Cheryl Cran

Future of Work & Change Leadership Expert

Cheryl is an award-winning consultant and keynote speaker with over 20 years of experience in multiple industries. She understands the unique goals of franchisors and can connect the goals and strategies that the franchisor has and relay that to the franchisee in a way that is relevant, engaging and inspires them to take immediate action.  

Cheryl is very adept at linking the strategy with the motivating factors that will increase engagement between a franchisor and franchisee. Clients who work with Cheryl appreciate her strategic leadership approach along with her ability to bring humor and innovative ideas to improve business.  

Through surveys, customization calls and research Cheryl ensures she aligns the goals of the franchisor and their conference with her overall delivery. A common comment from happy customers is often, “we thought you were one of us!” 

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Speaker Bio

Cheryl Cran is a future of work and change leadership expert; her research has found that in the future of work everyone will be a leader.  AND the future of work requires change leaders with fully developed leadership skills.  

Cheryl has worked with and for global brands such as BDO, AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDX, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more. The franchise groups she has worked with are McDonalds, Nando’s, Cactus Club, Dollar Store, Jiffy Lube, Sheraton and more.  

Cheryl Cran provides franchisors and franchisees; leaders and teams change leadership skills to lead with 2020 vision and tools to build the future workplace today. 

Cheryl’s research into the future of work, change leadership, technology innovation and generations impact provides data and strategies to help leaders drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace TODAY! 

An internationally renowned consultant and keynote speaker for twenty years, she has worked with hundreds of industries, in dozens of countries and with thousands of audiences worldwide to work with leaders on how to more effectively lead in these rapid times of fast paced change, increase innovation capabilities, build enhanced agility for individuals and to ultimately help organizations be adaptive and iconic leaders in their industries. 

In her 20’s Cheryl was a high performing senior leader in the banking and insurance industries. Her success leap in those industries resulted in being an intern for a major consulting firm before heading out on her own to establish her consulting firm in the late nineties. Fast for- ward and today Cheryl has a thriving practice and esteemed clients who achieve breakthrough success as a result of working with her.

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“Cheryl your keynote on leadership including the generational impact on the future of work was right on target! We had many of our attendees come up and say that your keynote was relevant, timely and full of practical ideas. They also found your delivery insightful and humorous. Our executive team loved you too! On behalf of McDonalds – thank you!”
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Program Information

What will leaders and their teams have to do to thrive today and beyond to the year 2020? Today’s challenges include ongoing global change, technological innovation and changing workplace dynamics. 

Employee engagement, creating leaders for the future, attracting and retaining top talent are all elements that are rapidly changing and impacting the way we work and how we need to change to meet the challenges of the future workplace today. 

This keynote will provide researched global business insights, thought-provoking, creative, leading edge ideas and strategies on how leaders can take immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability and execution NOW as we head towards 2020. 

Cheryl’s style is high energy and interactive, she presents relevant research and her presentations always have fun movie clips and music. Cheryl is well known for delivering the ‘WOW’ Factor. With Cheryl Cran, you are guaranteed to have increased audience engagement, an audience that leaves with easy to implement ideas and are inspired to lead with 2020 vision to build the future workplace today.

  • A look at the trends and technologies shaping the future workplace today 
  • Ideas for leaders and their teams to adapt their personality style and leadership style to the evolving workplace 
  • Tools to use to and the “how” to successfully engage the multiple generations in the workplace 
  • Insights into how leaders need to adapt to the ever-changing reality of worker attitudes and shifting attitudes on loyalty, job satisfaction and how work is done. 
  • Case studies and examples of progressive companies that are on the cutting edge of creating innovative workplaces and creating the template for the workplace of the future 
  • Strategies on how to get everyone on board with the overall vision, build excitement for the company’s direction and create commitment and buy-in to taking action today and for the future.

This change leadership keynote is for everyone because “everyone is a leader!” 

Everyone in the workplace is working in times of intense technological innovation and dealing with ongoing change. 

The key is how to inspire and engage everyone to be ‘leaders of change’ and to dynamically increase innovation, collaboration and success for everyone in the company and for the business overall. 

