Scott Friedman, Certified Virtual Presenter and former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), speaks live or virtually over 60 times a year on employee innovation & engagement, customer experience, and how to create a happier, healthier workplace.
In addition to being the CCO—Chief Celebration Officer—at Friedman & Associates, Scott has written “Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations,” “A Celebration a Day! 365 Ways to a Happier, Healthier Workplace,” “Happily Ever Laughter—How to Engage Any Audience” and “Using Humor for a Change.” He is also the co-author of four additional books.
Scott is the 2013 NSA Cavett Award Recipient, presented annually to the NSA member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding respect, service, honor, and admiration in the Association and the speaking profession. Scott was awarded the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) 2013 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Award. “This award honors those rare individuals who by visionary hard work and creative insight have positively changed the global meetings and events industry community (MPI).”
Scott now spends 35% of his time speaking throughout Asia and the gulf region. Given Scott’s 25+ years of speaking experience in Asia, he offers each client a global and culturally sensitive perspective. His varied global experiences have brought him success in many industries including hospitality, meetings, real estate, insurance, financial services, banking, technology, healthcare, education and government. Scott’s strength is assessing the culture of the organization, industry and region and creating a customized program relevant to the needs of each client.
As a Global Speaking Fellow, one of less than 50 in the world, (designated by the Global Speakers Federation), Scott continues to have a strong presence both domestically and internationally.
Apart from speaking, Scott is very involved in philanthropic projects. Scott co-founded Together We Can Change the World (TWCCTW.org), a 501c3 foundation focussed on anti-trafficking, social business, clean water, and the health and education of less fortunate girls and women in SE Asia. Currently they have over 25 projects in seven SE Asian countries.