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Midwest Travel Network Speakers Bureau

The Midwest Travel Network Speakers Bureau can help you find the speaker for your next event. Our speakers speak on a variety of topics and look forward to networking with your group. Each speaker has listed five preferred speaker topics, but are all open to discussing other topics with you. We would encourage you to look for a speaker that is a good fit for your event. Every speaker starts somewhere. We are thrilled that we are able to help you make a connection that will help your event be a smashing success.

Sara Broers: Iowa

Sara Broers

Sara Broers is the CEO of Travel With Sara, CEO of Social Connections, LLC, and the Co-Owner of the Midwest Travel Network. She has helped thousands of clients with their social media marketing and enjoys getting to know each of them. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Individual Leadership Award through the Iowa Economic Economic Development Authority. She enjoys helping people make valuable connections. She is the author of 100 Things To Do In Iowa Before You Die and Perfect Day Iowa is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2024. Sara is also the co-author of Midwest Road Trip Adventures and Midwest State Park Adventures (Spring 2023 release). She and her husband reside in North Iowa. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Speaker Topics:

  • Perseverance And Success
  • Your Blog Is Your Online Resume
  • Why Tourism Matters In Your Community
  • Local Does Matter
  • Relationship Building Through Online Networking

Speaker Experience:

  • Indiana State Tourism Conference
  • Bloggy Conference
  • Character 140 Conference
  • Women Empowering women
  • Type A Parent Conference East
  • Type A Parent Conference Boot Camp
  • TBEX North America
  • Midwest Travel Network Conference
  • Upper Midwest Social Media Conference
  • Ag Chat Conference
  • Social Media Summit Midwest
  • Women In Travel Summit
  • Midwest National Scenic Byway Conference – Richmond, Indiana
  • Midwest Travel Network Conference
  • Continuing Education Instructor at Iowa Lakes Community College

Price: $750 – $3500 plus travel expenses

Contact Sara: Socialmediasara@yahoo.com

SHEILA SCARBOROUGH: Texas

Sheila in front of Holliwell Bridge in Madison CountySheila Scarborough is a speaker, trainer, and writer specializing in tourism, travel, and social media. Along with Leslie McLellan, she’s part of the Tourism Currents team, offering online and in-person workshops and training in social media marketing for tourism, hospitality, and economic development.

 

She co-founded and still writes for the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog, serves on the Advisory Board for SXSW – the South by Southwest conference – and also serves on both the Education Committee for TACVB (Texas Association of CVBs) and the Legislative Committee for the Texas Downtown Association.

A U.S. Navy veteran and Navy Master Training Specialist, Sheila is an NHRA drag racing fan because there’s one winner, one loser, and no whining.

Speaker Topics:

  • It’s Wednesday, So What Are You Posting on Facebook? Building a Social Media Content Calendar for Next Week 
  • Anatomy of a Successful CVB or DMO Blogging Program 
  • Help Me Get More Out of LinkedIn 
  • Get More Out of Your 24 Hours: Create More Content in Less Time 
  • No Budget? No Problem! Digital Marketing Moves to Make Now That Get the Most Bang for Your Nonexistent Bucks 
  • Social Media Content Ideas for Heritage and Cultural Tourism 
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing for Economic Development 
  • News You Can Use: Latest Trends in Social Media and Digital Marketing 

Speaker Experience:

  • International events related to tech, tourism, and social media in India, Malaysia, and Dubai. 
  • Faculty instructor for the annual Texas Travel Alliance Travel & Tourism College.
  • State tourism conferences and summits in Iowa, Wyoming, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Michigan, and Kentucky.
  • Regional tourism workshops and conferences in Lehigh Valley PA, the Maryland Milestones heritage region, Lake Placid and the Adirondacks in upstate New York, and southwest Oklahoma/Great Plains Country.
  • National Travel & Tourism Week featured speaker in Prince William County/Manassas VA, Kenosha WI, Laredo TX, and Bastrop TX.
  • City tourism partner events in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Vicksburg MS, Oklahoma City, Huntsville AL, and Lake Charles, LA. 
  • Midwest Travel Network events in Clear Lake, IA and St. Cloud, MN.
  • NTA Contact in Anchorage, AK, NTA Travel Exchange in Reno, NV, Signature Travel Network in Las Vegas, NV, America Outdoors in Salt Lake City, UT, the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) North Central Chapter in Minneapolis, MN, and IITA (International Inbound Travel Association) Summit in San Diego, CA.
  • Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) travel blogging conferences in New York City, Keystone, CO, Toronto, Cancun, Bloomington, MN, and Lafayette, LA.
  • Custom training webinars for Texas State Historic Sites, plus two Real Places heritage tourism and preservation conferences in Austin, TX.
  • Multiple appearances at the Heartland Byways Conference related to scenic byways and heritage highways. 
  • Client conferences for Tempest/IDSS and Simpleview. 
  • U.S. National Main Street conferences in Kansas City, Seattle, and Richmond, VA, plus custom workshops for Wisconsin Main Street, Missouri Main Street, and the Texas Downtown Association.

