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Linda is one of only a very few speakers who truly impresses me. She brings her whole self to her message, and her vulnerability and humanity on stage connects her magically with any audience. The content of her message is truly timeless. And unlike so many prima donna speakers, Linda conducts herself as a true professional — entirely focused on meeting the needs of the client and the audience. She shows up early and prepared, and is remarkably flexible and supportive of event staff and fellow speakers. I always value my time with Linda. So will you.

Thomas Cox

Partner, Eudae LLC

Linda Michelle Cohen

Author1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life Seal Press, November 2011

Speaker:  Authentic Leadership, Communication, Kindness and Volunteerism

Specialties: Linda is available for Association Keynotes, Conference Keynotes, Employee Appreciation Events, Foundation Fundraisers, Keynote Womens Event, Nurses Appreciation, Spouse Event, Community Service Day Programs, Conference Breakout Sessions, Master of Ceremonies or Emcee.

TEDx Crestmoor Park Denver, Colorado


Powell’s Book Launch Portland, Oregon

Sisters of St Mary of Oregon Foundation


Economy of Kindness: How Kindness Transforms Your Bottom Line

Format: 45-60 Minute Keynote or  90-120 Minute Workshop

This program is perfect for:

  • companies
  • associations
  • non profit organizations

It will help you:

  • lower employee turnover
  • improve productivity
  • build a sustainable culture

I bring my fundraising background, extensive volunteer service experience and unique perspective having performed 1,000 Mitzvahs or acts of kindness over two years to inspire and motivate your audience or employees.

This presentation helps your leaders improve communication, boost teamwork, promote interpersonal interaction and customer service through engagement in acts of kindness, authenticity and vulnerability.

If you are in need of a cultural reboot, let me empower your leaders and  teach you how kindness can change everything!


Jewels of the Journey

Format: 45-60 Minute Keynote

This program is perfect for:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Education professionals
  • Women’s groups

The audience will:

  • Identify specific ways to improve customer service through intentional engagement in acts of kindness and authenticity.
  • Discover how to use mindfulness to elevate kindness in the workplace to help improve listening skills both personally and professionally.
  • Formulate tools for their own obstacles.

I’ve offered this program for more than 5 years and it always gets to the heart of what’s important to human beings. Belonging, connection and authenticity. If you are looking for an inspirational speaker to connect with people at a deep level this is the program to choose.


1,000 Drops of Kindness – Appropriate for Elementary Schools

 Format: 30-40 Minute Assembly style
This program is perfect for any elementary school looking to promote kindness, peace building and love within their school. 1,000 Drops of Kindness programs help schools implement a culture of kindness through an interactive week long event culminating in a final 1,000 Drops of Kindness assembly and a planting of a peace pole(s) at your school.
This program has been done in schools in the United States and Canada.

What Others Say About Linda

“I have seen many presentations during my 13 year tenure at the Elliott Bay Book Company and Linda’s thoughtful, warm and informative presentation was one of my favorites. She was very engaging and attentive to the attendees, which is a mitzvah in its own right.”

Karen Maeda Allman

Author Events Coordinator, Elliott Bay Books

“It was such a pleasure to work with you on the Girl Scouts program – you were magnificient! The event raised $20,000 more than anticipated. You rocked the house.”

Jed Shay

Executive Director, Oregon Repertory Singers

“Linda is authentic and vulnerable. She deftly elicits stories from others, engaging the audience through interactive interludes. She is also a wonderful storyteller.”

Craig Harrison

Expressions of Excellence San Fransisco, CA

“Linda is very effective at keeping the whole audience engaged. She acknowledges and includes her audience and is a wonderful storyteller.”

Don Hudson

Board Member
, Men Against Breast Cancer

“Linda’s presentation was the ideal mix of warm and personable and professionally polished. She excelled at giving honest, practical, and valuable advice while making it fun and entertaining–no easy feat!”

Val Mallinson

Board President, Willamette Writers

“Linda’s presentation was terrific! Both the content and the delivery were inspiring and instructive for our young leaders. We all gleaned something useful while enjoying ourselves at the same time! I look forward to implementing some of her techniques, and would definitely call on her again for similar presentations. A model public speaker!”

Caron Rothstein, Community Engagement Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

“Linda was easy to work with in the planning process – enthusiastic, quick to respond to questions and requests and wanting to address the needs of our target audience. She also was timely and well prepared on the day of the event. Linda’s presentation style was very warm and welcoming, approachable and engaging. She balanced sharing her story with audience Q and A and answered questions sensitively. Feedback from audience members and our co-sponsors was very positive.”

Marjorie Schnyder

Director of Family Life Education, Jewish Family Service, Seattle, WA

“Linda spoke to our National Charity League Mother-Daughter group and had all of us laughing, tearing up and pondering sometimes at the same time. She engaged the audience through questions tossed out and encouraged discussion within our tables, all 25 tables of 10 at the same time. It was perfect for our organization.”

Joan Robbins

Blue Heron Chapter of National Charity League, Portland, OR

Linda’s presentation on “1,000 Mitzvah’s” as keynote speaker for our 2016 Annual Conference in Bend was engaging, entertaining, energizing and inspiring.  I heard our members talking about it all weekend.  What a great way to kick off our conference.

Anne DeFrancisco

District Twelve Governor , Altrusa International

Previous Venues

  • Emcee Morrison Child and Family Service luncheon
  • Altrusa International District Twelve Conference
  • Toastmasters International Distict Seven Conference
  • Young Leadership Program, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Oregon
  • Jewish Voices, Oregon Jewish Museum
  • King David High School, Vancouver, BC Canada
  • Stafford Elementary School, Wilsonville, Oregon
  • American Heart Association Worksite Wellness Summit, Nike Campus, Portland, Oregon
  • Search for Meaning Book Festival 2012 & 2013, Seattle University
  • East Bay JCC, San Fransisco, California
  • Palo Alto JCC, California
  • Afikomen Judaica Bookstore, Berkeley, California
  • Denver University, TEDX conference
  • Sunstone Montessori, Portland, Oregon
  • The Oregon Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Emcee St. Mary’s Academy, Mother Daughter Beach Retreat 2015 & 2016
  • Abundant Life Church Damascus, Oregon
  • Tigard United Methodist Church
  • Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, Washington
  • Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon
  • Oak Park City Library, Detroit, Michigan
  • Portlandia, Portland, Oregon
  • Cedar Hills Sunset Lions Club, Portland, Oregon
  • Tigard Breakfast Rotary, Portland, Oregon
  • Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon
  • Girl Scouts of Oregon 100th anniversary Leadership Luncheon, Portland, Oregon
  • National Charity League Annual Tea, Blue Heron Chapter, Portland, Oregon
  • Willamette Writers, Portland, Oregon

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