Laura Schwartz, as the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, worked one-on-one with the President, the First Lady, World Heads of State and international business leaders as she created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration, the UN Millennium Summit and NATO’s 50th Anniversary. While producing the President’s events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful productions. At just 19 years old, she arrived at the White House, with no political connections, and began her climb up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television, and ultimately, the White House Director of Events. Following the administration, Laura travelled the world with Former President Clinton for the Global Initiative.
Laura has been taking her empowering presentations to stages across the world since 2001 and is well known for her dynamic keynotes and as a mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or a crowd of 30,000, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura has received high marks for her work as emcee for many prominent corporations including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Hyundai, Uber, Mercedes Benz, AT&T, Cathay Pacific, HSBC, BlackRock, MACY’S, Hilton Worldwide, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Hyatt, NBC Universal, PepsiCo, Realtor.com, Coldwell Banker, Asembia Pharmaceutical and more
In “Eat, Drink & Succeed!” Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships where we least expect it – in our companies, communities and beyond. Drawing from personal anecdotes from people across the world, as well as her life and White House years, Laura reveals how to harness the networking power of social events. Laura donates 100 percent of proceeds from books sold at engagements to a nonprofit of the client’s choice.
Laura has been a prominent face on television around the world since 2001, covering 5 presidential elections, 2 royal weddings and more. She got her start as a contract contributor for Fox News Channel before moving to CNN and CBS. Today, she is a regular contributor on the BBC, Australia’s Today Show and as a fill-in guest host for Larry King on “Larry King’s Politicking.” She is an authoritative source and commentator on a wide range of topics, including the American presidency, domestic and foreign affairs, women in business and philanthropy.
Eat, Drink & Succeed!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 provides 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.
- Creating a Culture of Engagement
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.
Lead FirstA 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.
- Master of Ceremonies, Host and Moderator
Laura has been taking her empowering presentations to stages across the world since 2001 and is well known for her dynamic keynotes and as a mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or a crowd of 30,000, professional speaker Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura has received high marks for her work as emcee for many prominent corporations including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Cathay Pacific, HSBC, BlackRock, Pacific Life, MACY’S, Hilton Worldwide, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Hyatt, NBC Universal, PepsiCo, Coldwell Banker, Asembia Pharmaceutical and more.
Customer Keynote ProgramsLaura 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!