speaking & workshops

big ideas, actionable steps

Justine’s engaging, fun, and entertaining talks provide her audience with the inspiration, motivation, and practical steps they need to move their business or career forward.

With a knack for breaking big ideas into small steps, re-framing limiting beliefs, and sharing personal anecdotes everyone can relate to, Justine helps her audience take the actions they need to turn big ideas into reality.

Justine speaks on personal branding, marketing, mindset, and money. She will bring one of her signature presentations to your audience, or craft something just for you.

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Justine is available for keynotes, workshops and breakouts. Her audiences include entrepreneurs, freelancers, creative professionals, and students. Use the button below to contact Justine about your upcoming event.

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speaking testimonials

"Justine is a thoughtful and insightful speaker who walks her talk. I relish the way she brings both authority and openness to what she shares. One of the things that have always stood out to me about Justine is just how much care she puts into the work she does and the way she shows up in the world."

—Tara McMullin, Founder and host of What Works podcast

"Justine's experience coaching creative entrepreneurs and freelancers made her an ideal keynote speaker for Brooklyn Public Library’s 2019 ‘Celebrate Small Business’ conference. Justine’s talk, which focused on creating purposeful, profitable businesses, inspired our audience, and her personal story helped to uplift and motivate a group of creative entrepreneurs navigating what can be a challenging road to success."

—Natalie Cannestra, Senior Librarian I, Business & Career Center Brooklyn Public Library

"Thank you so much for the inspiring and info-packed talk you gave at Spark Brooklyn last night. I left feeling empowered to identify my specialties and clients and grow my business.

As you know, one of the biggest challenges of the freelance life is identifying what opportunities are "worth" your time. If every freelance meetup offered the chance to hear a speaker as dynamic and generous (with her time and wisdom) as you, I'd go to one every night of the week!"

—Erin Klabunde, Editor and Writer

"I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed your Crafting Your Brand Story workshop during the Culinary Entrepreneurship course. I feel like I learned more in those 2-hours than I did during my 4-years in college. You were engaging, inspiring, and so much fun to listen to!”

—Allie Schwartz, Culinary Entrepreneur

"It was such a pleasure taking your workshop at the Mastered Live event. I found it very empowering and also motivating and am eternally grateful. Thank you so much for your time."

—Natashia Miyazaki, fashion designer

“We brought Justine in to work with the students in our Culinary Entrepreneurship program—to help them develop and refine the stories behind their business vision.  Justine’s concept of brand-building through well crafted and compelling story telling resonated immediately with our students and the clarity and structure that she brought to her session allowed the students to improve their concept definitions considerably.  They loved the session and we plan to have Justine participate in all future programs.”

—Cathi Profitko, Director of Online Development, International Culinary Center®

“I've been working with Justine to develop bespoke content that helps creative professionals realize their potential in the fashion industry. Her ability to combine first-hand industry knowledge with a coach mentality allows her to deliver practical and transformative advice that helps people navigate real-world industry challenges. Oh, and she's a breeze to work with! Justine is patient, adaptable and generous with her insight, and her passion for helping others do their best work comes across in everything she does. I'm looking forward to working with her in the near future!”

—Emily McGuire, Producer at Mastered

­“Thank you for an amazing presentation. The students were engaged by your materials, inspired by your presentation, and gained both the motivation and practical next steps to move their freelance careers forward.”

—Rhonda Schaller, Former Assistant Director of Career Development at School of Visual Arts, NYC

“We have had Justine Clay as a guest speaker at Spark Design Professionals twice now. As a non-profit organization that helps design business owners learn how to successfully operate and grow their business, it is important for us to have the best business coaches and gurus speak to our members and guests. Justine’s expertise and advice on how to better network in order to grow your business is invaluable. Justine’s methods work and I have had attendees of our events be so grateful that they were able to attend and see Justine speak. Her presentations are engaging, fun and entertaining—which translates to learning and retaining what she shares and leveraging it all to be more successful.”

—Lou Leonardis, Board Member, Spark Design Professionals / Partner and Creative Director, Trillion

“Freelancers Union gives independent workers a powerful voice through political action, research, and thought leadership, both our own, and that of our savviest members. Justine is one of our go-to coaches in the community, someone we trust to lead a workshop of 50 or a webinar of 5000k. Her advice to new and established entrepreneurs is always strikingly clear and optimistic, ensuring participants walk away with a tangible plan for next-steps to expand their network, engage with new clients, or hone in one what makes them unique.”

—Sharon Bruce, Member Engagement Manager, Freelancers Union

“ByHand Consulting creates the educational program for Artisan Resource at NY NOW to offer design, marketing and promotion solutions to the artisan and handmade market. We asked Justine to speak at our Artisan and Handmade seminar series to address handmade messaging'Communicating Your Brand Story With Clarity'. Justine has an enthusiastic style and truly engages her audience with her humor and experience working with creative businesses. We enjoy working with Justine and look forward to inviting her to speak at NY NOW again.”

—Helen Joffe, ByHand Consulting