Layne

 

Layne is no stranger to change, adversity or success.

Their rollercoaster life journey is one of hope, leaving audiences across the globe inspired. Some may know Layne as “The Auctionista, ” a philanthro-tainer who has a fervor for audience engagement and passion for storytelling. Behind-the-scenes, Layne is a successful entrepreneur who has raised millions of dollars for social impact causes across North America. As a top Charity Auctioneer with well over 1,000 events under their belt, Layne has broken down barriers in this male-dominated industry and has established themselves as a fundraising dynamo.

Beyond fundraising, they are a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ2+ community. They speak to audiences about the importance of living authentically. Layne would know best. From coming out, changing their name and changing their pronouns, Layne has evolved to become the most authentic version of themselves and inspires audiences to unapologetically do the same.

Layne has navigated through a lifetime of hardship; from the early days of feeling out of place and having big dreams, to manifesting those dreams and becoming a non-binary fundraising powerhouse. Through enduring, escaping and surviving domestic violence with two children, to overcoming financial ruin, starting over emotionally and physically after a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, and recently being hurled into extreme cumulative trauma during the COVID pandemic, Layne’s emotional journey will both break your heart and give you the hope and strength you never knew you needed. Raw, honest and powerful, Layne delivers their story in a way that will inspire those listening to make life changes.

Keynote Topics
Layne speaks on the following topics, customizable to your audience:

“Bidding To Be Your Best”
Entrepreneurship, Leadership and The Courage to Overcome Adversity

What would happen if we broke the stereotype and defied convention? Layne takes you through their inspirational and comical journey of breaking the  auctioneer stereotype to become a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Canada’s fundraising powerhouse company. Layne talks about fearlessness when it comes to taking the first step in business and how, after building the company brick by brick, moments of adversity can spark a fire.
Length: 30 Minutes

“From She to They”
Coming Out, Rewriting Your Story and Facing Fears

Layne’s journey has not been an easy one, by any means. Layne shares their struggles and how the fear of non-acceptance hindered their success. Blazing a new path started with the bold move to come out, change their name and gender identity. Layne shares their deeply emotional coming out story and the advantages of living authentically, leaning into and trusting one’s intuition and the power this has to create life shifts.
Length: 45 Minutes

“How To Make Friends With The Future” *
Relationships, Starting Over, Women’s Health, Finding Fortitude

Layne takes you through their journey; from the early days of feeling out of place and having big dreams, to manifesting those dreams and becoming a non-binary fundraising powerhouse. Through enduring, escaping and surviving domestic violence with two children, to overcoming financial ruin, starting over emotionally and physically after a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, and recently being hurled into extreme cumulative trauma during the pandemic
year of 2020; Layne’s emotional journey will break your heart and give you the hope and strength you never knew you needed. Raw, honest and powerful, Layne delivers their story in a way that will inspire those listening to make life changes.
Length: 60 Minutes *most popular keynote