Hire Kay as a Speaker
Kay is a spark. A spark for deeper strategic thinking about your business and its future. A spark for stronger leadership commitment to change. A spark for business model innovation. A spark for long-term growth.
Business keynote speaker Kay Plantes will shake up leaders’ thinking and mark your meeting as the starting point for needed change. Invite Kay to be your next corporate speaker and you will experience a transformative presentation that serves as a catalyst for building stronger businesses and leaders.
With Kay as your business keynote speaker, your meeting will become a pivotal turning point in:
- Successful innovation within your company
- Your growth strategy
- Your leaders’ ability to make smart strategy decisions
- Escaping price-driven competition, and
- Transforming your customers’ experience.
Hire Kay as your next keynote speaker and get a talk tailored to the context of your business, with fresh, actionable insights about innovation, growth, strategy and leadership.
Who is Kay Plantes?
In addition to being a Business Model Innovation and Strategy Expert, Kay is an
- MIT-trained economist
- Author, “Beyond Price: Differentiate Your Business in Ways that Really Matter”
- Educator at college, graduate school and executive education levels
- 25-year career as business strategist
- Columnist/blogger reporting on business model innovation
- Executive management coach and consultant
Kay’s broad experience means that she probably has worked in your industry. Here are some of her most recent speaking engagements with leaders:
ULINE (marketing/merchandising groups and company-wide talks),
Great Northern Corporation (leadership and board)
WTN's Fusion 2012 (IT leaders)
3M (marketing and technology leaders)
Chamber and media-sponsored business expos
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Milwaukee Biz Times “Annual CEO Strategies Breakfast”
Swedish Marketing Federation
Chicago Tool and Manufacturing Association Alliance of Area Business Publications (includes Crain's, LA Business Journal, etc.)
Vistage speaker on "Decision Making in Uncertain Economic Times" and "If you can't be your industry's Walmart, avoid becoming its Sears"
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence
University of Wisconsin Business School Family Business Center
First Business Bank
Neider & Boucher, S.C.
“Kay did a terrific job capturing the current state of our culture and our marketing message, and then creating a case for change in light of the forces of commoditization. The group continues to have conversations about the nature of our value promise. They want more! In the past we have developed value propositions around our business units and some of our products with good results. However, your presentation positioned the concept of a GNC value promise as a much more compelling reason for our customers to buy from us. Perhaps our gang prefers the integrity and commitment implied by a promise?”
John Davis, CEO
Great Northern Corporation
“Over the past few years at the BizTech Conference & Expo, we've had quite a few dynamic and informative speakers. However, Kay's speech on business model reinvention could not have been more timely or well-received by the audience. Her message about the dangers of commoditization connected with business executives who needed to hear it. I can highly recommend her as a speaker!”
Steve Jagler, Editor
Milwaukee Biz Times
If you want your audience to be intellectually challenged and inspired, and to end the day with actionable ideas and new frameworks for transforming your business, Kay Plantes is the business keynote speaker for you. She will be a memorable and valued addition to your programming.
She brings a unique combination of experience and education that will bring transformative ideas to your business in an engaging, easy-to-understand format. Kay also customizes all of her speeches to the audience’s needs. A few of her most popular topics include:
- Competing Beyond Price: A practical leadership guide to escaping the quicksand of commoditization
- Great to good: There must be a better alternative in the New Normal Economy
- Increase your innovation ROI: Focus first on your business model
- When competition is more intense inside than outside, it’s time for business model innovation
- If you want a terrific customer experience, quit taking your business model for granted
Is your business struggling to differentiate itself in an increasingly commoditized market? Is product innovation no longer giving you the growth your business needs? Are you forced to compete on price, only to find your margins shrinking?
The basis of competition in our economy is moving from the individual product and service level to the business model level. Don’t be left behind with a me-too business model, forced to compete on price without having a lowest cost advantage.
The good news is that you can escape commoditization by business model innovation and Kay Plantes, Business Model Innovation expert, can help spark the changes your business needs to do so.
Differentiate Your Company In Ways That Really Matter provides a pragmatic step-by-step leadership team roadmap to business model innovation and the creation of sustainable advantage.