Innovative • Edgy • Experiential 

Captivate and Convert is an interactive 2-day live event where you will be taken through a series of experiential exercises to open up your creative thinking, connect you with other attendees in a meaningful way and give you ‘outside the box’ presenting skills so you can be seen as a top thought leader and/or speaker and gain greater influence. You will walk away with revolutionary ideas and tools to get your fresh, cutting edge work out to the world. Only the brave and bold shall attend!

Get ready to meet a hundred other innovative business owners, industry thought leaders, and key influencers for a two-day journey through optimizing how you show up on stage, at events, in meetings and in your sales conversations to rapidly accelerate your conversations and buy-in. 


There are millions of business executives, business owners and speakers out there saying the same blah blah blah message, regurgitating old news over and over. Then they wonder why they have a hard time standing out and growing their brand into a recognized thought leader. If you have something fresh, radical and bold to say and know you want to lead change in your industry, you are in the right place. For you to rise up… and rise up fast, you need to be able to walk into any room and instantly magnetize people to you... and 'normal' speaker training just won't cut it (but more on that later).

If you land in one of these 4 categories, we invite you attend:

C-Level Executives looking to gain more buy-in, build their personal brand and increase visibility to their company.

6, 7 or 8-Figure Business Owners looking to be seen as a thought leader in their industry and build additional income streams.

People who have accomplished something extraordinary and have a significant body of work in their expertise seeking ways to build their speaking career. 

Industry Professionals with a strong expertise who crave to increase their visibility, be seen as an authority and monetize their brand through speaking. 

People who have attended in the past have been able to walk into any room and be an impactful, transformational speaker that moves audiences nationally and even globally.


Forbes Magazine 2012: “For those who’ve been through speaker training, you know the drill. You leave feeling less authentic than ever, with piles of “correct” postures, gestures, and speech effects to practice"

Great leaders need to be truthful in how they show up. Most speaking training strips you of your unique personality instead of showing you how to enhance your natural brilliance.

Here are some quick examples of the differences between normal verses influencer's presentation training:

Presentation Training

  • Learned speech effects to sound articulate causes you to sound pushed and aggressive
  • Learned canned poses and gestures make you look like a robot
  • Deliberately counting to 3 when pausing between phrases sounds too contrived
  • Being over the top to get attention ... this energy is pushed and forces people to you (bad energy!)
  • Focusing on telling the audience about your story

Influencer's Presentation Training 

  • Learning how to use your breath to naturally bring out your volume and create dynamics that draw your audience in. 
  • Learning how to release tension from your body and tap into your instincts so you express from your truth.  
  • Learning how to stimulate specific nerves in your body that will get you naturally pausing powerfully to gain maximum impact.  
  • Understanding how to create energy that will draw people to you and cause them to listen intently to your every word.
  • Delivering content that makes the audience the hero and inspires more buy-in into your vision.

Here are a couple of videos to give you insight into the differences:


Minerva Enterprises, LLC books innovative, cutting edge speakers into conferences, events and meetings and provides elite presentation training for top thought leaders to build mass influence. Our programs generate revenue and exposure for all who attend. Cindy Ashton is the CEO of the company and the presentation trainer for the Captivate and Convert Event. Cindy’s presentation skills are full of passion and astonish the most advanced leaders. Attending our events bring many positive changes to one’s life and career.

By age 3 Cindy Ashton was already wearing sequins, singing classics and dancing around her living room to her audience of millions. Since then she has worked with Broadway directors, Emmy winners and countless others gracing thousands of stages. After over 20 years as a singer / entertainer, she is now the Award-winning TV host of Cindy Uncorked on e360tv, syndicated worldwide on a 190 million screens. Bringing her flare for stage craft to the speaking world, Cindy is also a professional speaker, presentation strategist and CEO of Minerva Enterprises LLC. 

Great actors and entertainers are truthful in how they present to the world and have the ability to mesmerize their audiences. Drawing from her extensive background in the performing arts, Cindy will be showing you the same strategies. She has received awards from former President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II for her lifetime of volunteerism, and has appeared in multiple media including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Inc. Magazine and Forbes.

