Sara Canaday

  • Austin, TX
  • Range USD 10,001 - 20,000

Tagline: Leadership Development

Talent Highlights

  • One of Sara Canaday’s notable strengths as a leadership speaker is her ability to distill complex leadership concepts into practical wisdom.
  • Her insights on topics such as leadership agility, executive presence, and personal branding provide leaders with actionable takeaways that can be applied immediately.
  • By combining real-world examples, research-driven strategies, and engaging storytelling, Sara ensures that her audiences leave her presentations with valuable insights they can implement in their leadership roles.
  • Sara’s work extends well beyond the stage, reaching deep into the heart of organizations.
  • She has been instrumental in guiding companies toward a culture of effective leadership, where leadership development becomes an integral part of their success strategy. 

Keynote Topics

Defy Conventional Wisdom for Breakthrough Performance

As the very nature of business rapidly changes, its leaders must be open to change too. Unconventional methods are no longer reserved for processes and procedures alone.

To gain competitive ground, leaders have to disrupt the existing ways they think, act and lead.

The Details

As a Leader, How Could you Expand Your Impact If … ?
You were willing to sit still, while everyone else was in motion.
You were willing to ditch your dependence on what you’ve always done.
You were willing to be informed by data, but not driven by it.

Based on her ground-breaking business book, “Leadership Unchained: Defy Conventional Wisdom for Breakthrough Performance”, Sara reveals the conscious practices separating innovative leaders from their counterparts.

Using a dynamic combination of insights, examples and research, she outlines the new signature habits that will catapult “by the book” leaders into modern thinkers.

Current and future leaders will be captivated by Sara’s clear roadmap for defying conventional wisdom and adopting unconventional habits for business success in the 21st Century.

The relentless pace of business today is taking a serious toll on all of us. We might strive to be purpose-driven, impactful and innovative, but we are often hijacked by never-ending to-do lists and constant crisis management.

To better manage today’s complexities and make the shift from motion to meaning, we need a new set of strategies.

The Details

In this presentation, Sara will share a powerful and compelling wake-up call that will arm leaders with the practices they need to take back control of their time and their business impact. Blending insights, humor and actionable strategies, Sara takes audience members on a journey to:

  • Gain a fresh perspective about conventional “get-ahead” strategies
  • Adopt new ways of working that add meaning to their performance
  • Seize unexpected opportunities by shedding the chains of “business as usual”


You’ve got the experience. You’ve got the diplomas. You know your stuff. So how can you significantly speed up your career momentum? Is there a secret to reaching your business goals faster? The most successful professionals have learned how to match their intentions with their actions and elevate their capacity to influence and impact. Expert Sara Canaday will show you exactly how to do that.

In this program, Sara shares real-world stories that illustrate the hidden gaps between what we see versus what those around us see.

Blending insights, humor, and actionable strategies, Sara takes you on a journey to:

Gain a fresh perspective about your professional reputation
Identify what makes your approaches attractive (or annoying!)
Better manage the experiences you create when interacting with others
Make strong and lasting impressions by matching your intent with your impact
Rapidly elicit opportunities to be noticed, hired, respected and promoted

Your leadership brand is the synthesis of several key components, including visuals, messaging, demeanor, interpersonal skills and more. When these pieces come together, they create the whole picture that the rest of the world recognizes as You.

Whether you are moving up the corporate ladder, making your value known in your current role or looking to expand your impact, boosting your brand is the key to remaining viable and competitive.

By deliberately managing and improving your brand, you can dramatically elevate your ability to impact and influence. To interact and collaborate. To coach and mentor. All of it comes back to making intentional choices about your leadership brand

Sara Canaday is a distinguished figure in the realm of leadership development, renowned for her insightful guidance and practical strategies aimed at empowering professionals to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape. As a seasoned speaker, author, and thought leader, Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her engagements, inspiring audiences to […]

Sara Canaday is a distinguished figure in the realm of leadership development, renowned for her insightful guidance and practical strategies aimed at empowering professionals to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape. As a seasoned speaker, author, and thought leader, Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her engagements, inspiring audiences to unlock their full potential and excel in their careers.

