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Marcia Malzahn

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Inspirational Story, Bank Executive, Entrepreneur, Author
Her engaging stories of perseverance, leadership, and training the next generation of leaders will inspire your attendees to take action and conquer their challenges.

Fee Range: $10,000 and Below

Marcia shares her amazing story of survival and business success as a first-generation immigrant. At the early age of six, she survived an earthquake and at age thirteen a civil war in her native country of Nicaragua. Her family fled to the Dominican Republic where she survived yet another natural disaster when the hurricane of the century, David, leveled the Caribbean island in August, 1979. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1986 where she began her career in banking as a teller and rose to the level of Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and later as Chief Risk Officer of a bank she helped start in 2005. In 2014, Marcia founded Malzahn Strategic, a community bank consultancy focused on strategic planning, enterprise risk management, and talent management to help community banks strengthen their infrastructure.

Marcia is available for both onsite, in person, bookings or remote video conferences if you have decided to make your conference virtual this year. Her studios are equipped with high quality video and audio production equipment, gigabit Internet connectivity and can accommodate your remote production needs.

Malzahn is a published author of four books, and an international motivational bilingual (English and Spanish) speaker. She speaks frequently at leadership conferences and association conferences in the Community Banking, Credit Union, Financial Services, and Insurance industries.
Her mission as a speaker is to inspire and educate. If you are looking for someone to inspire your attendees and encourage them to be the best they can be, Inspirational Keynote Marcia Malzahn is your speaker!
Speech Titles and Descriptions:

Don’t Give Up on Banking!
You’ll hear an inspirational story of an immigrant who started a community bank and helped it grow to over $300 million in assets in less than ten years. Marci led her team to establish a solid foundation and operational infrastructure to ensure the rapid growth and success of the bank. Marci encourages community bankers to not give up the fight, but stay in the game. She shares ways for you to not only survive these challenging times but to also thrive and compete with the large banks. Marci also shares how integrating your Enterprise Risk Management and Talent Management Programs into your Strategic Plan will give you a foundation for success, and ultimately for increased shareholder value.

You Are the Future of Banking: Making Connections throughout Your Journey is Key to Your Success
Understanding how a bank is operated as a business is crucial for the success of young bankers who are the future leaders. Gaining experience, including making valuable connections along the way, will equip you to either run a successful bank in the future, or be part of one. In this interactive workshop, Marci describes how the various areas of the bank are related, their effect on the bottom line, and how they all integrate into the bank’s overall Strategic Plan.

A Career in Banking? It Could Happen to You!
As a result of the recent financial crisis, banking has experienced challenges to its reputation. Marci shares her experience as a banker who started at the bottom of the ladder and climbed to the executive roles. She inspires her audience to pursue banking as a career and explores the many disciplines within the field. It is an honorable and fun career, full of learning and exciting opportunities. If you are a young banker just starting out, or still in college going for a finance degree and are trying to figure out what career to choose, this presentation is for you.

Maximize Your Life Story
The struggles and successes we experience throughout our lives are not just for us to learn from but for us to share them with others. In this talk, Marci will share about her own experiences and major life events that shaped her into the person she is today. She will inspire you to, not only reflect on what you’ve learned during your life, but to share your life with others. Marci will share leadership lessons learned through her life and you will walk away inspired to share and maximize your own life story.

Leading by Maximizing Talents
Successful leaders surround themselves with talented individuals that complement their own talents and strengths. From the employee perspective, Marci encourages you to discover your gifts and use them in the workplace and outside by creating opportunities for yourself. From the employer perspective, Marci shares tips on how to discover and develop your employees’ talents to use them in the workplace and maximize their potential. Marci shares about her personal journey of discovering her gifts and how she helped her employees discover their talents to become the best they could be.

A Passion for Women in Leadership
We need strong women leaders. During this talk, Marci shares her successes and struggles as she navigated through the business world in America, not only as an immigrant but as a woman leader. She shares why she’s so passionate about helping other women leaders succeed. Marci encourages her audience to take the leadership role seriously and inspire you to be all you can be with what you’ve been given.


Leadership & Negotiation Tips for the Workplace
Leadership skills are critical to lead your own career; to lead others to greatness and to leave what’s “comfortable and safe” to move to new territory and adventure for yourself to flourish. Along with leadership comes courage…the courage to do all those things, plus negotiate for yourself in the workplace. During this interactive workshop, you will discover negotiation strategies that will lead to success and influence in your job. These skills can also easily transfer to other areas of your life. You DO have choices! You will walk away with tips on how to: strategically ask for what you want; prioritize what you want before asking; be clear as to why you want/need what you are asking for; and successfully close a negotiation.

Know Your Value
In this inspirational talk Marci shares with her audience about the importance for people at all levels to know how valuable they are. Marci explores five key areas to encourage her audience to Know Their Value as an employee, as a volunteer, as an employer, as a leader, and as a person. This presentation is an interactive workshop where the attendees will have an opportunity to discover and share their gifts and talents with others, explore ways to use their gifts in the workplace and in the community, and be reminded of how valuable they each are.

After listening to Marci’s stories and participating in the workshop, whether you are male or female, whether you work for pay or as a volunteer, you will walk away encouraged to discover and share your gifts and talents. She will motivate you to use your talents to help others, and ultimately, inspire you to pursue your calling in life, knowing how valuable you are.

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