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Sarah McVanel

Recognition & Workplace Motivational Expert


Sarah McVanel, CSP (certified speaking professional) is passionate about guiding people to discover their own greatness, and recognize the greatness in others. In her curated, customized talks, she offers the evidence that backs up how recognizing greatness is a fundamental key to improving morale, increasing top talent retention, and generating a positive corporate culture – all of which lead to sustained business success and a stronger bottom line.

The author of Forever Recognize Others Greatness: Solution Focused Strategies to Satisfied Staff, High Performing Teams and Healthy Bottom Lines, Sarah has excelled in the field of organizational development, training, and communications for over 15 years. Additionally, she holds a Master’s Degree in family therapy and research, as well as an Honours BA in Psychology.

Sarah has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including healthcare at a senior leadership level. She has overseen functions including training & development, organizational development, library series, public relations, change leadership, government relations, integration and community partnerships.

With clients including Resorts of Ontario, Horizon Utilities, Compass Group, and the Spark Women’s Leadership Conference, Sarah’s talks are perfect for everyone from teams struggling with low engagement to organizations experiencing high turnover.

Whatever the challenges we face, Sarah shows audiences that when we discover our true potential and ignite enthusiasm for what we do, we will bring growth not only to ourselves, but to our workplaces as well.

Topics & Categories
  • Business Management & Strategy
  • Communication
  • Corporate Culture
  • Difficult People
  • Employee Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Generational Issues
  • Health & Wellness
  • Human Resources & Workplace Culture
  • Leadership
  • Morale Boosting
  • Motivational
  • Performance & Productivity
  • Resiliency
  • Stress Management
  • Team-Work & Collaboration
  • Trainers
  • Virtual Presentations
  • Women of Influence
  • Work-Life Balance

*Virtual Presentations*

Recognition in a Virtual World:
Fuel Trust, Connection & Resiliency Through Challenges & Change +

Recognition is one of the most effective, accessible and cost-effective ways to fuel healthy working relationships, trust and collaboration. Now, more than ever, we need to show how much we value each other (not to mention all the unsung heroes in the community helping us through the pandemic). How do you do this when you have minimal time, limited energy, and even less face-to-face contact? How do you express gratitude when typical recognition forums and systems for communication have changed? How do you find the energy to appreciate when you are overwhelmed yourself? Learn from Sarah McVanel – Canada’s Recognition Expert – and from your peers - about the multitude of manageable and effective ways to recognize virtually and remain more resilient in the process.

Why This Session is Ideal in the Virtual Realm:

  • Virtual keynotes bring the best of breakout sessions and keynotes to make this facilitated experience highly interactive, relevant and adaptable
  • Interact with your peeps from other organizations/divisions about what works for them and how they are keeping morale high
  • Engage in real-time feedback with a Recognition Expert to have your questions answered
  • Build on ideas provided in virtual breakout rooms and the core presentation so you can immediately implement what you learn
  • The technology allows all to stay engaged, present and energized through a highly participant-centric approach

Who This Session Is Ideal For:

  • Staff, supervisors and other client-facing or technical experts
  • Middle managers and directors
  • Organizations and associations with a strong focus on healthy culture, retention and morale --

Your Customer Retention Superpower: Recognition +

How do you retain, delight, and exceed the expectations of your clients when it seems like the bar is always being raised? How do you do this during a time when so much has changed in your businesses and your clients are more impacted than ever? And how do you bring your team along with you to fuel this exceptional customer experience?

It is simpler than it seems. There is one often overlooked yet powerful strategy that every person in this session can execute on, regardless of tenure or role: recognition. Every client you work with needs to feel heard, valued and appreciated (it is a basic human need sadly lacking in our “comparatist” society), and you can be the one that demonstrates how important they are in simple yet powerful ways. In this session, you will learn specific proven strategies to hardwire recognition into your customer experience approach to delight current clients, boost loyalty and increase referrals. --

Additional Presentations:

The Frog Factor: The Secret to Attracting & Retaining World-Class Talent +

Energize yourself and your workplace through this fun, informative and inspirational session. Get ready to turn your notions about recognition on their head by exploring it through a powerful solution focused lens. A proven process for self, team and organizational recognition, F.R.O.G. Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness, invites you to identify key ways you can begin to shift your organizational culture right away. By the end of this session, you will be ready to trial easy, inexpensive and proven techniques for recognizing others in your workplace that support meaningful connection and lasting change. Let’s focus on the strategic language, business case and human case for recognition that will convince, inspire and influence decision makers. Whether you’re burnt out or energized, in a boom or bust economy, you can’t afford NOT to recognize…starting now!

