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Inspire Your Audience

Today, you can find me pursuing my passion of speaking, coaching and leadership development.

My goal is to inspire leaders to rise above unexpected challenges. I deliver tailored presentations to brands, teams and organizations that draw parallels and lessons learned from my real-life experiences to those my audiences might be facing.

my experience

Here’s what you can expect

Fortune 1 Experience

I share real stories based on my executive leadership journey at the world’s largest retailer, Walmart Inc.

Birkman™ Certified

As a certified Birkman™ Certified Professional and leadership coach, I offer hundreds of strategies leaders can use to leverage their strengths and improve performance.


I have a real passion for helping leaders in various industries and company sizes rise above their most unexpected challenges.

Actionable Insight

I share practical tools and insight your audience can immediately apply to their own leadership journey.

Hire Me to Speak

“Vulnerability finds its power through Celia’s personal examples and reflections. She explores and tackles challenges and boundaries with elegant perseverance.”

Gisel RuizEVP, COO, Sam's Club

“I just finished Gracious and Strong by Celia Swanson! Every leader should read it. Excellent book! My entire team is reading now.”

Michael WhiteSVP, Divisional Manager, Woodforest National Bank

“Celia has a leadership style that projects hope and possibility regardless of the circumstance, she is fearless. Her ability to lift an organization is remarkable.”

Bill SimonFormer CEO, Walmart U.S.


Senior Executives

Senior leaders struggling to identify the competitive advantage of their company culture and within their leadership teams.

Directors & Managers

Company leaders and managers who have a strong desire to influence their team and company culture in a powerful way.

Women in Business

Women between the ages of 25-55 who are trying to navigate the various challenges faced by women in a dynamic workplace.

Most requested topics

Mastering the Odds of Disruptive Change

If you’ve ever experienced disruptive change in your career, you know how it feels. Whether it’s a job loss or company acquisition, change can make you feel as though you’ve lost all control. In this topic, I share insight that will help you rise above your most uncertain challenges in life and work and help you make the hard right decisions to move forward.

Gracious and Strong Mindset

The key to effective leadership starts with a gracious and strong mindset. It allows you to lead authentically as a servant leader while building the steadfast resilience needed to face the hardest challenges of leadership. In this topic, I share how to do just that in this essential leadership style topic.

Do You Suffer from Onliness?

A research study from McKinsey & Co. and of 64,000 employees and 279 companies found that 1 in 5 women say they are often the only woman or one of the only women in the room at work. This is twice as common for senior-level women in technical roles; around 40% of them are Onlys. Learn what companies can do to eliminate Onlys.

Other Topics

  • Build Resilience
  • Assess Your Culture
  • Personal Awareness
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Personal Mission Statement
  • Leadership Development

Looking for something different?

I also create customized content based on the audience and client needs.

Clips from Previous Talks

How to Break Through Limiting Beliefs
How to Tackle Disruptive Change and Empower Your Workplace Culture

Stages Celia has spoken on:

  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Kellogg Company
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
  • University of Arkansas
  • John Brown University
  • Network of Executive Women — Northwest Arkansas Chapter
  • Workmatters

Speaking Photos

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