Speakers 2018-01-02T20:28:32+00:00

CFCArts offers some of the most sought-after professional speakers for any event who will inspire and motivate your team. Topics include leadership strategy, creativity, and critical thinking and are custom-tailored to each and every audience. Listeners will come away inspired to set goals and strive to achieve more, leading to an increase in productivity, morale, and personal growth. Discover the topics below to get started today!


Join Joshua Vickery, Founder and CEO of Central Florida Community Arts as he dives into the world of community arts and how an idea and dream turned into a community changer. With choirs, orchestras, youth programs, a theatre, arts and wellness and a school of performing arts this organization is making an impact in thousands of lives by giving people a place to connect, serve and perform.  Hear hour the arts are a powerful outlet to express, build community and give back in a great way!
Hear from an experienced leader who took an idea and changed into a nonprofit business model. Learn practical tools for becoming a nonprofit, from mission statements, to core values, to casting a vision, learn how to make sure your organization aligns with your calling. By-laws, boards of directors and policies and procedures are not scary, they are core to your success!
Take a grassroots approach to sharing a vision and building your inner circle of influence as you cast your dream to the community. Learn how to garner support from individuals, corporations, government, and grantors through key partnerships and relationships. Let’s explore how to build a platform of support by your enthusiasm and passion!
How do you build support for your mission? Planning and goals, annual events, and corporate sponsorship packages are just some of the topics to cover in this talk. Let’s discover how you and your company can garner the community support you need to match your budget through creative fundraising!
Join Joshua Vickery in a candid talk about leadership principles – the dos and don’ts of leading a company and team. With 14 full-time team members, over 100 on contract, over 1,500 artists and thousands of donors, patrons and partners, Joshua has learned a few things about how to lead people with respect and integrity at CFCArts.
How do you recruit the right staff members, board members, and volunteers? What are the key things in looking for and building your dream team? Learn how to identify your staffing needs and build a structure that works for your company.

Joshua Vickery is a vocalist, actor, teacher, producer, musical director, arts administrator and conductor.  Joshua’s love of music and the arts has allowed him to have an incredible career thus far.  He earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at Indian River Community College, receiving the honor of Outstanding Fine Arts Graduate. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he served in various leadership roles.

Joshua grew up with a passion for music ministry.  While studying music in college, he served as Associate Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach for two years where he directed the church’s vocal praise teams, led music services and assisting in directing the West Palm Beach Singing Christmas Tree production, which was viewed by thousands of patrons in Palm Beach televised.

In 2003 he became the Worship Arts Director of Orlando Baptist Church and Fine Arts Director at Orlando Christian Prep, a K-12 school where he taught voice, and vocal performance and developed and directed several school choirs. His journey then continued on to Aloma Church where Joshua combined his talents to lead a large church music program with every aspect including choirs, orchestra, and youth programs. During his tenure in these churches, he founded and served as the Executive Producer of the Central Florida Christmas Celebration in which he coached youth and adult vocal performers, developed shows and scripts, and managed hundreds of volunteers.

Joshua currently serves as executive director of Central Florida Community Arts, an organization which he founded in 2010. This organization consists of about 1100 artists in multiple choirs, an adult and youth symphony orchestra, children/youth arts program, theatre, School of Performing Arts and arts and wellness initiatives.  CFCArts strives to make the arts affordable and accessible, and uses the arts as a catalyst to create change in the community in a variety of ways.

Joshua has been a featured soloist in countless venues, produced musical recordings, and been the director of numerous productions. Joshua has been  an entertainment leader, casting director, and vocal coach for Walt Disney Entertainment. He also serves as a consultant for other arts organizations in its beginning stages and a voice for local, state and national arts advocacy.

Joshua has lived in Orlando since 2003 and has enjoyed serving on the board of several fine entities, and a member of FAACS School Administrators, Visit Orlando, Young Professional Network, Central Florida Leadership Forum, Zebra Coalition, Arts for Health Florida, UCF Non-profit Advisory Board, Emerging Arts Leader Mentorship Program and Leadership Orlando. He has the honor of several accolades including being named Arts Educational Professional of the Year by the Florida Arts Education Alliance, Top 3 Arts Advocate by Orlando Weekly, and 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando and Top 3 Community Leader by Orlando Magazine.