The audience will leave with:

  • An effective “catchy” way to elevate individual, team, and organizational performance
  • The strategic language and business case to position engagement as the key driver of business success
  • Tools to immediately impact healthy culture through leading practice recognition strategies
  • A clear understanding of their role in creating healthy work cultures and strong relationships
  • The next step to resuscitate healthy organizational culture

This program is perfect for:

  • Middle managers and executives
  • Associations serving human resources, organizational development, change, training and essential “back-office” professionals
  • Teams struggling with low engagement
  • Organizations experiencing high turnover & low engagement --

Living & Leveraging Your Greatness +

Are you able to use your talents, passions and virtues every day? Are they valued? Are you energized? Are you elevating every day to your potential? Doubt is not an option here; operating from a place of greatness fuels yours and others’ success. Don’t accept the alternative: disbelief, gossip, distraction, discomfort. Harness the present today, and find out what is possible for you. Through Sarah’s humourous and inspirational stories of people who have stared doubt in the face and rejected it, you will see how making a choice to stand for greatness enables you to elevate thousands, ultimately realizing your goals in life and business. Get ready to step in to your greatness and elevate everyone around you!

The audience will leave with:

  • Clarity of the three barriers standing in the way of realizing your greatness goals
  • At least one juicy goal that will accelerate your success in life and business
  • Movement toward continually achieving satisfaction and resiliency
  • Tools and strategies to elevate performance in both professional and personal realms

This program is perfect for:

  • Staff and middle manager groups
  • Conferences focused on advancing women in leadership, caregivers, support professionals, and post-secondary students
  • Associations in the caring profession or those undergoing transformational change
  • Human resources, organizational development, and training professionals
    Educators, career counsellors and therapists --

The FLIP Side of Failing: Your Gateway to Success and Satisfaction +

Failure isn't something we like to talk about, let alone experience. We play it safe. We contain our expectations. We hide it and wonder "what's wrong with me?" or "what's wrong with this place?" What if, instead, we could ACCEPT failure as an inevitable, undeniable reality, and by doing so, build failure-resiliency in our organizations? Through powerful stories of greatness - from Everest Climbers to 3M Scholars, from award-winning Journalists to Olympians - learn how failure was their gateway to success. And how these transferrable lessons can be for your company culture. In this energizing and entertaining presentation (with a few fun twists), you will awaken possibilities, deepen connections, and improve individual and organizational performance by seeing greatness in a while new light.

The audience will leave with:

  • The most important questions that accelerate learning from failures
  • A model for resiliency that bolsters wellbeing, performance and connections
  • The framework to share, explore and leverage the inevitable failures that happen every day

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Middle managers and senior leaders
  • Teams committed to continuous improvement
  • Organizations struggling with employee engagement, job satisfaction and innovation
  • Industries with high error rates (e.g., healthcare, tech) and turnover --

The Exponential Power of Recognition: Love Your Job & Reject Burnout! +

What would you do if you had a tool that cost virtually nothing, takes almost no time, and is guaranteed to boost your job satisfaction and reduce burnout? And what if I told you you’ve used it, know about it, and even like it? In this session you will get purposeful about leveraging one of the most effective approaches to boosting job satisfaction, healthy team relationships, and celebration of what’s working in your workplace – recognition – through F.R.O.G. Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness. Let’s deal with the common roadblocks to organizational health and recognition so you can spot them, intervene effectively and help others to keep an eye on cultural wellness along with you. Let’s explore proven organizational life saving strategies that you can begin to use them immediately! Don’t suffer with burnout or miss the opportunity to celebrate your team’s awesomeness! Join the job engagement revolution and love your work!

The audience will leave with:

  • Renewed energy and levity
  • Tools to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue through recognition of self and others
  • A sharpened focus on what’s working to celebrate successes & strengths
  • The next step to resuscitate healthy team culture

This program is perfect for:

  • Staff and middle managers
  • Organizations and associations in the healthcare, not-for-profit and service sectors
  • Individuals at risk of or experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Teams celebrating a milestone, recognition week or project success --

The Greatness Roadmap: How to Set & Reach Goals in Life & Business +

Whether you’re 20 or 70, are you living your greatness life? Your highest purpose? With passion every day? Get ready for exploration, intention setting and life energizing focus where you will:

  • Recognize your unique greatness – reflect on how are you already using it and can leverage it further
  • Stop behaviours standing in your way – understand what your ideal day looks like and create that reality
  • Look at your life holistically – consider what’s in balance, what’s not and what needs to shift
  • Set your 5-year roadmap – leverage the trifecta of your strengths, your passions and your best profitability path

The audience will leave with:

  • An accelerated path to achieve their unique 5-year plan
  • A clear sense of priorities – what to say “no” to and what to say “yes” to
  • Renewed energy, resiliency, and excitement in personal and professional realms
  • A sharpened focus of their unique talents, passions & virtues they refuse to stifle!

