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Marci is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the NSA MN Chapter.



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Speaking Topics

Leadership/Motivational & Inspirational/Life Balance (PDF)

Audience: Business conferences, Women’s Leadership conferences, Colleges and Universities, Life Balance, Latina Women Leaders, Working Women, Immigrant Women

Leadership & Negotiation Skills for the Workplace (Keynote and Webinar)

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.

A Passion for Women in Leadership (Keynote)

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.

Know Your Value (Keynote)

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.

Mentoring Relationships: How Having a Mentor and Being a Mentor Helps You Succeed in Your Career (Keynote and Workshop)

This workshop is a combination of Marci’s inspirational stories of being a mentor as well as a mentee and tips you can use in your journey to succeed as a mentor and mentee. She shares how by being both during the course of her life has helped her succeed in her career as well as in her personal life. Marci shares about the traits of successful mentors, keys to becoming a successful mentor, the concept of reverse mentoring, and traits of a successful mentee. Marci also works with the participants to identify what type of mentor they may be looking for during this time in their careers, how to choose the right mentor, and how to be a successful mentor and mentee. You will walk away inspired and encouraged to change someone’s life by mentoring them and also encouraged to seek the ideal mentor for you.

Business & Banking (PDF)

Audience: All bankers, Next Generation Bankers (young bankers getting into leadership roles), Risk Management officers

Maximize Your Life Story: Leadership Lessons Learned (Keynote)

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 encourages her audience to not give up the fight and stay in the game. In this talk, Marci will share about her experiences and major life events that shaped her into the person she is today. 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. Marci will share leadership lessons learned through her life and you will walk away inspired to share and maximize your life story. 

Leading by Maximizing Talent (Keynote)

Successful leaders surround themselves with talented individuals that complement their own talents and strengths. From the employee perspective, Marci encourages you to discover your talents 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.

You Are the Future of Banking: Making Connections throughout Your Journey is Key to Your Success (Keynote and Workshop)

Understanding how a financial institution is ran as a business is crucial for the success of young bankers who are the future leaders. Preparing as you gain experience, including making valuable connections along the way, will propel you and equip you to either run a successful institution in the future or be part of one. In this interactive workshop, Marci describes how the various areas of the institution are related, their effect on the bottom line, and how they all integrate into the institution’s overall Strategic Plan.

A Career in Banking? It Could Happen to You! (Keynote for High School and College Students)

In this inspirational keynote, 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 the different paths you can take. It is an honorable and fun career to have, full of learning and challenging opportunities. If you are a young banker just starting out or are still in college going for a finance degree and are trying to figure out what career to choose, this presentation is for you.

Creating the Right Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Program for YOUR Financial Institution (Webinar and Workshop)

Risk Management is at the heart of banking and every bank has to have processes, policies, and procedures in place in order to assess and manage the risks on their balance sheet. Marci shares the fundamental pieces of the ERM puzzle, how they relate to each other, and how to integrate your ERM program into your Strategic Plan. Having built an ERM program for a community bank from scratch, Marci describes the various components of a strong ERM program. In this educational session, you will learn how to put your program together using all the parts you already have in your institution. Marci shares how you can make the process fun and how your team will become closer as they work together with the common goal of protecting the institution’s assets.

Developing a Strong Enterprise-Wide Risk Assessment for your ERM Program (Webinar)

Financial Institutions provide great value to the American economy. But that value comes with risks. Strategic-minded institutions do not strive to eliminate risk or even to minimize it – they strive to manage risk at the enterprise-wide level. These enterprises seek to manage risk exposure so that, at any given time, they incur just enough of the right kind of risk—no more, no less—to effectively pursue their strategic goals. This is referred to as “Optimal Risk-Taking.” This webinar will take you through a step-by-step process to develop Risk Assessments to address key areas of your institution. The presenter will share her experience in developing an enterprise-wide process to conduct Risk Assessments in a practical, sustainable, and easy way to understand. You will walk away with practical tools and examples you can implement in your organization immediately.

Three Key Risk Assessments in Your ERM Program – ERM, IT, and Internal Controls (Webinar)

This webinar will first take you through a basic review of what is ERM and the basic steps to develop strong Risk Assessments to address key areas of your institution. Then the presenter will specifically focus on three key Risk Assessments you must have as critical components of your ERM Program: the Enterprise Risk Management Risk Assessment, Information Technology Risk Assessment, and the Internal Controls Risk Assessment. You will walk away with practical tools and examples you can implement in your organization immediately.

This webinar is for participants who have a basic foundational knowledge of Enterprise Risk Management and are looking for specific examples on how to complete these three important Risk Assessments.

Vendor Management Program – How Model Risk Fits In (Webinar)

With financial institutions increasingly relying on third-party providers to offer their products and services comes increased risk. Starting with the core system, should you outsource it or keep it in-house? And following with the rest of all the banking products you offer to your business clients or members that depend on technology, how in depth should your due diligence be? In this educational session, the presenter provides best practices based on the FFIEC IT Examination Handbook to help you develop a simple yet comprehensive Vendor Management Program.

