What Carol's Clients Have to Say



John Russell, Board President, Brightpoint New York, NY, 718-681-8700, russellj@stifel.com

Larry Levin, Publisher, St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis, MO,  314-432-3353, llevin@thejewishlight.com

Michael Rea, Executive Director, Rainbow Village, St. Louis, MO, 314-567-1522, mrea@rbvstl.org

Nancy Murphy, Executive Director, Delta Center for Independent Living, St. Louis, MO. 636-926-8761,nancymurphy@dcil.org

Wendy Augustus, President, The Bermuda Wellness Foundation, Hamilton, Bermuda (441) 299-5488,  wendya@bhct.bm

Dr. Peter Raven, Board President, The Center for Plant Conservation, St. Louis,  (314) 577-9450, Kathryn.Kennedy@mobot.org

Laurie Waller, President, Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Costa Rica and St. Louis, 636-527-6119, laurie.waller@mclus.org

You simply enchant the crowd!!  What a wonderful gift!  And you share it so beautifully!  THANK YOU!  National Philanthropy Day was a smashing success!
Diane Ludwig
APF Columbia

I wanted to thank you for facilitating our session on Saturday. You did such a fantastic job, and everyone has had nothing but great things to say about the meeting. I thought it was hugely productive and put us on a great trajectory!
You definitely have a gift for getting groups to the right destination and it was a pleasure to work with you.
Hopefully we'll get to work together in a future session as well! Thanks so much,
Mike Seavers
Wildlife Rescue
Board President

 Words are insufficient to describe just how much I gained from attending your sessions during the recent United Way Major and Planned Gifts Institute. I learned so much! Real stuff – not just the fun stuff! I will put the lessons learned to good use with my team and together we are going to change community conditions for the better! Thanks a million!

Margie Puerta Edson, CFRE
Vice President Major Gifts & Donor Relations
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  I was so inspired by your presentation.
The content was usable and the execution was entertaining.  You have
encouraged me to be a better fundraiser and person.  
Thank you and I hope to be able to have more training and advice from you
in the future.


Sherry L. Smith

Director of Corporate Relations, YMCA St. Louis

 Bring her back — Wonderful
 — Carol is Great
 — Entertaining + Educational
 — What a Hoot
 — One of the best in 14 years
—Great stories

. Just some of the comments on the evaluations for your sessions. Thanks so much for your important part in our successful conference.”

Jenny Kloer

Executive Director
Grantmaker’s Alliance

Your workshop was incredibly well-received, as was your keynote. The evaluations were spectacular, as we knew they would be.

Mary Jo Buchanan, LCSW, MPA

Morris County Department of Human Services

We had high expectations, but you still managed to surpass them and impress us and the audience. Our aim was to entertain and inform and you definitely succeeded on both fronts.

Kate Parslow

The Registered Clubs Association
New South Wales, Australia

On behalf of the leadership team at the Cincinnati Red Cross, we want to thank you for facilitating a wonderful retreat on Saturday.  We were very happy with the discussion and participation of our Board members and chairmen, and certainly happy with the outcome—everyone committed to helping us move forward with our fund-raising.  And on top of it, we had fun!  One Board member commented to me that she was so tired at the end of the week that she was “dreading” our Saturday session.  She left energized and singing your praises for keeping things moving and keeping everyone’s interest high.

Paula McIntosh
Chief Community Presence Officer
American Red Cross

"I laughed and I cried and I came back to Montana completely fired up after the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Conference in Washington, DC. I appreciate your enthusiasm, your sense of humor and your good work"

Kay LaFrance

Montana State University
College of Nursing

“There is no way that I can sufficiently thank you for the terrific job that you did in running our recent Board of Directors Retreat. As usual, you were right on the mark in every way. Your intuitiveness about people, your quick wit and substantial knowledge regarding Board Governance all contributed to making the day most beneficial for our Board Members.”

Carol Simon

Executive Director

South Queens Boys and Girls Club

Finding a speaker to fill the needs of nine hundred people is not always easy. You made the job an easy one. We cried a little, we laughed a little, and we learned a lot. Everyone is singing your praises for demonstrating what the meaning of philanthropy is – the love of human kind”

Marilyn Benuska
AFP Chicago Conference

Director of Development

Museum of Science and Industry

You really wowed us! I received very positive responses from the people who were at the board retreat. You gave fabulous insight and ideas. Many of us couldn't sleep we were so excited about the possibilities for the future.

 Developmental Services of Jefferson County

What a conference! Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm, knowledge and wit with Oklahoma once again. Board development is not typically considered a fun topic, but you broke the mold and made it fun and interesting. You are turly an inspiration.

Debby Hampton

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofit Management

“Thank you for all of your support of the Gateway Men’s Choir this past year. Your work with the Board was critical during a chaotic and transitional time.”

