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Steph Fonteyn is an award-winning public speaker and internationally-exhibited  artist who draws inspiration from her diverse experience and making the seemingly impossible possible.

Steph connects the dots, drawing parallels between the art-making process, business and personal growth in an original, authentic and unforgettable way.

If you're looking for a motivational speaker who inspires courage, creativity and change, then you've come to the right place!

Steph has given talks about creativity at TEDxZurichWomen, The Aspen Institute, Webster University, and companies such as Procter & Gamble.

In 2021, Steph won first place in the Toastmaster's Prepared Speeches (public speaking) Contest in Swiss Romande and took a proud second place at the District 109 Contest (in Southern Europe).

Watch some of Steph’s speeches below.

An artist’s leap of faith

Geneva-based artist describes her path through post-baby life, navigating the challenges, and realizing a new path of an art-fueled life. Steph is a professional self-taught artist, mumpreneur, creative workshop facilitator and speaker, who founded Collaborative ArtTM, then fusing her experience in Human Resources with her passion for art and creativity to inspire, engage, and develop creative confidence and potential in others. Using arts-based workshops as a platform, she ignites collaboration, creativity and positive energy to empower people to go beyond the their perceived boundaries. This talk was given at a TEDxZurichWomen in 2015.


creativity & co

Why do some people appear to be more creative than others? In this speech, Steph debunks common myths about creativity and reveals how you can encourage yours to come out and play more often.

This speech won Steph a gold medal in Division (Swiss Romande) Toastmasters Public Speaking Contest and a silver medal during the District 109 Toastmasters Prepared Speeches Contest in Southern Europe in 2021. 


diversity fuelling innovation

Discover an unlikely story that connects the dots between the seemingly unrelated. Steph Fonteyn shares her journey as a female in the British Territorial Army, a Human Resources professional and an internationally exhibited artist. Since 2011, Steph discovered a way to fuse her diverse background to bridge the gap between the art and the business world. Collaborative Art® provides organisations creative experiences that use art as a platform to unite teams around shared visions, cultivate creative collaboration and encourage new ways of seeing that help push the boundaries of human potential.


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