“When we share our stories, what it does is, it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.
                – Janine Shepherd

From women’s events to faith-based retreats to corporate conferences to private workshops to international symposiums, I would love to join you at your next event and share my stories of joy and hope.


  Dawn’s Most Requested Keynotes & Workshops


Creating a Joy-filled Team: Equipping Your Competitive Advantage

It used to be that work was a place where you were meant to come in, get the job done and clock out and joy was some-thing you found during your free time. Today’s workforce though is looking not just for a job, but for a place to belong, a place that inspires them and a place that allows them to accomplish more than a solo mission but a team mission. As a leader you have the opportunity to create that place and you can influence how engaged your team is at work. Joy is a competitive advantage you can’t afford to lose. In this session we will explore how leaders can create an environment that enables team members to believe in their true potential, strive for it and ultimately – achieve it. Dawn will share the five techniques she encourages every leader to use to unleash positivity and joy in their team.

Contagious Joy: Increasing Customer Satisfaction Through Positivity

Is there a link between Employee Happiness and Customer Happiness? Absolutely! Joy-filled employees are more productive, more engaged, and more satisfied with their jobs. Studies show that they select higher goals, perform better and persist longer on problem solving tasks. In this session, we will create consistently positive experiences for customers by first creating joy within so that it becomes contagious. We will explore the pillars to joyfulness and well-being and how it can deliberately be created and maintained.

The Joy of Change: Leading Transformations & Transitions in the Workplace

In today’s fast paced world, change is inevitable. As an influencer you are tasked with helping others adapt to the myriad of changes they face. However when we only address change from a head space we miss a key piece of the picture. In this session we will explore the joy of change and the techniques you can use to help yourself and others move forward one step at a time.

Leading with Joy: Dare to Be RARE & Inspire People to Flourish

How do great leaders inspire people in the workplace? For me it comes down to one simple technique and strategy-JOY. Finding joy on the job is the single biggest ingredient for a successful company. Our job as a leader is to cultivate a culture where joy can flourish. Creating a joyful work environment isn’t about making people happy, it’s about unleashing creativity and allowing people to flourish in their jobs. To lead with joy is a rare thing these days, but it is possible. In this session we will dig deeper into the difference between a joy-filled leader and joy-less leader and then explore the four key components to become a RARE leader who unleashes joy that sparks increased productivity and engagement.

Navigating Seasons of Change in Life: Let Your Joy Be Bigger Than Your Fear

Life is full of unexpected twists of unforeseen bends in the road and of unwanted detours. Often times, we know something needs to be changed or is going to change, but we are nervous or scared. Life is made up of seasons of change and the question we must ask ourselves is– How am I navigating these changes? Do I greet them fearlessly with a smile looking for the opportunity? Do I remain planted in the old way more comfortable with the way things were? Do I open myself up to new beginnings or do I refuse to stretch myself to be a little more uncomfortable at times to step outside my comfort zone and step into the courage zone? “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven,” which is why in this message we will explore the keys to navigating the seasons of your life with joy!

Joy Up Your Life: It Starts with YOU!

Are you ready to say goodbye to the joy stealers in your life? Are you ready to create a life that is full of positive energy and passion? Are you ready to wake up happy and love your life? Joy isn’t some elusive concept, it’s not complicated and it isn’t meant for only a few special people in life. Rather joy is in the here and now, it’s found in the simple and it’s available for everyone. In this message Dawn will share how we can refuel the delight in our lives and open up the floodgates to that lead to infinite joy.

Cultivating Joyfulness for Self-Care: Be Whole. Be Strong. Be You

Joyfulness is a powerful approach to self-care. It’s a condition of supreme well-being and being of good-spirit. It’s a process of purposefully finding delight in the present moment. Not being joyful due to immense pressures of your life can cause apathy and depression. Loss of joyfulness can have detrimental health effects and can lead to burnout. Cultivating Joyfulness for Self-Care is designed to explore how joyfulness can be used to enhance your overall well-being at work and in life. During this session participants will learn about and practice a variety of activities that promote joyfulness and will learn strategies that will help them incorporate practices into everyday life that promote joyfulness.

Reclaim & RefresHer Joy: R&R for Your Mind, Body & Soul

When did it become a challenge for us to just breathe and be? You look at our society and if we aren’t moving, doing, going or consuming we feel that we are falling behind. We have become obsessed with time and sometimes we go as far as to waste time talking or worrying about how much time we don’t have. We also live in a world that wants us to compare ourselves with others to see if we are “keeping up,” but as Theodore Roosevelt once said “comparison is the thief of joy.” In this message Dawn will share the how to find real rest, to reclaim your joy and refresh your passion and purpose in life.

Endless Joy: Making Your Wildest Dreams a Reality

This is your invitation to let go of fear and step into your wildest dreams. You were created for more. You were created with a big dream in your heart. It’s time to be free. Free of shame. Free of guilt. Free of obligations. Free of fear. Free to fully live. Free to be you. It’s time to begin the journey of your life and make your wildest dreams a reality. You don’t need to be ready or perfect to make what matters happen. Use what you have, where you are, right now, on purpose. Your time has come to take a leap of faith and jump into the wildest dream that is waiting for you. In this session we will uncover what may first seem like obstacles and see how they are opportunities to help you achieve your big dream. We will identify doable action steps that you can apply right now in order to step into the life for which you are longing.

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