Eileen S. Kilsdonk
Recruitment Program Manager
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Sometimes a speaker’s words, though intelligent and moving, are soon forgotten. Sometimes a speaker’s words make a lasting impression. When you addressed the Banner recruitment team recently, your words penetrated my soul. They moved me to look within and honestly take stock of my priorities in life. As you said, life is short; often shorter than we know. Your words encouraged me to consider how I’m likely to feel about those priorities in retrospect. Your words encouraged me to reconsider how fully and meaningfully I respond to the opportunities, challenges and blessings each irreplaceable moment presents. Your words helped me more fully appreciate the impact of the hiring decisions I make and facilitate. Few callings are more personal than a calling to serve the healthcare needs of our brothers and sisters – even if we serve indirectly, as in recruitment. While I’ve always felt honored to serve in the healthcare industry, your talk awakened a heightened sense of responsibility for just how impactful my role is to the experience of patients and their loved ones. You shared a deeply personal and painful moment of truth as a patient’s husband. You shared an experience I feel responsible to ensure another patient’s love one doesn’t experience.
Your story is important and I appreciate the opportunity to have heard it. I’m glad the recruiters I lead had the opportunity to have heard it. I want others to hear it. As we plan events to staff our new patient tower at Thunderbird, the potential of your powerful story to help shape the future of excellent patient care at Thunderbird excites me. I hope to call on you as a speaker for a yet to be planned event for nurses and/or other patient care providers.
Thank you for enriching my life with the gift of your story.
Executive Talent Recruiter
I am on the recruiting team at Banner Health and was fortunate enough to see Mark Trombino’s presentation of Motivational Small Talk. I had a little history on Mark and was fully prepared to hear a wonderful story about championing on through life when something devastating has happened. What I didn’t expect was to be so incredibly moved by his story and grateful for those reminders that puts life in perspective. Mark’s story is appropriate for lessons of perseverance, doing what you love, making the most of each day and living up to our fullest potential. It teaches us that our differences are what makes us special and how to embrace those differences. Most importantly, it teaches us to seize the day! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hear Mark’s story and would give him the highest recommendation.
Vice President of Client Services
Mark’s message is amazing and so is he. I personally took a lot from his speech and will try to apply his message to my own life. I am going to look at hiring Mark as a motivational speaker for future conferences.
Equal Opportunity Department
Phoenix Human Relations Commission
I want to thank you very much for your participation in our “Faces of Diversity” Brown Bag Lunch Series on October 26. Your presentation was extremely well received by those in attendance, which included City of Phoenix Top Management and employees, State & County workers, as well as many other interested citizens. Our department has received numerous compliments for bringing in a speaker of your caliber.
Your presentation was very insightful, thought provoking, and inspiring. It afforded our community a valuable opportunity to deepen their understanding of the topic of cultural diversity and more importantly, created positive exchange among diverse groups. Again, thanks a million.
City of Phoenix Employee
You spoke at the City of Phoenix Brown Bag today & I just want to tell you I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are an excellent speaker & kept everyone’s attention. I have a young great niece that is just starting to school. I would like to suggest to my niece that she recommend you to the school she goes to. Again, great job today!
AZ MPI President – Meeting Planners International
Thanks so much for the fabulous job you did for the Arizona MPI Membership Award Concert… you “WOWED” us by going beyond our expectations. Our members are still talking about you and how much fun you made this event. The partnership between you and Gail really displayed the professionalism you provide… Thanks so much my friend for making our chapter look like Rock Stars! Motivational Small Talk ROCKS!
AZ Dept. of Education – Early Childhood Education
Thank you for presenting two terrific session at our Early Learning Institute. Our overall conference satisfaction rate from attendees was 97%! You and your presentations were part of what made the Institute so successful. I do hope we’ll have the opportunity of meeting again in the near future. Thanks again – and keep delivering your important messages.
Director of Human Resources
John C. Lincoln Health Network, Phoenix, AZ
Thank you very much for coming to speak to the John C. Lincoln Health Network Leadership Council. Through the sharing of your personal life experiences and motivational presentation you helped us all to better realize the gifts and opportunities we have in life, both personally and professionally. Your insights into how life’s personal challenges affect us all on an individual basis, your emphasis on the importance of family and the discussion of the important role we as healthcare providers play was outstanding. Mark, I think everyone who heard your presentation that day was touched at some level and subsequently thought more deeply about the people we interact with on a daily basis and how we conduct those interactions. Thank you again for brining your message of hope and family centered healthcare to John C. Lincoln. We hope you continue to share your message with many other organizations and individuals. It is certainly message well worth hearing.
Peoria Rotary Club, Peoria, AZ
Thank you for taking the time to come and talk with our Rotary Club this morning. I purchased your book and have finished reading it. You are right it made me cry, laugh and feel the incredible love you have for your late wife, daughter and current wife. You were so correct when you said it doesn’t matter about all the material things…family and friends..that is what life is about. Those moments that build relationship and life..those day to day moments! I must say you have made me stop in my tracks and wonder what in the heck is wrong with me. I have truly had no challenges in my life, but have been feeling a bit depressed and unable to be the outgoing, spontaneous person I once was. Today, you, your life, your book feels like a turning point for me….Life is Short for all of us and if I don’t seize this day, this moment ..I might not get another one. Thank you for your message and believe me it is heartfelt. May you and your family continue to be blessed. I know that Anu is right there with all of you each day as she would not miss one moment with all of you.
Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, AZ
Mark’s presentation to our nursing leadership group was the highlight of the day. We asked that he focus on his experiences with the American health system and the challenges that he has faced throughout his life. The feedback was outstanding!
Family Voices Gala, Washington, DC
Tonight Mark was a inspiration to everyone in the room & commanded the audience with his wit & compassion as he introduced the evenings activities and honorees. He also recognized the work of his inspirational mom who made things happen for him many years ago. What a wonderful representation for the Trombino family…great job!
Assistant Sales Director
Arizona Lottery, Phoenix, AZ
Thank you for attending the Arizona Lottery’s team meeting! I have been receiving positive feedback from those who attended and benefited from your message. Your thoughtful words provided inspiration and motivation to the team. The perspective you shared with everyone provided great insight into the value of working hard to achieve your goals and the persistence necessary to be successful. Personally, as I reflect on the message you presented to our team, I am reminded of the many blessings present in my life and the importance of living each day fully. I look forward to the next time we work together!