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.
Andrew N. Karlen and Peter P. Dougherty
Co-chairs, AFHE 2017 Annual Conference
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.
Education Director, Family Business Magazine
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 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.
After hearing Mitzi speak at a conference, I was convinced that my family business client would benefit from her hopeful message about proactively creating a positive culture in a large and complex family system. I asked the family office director to trust me. Mitzi enhanced my relationship with my client by delivering a powerful experience that exceeded expectations. Watching Mitzi light up the room at a family retreat for 28 family members ranging in age from toddler to 87, was a wonder to behold. Her special touches with the children will live on in family stories for years to come. As a collaborative advisor, working with her was a dream come true!
LMFT, Owner-Lovins Group, LLC
Babetta von Albertini,
Founder, Institute for Family Governance
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!
Chief Family Officer, Luck Companies
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!
President & CEO, Zam International
Mitzi is a wonderful storyteller who provided our audience with valuable insight and perspective on the importance of employee engagement.
Director, Family Business Center, Wisconsin School of Business
Mitzi, being the true professional that she is, arrived early and started chatting with as many people in the audience as she could, to get a feel for what they wanted out of her presentation. She quickly decided to incorporate the audience’s goals into her plans and arranged her talk accordingly to be on target. The audience LOVED her! Also, she came prepared with participation prizes and props for demonstrating her points, which quickly engaged everyone. At the end, the audience didn’t want to leave because they wanted more time to talk to her and take pictures with her. In sum, it was a fantastic presentation that everyone enjoyed, Mitzi’s stories are truly relatable, and she has a gift for connecting with people and getting them involved and engaged!
Business Outreach, Science, Industry and Business Library, NYPL
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.
President, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
Mitzi Perdue is a warm, engaging presence on stage, a pleasure to work with and a whole lot of fun! I would recommend her as a speaker for anyone who wants to understand generational wealth preservation and the creation of a shared identity for families.
Martin McNulty, Conferences Producer, Information Management Network
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.
Modern Times Marketing
“I recently chaired a Capital Roundtable Conference in NYC titled “Best Practices for PE Acquisitions of Family Owned Companies”. Mitzi Perdue was the featured Keynote Speaker. Mitzi was engaging and shared intimate details of how her father, one of the founders of the Sheraton Hotel Chain and Frank Perdue, her late husband built highly successful companies. It was highly entertaining, informative and topical for the Conference attendees and subject matter. I would not hesitate to recommend her for another speaking engagement and in fact have already another event in mind.”
Managing Partner, Prodos Capital
If you didn’t already know Mitzi Perdue, you will leave having gained a new best friend. Her talk is engaging and entertaining, and most importantly, filled with amazing and actionable information.
Stacy Kenny Mitchel
Author and Happiness Coach at I'll Take Success
Mitzi Perdue spoke to the International Executives Resource Group, of which I am Chairman. She had a strong, but friendly presence and spoke with authority and deep knowledge. Importantly, she showed great understanding about Frank Perdue’s decisions and why he was successful. Listeners went away with real lessons they could apply to their own businesses.
Transformational Leadership, Fortune 100 CEO, Board Member Max Brand Equity
One of the highlights at Campden Wealth’s 11th annual North American Family Office Conference was hearing Mitzi Perdue’s session on Leveraging the Family. Mitzi’s personal stories were not only spellbinding, they were incredibly useful and practical for the families who attended the event.
Regional Manager, North America at Campden Wealth
Mitzi captivates her audience with a style that’s folksy, engaging, light-hearted and chock full of facts; all melding together and ultimately leading to an “aha moment” for the topic.
Industrial Engineering Consultant
“Mitzi delivered a powerful lecture and kept our students fully engaged. Drawing from her experiences she was informative and interesting, and even added a wonderful touch with her entertaining personal stories. Mitzi artfully authored her own booklet to help organize the important talking points of her discussion. Mitzi is easy to work with, professional and flexible throughout the entire planning process. We look forward to her next appearance at a future event.”
Mitzi Perdue’s presentation at Delaware Technical Community College was remarkable. Her inspiring words reaffirmed and motivated all who were present that countless possibilities and opportunities can be in their future with hard work and perseverance. Her eloquent words were coupled with personal observations and experiences from her own life that enabled her audience to readily connect with her on an emotional level. If you have the chance to attend a presentation by Mitzi Perdue you should without a doubt attend. It will transform the way you think of life!
Delaware Technical Community College
I truly found Mitzi’s presentation uplifting. It was filled with tips I can use right away.
Dianna Whitney Thelma Lay
CEO, Maniera District Magazine
Mitzi is a storehouse is wisdom and experience inside a package of delightful energy and passion about a concern for people who have already made a difference in the world—family business owners. Her experience in growing up and then marrying into two inspiring 100 year families, learning lessons from each one, and acting as an elder and leader in both, along with her dedication as a life-long learner, has led to her carrying a message that she can share wonderfully. I have heard her, gotten to know her and worked with her on programs, and find her message grows, deepens and enlarges each time we meet.
Founder, Helping Family Enterprises, and Leader in the Field of Family Enterprise Consulting
Mitzi Perdue took her listeners on the journey of her life among successful leaders of business. She shared the tips that helped both them and her turn opportunity into success. Mitzi inspires others to redefine failure.
Christine L. Sherman
U.S. Armty Major - Ret.
Mitzi Perdue is a true inspiration to all who have the opportunity to hear her speak. Whether talking to an intimate group of 20 or a crowd of 200, Mitzi has the ability to bring Frank to life by sharing his philosophy of hard work, determination, and strong ethical principles. Our students love her and standing room only is a guarantee whenever Mitzi is on campus.
Dean, Perdue School of Business
Mitzi’s story telling ability and style far exceeded my expectations. It felt like a personal conversation with a good, longtime friend and more, I felt like Mitzi was sharing private stories about the inner workings of the business and thoughts that drove Frank’s standards of excellence. Mitzi’s stories must be shared with all business students.
Human Resources Consultant
Her after dinner talk was perfect! A little of this, a little of that peppered, with that wonderful magic trick which surprised everyone and just the right amount of time to engage everyone! In addition, she is a thoroughly nice person and so gracious and personable!
Ret. New York City
Mitzi Perdue is an extraordinarily accomplished and engaging story-teller – with quite a story to tell. Real lessons from the real trenches of business, told in a highly personal and memorable way.
President, The Knowledge Agency
Mitzi Perdue has the talent, knowledge, poise and energy to WOW an audience. The audience was captivated from the beginning to the end of her talk. As an author of many books and a successful business owner, she can truly speak from her experiences. Let Mitzi WOW your audiences!
Dean, NSA-DC Speaker Academy
I truly found Mitzi’s presentation uplifting, and it was filled with tips I can use right away. I was impressed by how personable the presentation was. She made people feel appreciated.
CEO Maniera Magazine
Mitzi was a headline speaker at a family office forum our group ran in June of 2016. She is a great motivational speaker encouraging the audience to look towards non quantitative approaches for motivation and inspiration. She has a tremendous base of unique real life stories that highly successful people have used to succeed and motivate those who work for them.
Managing Director, Family Office Association
Managing Director, Family Office Association
She showed me how important it is for someone in the family to strive to help create a culture by design rather than allow a family culture to be created by default. When a family member takes on the responsibility of designing the family culture, members want to stay connected because they value that connection. She is an awesome role model as well as being a person who can capture moments with beautifully chosen words.
President, Family Wealth Library
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
Executive Director, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore