Meggie Palmer

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Leading Expert on Increasing Diversity in the Workplace; Innovative Entrepreneur Focused on Closing the Gender Pay Gap; Award-winning Journalist and Foreign Correspondent; Founder, PepTalkHer

Biography

What if women – and men – never had any doubts about their worth? What if the anxiety associated with negotiating could be overcome? What if building confidence created new opportunities and value for employees, their colleagues and their company? This is the world entrepreneur and former foreign correspondent Meggie Palmer envisions, and she’s using technology to make it reality.

Described by many as a confidence creator, Palmer – who lectures at Columbia University and Barnard College, and writes about gender and diversity for Vogue, Marie Claire, Women’s Agenda and News Corp – founded consulting firm PepTalkHer in 2016. The startup’s mission is to close the gender pay gap by empowering professional, aspirational women and their allies to know and negotiate their value. Palmer and her team lead practical, fun, engaging corporate consulting and training programs for global businesses, including JP Morgan Chase, HSBC and Revlon, that enable leaders to develop – and retain – their best staff.

In the U.S., legislation is underway that will mandate fair and transparent compensation. Palmer is already helping several large companies, such as Salesforce, Contently and Protiviti, get ahead of the change, using technology to facilitate the transformation. Reevaluating and rebalancing the pay scales can be a sensitive subject for many CEOs and HR leaders, but, it’s an increasingly significant issue as consumers move buying power toward businesses with representative teams and inclusive values.

PepTalkHer has grown to a community of more than 25,000 strong, frequently partnering with brands such as Salesforce, Anheuser Bush and Erno Laszlo that want to engage with the PepTalkHer community and attract talent. In conjunction with experts, PepTalkHer also developed a proprietary curriculum to help organizations retain, engage and reward millennials and high-potential talent. In 2019, Palmer launched the PepTalkHer app in collaboration with Vogue. Using the nudge theory of psychology, the app aids users by sending weekly prompts help them reflect on their weekly wins at work. It aims to make performance reviews less painful and helps to shift users to a growth mindset. Tracking data and images, it allows you to export and print your “brag book” to better advocate and negotiate at performance review time.

Palmer is a changemaker, and she translates her optimism and passion for the future to the boardroom and the stage. She’s regularly quoted in the press and interviewed by the likes of NBC and Glamour. A passionate and inspiring speaker and coach, she was a keynote speaker at Salesforce’s annual conference Dreamforce, and she recently headlined a conference for Vogue. She’s MC-ed and hosted for dozens of events globally, including for the European Union at its International Women’s Day event at SXSW. Palmer was also invited by Nico Rosberg to speak at his Greentech event in Berlin.

During her days as an award-winning foreign correspondent, Palmer filed stories for global broadcasters, including BBC World News, CNBC, SBS Dateline, Channel 7, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Journalism honors include a Walkley Award, a New York Festival TV & Film Award, a UN Media Award and being named Queensland Young Journalist of the Year.
In addition to PepTalkHer, Palmer is also founder and CEO of Sliding Door Media. Drawing on her 15-year media career, she uses analytics and anecdotes to train high-level executives of disruptive, game-changing businesses to communicate their message across platforms and audiences using the power of storytelling.

A volunteer lifesaver and proud member of The Wing, Palmer currently sits on several not-for-profit boards, including Burn Bright, an organization teaching school children throughout Australasia values-based leadership. She also serves on the U.S. board of women in tech NGO Elevacao.

Meggie Palmer is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Biography

What if women – and men – never had any doubts about their worth? What if the anxiety associated with negotiating could be overcome? What if building confidence created new opportunities and value for employees, their colleagues and their company? This is the world entrepreneur and former foreign correspondent Meggie Palmer envisions, and she’s using technology to make it reality.

Described by many as a confidence creator, Palmer – who lectures at Columbia University and Barnard College, and writes about gender and diversity for Vogue, Marie Claire, Women’s Agenda and News Corp – founded consulting firm PepTalkHer in 2016. The startup’s mission is to close the gender pay gap by empowering professional, aspirational women and their allies to know and negotiate their value. Palmer and her team lead practical, fun, engaging corporate consulting and training programs for global businesses, including JP Morgan Chase, HSBC and Revlon, that enable leaders to develop – and retain – their best staff.

