KEYNOTES & COMEDY

“Susan hit it out of the ballpark . . .I’d book her again in a heartbeat.”
Mikey Hoeven’s Women’s Health Summit

“Susan Sparks’ heartfelt message totally delighted the audience . . . .”
Linda Lee Walker, Chief Compliance Officer, Prudential Insurance Company

WOW!!! Susan was incredible! . . . a standing ovation . . .”
Jennifer Lambert, Development Officer, High Point Regional Health Foundation

“In the words of one of our lovely guests… ‘She’s a keeper!’ ”
Samantha Talora, Canyon Ranch, Corporate Resorts Experience Development Manager

 

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LAUGH YOUR WAY TO GRACE

Laughter is one of the most powerful, yet under-appreciated tools we have in this life. It can reduce stress, improve health, defuse conflict, empower creative thinking, build bridges, awaken our spiritual connections, and inspire hope. I’ve learned this firsthand as a minister, a comedian, and  a cancer survivor. This popular keynote is for anyone who wants to lighten their perspective, focus their energies and tap the power of their innate sense of joy. It can be offered as a keynote, a comedy show, or a 1/2 day or full day interactive workshop.

Clients include Prudential Insurance, the American Heart Association, Vidant Health, Chautauqua Institution, and the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches USA.

THE LAUGH IN PEACE COMEDY TOUR

Join me, Rabbi Bob Alper and Muslim Comic Gibran Saleem for a fun-filled evening of interfaith comedy that highlights our commonalities. You will think, laugh and leave with a little different view of the world.

Clients include the World Bank, the Clinton Presidential Center, and Habitat for Humanity.

“… Your voices offer powerful lessons of reconciliation and understanding through the language of laughter and joy. I can’t think of a more timely message for our world.-Juliana Oyegun, Chief Diversity Officer, The World Bank Group

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF COMEDY FOR BUSINESS AND LAW

Drawing on my experience as a ten-year litigator, corporate attorney, standup comedian, and ordained minister, this one-of-a-kind workshop shares how the tools of comedy can transform your communication, client relations, negotiation skills, and health/wellness. A perfect “Lunch and Learn” opportunity, lessons include grabbing and keeping an audience’s attention, discovering your creative voice, resolving conflicts by finding common ground, dealing with the hecklers in your head, showing up with full authenticity, and infusing joy into your daily grind. Click HERE for a sample.

“Susan has a keen way of meeting people where they are; sharing her varied expertise in a clear and concise way. Comedy in law and business? How? Susan’s ’10 Commandments’ break down important and easy to implement ways to do just that.”  Megan Ratley, Associate Director for Law Alumni Engagement, Wake Forest University School of Law

Clients include the Alumni Association of Wake Forest University School of Law and the prestigious Chautauqua Institution.

THE ROAD NEVER TRAVELED:                           Nine Steps to Take Action and Make a Change

After a complete career U-turn from lawyer to minister and comedian, including a two year trip around the world, I learned a thing or two about change and transitions. The Road Never Traveled uses my experience to offer entertaining, yet concrete tools that will help you take risks, face your fears, and make the changes you need to move forward.

Featured by Canyon Ranch and Hyster-Yale Group.

PREACHING PUNCHLINES

This engaging presentation full of practical takeaways is targeted at clergy and religious lay leaders. Offered as either an hour-long presentation, half-day or full-day workshop, “Preaching Punchlines” shares how lessons from standup comedy can transform preaching, pastoral care and self-care.

Featured by Union Theological Seminary, Chautauqua Institution, Yale Divinity School, the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC.

FULL DAY or MULTI-DAY GATHERINGS

Create a unique experience for your company, congregation, denominational gathering, or retreat group through any combination of my keynotes, workshops, comedy shows or sermons. Contact me to design a one of a kind gathering full of joy and inspiration!

Clients Include:

January 13, 2022 I Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Preaching workshop for Central Baptist Theological Seminary

February 23-26, 2022 I Canyon Ranch Berkshires

Canyon Ranch Berkshires – Presenting workshops on the power of humor and how to pivot make any change.

March 20, 2022 I The Magnet Theater New York, NY

Storytelling Slam at the Magnet Theater

May 5, 2022 I Charlotte, NC

Virtual presentation for Presbyterian Women’s Luncheon at Covenant Presbyterian Church

May 11, 2022 I New York, NY

Performing an original story at the historic Joe’s Pub  for a show by Generation Women

May 16, 2022 I New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Virtual workshops for the Association of United Church Clergy of Nova Scotia.

May 19, 2022 I Indianapolis, IN

Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour at the 2022 Spirit and Place Festival.

July 15, 2022 I Union Grove, NC

Speaking at the Wild Goose Festival.

July 17, 2022 I Martha's Vineyard, MA

Featured preacher at Union Chapel, Martha’s VIneyard

October 4, 2022 I Columbus, Georgia Convention Center

Presenting comedy keynote for Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon benefiting the John B. Amos Cancer Center.

October 23-25 I Toronto, Canada

Workshop leader for Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship

September 19, 2023 I Dunkle Mackey Preaching Conference

Featured preacher at the Dunkle Mackey Preaching Conference

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