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About Denise Ryan

Raleigh, North Carolina based professional speaker Denise Ryan is a motivational pyromaniac. Her infectious energy, humor, and enthusiasm will set a room ablaze.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in business, what she really specializes in is lighting fires.

After earning millions for clients in the corporate world, Denise realized she had a talent for firing people up. She parlayed this gift into FireStar, a company specializing in enthusiasm. Eighteen years later, Denise motivates and energizes large corporations and small businesses across North America at conferences, board retreats and annual meetings. Her no nonsense, direct delivery coupled with her business savvy and humor leave audiences not only laughing, but with actionable tips.

Not your typical “motivational speaker,” Denise is genuine and real. But also highly skilled – she holds the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation awarded to fewer than 10 percent of professional speakers. Denise is an author, keynote speaker and most notably, a fire starter extraordinaire. FireStar’s unique programs are relevant, uplifting and informative. Denise’s trademark interactive programs address workplace issues such as dealing with change, getting along with others, staying motivated and motivating others. She also offers customized training sessions. Denise’s infectious enthusiasm motivates the unmotivated and challenges the challenged. Consider yourself warned: FireStar programs are five-alarm scorchers.

Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
~ Terry Pratchett, English writer

More of My Favorite Quotes…

This above all: to thine own self be true. It must follow that you cannot then be false to any man.
– Shakespeare

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
– John F. Kennedy

Stop focusing on what you can’t be and start celebrating who you are.
– Denise Ryan

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
– Jack London

The greatest tragedy in the world is when the fire goes out in someone’s eyes – when they give up, when they settle. Never let that happen to you.
– Denise Ryan

Happiness is not in strength, or wealth, or power, or in all three. It lies in ourselves.
– Epictetus

If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
– Emile Zola

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
– James Thurber

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who lives but to save his life, is already dead.
– Goethe

Don’t let the fire go out of your life. For without it, life is nothing.
– Denise Ryan

Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.
– Conrad Hilton

The real secret of success is enthusiasm.
– Walter Chrysler

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
– George Bernard Shaw

Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes, another man has it for thirty days. But it is the man who has it for thirty years who makes a success in life.
– Edward B. Butler

A salesman minus enthusiasm is just a clerk.
– Harry F. Banks

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
-John Wesley

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teach a man to make fire and he will be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.
– Terry Pratchett


Denise is presented with the coveted 2013 Patsy B. Smith award by John Sneed on behalf of the Association Executives of North Carolina.
AENC presents this award as the highest honor bestowed upon an individual in the Affiliate or Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) membership category. While recognizing outstanding  rofessionalism and exemplary service to the association community, the award also recognizes a member’s contribution to his or her employing organization and to other professional organizations.


Denise received the North Carolina Association of CPAs Speaker of the Year Award in 2008 and 2015.

 


Denise’s story in the July/August 2012 issue of Arthritis Today is a testament to the power of a positive attitude.