Rita Craig

Inspiring business to break out and create tomorrow's opportunities...today!

Rita Craig, Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), is founder and president of Top Tier Leadership.  An accomplished consultant, coach, author and speaker, Ms. Craig taps into her 40 years of global human resources experience to help transform clients - individuals, companies, public sector and associations - into highly effective employees, executives and organizations.

Fortune 50 to 500 companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Singapore and Latin America have capitalized on Rita's ability to swiftly drill down to identify issues, engage stakeholders and create positive change solutions.  Leveraging her nearly 25 years of corporate experience at one of the country's most respected utility companies, she has developed and implemented hundreds of customized strategies for clients around the globe on such topics as leadership, strategic planning, coaching, employee engagement, ethics, personal success and organization effectiveness.

HR Florida, the Palm Beach County Human Resources Association and the South Florida Business Journal have recognized Rita as one of the top HR professionals within the state.  In 2012, the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach Count presented her with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

A master in the art of listening and communicating, no two clients, keynote addresses or coaching sessions are ever the same for Rita Craig. Each is treated with a unique, personal approach to fit the client’s needs.  Her ability to connect with each client to provide relevant content and measureable results rewards her with consistent top ratings from attendees around the world.

Ms. Craig's publishing credits include Welcome to the Workforce, I Showed You So, a manuscript entitled, "Ethics: The Hot New 'E' Word," featured in the NSA's first-ever book, Paid to Speak, and multiple articles regarding organizational effectiveness.

In addition to serving as President-Elect of the Florida Speakers Association, she has also been honored with three gubernatorial appointments.  In 1999, Ms. Craig was one of 12 individuals appointed to serve on the Florida Commission on Human Relations where her peers elected her to serve as chair for nearly six of her eight years of service.  In 2009, she was appointed to serve on the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida with the mission of envisioning Florida' future.

Ms. Craig earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Barry University and her master's degree in business administration from Barry University with a specialty in Human Resources from Nova University.  Ms. Craig has also completed Columbia University's human resource management program and continues to pursue on-going education.

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    Business Culture, Business Ethics, Business Strategy, Coaching / Mentoring, Communication Skills, Diversity, Human Resources, Leadership, Management

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    Florida

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    $7,500 - $10,000

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Keynote Speaker : Motivational Speaker - Rita Craig & Top Tier Leadership

Recognition by the HR Association of Palm Beach County

Rita Craig, Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), is founder and president of Top Tier Leadership.  An accomplished consultant, coach, author and speaker, Ms. Craig taps into her 40 years of global human resources experience to help transform clients - individuals, companies, public sector and associations - into highly effective employees, executives and organizations.

Fortune 50 to 500 companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Singapore and Latin America have capitalized on Rita's ability to swiftly drill down to identify issues, engage stakeholders and create positive change solutions.  Leveraging her nearly 25 years of corporate experience at one of the country's most respected utility companies, she has developed and implemented hundreds of customized strategies for clients around the globe on such topics as leadership, strategic planning, coaching, employee engagement, ethics, personal success and organization effectiveness.

HR Florida, the Palm Beach County Human Resources Association and the South Florida Business Journal have recognized Rita as one of the top HR professionals within the state.  In 2012, the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach Count presented her with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

A master in the art of listening and communicating, no two clients, keynote addresses or coaching sessions are ever the same for Rita Craig. Each is treated with a unique, personal approach to fit the client’s needs.  Her ability to connect with each client to provide relevant content and measureable results rewards her with consistent top ratings from attendees around the world.

Ms. Craig's publishing credits include Welcome to the Workforce, I Showed You So, a manuscript entitled, "Ethics: The Hot New 'E' Word," featured in the NSA's first-ever book, Paid to Speak, and multiple articles regarding organizational effectiveness.

In addition to serving as President-Elect of the Florida Speakers Association, she has also been honored with three gubernatorial appointments.  In 1999, Ms. Craig was one of 12 individuals appointed to serve on the Florida Commission on Human Relations where her peers elected her to serve as chair for nearly six of her eight years of service.  In 2009, she was appointed to serve on the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida with the mission of envisioning Florida' future.

Ms. Craig earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Barry University and her master's degree in business administration from Barry University with a specialty in Human Resources from Nova University.  Ms. Craig has also completed Columbia University's human resource management program and continues to pursue on-going education.