This keynote focuses on how each individual can harness their own inner abilities to lead change and personal leadership in a positive and proactive way. 

This keynote is based on Cheryl’s new book “The Art of Change Leadership” (Wiley 2015)

Attendees will leave this session with: 


  • Further insight into how is fast change is impacting the speed of work and how we as leaders need to build adaptability to the new reality 
  • A shifted perspective on how we as individuals can harness positive stress and leverage time in an increasingly fast-paced work environment 
  • A clear understanding of how each generation views change, deals with change and strategies to improve change responses and actions 
  • Insight into their own personal change behaviors and tools to leverage their individual ability to adapt more quickly to ongoing change with a positive approach 
  • Tools to lead change with multiple perspectives including emotional intelligence, generation intelligence and energetic intelligence 
  • Skills to elevate communication in a way that speaks to the higher potential of each individual and creates unprecedented understanding and commitment to change as we move forward 
  • A change leadership ‘journey map’ a guide to follow to lead change beyond the program 


 Cheryl’s style is fast-talking, relevant, interactive, high energy with movies and music- the results? 

 Increased audience engagement, easy to put into use ideas and inspired actionable results.

Generations in the workplace is no longer news; leaders and teams don’t want to hear about what makes the generations different anymore they want to know “HOW” to leverage collaboration and innovation among the multi-generational teams. 

This keynote is tactical and practical and provides examples of different generational approaches to leadership, problem-solving and getting things done. 

Newer research indicates that in the past few years as Gen Y’s/Millenials impact the workplace there is a higher need for valuing the differences of each of the generations and to find ways to work together synergistically. 

This generations keynote provides ideas and strategies on ‘what’ and ‘how’ each individual can increase his or her own ability to leverage generational intelligence to increase innovation and results.

Attendees will leave this session with: 

  • The three things that ALL of the generations want at work
  • How the strengths of each of the generations are absolutely needed for the future of work today
  • Insight and a reminder of the demographics of each of the generations in the workplace and their impact on business
  • How each of the generations leverages technology to achieve work goals
  • Debunking the myths of the stereotypes of the generations
  • Leadership strategies on how to successfully lead each of the generations by adapting to their work style and generational style
  • How to increase success in communication, collaboration and innovation with each of the generations
  • Case studies of high profile companies who have a large Gen Y demographic and what those companies are doing to recruit and retain Gen Y’s
  • Stories of progressive ideas on how to deal with retiring or ‘refiring’ Zoomers, how to encourage reverse mentoring and how to build career plans for Gen X and Y
  • How to leverage evolutionary leadership skills of creativity and innovation when leading multigenerational teams

Cheryl’s style is fast-talking, relevant, interactive, high energy with movies and music- the results? 

Increased audience engagement, easy to put into use ideas and inspired actionable results.

We are in a war for talent, Fortune 500 CEO’s surveyed state that even with the age of robotics they are planning to continue to seek and hire talented people well into 2020 and beyond. The competition for attracting top talent is increasing, and as quickly as people are being hired and trained other industries are approaching and poaching talent. 

What can you do? In this keynote, you will find out how to attract top talent and how to retain them.

Attendees will leave this session with: 


  • The latest research from your industry and the current reality of finding and keeping good people 
  • Innovative ideas on finding the right people that are suited for your industry 
  • Creative ideas and examples from global companies Cheryl has worked with and or interviewed and how they are solving the war for talent 
  • The top ten ‘wants’ of top talent when looking to work for a company 
  • How to be a company that ‘attracts’ talent, is a workplace of choice and creates a culture where people want to be stay longer with your company 
  • The number one reason people leave an employer and how to fix it 
  • A greater understanding of why investing in recruiting alone is a no-win approach

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Sample Client List

  • Big Lot Stores
  • BMW
  • Cactus Club Restaurants
  • Cascade Optical
  • Colin, Campbell & Sons
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Giant Foods
  • McDonalds Restaurants
  • Nando’s Restaurants
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Sheraton Hotels
  • TD Canada Trust