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The half-day workshop Linda facilitated for our division (200 staff and managers) was filled with activities, discussion and laughter – all centered on the topic of incorporating kindness into the workplace.  Linda’s friendly and comfortable presentation style provided an atmosphere that encouraged managers and staff to engage in conversations about the importance of kindness in our lives – including our work.  It was obvious by the level of animated discussion that Linda’s work on kindness in the workplace resonated with us all. Our time with Linda was well-spent and we will be able to leverage this training to continue the economy of kindness.


Yvette Elledge-Rhodes

Deputy Director/COO, PERS

Linda Michelle Cohen

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

Speaker:  Kindness Catalyst, Authentic Leadership,  Resilience, Customer Experience

Specialties: Association Conference keynote and breakout sessions, Employee Appreciation Events, Foundation Fundraisers, Community Service Day Programs, 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  90-180 Minute Workshop

This program is perfect for:

  • companies
  • associations
  • non profit organizations

Workshop Description:

In this highly interactive workshop, Cohen helps employees and leaders at all levels within your organization improve communication, boost teamwork, promote interpersonal interaction and customer service through engagement and focus on cultivating a stronger culture of kindness.

Kindness in the workplace… improves employee morale, increases retention and creates loyalty from customers and clients.

Cohen will illustrate how kindness in action makes a difference using examples of how kindness can impact individuals, communities and businesses.

Cohen will share her three greatest lessons from her own personal story and how she became a “kindness catalyst”: the size of the action doesn’t matter, there is often an unexpected ripple effect, and giving and receiving are often experienced differently. Cohen will enlist the audience to expand the conversation around why kindness can be so crucial in a business setting and what value our individual actions can have on the bottom line of our organizations.

If you are in need of a cultural reboot, hire Cohen to empower your organization or business and teach you about the ROI of kindness!

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 ideas for their own actions.

Cohen has offered this program for more than five 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

Linda is an engaging, dynamic coach and communicator! Her presentation on The Economy of Kindness was insightful and inspired and provided my team ways to better support each other while serving our customers. I highly recommend Linda for coaching, consulting and presenting to your organization.

Gary Schmidt

Director, Public and Government Affairs , Clackamas County

“You were fantastic! Keeping everyone engaged with 3 interpreters in the room takes a lot of skill and you nailed it!”

Heather Irace

Quality Improvement Specialist, Child Care Resource & Referral of Multnomah County

“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

“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 S.

Executive Director, ORS

“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 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

“I found your session to be one of the best I attended.  Loved your presentation, loaded with facts, personal experience, advice and support.”

Beth Knoll

Courtesy Services Manager, Rose Villa Senior Living

Linda spoke for my CEO leadership group. They LOVED her! Linda is a highly skilled speaker and consultant. Her message on the importance of including acts of kindness within your day to day activities is applicable to all people at all stages of life. Not only will incorporating small acts of kindness transform your individual interactions with others, it will also enrich the culture of your workplace. The CEO’s said they took away ideas that could be implemented in their companies to enrich their culture of kindness.

Dana Clinton

Chair, Vistage International, Inc.

Linda, it was wonderful to have you at our 2018 WRC-ALCA Conference. You had a great impact on the membership. I heard several references throughout the conference to “kindness” and “mitzvahs”. In fact, the final presentation, which was a panel of Aging Life Care Managers discussing the next steps to grow our profession, reminded everyone to practice kindness with employees and reminded everyone about points with your “kick-off” session. Thank you for being a “Kindness Super-Hero”!

Rebecca Montano

President, Western Region Aging Life Care Association

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’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

What a surprise and a delight to show up for healthcare quality continuing education to find Linda Cohen! How effortless she made the link between healthcare quality and how humans treat each other. Her stories are widely applicable, and make a convincing argument for maintaining one’s own emotional and spiritual health vital to supporting those we serve.

Donna R Erbs, MPH, CPHQ

“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

Previous Venues

  • Clackamas County
  • Aging Life Care Association -Western Region
  • American Massage Therapy Association – Washington Chapter
  • Emcee Morrison Child and Family Service luncheon
  • Emcee St. Mary’s Academy, Mother Daughter Beach Retreat 2015 & 2016
  • Rotary International District 5030 Conference
  • 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
  • PERS
  • Center 50+
  • Washington Department of Early Learning
  • The Oregon Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Childcare Resource & Referral of Multnomah County
  • LeadingAge Oregon
  • Lines for Life
  • Abundant Life Church Damascus, Oregon
  • Tigard United Methodist Church
  • New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, Oregon
  • 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
  • Sunstone Montessori, Portland, Oregon

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