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Mitzi specializes in giving Success Tips from Wildly Successful People. To find out more, including such topics as "How to Make Your Family Business Succeed Across the Generations", "Building a Powerful & Effective Company Culture", and her Spouse Program, "Why the Chicken Man's Wife Is an Egg Lady"...

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Mitzi Perdue was one of the most vibrant and interesting family business speakers that we have featured at a Transitions Conference. As a member of a successful family business and a married – in to another successful family business, Mitzi’s helpful tips for running a family company truly provided a wealth of knowledge. From her creative ideas on the family and childrens’ newsletter to suggestions on embedding the family culture, Mitzi’s passion for maintaining family harmony really resonated with our 280 family business CEOs and their families. We were lucky to have her presentation and hope she will return again to speak.

- Caro U. Rock, Family Business Magazine -

Mitzi Perdue’s presentations were the highlights of our 2017 annual conference. She brought an unbeatable combination of personal grace, her experiences as the daughter of Sheraton Hotels founder Ernest Henderson and wife of Frank Perdue, and unique story-telling ability. Connection with the audience was virtually instantaneous and personal due to Mitzi’s warmth and genuineness. She masterfully used stories about her father and husband to make powerful business points. Mitzi also shared with us personal stories about her commitment to family cohesiveness over generations and some of the things she does to create and nurture that cohesiveness in her own extended family.  It is not easy for a speaker to captivate an audience of attorneys and other professional advisors, but Mitzi did that, and so much more.    
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- Andrew Karlan & Peter Dougherty, Co-Chairs, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises Annual Conference, 2017 -

Wow, Mitzi’s keynote was a hit with our conference attendees. She provided practical, thoughtful ideas for complex family business challenges. Her warm, engaging approach radiates a genuine passion for all things family and business. Mitzi was diligent and detailed in her preparation, making it fun and effortless to work with her.

- Peter Begalla, Education Director, Family Business Magazine -

Mitzi Perdue’s keynote speech on culture and values, and her working roundtable on ethical wills at our forum of NYC area families  were both outstanding! Everyone said her keynote speech and her energy were the highlight of the day.

All family businesses can benefit from Mitzi’s inspirational family business experience, practical tips and rich stories.

- Warner King Babcock, CEO, New York City Family Enterprise Center Inc. -

What a wonderful presentation Mitzi gave!! She has a tremendous stage presence and is truly a stage natural. Her advice, with clear and actionable steps, was awesome. And, I absolutely loved that she asked each person in the room to say “YES”!! Joyful. She was the talk of the night!

- Wanda Ortwine, Chief Family Officer,  Luck Companies -

Mitzi Perdue’s pure charm, business acumen and captivating communication skills are just a few of the reasons she is the most sought after keynote & motivational speaker on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For decades she has inspired United Way Leadership donors as well as hundreds of CEO’s at our annual CEO Breakfast. Her grace, style and over the top energy combined with a down to earth approach touch audiences hearts and minds like none other! Kathleen Momme, Executive  Director, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore

- Kathleen Momme, Executive Director, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore -

I learned so much from Mitzi. Her talk was filled with wisdom, heart and generosity. I really felt like she was speaking directly to me – that she genuinely cared. I rarely find that in a speaker. The tools she presented were extremely useful for growing a business, and for life!

- Laura Zam, President & CEO, Zam International -

Mitzi is a wonderful storyteller who provided our audience with valuable insight and perspective on the importance of employee engagement.

- Sherry Herwig, Director, Family Business Center, Wisconsin School of Business -

Mitzi Perdue can take a complex, critically important topic and masterfully create an intelligent, well-thought-out presentation. She uses her talent for oration to create a clear and captivating story that sometimes makes you think, sometimes makes you laugh, but always draws you in. Her recent presentation at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Annual Luncheon was brilliant.

- Steve Salem, President, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation -

I don’t care if you’re a Fortune 500 CEO or a student thinking about starting their first business, Mitzi will change the way you think about more aspects of what REALLY makes the difference between success and failure in business than you can begin to imagine.

- Harry Levine, Modern Times Marketing -



Introductions

Mitzi Perdue likes nothing better than sharing insider secrets for what made Frank Perdue a success. During their 17-year marriage, she was able to ask her husband in real time why he was making the decisions he did, and she carefully recorded the attitudes that led to his growing a father and son operation into a company that today employs 19,000 Mitzi herself is no stranger to agriculture and management. A former rice grower in California, she is a past President of the 35,000-member American Agri-Women, the oldest and largest American farmwomen’s organization. When Frank and Mitzi met, back in 1988, they decided that chicken and rice go well together!

Mitzi Perdue is the widow of the late Frank Perdue, and author of Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Business & Life Lessons from Frank. The book reached #5 in the Amazon rankings for Business Biographies.

She currently writes for the Academy of Women’s Health, and also for GEN, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. As a nationally syndicated columnist for 22 years she has written more than 1600 articles, and as a nationally syndicated TV hostess and producer, she produced more than 400 half hour shows.

Mitzi holds degrees from Harvard University and the George Washington University. A former rice grower, she is a past President of the 35,000-member American Agri-Women, the oldest and largest American farm women’s organization. She was also one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi and was a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Mitzi Perdue is the widow of the late Frank Perdue. Her biography, Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Business & Life Lessons from Frank Perdue, reached #5 in the Amazon rankings for Business Biographies.

She currently writes for the Academy of Women’s Health, and also for GEN, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. As a nationally-syndicated columnist for 22 years , she has written more than 1600 articles, and as a nationally syndicated TV hostess and producer, she produced more than 400 half-hour shows.

She serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. She’s a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Women’s Day Magazine Women Who Inspire Us Award, and the President’s Award from the Maryland State Medical Society, for Bettering the Health Care of Maryland Citizens.

Mitzi Perdue holds degrees from Harvard University and the George Washington University. A former rice grower, she is a past President of the 35,000-member American Agri-Women, the oldest and largest American farm women’s organization and was also one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. She’s also the proud mother of two sons and four grandchildren.



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