In the U.S., legislation is underway that will mandate fair and transparent compensation. Palmer is already helping several large companies, such as Salesforce, Contently and Protiviti, get ahead of the change, using technology to facilitate the transformation. Reevaluating and rebalancing the pay scales can be a sensitive subject for many CEOs and HR leaders, but, it’s an increasingly significant issue as consumers move buying power toward businesses with representative teams and inclusive values.

PepTalkHer has grown to a community of more than 25,000 strong, frequently partnering with brands such as Salesforce, Anheuser Bush and Erno Laszlo that want to engage with the PepTalkHer community and attract talent. In conjunction with experts, PepTalkHer also developed a proprietary curriculum to help organizations retain, engage and reward millennials and high-potential talent. In 2019, Palmer launched the PepTalkHer app in collaboration with Vogue. Using the nudge theory of psychology, the app aids users by sending weekly prompts help them reflect on their weekly wins at work. It aims to make performance reviews less painful and helps to shift users to a growth mindset. Tracking data and images, it allows you to export and print your “brag book” to better advocate and negotiate at performance review time.

Palmer is a changemaker, and she translates her optimism and passion for the future to the boardroom and the stage. She’s regularly quoted in the press and interviewed by the likes of NBC and Glamour. A passionate and inspiring speaker and coach, she was a keynote speaker at Salesforce’s annual conference Dreamforce, and she recently headlined a conference for Vogue. She’s MC-ed and hosted for dozens of events globally, including for the European Union at its International Women’s Day event at SXSW. Palmer was also invited by Nico Rosberg to speak at his Greentech event in Berlin.

During her days as an award-winning foreign correspondent, Palmer filed stories for global broadcasters, including BBC World News, CNBC, SBS Dateline, Channel 7, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Journalism honors include a Walkley Award, a New York Festival TV & Film Award, a UN Media Award and being named Queensland Young Journalist of the Year.
In addition to PepTalkHer, Palmer is also founder and CEO of Sliding Door Media. Drawing on her 15-year media career, she uses analytics and anecdotes to train high-level executives of disruptive, game-changing businesses to communicate their message across platforms and audiences using the power of storytelling.

A volunteer lifesaver and proud member of The Wing, Palmer currently sits on several not-for-profit boards, including Burn Bright, an organization teaching school children throughout Australasia values-based leadership. She also serves on the U.S. board of women in tech NGO Elevacao.

Meggie Palmer is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

An Upskilling Revolution: How to Power—and Empower—Employee Growth

The World Economic Forum stresses the need for a reskilling/upskilling revolution. “Valuing human capital not only serves to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to respond to systemic shifts, it also empowers them to take part in creating a more equal, inclusive and sustainable world.” As Meggie Palmer explains it, the skills employees need to advance aren’t just about technical or digital prowess, but also the soft skills like presentation, communication and negotiation skills.

Through anecdotes and analytics, Palmer shares actionable insights for building and retaining a more talented, diverse and happier workforce. She leaves the audience with tools that instill the confidence that creates growth – for the individuals and the institution. Yes, she wants employees to leave empowered and skilled to negotiate for themselves – but these skills are also valuable for the business. She has seen staff use the principles to negotiate a raise as well as save millions of dollars negotiating a deal on a procurement process. Palmer stresses that investing in initiatives to upskill and advance employees’ development doesn’t stop with promotions. Speaking to HR leaders and executive audiences alike, she explores what it takes to create programs, processes and policies that help ensure success at every level – and a culture that sustains it.

Trust Yourself: Closing the Confidence Gap Leads to Higher-Performance Teams

If you have ever felt inadequate or been plagued by self-doubt at work, you are far from alone. Seventy percent of us experience “imposter syndrome.” It’s a phenomenon that holds back a growing number of high-achievers and is not only crushing the confidence of individuals but hurting the performance potential of teams. Meggie Palmer is a confidence creator and an expert on imposter syndrome and how to fix it. “When people hold back and don’t put their best selves forward – whether in internal meetings or high-stakes negotiations – it affects more than your personal psyche,” argues Palmer. “It compromises trust.” And trust, especially in today’s economy, impacts everything: revenue, brand reputation, team performance, authentic leadership, diversity of talent and more. In this presentation, Palmer presents her framework for avoiding and overcoming imposter syndrome and shares actionable advice for elevating team performance and building trust. Drawing from real-world examples, she proves how closing the confidence gap leads to improved negotiation skills and retains diverse, high-potential talent.

