LOS ANGELES, CA, May 20, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — The online directory for small business sponsorship, Speaker Sponsor, also features a crowdfunding for speakers section for those speakers who have a cause topic. Cause speakers are able to raise donation money through the Speaker Sponsor platform. All money goes straight to the speaker with no fees attached. Speaker Sponsor welcomes several veteran cause speakers who use their crowdfunding donations to bring womens veterans issues to light.

Speaker Sponsor CEO, Julie Austin, says “Speaker Sponsor is happy to welcome these brave women military speakers. We hope that the public gets behind them in their crowdfunding efforts so that they can spread the word about military causes”.

Linda Maloney was one of the first women in U.S. history to join a combat military flying squadron and is a retired military aviator and officer. She’s won numerous military awards including the distinguished air medal for combat. She’s a tireless mentor to young people, especially young women, and shares her amazing stories of flying military jets and setting goals in life.

Valerie Ormond served as a leader in naval intelligence for 25 years. She was one of the first women assigned to combatant aircraft carriers and won the distinguished National Intelligence Reform Medal. Valerie uses her speaker donations to speak about the value military veterans bring to their communities.

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato served onboard the KC-135R refueling tanker as aircrew member and instructor. She flew multiple combat sorties over Baghdad and earned her crew the prestigious Air Medal. Graciela supports various Latino causes including literacy, where she donates a portion of her book sales.

Karen Baetzel is a former naval aviator and has flown helicopters, propeller and jet aircraft. Karen donates 100% of her book sales to Wounded Warriors and Fisher House.

All of these women military speakers are members of the National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau and accept crowdfunding donations through the Speaker Sponsor platform.

Speaker Sponsor continues to be the leader in sponsorship for speakers, creating opportunities for speakers and marketing partnerships for the small business and corporate community.

All of these women can be reached through Speaker Sponsor at For more info, go to

Speaker Sponsor is the only online directory that matches speakers with small business sponsorship and includes crowd funding for cause speakers.

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/— Allen and Sheryl Hill never expected when they sent their son Tyler off to Japan for a student ambassador trip of a lifetime that they would never see him again. They just wanted their son to see the world, and they trusted that he would be safe.

What started off as a dream trip turned into a nightmare when Tyler Hill passed away on June 29, 2007 at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center. His death could have been prevented if he had received proper medical treatment.

Every year millions of American middle, high school, and college students travel abroad through student programs. Though laws exist for foreign students coming to the U.S., no such laws are in place that protect American students in other countries. It’s estimated that about 25% of female students are raped on these trips. Other students are injured, abandoned, or killed. And to make matters worse, the families are often forced to sue just to get the information they are entitled to about their children.

Sheryl has turned her tragedy into a mission in Tyler’s honor. She formed the non-profit Clear Cause to inform and educate others about the dangers of student travel, study programs, and cultural exchanges. She is also lobbying to get tougher laws to regulate this 20+ billion dollar industry to help keep kids safe.

Julie Austin, CEO of Speaker Sponsor says “Speaker Sponsor is happy to include Sheryl as one of our cause speakers. She works tirelessly to get the word out about student travel safety.”

Anyone who shares the passion for Sheryl’s cause of student safety abroad can donate through her Speaker Sponsor crowdfunding website profile. And corporations interested in sponsoring her as a speaker will be aligning themselves with a passionate speaker with an important topic that appeals to parents everywhere.

Speaker Sponsor continues to be the leader in sponsorship for speakers, creating opportunities for speakers and marketing partnerships for the small business and corporate community.

Sheryl Hill can be reached through Speaker Sponsor at

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Speaker Sponsor is the only online directory for speakers seeking small business sponsorship.

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/Ugg Boots founder Brian Smith will be kicking off the Speaker Sponsorship 101 seminar in San Diego, Oct. 26th at Marina Village.

They say a great salesman is someone who can “sell ice to eskimos”. If that’s true, Brian Smith is one of the best. He literally started his Ugg Boots brand by selling sheepskin boots to Southern California surfers. A surfer himself, Smith knew once the surfers tried them, they would fall in love with them. And he was right. Now the iconic brand is sold all over the world, and Smith credits part of that to the fact that he sponsored surfing contests when his brand was just getting started. “To compete against the big guys, you have to be different”, says Smith. “Sponsorship is one way small businesses can compete.”

As a brand owner he knew the value of sponsorship in reaching his target market. Now as a speaker, he sees that same value, and will share his knowledge of sponsorship with speakers at the seminar.

Speaker Sponsorship 101 is the brainchild of Speaker Sponsor CEO, Julie Austin. Also a speaker, Austin got tired of the sheer number of meetings and conferences that weren’t able to pay speakers, either through budget cuts or other reasons. So, she created an online directory for speakers looking for sponsorship from the small business community, and now teaches speakers how to apply the innovative techniques she’s used as a speaker to get paid from small businesses for representing their brands.

“As the sponsorship director on a TV pilot, I literally went door to door looking for sponsors for the show”, says Austin. “As a speaker, I realized the small business community was an untapped goldmine. Big corporations have been doing it for years, but most in the small business community have never even heard of it. So now I’m on a mission to educate both about how valuable sponsorship is.”