When You Attend Interactive Training for Thought Leaders & Speakers, You Will:

Discover the key distinctions that high-impact leaders use to create mass influence & change

Learn body language tactics to captivate & command any room with power & truthfulness

Have the ability to mesmerize prospects, audiences and listeners in a matter of moments

Understand how to use vocal dynamics & energy tactics to convert & gain buy-in faster

Leverage your unique brand personality to differentiate from all the other leaders in your industry

Develop elite stage performance skills to make an emotional impact and a lasting impression


Engage with industry thought leaders who will transform the way you think about presentation, influence and growth.

Jeffrey Hayzlett, Keynote Speaker

A former Fortune 100 CMO and is now primetime television host of CSuite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV and Hall of Fame Speaker. As a leading business expert, Hayzlett is frequently cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business and C-Suite TV.

Topic: How To Grow a Speaking Empire

Want to know how to leverage your platform? Learn how Jeffrey Hayzlett took his books and speaking platform to a new level by influencing the media. • How to book 150+ keynotes/year • How we landed a prime-time television show • How we leverage every show and every speech to get more events and more speeches • How social media accounts for most of our leads and bookings • How we use our branding to make sure we are seen in the best positioning • How we turned a TV show into a Business Network And how you can too!

Li Hayes, Interview Expert

After 20 years in Human Resources, planning events and hiring speakers, Li Hayes went to the other side and started managing professional speakers. Her Company, Go Leeward specializes in small business and entrepreneurialism and her venture The Speaker Exchange is a speaking lead generator. She believes success derives from networking and an attitude of abundance. Li mananges calendars for busy business speakers and coaches emerging stars.

Topic: How To Monetize Your Speaking

In this candid interview with Li, we will be discussing: • Working with speaking bureaus, agencies and managers... and what the difference is between them • The art of 'hooking' to get more gigs faster and build your visibility • Keys to upsell your other products and services • How to build your marketing and speaking co-lateral And more. PLUS... we will be taking questions from the audience. 


Captivate and Convert 2020 will be an immersive and invaluable experience taking place over two action-packed days. The training is designed to take you on a step-by-step journey through every aspect of presentation and how it relates to boosting your conversions, influence and buy-in from the stage to meetings and networking to sales conversations.

Wednesday, November 6th

For VIP ticket holders only:

6:30pm-9pm: Kick Off Cocktail Party with a live performance from Cindy + Red Carpet Pictures

Thursday, November 7th 

8am-9am: Tea, coffee, networking, registration

9am-11am: Interactive Presenting Training with Cindy

11am-12:30pm: Live Stage Coaching

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm-5pm: Interactive Presenting Training with Cindy

5pm-6pm: Red Carpet Pictures

Friday, November 8th

8:30am-9am: Tea, coffee, networking

9am-10am: Jeffrey Hayzlett Keynote on Building a Speaking Empire

10am to 12:30pm: Interactive Presenting Training with Cindy

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm: Our Clients Take the Stage

2:30pm-4pm: Interactive Presenting Training with Cindy

4pm-5pm: Cindy interviews Li Hayes on Monetizing Your Speaking as a Thought Leader


Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel

500 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, NJ 07086 On the Hudson river, overlooking Manhattan  

20 minutes from the Newark airport. Both the Ferry and the bus stop in front of the hotel. Only a 10 minute ride into mid-town Manhattan! Free parking

Room rate: $219 US / night


Check out our testimonials are from attendees of previous presenting training events that Cindy has led.


This event is highly exclusive. Before registering, please ensure that you fall into one of the four categories listed above - Executive, 6 to 8-figure business owner, industry professional or a person with an extraordinary accomplishment.

Your Exclusive VIP Ticket Includes...

  • Admission to 2-day Captivate & Convert Training Event
  • Access to Exclusive Networking Cocktail Party on November 6th with a live performance, appetizers and drinks
  • Training Materials
  • VIP lunches on both days
  • All day Coffee/Tea + Morning and Afternoon Snacks
  • Networking with other High Profile Leaders
  • Red Carpet Pictures 
  • Bonus: Thought Leader & Speaker in Box. Includes: * Story-tell to Sell Action Guide: Learn to tell riveting stories in your meetings, networking, sales conversations and from the stage. *Sample Speaker Contract *How to Create Powerful Video Content Template *6-month Book Launch Marketing calendar delivered by C-Suite Network *How to Pitch Meeting Planners Video Template  

Full Price 1295 USD Early Bird 995 USD First 10 tickets only: $695 USD  

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Note: Tickets are non-refundable but fully transferable. You will be added to our email list upon registration where you will receive your welcome email and occasional updates. 

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