Fostering workplaces of greater appreciation, belonging, & collaboration

Experiential & actionable workshops with event-industry veteran
Andrea Driessen


  • Build stronger TEAMS through the lens of appreciation.

  • Bring everyone’s WHOLE SELVES  to work.

  • Provide an ACTIONABLE tool for defeating IMPOSTOR SYNDROME.

  • Reveal exactly how our talents MATTER.

  • Move from feeling unseen to feeling SIGNIFICANT.

  • Take LEGACY leaving to an entirely new level.

Gracenotes are relevant to the workplace in myriad ways:


CORPORATIONS: For teams craving more cohesion. For managers needing an easy to-use tool that shows employees how their talents matter. For cultures committed to helping everyone bring their full selves to work.

TRADE GROUPS: Associations are hungry for fresh, affordable tools to honor and appreciate members, boost engagement, and amplify belonging. When association members go from feeling unseen to feeling significant, they contribute more time and energy to your industry.

WOMEN’S EVENTS: With 70% of women and men reporting a sense of impostor syndrome (!), Gracenotes are a critical antidote to the doubt many feel in our accomplishments and self-worth.

FINANCIAL SERVICE FIRMS: For clients of investment firms involved in conversations around legacy, meaning, and how they wish to be remembered, Gracenotes help create a strategic road map.

Tap into the global movement


Gracenotes: Transforming individuals & teams through appreciation


The workplace is full of critical skill-building tools to help employees engage mentally.


Yet for real change and buy-in, people must also feel engaged emotionally.


After all, when we know our talents matter, when we’re valued and appreciated for our humanness, we take bigger risks, take on greater challenges, and bring our full selves to work. Our culture becomes one of greater belonging. Teams are more cohesive. And we contribute more time and energy to mission-critical initiatives.


That’s what Gracenotes achieve: They uncover and express our most affirming thoughts about anyone we work with and care about. They ensure we all know we matter—at any age.


This highly engaging program is a one-of-a-kind mix of connective, respectful interactivity along with funny and poignant stories that open people’s minds and hearts to positive change. It's a collectively created wenote---not at all your standard, one-dimensional keynote presentation.

Facilitator Andrea Driessen is the creator of Gracenotes, international award-winning entrepreneur & author, TEDx speaker, boredom buster, wenote presenter, & hospice volunteer

Andrea has dedicated her career to helping companies, nonprofits, and teams become more communicative, effective, and capable. An event-industry veteran, she’s spent her entire career in the trenches of business meetings. Andrea’s had hundreds of conversations with meeting planners who are looking for new ways to produce impactful meetings.


Her efforts have been recognized with three international awards, including two for her book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Event Planning: For Kick-Ass Gatherings that Inspire People.


As a Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) “Best-in-Class” speaker, Andrea presented workshops in Canada, Mexico, and across the US.


And as a hospice volunteer with Providence of Seattle, she understands the profound power of open and caring communication between those who are dying and their loved ones.




"Andrea’s talk touched me in so many ways. Andrea is such a poised and compelling speaker, using inspirational stories and touches of humor to draw her audience in. SHE is such a lovely Gracenote herself.” –Lori Green


“Your Gracenotes talk held my heart. What a brilliant presentation, inspiring each and every one of us to not wait to offer our appreciation. You presented so very well, your carriage is outstanding, and you left the words grace notes on my radar forever.” –Debra Fine


“The whole idea is a beautiful ‘aha.’” –H.V., Seattle

To check availability for your event:
Engage (at) Grace-Notes dot org

© 2020 Andrea Driessen.
All rights reserved.

Photo Credits: TEDxSeattle & headshot by Gudmundur Ibsen

“Love” by Theo Crazzolara on Flickr creative commons license

Magic markers copyright jorge riviera reyes on Flickr creative commons license

Pen on paper by Jonathan Reyes on Flickr creative commons license

“Dear Matt” letter copyright bell and jeff on Flickr creative commons license

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