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Posted on November 21, 2017 | CapCitySpeakers | General

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Posted on November 9, 2017 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Veterans Day!

Posted on June 30, 2017 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Posted on June 14 , 2017 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Summer! Happy Summer!

No matter what your plans, summer time brings thoughts of a little more fun in the sun, a little more relaxation, and a little more time with family and friends. We should all relish these thoughts and enjoy this season! Summer is also a great time to initiate planning for your next event with speakers. We at Capitol City Speakers Bureau continue to work hard on your behalf; always adding new and energetic speakers to our roster while keeping up to date with those we have developed such great relationships with over the years. We look forward to Helping You THRILL Your Audience!

Posted on February 24, 2017 | CapCitySpeakers | General

A big THANK YOU to our Farmers and all those involved in Agri-business!

2017 National Ag Day

Agriculture Council of America Announces 2017 National Ag Day Date & Theme

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 21, 2017. This will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is "Agriculture: Food For Life."

On March 21, 2017, ACA will host major events in the nation's capital including a breakfast event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration on the Hill. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day.

These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

In addition to the events in Washington, DC on March 21, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day Essay Contest in addition to an Ag Day Photography Contest. The winning photograph will be part of the 2017 National Ag Day Poster.

Visit for more information on National Ag Day in 2017.

Posted on December 1, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Holidays

Posted on November 1, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Veterans Day

Veteran's Day is our opportunity to honor our veterans and to show appreciation for the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the military. They have given the ultimate sacrifice: complete, unwavering, and totally selfless. We honor you, your families and your service to this country. Thank you for your unwavering service, here in this nation...and throughout the world!

Posted on October 27, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Halloween!

We aren't frightful to work with! Capitol City Speakers Bureau makes planning a speaker for your next event as easy as possible. From start to finish, our bureau will help you find the perfect speaker to meet the goals and objectives of your meeting. We look forward to helping you THRILL Your Audience!

Posted on August 12, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

2016 Olympic Gold Medal Relay Team

We are so proud of our Hometown Hero, Ryan Held, who earned a Gold medal Sunday evening in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Ryan, who is a 2014 Sacred-Heart Griffin graduate, took gold in the 400-meter-freestyle-relay along with teammates, Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian.

Caeleb Dressel swam the first leg, finishing just behind France at the wall. Ryan, who will be a junior at North Carolina State University, kept the Americans in front during the third leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Sunday night, following on the lead provided by Michael Phelps. Nathan Adrian sealed the gold with a strong anchor leg.

Ryan's tears of joy during the Medal ceremony have touched the hearts of our nation and represent all that is good about the Olympics. Standing between Adrian and Phelps, Ryan bent his head and tears rolled down his face as the anthem blared. Phelps saw what was happening and draped his arm around Ryan's neck.

Thank you, Ryan Held-all your dedication and hard work has paid off, and your hometown could not be any prouder!

Posted on July 18, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Great Teams by Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger's highly anticipated new book, Great Teams 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently, will be released July 19th. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect!

"There is nothing more magical than watching a team come together, to manage adversity as a group, selflessly give to others, to find common purpose. Inspiring that to happen year-in and year-out is what keeps us in leadership. Don Yaeger has studied the best of the best. Now it is our turn to study this book." --Mike Krzyzewski, five-time NCAA Tournament Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winning Basketball coach, Duke University Men's Basketball

What makes a team great? Not just good. Not just functional. But great?

Over the last six years, long-time Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger has been invited by some of the greatest companies in the world to speak about the habits of high-performing individuals. Delivering an average of 80 keynote speeches per year, Don was approached by his most consistent client, Microsoft, to develop a talk on what allowed some teams to play at a championship level year after year. From Microsoft and Starbucks to the New England Patriots and San Antonio Spurs, what do some organizations do seemingly better than most all of their opponents?

Don took the challenge. He began building into his travel schedule opportunities to interview our generation's greatest team builders from the sports and business worlds. During this process, he has conducted more than 100 interviews with some of the most successful teams and organizations in the country. From those interviews, Don has identified 16 habits that drive these high-performing teams.

Building on the stories, examples, and first-hand accounts, each chapter in Great Teams comes with applicable examples on how to apply these characteristics in any organization. Great Teams is the ultimate intersection of the sports and business worlds and a powerful companion for thought leaders, teams, managers, and organizations that seek to perform similarly. The insight shared in this book is sure to enhance any team in its pursuit of excellence.
  • Great Teams Understand the "Why"
  • Great Teams Allow Culture to Shape Who They Recruit
  • Great Teams Run Successful Huddles
  • Great Teams Manage Dysfunction, Friction, and Strong Personalities
  • Great Teams See Value Others Miss
  • Great Teams Know How to Win in Critical Situations
  • Great Teams Embrace Change
  • Great Teams Build a Mentoring Culture
  • Great Teams Have a Rallying Cry

Posted on July 1, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted on June 6 , 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Summer! Happy Summer!

