Keynotes • Talks • Sessions


Is your organization focused on the right things to create true cultural transformation, market-leading innovation, and high-performing teams?

You can’t innovate, build trust, and create your best work in a culture of burnout.

90-minute workshops, measuring “engagement”, and Friday happy hours won’t solve your culture, innovation, or retention problems. 

What will solve your problems? A deep level of accountability, understanding and engaging the energy of your workforce, and intentional work.

Watch Anese in Action

See Anese give a talk at the Tugboat Institute®, “Take Care of Yourself, Create More Impact in the World”

Companies inspired by Anese’s message

Anese builds keynotes around your audience to ensure optimal impact. Each keynote is customized to the industry and audience in service of creating honest, applicable, real-time solutions and approaches to navigating cultural, leadership, and energy challenges. Depending on the keynote booked, leaders will walk away with the following:

  • The warning signs that indicate your engagement initiatives are not working and your top talent may be looking at your competitors.
  • Why their current people, performance, engagement, and cultural initiatives are likely not performing as they intended.
  • What to do about it now — not later, not next year, but today.
  • The elements an organizational leader must measure for any kind of sustainable cultural transformation.
  • Surprising data that will change the way your organization measures success moving forward. 
  • The Active Choices methodology that enables your leadership and workforce to show up better instantaneously.
  • Real-world examples of organizations that are putting Active Choices’ strategies into action.

Ready to Book Anese?

The Testimonials

Chip Conley

Founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels+

Anese Cavanaugh captivated a group of managers and line level employees at my company with her talk about the infectious nature of energy in an organization. She’s any company’s secret weapon for achieving profound, permanent results from the inside out…

Hamsa Daher

Executive Director, Small Giants Community

Anese took the stage at the Small Giants Summit in 2018 and delivered a powerful & impactful presentation on IEP and intentional leadership. Her style, way of connecting with the audience and content is exceptional. It was one of the highest rated sessions of the summit!

Rob Dube

President, imageOne

Anese is also one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve seen (and I’ve seen quite a few). Her energy is contagious, authentic, practical and absolutely inspirational. Every time I see her speak to packed houses, I walk away with a renewed energy to show up and do good in this world!

Alison Macondray

Advisor to thought leaders & professional speakers, Alimat, Inc.

I work with some of the world’s top thought leaders, founders, and visionary executives. In every case, Intentional Energetic Presence is key to their remarkable impact. Anese’s ability to catalyze change is a unique superpower: I’ve seen her teachings transform rooms within minutes, and her presence in my life has profoundly influenced it for the better.

Jeff Sorensen

Co-founder of optiMize and Director for Social Innovation, University of Michigan, College of LSA

We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves, but that’s much easier said than done. Anese’s workshop helped us accomplish more self-change in four hours than most of us are able to do in four years! We host a lot of workshops for our students here at University of Michigan, but this one might be the best yet.

Kristen Luck

Advisory, Growth Strategy, & Investment Banking

The content of our keynote was essential for leadership today, especially as women in leadership out to create a great impact in their lives and organizations. Her talk brought us back to ourselves in recognizing our presence as impact in today’s world, the necessity of self-care in showing up, and the gift of refocusing ourselves on ourselves in order to create that impact.

Michelle (Mick) Lee

Managing Director, Global Head of General & Shared Services, BNY Mellon

After reading her books CONTAGIOUS YOU and CONTAGIOUS CULTURE, I knew that 2020 was the year that we needed [Anese’s] talents more than ever. We sent out hundreds of books internally and she customized a 4 part series, engaging with over 2500 people in more than 12 countries. […] Her engaging approach as a speaker and moderator drew in all levels of employees at the bank and even the most senior and accomplished executive reported the lessons they learned from an hour with Anese.[…]

Joe Webb

Women in Automotive (WIA) Executive Board

Anese gave a heartfelt, fully-realized keynote to our attendees that was both endearing and inspiring. […] Anese was a stand-out presenter and we couldn’t have been happier with all she delivered. […] She also conducted a detailed breakout of her IEP Method that seemed to really resonate with our audience. She is not only the CEO of Active Choices, but also a Great Choice if you’re looking for someone to deliver a compelling message at your event or to your team.

The Keynotes

These sessions are custom-crafted for chief people officers, chief learning officers, chief innovation officers, and other top leaders who have a vested interest in being ahead of their competitors when it comes to being the market leader in innovation, people, and impact.

Engagement is the Past, Energy is the Future


New keynote!
The 3 Most Critical U-Turns to Company Culture Initiatives That Need to Start Yesterday.

Organizations spend billions of dollars a year in engagement initiatives, training, and development, and lose billions more in disengagement. They spout trust, innovation, culture, and retention as priority mandates in their OKRs, yet, turnover and burnout are at an all-time high, and consumer trust is low. And now that we’re through the “quiet quitting” trend – “shadow-jobbing” is here. Amongst all this, as organizations work to address the problems of burnout and engagement with quick fixes, platitudes, apps, and 90-minute seminars, the real issues at hand go left unaddressed.

This high-octane emergency session shatters the status quo and gives real-talk as to what to do about the culture and innovation problems you don’t even know you have.

Includes: Keynote, Conference Breakout, or Executive Special Session*
Book: TBD based upon venue, desired impact, and audience.

Contagious Culture Keynote


Creating a Positively Contagious Culture from the Inside Out

In this talk, Anese discusses creating a positively contagious culture (starting with ourselves first), shares the collaborative impact of IEP, and offers powerful transformative tools and frameworks for improving collaborations, opening communications, implementing changes, pre-navigating challenges, building trust, and setting your culture up for success.

Includes: Keynote Session
Book: Contagious Culture

Contagious You Keynote


Showing Up for Leadership, Your Presence Is Your Impact

In this talk, Anese shares the power of using intention, service, and self-care as leadership skills, how to use the IEP Method® and your Intentional Energetic Presence® (IEP) to create impact, and provides frameworks for up-leveling your leadership presence and (positive) contagiousness. In a world of change and ambiguity, where we have all been impacted by the pandemic, how we show up is more important than ever now.

Includes: Keynote Session
Book: Contagious You

To get started, please fill out this Virtual Event EPQ or this Live Event EPQ and we will reach out to schedule a call with you. Read below to find out more about these sessions.

Watch Anese at Inbound

See Anese give a talk in 2019 at Inbound, HubSpot’s marketing and sales conference

A Keynote That Fits Your Needs

Let’s work together to transform and optimize your organization’s culture today. Each talk is designed with intention to fit your needs:

Experiential Keynote


45-90 minutes
Best for opening or closing your conference

Experiential Interactive Talk


60-120 minutes
Best for a smaller room where discussion and Q&A can happen

Experiential Keynote + Executive Session


Best for when your executives need change to happen fast (and sustainably)

To get started, please fill out this Virtual Event EPQ or this Live Event EPQ and we will reach out to schedule a call with you. Read below to find out more about these sessions. You can also email us at

Book Anese for Your Next Event

Women In Automotive Annual Conference, December 2021

Inc.’s Women’s Summit

WINiT Conference 2022: “The Leader You Will Be”

Inbound 2016

WINiT Conference 2022

To get started, please fill out this Virtual Event EPQ or this Live Event EPQ and we will reach out to schedule a call with you. Questions? Email us at

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