SixFigureStart® co-founders Caroline Ceniza-Levine and Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio are experienced keynote speakers with proven advice for helping people build fulfilling and financially rewarding careers.

Caroline and Connie have spoken to hundreds of audiences including Bank of America, Time Warner, Google, Goldman Sachs, Columbia University, NYU and more.

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What you can expect working with SixFigureStart®


Caroline and Connie’s speaking style is engaging and filled with stories and examples from their personal experience. They create an interactive environment by introducing exercises that get the audience involved and they let their personalities shine through with a dose of humor.

Actionable Ideas

Caroline and Connie’s keynote presentations inspire audience members to take action on what they want most for their careers. But inspiration alone is not enough. That’s why every keynote presentation includes actionable ideas and useful tips that will help audience members land a fulfilling and financially rewarding career.


Connie and Caroline are former Fortune 500 executive recruiters who have been speaking to associations, companies and universities since 2007. They have an ability to interact with the audience to extract and answer their most burning questions. Attendees leave feeling purposeful and prepared to take the next step.

  • Best opening ever!!
  • Awesome speaker, high energy, fabulous humor. Ideas that are easy to implement
  • Outstanding speaker – clearly practices what she teaches
  • Great session – so easy to listen to and take in all the great information she had to share. I love having tangible takeaways
  • Loved this session! The interactive portion was great, and her technique for gaining control after was genius.

Above are direct quotes from feedback forms about Caroline’s keynote at the 2017 IPMA Conference in New Orleans, LA

Speaking topics

Duration and topics are customized and can range from a 20-minute keynote to a full-day workshop.  Some of our most requested topics include:

Resilience in Work and Life:  Overcome Obstacles to Your Success

Ideally, you want to be so prepared you don’t need to worry about resilience – you know how to focus, to muster peak performance at will, to maintain your energy. But sometimes you need to be resilient in the moment – to recover from a misstep at a meeting or a shaky start to a presentation. You also need to maintain your resilience in the long-term – market conditions change, your needs and goals become more demanding, you have more obligations vying for your time. Learn strategies to prepare for big events so you perform at your best. Learn how to recover if things do go wrong. Learn how to become more resilient day-to-day to achieve success despite change and challenging conditions.

Beyond Balance:  Integrating Your Personal and Professional Goals

The saying is “It’s not personal, it’s business.”  But in reality, it’s all personal, even business is personal!  Your professional life gives you fulfillment, stretches your skills, and impacts your emotions.  On a practical note, your professional life feeds your family and pays for your dreams.  Rather than divide what you do into professional (9a-5p) and personal (evenings and weekends), you need to move beyond balance and integrate your work and life.  Get the strategies and tips to manage your time, money and energy for personal AND professional goals, for everything that matters to you

The 4 Elements of Personal Branding

We all hear about the importance of Personal Branding, but what does that mean exactly? There are 4 elements in branding, all of which you can maximize: reputation; actions; focus; style. Learn strategies to strengthen, refine, or change your brand. Learn how to tailor your brand to different audiences and goals. Learn different approaches to establishing your expertise, including case studies of real people who have successfully captured the attention of senior management, media, investors, and strategic partners.

Schmooze or Lose: Advanced Networking Strategies

Do you know what’s working and what’s missing with your network?  Do you know how to introduce yourself and develop rapport with people — are you clear, are you memorable?  We all have heard that networking is critical to a successful career or business. But what exactly do you do with all these people that you meet? Learn how to master all 4 stages of networking: research; approach; follow-up; request.  It’s not just about meeting people and getting things!  Get practical suggestions on how to incorporate networking into your day-to-day. Learn to identify and attract the people who can support you. Get strategies to follow-up without pestering, to engage your network so they WANT to help you, and to create ways to collaborate for mutual benefit.

Additional topics are offered and can be customized upon request.  Popular topics include:

  • Three Mindset Shifts For Breakthrough Career Success
  • How To Build A Strong Career In A Future With More Uncertainty
  • Getting To Next: 10 Steps To Career Advancement
  • Leading By Fear v. Love: Strategies For Effective Collaboration
  • Seven Steps To Successful Negotiations
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Cultivating Win-Win Relationships With Colleagues and Clients
  • Six Steps To Job Search Success
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