Rev. Merry Keller

Gateway Men’s Choir 
St. Louis

“Our attendees are saying “Wonderful!…Excellent!…Outstanding!!! You have contributed to the future success of Volunteers of America-to offer services that so many people need. Our staff is better equipped and motivated to make the most of the great funding opportunities available to us. I’m so glad that you’re a part of our team. You are always dynamic”

Kathleen King

Vice President for Development

Volunteers of America

Washington, DC

“You are absolutely fabulous! Your wit and wisdom and focus on the task made our First Candle retreat a joy. I believe that we will move forward with a better understanding of our mission and priority goals and have much success in making all board members more satisfied and productive. Great job!”

Deb Boyd

Executive Director

First Candle

”WHAT a great night for University City Children’s Center. The feedback from my board was outstanding. You did a great job of not overwhelming them. You achieved balance in your presentation. At this point of our development, it is critical to take bite size not the entire thing. We need to establish a strong foundation for the future and the future of our children and families.”

Steve Zwolak

University City Children’s Center

“I expect nothing less than standing room only during your session and you didn’t disappoint!”
Marla Bobowick


“How does anyone find the words to say thanks for all that energy, fun and professionalism?”
Maureen Cleary

Nonprofit Governance & Management Centre LTD

Sydney, Australia

“Your ability to blend a serious discussion of board member responsibilities—with your wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor makes that ‘medicine’ go down much easier while still delivering the message. (Have you ever been compared to Mary Poppins before?)”

Diana Rawizza

Director of Development

The Walker Scottish Rite 
. Louis

“Your address to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence conference participants was moving, insightful and humorous, the perfect blend for the luncheon keynote. Thank you for your terrific presentation.”

Kevin Connelly

Executive Director

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Louisville, KY

“Need I say this…the session must have been quite fabulous because that’s what your participants are saying! Reviewing the evaluation feedback, all participants agreed, but did I expect anything less!”

Gwen Klepper

United Way of Greater Rochester

They loved you! What more can I say? Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Rodney L. Swink, FASLA


North Carolina Main Street Program

You were brilliant and thought-provoking, heart-warming and inspiring!

Laura Downey

Executive Director

Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education

You were an overwhelming hit! Everyone at The Wellness Community's National Leadership Conference was inspired and motivated by your keynote presentation. Your mix of information and passion was perfect for our group. I think everyone is ready to become a fundraiser!

Any Ondr
President & Executive Director
The Wellness Community
Greater St. Louis

Just wanted you to know that Carol Weisman's workshops on Friday were among the best I ever have attended.  I learned so much from her -- my eyes did not close once!  Seriously, her insight, humor and practical approach provided much food for thought.

Paul Lerner 

American Jazz Museum

Your humorous opening for our conference set the stage for us to open our minds to new ideas presented...but also added perspective to help us from becoming overwhelmed.

Elissa Passiment

Executive Vice President

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Medicine

I was in the audience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas for the last Thursday's session on nonprofit board development: you probably won't remember me because I was three rows back from the screen. I just wanted to tell you that you made the presentation a blast.....fun and informative at the same time. Normally I need to pop a NoDoze about halfway through these things, but not this time!

Mary Baker

PBS/Learning Institute Teleconference Attendee

Thank you again for the wonderful job you did at our 2005 NFP seminar. You were fabulously entertaining and our attendees loved the seminar.

Melissa Brogan
Barnes Dennis & CO Ltd.

Participants stated they could hardly wait to put into practice much of the materials presented. Your closing session was funny, inspirational and memorable. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Eileen Stern


Office of Child Care

GSA General Services Administration

The Knowledge, experiences and ideas you shared with our board members are truly invaluable. You were able to communicate and interact with the group unlike any other.

Kerri Hock

Executive Director

Missouri Assisted Living Association

Your wisdom and the ability to share it with a wonderful sense of humor impressed everyone who attended the conference. You made the day. You have about 200 fans here now who want an encore!

Lynne McCraw Schall

Wichita State University

I attended the AFP NJ conference last Friday, and wanted to reach out to thank you for your wonderfully inspirational words during lunch.  I have been in the nonprofit field for over 20 years, and a mother of 2 grown sons, and gained quite a bit of basic knowledge that I can now share, with what you presented.

Janet L. Horowitz

Director of Development

New Jersey After 3

A star is born! What a great job you did discussing raising charitable child for Parent's Perspective!

Sandra Burt & Linda Perlis

Parent's Perspective, Inc

Your presentation provided a wealth of practical information that was useful for all levels of experience. You combine humor with sound knowledge and make learning so easy!

Beth Tobias

Management Assistance Program

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast

It's always a pleasure to have a dynamic speaker rejuvenate us about board relations and fund raising. We had much positive response, and we hope to work with you again soon.

Nancy Johnson, Brenda Peterman, Kim Bernstein

The Legacy Foundation

I attended your meetings in Portland and am the one in striped shirt (if that helps place me). I wanted to tell you that I read your book "Raising Charitable Children" while I was at the drag strip waiting my turn to run my car. I'll bet that is a first (at least that anyone admitted). We are going to start working with our grandson based on your book.

Phil Frantz


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