James Guilford

Why book James Guilford?

James Guilford, founder of CoWorks LLC, provides dynamic, energized workshops and motivational speeches. From team building and leadership workshops, to high-energy speeches and multimedia presentations, James Guilford has it covered.

James has worked with many organization across the US. He has worked for Cirque du Soleil, coordinating a network of corporate-community partnerships and at-risk youth programs for the US.

Contact James for workshops, diversity training, & motivational speaking in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles or anywhere in the U.S.

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Engaging Presenter

On June 12, 2012 James facilitated our "Diversity in Action" webinar. In his presentation, James used a zooming slideshow and video platform to create a dynamic live session. He incorporated a variety of techniques that allowed our webinar attendees to both participate and to generate their own ideas. James included take-aways. These tools will help administrators lead diversity initiatives and help staff create more inclusive and respectful communities.

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Reviewer: Allison C.
Organization: Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association
Event: Seminar in Boston, MA
Event Date: Jun 12, 2012
Hired As: Motivational Speaker, Industry Expert, Leadership/Success Speaker

Genuinely Impressed

After a couple of brief conversations with Mr. Guilford, I followed my instinct and decided to take the risk of booking someone I had never met or heard for a keynote and breakout sessions. My instinct was dead on...Mr. Guilford is quite the gentleman - genuine, intellectual, fun loving, and professional. Quite the natural talent for drawing out his participants...a great speaker and listener! I wish he worked in my Upward Bound program!!

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Reviewer: Janet K.
Organization: Highland Community College Upward Bound
Event: Retreat in Freeport, IL
Event Date: Oct 15, 2011
Hired As: Motivational Speaker

Response from James Guilford:

Janet, it was great working with you and the students from HCC. The highlight of my time with your students was the engaging questions-and-answer session after my keynote and powerpoint. I appreciated the trust your students displayed in discussing bullying and identity issues. I look forward to our followup conversation this March.

A fun and inspiring event .... energetic presenter

"The presentation was excellent- a mix of group activities and an inspiring talk on confronting change and taking a leap of faith. I enjoyed the activities because they focused on self development in a fun and iinteractive way. I particularly liked the activity " what is your Sign" because it encouraged us to see and present ourselves in a positive light. The other activities helped us to see change as a reality of life that we cannot predict, but can confront individually or as a team. They also helped us reflect on how we communicate with each other. The talk titled "Jump" was inspiring and very relevant to the audience. It provided lots of food for thought, and I felt it was over too soon..."

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Reviewer: Jennifer B.
Event: Corporate Event in Yonkers, NY
Event Date: Mar 23, 2012
Hired As: Motivational Speaker

J.U.N.E. is GREATFUL for Mr. James

My mother always stated you never know who you will run into in the community. It went from a simple hello to James and we began talking about life. I told James about my mentoring organization for young girls name J.U.N.E. In return James told me about him being a motivational speaker we set up a workshop date for James to speak to the young ladies. James spoke with the young ladies of J.U.N.E. about self worth along with self love and finding their own identity. My young ladies asked so many questions along with leaving the workshop with a better understanding about themselves, and a better understanding about life.

James I thank you for all that you have done for not only the young ladies of J.U.N.E. but for the adults that attended the workshop.

Hmmm Is Thank You Even Enough?

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Reviewer: Keshia G.
Organization: J.U.N.E. {Just Unique & Naturally Elegant} Girls Mentoring Organization
Event: Workshop in Lithonia, GA
Event Date: Feb 25, 2012
Hired As: Motivational Speaker

It was great and inspiring!!

James planned this motivational speech and workshop that staff and directors enjoyed. It was definetly inspiring. It was 2 hours of entairtainment

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Reviewer: Jannette M.
Organization: Graham Windham
Event: Workshop in Yonkers, NY
Event Date: Mar 23, 2012
Hired As: Motivational Speaker

Response from James Guilford:

Janet, I definitely enjoyed my time with you and the other GW administrators at Dolce in the Pallisades. Your charisma and the group's enthusiasm definitely made the workshop a success.

