Member Spotlight


Accredited Speaker Conor Cunneen

Naperville, IL (USA)

Subject Areas

  • Improve People, Performance, Productivity
  • Humorous
  • Motivational Substance with Humor
  • Marketing, Branding, Sales, Leadership
  • Communication and Storytelling

Educational and professional background: 

  • Former Vice President Marketing with Unilever. 
  • Worked in senior marketing, sales and leadership roles in Ireland, UK and USA with Heineken, Nokia, Bestfoods.
  • Author 4 books including "What Mark Twain Learned Me 'bout Public Speakin' "
  • Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland
  • Graduate University College Cork, Ireland

Special awards or recognition you have received inside and outside of Toastmasters: 

  • District 30 International Speech Competition - Two time winner
  • District 30 Humorous Speech Competition winner
  • Distinguished Toastmaster
  • National Speakers Association (IL) Wordsmith award for "Excellence on the platform."
  • National Speakers Association award for "Commitment to the Speaking Profession."
  • Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland

The type of presentations: 

  • Keynotes - Opening and Closing
  • Workshops - Hour, Half-day, Full day
  • Seminars - Leadership, Communication, Humor, Self-development

The audience to which you typically present (business, community, etc.): 

  • Associations (Healthcare, Marketing, Business)
  • Corporations (Sales, Marketing, Leadership, Communication)
  • Non-Profit (Leadership, Team Building, Communication)

What advice do you have for potential Accredited Speaker Program applicants? 

The Accredited Speaker process is a bit like trekking the Himalayas. Sometimes you slip, slide, fall, but you get back up and keep making progress. Even if you don't achieve AS on this occasion, you will have made dramatic progress as you reach for the top.

Available to serve as a mentor for Accredited Speaker Program applicants? Yes.