Emcee, Moderator & Keynote Speaker

Wendee Lee Curtis
Speaking Fee: $10,000 to $20,000

Travels From: ORD - Chicago (All Airports)

Primary Topic Category: Moderators

Secondary Topic Category: African American & Black

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Wendee Lee Curtis At A Glance:

Wendee Lee Curtis is a veteran news anchor and Broadway performer bringing the art of news-level production, live entertainment, and the magic of connection to your virtual, hybrid and in-person events. Her experience in both the corporate and theatrical worlds makes her an ideal presenter for hybrid events that need to reach all attendees, virtual or in-house, to be memorable. With her expert knowledge and powerful presence, Wendee will keep your audience engaged from beginning to end. A faculty member at Cornell University, Wendee teaches MBA candidates and legacy leaders how to be candid, confident and captivating on camera.

Wendee Lee Curtis is a veteran news anchor and Broadway performer bringing the art of news-level production, live entertainment, and the magic of connection to your virtual and in-person events. A faculty member at Cornell University, Wendee teaches MBA candidates and legacy leaders how to be candid, confident and captivating on camera.

Her experience in both the corporate and theatrical worlds makes her an ideal presenter for hybrid events that need to reach all attendees, virtual or in-house, to be memorable. With her expert knowledge and powerful presence, Wendee will keep your audience engaged from beginning to end.

Highlights of on-camera celebrity interviewing includes: Joe Jackson (Father of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson) for the documentary “Making Michael”; The EPIC Conference with Billy Porter, Misty Copeland, Lilias White, and Douglas Lyons; Individual interviews with well-known personalities such as: Liza Minnelli, Donald Trump, Wayne Brady, Al Green, Tony Danza, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Pickler, Jerry O’Connell and EXTRA co-hosts Dayna Devon and Mark McGrath.

Additional hosting experience includes live events for: WeTV, Disney Family’s Chick Chat: a Girl’s Guide to Life with Teri Hatcher; Tone Network’s “Tone Talks” with Rachel DeAlto, Joyce Marter, and Tara Stiles; and CCA Live with Liz J. Simpson.

Wendee’s moderator and emcee experience also includes live events for numerous pharmaceutical and Fortune 100 companies: AstraZeneca, GE Healthcare, Pfizer, Moderna, Sanofi, Roche, Genentech, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pepsi, Grant Thornton, and Thomson Reuters.

Wendee’s love for entertainment is matched only by her love of adventure and global travel with visits to more than 32 countries and 36 of the 50 United States.

  • The Broadway Blueprint™: Building Belonging

    In an era where remote and hybrid work models have fragmented corporate cultures, the quest for a unified, engaged and dynamic team environment is more critical than ever. Drawing from Broadway's centuries-old model of uniting diverse talents into cohesive teams, organizations can transcend the challenges of distance and disconnection, fostering collaboration, adaptability, and deep connection that not only drive performance and purpose but also imbue teams with a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

    Are you ready to explore the theater of team building? Join veteran Broadway performer Wendee Lee Curtis for a captivating keynote on how to create strong team cultures by leveraging lessons from the Broadway stage! You'll learn and use UNIQUE tried-and-true theatrical principles to QUICKLY build strong and resilient teams within your organizations.

    Learning Outcomes:
    •Learn how the ethos of musical theater can serve as a roadmap for people to come together and develop creative approaches for collaboration & community.
    •Experience the power of theater-inspired exercises to strengthen team cohesion and identity.
    •See how choreography and vibrant storytelling can produce powerful legacy communities.

    With fun exercises and thought-provoking reflections, you'll discover how Broadway-inspired techniques can be used to turn a group of people into a passionate community of performers; raising the curtain and taking teams to the next level – TOGETHER
  • Connected Confidence

    Disengaged employees have led to a staggering $7.8 trillion in global productivity losses, highlighting the urgent need for effective virtual communication. As the digital landscape evolves, mastering confident and authentic online interactions has become indispensable for today’s corporate leaders.

