Bio and Background
The Multi-faceted Edges of Suzanne F Stevens
Suzanne F Stevens cultivates conscious contributions and Influential communications. She inspires and challenges individuals and organizations to contribute NOW while creating a positive ripple effect from any situation to impact their Community, Company or Country and beyond.
Suzanne is an international speaker, entrepreneur, trainer, host, philanthropist and Chief Edge Optimizer for Ignite Excellence Inc. Group of Initiatives.
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|An International Speaker
Suzanne has spoken on four continents to fortune 500 companies for the last twelve years. In every keynote, session or training program, Suzanne brings her audiences to the front row by using her primary research, interactive nature, human observations and slice of humour to get the audience not only to ask “Why not?” but “What If?”Suzanne’s mantra is “We perform best at the edge or our comfort zone.” In Suzanne’s high-octane presentations, her goal is to take people to the edge where they meet an enhanced version of themselves – their Edgeness™. She achieves that by bringing her backpack, briefcase and boardroom experiences to inspire individuals to elevate their personal backpack (everyday living), briefcase (business success) and boardroom (engaging many) performance and beyond all while reaching their personal & professional potential.Suzanne doesn’t only talk about pushing your edge; she lives it.In her mid forties, Suzanne and her husband sold most of their worldly possessions and dismantled her internationally acclaimed training business to pursue a life of contribution.
|Suzanne as a Host, Producer and Philanthropist
Suzanne has recently returned from two years of backpacking through Africa with her husband interviewing women leaders for Wisdom Exchange TV. Suzanne has pioneered Wisdom Exchange TV (www.wisdomexchangetv.com) a philanthropic initiative. She is the host and co-producer of the first African focused web-enable platform to educate, cultivate and inspire future African women leaders. To date, Suzanne as interviewed 63 African women pioneers and Wisdom Exchange TV is being watched in 77 countries and growing.
|In 2007, Suzanne founded the Ignite Excellence Foundation (www.igniteexcellencefoudation.org), its mission is Leadership, Advocacy and Education; the vision is to Invest, Inspire and Develop women leaders in emerging countries. Amongst many contributions our primary focus is providing tertiary education scholarships to perspective women leaders.|
|Suzanne as an Entrepreneur, Leader and Trainer specializing in Influential Communications
Suzanne is the Chief Edge Optimizer & Founder of Ignite Excellence Inc. an internationally acclaimed training company specializing in influential communications for leaders, business and sale professionals. Ignite Excellence’s extensive training programs focus on how to influence, differentiate and engage more people and win more business. Suzanne and her team have trained on 5 continents to fortune 500 companies. Ignite Excellence has expanded their in-class training to online solutions to provide affordable access for emerging markets. www.igniteU.ca.Sample of Industry list: Suzanne has worked with a multitude of industries including technology, finance, pharmaceutical, marketing, manufacturing, research, engineering, public relations, aerospace … and the list continues.Ignite Excellence diverse clients include companies such as: Astral Media, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canadian Paraplegic Association, Canadian Standards Association, Desjardins, GE Capital, Golder Associates, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), MasterCard, Nedbank, RBC, Vizada Satellite Communications and Africa International University and much much more.www.igniteexcellence.com
Other Edges of Suzanne F Stevens and Industry Involvement
Additional edges of Suzanne F Stevens include: Trainer, Coach, Conference Producer, Board member, Adventure Traveler, Photographer, and happy Wife.
Suzanne hosted the first Ignite Excellence conference in 2010. This initiative brought Canadian women together from across Canada to hear some of the top Canadian women speakers. All the proceeds were donated to help build a women’s leadership centre in Nairobi. Suzanne will also be co-producing the Africa Business Women Summit – a pioneering event promoting international trade in the top three sectors for women in Africa. This even will bring professionals from all over the world including top women entrepreneurs, students and associations from all 54 African countries. www.abwconnect.com
Suzanne proudly services on National Board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), she is a member of Global Speaker Federation, Women Executive Network, CABWAA (Canadian and African Business Women Alliance). www.canadianspeakers.org and http://www.caabwa.com/
|Adventure Traveler & Photographer
Suzanne has extensively traveled to over 60 countries and counting, often alone, and often taking the-road-less-traveled. During 2011/12 Suzanne and her husband, Michael Gingerich, embarking on a journey to 19 countries working side-by-side 24/7 usually one room! In nine African countries pioneering women were interviewed for Wisdom Exchange TV. www.youmewe.ca
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