Cynthia Lockrey

Cynthia Lockrey

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Victoria, British Columbia

Changemaker, Communications Expert – Empowering people to communicate with confidence.

Cynthia Lockrey is a change maker and communications expert. She shifts people, teams, organizations and cultures to go from overwhelmed to clear and activated. She does this through her writing, speaking, training and coaching. Having started her career as a newspaper editor, she draws upon storytelling to get people to tune-in and be engaged with the content she’s sharing. Combining her 25+ years of public relations experience with her lived experience of being a mom and sister of two autistic individuals, Cynthia shares practical advice on how people can improve their communications skills and advocate for change. Over her career, she has worked as a post-secondary instructor, media and crisis communications lead for a Venue City for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, emergency/public information officer for three local governments, communications manager, consultant, strategic advisor and leadership coach.

CYNTHIA LOCKREY BIOGRAPHY

Cynthia Lockrey is a change maker and communications expert. She shifts people, teams, organizations and cultures to go from overwhelmed to clear and activated. She does this through her writing, speaking, training and coaching. Having started her career as a reporter and newspaper editor, she draws upon storytelling to get people to tune-in and be engaged with the content she’s sharing.

As a seasoned conference speaker and corporate trainer, she’s worked with non-profits, corporations, conferences, and organizations across North America. She’s comfortable speaking to crowds from a few dozen to over 600 people and is consistently ranked as a top speaker as she customizes her presentations to meet the needs of the audience. Cynthia is skilled at breaking down communications fundamentals into bite size and easy to implement pieces.

Combining her over 25 years of public relations experience with her lived experience of being a mom and sister of two autistic individuals, Cynthia delivers presentations for professional development as well as personal growth. She shares practical advice on how people can improve their communications skills and advocate for change. In her role as author of two patient advocacy books and mom, she’s a regular contributor on regional and national media, as well as presenter in the BC legislature, advocating for kids with disabilities.

Cynthia’s proud of how she’s combined her passion for helping others with her professional experience working in public relations and journalism. As a skilled storyteller, she weaves in practical examples and real-life experience while helping others become strong communicators and advocates. Participants leave with practical tools, techniques and the inspiration to implement what they’ve learned.

Over her 25 years career, Cynthia has worked as a post-secondary instructor developing and delivering communications and strategic planning courses, media and crisis communications lead for a Venue City for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, emergency/public information officer for three local governments with extensive emergency management training and on-the ground experience, communications manager and consultant working with non-profit, corporate and government clients as well as a leadership coach, helping individuals find their voice and be clear on their path. As the BC host for Canada’s Podcast, she shares the stories of Canadian entrepreneurs. Hailing from Ontario, she’s now proud to call beautiful Vancouver Island home with her husband, two kids, two dogs and five ducks.

Videos

Podcasts

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Canada's Podcast

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Treat yourself like a million dollar client
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Radio Free 501c

Cecilia Sepp, CAE, ACNP

Content Creation and Repurposing with Cynthia Lockrey
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Radio Free 501c

Cecilia Sepp, CAE, ACNP

Nonprofit Conversations | Curiosity! with Cynthia Lockrey

Cynthia Lockrey Topic Presentations

how to harness the power of storytelling to make a personal connection

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • We now have countless technologies and ways to share information, yet the age-old tool of storytelling is still the best way to make a personal connection so people tune in and understand what you’re saying. Storytelling is a powerful tool to use in presentations, meetings, one-on-one conversations and other communications.

    Too often we focus on what I think is important, what I want people to know instead of taking the time to understand the other person’s needs and interests, and craft messaging that connects to them, not you.

    Cynthia draws upon her 25+ years of public relations experience to help people use storytelling to breakdown walls, make a personal connection and be heard. She has given this presentation to organizations across North America, ranging from healthcare, education, non-profit, government and corporate clients, adapting the presentation to meet the unique needs of the audience.

    Participants will learn:

    • How storytelling changes the way our brain processes and connects with information.
    • The elements of an impactful story.
    • The role of emotions and facts to help ensure different personality types make a connection; and
    • How to integrate storytelling to improve your communications style (in both your professional and personal life).

