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Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman in Congress
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"Thank you so much for your time spent with us at Summit! During this time, you truly modeled for us time and time again how to embody every characteristic of exemplary leadership. Thank you for coaching us to be people of impact who understand that “okay is not okay.” You taught us that while “okay is comfortable, it’s not thrilling. It’s not passion. It’s not life-changing, fulfilling, and unforgettable.”
"I have worked with Cicely for nearly a decade and have come to recognize her as a seasoned policy expert. In my experience she has served as a sought-out speaker providing her expertise and insights into federal, state and local government affairs. She is particularly well versed in the area of food policy and has previously spoke at restaurant nutrition events at my request receiving high remarks from participants."
"Cicely Simpson offers a unique and fresh approach to the major issues facing corporate and political America today. Her presentations combine a warmth for her audience with a personal charisma that captivates audiences with her honest and relatable stories of overcoming racial and gender barriers through principle centered decisions. Cicely's insights into servant leadership, building trust and forging open and honest communication resonate with aspiring professionals of every age--and show that things can be done right even in the highest levels of Washington politics and the board rooms of some of America's most successful corporations. Cicely will leave you longing for more and will empower individuals to reinvest in making things better right where they are!"
"Cicely and I have worked together for years, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her present on many occasions to a wide variety of audiences. Her extensive knowledge and leadership in the area of public affairs and policy at a variety of governmental levels made her a must-see speaker on every agenda. She has a natural style that is at the same time genuine, laid back, and professional; all while having command of the room. Cicely weaves storytelling with data and informed opinion on the topic at hand, using conversations and situations to bring points home and make them relatable. Her presentations engage the audience, elicit thoughtful questions, and leave you with pertinent takeaways. I highly recommend her as a speaker for your next engagement."
"Cicely stands out as one of the sharpest strategic thinkers I’ve encountered in Washington. Not only does she understand the nuances that go into political decision-making, she can clearly explain this interplay to audiences at all levels of sophistication. Whether guiding a Washington neophyte through their first day on Capitol Hill or coaching a C-suite executive in advance of a grilling by Congress, Cicely’s confidence, poise and expertise will yield a positive experience, and results. Benefitting from working for a moderate Member on Capitol Hill and with years of private sector experience, Cicely has no hidden political agenda so audiences can have faith in her candor. I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to have her meet with or present to my clients."
"Cicely Simpson has an amazing ability to take deeply complicated policy and political issues and distill them into dynamic and digestible ideas that further the conversation. During her appearance at the Brookings Institution panel on wage growth, her confidence, command of the subject and keen sense of humor made the discussion both interesting and informative for the audience."
"I have known Cicely Simpson for many years. I have had the opportunity to see her speak on several occasions, before various groups of professionals. Cicely is extremely knowledgeable, very engaging, and an outstanding presenter. She is always very well prepared, and presents her topics succinctly and in a straightforward manner. It is without hesitation that I recommend Cicely to be a speaker for your organization."
"Cicely Simpson was the keynote speaker for Lipscomb University's Leadership Summit - a weeklong experiential learning intensive for 120+ graduating juniors and seniors. College students can be an intimidating audience, especially our Summit group that included Bio Chemistry, Engineering, Business, Accounting and Social Work majors! As the favorite Summit speaker, Ms. Simpson delivered in spades. Her passionate and humble style quickly won over even the most skeptical academics. I highly recommend Ms. Simpson to any group that values authenticity and passion, delivered with humility, clarity, and relevancy."
"I have known and seen Cicely to be a wonderfully accomplished woman and certainly aspirational for me. I was at a place in my career where I wanted to be sure that what I was doing was right for where I wanted to be. I found her to be very empathetic and almost nurturing in the ways that she works. She has helped me to be able to pinpoint my unique place of value as opposed to being very general. She has not had a prescribed path that she thinks each person should be on. Instead, she has been very authentic and tailored, helping me to think through what, in fact, that it is that I actually want. She has a gift of finding in each person the skills that they particularly have, and then helping you to see how you can put those forward to other people."
"I love Cicely! She has not only become a mentor for me, she's become a friend. She is a no nonsense person. Cicely will challenge you. She will confirm your strengths and she will provide you resources and tools to develop the areas that she feels that there are opportunities. Her energy, her experiences and just her attitude really connected with me and my interest and wanted to reach out to her to continue to challenge myself and develop my career and to hopefully a new journey. The one spark that she has brought to light for me is I have been undervaluing myself in my work. Her career experiences, her journeys of what she's done, the different industry sectors that she has served, and again help you think about not only who you are, but what you are and want to be."
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