Michelle Joyce

Fueled by her passion for managing and coaching professional speakers, Michelle Joyce founded her exclusive speaker management company in 2015. She and her team represent top keynote speakers on topics such as customer experience, marketing, leadership, workplace culture, employee retention, business growth, sales, customer service, organizational performance, communication, personal development, and the future of work.

With an unconditional love for the professional speaking industry, and more than 25 years of speaker management experience, Michelle effectively connects audiences and speakers, resulting in a memorable experience every time.

Recognized by Forbes as a Speaker Industry Expert, Michelle is a proven, trusted professional and is often called on to share her knowledge.

Prior to starting the company, 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 programs 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.

Michelle has been acknowledged in several business books for input, ideas, and expertise; and her articles have appeared in a variety of blogs and newsletters. She is an active, professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the International Association of Speaker Bureaus (IASB), where she currently serves as President-Elect.

In 2018, Michelle received the IASB Pace Setter Award for introducing a new program or service that moved the association forward. In 2020, Michelle was awarded the IASB Dottie Walters Helping Hands Award for recognition of exceptional willingness to assist others in the bureau and speaker management industry.

When she’s not managing speakers, Michelle co-leads a Girl Scout Troop of incredible future girl bosses. She can also be found at various youth sporting events; traveling and seeking new adventures; or spending time on the lake with her beautiful family and their spoiled-rotten labradoodle.

Tracy Cotton

Tracy Cotton brings more than a decade of industry experience to our team as a senior speaker agent, having worked with some of our fabulous industry partners previously.

As our Director of Memorable Experiences, Tracy works closely with speakers and clients to ensure extraordinary and inspiring events. Her commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of her work. From negotiating contracts and managing schedules to providing ongoing support and guidance, Tracy ensures that our speakers and our clients have a seamless and rewarding experience.

When she’s not managing speakers on our exclusive roster, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places and destinations, and indulging her passions for photography and cooking.

Kristina Magnuson

Our Director of Smooth Operations, Kristina Magnuson, loves helping professionals with the everyday tasks of business, so they can devote more time to their passions. (And we’re sure glad she does!) Kristina definitely helps to keep our business running smoothly.

A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and Kenan-Flagler Business School, Kristina managed the Family Enterprise Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler prior to joining the Michelle Joyce team. She also provided freelance bookkeeping and office management for other small businesses.

When she’s not reconnecting with our clients or balancing our books, Kristina can be found volunteering at her children’s school, riding her Peloton, lounging on her front porch with family and friends, and cheering for the North Carolina Tar Heels!  She normally has one of the following in front her:  Chardonnay, coffee, or water.

Maddie Jager

If you follow us on social media, you’ve seen the creative work of Maddie Jager, our Director of Details. What you don’t see are all the things Maddie does behind the scenes that help our team every day!

She is a graduate from Indiana University with a degree in Media Advertising and loves to create graphics that lead to fabulous first impressions. Before working for Michelle Joyce Speakers, Maddie worked for Convince and Convert, where she managed their social media.

When she’s not helping us look good, Maddie does calligraphy and window/chalkboard art (@mkhuntdesigns on Instagram). She loves spending time with her family, and can always be found at IU sporting events, a local coffee shop, or eating chips and queso.

Connor and Caitlin

Connor & Caitlin Joyce

As Heirs Apparent to the business, Connor and Caitlin volunteer their time organizing files and watching speaker videos on YouTube. They have an active role in “family dinners” when our speakers come to town. Connor and Caitlin are predominantly responsible for helping to maintain proper work/life balance for the team. When they are not assisting with junior administrative duties, they can be found attending school full time, riding their bikes, playing, and swimming.