Speaking and Consulting 


My presentations focus on how we can lead more productive, meaningful, and purposeful lives and create and grow more successful, sustainable businesses. I am happy to tailor presentations to individual audiences and I always like to have an interactive element to my talks.

I've been honored to speak at such places as the WorldFutures 2015; WorldFutures 2014-2013 Master Courses; Morgan Stanley’s Investing with Impact Conference; RISE Conference; BiG AUSTIN’S Latin America Regional Project & Women in Technology Multi-Regional Project; Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Product Camp; University of Texas’ SAGE Program; Central Texas World Future Society; West Point Society; World Affairs Council; Technology Forecasting for Valuation Conference; International Multicultural Festival; Six Square: Austin's Black Cultural District; and IEEE CTCN; .

Sample talk:
Crucial Keys to a Thriving Business Culture

By Carrie Vanston, Corporate Cultures That Rock

An articulated business culture gives a clear path to mutually beneficial understandings on day-to-day interactions. This results in happy people, lower turn-over rates, and higher productivity, profit and sustainability. The following keys create a strong business culture and provide ways to bring these attributes to our businesses:
Engage:     Encourage interaction, connection, and personal support between and at all levels
Encourage Creativity and Stay on Top of Trends
Energize:   Increase consciousness and self-awareness
Studies consistently show that when companies and their people feel connected with each other and a larger purpose, both are more likely to succeed and thrive. By having a clear vision of “how we do things,” we can more effectively bridge and overcome differences at all levels and connect at deeper levels.
Come to learn, share, and connect with your community. Let’s each increase our effectiveness in creating successful businesses that support each other and positively impact our world.

"Carrie delivered an enlightening presentation at the Central Texas Chapter of World Future Society. She shared with us her company's years of research on how businesses can look for novel opportunities and encourage engagement and innovation in their organizations, "
~Anne Boysen, Vice President, Central Texas Chapter of World Future Society

"I went to a presentation by and learned a lot about engagement, collaboration and innovation
in organizations. It was excellent. I highly recommend Carrie as a presenter about these topics!"
~Richard Atkinson, Advisor to Entrepreneurs, Access Creative Power

Please reach out to speak further about how I can inspire your group.


Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" have
out-performed the S&P 50

0 Index by a ratio of 2 to 1 since 1998

I remember like it was yesterday when I read an article about John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, talking about Conscious Capitalism and how the best companies take all their stakeholders, particularly employees, into account, and are not just
stockholders. Wow! Three weeks later with my company paying half the cost and my church (yes, my church--where there's a will, there's a way!) paying the other, I was on a plane to San Francisco to attend the Conscious Capitalism Conference. And I've never looked back.

Turns out that research consistently shows that companies that have cultures that care about their employees and other stakeholders are the most likely to succeed and thrive--and the most likely to change the world. Not surprisingly, companies that are great places to work have lower turnover rates, better recruits, happier customers, higher productivity, and higher profits.

Here are some of the areas that I help my clients create and grow strong cultures:

  • Exeuctive Coaching and Development
  • Core Energy Dynamics
  • Culture Growth
  • Performance Management

Here are some of the tools we use:

  • Energy Leadership IndexTM Assessment
  • Energy Leadership Development ProgramTM
  • The Gallop Q12 IndexTM
  • Khourus' Performance PlatformTM
  • Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovation CultureTM


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