No matter what your plans, summer time brings thoughts of a little more fun in the sun, a little more relaxation, and a little more time with family and friends. We should all relish these thoughts and enjoy this season! Summer is also a great time to initiate planning for your next event with speakers. We at Capitol City Speakers Bureau continue to work hard on your behalf; always adding new and energetic speakers to our roster while keeping up to date with those we have developed such great relationships with over the years. We look forward to Helping You Thrill Your Audience!

Posted on May 26, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Rio 2016

Posted on March 21, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Rio 2016 Happy Olympics 2016!

The Summer Olympics 2016 are coming up quickly. They are being held in Rio De Janeiro August 5th - 21st. This is a great opportunity to review and book a talented Olympic speaker for your next event. You might want to consider an Olympic or USA themed event this year! Two sports have been added to the Olympic program, golf and rugby sevens, in addition to all your favorites in the summer games. For additional excitement, Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement at age 30 years in an endeavor to add to his sensational medal record.

Click on the link below to view Olympians who will create a substantial interest and enthusiasm at your next conference or event:

Posted on March 15, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Today, we celebrate and recognize the contributions of agriculture in our nation and around the world. Ag Day is being celebrated on March 15th and the theme for National Ag Day 2016 is "Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet." Why is it important to celebrate agriculture? Quite simply, if you eat it, use it and wear it, agriculture provided it. We take this contribution for granted and few people truly understand this valuable connection in our everyday lives. This is particularly true in schools where children have little exposure to agriculture.

The goal of National Ag Day is that Americans learn to:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. So, on this day to recognize the vital role of agriculture in our society, a big THANK YOU to our farmers and those involved in the business of agriculture.

Posted on January 13, 2016 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Did you know that January is National Thank You Month?

Thank You! What a wonderful opportunity to thank all of our clients, the speakers with whom we work, and our staff for the passion and commitment they bring to our work!

As I write this, I realize just how much the joy in our work comes down to the relationships that we have developed over the years.

We have learned so much from each of you! It is these positive relationships that encourage and inspire us and make our business so rewarding.

Posted on December 14, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Holidays!

Posted on November 18, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 11, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

We live in the greatest nation in our world, and on this day to honor our Veterans, Capitol City Speakers Bureau would like to share our sincerest respect, thanks, and admiration to those courageous Americans who served and continue to serve in our armed forces. We honor you, your families and your service to this country. Veterans Day is a day to recognize the ultimate sacrifices of men and women that have served our nation to protect the freedom that all Americans enjoy. We honor those heroes among us who fought and many who died to preserve our nation's freedom.

Veteran's Day Veteran's Day

So, on November 11, let us take a moment to thank and honor the heroes among us--the veterans of the United States military. To make life a little easier for our veterans, consider sharing your time and resources with an organization helping veterans. The following organizations are just a few of those available (and this listing should not be considered an endorsement of their work).

On Behalf
Our military men and women head into battle as a team, but all too often come home to deal with their injuries, PTS and a crushing VA bureaucracy alone. Don't let that happen. Work with us -- as a volunteer, an advocate, or donor -- and make life a little easier for some of America's finest. Founded for vets by vets in 2005, is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to raise cash and professional services for combat wounded veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan. For more information:

Veterans Support Organization
Veterans Support Organization is a vital resource in helping veterans transition from the Armed Forces to civilian life. We are a nonprofit that provides employment and financial assistance to leading veterans support agencies. Our programs have improved the lives of thousands of veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.

National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is the voice of military families because, for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the "go to" source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have "boots on the ground" with military families and understand better than anyone that "military families serve, too." Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve. For more information, go to:

Posted on October 29, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

What happens when you schedule 14 professional speakers together in one room on one day? You get a fantastic day of inspiration, education, motivation, and laughter. Our 20th Showcase of Speakers and Trainers was held on October 22nd at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE, was the master of ceremonies for the day, and his energy, humor, and enthusiasm set the tone for the day. The speakers had the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents for an enthusiastic group of meeting planners. Each of the 14 speakers presented a 20-minute mini keynote on a variety of topics. (Click on each speaker's name to read more about them).

Some of the feedback from the day...

      "Excellent variety - look forward to next time - I laughed and cried all day!"

      "This was delightful-speakers were excellent, engaging, different."

We want to thank all of the speakers and attendees for sharing their day with us to make this Showcase so successful!"