The seminar will end with a panel discussion of industry experts on how to find speaking jobs. On the panel will be Jan Jones of the Jan Jones Speaker’s Bureau. Jan is an international speaker’s agent, handling such speaking giants as Richard Branson and Donald Trump, Jr. Before that she spent years as an assistant to Tony Robbins. Also on the panel will be Holli Catchpole of Speaker’s Office, a management service for speakers. For over 25 years Holli has managed the careers of some of today’s top speakers.

Brian Smith is available for interviews and can be reached at

Julie Austin is available for interviews and can be reached at 310-444-7788 or

“Speaker Sponsorship 101 – How to Make Six Figures a Year as a Speaker…Using Other People’s Money” – San Diego, CA – October 26th, 2013 – 12:00 – 4:00pm, registration opens at 11:30 am
Marina Village
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

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Speaker Sponsorship 101 Seminar is a co-venture between Speaker Sponsor, the only online directory for speakers looking for small business sponsorship, and the San Diego Speaker’s Guild.




LOS ANGELES, CA, May 01, 2013 — If you’ve been to a conference lately you’ve no doubt seen a fair number of speakers, from the keynote to breakout speakers, to panel speakers, and MCs. But behind the scenes many of these speakers are being asked to work for free.

Professional innovation speaker Julie Austin began using her innovation and inventing background and came up with a better way. After hearing for the hundredth time that the meeting planner wasn’t paying speakers, she started asking if she could just get her own sponsor. And that’s what she did.

“It worked like a charm”, said Julie. “The audience got a great content rich speech, the sponsor got their message in front of a targeted market, the meeting planner looked like a hero, and I got paid. What could be better?”

But getting a sponsor was a long, tedious process. That’s when Speaker Sponsor was born. Speaker Sponsor puts everything in one place, so the speakers can showcase opportunities they need sponsors for and the sponsors get to view a wide range of speaking opportunities that they can sponsor. Voila! No more speaking for free.

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Julie Austin is available for interviews and can be reached at 310-444-7788 or

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Speaker Sponsor is a speaker directory and training resource for speakers who want to get paid for their time on the stage through corporate sponsorship. Speaker Sponsor matches them with the perfect sponsor for them.


LOS ANGELES, CA, July 31, 2013  — Reaching busy HR professionals these days isn’t easy. But HR Professionals Magazine editor Cynthia Thompson has discovered an innovative way to reach a large targeted audience at the Austin Human Resource Management Association “Playbook for Success” Conference in Austin, Texas, August 2nd, 2013.

Founder and CEO of Speaker Sponsor, Julie Austin (no relation to the city), found a niche in the speaking industry by being a liason between speakers with unpaid speaking engagements and small businesses who could benefit by sponsoring those speakers in order to get in front of their audience.

For example, Julie found herself on the other end of an unpaid speaking engagement recently when asked to speak at the Austin Human Resources Conference in Austin, Texas. That’s where HR Professionals magazine comes in.

“We’re pleased to be sponsoring Julie Austin at the conference, where she’ll be giving a speech entitled ‘What Great Leaders Know About Storytelling: How to Draw People in With Your Message’.

“Human resource professionals use storytelling every day, whether they know it or not. Communicating with your employees as a leader requires a level of trust in what you say”, says Julie. “If you want them to listen to you and follow you, you have to be able to show them the big picture vision and what’s in it for them. They have to have faith in you that you know what you’re talking about.”

AHRMA Annual Conference, Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX 78744

August 2, 2013 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information on HR Professionals Magazine go to or call Cynthia at 901-598-0123, email at

For more information on Speaker Sponsor, go to or call Julie Austin at 310-444-7788, email

Alex Cequea will attempt to break the current Guinness World Record and will attempt to continually speak from 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 9th. The entire event will last approximately 34 hours. The current record stands at 30 hours and 6 minutes.

Breaking a world record for the world’s longest speech is an enormous feat in itself, but even more so for someone who was once terrified of public speaking. “I want to encourage others to tackle their own fears as I’ve done tackling mine about public speaking,” said Alex. “I’m fascinated by the resilience of the mind and body, and the lengths humans are able to go to.”

For visual aid support, Alex will be using Prezi, an online-based zooming presentation software that is a popular choice among seasoned presenters in venues such as TED. Prezi is a sponsor of the event, and will also help to promote it.

Other sponsors include Viva Vitamins, Miami Public Speakers, and Speaker Sponsor, an innovative service that matches speakers with sponsors. Also, in case Alex needs it, Red Bull kindly offered to send a whole lot of Red Bull.

“We support Alex and his brave attempt to break the world record”, says Speaker Sponsor CEO and fellow speaker Julie Austin. “We’ll be rooting for him all the way.”

Breaking a Guinness World Record is #3 on Alex’s bucket list of “things to do before I die.” The speech will cover all of Alex’s life, including his family’s incredible journey from poverty in Venezuela to realizing the American Dream. The event fittingly takes place on Alex’s birthday.

The event will be streamed live on . Viewers will be able to ask questions via Alex’s Twitter feed (@alexcequea), and Alex is allowed to answer them during several short Q&As sprinkled throughout the 34-hour presentation.

Alex Cequea is available for interviews and can be reached at 319-541-0205 or alex(at)publicspeakingguy(dot)com