The response from our ENTIRE organization to Gina's address has been overwhelming! We knew that the idea of our folks hearing about the world of hardware for Gina's perspective would be valuable but we did not anticipate how they would react. Gina made it personal. Her personal story and her honest detail of the daily opportunities and struggles of an entrepreneur launched a sea of ideas from all of the E.A. Langenfeld and TouchPoint 360 Associates of how we can help Gina and all Ace Retailers better Yeah!, that's our job and why our company exists! Almost everyone that I spoke with directly after you and Gina left asked when she was coming back. Mission Accomplished!
I have heard several keynote speakers at various events and I mean this when I say this, I enjoyed yours the most. I have shared your story with three people I've talked to since last night already. You're a terrific speaker, but I think what struck me more than anything was just how completely candid you were and how natural and unassuming your delivery was. I have taken some career risks, not risky as yours (yet), but I really identified with "don't be afraid to ask questions" and seek the advice of others who have been successful.
Thank you so much for coming out to Annapolis to speak at our Partners offsite! Our class sincerely enjoyed hearing from you and the one comment we received multiple times on the evaluations was that they wished they would have had even more time to spend with you. Your talk was motivating, inspiring and insightful so thanks again! We’d love to try to have you at future events and perhaps even one of our conferences.
Sit back and listen to Gina Schaefer. She is bright, witty, entertaining, and laser-sharp in her focus. Gina is determined to translate her love of people and her passion for business into determined advocacy to motivate those lucky to be mentored by her. She "leaned forward" long before it was fashionable, parlaying her business acumen, market savvy and enthusiasm for women in business to not only be flourishing on her own, but to serve as a role model for women everywhere desiring a meaningful career in small business.
As an organization, we strive to provide our fellows with access to a diverse array of entrepreneurs and business professionals. Gina has been a pillar of our program for the past five years and we’re exceptionally grateful for her generosity of time and experience. Gina brings a unique perspective of operating within a co-op model and truly exudes her passion for community. She's able to use her personal experience to help our fellows know what to keep in mind when hiring and training their own staff and how they can build a culture of trust within their own businesses. Fellows are always engaged with a fury of questions and Gina allows those questions to guide the direction of the conversation. Gina’s authenticity translates across all backgrounds and experiences so each Fellow walks away with greater knowledge and understanding. There's a reason we invite her back to speak to each cohort of Dog Tag fellows.