 

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Dear Meggie,

Thank you so much for partnering with us on the Dreamforce keynote this year!

From telling your origin story to leading the Essentials demo to sharing your keen insight on the CEO panel/podcast your contribution was truly invaluable and you knocked it out of the park in every respect. Over a thousand attendees were in the room, over 236K tuned into the Twitter Livestream, and they loved you – you are the top-scoring speaker at this year’s SMB Keynote!

Talking about the gender gap and being authentic in showcasing our products are some of the things that customers most loved about the keynote and we couldn’t have done either of those without you. We really appreciate your strong endorsement of the Salesforce brand and spending countless hours working with us. You’re amazing to collaborate with and we couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring leader and presenter to partner with.

Thanks again!
Eugene

— Eugene Feldman, Senior Manager, SMB Product Marketing

“The presentation blew the entire room away! Phenomenal.”

– Edwina McCann, Vogue, Editor In Chief

“It was fantastic to have you as part of the programme – you spoke so well and definitely inspired the room! Your mission is so worthwhile, will continue spreading the word!”

– Victoria Baker, News Corporation

“I definitely knew you were a badass, but the second you took the stairs to the stage in those first moments and strutted with so much confidence I think my jaw might have hit the floor. There were a few people that day that made the event so special and you were certainly one of them. I only wish we’d had more time for you!”

– Amy Wanke, Director Global Sales & Exhibitions, SXSW

“Thank you for hosting and moderating the TECH4Good panel at Australia House! We had wonderful feedback. Look forward to working with you again in the future.”

– Chelsea Martin, Australian Consul General

“Not only is Meggie an expert in her subject matter, but very practical and down to earth in her delivery. She is a well-respected journalist who has earned the praise of many across both industry and community. She has spoken with vulnerability and authenticity at mentoring functions for young people from diverse cultural backgrounds – her open nature and honesty are refreshing and ensure the audience hangs on to her every word.”

– Hass Delaal, Chairman SBS Television and CEO Australian Multicultural Foundation

“I walked away 400% better prepared to handle the business after this training. Thank you!”

– Clint Fuerhardt, CEO, Transit Systems

“As a result of putting my team through your training program, they walked away empowered to step out of the shadows and into their light. A confident team – mission accomplished.”

– Katrina Barry, CEO, Contiki

“Meggie is a phenomenal source of wisdom and an invaluable resource for companies. Not only is she well-versed in what it takes to be a great leader in today’s economy, she’s an expert that takes the mystery and confusion out of the challenges women face in the workforce. I have found Meggie incredibly sensitive and insightful when it comes to speaking to our employees, leading coaching and training and has been instrumental in helping our employees find their voice.”

– Chantelle Mowbray, THINX

“Wonderful presentation!”

– Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York

“Our session yesterday was completely brilliant. I was so impressed with the tangible takeaways you offered and delighted by how much the group seemed to bond during your facilitated session. Looking forward to planning our 2019 content with you to keep this great momentum going.”

– Alli Manning, VP Content, Contently

“Meggie MC-ed a hugely successful fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – her ability to create an electric vibe in the room was amazing. She was dynamic, energetic and a pleasure to work with – the feedback was fantastic. At one point during the event we realized we were falling short of our fundraising task on the silent auction – we alerted Meggie and she took it upon herself to rally the room and ensure the bidding began flowing and the donations appeared from nowhere! Highly recommend and look forward to working with Meggie again.”

– Jane Knox, Cystic Fibrosis Association

“Meggie is a rockstar speaker – Highly recommend – 5 stars! A brilliant talker – very energetic, knowledgeable and positive. To be honest, I always have low expectations of corporate speakers but with this session I walked away with great tips that I can action immediately.”

– WeWork

“I found our training session incredibly valuable and would want other people to feel as empowered as I did after this event! Our corporate session was individualized for our particular challenges as well as practical for the group. Real-life scenarios were delivered that were immediately relevant for our business. I have also been present at other media coaching and training courses and found yours superior in every way.”

