Meet Our Team

michelle-rightMichelle Joyce

Michelle combined her passion of managing and coaching professional speakers to create the company in 2015.

With an unconditional love for the professional speaking industry, Michelle effectively connects audiences and speakers, resulting in a memorable experience every time.

For nearly two decades, she managed one of the most successful professional speaking and training businesses in the country. In that role, she sold thousands of customized and personalized seminars to companies and associations all over the globe. She generated new, additional revenue streams, and created ongoing marketing and creative strategies to stay top of mind and attract new business. Michelle also designed specific tools and processes to ensure a flawless event for her speakers and her customers.

As an experienced, proven, and trusted industry professional, Michelle’s coaching and consulting programs help individuals create stronger, more attractive brands; develop relevant seminar content and stories; polish their presentation skills; and generate more awareness for their products and services. Michelle creates lifelong friendships with all of her clients and delivers lasting results.

Michelle has been acknowledged in five business books for input, ideas, and expertise; and her articles have appeared in a variety of blogs and newsletters. She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the International Association of Speaker Bureaus (IASB).

When she’s not booking or coaching speakers, Michelle can be found volunteering for an event or committee; cooking and baking for one of her famous parties; or spending time on the lake with her beautiful family.

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Vanessa Murray

Vanessa Murray, Director of Business Development, is our silver bullet for making new connections, building relationships, and elevating event experiences. She brings over 19 years of combined marketing and relationship-based sales experience to our team. Vanessa is a natural networker, and is always seeking creative ways to bring forces together that will create positive impact in the world.

When she’s not connecting with event planners or booking speakers, she eagerly helps her corporate consulting clients with sponsorship sales and developing marketing plans for their events.

In her free time, you can find her fundraising for the YMCA of Greater Seattle Camping & Outdoor Leadership, instructing children on the ski slopes, swinging a golf club with her husband, or cheering for her three active sons at their sporting events. She is a proud Marketing and International Business graduate from Appalachian State University.

Connect with Vanessa here.


jamie-rightJamie Filotei Pennington

As our cherished Director of Details, Jamie has an innate passion for creating loyal relationships and serving others. Whether she is assisting our speakers, managing projects for our team, or generating new content, Jamie is always looking to do a first-class job.

Prior to joining Michelle Joyce, she worked for a top speaking and training company. Jamie helped to develop, grow, certify, and manage a global team of 250 professionals who are licensed to deliver award-winning classroom and online training. She also worked to create customized training for companies that included both in-person and web-based solutions.

When she’s not motivating our team, she can be found leading group exercise classes at the crack of dawn.


kristina-rightKristina Magnuson

Our Bookkeeper Extraordinaire, Kristina Magnuson, loves helping professionals with the routine tasks of business, so they can devote more time to their passions. (We’re sure glad she does!) And while she might be behind-the-scenes, Kristina definitely helps to keep our business running smoothly.

Prior to joining the Michelle Joyce team, Kristina managed the Family Enterprise Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She also does freelance bookkeeping and office management for other small businesses.

When she’s not balancing our books, Kristina can be found volunteering at her children’s school, running, lounging on her front porch with family and friends, and cheering for the North Carolina Tar Heels!


Neil Joyce

neil-kidsAlthough his day job includes procurement, contract management, and sourcing for the nation’s leading financial institution, Neil graciously volunteers his time as our Resident CTO. (Neil doesn’t recall volunteering for this position.)

When Neil is not providing his technical expertise or helping us brainstorm, he can be found woodworking, fishing, and coaching youth sports.


Connor & Caitlin Joyce

As the Heirs Apparent to the business, Connor and Caitlin volunteer their time organizing files and maintaining our speaker roster in their respective Pokémon and Hello Kitty journals. They are predominantly responsible for helping to maintain proper work/life balance for the team. When they are not assisting with administrative duties, they can be found attending school full time, riding their bikes, playing, and swimming.