Steve Gilliland Dave Davlin
Richard Hight   Chuck Gallagher
Calvin, DeDe, Ray, Kay   Ray McElroy

Posted on September 29, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Shannon Miller
These days, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who has not been touched by breast cancer in some way, either a family member, co-worker or friend. Just to provide you with a few statistics, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. In 2015, invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 231,840 women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. The death rate from breast cancer is about 3%, and this rate has been declining since about 1989, particularly in women under age 50.

The best this time, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment has contributed to the ongoing improvement in outcomes.

At Capitol City Speakers Bureau, we have a number of wonderful and inspiring speakers that address this topic along with motivation and other women's healthcare issues. Please check out our Healthcare speakers at:

Posted on September 1, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller stole the hearts of Americans in 1992, when she won five Olympic Medals in gymnastics. She then delighted the country when she led the "Magnificent 7" to gold in the 1996 Olympics and following up with the first US gold medal on the balance beam, making her the most decorated gymnast in American history. However, her biggest challenge yet may have been the diagnosis of a rare form of ovarian cancer in January 2011. Shannon describes her move from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children as we asked her a few questions recently.

CCSB Question: You were only 32 years of age when diagnosed with ovarian cancer. What were you thoughts when hearing that news?

Shannon Miller: It was certainly a shock, as a cancer diagnosis always is. My company, which is focused on women's health and wellness had launched the previous year. I was interviewing physicians regarding health issues on a weekly basis as host of a radio show and was involved with different organizations that raised funds for cancer research. In fact, my mother is a cancer survivor. But nothing prepares you for that moment. I was stunned, upset, resolute, and confused all within seconds of the diagnosis. My son was just over a year old and my thoughts kept coming back to one thing...My son needs his mommy. As others around me went through denial, I began to feel isolated. For several weeks, I floundered until one day I decided I did not want to be the victim...I was going to fight. I relied on my faith and many of the lessons I had learned through sport to give me strength during my battle.

CCSB Question: What have you learned about ovarian cancer since beginning this journey?

Shannon Miller: I had little knowledge of ovarian cancer at the time I was diagnosed. In fact, I had no idea I was having three of the main symptoms in the weeks before my doctor's appointment. I was going in for a post baby appointment and gearing up to try for baby #2. I think many of us have this perception that ovarian cancer only happens to "older" women. That's simply not the case. It's also true that there are different types of ovarian cancer. The form I had which is a germ cell tumor, and very rare, often happens with women in their late teens and early 20's. I learned the primary symptoms such as bloating, stomach aches, weight loss and frequent urination. I also learned that there is no specific test for ovarian cancer. That's why it is critical that women know the symptoms and communicate them clearly with their physician. It's also one of the reasons I am such a big advocate of yearly exams. These yearly visits create a base line so that both we and our physician can see when changes occur. We can't prevent a cancer diagnosis, but the earlier we catch it the more options we'll have. In addition, you may catch other issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. What I learned was that I am not invincible. I have to make my health a priority.

CCSB Question: What would you like to share with other women about your experience?

Shannon Miller: Mostly I want women to know that there is hope. A diagnosis of ovarian cancer, or any kind of cancer, can be devastating. It's critical for positive stories to be out there. Women need to know that there are new ways of battling this disease. Hearing stories of women who survived and thrived was an important part of my journey. These stories gave me hope on the most difficult days. I needed to know that I was not alone.

If you would like to learn more about Shannon's courageous story, please check out her bio at She also recently released her new book, It's Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.

You can help raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer, too, by wearing a teal ribbon, the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness. Did you know that approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and the survival rate is only about 30%? If detected early (Stage 1), the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. However, there is no screening test to detect ovarian cancer, which is why this cancer is often discovered in later stages. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments.

Symptoms may include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency

Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Backaches
  • Weight Gain

Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.

Posted on August 26, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Jeff Civillico and friends I just returned from a short getaway to Las Vegas where I had the privilege of seeing Jeff Civillico perform at the Flamingo-what fun!

How to describe Jeff?!! Hmmm...he is a combination of wild energy, crazy, silly fun (channel Jim Carrey) and talented juggler! We laughed throughout his show! Jeff will be doing 2 shows daily (Sunday - Thursday) at 2 pm and 4 pm at the Flamingo through Labor Day and will be returning September 20th to do a 5:30 pm show. If you are going to Las Vegas, please stop in to see Jeff: You will not be disappointed--and his show is family-friendly!

Jeff's unique talents and spontaneous audience interaction easily transfer to corporate events and fundraisers either as an ideal emcee or unforgettable entertainment. Please contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau for more information about Jeff:

Yes, I had to get a photo of the flamingos at the Flamingo!

Famous Flamingos

Posted on August 19, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

A recent study out of Carroll University in Wisconsin found there are distinct differences between "dog people" and "cat people". Hmm…which category would you be in?