Amazing speaker and facilitator

James is an energetic and knowledgeable speaker and facilitator. In the summer of 2011, he created professional development sessions to help orient a group of new teachers. He used a variety of online, print, and multimedia resources to provide a detailed orientation. Further, he met with our new teachers and tailored individualized supports. His sessions made our summer much more successful. He is great!

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Reviewer: Sharon G.
Organization: NMH Upward Bound
Event: Workshop in Gill, MA
Event Date: Jun 20, 2011
Hired As: Motivational Speaker

Response from James Guilford:

Sharon, I appreciated our one-on-one talks equally as much as I enjoyed the sessions with the interns. We will continue our on-going conversation about identity, educational equity, and social justice. Eventually, we'll solve the problems and save the world (smile). I'll see you this may in Vermont.

Engaging and relevant for both novice and seasoned educators

I participated in professional development sessions James hosted for 20 teaching interns.  He created several engaging session on topics that helped our novice teachers succeed during the summer.  James has a wealth of knowledge.  He facilitated interesting and engaging sessions.  Moveover, James was able to answer questions and point our interns to valuable print and online resources.  

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Reviewer: Angelita C.
Event: Workshop in Gill, MA
Event Date: Jun 20, 2011

He Motivated All of Us!

I was a participant in a workshop Mr. Guilford led for OCAA. I think I can speak for all participants when I say I was really inspired by Mr. Guilford. His activities and by his positive attitude taught me a lot. He gave me tools that will help me both as a parent and as a person working with youth.

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Reviewer: Raffia R.
Event: Workshop in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Jan 14, 2012

Skilled, passionate and knowledgable...!

My staff and I learned a lot from Mr. Guilford's workshop.  He facilitated a session for our trainers and for our parent group.  His workshops contained a lot of original activities that got us up and moving.  The activities also helped us think about how we can better serve our young participants.  The feedback Mr. Guilford provided greatly improved our program.

Roy Moore, Director, Our Children Artists and Athletes

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Reviewer: Roy M.
Organization: OCAA
Event: Retreat in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Jan 14, 2012
Hired As: Motivational Speaker, Author, Industry Expert, Leadership/Success Speaker

Response from James Guilford:

Roy, your program is off to a great start. Thanks for including me in your planning. You staff and parent group generated many great ideas in our early morning session.

Great Speaker and Educator

As a part of a series of workshops, Mr. Guilford spoke to our group. He did more than just "talk at us." Mr. Guilford led us through activities and small group discussion. In our early morning session, he motivated even the most reluctant (and sleepy) participants. I walked away with valuable information I can apply to my work with underserved youth.

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Reviewer: Anne J.
Event: Workshop in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Jan 14, 2012

Booking Info

  • Fee: $750 and up
  • Languages: English

Overview

PERSONALIZED--surveys client to tailor talks and workshops to client's goals.

INFORMED--talks go beyond predictable to uncover issues relevant to participants.

DYNAMIC--workshops and talks use visuals, movement, and small groups exchanges to energize participants.

USEFUL--sessions end with doable action plan, valuable approaches, and usable resources.

Past Booked Events

06/19/13 Massachusetts
06/18/13 Massachusetts
06/17/13 Massachusetts
06/06/12 Chicago, IL
06/05/12 Chicago, IL
06/04/12 Chicago, IL
03/30/12 Atlanta, GA
03/23/12 New York, NY

James Guilford

James Guilford is the owner of CoWorks LLC -- a consulting firm that specializes in team building and professional development. James has over a decade of experience as a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. Guilford holds a BA from Emory University and an MA from Columbia University. He has tailored sessions for staff in many organizations, including the following:

* Cirque du Soleil
* Boys and Girls Club
* Upward Bound
* Graham-Windham
* The New England Educational Opportunity Association

Guilford tailors sessions for staff retreats, professional development, diversity training, and team building meetings. In these sessions, he offers the following:

- Single session, full day, or multiple-day workshops and retreats
- Dynamic and energizing workshop activities tailored to your themes and goals
- A multimedia presentation and motivational speech on your theme
- A take-away toolkit of resources and approaches as appropriate for your gathering

The team providing the talent:

James Guilford

Speaker and Workshop Facilitator

Setup Requirements

(Optional) LCD projector

(Optional) Microphone

Open space w/ seating for participants

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