Layne

 

Layne, CEO/Founder of “The Auctionista,” has been leading the wave of philanthropy-based entertainment for over a decade and is one of the few certified Benefit Auction Specialists (BAS) in Canada. Energetic, trustworthy and inspiring, Layne is an accomplished entertainer in the fundraising space, with over 1,000 successful events across a variety of industries, raising millions of dollars for charities across North America.

As a keynote speaker, Layne’s genuine comfortability and ease with improv make personal appearances an interactive experience. Layne ensures that the audience are a focal part of the equation, elevating the excitement and keeping them invested.

Layne’s keynote presentations take listeners on an emotional rollercoaster, as they deep dive into Layne’s personal and professional journey; from the early days of being ‘Linda’ and having big dreams, to manifesting those dreams and becoming the non-binary fundraising powerhouse Layne, The Auctionista.

Through enduring, escaping and surviving domestic violence with two children, to overcoming financial ruin, then needing to start over emotionally and physically after genetic testing revealed the BRCA1 gene, leading to a double mastectomy and hysterectomy; Layne’s emotional yet inspirational 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.

A relaxed and engaging demeanour has helped make Layne a popular figure internationally as well as a valued guest on Breakfast Television (Canada’s #1 morning show). That charm has allowed Layne to comfortably exchange laughs with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and shared stages both in person and virtually with performers such as Sarah McLaughlin and Sting.

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

Have you ever thought about stereotypes and the effect they have on how we think, what we do and what we won’t do? What would happen if we broke the stereotype and defied convention? Leapt out of our comfort zone and blazed a new trail for ourselves? Layne takes you through their inspirational and comical journey of breaking the auctioneer stereotype to become a successful businessperson and CEO of Canada’s fundraising powerhouse company, “The Auctionista.” 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. Passionate, funny, enthusiastic and never compromising themselves from “doing it their way”.
Length: 30 Minutes

“From Her to Their”
Coming Out, Rewriting Your Story and Facing Fears

Layne’s journey has not been an easy one, by any means. Layne shares the struggles of being “Linda” and how the fear of non-acceptance hindered their success. Blazing a new path started with the bold move to not only come out, but change their name. 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 entire journey; from the early days of being ‘Linda’ and having big dreams, to manifesting those dreams and becoming the non-binary fundraising powerhouse Layne, The Auctionista. Through enduring, escaping and surviving domestic violence with two children, to overcoming financial ruin, then needing to start over emotionally and physically after genetic testing revealed the BRCA1 gene, leading to a double mastectomy and hysterectomy,
and recently being hurled into extreme cumulative trauma and tragedy 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