Previous speaking engagements include Stetson University, Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Universal Orlando Volunteers, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs of Winter Park and East Orlando, local, state and national arts advocacy events, and many more.


Conversations involve speaking and listening. The ones we remember have changed us in ways we’ll always remember. This talk will give you tools to inspire beautiful conversations as you connect with others through generous listening and authentic sharing.

You might just want to sign up for an improv class right after this talk. You’ll learn secrets used by improvisers that will improve how you collaborate with coworkers, clients, friends, and family. You’ll also find yourself saying ‘yes and’ to a more adventurous and fun life.

When we share stories we also share who we are. Your listeners learn what you value through how you’ve processed your ‘take away lesson’. Stories transport listeners to a new world in their mind’s eye as the story connects all involved. Learn how to use your stories to share who you are, explain what you seek, and why it’s important to you. The emotional connection you’ll create will be a gift to all.

Mary Thompson Hunt, as a proud member of Actors Equity Association is currently an actor at WDW where she has been performing since 1990. For 18 of those years she improvised at Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse. Her coworkers estimated her having performed in the ballpark of 15,000 shows (give or take a few hundred).

Over the years Mary has interviewed and worked with numerous celebrities. Credits include co-hosting a show with Maury Povich, and a television special with Dennis Scott and Shaquille O’Neal. She’s appeared in national commercials in addition to acting on various television series the Disney, Nickelodeon, and HBO networks. Mary has worked on projects with Regis Philbin, and Steve Harvey. She has taught improvisation nationally and as far away as Cameroon, Africa.

In addition to many television and film appearances, Mary is also a voice over artist. For more than a decade, her public announcements greeted millions of guests throughout EPCOT and is still heard at many attractions throughout Walt Disney World. Currently, Mary’s voice over work can also be heard at SeaWorld Orlando, Walmart and as the announcer for the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.

Mary’s passion project is co-hosting a talk show with Joshua Vickery (founder and executive director of Central Florida Community Arts). The show is titled, From The HeART and airs on Vision TV. Leaders of the arts and artists of all disciplines from Central Florida talk about their work, theaters, centers, mission, goals, needs, and dreams. Mary will tell you her greatest passion is being married to beloved husband and graphic artist, Jason Hunt.


Professional singer/actress turned college professor, Kate O’Neal offers vibrant workshops with a creative bent on human connection and communication. Kate holds a degree in Social and Behavioral Science, a Master’s degree in Interpersonal Communication, a graduate certificate in Corporate Communication, and professional certificates in Volunteerism and Group Work.


How can artists work together to transform their communities?

There are lots of components to cultivating a thriving arts community. In this talk, Cole explores those components and provides tools for artists to create momentum.

Creativity is the root of problem solving and growth. It is an essential component of every growing and profitable endeavor. In this talk, Cole inspires your team to think and live more creatively and provides practical tools for implementing creativity in the workplace.

Cole NeSmith is an experience curator, actor, writer, musician, and speaker. He is the Executive Director of the Creative City Project, which produces IMMERSE, an annual performance and installation art event in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Cole started the Creative City Project in 2012 to build community locally and to help shape the global perception of Orlando as a place known for creativity and innovation. In 2017, the annual event platformed 1,000 artists for an audience of more than 25,000.

Cole is actively involved in cultural transformation through his leadership in initiatives like Project DTO — imagining the next ten years of growth for Downtown Orlando — and as the Creative Director of “Beautiful Together” — an artistic response to the Pulse tragedy in June of 2016. He has been named on the “15 To Watch” list of Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People.” He has been named on the “50 Most Powerful People in Orlando” list in Orlando Magazine. Cole is passionate about using creativity to shift paradigms and create community.

