Laurie Richards

Raised in South Dakota, Laurie Richards began her professional career as a legislative correspondent for Public Broadcasting. Moving to Des Moines, Iowa, she managed member communications for the National Pork Producers Council the nation's largest commodity organization and originator of the successful "Pork. The Other White Meat" campaign.

Richards' achievements include hosting her own television show, managing the fastest growing public relations agency in Philadelphia, launching award-winning public affairs programs, and managing highly effective grassroots lobbying and development programs for a variety of associations and Fortune 500 companies.

In 1992, Richards capitalized on her experience in broadcasting, public relations, and professional development, and created Laurie Richards & Associates.

Author of the popular Speaking Without Fear, and Making Meetings Produce, she has prepared hundreds of professionals for media interviews, legislative visits, lobbying efforts, and presentations. Her latest work, "How to Manage Your People Without Them Managing You" system, is a live recording of one of Richards most popular programs.

Steve Giesen

Steve Giesen has a proven track record of leading teams to project success and teaching others to do likewise.

As a project manager in support of the Hubble Space Telescope and TEMPEST efforts, Giesen specialized in complex construction projects including data center start-ups and EMR shield room construction for TRW Defense Systems Group.

His also served as Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Procurement for First Interstate Bancorp, where he was responsible for the construction and management of data centers and commercial properties plus the ongoing management of five cost centers. Tasked with multiple facility closure projects, Giesen ended his own job – on time and on budget.

Among Giesen’s technical accreditations is the RPA (Real Property Administrator) designation from the Building Owners and Managers Institute. He also holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) designation awarded by the Project Management Institute and serves as a PMP certification instructor.

Giesen teaches both university accredited project management curriculums and as part of the MBA program at Seattle Pacific University. He is in high demand as a speaker at conferences, corporations and universities working with more than 60,000 attendees in 16 countries.

Not your ordinary technical trainer, Giesen has reached the highest level of the Toastmaster’s International Humorous Speech contest.

Ryan Setzer

At LR&A, we are always searching for new ideas, topics, and personnel to enhance our clients’ experience. We are very excited to introduce our newest addition to the LR&A team. Ryan Setzer is joining the organization as our Onsite Coordinator.

Ryan brings 25 years of business and training experience to his positions. His understanding of both training requirements and logistical needs and details will help LR&A be even more effective at arranging and delivering cutting edge programs for you and your staff.

Ryan is happy to personally discuss your current needs and upcoming program requests and schedules. If you have any questions or requests, do not hesitate to call. Ryan is here to work for your success.