Deedre Daniel is the founder of The Interesting Conversations Company®. Prior to starting this company, she spent nearly two decades at GEICO, where she rose through the ranks from call center sales associate to head of the Affinity Marketing division.  Her affinity marketing team was responsible for the marketing strategy to members of over 800 organizations. She was a “paid professional schmoozer” and amassed well over 10,000 hours of networking time (and 1,200 nights at Marriott hotels) from over 11 years of attending conferences, events and other networking receptions for those organizations. She noticed most people struggled to make lasting connections with others. This inspired her to write a training class called, How to be More Interesting Than a Cell Phone®.  She also invented, The Very Interesting Game™ as an exercise to drive home the principles taught in the class. It is available on Amazon. Deedre is a graduate of Florida Southern College and lives in Lakeland, Florida, with her husband, Robert, and her active imagination. When she isn’t busy fighting the “Loneliness Epidemic," she is focused on the 501(c)(3) she founded called, The Big Fat Tip™ - which enlists the help of volunteers and donors to surprise people working in the service industry with unusually large gratuities of $1,000 or more. Total Random Acts of Kindness!