    Takeaways:

    • A clear understanding of how to structure a story
    • Easy to implement ways to use storytelling to improve participants’ personal and professional communications style
    • A worksheet and e-book to help in story development
    • Ability to share stories with confidence

how to tell your story and advocate for change

how to manage crisis communications

how to present like a pro

how to communicate with families

media relations 101

Testimonials

Cynthia is a fantastic speaker. She has been speaking for SummersDirect events for 18 years and has been able to do so because she always delivers, comes back with fresh and engaging content and always rates as a top speaker. Cynthia knows her stuff. She delivers her content with real life case studies in a storytelling format with clear takeaways that delegates can walk away with and put into practice in their own work. Attendees at Cynthia’s sessions always learn something and when you see her name, you know you are getting a quality session.

Renee Summers

Founder
SummersDirect Conferences

After collaborating with Cynthia for the past three years, I cannot emphasize enough the positive impact she has had on our Emerging Advocate Program. Her authentic approach and effective coaching style empower our advocates to communicate their stories effectively to diverse audiences. Cynthia has mastered the art of storytelling and generously shares her own experiences to illustrate the essential techniques for authentically and powerfully conveying one’s narrative to achieve desired goals. With Cynthia as part of our faculty, our program stands out among others in its field.

Heather Moran Phillips

Director Advocacy and Programs
American Migraine Foundation

Cynthia has worked with our organization delivering workshops and training related to strategic communications. She is a skilled facilitator and speaker with years of practical experience to help engage the audience. Some of the focus areas she’s supported us with include: crisis communications, campaign development, storytelling and Indigenous relations.

Darryl McCarron

Manager of Corporate Marketing Communications
City of Surrey

Cynthia is a gifted facilitator. Her information flows directly from her experiences as a professional, and a parent. This makes her most credible. Community Living Chatham-Kent relied on Cynthia’s expertise in communications as we navigated the pandemic. Her advice was rooted in transparency, and empathy.

Ron Coristine

Executive Director
Community Living Chatham-Kent

We recently presented to a local group and your techniques work! We have so much information to share that it’s impossible to remain focused, but you sharing your strategies helped. We used and stuck to the three key messages that we wanted to convey. This helped us transform our presentation, stay focused on our agenda items and refer people to follow us to learn about all the things that we do. So thank you and please keep up the great work!

Barb Lovell

Executive Director
Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village

Cynthia has an incredible capacity as a facilitator and communicator to invigorate and enliven every strategic process. Her insights are crystal clear and outcome focused. Cynthia helps people to realize their most authentic intentions and work toward positive, well-informed results.

Amy Melmock

Former Manager
Economic Development Cowichan

Articles & Media

How to Strengthen Your Advocacy Skills as a Caregiver

Autism BC

Cynthia Lockrey is a speaker, writer, advocate, and mom. In this guest blog, she shares with us 6 ways to strengthen your advocacy skills for your child on the spectrum. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, ‘advocacy’ was not a commonly used term. Yet, I watched my mother spend countless hours advocating for my autistic brother. All without support, guidance, or a community.
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Sarnia-born author's book guides voices for special needs kids

London Free Press

Sarnia native Cynthia Lockrey never set out to be a patient advocate. But after a high-risk pregnancy, strict inpatient bed rest and the responsibility of caring for a son with special needs, she knew she needed to step up.
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From one mom to another

Western News

Bookmarks spotlights the personalities and published books of faculty, staff and alumni. Today, Cynthia Lockrey, BA’95 (English/History), author of Bed Rest Mom: Surviving Pregnancy-Related Bed Rest with Your Sanity and Dignity Intact, answers questions on her ‘bookishness’ and writing.
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5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Raising an Autistic Child Article

The Mighty

Being the sister of an autistic man, I thought I knew a lot about autism. After all, I had grown up watching my brother struggle through the education system in the 1980s and was familiar with his stimming as well as challenges with changes to routine.
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CBC News

SBC

B.C. mom writes book to help parents of special needs children with back-to-school
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CBC News

SBC

Voters with disabilities disappointed, frustrated by B.C. election campaign
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Global News

SBC

Author Cynthia Lockrey’s new book, Your Child’s Voice
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Books

Crisis Communications: How to Take Control When You Feel You’re Losing Control
Crisis Communications: How to Take Control When You Feel You’re Losing Control
Whether it’s communicating business impacts due to COVID-19, having a board member resign or dealing with a natural disaster, at some point many businesses and organizations will need to communicate in a crisis. Like any business strategy, the key to successful communications is in the planning.
Bed Rest Mom – Surviving Pregnancy Related Bed Rest
Bed Rest Mom – Surviving Pregnancy Related Bed Rest
Bed Rest Mom is a support book to help pregnant women navigate the emotions, isolation and uncertainty that comes with home or hospital-based bed rest, written by a mom who survived both types of bed rest with two pregnancies.

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