In addition, along with Vendor Management, which includes all the third-party providers of systems and software, comes yet another risk—Model Risk. The presenter will explain step by step the OCC SR Letter 11-7 following their guidance on Model Risk Management. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of where Vendor Management and Model Risk Management fit it within your ERM program.

Strategic Planning for Financial Institutions: It’s All about Your Strategy! (Webinar and Workshop)

Your institution is unique. And so should your Strategic Plan be. What is your vision for the future of your institution? Do your employees know your vision, and can they articulate it? Does the culture and brand of your institution (everything from your electronic signature on your emails to the look of your lobby) reflect the vision of where your institution wants to go? Do you know your risks—the risks that are unique to your institution? Do you have the right people, and are they in the right places to fulfill your institution’s vision?

You will walk away with tools and ideas to: Integrate your Enterprise Risk Management and Talent Management Programs into your Strategic Plan, and how to ensure your Strategic Plan doesn’t sit on the shelf and gets implemented.

Key Components and Strategies for a Successful Talent Management Program (Webinar and Workshop)

Every company, regardless of industry, is trying to figure out how to attract and retain excellent talent. Every organization is also striving to achieve their goals and fulfill their vision described in their strategic plan. But how do you achieve both goals—attracting and retaining talent while achieving your goals and fulfilling your vision? Marci Malzahn gives you strategies and tips on how to integrate your Talent Management Program with your company’s Strategic Plan.

In this interactive session you will learn about Marci’s biggest accomplishment in her career as a manager, her management tips so you don’t lose your top talent, and how to establish a Talent Management Program, which would in turn be integrated to your Strategic Plan. You will walk away with tips and ideas you can implement in your workplace immediately.

Cash Management: How Sales, Operations, and Technology Can Work Together to Generate More Fee Income (Webinar and Workshop)

During this one-day seminar, you will gain a more in-depth knowledge of Cash Management (aka Treasury Management) products and services. You will learn about all the Cash Management products and services available in the marketplace, identify the products and services your financial institution currently offers, what you’re missing, and come up with strategies to implement and offer the right products and services for your institution. You will also learn the “behind the scenes” on the most important products and how they interact with technology.

After attending this one-day workshop, you will walk away with a deeper knowledge of Cash Management, gain ideas from the other participants on how to implement the products and services your clients expect you to offer, conduct a risk assessment on any new products, and bring back ideas to your institution on how to market Cash Management products and services to your business account holders. In addition, your team will also work better together knowing how critical each area is to the success of the implementation and sale of these products and services.

Faith-based Living/Faith in the Workplace (PDF)

Audience: Christian Business Leaders, Faith in the Workplace Conferences, Christian Women Business Leaders Conferences

The Fire Within – Connect Your Gifts with Your Calling (Keynote)
In this inspiring talk, Marci shares why she wrote her book, The Fire Within - Connect Your Gifts with Your Calling. In her own words, “I found my life’s purpose. And I want to help you find yours. Helping others is the bottom line, regardless of the specific calling. I firmly believe that we are all called on by God to help others, but we each have to find our own niche.”

Marci will share three key reasons from her book that will help you find your own purpose in life:

The Gifts among Us
In the business world, successful leaders surround themselves with talented individuals that complement their own talents and strengths. We, as Christians, should do the same so we can, together, accomplish our work for the Kingdom of God. Marci shares about the different gifts that God gave to each one of us—natural talents as well as spiritual gifts. Marci will inspire you to discover your own gifts, polish them, and use them further the Kingdom of God by helping others.

Climb Your Own Mountain
During our life’s journey, we will have many mountains to climb. It is important to recognize which mountains are yours and which are not. Just as mountain climbers need to prepare physically and mentally in order to achieve their goal of climbing a mountain, we need to prepare mentally and spiritually to climb the mountains in our lives. Marci shares how her faith and spiritual preparation has helped her climb several challenging mountains successfully throughout her life. This inspirational talk will encourage you to choose your path, choose who you follow, and climb your own mountain.

What Will Your Legacy Be?
Marci believes that “we all leave a legacy, whether we intend to or not. Just as we influence people during the course of our lives, and that influence can be positive or negative, we leave a legacy that will be remembered in a positive or negative way… Our legacy when we are alive is our reputation.” We have a choice in creating our legacy. What will your legacy be?

Maximize Your Life Story: Leadership Lessons Learned (Keynote)
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

Follow Your Heart and Finish Your Race! (Keynote)

We all have dreams and desires that come from our hearts. We also have a calling and a mission to fulfill while we’re here on earth. In this talk, Marci focuses on three key ingredients to finish your race: preparation, passion, and persistence. Marci encourages you to find those dreams, follow your heart, and finish the race that God has set before you so when you get to heaven, you can hear God tell you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”

Other Faith Based Leadership topics:

·         Traits of a Leader. Traits of a Follower. (geared toward up and coming leaders and young workers) (Keynote)