According to the study, "dog people" are generally more energetic and outgoing. They tend to follow the rules and are seeking companionship. That seems logical as dogs are livelier, more sociable and interested in playing outside.

On the other hand, just like their cats who like to stay inside, "cat people" are more likely to be introverts, non-conformists, want affection, and be sensitive home bodies.

Cats and DogsThis illustrates just a small microcosm of the differences in people throughout our world. As a meeting planner, you are called upon to find speakers to meet the needs of many different people, not just "dog people" and "cat people." ☺

At Capitol City Speakers Bureau, we help you find speakers who will address the unique needs of your audience. What do you hope to accomplish with this meeting? Do you want to encourage and motivate your employees? Do you need to address specific concerns or challenges in your business? Whatever your need, we will listen carefully to you and work in partnership to identify the right speaker. The Capitol City Speakers Bureau is proud to have worked with hundreds and hundreds of organizations over the past 22 years, and we are honored to use our personal expertise to make your event a success.

We Help You Thrill Your Audience!

I'm not sure we should even mention this, but the study also suggests cat lovers are more intelligent than dog lovers.

Posted on August 13, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | Planning a Meeting

"It's not the plan that's important, it's the planning." ~~Dr. Gramme Edwards~~

In Springfield, as the State Capitol, we are anticipating the beginning of the Illinois State Fair this week. We know friends and neighbors who have been attending the Fair every year since they were young children. Planning for the State Fair begins almost immediately after the finish of the Fair in August for the next year. And why is that?

Main entrance to the Illinois State Fair Grounds
Illinois State Fair

Successful events are the product of weeks and months of planning and organization. Planning ahead allows for careful thoughtful preparation to achieve and perhaps exceed your vision and goals. You are able to strategically evaluate what worked and what didn't work from previous events. Planning ahead also allows for better preparation in the face of unexpected occurrences.

Do you plan conferences, seminars or events for your company or business? Even if you are planning your first event or you are an "ole" pro at event planning, Capitol City Speakers Bureau is able to help you in selecting the most appropriate speakers to meet the goals of your event. We work with some of the best speakers in the business: motivational speakers, healthcare speakers, business leaders, sports personalities, and more. An inspiring keynote speaker will provide far reaching benefits. We have been partnering with meeting planners for more than 22 years and our motto is: WE HELP YOU THRILL YOUR AUDIENCE! And yes, proactive planning leads to incredible performances!

Posted on July 21, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

So often you hear about volunteering around holiday time. But volunteers are really needed all year long. Did you know that helping others has benefits for you, your family and your community? Studies consistently show that helping others boosts our happiness, is good for our mental and physical health, and promotes social connections. Additionally, researchers have found that helping others enhances education, may result in unexpected financial benefits, and spurs others to acts of kindness and generosity.

With our busy lives, it can be difficult to find time to volunteer, but our staff have been excited to help out their favorite charities. Ronald McDonald House sponsors a local golf outing which we wholeheartedly support, and local food pantries have been the recipients of employee generosity. Before being moved from Springfield, our staff volunteered countless hours with the LPGA golf tournament which supported many Springfield charities. We have enjoyed our experiences and have learned that doing even small things can have a big impact on others.

Children's Miracle Network Golf Outing  Salvation Army

Central Illinois Community Bloodbank  Friend in Deed

Ronald McDonald House 

Our employees are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the community!

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." --Charles Dickens

Posted on July 15, 2015 | CapCitySpeakers | General

Did you know that the average employee stays with a company less than five years?

We are celebrating at Capitol City Speakers Bureau (CCSB) this year! Two of our employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries with our company. Patti Sauer and Teresa Considine have been a committed part of our team for 15 years and 10 years, respectively! We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of these two employees!

Patti Sauer, Event Coordinator - 15 Year Anniversary!

Patti is Event Coordinator at CCSB. She is our "detail person." Once a speaker is booked for an event, Patti will coordinate all the details. She serves as the client's main contact and liaison to the speaker for materials needed, travel arrangements, audio visual requirements and any other event details. You will often hear her cheerful voice when you call our office. Outside of work, Patti enjoys golfing, biking and reading.

Teresa Considine - 10 Year Anniversary!
Teresa Considine, Executive Assistant/Webmaster, juggles a number of responsibilities. She is in charge of Accounts Receivable and Payables, but also maintains and updates the company websites (a challenging job!) Teresa is our go-to person for IT issues as well and assists staff with special projects. When she is not working, you will most likely find Teresa outside hiking, fishing, camping, boating, gardening and riding four-wheelers.

Thank you Patti and Teresa--we appreciate your commitment to making the experience of our clients and speakers the best it can possibly be!

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