako, Mali + Abuja, Nigeria

Uniworld Hospitality Training: Vienna, Austria

Bank of America Small Business Community: Virtual event

Get Lucky, Live: Atlanta, GA

HSCG Annual Conferences: Palm Springs, Denver, Tucson, Indianapolis

Indie Cruise: 4 consecutive years floating somewhere in the Caribbean

Artful Business Conference: Virtual event based in Australia

Central Soapers Workshop: 2 consecutive years in Kansas City, MO

Spa Girl Parties National Sales Training: Phoenix, AZ

Tennessee Soap + Candle Conference: Nashville, TN

The Nova Studio: 2 consecutive, sold-out business bootcamps in San Francisco, CA

Addressed Congressional representatives as an invited representative on behalf of U.S. small businesses on 3 separate occasions: Washington, DC

I'm doing-cartwheels-excited to hear about it.
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