“…she motivated and challenged all of us to use tools, ideas and strategies to give feedback that instigated positive change.”

Keynotes and Workshops

Speaking Topics

From Resigned To Re-Engaged

Inspiring Revolutionary Leadership


Is your company concerned about:

  • Your good people being recruited away?
  • Not being able to hire the skillsets that you need?
  • A lack of accountability on your team?

Change was thrust upon us with the pandemic, forcing many employers to rethink the way they lead and balance new demands. Many are struggling not only to keep team members, but to find new ones who will challenge the status quo, aren’t afraid ask why when given a task, and who will raise the bar for the rest of the team.

Through this talk, your leadership team will gain essential tools for:

  • Motivating their team, even when people quit
  • Revealing solutions to stop unwanted turnover
  • Getting the momentum and positive energy flowing with their team
  • Instigating accountability and personal ownership
  • Adapting well to change

Driving High-Performance Teams

Increasing Psychological Safety


Is your company concerned about:

  • Complacency, mediocrity, inefficiencies, and sloppy work?
  • A lack of personal ownership, accountability, dedication, and dwindling performance?
  • Failure to meet consumer demands, and losing relevancy?

 When employees don’t think their ideas will be heard, or worse yet, when they fear criticism, they won’t speak up. Safety can be subtle and tending to the subtleties makes the difference between high and mediocre performance within teams.

The term psychological safety was coined by Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson. She defines it as “a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking.”

As customers’ needs and desires change, your team needs to be ready to meet new demands. When employees feel comfortable asking for help, sharing suggestions informally, or challenging the status quo without fear of negative social consequences, organizations are more likely to innovate quickly, unlock the benefits of diversity, and adapt well to change—all capabilities that have only grown in importance during the COVID-19 crisis.

Through this program, the leaders within your organization will gain essential tools for:

  • Making higher-quality decisions
  • Establishing healthier relationships
  • Drive tasks forward more effectively
  • Fostering accountability
  • Revealing hidden talent
  • Inspiring courageous conversations

Cut Through The Noise

Turn Conflict Into Collaboration


Is your company concerned about:

  • Negativity on your team?
  • Losing great people?
  • The long-term impact of avoiding hard conversations?

If you’re tasked with making progress in this area, you’re in the right place.

Misti Burmeister has consulted with such organizations as Johns Hopkins, the U.S. Navy, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, and NEPC. She holds her master’s degree in communication, and is a Washington Post best-seller author.

With a keen understanding of complex corporate dynamics and a sensitivity to all players, Misti brings this timely and practical skill set to your teams.

Expect to be engaged, inspired, and to walk away with actionable insights.

Dare To Be An Ally

Allyship Skills Training


No one knows how be a perfect ally. Nearly everyone wants their approach to result in helping, not hindering, progress. Yet, the demand for change around diversity, equity, and inclusion, has many leaders raising their hands to serve. But, do they have the skills to do it well, especially given all the change and uncertainty?

As a result of attending this program, your team will gain the tools to:

  • Engage individuals and teams in critical Allyship conversations
  • Identify team members who are ready to benefit from participate in your Allyship program
  • Harness the power of a diverse team, fully empowered to bring their full self to the job
  • Strengthen connection, community, and belonging  

Growth Over Grievance

Giving Candid Feedback


No one is immune from fear of loss at work. Everyone wants to improve, yet few know how to effectively give or receive candid feedback. Yet in the midst of uncertain times, only those who understand the art of candid, compassionate feedback can unlock the potential in their team—virtually, or in person.

Create resilience rituals that reduces reactivity and supercharges your teams ability to adapt to candid feedback.

  • Nurture psychological safety to unleash creativity, accountability, and full engagement.
  • Engage your team in the Why behind the work to instigate hunger for improvement.
  • Create space for disagreement and tension to drive increased awareness and renewed energy and enthusiasm.
  • Harness ‘emotional contagion’ to build trust in the growth process, strengthen psychological safety, and improve your teams ‘net prompter score.’ 

Get Taken Seriously

Leading A Multi-Generational Team


Being the one responsible for results, and leading others toward the accomplishment of goals is tough enough with gray hair and a fifty years under your belt; when you’ve got war stories to prove that you’ve gone through tough experiences and earned your right to lead. But leading without the authority of such experience, managing employees who do have decades of experience on you, while striving to meet expectations placed on you – that’s hard. But, not insurmountable.

Drawing on the latest research and fresh insights, Misti will equip your young leaders to:

  • Conquer the imposture syndrome and close the confidence gap
  • Find your authentic voice to lead with authority and impact
  • Counter the “too young to lead me” bias
  • Get the right career champions in your corner
  • Lower the ‘perfection bar’ and celebrate your progress
  • Lift as you climb, amplifying the talents of team members

Clients View


Misti’s energy and passion, her willingness to engage and challenge, and her selfless commitment to the of success of others are truly remarkable. I highly recommend working with Misti. You won’t regret it.

Devan Dewey, CTO, NEPC

Misti never ceases to amaze me with her super talent of getting business people, many of them strangers no less, to open up and communicate about difficult issues, and then follow-up with innovative solution ideas that really stretch creative abilities.

Neil Kleinberg, Founder & CEO DiliVer

About Misti

Misti Burmeister enters the eye of a storm, when others look for places to hide. An award-winning executive coach and high-performance facilitator, Misti helps organizations grow through the difficulty of their most disruptive, expensive or high-stakes “people problems.”

For almost 20 years, global organizations have turned to Misti to facilitate difficult conversations and initiate cultural shifts. Her undeniable reputation for “being willing to ‘go there’ and address the elephant in the room,” is foundation of her success. Whether helping clients re-ignite employee engagement, communicate effectively across generations, or coach leaders on the process of being authenticity and vulnerability with their teams, Misti provides the solutions organizations need to thrive.

The Washington Business Journal named Misti among the top women who mean business. She has served as an executive coach and facilitator to such major organizations as Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, Marriott, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, the United States Navy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

She has appeared live on Fox, ABC, NPR, and her work has been featured in the Washington Business Journal, Huff Post, Fortune, and the Washington Post. Her newest book Provoking Greatness: Unleashing Hidden Talent gets to the heart of how to pull out greatness in others.