– Harlequin Publishing Group

“Meggie is our go-to host and facilitator for VIP guests. She always reads the room and brings the appropriate energy. She has a unique ability to engage any audience. We hate when events feel stale – that never happens with Meggie at the helm – she always knows the brief and can bring energy and excitement to the room.”

– Joanne Venturato, Office of QUT Vice-Chancellor

“Meggie is a confidence creator! Her energy and enthusiasm and genuine passion for uplifting women and making them believe they can do anything is an inspiration. The team left the event uplifted and literally better off – her tangible money tips saved me $400 already!”

– Sophie McNaught, Women & Money San Francisco

“I loved working with Meggie and would highly recommend her to other organizations – she’s an incredibly personable, inspiring individual. Meggie was very open about her own experiences, successes and failures, which was reassuring for all of us. The team at the DMG360 Agency really valued her input. I would have no hesitations in recommending Meggie to anyone.”

– Ellie Beryl, DMG360 Advertising Agency

“Meggie Palmer is a vibrant and engaging speaker! For her most recent engagement with QUT, she managed to create a strong connection with an audience of several hundred teenage girls and boys at the end of a long day … no easy task. She was refreshingly honest and gave hilarious anecdotes about her career in journalism. Her ability to laugh at herself was appreciated by the students. Her vulnerability in sharing her own hardships as a teen struck a chord with the audience. Meggie took instructions from us and stuck to the brief we provided. She was on message yet still creative in her approach to her story and how she interacted with the audience. We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other corporate organizations.”

– Leanne Cain, Business School Queensland University of Technology

“Meggie was a moderator at the Somerset Celebration of Literature. Her role was to facilitate and ensure the conversation kept flowing between VIPs and world class authors including Nick Earls and others. She has a quick wit and an innate ability to know when to move the discussion on and when to let the discussion breathe – fabulous!”

– Michael Brohier, Somerset Celebration of Literature

“Meggie Palmer is an inspiring individual who speaks honestly and authentically of her life and experience. When invited to present at the Queensland Leadership Forum, Meggie was an incredibly engaging speaker who was comfortable to take any questions without notice from the audience and in doing so, generated a lot of deep discussion for those who heard her. I would highly recommend Meggie as a speaker with great passion, integrity and influence.”

– Paul Wetzig, Queensland Leadership Forum

“Hilarious, relatable & confident – Meggie presented a keynote address at the National Alliance of Girls School Student Leadership conference. She was a standout speaker from the conference with all attendees remarking she was a highlight of their 4-day experience. She connects with her audience and reads the room extremely well. She has a high level of emotional intelligence and her career experiences and travels are fascinating fodder for her speaking engagements.”

– Rebecca Heinrich, CEO, Rising Generations

“Meggie Palmer is an engaging and passionate speaker who connects with her audience with ease. She crafts a powerful storyline underpinned by well-researched facts and sprinkled with personal anecdotes.”

– Annette Ware, Abbotsleigh Girls College

“Meggie is one of those people you love to be around both professionally and personally, her energy and positivity is infectious. Meggie is a highly engaging speaker delivering highly valuable actionable advice, with the attendees implementing her recommendations immediately. I highly recommend Meggie for speaking engagements and her team for workshop facilitation and training.”

– Marisa Warren, CEO, ELEVACAO Foundation

“Thanks so much for such a valuable and educational workshop! I feel much more confident!”

– Madeline Mitchell,Hi iQ Tutoring

“I’ve done training before but found this experience much more hands-on. Jumping through a series of different exercises to learn how to conduct myself in a business context. Meggie was very engaging and approachable, making the training feel more relevant.”

– Monica Wulff, CEO, Startup Muster

“I found so many things about this training helpful! Much to apply to my day to day job and also to pay forward to teach my team. Thanks for your patience, energy and passion for your work, 5 stars!”

– Amy Low, Head of Brand, Mambo

“What an incredible opportunity to learn from the best in the biz! Meggie and her team are truly first class. The skills I learnt at the founder media training day were absolutely invaluable. I can’t stress enough the value for founders to do this training to take your business to the next level.”

– Samantha Cardone, CEO, PlanePal

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