Signature Talks & Workshops

Bring Your Team Together

At times, leaders need to offer development opportunities in a snackable size. You may plan to bring your team together to inspire, motivate, and encourage. Information that is compact and fills a specific need is what you require. We offer custom, signature talks in various formats tailored to your employee development needs.

Several delivery methods allow us to suit your time requirements, logistics, and budget. Signature talks can be presented as:




Be Renewed

Participants report feeling renewed energy and enthusiasm to make a positive impact. The excitement can be felt. Leaders want to return right away  and implement new ideas to improve their work environment and make a difference. These high energy leaders recognize the connection between quality development and results.

A Few Outcomes
  • Team communication that grows toward being transparent and honest
  • Skills to measure progress in behavior change
  • Better retention as people feel your investment in their professional development
  • Better efficiencies as your team works together
  • Concrete skills to build bridges and create a respectful environment
  • Create a culture where respect is valued and practiced
  • Less stress and destructive conflict


  • Building Influential Leaders – Measure for Success

    Organizations are losing leadership bench strength at a furious pace. This workshop provides the building blocks to develop influential leaders. Then, gives the tools needed to measure behavior change.

  • Changing the Generations Conversation

    Generation bashing is hurting organizational performance. How do you put the brakes on this destructive practice? This workshop shows how to cut the stereotyping and focus on what really matters – engaged and motivated people.

  • Building a Respectful Workplace

    Leaders know that discriminatory practices can no longer be accepted in the workplace. But, how to eliminate discrimination and build positive working relationships at the same time? We’ll show you how.

  • Additional Topics

    Inquire about a tailored signature talk for your specific need.

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  • Nic Munson
    Operations Manager
    Modern Electron
    Nancy is extremely insightful and intelligent. Her rich professional experience shines through in the most humbling of ways. She is understanding of our needs and flexible to our busy schedules. Nancy is an absolute pleasure to partner with!
  • Kevin Hayes
    National Market Development
    Belco Forest Products
    I have taken dozens of personal and professional assessments in my long career. The LEAP program surveys were by far the most revealing and insightful I have experienced. The real benefits surfaced as Nancy walked me through the results explaining the various nuances and how they pertain to my leadership style. She helped uncover communication strategies to use with customers, peers and fellow staffers. Altogether I highly recommend her program to anyone. She goes far beyond the assessments in delivering actionable recommendations.
  • Nancy Nieraeth
    Director, Talent Acquisition & Development
    Nancy Maki is a rare form of consultant, an experienced practitioner with broad expertise who isn’t content to use her toolkit in the accustomed ways. Her background in human development and her deep listening approach ensure she and the Open Gate team are delivering workable solutions finely tuned to address your specific business concerns. Don’t let Nancy’s unflappable demeanor fool you—while her great respect for human beings in the world of work is unsurpassed, the leader’s needs for accountability, productivity, and effectiveness are foundational to her practice. Working with her, you’ll get the “people stuff” done right while achieving the outcomes you require.
  • Christian Renner
    Senior Compensation Consultant
    I personally have worked with Nancy Maki directly on many high level, confidential, and very sensitive projects. I have found her to be an excellent partner, who gives sound, useful recommendations and direction and cannot sing her praises high enough. She is bright, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and innovative. I recommend that if you get the chance to partner or work with her, you will not be disappointed. She deserves my highest regards.
  • Mike Sotelo
    Approach Management Services
    It's the best money I have ever spent on anything in my company!
  • Scott Currier
    Logistics Director
    Every leader should go through LEAP! It’s a self-centering experience with an awareness of your surroundings.
  • Bob Oates
    Bob Oates Sewer and Plumbing
    The investment in my employees and the LEAP program builds trust and loyalty in the company.
  • Max Mankin
    Modern Electron
    The attention to concrete objectives and measurable outcomes is refreshing.  This fact is especially true when we consider how to develop our people.  In an inherently difficult to measure process, Nancy brings a thorough, thoughtful approach that we will tap again and again as our company grows.
  • Kirk Balin
    Regional Vice President
    The Householder Group
    If you want to find a consultant who knows and understands business – call Nancy. Her methodical and logical approach brings a level of objectivity to her consultations that is unmatched. At the same time, her knowledge and skill in dealing with the human side of business completes the picture. Your team will exceed their goals.
  • Yong Sun
    Product Manager
    …Nancy impressed me as a TRUE professional. After my first conversation with her. The following was what I had written down on my notes: “It seems to me, Nancy finished her introduction, stated her objectives, emphasized the confidentiality, and informed me about the process, even scheduled the next meeting time/place, all within 30 minutes or so. Everything was done in a smooth and relatively slow pace, yet with absolute clarity. She emphasized wherever need to be emphasized, went over non-essential part in fast pace. Throughout her conversation, she was always calm and re-assuring. She used a lot of “we” and called me by the name whenever she wanted my attention.” From then on, I was hooked with the coaching sessions. It felt like I had just discovered a new continent. I learned to become aware of my emotions, learned to pay attention to my bad habits (e.g. short eye contact, raising voice, use of “I” and “you”), and learned to hold my thoughts for more appropriate occasions. Working with Nancy was like a breeze, she’d guide me not by leading, but by walking alongside; she pointed out places for improvement by letting myself analyze and discover the root cause; she also gave me insights of certain situation by offering alternative views. Over all, I went through 5 coaching sessions with Nancy. She was always well-prepared. Working with her felt like combing through the entangled mess of my own thoughts. She had the magic ability to connect with you, to sympathize with your situation, and to let you find your way out. I strongly recommend Nancy for anyone who is looking to improve his/her ability in communication/management.

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