Carol Gardner Speaking Engagements

Carol Gardner’s story is truly inspirational. She started her company with 24 greeting cards in the middle of her living room, and within 6 months, over one million cards had been sold. Today Zelda Wisdom, Inc. is an international business with licensees around the world for products that include greeting cards, books, apparel, costumes, cookies, and more.

According to The New York Times, Zelda Wisdom, Inc. annually generates over $50 million in sales. In 2006, Zelda cards were the #1 mass selling card line for Hallmark and now more than 600 different Zelda greeting cards are available through American Greetings/ Eleven Zelda books have been published, including a new series of children’s books. Carol and Zelda have worked with and supported: Pet Partners, the Morris Animal Foundation, the American Humane Association and the Banfield Charitable Trust’s Pet Peace of Mind Project. Presently Carol and Zelda are involved in a project that trains, certifies and insures rescued dogs for work in children’s hospitals.

Since starting Zelda Wisdom, Carol has inspired audiences around the world with her success story and her advice for how to meet life's challenges. “At the core of Zelda Wisdom is humor and healing,” says Gardner. “She always makes me laugh. Zelda and I started out as underdogs, but we are proof that you don’t have to be thin, rich, young or wrinkle-free to be successful. More importantly, you don’t have to be perfect.”

For more information, or to book Carol for a speaking engagement, please contact Francine Read at Great Women Speakers: (503) 631-7477 or email

Audiences Love Carol Gardner

Carol was amazing! Anyone that she came into contact with during the time that she was here was inspired. She was delightful at the board dinner and made a big fan out of all of us! Her Keynote was so successful that many were moved to tears…We are all asking ourselves what we are going to be doing for the next twelve years. Can we possible achieve what Zelda achieved in her lifetime? I have received to date upwards of 50 congratulatory emails on the event, many saying that Carol was the best keynote they (NAWBO Members) have ever heard!
Jeryl Mitsch
Affiliations: Crew | National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Your talk was fantastic and folks were raving about it all day! Kudos, kudos, kudos! And thank you for spending so much time with the folks at the Pentunia’s booth. Thank you so much for being such a special part of our 25th Anniversary!”
Betsy Hays
Speaker Coordinator/PR Co-Chair
Central California Women’s Conference Fresno, CA

“I just wanted to take a moment to convey our heartfelt thanks for your assistance with the Women In Action and Women In Action Foundation Spring Luncheon and Fund Raiser. The event was the best attended in organization history, and proceeds from the auction were an all time high. Carol Gardner’s presentation was fantastic. She spoke from the heart, and the audience clearly found her both compelling and entertaining. We can’t thank you, and Carol, enough for your support of our efforts. Please feel free to, use my name as a reference. I hope that we have the opportunity to work together again in the future on another event.”
Julie A. Olson
Women In Action Foundation

“Dear Carol, No one could have done better. You were “spot on.” All I have heard are rave reviews and when will she come back. I’m sure your company had a spike in revenue the next day. What impressed me most was your graciousness and genuineness. You are the kind of person I would like to call friend. Thanks again for your words and your spirit.”
Ed Helton
Cunningham Center for Leadership Development
Columbus State University

“We had the most amazing event with Carol Gardner, the creator of Zelda Inc, and Zelda Wisdom. We had 268 attendees at our event, and the speaker’s presentation just blew us all away. I would love to see Carol Gardner become an advisor for Key 4 Women, and potentially a future speaker for other districts. I was incredibly lucky to spend time with Carol and refine our needs from her presentation and she absolutely blew me away. Her insights on women owned business, branding, and business growth are simply just amazing. The entire time we spoke I just kept thinking that we must have her on our advisory board, and use her again since our fellow districts would just love her as a speaker. Hands down, I’d 100% recommend this company!”
Gisel Hillner
Key Bank of Oregon

“Thank you, Carol Gardner for coming to San Antonio Community Hospital and giving such a wonderful presentation. All the remarks from our attendees were so positive. To say that your presentation was well received is an enormous understatement! I have never seen a speaker get so many 5s on their rating. I would highly recommend you to anyone searching for a fabulous keynote speaker. Your humor and life experiences were something that everyone in the audience could relate to. We loved having you for our keynote our our First Annual Women’s Symposium.”
Cheryl Vargo
Manager, Community Outreach
San Antonio Community Hospital, CA

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