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Inspiring Women in STEM Conference 2024

With Henna Pryor



Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me about the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on September 26th! It sounds like an incredible event.

I have included the session description for the Awkward and Upward! talk which I think will fit perfectly with the group and the theme of the event. As always, my team and I make customizations to ensure the audience has a tailored and personalized experience to resonate with what’s important to them today.

You’ll also find an overview of the kind of event experiences we’ve created for thousands of attendees in the last few years and our quote for the program.

Let’s set up another call in the near future to finalize the details. Look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks again!

Henna Pryor

A glimpse of Henna in action...

Keynote Session

Awkward and Upward!: Your surprising secret weapon for taking more professional risks

Advances in technology have made it easy to avoid real human interaction. While texting, online ordering, and “swiping right” is convenient, we’re losing the skills of relating to others, building trust and connection, and enduring the critical friction and messiness we get from being in proximity to each other. This weakening of our social muscles is slowly destroying our ability to take smart risks at work – like collaborating with colleagues, initiating tough conversations, speaking up, and sharing new ideas.

Risk-taking sounds good in theory, but most of us have a hard time moving from wishful thinking to execution. Why? Because when we have a chance to take a risk in the moment, we feel awkward – and that awkwardness bumps up against our deep desire for others to approve of us and what we do. As it turns out, it’s what we improve in the face of taking risks – often despite others’ judgment – that leads to the greatest growth. After all, the fastest path to major improvement comes from strengthening what’s weak, rather than what’s strong.

Join 2x TEDx Speaker, Executive Coach, and Workplace Performance Expert, Henna Pryor, to learn how embracing the Good Awkward is your secret weapon for skyrocketing teamwork, speaking up boldly, and strengthening your risk-taking muscle.

After this keynote, you’ll be able to:

  • Pinpoint the exact reason it’s been difficult to take risks – and how to move past it
  • Use deliberate discomfort and strategic microstressors to rebuild our social and risk-taking muscles
  • Create a custom plan for speaking up, sharing ideas, and being courageous and risk-ready whenever the chance arises

Happy clients are saying...

“In my role as a corporate event manager, I research hundreds of speakers and work directly with more than 20 speakers each year for various conferences. Henna stood out beginning with our initial discovery call. [She]  has a beautiful and bright personality paired with a savvy business acumen and dynamic presentation skills. If you have the opportunity to partner with Henna, I encourage you to do so and feel confident that she’ll take great care of your audience!”

Brittany Sewell, Events Manager, Express Employment International

The Experience

Working with Henna + her team

“She’s so on the ball – we keep hiring her!”

Meeting and event planners often call Henna one of the industry’s favorite speakers to work with! Why? Because she and her team are focused on the entire experience: Before, during and after the event.

“Still buzzing! Our entire group continues to share positive sentiments. Thank you so much for an amazing session! I would highly recommend Henna speaking ANYWHERE to ANY audience!”

Chefik Simo
Manager of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Getty Images

“Henna is one-of-a-kind to work with! She was a speaker for our Sales Leaders and had constant engagement and the most amazing feedback. For the rest of our meeting, everyone continued to use tactics and skills that Henna taught us in a very short time. She listened to her clients and delivers exactly and MORE! Thank you for being YOU, Henna!

Robin Burkhart
Business Planning Lead, Astrazeneca Oncology


I’m committed to creating as many insights and a-ha moments as possible, which means I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to help get your attendees excited and prepared for the event. Whether it’s a personalized pre-event video or a podcast interview, I want to help get them thinking before they arrive.

For most events, I’m happy to provide you with:

  • Event promotional video(s)
  • Interview for blog posts or podcasts

Henna and her team also believe that a great keynote requires thoughtful preparation. That means truly understanding your audience, their unique challenges and desires, and customizing the presentation to ensure the message truly lands.

Before any event, Henna does the following:

  • Completes extensive pre-event research and on-site discussions with audience members
  • Customizes the presentation
  • Rehearses extensively to ensure no surprises


Unlike many speakers, I don’t bolt for the door to catch the earliest flight out. Why? Because I know that when attendees have the chance to interact with your keynote speakers, they’re able to get their questions answered and take more away from the event.

While I’m there, I’m happy to:

  • Organize a book signing
  • Do a breakfast executive roundtable
  • Attend cocktail hour
  • Participate on a panel/fireside chat
  • Conduct office hours

I love coming up with creative ways to add value to your event. What can I do to help you make it memorable for you? Let’s brainstorm.


As an event organizer, I know how exhausting running an event can be. (And there’s never quite enough coffee!) That’s why my team and I want to ensure you have easy access to the necessary assets to make all your event follow-up, easy, fun, and memorable.

Within 48 hours of the event’s end, we’re happy to provide any of the following:

  • A custom handout with key takeaways from the program
  • A short reminder video to keep people focused and inspired when they get back to their desk
  • A podcast interview or blog post interview about the event

The Investment

Our fee includes everything. Our proposals are all-inclusive (even the travel expenses are included!) That way, there are no surprises for anyone.

Your investment?


This includes:

  • One 60 minute in-person keynote presentation
  • One optional Fireside Chat, Executive Roundtable, or Panel
  • Custom promotional video
  • Books for every single attendee
  • Book signing
  • Social media promotion
  • Round trip airfare (if applicable)
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel accommodations (if applicable)

Next Steps!

I have the date held on the calendar and am grateful for the opportunity to present for the group!  I’d love to jump on another call with the team to brainstorm ideas, if you’d like to move forward.

Let me know what you think! Excited to hear back from you.

Henna Pryor

About Henna

Henna Pryor, PCC is a highly sought after Workplace Performance Expert and an award-winning 2x TEDx and global keynote speaker, virtual presenter, author, and professional executive coach. She’s known for her science-backed approach to improving the performance, habits, and actions of hungry high achievers – in her fun, no-nonsense, no-jargon way – to move them from their first level of success to their next one.

She has been invited to speak twice for TEDx in New York City and Wilmington, DE and brings her expertise to a variety of global organizations including Google, Workday, FIS Global, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also been featured in top TV, podcast, and print media including Forbes, NBC, Washington Post, Fast Company, and more.

Henna founded Pryority Group – a fast-growing performance growth firm – to expand on her belief that the key to most people’s success is leaning into awkwardness a little bit longer to skyrocket strategic risk-taking and be braver in the work that we do.

She’s recognized as a 2024 SUCCESS Magazine Woman of Influence, and her best-selling book, Good Awkward, was endorsed by NFL Quarterback Russell Wilson and former HBR Editor Karen Dillon, and was named a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2023.