Awards & Praise

Awards & Professional Achievement

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2017 Inductee - CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®

The Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame® is a lifetime award for speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform professionalism. Currently there are only 237 inductees, including former US President Ronald Reagan, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and General Colin Powell.


Legend of the Speaking Profession

A Lifetime Achievement Award presented to a select number of speakers who have an outstanding national/international stature, a minimum of 20 years as a professional speaker, and have make unique contributions to the speaking profession.

CSP—Certified Speaking Professional®

​Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) is an earned international measure of professional platform competence, continuing education and experience.


The response to our podcast episode was incredible! It's no surprise to me, of course, but I think everyone should know how big of an impact you have made on so many farm and ranch families all across the country.  I highly recommend you as a speaker and consultant.  You are making a difference and I'm grateful for your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise on my podcast.  Thank you!
– Amanda Radke, Speaker, Rancher, Consultant, Podccast Host; Mitchell, South Dakota 

We are so grateful for all you have done for our clients and prospects!  Our crew is buzzing with ideas about how to keep the momentum going.  We are excited for all the possiblities you have helped create.
– Jeff Laudermilk, President, First Bank; Sterling, Kansas 

Jolene has spoken at our annual customer meeting twice and both times were thoroughly enjoyable. Our customers raved about her entertaining message and meaningful content in 2019 so we invited her back in 2023! The entertaining stories touched home with all of us and made for an evening full of laughter and reminiscing about our personal farm experiences. Jolene is one of the best, most entertaining speakers we’ve ever had and is extremely easy to work with!
– Kelly O'Toole, O'Toole, Inc; Letts, Iowa 

We recently had Jolene as one of our session speakers at the 2021 Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. She had a unique way of engaging the audience by incorporating humor into a topic that can be difficult for people. Jolene’s past experiences and examples were relatable and resonated with our Farm Bureau members."
–  Ronnette Vondrak, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Community Resources Manager

Jolene’s panel discussion on farm business planning was a huge it. She presented live last year and virtually this year. She does a great job working with the panel and pulling relevant content to share with the audience."
–  Philip McCutchan, AgriGold National Marketing Manager 

We have had Jolene present at our in-person conferences before and the audience loved her. This year, she was able to very effectively transition her presentation to a webinar format, while still keeping our audience informed and engaged. Couldn't be any more pleased!"
– Mike Scherer, President, Ag Risk Solutions; Atchison, Kansas 

You are one of the most engaging speakers I've heard.  And you're speaking on a vitally important topic so you cause necessary action.  Can't get any better than that!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge, time and true passion for the farming industry."
– Farm Credit Canada event, Humboldt, Saskatchewan 

Wyoming is blessed with many multi-generational ranches and your presentation “The Top Ten Mistakes That Break Up a Family Business!”™ is a subject that strikes deep in our hearts and weighs on our minds. A couple said that after having suffered a recent family tragedy, "the laughter was good for our souls" in the keynote "Who's Hiding the Humor?" Several ranchers related so well to your message they said they wished you were one of their neighbors!"
– Terry Henderson, Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming (ICOW) 

Some go to a one day Women in Agriculture conference thinking they need a mental break, but instead find themselves walking away with life changing information. Your session on family business shined a much needed light on our situation. Since I heard you speak, we've had difficult and important conversations and have taken important steps to assure the farm business and family might continue. Thank you for giving me priceless advice."
– Monica Becker, event attendee 

“The Positives of Passing It On” was a home run for the Bank and our clients. Several of the participants made comments like: “Did you tell her our story? I thought she was talking to me and my family the entire time.”  I would highly recommend Jolene for any family business gathering. If our participants only go home with 1/10 of the tools and/or advice that Jolene presented, the Bank will have a better, stronger customer base. Jolene kept the crowd entertained the entire time with useful knowledge and laughter."
– Don Ball, Community Bank President, Union State Bank/Bank of Atchison; Atchison, Kansas 

Thanks again for sharing your time and talent with the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association at our convention. Once again, you provided valuable tools for family businesses to thrive, along with lots of laughs to keep them interested and engaged. People really appreciate your candor and the real-life scenarios you weave into your workshops. It helps them relate and feel like they are not alone. God bless you for what you do. Thank you for helping making North Dakota cattle operations and cattle families stronger!"
– Julie Schaff Ellingson, Executive Vice President, North Dakota Stockmen's Association; Bismarck, North Dakota

Your presentations hit all the right notes of humor and information after a long day of business.  Your high energy was exactly what was needed to revive the crowd during the afternoon and the evening banquet ended on a laughter-filled note with many in the audience relating to your real-life anecdotes."
– Julie Baird, Executive Assistant, Manitoba Pork; Winnipeg, Manitoba

Your years of research, your depth of understanding, and your ability to present in such a captivating way produced one of the most memorable ag events in our history."
– Stephanie Parish, Marketing Director, Alliance Bank; Francesville, Indiana

Jolene’s passion for agriculture clearly shows in her excellent presentations. Her humor and real-life stories will have you crying you’re laughing so hard! You come away with knowledge and great information to use in your family business. She makes you want to get up, be proactive, and put those plans in place. We will definitely have Jolene back in the future – she hasn’t seen the last of us! There’s so much more to learn!"
– Anna Baker, Soil Conservationist, Nemaha County Conservation District; Seneca, Kansas

Jolene has been an opening speaker at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conferences in Alberta and Ontario.  If you are looking for a motivational speaker with a great message, Jolene is one who stands out.  She is not only great to work with in the planning stage, but once she hits the stage, she has a commanding presence.  With examples from her own life experience, Jolene will have you laughing, reflecting, thinking forward and going home with a feeling of empowerment.  She is a must at any podium."
– Iris Meck, President Iris Meck Communications Inc., and Host of Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference; Calgary, Alberta

Wow! What a fantastic event!You knocked it out of the park. I always have such confidence having you at our events and the audience really enjoys you. Thank you!!”
– Rabo AgriFinance

I know that every student and their family members left your two presentations with great take-home value, and big smiles on their faces. You brought laughter with the learning. You brought targeted information on family business that brought them more than hope….you brought relevant help!”
– Lake Area Tech Institute

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Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE

Award-Winning Professional Speaker

Jolene Brown will have your attendees laughing while they learn! She brings energy, fun and insightful ideas. They’ll be eager to return for more! 

A walking/talking champion for the people of agriculture, she shares her credibility, authenticity, humor, and wisdom with audiences worldwide through her writing, keynotes, and workshops. More about Jolene →




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