Gina's Speaking Topics

All of Gina’s presentations are tailored specifically for her clients.  Part of her process is to have a series of meetings leading up to each event to ensure your message is crystal clear before game day.

Leading Through Chaos

Ready to Roll means taking the first step into an unknown situation when there’s no turning back.  You embrace the idea that you’re going to do something you don’t control, and you’ll have to adapt to and correct any flawed decisions on the fly because you will have to make decisions.  You are ready to accept it because if you don’t, the chaos you are dealing with can turn into a crisis on a dime.
In this presentation, Gina will parachute you into the middle of chaos and work with you to find your way out.  The tactics discussed can be applied in both personal and professional environments.

Key Takeaways:

  • You are what you tolerate.
  • You can reorganize till the cows come home, but nothing will change until you tackle your culture.
  • Effective leadership starts in the trenches – You can’t fix what you don’t understand.

Leading Through Crisis

With every crisis, there is opportunity.  The better you get at dealing with a crisis, the easier it is to recognize that opportunity and use it to your advantage.  Compartmentalization is vital to function despite opposing ideas, allowing them to co-exist by separating them in our minds. Why is this an essential skill in a crisis?  Without it, we get caught in “decision paralysis.”  
In this presentation, Gina will share how to separate thoughts and feelings that don’t serve us in a crisis situation and to better assess what is going on so crucial decisions can be made.

Key Takeaways:

  • Compartmentalization is vital to crisis resolution.
  • Step One is to get the water out of the boat. 
  • Call for backup – Surround yourself with greatness and trust your team. 
  • Seize the opportunity and put things in place to make things better than they were before the crisis.

Leading Through Change

The bottom line is that most people hate change.  Just because you have always done “it” this way doesn’t mean it is the right or the only way.  Change is inevitable.  Maybe change will never be made; you will make it, or the situation will become chaos, which will turn into a crisis, and someone else may be brought in to change it.  The perfect time to effect change is now.
In this presentation, Gina will share tactics for affecting positive change, from eliciting buy-in from the workforce to throwing a grenade at the status quo (both are effective!).

Key Takeaways:

  • Embrace your vision – Draw a line in the sand and understand which hill you are willing to die on.
  • We all know the definition of insanity, so get off the highway and take the dirt road.
  • Cultural change begins with getting buy-in from locker room leaders.
  • The key to building lasting habits and ensuring accountability.  

Lead Like a Lady -
Rising to the Top in Male Dominated Fields

When Gina enlisted in the Army, fewer than 10% of the soldiers were women.  When she entered the FBI in 1996, only 14% of the Special Agents were women.  She created and led the FBI’s largest Cyber and Computer Forensics Program, where even fewer women were to be found, and then became the head of Safety and Security for the second largest transit agency in the United States (another male-dominated field!).
Gina shares her experiences and strategies for rising into the executive ranks in male-dominated fields in this inspiring presentation.

Key Takeaways:

  • The only glass ceiling that exists is the one in your mind. 
  • Set boundaries – You are what you tolerate.
  • Stop taking things personally – Often, our assessments aren’t backed up with evidence.
  • You can achieve what you believe – Don’t be your biggest obstacle.

Authentic Leadership

Coming up through the leadership ranks in male-dominated fields, Gina embraced the “lead from the front” leadership style she learned from her male mentors.   When the FBI promoted her to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Cyber and Computer Forensics, with limited computer skills, she realized leading from the front wasn’t an option.  In the world of Cyber, tech knowledge was currency.  Gina knew she could “lead from the front” all day, but how would she get her people to follow without that currency? 
At that moment, Gina learned what authentic leadership was all about.  She took inventory of her leadership strengths and figured out how to apply those skills in a way that would significantly contribute to her team.  Her strengths were communication, problem-solving, decision-making, team building, and finding money and equipment to ensure her team had everything they needed to do their jobs.  By shifting from a “lead from the front” to a “servant” leader, Gina found success in the Cyber and Computer Forensics worlds, even without an IT degree.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be flexible – Change your leadership style to accomplish the mission.
  • Know your strengths and embrace your weaknesses – Your weaknesses are what make you extraordinary.
  • Don’t take it personally – Spend your energy wisely to stay on point and avoid self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
  • The loudest voice you hear is in your head – censor your thoughts accordingly.

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Gina L. Osborn is an exceptional speaker with diverse topics and expertise. Her motivational and inspirational presentations are well-equipped to engage various audiences, from business to technology, banking to healthcare. If you need a dynamic speaker who can genuinely connect with your audience and elevate your event, Gina is an excellent choice.  To book Gina, please call Yvon Douran at 805.966.6465 or contact us below.  We appreciate your business and look forward to speaking with you.