    Connected Confidence is a dynamic, transformative 45-minute interactive workshop + 15 min Q&A tailored for legacy leaders and entrepreneurs keen on upgrading their virtual presentation prowess. This session is designed to shift virtual communication from a source of anxiety to one of excitement and excellence, enabling participants to project their messages with absolute confidence and connection. During this immersive workshop, participants will:

    •Embrace authenticity, stop chasing perfection and start sharing in a way that connects. (“Keep it 100”)
    •Learn to energize their delivery through simple script formatting techniques. (“Pimp your prompter”)
    •Insights into optimizing your setup for superior audio/visual quality, ensuring you're seen and heard in the best light. (“Set the stage”)
    •Methods to move from anxiety to excitement effortlessly

    Connected Confidence elevates your virtual presence by directly applying actionable strategies from the stage to the screen. This 45-minute interactive Keynote Workshop is designed to ensure every online interaction you engage in is impactful, engaging, and authentically you. From the moment you walk out the door, you'll be equipped to apply what you've learned, armed with the tools and techniques to transform their digital communications INSTANTLY.

Wendee Lee has knocked our show out of the park for the last 3 years! We put her into a live broadcast booth with little scripting and very technical subject matter. Wendee’s smarts, professionalism, and personality really put the client hosts at ease in front of the camera. She created a comfortable dialogue with difficult subject matter. Watching Wendee at work, I said to our client, “She is the reason we hire a professional on-camera host. You can’t mess around with a live broadcast.” I can’t wait to work with Wendee Lee again!

— Chris Nicholson Executive Producer/Producer- (Plexus Productions)

Thank you, Wendee! You’re a real pro and did such a great job. I saw it all from my monitoring workstation in broadcast. I look forward to future opportunities to engage you.

— Kit Andersen Production Executive Leader / Executive Producer: Strategic and Creative Leader and Doer (Experiential Marketing, Digital, and Production Everything)

You did it again!! Another successful Tone Talk, hosted by you, Wendee. You have a knack for creating an atmosphere that is informative yet fun, stimulating yet sensitive. And the chemistry between you and Rachel DeAlto was fantastic.It all made for a power-packed hour for our Tone members and we are forever grateful to you for leading such a stellar event.” #womenhelpingwomen

— Randi Subarsky Head of Content & Strategic Planning

Get Wendee Lee on your show and you are in great hands!! Smart, funny, authentic, curious, passionate, eloquent, couldn't ask for more!

— Matthew Stern Stage Manager, Show Caller, Educator, Producer of the Broadway Stage Management Symposium & Board Member of the SMA

Wendee is AMAZING!! From the first time we spoke, and throughout the process of working together, she was approachable, flexible, and responsive. She did a great job emceeing 2 programs for the same client (they loved her so much the first time, they asked her back for another program 6 months later!) Wendee was great at preparation and following the script but always brought her own personality and flare to each task. A true professional and fun to work with to boot, I cannot recommend her enough! A true star! Thanks for being amazing Wendee! Can’t wait to work together again!!

— Andrea (Stauder) Nichols, VP, Experience Delivery / Executive Producer InVision Communications

Wendee was our Emcee at a National Sales Meeting for a well-known Pharma company. It was a two week meeting and Wendee started each day with the most amazing energy, poise, humor, class and effectiveness. She was loved by all the presenters she interacted with as well as over 600 attendees. If you are looking for a wonderful Emcee/Host for your event I would highly recommend without ANY reservations Wendee Lee Curtis. Feel free to contact me with any questions or for a reference.

— Robert Kalfin, Executive Producer / Production Stage Manager / Director

Wendee Lee Curtis was a phenomenal host of a podcast series we produced together. Always a professional and flexible in these unknown times, she was such a pleasure to work with! Thank you, Wendee!

— Patrick Crosson, CMP, DES, Chief Experience Owner at PC Events & Experiences

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