The GDA Speakers Team is committed to providing our clients the ultimate speaker experience. Beginning with informative, creative agents to assist with speaker selection, we follow your event every step of the way.
Once you book a speaker, our logistics experts ensure a detailed travel and event itinerary is formulated and adhered to. Down to the accounting and post-event follow up, we want to be your trusted partner. No call or request is too small and we will always be committed to quickly responding to your needs.
We provide lasting value by delivering impactful speakers with our expertise and support every step of the way and beyond the final standing ovation.
We stand out as the obvious partner to make it easy for any organization to create memorable and inspiring experiences for audiences across the globe.
The following core values are the basis of how we conduct ourselves and our business.
- Solution Oriented
Founder & President
As Founder and President of one of the country’s premier speakers bureaus, Gail Davis makes CEOs, authors, educators, inventors, gurus and inspirational luminaries shine. She helms her namesake bureau, which began as Gail Davis & Associates, and has created a company known for its focus on the client.
Senior Vice President
Julie O'Keefe is Senior Vice President of GDA Speakers. In her role as Senior Vice President, Julie is the company’s leading sales agent and provides insight into all company functions, from operations to speaker relations. Her customer-centric approach and deep speaker relationships are hallmarks of the leadership she brings to the company.
Kelley Copeland is a Sales Associate with GDA Speakers. Kelley brings over 20 years of experience in B2B sales and management from the corporate world. Her years of experience in building relationships and customizing programs to the needs of the client give her the advantage in bringing value that builds strong, longstanding partnerships. Her goal is to give the client a positive, professional experience from start to finish!
Sales Associate / Marketing
Sales Associate / Bureau Liaison
Kathryn McCoy is a Sales Associate at GDA Speakers. Kathryn graduated from Southwestern University with a Communications major and Business minor. Raised in a family of business owners, Kathryn has been exposed to all aspects of a successful business, resulting in experience in sales, marketing, and communicating with clients from a very young age. She also worked in account management, marketing and sales positions during and out of college. Her strong background in marketing, managing, and planning, coupled with her keen attention to detail are all valuable qualities that she brings to the GDA team.
Trish Halligan is a Sales Associate with GDA Speakers. She brings 25 years of experience in event management and program design having been a founding member of two international conference brands for the banknote production and circulation industry. She led or participated in the execution of events in 20 countries plus the U.S., and managed relationships in 14 others involving all aspects of conference/seminar organization and management, agenda development, speaker recruitment, and sponsorship sales. She holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) awarded by the Events Industry Council and is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
Brooke Anderson is a Sales Associate at GDA Speakers. She began her sales career in Dallas working in the medical industry at both the startup and corporate level. Brooke's experience in a competitive industry with strong client relationships enable her to make a strong impact on the GDA Sales Team. Her goal is to make sure the client has an unforgettable experience with our team and speakers. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Public Relations and Business.
Operations and Finance Manager
Drusilla Blakey is the Operations and Finance Manager for GDA Speakers. Drusilla graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and worked in the public accounting industry for over 14 years. Additionally, she worked for 6 years as an International Meeting Planner, and is thrilled to bring that knowledge and experience to the GDA team. Although the saying may be old, Drusilla believes that 'service with a smile' never goes out of style.
Speaker Liaison and Operations Associate
Zach Jones is a Speaker Liaison and Operations Associate at GDA Speakers. As well as being the point of contact for speaker relations, Zach assists with the daily functions at GDA including marketing efforts, database optimization, and company operations. Zach is from Austin, Texas and graduated in May, 2018 with a Bachelor's in Accounting from Southern Methodist University.
Leigh Gathright has returned to GDA Speakers as Speaker Liaison after taking a leave of absence to care for her elderly father. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Leigh has a background in process efficiency, commercial property, and client services management. Along with her attention to detail, trustworthiness, and relational skills, Leigh engages with our clients and speakers in confidence.
Lauren Luttrell is an Event Manager with GDA Speakers. Lauren has a well rounded background in several industries that brings a high level experience to her role at GDA Speakers. She is a Texas native and returned to Dallas after graduating from the University of Alabama. Her love of business and logistics is what drives her to go the extra mile for GDA's clients everyday.
Executive Assistant / Event Manager
Adrienne Metzig is the Executive Assistant to Gail Davis as well as an Event Manager for GDA Speakers. Adrienne has a broad set of skills and experience that make her a versatile addition to the team. Having assisted many high level executives along with managing large events and projects for her own business, Adrienne enjoys tending to the details that help create an experience of lasting impact for others. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Texas Tech University and her Master's Degree from Abilene Christian University. Adrienne is active in her community, lives in Denver and represents GDA while enjoying the mountain life of Colorado.
Kristin Alexander is an Event Manager with GDA Speakers. She is a seasoned event professional with more than thirteen years of corporate event management experience and an additional seven years of sales incentive management experience. Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Denver and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University. She earned a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, conveying her expertise in planning, managing and executing successful meetings, tradeshows and events. With a passion for logistics and processes, Kristin strives to create seamless client experiences and bring enthusiasm and positivity to any task.