To book Leadership and Business Culture speaker Rita Craig call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

I Showed You So…Lessons from Mom about the Business of Life

Do you wonder what ever happened to good ‘ol common sense? You’ll be sure to find out when you join executive leadership coach, author and speaker Rita Craig as she talks about her latest book, I Showed You So – Lessons from Mom about the Business of Life. In her book, Rita takes a fun and insightful trip down memory lane, sharing what it was like to grow up in a house with 14 people, and detailing eleven fundamental life lessons she learned from her mother along the way. A bit of a romp at times, her book is much more than simply entertaining; in her own inimitable style, Rita connects these eleven life lessons with today’s business climate in a way that is direct and hard-hitting. This will be a time of laughter and learning with one of the most engaging speakers around…Be sure not to miss it!  

Light Speed Learning: Keeping Up With the Latest HR Trends

Social media, the Internet, mobile technologies…virtually every aspect of how we do business is in a constant state of flux, and it doesn’t stop at the door of the HR department. Rita explores the latest trends in Human Resources management.  Find out for yourself how to not only keep up with the changes, but to excel in the ever-evolving realm of the HR professional.   

Imagination to Reality: How to Inspire Employee Transformation

There’s no “I” in TEAM, but there is in INSPIRE! This session focuses on the ABC’s of turning personnel into PEOPLE that share your vision, and are passionate, equipped team members that make things happen.  

New Millennium Leadership: Setting New Standards

Times and cultures are in a constant state of flux--shifting and changing--and business cultures are no exception. Are your past experiences of leading or being led of any value today? Find out the answer, and what it REALLY means to lead effectively in today’s marketplace in this hard-hitting session.  

The New Workplace Culture: How to Speak Every Language

Wake up and smell the chai! Even the most seasoned professionals can unwittingly make epic cultural blunders, some of which have career-altering consequences. This session will teach you how to successfully navigate a sensitive workplace and reap the benefits of learning how to bridge cultural divides by successfully communicating with PEOPLE—regardless of race, culture or creed. 

Business Planning 101

Business plans are not just for entrepreneurs and start-ups anymore. Today’s successful businesses execute well-planned strategies to move ahead, and team members that know how to strategically plan move ahead with them. This session deals with the fundamentals of creating a business plan, including getting started, overcoming objections, implementation, planning for contingencies, maintaining a sustained effort and more. A “must” for the seriously career-minded professional.

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Retired Executive School District of Palm Beach County

“On a rare occasion as we travel through the objectives, goals, and often professional dreams in our lives, we meet someone like Rita Craig. Quickly you realize the positive energy, passion, and genuine effaciousness abound with her. Whether the focus is teamwork, strategic planning, leadership development----Rita continually exhibits. Professionalism and relationship-building wherever she goes. What a gift!!”

CEO Leap Into Leadership

“I’ve known Rita Craig for 5 years and in that time have hired her as an external facilitator and consultant at Tyco and Microsoft. Rita’s hallmarks are her strong facilitation skills, her professionalism and deep knowledge of human resources, diversity, and strategic planning. Rita consistently delivers more than what is expected. Any team engagement or leadership offsite is enhanced by Rita’s facilitation which keeps the group on task, the participants fully engaged, and the focus on what is to be accomplished. I’ve always enjoyed working with Rita – she brings tremendous energy, passion and insight to every endeavor.”

VP, Programs – Western North Carolina Human Resource Association

Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with Rita Craig on multiple leadership development projects. Each experience has been fantastic as her level of insight, business acumen and learning agility demonstrates best in class partnership. Most recently, Rita and I worked together with a new Corporate Vice President I support at Microsoft leading his transition into a global role. Rita’s thoughtful partnership has resulted in material progress in his leadership approach, messaging and development of a transformational framework we have named “The Revolution”. It’s a pleasure to work with such a caring, professional and dedicated person.

VP, Programs – Western North Carolina Human Resource Association

“At first glance, some might find the topic “Business Planning for HR Professionals” a little dry. But Rita Craig effortlessly made it interesting, and with her wonderful sense of humor, even funny. Her straightforward guidelines for developing a business plan were very applicable whether for a company or one of its departments. Rita’s confidence and engaging presentation style not only kept our members’ attention but gave them practical ideas they could take back to work and put in to practice right away. Rita delivered everything we could possibly want from a speaker including HRCI pre-approval for one Strategic (Business Management and Strategy) credit towards PHR/SPHR recertification.”
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