Eleni Kelakos, the Keynote Speaker for our 8th Annual Work/Life Conference, was a hit with our crowd of 300 University staff! 'Dynamic and engaging,' said one participant; 'She gave a wonderful, uplifting presentation,' said another. Thank you, Eleni, for kicking off our conference with laughter and a meaningful message that was important to our audience."
–Jennie McAlpine, Director of Work/Life Programs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Eleni's presentation at the HAP Speakers Bureau Kick-off exceeded our expectations and was one of the best professional seminars we've ever had. Her charisma, brilliance and ability to take total ownership of a room kept us engaged all morning long. Eleni delivered the tools we need calm our fears and" think like an actor, present like a pro."
–Tiffany Baker M.A., Executive Communication Strategist, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), Detroit, MI
"Eleni is the professional wake-up call to you need to step up and be the leader you know you can be. Her program was the perfect combination of interactive and participatory while tying in the leadership training and motivational skills our customers needed to hear. She was obviously well-researched,p ersonalizing her keynote and training for our members. Most importantly, she was willing to work with us on the fine details of the event to insure that everything came off without a hitch."
–Julie Abshire, 2012 Training Director , Michigan Jaycees
We had nothing but great reviews from attendees about Eleni's presentation on the skills necessary to improve effectiveness in communicating one-or-one or to a group.
–Mark Tremper, Vice President of Business Services, Downriver Community Federal Credit Union
Eleni's training is one of the most valuable investments we make in the professional growth of our team. I've watches in amazement as she's turned skeptics into raving fans. We get so much feedback about how Eleni helps people feel truly understood. She teaches fundamentals that aren't covered anywhere else-- like how to develop presence and gravitas-- and leaves you feeling like a million bucks!
–Catherine Juon, Founder, Pure Visibility, Ann Arbor, MI
Eleni Kelakos delivered one of the best days of staff training I've experienced in a business career spanning over 40 years. Our group ranged from individuals who were terrified at the prospect of public speaking to those for whom public speaking is part of our job. Elen's insight into the needs of each individual was uncanny. It was a was a great bonding exercise that I know will enable us to work more effectively as a team in the months ahead.
–Randal Charlton, Executive Director, TechTown, Detroit
Eleni was perfect speaker to kick off our conference. People were commenting throughout the conference on what a great presentation it was. We heard remarks like "Best keynote in years! Fun, lively, uplifting, a riot...bring her back next year!"
–Lisa Ashley, President and CEO, Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care, DeWitt, MI
Eleni has transformed training participants through her techniques, process and presence, leaving them feeling confident in their ability to speak and present. As a trusted trusted coach for key executives, Eleni has an innate ability to draw out and transform communication skills while simultaneously enhancing confidence. Her techniques, wisdom and genuine faith in my message left me feeling confident, strong, and ready to present under pressure.
–Karen Andrews, Partner/Chief Development Officer, McKinley Realtors
Eleni's presentation was entertaining, motivational and unique. Participants enjoyed listening to her beautiful voice along with the added touch of her guitar. Good job!
–Janice Mashak, Director of Member Services, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Green Bay, MI
Eleni's practical skills, insight. and sharpness of mind effectively improved my presentation and communication skills, and also helped me examine deeper issues concerning my life path, both professionally and personally. She has an instinctual understanding of the core issues, giving actionable suggestions while still respecting her client's ultimate choice of action.
–Ralph C. Fenn, M.D., Coaching Client
Eleni's presentation to 400 participants at our Fall conferencewas a big success. Her professionalism and ability to incorporate humor, music and inspiration made the entire event exceptional. We've never before experienced a speaker willing to go so much out of their way to learn about who we are a the stressors of the job the way Eleni did.
–Andy Crisenbery, Past President, Michigan Family Support Council, Jackson, MI
One of best received trainings we have ever held in our facility. All the attendees specifically asked us to run this class again and felt that it should be a requirement for anyone who gives presentations as part of their job.
–Roxanne Shepard, Training Specialist, Borg Warner Automative, U.S. Auburn Hills, MI
Working with Eleni, I've become more natural, fluid and articulate in my communication. Our sessions have helped me tap into a deeper level of leadership and a dimension to my work that-- after 17 years-- I did not know was there..
–Farida Ali, CEO, Dynamic Computer Company, Farmington Hills, MI
Eleni's in-depth experience provides an unparalleled learning adventure that swiftly teaches both the conscious and unconscious levels. I highly recommend Eleni to all executives that already have outstanding business communication skills and would like to go to an even higher level.
