Roger knows that successful advocacy can change the world, it is his life’s passion as the Founder & President of Voices in Advocacy®, author of 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates and Host of the Voices in Advocacy® Podcast. He has more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, trainer, consultant, and author. As a recognized expert in advocacy engagement and grassroots activation, Roger works with a wide cross-section of organizations from diverse industries. His vibrant personality and a good sense of humor make for engaging and interactive programming that is packaged and delivered in an easy to understand, easy to apply format combining his education, experience, and enthusiasm to drive advocacy success.
Roger is a proud Penn State Nittany Lion and self-confessed political junky having received his education in Political Science. He has been an advocate for citizen involvement since the age of 13. He was elected three times to public office as a young man, served as a state legislative staff member, and have worked on many political campaigns from his very own clear up to presidential campaigns.
He has served in numerous industry associations’ leadership roles, is a recipient of several international industry awards, and is a member of Meeting Professional International’s prestigious “Community of Honoree’s”.
He is often interviewed by radio, print and television media, highlighted by the MSNBC show Your Business. Smart Meetings Magazine did a cover story on Roger, entitled Passion & Purpose, Roger Rickard’s Call to Action. Successful Meetings Magazine named Roger one of the Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry. Meetings Focus Magazine named him to their inaugural list of Meetings Trendsetters. He is often called upon to comment on or write about the advocacy issues of the day.
Roger is a BIG man at 6'8", a BIG thinker, and he has some BIG ideas for helping you achieve advocacy engagement and activation. He is casually known as the BIG GUY with a BOW TIE.
The Big Guy with a Bow Tie - Roger Rickard
Roger speaking to the graduates at Penn State Altoona.
Check out this great video
Keynote Address for the American Society of Travel Advisors
(Please note that this video does not have the best sound quality.)
Five Reasons People Fear Elephants and Donkeys
Short TED style talk.
Speech on Adapting to Change
"Roger and I have worked together many, many times during my tenure as CEO of the Event Industry Council (EIC). I have always found him to be the consummate professional. He knows advocacy. He knows how to engage and activate support for issues that affect your members. He is a fabulous keynote speaker, educator, and moderator. I have used his talents in all of these areas and more. He is an advocacy leader that I highly endorse. If you want to effect change and advance your influence – then call Roger."
"Working with Roger is always a pleasure for a variety of reasons. From timeliness, professionalism, the way his message resonates with an audience and all the way up to his bowtie, Roger is a delight to partner with and we have booked him numerous times over the last few years. I always know he’ll deliver when we work together."
"When our Young Farmer group heard Roger speak at a national conference, they immediately met him off-stage to ask him to speak at their own conference. Roger made sure to tailor his presentation to our group’s dynamics and followed up with an engaging breakout session to develop their advocacy skills. His message was easily understood and applicable for all levels of experience. It was the jump start we needed heading into our legislative session! He was a dream to work with. I very highly recommend Roger as a speaker, trainer, and not-so-secret weapon to develop your group’s advocacy skills and aspirations!"
"Roger Rickard’s unique blend of practical government experience, vast knowledge and impressive credentials combine to set him significantly apart from other expert speakers and consultants. His ability to immediately ingratiate himself to local personalities and involve the audience contributes to his commanding presence. The information he provides is commanding, thoughtful and motivating. Our organization received more compliments on his presentation that ANY other speaker I have ever engaged."
“I heard Roger speak and about did a back flip. I came out of the meeting with new information and the “story” of our industry and it’s positioning in the global market place. Thank you to Roger for getting the story out.”
“Roger was the highest scoring speaker for our chapter in two years. He commands the power on stage and makes a strong, immediate impression. His impactful, focused message empowers participants to be successful influencers.”
“Roger, first and foremost, is an outstanding advocate for important issues affecting the business community as well as citizens at large and he does it with class and integrity. Having an excellent skill set and knowledge of government affairs he is insightful and persuasive. Roger consistently demonstrates excellent communication skills and is strategic in the use of those abilities that enhances his success at every opportunity. I would always want him to wear the same uniform that I am wearing.”
"Roger did an amazing job speaking virtually to our members. His presentation was energetic, entertaining and most of all, kept our members engaged with his timely topic."
"Roger is not only the Big Guy with a Bow Tie, he is a trusted professional who really does his homework. We recently had the honor of having Roger speak to our membership using a virtual platform, he came prepared and delivered to our captive audience."
"That was an amazing message, you got to me and everyone who heard you. You were so prepared and oh so clear, plus you delivered it with such passion and sincerity. God bless you and thank you for stepping up and leading us."
“Roger, you are a fantastic speaker with a great presence!”
"So many of us want to operate in the world you live in. Great inspiration!"
At Voices In Advocacy®, grassroots advocacy grows, complacency dies, and advocacy success is the only acceptable action.