Testimonials

Kip Knight, President US Retail Operations, H&R Block


“Carolyn is an accomplished executive, both in what she brings to business in determination and enthusiasm, as well as her ability to collaborate with a wide range of diverse business leaders and personalities.  She has deep experience in developing and implementing innovative corporate training programs.  She combines the best of pragmatic thinking and "can do" attitude that makes her a real asset to any team she works with."

John Snyder, President Employee Benefits Practice, Telamon Insurance Network

"Carolyn led leadership training at our company for 2 years.  With a range of young, inexperienced managers to more senior level execs, we all walked away with a sense of purpose and excitement.  She had the unique ability to connect with us individually even though we were a group of 10 executives.  She's lived in the Corporate trenches and provided real examples which brought her teaching to life.  Her sense of humor, passion for her work and genuine desire to help people are among her greatest strengths."

Deb Capolarello, Former SVP People Practices and Chief Talent Officer MetLife


“Carolyn is an inspirational leader, trainer, mentor and coach.  I had the privilege of working with Carolyn at two Fortune 50 companies where she demonstrated excellent presentation and training skills at all levels.  She connects with people in the room by sharing her personal experiences and weaves humor and learning together through a dynamic conversation.  She holds herself to a high standard of personal responsibility and her competitive spirit is contagious."

Gayle Fili, Senior Vice President Retail Banking - Beverly Bank

“One Word:  FANTASTIC!  Today's leadership session with the executive team was fantastic!  I received lots of compliments from the team relating to the content and delivery.  Our CEO Mike Wheeler said "This was the best session".  Carolyn's enthusiasm and manner of delivery was certainly well received!”

Robert Moretti, Vice President H&R Block


“Whether it is 20 tax professionals in a small setting or 3000 franchisees at a National Convention, Carolyn is able to tailor her message in a way that is compelling, engaging and fun.  She weaves her life experience stories into her key message points for a very inspirational and memorable presentation."

Kristi Jones, State Director, SHRM MO

  

“It’s both my pleasure and honor to acknowledge Carolyn for presenting her Don’t Just “Survive”, Thrive in Today’s Changing Environment Keynote Speech and her You, Inc Leadership Program that she delivered at the SHRM MO Conference. Carolyn’s candid style and humor won over the packed house of Human Resources Professionals the moment she began speaking. And it was no surprise, that both her keynote and breakout session got such high ratings. So if you get a chance to bring her into your organization or conference, do it before someone else books her!” 

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Linda Melchione, Director of Operations and HR, Fusion Design Consulting

“Carolyn has met and significantly exceeded our expectations.  Her down-to-earth no-nonsense style has captured the enthusiasm of our entire team - from the most junior newcomer to our highly seasoned professionals.  She holds their interest, piques their imaginations and makes them think about possibilities they had not previously considered.  She has provided invaluable one-on-one coaching to our principal team and has made significant strides in making us all more productive, more efficient and more aware of being the best we can be.  I am more than pleased to offer Carolyn my highest recommendation and would be happy to make myself available for any other questions or additional information."

Lori Maher McCombs, Executive Director Missouri State Council of SHRM

"Carolyn J. Rivera was a keynote speaker at our SHRM MO Conference.  In addition, she conducted a pre-conference workshop, You, Inc., an action plan to succeed.  In both instances, she was able to share her ideas in a way that captured the attention of her audience right from the start.  Carolyn was so easy to work with and she tailored her material to meet our specific needs.  Her presentations were both dynamic and engaging.  Below are just a few of the positive remarks in reference to her presentations. Carolyn Rivera: "Great Inspirational Speaker", "Amazing, the best speaker I have heard in years", "FANTASTIC choice for our statewide event”,  " Extremely Motivational", "Inspiring”,  I really enjoyed Carolyn's time with us in both her workshop and her keynote speech”, "Enjoyed her enthusiasm and how she used her experience to excel on Survivor”.  Carolyn is definitely a speaker that I would book again for another event!"

Lilly Trainor, Assistant Vice President, Village Bank

   

"Carolyn is an excellent facilitator in the topics of Management and Leadership.  She has a great speaking presence.  She maintains a fun and enthusiastic approach in conveying her message, while keeping her audience engaged with relevant examples and activities to reinforce the topic at hand.  We found the training Carolyn provided to be very valuable.  Her well structured courses have given us many practical techniques that we can use to enhance our workplace."

Judy Mavrakes, Director Learning & Development Vonage

“I've worked with Carolyn for over (10) years. As my career grew, her leadership was critical through the milestones of my growth. She has led large organizations as well as small; ranging from 5 to 250+, most importantly with results. She has more energy than anyone I've ever worked with and would recommend her for any leadership workshop, forum, coaching, interventions or development programs.” 

Alyssa Young, Travel Administrator, Citrix Systems

“I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your outstanding presentation at our GBTA South Florida meeting. You were simply fantastic, funny and motivating. We’ve received amazing feedback about you and I just wanted to share. Your name was definitely circulating after you left and I was giving out your information to everyone! They loved the way you tied in your experience on “Survivor” to the business world. The other feedback they loved was the 3 step process you talked about to achieving your goals. You really made an impact at our meeting. Thank You!”

Scott Arnold, Manager Facilities Corporate Properties Engineering

“Carolyn thank you for the time you spent this morning with my team at Orlando Health. It was fantastic- and our teams could not stop talking about you. They were all truly engaged in your story and your enthusiasm created such an effect on all those who were present. You definitely were the highlight of the meeting. Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you again soon."


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Lisa Bertin-Queena, Owner of Video Queen Productions LLC

“Carolyn has met and significantly exceeded our expectations.  Her down-to-earth no-nonsense style has captured the enthusiasm of our entire team - from the most junior newcomer to our highly seasoned professionals.  She holds their interest, piques their imaginations and makes them think about possibilities they had not previously considered.  She has provided invaluable one-on-one coaching to our principal team and has made significant strides in making us all more productive, more efficient and more aware of being the best we can be.  I am more than pleased to offer Carolyn my highest recommendation and would be happy to make myself available for any other questions or additional information."

Don Ward, President CEOCLUBS Florida State Chapter

“CEOCLUBS FLORIDA was honored to serve up a dose of Carolyn Rivera recently and it was exactly what most said they needed.  Once you start to understand all that she over came and the actual dynamics of the show she starred in on the CBS show Survivor Season 30 Worlds Apart.... WOW  Anyone can survive in life or in business, but it is another thing to overcome survival and Carolyn overcame every type of thing in the jungle that every CEO who has gone from "no mentum" to "Mo Mentum" has had to.  The life lessons she made  related her 39 days on a desert island very real (survival of the fittest).  They were so well meshed into the process of birthing and then hyper growing a company.  She had everyone engaged, at times enthralled, encouraged and motivated.  The lessons were the Bonus, her message would be on point in any Boardroom or Industry Trade show I can think of.  We truly hope to have her back again.  The choice is hers, not ours.  We've already said... YES”

  

Dinah King,

  


“Carolyn is dynamic, powerful and fun. I had the opportunity to listen ot her keynote speech at the IFMA Orlando conference. I walked away inspired and with actions to take immediately to achieve my goals. She links her time on the reality show “Survivor” to real life situations that we can all relate to. I highly recommend Carolyn J Rivera for any event.”

Sherrie Meyer-Wagner

“Carolyn is an awesome person inside and out! I have been her friend since we were about 12 years old. She hasn’t changed a bit! She is down to earth, funny, positive, strong, hard-working, friendly, fair and so much more. Anyone would love her and glean from so many of her life experiences!”

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