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Keynotes - 2019 Spring Conference


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Connect, Collaborate & Thrive!

Conference Keynotes 

Keynote: Creating Value & Results Through Collaboration

The great thing about living in a small state like Vermont is that we are all connected through someone, in some way. The challenge can be growing your business in a competitive landscape, when we often know the same people. And, in what has been a pretty slow growing economic climate. Leslee MacKenzie, President & Owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, has not only grown her company from 13 sales associates and staff to nearly 100; she has also helped to establish and grow 53 small businesses underneath her. Leslee will discuss how she has developed a successful, strong, collaborative culture in an industry sometimes known for an individualistic and competitive environment. Leslee has thrived in an industry dominated by female professionals, yet led by very few at the executive level.

Leslee MacKenzie
President & Owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

A leader in Vermont’s real estate industry, Leslee MacKenzie has brought her vision and analytic skills to one of the state’s most storied Companies. Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty has over 60 years providing premium real estate and relocation services to home buyers & sellers. Based in Burlington, the firm is the leading real estate company in Northwestern Vermont and is recognized among the top 52 of all Coldwell Banker offices nationwide.

Under her direction, the firm has expanded from 13 to 95 Realtors and Staff. Recent honors include, the Burlington Business Association Business of the Year, Best Places to Work in Vermont, and voted as the Best Real Estate Firm by Seven Days Readers for 10 consecutive years.

MacKenzie serves on the board of the Vermont Business Roundtable, the Burlington Business Association, The Vermont Futures Project and Camp Dudley. She is a Burlington native and graduate of UVM.

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Improvising my way to Success

Founded in 2009, Vermont Comedy Club has grown from a small booking agency producing a few shows a year to a brick and mortar comedy club and training center. Natalie Miller and her husband, Nathan Hartswick, used the principles of improvisation to stay nimble and grow a non-existent market to a point where they created careers for themselves, and others, in their home state of Vermont.

Natalie Miller
Owner/Operator of Vermont Comedy Club

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Our Emcee: Markey Read, MRG inc
Markey Read, president of MRG, Inc, is a powerful public speaker and trainer who facilitates retreats, conferences, and gatherings with her dynamic energy. With more 25+ years’ experience, she assists entrepreneurs in launching, growing, and managing their businesses; and organizations in developing high powered leadership teams. Markey is a thought leader in the area of Personality Type (MBTI) and the author of Leadership Styles – Acting on Informed Decisions with Your Cast of Characters.

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