inspire your team with a vibrant, candid & empowering speaker, moderator & panelist

signature speaking topics

preventing burnout

What can individuals do amidst a burnout epidemic in our fields? Alison shares 10 practical ways to shift mindset, behaviors and boundaries to mediate preventing burnout between individuals and their environments.

leading inclusive teams

Leading inclusively leads to better retention, productivity & engagement. But how do we do this on-top of all our responsibilities? Alison shares best practices for managers in the day-to-day of creating inclusive spaces.

being a kind & candid leader

Whether establishing, inheriting, maintaining or evolving, leading a team of humans in is complex and takes time, finesse and intentionality – through 20 years of leading humans, Alison has a fresh perspective on the biggest kindness – candor.

Alison has had the opportunity to speak at large events, and intimate gatherings.

From a keynote talk to moderating panels of renowned individuals – she leaps into the creation of an experience for the audience. One of connection, drawing out candid stories and inspiration for all present.

Alison has been invited to speak at:

In 2013, Alison founded Mpls MadWomen – aimed at sparking connection through candid dialog on women’s experiences at work. Here she opened many events with topical opening remarks to set the tone for the event.


creating an event?

Alison approaches speaking engagements with energy and creativity – catering to your audience and outcomes.

past speaking

Design Your No 1 Product: You
/ Target 2020
/ Minneapolis, MN

Lifting the Burden of Gender Stereotypes (panel)
/ Professional Humans Podcast
/ Minneapolis, MN

A Tale of Two Apps: Target Drive Up & App Launch Experience
/ UX Strat 2018
/ Boston, MA

Female Pioneers (moderator)
/ Mpls MadWomen 2018
/ Minneapolis, MN

The Future of UX is Product Design
/ AIGA Minnesota 2017
/ Minneapolis, MN

Your Number 1 Product is You
/ AIGA Design Camp 2017
/ Nisswa, MN

Authentic Leadership: A Conversation With Tammy Redpath (interviewer)
/ Mpls MadWomen 2016
/ Minneapolis, MN

Female Pioneers

Panel included US State Representative Ilhan Omar

Alison Gretz delivering UX Strat presentation

UX Strat Conference

Keynote presentation with rare approval to represent Target as an external speaker.

Authentic Leadership Fireside Chat

Role: Event & Content Strategy, Interview Question Preparation, Interviewer & Moderator

Alison Gretz and Tammy Redpath on stage during a fireside chat
Alison Gretz and Tammy Redpath on stage during a fireside chat