This program is perfect for:

  • Individuals considering or making a life or career transition
  • Conferences focused on advancing women in leadership, entrepreneurs, small business owners and professionals
  • Professionals looking to accelerate business growth and improve quality of work-life
  • Educators, career counsellors and caregivers  --

Collaboration in Action: Solution Focused Leadership +

Sick of people talking about dynamic issues as “problems”, pointing fingers, casting blame and fixating on things they can’t control? You can help them shift focus to a solution focused approach, awakening their creativity, adaptability, resourcefulness, commitment and productivity. Get ready to explore how to use a solution focused leadership approach to support highly functioning, healthy and enjoyable working relationships that produce results. You will leave with ideas, practical strategies and a clear intention to put these effective, empowering and accountability-oriented practices immediately into place. Your colleagues and staff will thank you for attending!

The audience will leave with:

  • Shift from fire-fighting to collaborative solution finding with staff
  • A toolkit bursting with strategies to help employees find their own solution versus solve employees’ problems
  • Resiliency and energy to lead through time of change and challenge
  • Heightened self-awareness and a plan for successful implementation of relevant strategies

This program is perfect for:

  • Middle and senior leaders
  • Emerging leaders and top talent
  • Teams and organizations managing significant change and transition
  • Leaders ready to get out of telling/firefighting mode and into empowering/accountability mode
  • Organizations looking to be more solution-focused versus problem-centric --

The Age of the Womanpreneur: Why Women Win in the New Economy +

As women we can get caught up in the barriers to entrepreneurship. We already bumped against that glass ceiling in corporate so many times we’ve got a headache, then on top of that women are less likely to get a loan, charge as much as men, or grow as quickly. But what if we other things going for us, things that could catapult our success if we fully leveraged them? Research shows people are more likely to open an email from a woman than a man (and we can’t sell to them if they don’t read the email!) We’ve been told since birth we need to care and nurture, and goodness knows our customers in our fast-paced, attention-deficit, digitally obsessed world are starved for authentic human connection. Plus, we’re more likely to recognize our staff and retain top talent in our current talent shortage. Imagine if we never let self doubt or perfectionism or external roadblocks set us off our path. Let Sarah, corporate survivor and now international speaker, business coach and mom of two teens share how you can leverage the best about being a womanpreneur, letting your womanhood actually be your superpower! --

Sarah McVanel is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, speaking fees, Sarah McVanel's speaking schedule & hiring Sarah McVanel contact us.

Keywords: Recognition Expert, Recognizing Greatness, Motivational Inspirational Speaker, Employee Engagement, Employee Morale, Leadership, Business Management, Business Strategy, Team Building, Team Work & Collaboration, Learning & Development, Communication, Corporate Culture, Entreprenurial, Event Host, Event MC, Corporate Trainer, Facilitator, Human Resources, Workplace Culture, Generational Issues, Health & Wellness, Talent Retention, Performance & Productivity, Employee Reward & Recognition speaker, Generational, Diversity & Inclusion,

What Clients are Saying

I have hired Sarah in every organization I have worked for. She has a unique ability to resonate with all participants, create momentum, and move people into action with passion and purpose. As a speaker, facilitator, and coach, she helps leaders become clear on how to leverage their top talent and create plans that result in healthier teams and bottom lines. Sarah’s ability to get results, shift mindsets and fuel healthy cultures is second to none. I highly recommend Sarah and her organization Greatness Magnified.

–Compass Group


I have hired Sarah in every organization I have worked for. She has a unique ability to resonate with all participants, create momentum, and move people into action with passion and purpose. As a speaker, facilitator, and coach, she helps leaders become clear on how to leverage their top talent and create plans that result in healthier teams and bottom lines. Sarah’s ability to get results, shift mindsets and fuel healthy cultures is second to none. I highly recommend Sarah and her organization Greatness Magnified.

–Compass Group

Sarah McVanel is a rare, one-of-a-kind “Greatness Trigger”. Using an array of techniques and instruments, she helps organizations to achieve results far beyond what they imagined to be possible. Sarah is gifted at rapidly identifying and enabling the greatness dormant in her clients. Her process is rigorous, and she works hard to assess and identify their potential, working through the layers of values, culture (corporate and individual) and organizational structure

–TD Canada Trust

I had the great fortune of working with Sarah on our senior leadership team for several years. Sarah was instrumental in optimizing the performance of our team by keeping communication honest and effectual, and always aimed at our strategic goals. Sarah is a dynamic, fun, and effective facilitator and community engager. In the development of our strategic plans, Sarah was a main driver – right from the initial stakeholder consultations, through brainstorming, and up to final submission. She was outstanding at this.

–Province of Ontario


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