about cmi

cmi speaker management is a global meeting industry leader.  We expertly represent an international roster of carefully selected speakers who positively impact millions of people through their keynote speeches, books, and thought leadership.

Doing business from the heart and having a service-forward mindset is the only way that works for us. It works for our clients as well. We treat people like family. We’re lightning fast to respond. We’re open and honest. We’re creative and collaborative. And lifting people up is on all of our daily to-do lists.

Our goal is to ensure a connection between empowered senior executives, talented meeting professionals and the absolute best speakers in the business, with the right message for their audience. The kind of message that affects positive change. Moves people to get next-level results. Empowers organizations to grow and create in new and extraordinary ways.

our story

Karen Harris, our fearless leader, founder and CEO, is known worldwide for her high level of integrity and tireless work to advance ethical business practices in our industry. She had a seat on the Board of Governors of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus for seven years and held the office of President. She’s passionate about what she does. She’s a driving force for our clients. She’s the one you want in your corner when you’re building your empire.

Our incomparable rock star team is comprised of individuals who want to make a difference. A big one. In the lives of those around us. And they do just that on a daily basis in our high integrity, family-oriented culture. We even throw a whole lot of fun into the mix to keep things interesting and momentum high.  Our fiercely entrepreneurial founder deeply cares about changing the world, and we’ve got her back on that. We’re also over-the-top thrilled to do our part to elevate the lives and businesses of all our clients as well.  Oh, and we get to rub shoulders with ‘near celebrities’ on a regular basis. How’s that for a trifecta of goodness? We love a good win-win-win, don’t you?


our team


Karen Harris

CEO | Super Promoter

Rebecca Clark

Vice President | The Fairy Godmother
Elizabeth Sande

Elizabeth Sande

Marketing Manager | Word Nerd & Conjurer of Light Bulb Moments

Adrienne Albrecht

Accountant Extraordinaire

Tara Black

Executive Assistant | Chief Zen Officer & Scheduling Wizard

Elyse Fortier

Executive Assistant | Event & Workflow Jedi

our values


cmi is a dedicated team of women who are advocates for knowledge experts who speak. We strive to make the world a better place through our speakers' keynotes, training and consulting, while conducting business from the heart and exemplifying a growth mindset.

What We Value at cmi

  • Integrity matters.
  • Honesty is essential.
  • Accountability is the only way to solve problems.
  • Speed is everything.
  • Accuracy is tantamount to speed.
  • We take care of people...our clients, our speakers, our employees.

giving back

karen africa
karen africa

In 2001, our President, Karen Harris, traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She thought she was going to ‘just climb a mountain’. It turned out to be much more life-changing. She saw abject poverty, children living in cardboard shacks, young men carrying 100 lbs. on their heads up the mountain for $2.00 a day. The thing she discovered?  Regardless of these conditions, she heard the guides and the cooks happily singing while they worked. She was awestruck by how happy they were and witnessed a closeness of community and family that truly touched her heart. When she got home, she vowed to support the people in third world countries who have so much less than we do and yet so much more.

On behalf of each of our speakers, we sponsor a child through various organizations chosen by our Founder, Karen Harris: World Vision, Compassion Canada and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.

In addition, each of our team members give back in their own way to a wide variety of organizations and causes. Watch the video below to learn about that.

Sponsored Children with World Vision and Compassion Canada:

  • Jenipher Nyagancha
  • Rodela Akter
  • Dewi Randika
  • Liza
  • Patrick F
  • Fransisco Angkas
  • Jhon Ram
  • Myra L.
  • Ashwet Prince
  • Anisha

what people say about cmi

Thank you for your outstanding work too in bringing all the details together for a very positive experience. It was good working with cmi – I appreciate your attention to detail and flexibility with my requests, even with short notice.

Suzanne Oliver, MACU

I used cmi speaker management to book Tim Sanders as the Keynote Speaker and I was really impressed - and thankful - for the service they provided me. Obviously launching a new conference is anxiety-inducing, even in the best of times, but working with Karen and had her team put me at ease, as they helped me predict and plan costs and provided round the clock assistance to make sure Tim knew exactly where to be, at what time, and was prepared to kick off the show. The audience absolutely loved Tim's presentation, which was customized and adapted to our chosen topics, and our first event really made an impact. I'm getting ready to do the next one now and will work with cmi again.

Jonathan Allen, EQstl.com

Working with cmi speakers couldn’t have been easier.  Karen and her team are very responsive and flexible! I highly recommend cmi speakers - they are fantastic to work with and deliver on their promises!

Jamie Thomas, American Equity

"cmi was thorough, prompt, professional, and friendly – which made them so easy to work with! Looking forward to working with them on future bookings."

Valinda Washington, Asset Marketing

"I want to tell you is how happy I am to have found cmi. From the beginning, you developed a relationship with me and worked so hard to help me find the perfect speakers. And you did. They were absolutely perfect and exactly what I was looking for. Once we settled on our speakers, then I was well taken care of by cmi staff.

I have worked with many speakers bureaus in the 25 years I have been putting on conferences. cmi stands out as being exceptional. Your selection of speakers, attention to detail, professionalism and willingness to always go the extra mile are what makes cmi my first choice. Thank you and your staff; you are clearly a fantastic team!"

Jean Capon, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

“cmi speaker management was very easy to work with.  They helped us negotiate a speaker fee that fit our budget and framed the presentation to our audience.  Overall, it was a great experience working with their team.”

Sean Tucker, Children's Mercy Hospital

"I could not have built my business without my partnership with cmi. They make my life easier, and most importantly, my client's lives easier."

Mike Walsh

"I sincerely appreciate all that you’ve done for me and our event over the past three years. It’s really great to work with such a great partner in this planning and know that we can turn to your company for superb recommendations!"

Lindsay LaNore, ICBA

“They make my life easier. My business more profitable. My systems stronger. My client engagement higher. cmi is THE team and partner I could not do without!”

Tim Sanders

"The service and communication with the cmi organization was simply outstanding! I look forward to working with the cmi Speakers team again in the future!"

James Lenz, CUES

“I’ve been working with Karen for 2 years and I honestly believe that I have a speaking business because of her and her awesome team. I’m a speaker from South Australia - Karen’s team helped me build such a great speaking career that I just recently relocated my entire family to Los Angeles. Now if that doesn’t speak to cmi’s brilliance I don’t know what will. They are A players. This year I set cmi a goal of 50 events and they far exceeded that. Aside from this what I love most about Karen and her team is that they treat me like family. They care about my well being, they care about my family and they care about my dreams. Thank you cmi for all that you do and thank you Karen for your leadership with your team and also your guidance in my career. Love ya!”

Vinh Giang

“In my opinion Karen Harris is one of the best in the business at Speaker Management. She is highly respected by speaker agents in the US, Canada and Internationally. When Karen calls a speaker’s agency like ours and says she has a great new speaker we sit up and pay full attention. Over the years she has brought us speakers we had never heard of and with Karen’s advice and coaching those speakers have become a major part of our business. cmi under Karen’s leadership has gone from being just a supplier to a great partner in our success.  Wonderful person to work with and brilliant at helping a speaker develop their brand.”

Derek Sweeney, The Sweeney Agency

“Karen Harris and the entire team at CMI have been the perfect partners. They have increased my bookings, built strong relationships with Bureaus, and helped me to shape my marketing and my message! True professionals!”

Ty Bennett

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