About Misti


Misti is an award-winning author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Her passion, humor, and direct approach has inspired audiences from coast to coast – from convention halls to C-suites. She makes you laugh, while connecting to the heart of what creates high-performing team members. She helps you see beyond frustrating employees, and teaches you how to get your team to own their results, collaborate effectively, and deliver their best consistently.

Leaders, teams and organizations hire Misti to disrupt the status quo, facilitate difficult conversations, and instigate collaboration, innovation, and growth. Her approach has consistently proven to measurably increase productivity by 20-30% in less than a year.

Misti’s resume includes groundbreaking interviews with HonestTea CEO Seth Goldman, Capital One CEO Rich Fairbank, High Point University President Nido Qubein, Speaker Hall of Famer Jeanne Robertson, CPAE Mark Scharenbroich, and many other leaders in global business and other fields. Interviewees of the Provoking Your Greatness Podcast describe Misti’s unmatched talent for interviewing as thought-provoking, authentic, fun, and revealing.

The Seed of Passion

After quitting her job at 23, with $37 to her name and $1000 rent payment coming due, Misti Burmeister took to the pavement (literally… interviewing 150 people in 6 months) in search of the following answer:

What kind of leadership styles and work environments encourage enthusiasm, passion, and commitment?

Basically, she wanted to figure out why she struggled after leaving college, and ended up running smack into the research on generational differences.

Inspired by her discovery that people of all generations want to excel, contribute, and achieve remarkable results, Misti quickly became one of the most highly sought after experts in the area of generational diversity.

Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping leaders find and strengthen their V.O.I.C.E., improving communication, collaboration, and commitment.

Misti’s efforts have inspired dozens of leaders around the globe.

• “Through our work with Misti, we increased productivity by 20-30% and eliminated generational conflict.” – Xavier, Executive.
• “In less than 6 weeks, we shifted employees away from negative water cooler conversations, onto purposeful action in their work.” – Renee, COO.
• “In just 9 months, Misti helped us eliminate our turnover of highly valuable employees.” – Ken, Captain.
• “In just one conversation, I learned the steps I need to take in order to eliminate complacency and get my team recommitted.” – Hilary, COO.

Misti creates these results by facilitating honest conversations, helping leaders identify and eliminate barriers/fears, and clarify their vision.

Misti also serves on the board for MissionFit, a non-profit dedicated to creating a safe space for at-risk youth to discover their greatness through weightlifting and community.

She is committed to the Swim Across America mission, where she overcame many fears to achieve her ultimate goal of swimming 3 miles and raising $3K in 2014. Read more about that story here. In September 2015, Misti swam 5 miles (around Gibson Island) and raised $5k.

Misti lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and their three cats. She loves dark chocolate, meaningful conversations, thrift store shopping, and being outdoors.
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Favorite Books

The Surrender Experiment, Conscious Capitalism, Kitchen Table Wisdom, Loving What Is, Influence, The Answer, The Untethered Soul, Leadership from the Inside Out, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, & SO many more!

A few of Misti’s mentors

Brene Brown, Seth Godin, Oprah Winfrey, and Simon Sinek. Their courage to take purposeful action is inspiring, and I’m grateful for their dedication to greatness.

Misti and Mark

Misti with Emmy Award Winner Mark Scharenbroich

Misti and Warren

Misti meeting Warren Buffett at the Economic Club of Washington

Misti FOX45 Interview

Misti getting interviewed on FOX45 Morning News

Misti and Jeannie

Misti with NSA speaker hall of fame Jeanne Robertson