Speakers Bureau

Ellen Shepard

Looking for a keynote speaker? Want to invite an expert to participate on a panel or facilitate a discussion? BALLE offers access to nationally acclaimed speakers, trainers, and consultants who can participate in events of any size or duration.

Our speakers are members of our staff and board, our founders, as well as current BALLE Fellows and alumni.

Services are available on a fee-for-service basis, and speakers give their deepest discounts to Localist Leaders and Localist Champions as a benefit of BALLE membership. To access these services, check out our list of speakers and their areas of expertise.

You can access any of these services on an a la carte basis, selecting a specific speaker for a one-time speaking engagement or phone consulting session. Or you can partner with experts more deeply in ongoing support of your work.

Start with a virtual consulting session, proceed to a strategically-themed speaking event, and then offer a hands-on training event in the area of greatest need – our speakers are available for ongoing work or one-time sessions.


Whether it's a small event with a targeted audience, a large public meeting, or a conference, our BALLE Speakers are experienced Localist practitioners who can share their stories of learning and impact with your group.


BALLE Trainers deliver a range of workshops based on your needs and their areas of expertise. Most trainings can be customized to the topic, available time, and audience you envision. Past topics include developing effective Think Local First campaigns, growing a local business network, local economic development strategies, and more recently, working for economic justice and Prosperity for All.


Networks and Champions are available to offer guidance, brainstorm and be a sounding board for ideas or challenges to BALLE members. These experts have been there before, and are available to advise on an hourly basis, often by phone. 

To request a particular speaker, please contact us.