We were thrilled to invite Ann to serve as the keynote speaker for our annual academic excellence banquet for student-athletes. She was fantastic! Ann’s message, delivery, and enthusiasm were warmly received by our 240+ student-athletes, their coaches, athletics administrators, and professors in attendance.
I measure impact with an eye out for the ripple effect: how long do effects continue to resonate with the target audience. I am confident that Ann’s time with our community will generate substantial discussion and long-term rewards. The day following Ann’s talk, two of our coaches mentioned to me their eagerness to adopt some of Ann’s phrases into their personal coach-speak. Ann offered clear and deliverable take-away messages.
Before the event, Ann was eager to meet with our staff to learn our expectations and hoped-for themes. Her individualized message and interest in tailor-making the evening to serve my purposes were greatly appreciated. We planned, she presented, we benefitted.
— Daniel M. McGinty, Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes, University of Portland
Ann Schatz is truly a dynamic speaker. Her inspiring message on goals, living up to one's potential and building for the future was powerful. Ann has such a wonderful way of interacting with the audience and her ability to engage the crowd really made for a memorable event.
— Traci Rose, Community Relations Director, Portland Trail Blazers
I was taken with her message of overcoming some of the commonly preconceived notions that permeate our society, especially how women are preconceived in the workplace. Managing a sales force that is female majority in the male dominated world of construction, I thought her message would resonate. I was spot on!
— Tom Kelly, Neil Kelly
Ann spoke from the heart and her passion and honesty visibly touched every person in the audience. Months later we still have people telling us what a difference Ann's words made to them.
—Reed Coleman, Development Director, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital
In the past year, we were honored to work with Ann as the speaker at our two signature fundraising events. Ann first spoke for us at our Fall Luncheon, themed “Blazing Trails.”
We could not have picked a better person to inspire our guests and the girls we serve. Ann shared her own personal journey of the career she blazed in sports broadcasting, a field historically dominated by men and one in which Ann faced many challenges and firsts. She has a magical ability to take our event themes, weave in her own personal stories and bring our mission and vision alive for our guests.
As part of her speaker responsibilities, we asked her to lead the fundraising appeal at the event. Her “ask” of our audience was the most effective appeal we have ever had. We raised the most money we have ever raised and I attribute it to the fact that when Ann speaks, everyone in the audience sits up and takes notice. She is commanding in a way that draws people in and inspires them to want to belong and contribute to what we do at Girls Inc. Her energy and enthusiasm radiate through everything she does, both on and off the stage.
When we asked Ann to speak a second time, it was by popular demand. We literally had guests asking us to bring her back. his is a testament to the power Ann has to move people. As an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, we feel fortunate to work with a woman who embodies these principles to their fullest.
—Elizabieth Nye, Executive Director, Girls Inc. Fundraising Auction
Ann brings both style and a personal touch to each of her presentations.There has not been an audience member yet who was not inspired in some way to do better, not only in their approach to business, but also with their personal lives. I recommend Ann Schatz for any speaking engagement where exceptional results are expected.
—David Tangvald, Principal Real Estate Broker, Prudential
Leveraging compelling stories from her research, sports broadcasting and motivational speaking, Ann brought her message to life using her unique blend of humor and passion. She kept the group of 55 female Nike employees engaged throughout her speech and she led a lively post speech discussion with participants serving up their own examples and asking pointed questions of Ann's own experience. Ann was great to work with throughout the process, with two prep calls and providing an outline of her customized speech, and lots of flexibility with our changing dates. She was committed to ensuring she exceeded our expectations. Less than one hour after our meeting, I received several compliments and thank you emails from employees for her session.
—Maria Witthans, Senior Manager of Operations, Nike
Ann's presentation, "Create Your Own Good Fortune" was perhaps our very best event to date! She held the room in the palm of her had and one could hear a pin drop. Your words were moving and direct, giving each person the tools to look "under their hood" and create the life they want to lead.
—Cindy Tortorici, CEO/President, The LInk for Women
Ann hits the broadcast booth the same way my team hits the court for every game: she's prepared, she's ready and she loves every minute of the competition. Ann's unique call and knowledge of basketball speak for themselves; but it's her passion and genuine love of the game that sets her apart
—Tara VanDerveer, Basketball Coach, Stanford University
You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the broadcasting industry who shows as much passion and enthusiasm for her job as Ann Schatz.
Every time she covers one of our matches, you know she's not only going to jump right into the action from the opening kick-offf, but she's going to be extremely well-prepared. Her energy is infectious and her drive is unmistakable. It's a 100-percent, grade-A performance every time Ann is behind the microphone.
—Randy Waldrum, Head Coach, University of Notre Dame