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Dr. Paula Stone Williams, an engaging and sought-,speaker who has been featured over the past two years at over 100 events in 20 states and 25 media outlets. She has been profiled in the New York Times, the Denver Post, Huffington Post, Colorado Public Radio, New Scientist Magazine, Radio New Zealand, the New York Post and other media outlets.  Paula has spoken at College and Universities, National Conferences, Corporations and Churches along with being featured at TEDWomen 2018 and TEDxMileHigh in Denver, Colorado (over 1.7 million views).  She has consulted with the Denver Post, NPR's Radiolab, PFLAG and the W/ Collective.


Here’s What people are saying about Paula

WOW! Both myself and the team…were blown away by your stories, authenticity, humor, and anecdotes. I already received tons of great feedback on the talk and our team’s only wish was that we had more time to spend with you.  We would look forward to seeing you again if you decide to come back to DC.
— Cristyn Girolami, Upside Business Travel, Chief People Officer
Many employees stated that they came to the conference specifically to participate in her session, “Is Life Really Easier for Men.” …Participants in her session stated that they wished her hour and a half session was four hours longer, as they could have listened to her all day. Getting to know Paula was, for me, a highlight of our conference.
— Katie Curtis, HR Analyst/Human Resources, Oregon Department of Revenue

Paula’s perspective as a transgender woman spoke to gender equity in a way that doesn’t sound like complaining or criticism. Men left the talk feeling contemplative, and many approached me afterward to express gratitude for opening their minds to the female experience.
— Natasha Davis, Women's Program Manager, Environmental Protection Agency
Thank you so much for your honesty and insight and sharing your story with us. I so enjoyed the conversation, and so did our audience. It is one of the most popular stories on our website. Thank you so much for your time.
— Susan Baldacci, Radio New Zealand, Producer, Afternoon's Jesse Mulligan.
Love a good TED talk
— Amy Schumer, @amyschumer5h

TOPICS

Is Life Really Easier for Men?  

Based on her TED talk (over 1.7 million views), Dr. Paula Stone Williams speaks about her experience living as a male and as a female.  Are men privileged in ways they do not understand?  Do women have to work harder to be seen as leaders?  Do men empower each other more than women empower each other? 

With humor and insight, Paula Williams answer these questions and more, using both empirical data and her experience in both genders to explore the difference between equality and equity.

Attendees will hear Paula's narrative of her journey, as well as be invited to examine their own lives for subtle and not so subtle ways in which we take in the messages of our culture and live them out in every area of our lives.

Men will depart with a  greater understanding of their own privilege, and the opportunities to make a difference that come along with that privilege.  Women will understand the importance of standing up for themselves and working together to bring about change.  Both genders will be asked to examine how we bring our privilege with us in all of our interactions.

Time Frame - Keynote           30 minutes

Time Frame - Workshop        60-90 minutes

 

 LGBT Inclusion and American Religio

Over half of those who identify as LGBTQ identify with a specific religion, most as Christian.  Eighty-three percent of non-religious Americans are supportive of LGBTQ equality, but only 36 percent of evangelicals are supportive.  Why such a disparity between the two groups? 

 

Dr. Paula Stone Williams will explain the origins of the animosity toward the LGBTQ population, and why she is convinced that positive change is coming soon.  She will talk about the three major shifts taking place that will usher in this change, as well as the ongoing challenges that remain.  Those who attend the workshop will leave with a greater understanding of the religious landscape, and suggestions of what they can do to bring about greater acceptance toward the LGBTQ population in America.

Time Frame - Keynote           30 minutes

Time Frame - Workshop        60-90 minutes

  

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Being Transgender, But Were Afraid to Ask

Dr. Paula Stone Williams will talk about all things related to gender dysphoria, the technical name for what it means to be transgender.  The talk will begin by looking at what gender dysphoria is not, describing the differences between crossdressers, drag queens, and transgender people.  The talk then explores causation of gender dysphoria, medical procedures of transition, and the reason for high levels of suicidal ideation among transgender people. 

 

Those attending will learn how to be allies of the transgender population and will leave with practical suggestions of how they can help make their work, home, and social environments welcoming places for LGBTQ people. 

 

This workshop includes a long period of Q&A, in which Paula does not shy away from answering any and all questions about her experience of life as a transgender woman.

Time Frame - Keynote           30 minutes

Time Frame - Workshop        60-120 minutes

 

Who Is Afraid of Postmodernism?

 This workshop, developed for evangelical and post-evangelical leaders, looks at the shift from the modern age to the postmodern age and the affect it has had on evangelical Christianity.  It focuses on the three major shifts taking place within American Christianity, the likes of which have not been seen in five centuries. 

 

Attendees will leave with a simple, but not simplistic, understanding of why the Millennial generation and Generation Z are so indifferent to organized religion, and what type of spiritual community it will take to meet their evolving spiritual needs.

Time Frame - Workshop        90 Minutes

 

Becoming a Better Work Team

Dr. Paula Stone Williams did both her second Master's degree and her Doctoral degree with a focus on the DiSC test, one of the most popular and accurate predictors of workplace behavior. 

 

After taking the test together, Paula will talk in a completely non-threatening way, about why you prefer to interact with others as you do, and what role you can play in your work team that will utilize the best of your gifts.  The DiSC test helps identify the areas in which you are likely to be most affirmed, as well as the areas in which you need the assistance of others. 

 

Paula has interpreted thousands of DiSC tests and has a unique ability to help you see the subtleties in your personality that help you do your best work in all group environments.

Time Frame - Workshop        120-180 Minutes

 

The Two Major Passages of Life

 Early in adult life we are busy slaying dragons, amassing fortunes and building résumé virtues.  Later we begin to shift our focus.  We have fewer friends, but deeper friendships.  We no longer look outside ourselves for our sense of affirmation, but deep inside our souls.  We are more interested in being in relationship than being right, and we are more interested in building eulogy virtues than we are in résumé virtues.

 

In this talk, Paula will explore the liminal space between the two passages, and how we can gracefully move from one to the other.  She will talk about the development of emotional intelligence (EQ) and how we tend to change our definition of success as we navigate through life. 

 

Attendees will better understand the shifts in motivation, goals, and outcomes that may be taking place in their own lives as they move from one passage to another.

Time Frame - Workshop        30-60 Minutes

 

Leadership Lessons from An Ancient Story

The seventh-century epic poem, Beowulf, will be told in modern day language and mined for its leadership lessons.  The first is that the biggest problem is not the monster you fear, but that which gave birth to the monster you fear.  The second is that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to move forward in the face of fear.  The third is that the tools you take into battle are not the ones needed to slay the dragon.  It is only the tools found in the midst of the battle that slay the dragon.  The fourth is that what sets great leaders apart from others is a willingness to go alone where no one else will go.  And the fifth is that it takes a long time to kill a monster.

 

Attendees will leave with new insights about the kind of leadership necessary in difficult times.  They will better understand the fears beneath their anxiety, and the route to confident leadership.

Time Frame - Keynote           30 Minutes

Time Frame - Workshop        45-60 Minutes