As an artist, Cole has appeared in professional theater, works of classical and contemporary music, film and TV. Cole also creates large scale interactive installations and presentational elements for conferences, events, and brands. He is the author of two books.


Rob has been a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for almost twenty years, during which time he has performed, created, and directed intimate atmosphere shows for local theme parks, as well as spectacle stage productions for large audiences. Rob is currently a performer and creative consultant for Odd-O-Ts’ Entertainment, and a Featured Actor and Singer for Walt Disney World.


While we are super-connected, we’ve lost touch with how to connect with each other. And in this fast-paced, ever-changing world we’re searching for the tools that help navigate transition and keep stress at bay. Great news! We give those tools to kids with Autism so they can thrive in our world. In this inspiring and funny talk author and actress Alice Smetheram shares the stories and lessons on how to handle change and how to connect with each other learned from raising her son the #AutismTalkShowHost. Live or on video, Henry will entertain with the Top 10 in talk- show-host style, while Alice debriefs so that you come away with ways to re-connect and thrive in your work, your team, and your life.

Takeaways: stress management, life change, self-improvement, communication, inspiration.

How do you get to your preferred behavior?
A Social Story is a behavior plan to help people with autism practice their desired behaviors. If Henry is going to the mall, we might create or look up a social story so he can walk through it visually and verbally, imprint it on his brain through the written word, and then even carry it with us when we go. This helps him prepare for an unknown situation. The truth is that you are, right now, creating a social story. You are thinking, imagining even, the conversation you’ll have, the route you will take, what you’ll say to your boss… Our social stories are often
negative, and what’s worse, we practice that negative ‘defend myself’ story all day long. what we’ll say if we need to defend ourselves. We can create our own social story that has the outcome we want, desire and prefer, with the tone and attitude that serves our life best.

Takeaways: life change, self-improvement, communication, vision casting, inspiration.

Discover your preferences in the creative process and free your creative powers. Not only will your creativity blossom, as a bonus you’ll understand your team members creative strengths (oops! and weaknesses) all designed for greater collaboration, increased innovation and more fun!

Takeaways: team building, creativity & innovation, self-improvement, stress management, communication.

Using her book, The Creative Life, Alice leads you through a series of Imagination Exercises exploring the creative connection between your spirit and the Divine. While the book is written from a Biblical and Christian perspective, Alice adapts the principles for the spiritual understanding and practices of the group.

Takeaways: life change, inspiration, creativity & innovation.

Go behind the scenes and learn tips from the actor’s toolkit that will boost your presentation, client interaction and guest service skills. Discover your moment before, how to play the opposites and how to be relaxed and energized when on the spot. This interactive seminar has benefitted healthcare professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and frontline employees.

Takeaways: presentation skills, creativity & innovation, self-improvement, stress management, communication.

Learn how to tell a great story whether in 140 characters, a PowerPoint, or an elevator speech. Reaching your audience across a variety of platforms requires clarity of brand and compelling storytelling. You’ll learn the structure of a great story and how you can use these techniques to share your brand.

Takeaways: presentation skills, creativity & innovation, self-improvement, stress management, communication.

Since 1990, Alice has been an improvisational storyteller and actor pulling unsuspecting audience members into the show and helping them improvise within a script that only Alice knows. Learn how to use these principles to improve your client and team interactions and engage your audience.

Takeaways: presentation skills, creativity & innovation, self-improvement, stress management, communication, team building.

An inspirational writer and comedy improv actor, Alice shares the funny and amazing stories from parenting Henry her adult son who has autism and is a talk show host. Think Anne LaMott and Bette Midler raising the offspring of Rainman and David Letterman. The author of The Creative Life, Alice holds a certificate in Creativity & Innovation from the Walt Disney Company and Harvard Business School Publishing and a Liberal Arts degree from Rollins College. You can find out more at her website HenryandHismom.com.

Alice can lead your group in breakout sessions, workshops, day-long seminars or deliver the keynote address. She shares on the topics of self-improvement, life change, stress management, team building, creative inspiration, storytelling and branding. All topics can be tailored to your group.

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