About | Speakers Connection


Our Company

The world has changed and the old ways of looking for your next speaker no longer work. It’s time for a different way to select your speakers for your next event. Speakers Connection has built a reputation for coming alongside the event planning team, providing more than a list of speakers, we provide experiences with results that audiences talk about long after the event concludes.

Speakers Connection developed a dynamic process based on over 50 years of combined experience supporting your team in not only planning today’s event but positioning it to support future events creating seamless meetings with lasting results. We have a different approach — one that begins with a better understanding of your meeting goals and the audience you serve.  We don’t pretend to know what’s right for you without really getting to know your organization and events, both past and present, and the outcome you want to achieve going forward.  It’s more than a topic, more than a budget, it’s fine tuning our speaker suggestions so that every speaker we bring to your attention meets your criteria…your team will not be spending endless hours searching the Internet, reaching out to various outlets and waiting for a reply – you only decide which Speaker Connection speaker is the right fit for you. We won’t give you a one-and-done plan or a one-size-fits-all speaker solution. We will get to know your organization and your meeting goals. We will help you answer your most important questions about the success you want to achieve, to bridge the gap between your ideal event and the speaker that exceeds those goals!

Our approach:

• Is driven by research and facilitated by speaker advisers

• Gives you a clear framework for deciding what’s right for you

• Delivers only speakers who meet or exceed your goals

Whether you’re new to selecting a speaker or have been selecting speakers for years, you owe it to yourself to experience the difference of working with a speaker advisor. Our firm is built to deliver personalized service, and we treat you with the respect you deserve. We’ve been doing it collectively for over 50 years. Speakers Connection is speaker selection reimagined!

Our Team

Renee Strom

I founded The Speakers Bureau, an international booking agency for professional speakers, trainers, consultants and entertainers, in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987, which was later acquired by an international agency. My career in the speaking industry began with one of the first-established speakers bureaus in the country. For more than 35 years, I have helped organizations identify and engage leading experts from a variety of disciplines, as speakers and consultants for meetings, workshops and special events.   I’ve been a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Minnesota Speakers Association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) where I served in various leadership roles. Through my participation in these organizations, I helped to define industry policies and standards. As the speaker bureau industry grew, I wrote numerous articles for meeting industry publications on trends in the speaking business and frequently spoke at industry conventions and workshops.

Jo Cavender

Twenty-five years ago, I left the teaching platform where I lectured on successful marketing theories to practice “what I preached” by opening the doors of a full service speakers bureau. In 2006 I co-founded a second bureau – Speakers On Healthcare (SOH) and currently serve as the CEO/President.   I have served on the board of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) and was a past president. I am also the co-founder of the IASB/NSA Council and was the only bureau owner to have served on the NSA Ethics committee. I have received numerous top awards in the industry including the John Palmer Award-for outstanding contribution to the speaker bureau industry, the Dottie Walters award, Pacesetter Award, Presidents Award, among others and have been a champion of ethics in the speaker bureau industry.