–Nader Najafi, President/CEO, Integrated Sensing Systems
Eleni is a truly amazing trainer. Her presentation far exceeded even my expecations.Participants left with more confidence and more drive than when they arrived.
–Kathi Boyle, Program Manager, Women's Business Center and Center for Empowerment and Economic Development
Put Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell Together, add a little Robin Williams, and you've got Eleni Kelakos...
–Martin Stone, Our Times Coffeehouse Series, Garden City, NY
Eleni...filled the spotlight with brilliance. Her stand-up comic's way with a funny tale, and, of course, her soaring, crystal voice were a total delight and inspiration.
–Mary Sampas, The Lowell Sun
I walked away feeling strong, encouratged and inspired by your words of wisdom and beautiful voice. Your messages-- from worthiness and celebration of one's spirit, to making the most out of one's life-- are relevant for everyone.
–Robin Black, Owner, Curves for Women, Ann Arbor, MI
Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation. We have had fabulous feedback and plan to do a follow-up "girls night" discussion in a few weeks. Your message clearly resonated with our membership!
–Jane Pacheco, MOPS Discussion Leader, Chelsea, MI
Not only was Eleni easy to work with ...SHE WAS AN AMAZING WARM-UP FOR OUR EVENT! Her songs and stories were upflifting, funny, witty and truly enjoyable for all. I would highly recommend Eleni for any event!
–Beth LaVasseur, RN, MS, Oncology Research Manager, Saint Joseph Mercy Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
It was a pleasure having you speak for our sales meeting...you exceeded my expectations...the lowest (evaluation score) we received was an A-, so I would say the event was a success!
–Terri Barlow, CEO, Thomson Shore Publishing, Dexter, MI
Eleni knows how to empower women, making them feel stronger and giving them the skills they need to succeed in their professional lives. I left her presentation feeling inspired to be the best woman I can be in all aspects of my life.
–Stephanie Harwick, American Business Women's Association, Maia Chapter, Ann Arbor, MI
Eleni's motivational and uplifting TOUCH THE SKY program encouraged (the women at the Chelsea Community Hospital Helath and Wellness Center) to have passion and purpose in both their lives and workouts. It was truly wonderful!
–A. Sargeant, Member Services Manager, Chelsea Community Hospital Health and Wellness Center, Chelsea, MI
Thank you so much for speaking at our Women's Business Owner's Seminar. Your presentation was tremendous. We look forward to developing a lasting relationship.
–Jeanette Kroth, V.P. Comerica Bank
Rarely do you find a speaker who captures the attention of her audience from the opening presentation. Your emotional and often times humorous presentation about your life moved several people to tears.
–L. Revenaugh, American Business Women's Association/Women of Today Express Network, Flint, MI
Eleni absolutely energized the room, Her inspiring message to live the life of our dreams is universal and timeless. Her words are appropriate for all people, of all ages and stages of life. Eleni conveyed her message with humor, sincerety and her wonderful music. The audience of more than 300 was completely "tuned in" to her message about passion, purpose and personal strength.
–Ellen Peter, Marketing/Communications, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, MI
Eleni's message beautifully delivered, musically entertaining, and very motivational. She has a unique way of presenting her story in a manner that connects with her audience and keeps everyone engaged. The professional women present were inspired to reach higher, find our purpose and not apologize for who we are.
–T. Rose Roane, 2008 WBO President
Eleni kept us riveted to our seats and to our life-saving mission. Her tender heart and her robust words of leadership connected with each person in the audience. It was truly emotional for me to see the message I wanted everyone to hear delivered through her stories and songs (including Hope Begins With Me, penned for the occasion). Her time with us motivated over100 community leaders to not only TOUCH THE SKY, but to also enjoy the journey.
–Tamara Rummel, Area Executive Director, American Cancer Society
Eleni's beautiful messages of strength, courage, passion and perserverance combined with uplifting and tender songs and a captivating and, at times, hysterical, story was the perfect closing session for our annual sales conference. Our audience of men and women of all ages was drawn to her stage presence, her sense of humor, and her beautiful voice. Eleni was also wonderful to bounce ideas off of, a flexible and creative partner, and a real champion of our mission and cause.
–Nicole Polacek, Marketing Manager/Field Development Training, TOUCHSTONE CRYSTAL, Cranston, R.I. (member of the Swarosvki Group)
We were especially impressed by the amount of work she did to understand our business and create a presentation tailored just for us. Eleni absolutely nailed what we should and can do to achieve our goals. I watched our staff listen to Eleni's stories, enjoy her songs (including one customized for us), and fully participate in her entire presentation.
–Sharon Jaksa, CEO, American Red Cross, Great Lakes Blood Services Region, Lansing, MI