Pricing: $800 – $5000 plus travel

Contact Sheila: sheila@tourismcurrents.com

Roxie Yonkey: Kansas

Roxie Yonkey

Roxie Yonkey is the Chief Exploration Officer of Roxie on the Road, LLC. Roxie has been publicizing Kansas for 30 years as a community journalist, graphic designer, destination marketer, public relations specialist, and travel writer.

Speaker Topics:

  • On Kansas Roads: Treasure of the Sunflower State
  • The Perfect Match: How to Bring Bloggers and Destination Marketers Together
  • Say Yes To Success: How To Create and Seize Opportunities
  • Getting Some Love: Public Relations for Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Cash In Your Wallet: Tourism as Economic Development

Speaker Experience:

  • Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) Conference
  • Sherman County Convention & Visitors Bureau Retreat
  • Goodland Kiwanis Club
  • Goodland Rotary Club

Pricing: $500- $1500

Contact Roxie: roxie@roxieontheroad.com

Marlo Anderson: North Dakota

Marlo Anderson

 

Marlo Anderson, a serial entrepreneur, and futurist is best known for being the founder of National Day Calendar, a project that trended an amazing 450+ times on social media last year. Followed daily by more than 20,000 media outlets, National Day Calendar has a reach in the hundreds of millions and has become the biggest trending topic of all time.

This social media phenomenon has also been found on many popular TV and radio shows across the USA. Currently, he is the host of The National Day Calendar Video Vignette, co-host of The National Daily, and the host of Living With Technology, where he is known to his followers as the Guru of Geek.

Being a visionary, Anderson has the heart of a teacher and a passion for coaching start-ups. In addition to his Social Daze course that teaches companies of every size the power of leveraging trending topics, he also speaks in classrooms about the future of technology and is often called on by news organizations as an expert in social media and all things technology related.

Speaker Topics:

  • National Days and Celebrations (e.g. National Coffee Day)
  • Business or Event Start-Ups (starting/growing)
  • Social Daze (Leveraging trending topics)
  • Future of Technology (autonomous vehicles, etc.)
  • Everyday Technology and Its Use

Speaker Experience:

8+ years speaking experience as a talk show host, keynote speaker, national day proclamation celebrations, Ted Talks, conventions, and classrooms

Pricing: $5000 – $15,000 plus travel expenses

Contact Marlo: marlo@qnetwork.com

Amy Piper: Michigan

Amy Piper

Amy Piper publishes the popular blog Follow the Piper, is a freelance travel writer and photographer. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 30 years of experience managing visible Information Technology projects. She enjoys applying her project management knowledge to helping the tourism industry solve their pain points. She is on the Board of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), a member of The Midwest Travel Network, Travel Massive, TravMedia, and the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA.) She lives in Michigan.

Speaker Topics:

  • What bloggers want destinations to know, what destinations want bloggers to know
  • Project management 101 for bloggers and destinations
  • How bloggers can use a destination’s annual report to be the go-to blogger
  • You’ve taken the press trip: Now what?- Organizing to provide value
  • The Great Lakes State: Under the radar destinations

Speaker Experience:

  • Instructor at Davenport University’s Executive MBA Program
  • 30 years’ speaker experience as a corporate trainer for various project management courses

Pricing: $750 – $2500 plus travel expenses

Contact Amy: piper@followthepiper.com

Fran Folsom-Writer: Massachusetts

Fran Folsom

Fran Folsom lives in Cambridge Massachusetts with Stella, her very spoiled cat. She has written for the Boston Globe, USA Today Go Escape, Orbitz.com, AAA Go magazine, Art New England, Fiber Art Now, German Life, and many other publications.

Speaker Topics:

  • You Think Press Trips Are Glamorous?
  • Getting An Editors Attention And Keeping It
  • How To Draw Affiliates To Your Blog Or Website

Speaker Experience:

  • Roundtable and group discussion leader
    “I am not afraid of trying new things.”

Pricing: TBD

Contact Fran: francesfolsom@comcast.net

Cindy Ladage: Illinois

Cindy Ladage

Cindy Ladage is the leading content creator of Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl. Cindy is an active member of NATJA and she enjoys showcasing Rural America, which happens to be her backyard. She is a freelance writer for many online and offline publications. She is also a contributor to the popular website, Travel Awaits. Cindy is an encourager and she will show you how to find those hidden gems across our country.

Speaker Topics:

  • Promoting Your Agricultural History
  • Embracing Small Town and Rural Charm
  • Supporting Local Tourism In Your Backyard
  • Agricultural Preservation in the Midwest and Beyond
  • Collectibles & Festivals: Highlighting Hobbies

Speaker Experience:

  • Indiana State Tourism Conference
  • Midwest Travel Bloggers Conference
  • Rotary Groups & other civic organizations
  • Corporate Training Presentations Through The State of Illinois

Price $500 – $1500 plus travel expenses

Contact Cindy: cindy.ladage@royell.org