About Sara Canaday:

With a career spanning over two decades, Sara Canaday has solidified her reputation as a leading authority in leadership and career management. Her journey began with a deep passion for understanding human behavior and organizational dynamics, which led her to pursue advanced studies in adult development, leadership, and communication.

Sara’s unique blend of academic rigor and real-world experience has enabled her to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by today’s professionals. Leveraging this expertise, she has dedicated herself to helping individuals and organizations thrive in an ever-evolving business environment.

Areas of Expertise:

  1. Leadership Development: Sara Canaday specializes in providing tailored leadership development solutions designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders. Through her engaging presentations and workshops, she equips leaders with the essential skills and insights needed to inspire teams, drive innovation, and achieve organizational goals.
  2. Career Management: With a keen understanding of the dynamics of career advancement, Sara offers practical guidance to professionals seeking to navigate their career trajectories effectively. From personal branding to strategic networking, she empowers individuals to take ownership of their careers and position themselves for success.
  3. Change Management: In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, adaptability is paramount. Sara Canaday offers invaluable insights into navigating change with resilience and agility. Her expertise in change management equips leaders and teams with the tools and mindset necessary to thrive amidst uncertainty and drive positive transformation.
  4. Communication and Influence: Effective communication lies at the heart of successful leadership. Sara’s expertise in communication and influence enables leaders to master the art of persuasion, build strong relationships, and foster a culture of collaboration within their organizations.
  5. Strategic Thinking: Strategic thinking is a cornerstone of effective leadership. Sara Canaday provides leaders with the frameworks and strategies they need to think critically, anticipate trends, and make informed decisions that drive sustainable growth and competitive advantage.

Why Book Sara Canaday as a Keynote Speaker:

  1. Proven Track Record: Sara Canaday has earned accolades for her dynamic speaking style and ability to captivate audiences with her thought-provoking insights. With a track record of delivering impactful presentations to diverse audiences, she consistently garners rave reviews and leaves a lasting impression.
  2. Relevance: In today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment, the demand for effective leadership has never been greater. Sara’s expertise is highly relevant to organizations seeking to develop their leadership pipeline, navigate change, and stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly complex world.
  3. Practical Insights: Sara’s presentations are not only inspiring but also highly actionable. Drawing on her extensive experience working with a wide range of clients, she provides practical strategies and best practices that attendees can implement immediately to drive tangible results in their organizations.
  4. Customization: Recognizing that every audience is unique, Sara takes a customized approach to each speaking engagement. Whether addressing executives, frontline managers, or aspiring leaders, she tailors her content to resonate with the specific needs and objectives of her audience, ensuring maximum impact.
  5. Long-Term Impact: Beyond the podium, Sara Canaday’s influence extends far beyond the duration of her presentations. By empowering individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed, she leaves a lasting legacy of leadership excellence that continues to drive organizational growth and success.

Conclusion: Sara Canaday is more than a speaker; she is a catalyst for transformation. With her deep expertise in leadership development, career management, and organizational effectiveness, she inspires audiences to embrace change, unlock their potential, and lead with confidence in today’s dynamic business landscape. As a keynote speaker, Sara brings a unique blend of insight, inspiration, and practical wisdom, making her an invaluable asset to any organization committed to driving excellence and innovation.

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  • Name: Sara Canaday
  • Type: Leadership Keynote Speaker
  • Theme: Leadership Development
  • Speciality: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
  • Travels from: Austin, Texas
  • Expert On: Teamwork, Change and Leadership
  • Author: Leadership Unchained, You according to them, Coaching Essentials
  • Keynote Topics:
    • Leadership Unchained
    • How to Lead in our Fast-Isn’t-Fast Enough World
    • You—According to Them
    • Your Leadership Brand


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