Jay Walljasper Portrait

Jay Walljasper informs, inspires and instills action in audiences across North America. Applying on-the-ground experience and expertise, he offers empowering ideas and memorable stories that move people to make a difference.

Speaking regularly to business, professional, government, campus and community groups, Jay is well-versed in numerous formats:

• Keynotes + Interactive Presentations
• Workshops + Trainings
• Residencies
• Consulting on how to create stronger communities

A Selection of Jay's Work

Special Guest Speaker

UNESCO International Conference on Creative Tourism

Santa Fe, NM

Addressing urban leaders from around the world about the untapped potential of tourism to strengthen sustainability, economic development and cultural vitality


Community Building Workshop

Waterloo, ON

Public lecture and all-day workshop for civic and community leaders about placemaking opportunities along a new light rail line

Keynote Speaker

Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference

Des Moines, IA

Sponsored by the National Park Service

Campus Residency

Winona State University

Winona, MN

3-day event working with campus and community leaders, speaking to classes and a public lecture

Expert Panelist

Mayor's Symposium on Sustainability

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Talk on improving urban livability

Keynote Speaker

Making Great Places/Dig-In

Raleigh, NC

Two conferences focused on community building sponsored by Advocates for Health in Action


City of St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

Two half-day workshops for city staff and civic leaders about strengthening their community


Conference on Improving Rural Walkability

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sponsored by provincial Department of Heritage, Culture & Tourism

Community Convergence Workshops

Portland, OR
Boston, MA

A convening of diverse local organizations to explore new ways of strengthening community, sustainability and equitability

Campus Tours

Public Lectures

Boston College, MA 
Syracuse University, NY
Notre Dame University, IN
North Carolina State, NC
Grinnell College, IA
Portland State University, OR
Keene State College, NH
University of Iowa, IA
University of Minnesota College of Design, MN
Whitman College, WA
Gustavus Adolphus College, MN
Truman State University, MO


International Winter Cities Conference 

Edmonton, AB

Discussed how to make cold-weather cities great places year-round to leaders from across the planet


CDC Community Health Conference

Denver, CO

Organized by Society of Public Health Educators for public health officials from across US


Iowa Great Place Conference

Iowa City, IA

Convened by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, the conference focused on practical measures to improve quality of life across the state


Bioneers Conference
San Rafael, CA

Explored the impact of communication strategies at international environmental conference

Plenary Panelist

National Bike Summit
Washington, DC

Remarks on the power of storytelling to change minds


Community Development Visioning Sessions
Iowa City, IA

Sponsored the Downtown District organization, the City of Iowa city, the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the School of Urban and Regional Planning

Keynote Speaker

Kansas Outdoor Summit
Topeka, KS

Sponsored by Sunflower Foundation & Health Care for Kansans

Online Workshop

City of Edmonton

Edmonton, AB

Focusing on social capital, civic engagement and placemaking

Keynote Speaker

Greater Des Moines Neighborhood Conference

Des Moines, IA

Annual conference sponsored by local citizen's group


Good Food Festival

Chicago, IL

Annual expo about local and sustainable food

Keynote Speaker

What's the Economy for Anyway? Conference

Washington, DC

Exploring quality of life issues at conference connected with annual Green Festival


Chicago Architectural Foundation Lecture Series
Chicago, IL

Presentation about the power of communities to improve their own future

Keynote Speaker

Road Scholar Great American Get Together

Minneapolis, MN

A program on local history and culture to visiting delegation from around the US (formerly known as Elder Hostel)

Keynote Speaker

Upwind/Downwind Conference
Hamilton, ON

Annual environmental conference


Tom McCall Society Lecture
Portland, OR

Address on trends in urban planning around the world in an annual lecture honoring Oregon's former Republican governor

Keynote Speaker

Savannah State University Annual Journalism Conference.
Savannah, GA

Address about my journalistic experiences on the occasion of receiving the Robert S. Abbott Award for Meritorious Service in Communications

Keynote Speaker

Boise Neighborhood Summit
Boise, ID

Sponsored by the Boise Police Department

Keynote Speaker

Connecting Communities Forum
Calgary, AB

Sponsored the Calgary Centre for Global Community

Keynote Speaker

Manitoba Walking and Biking Successes Conference
Winnipeg, MB

Opening speech at a special event sponsored by Province

Keynote Speaker

Miami Valley Planning and Zoning Workshop
Dayton, OH

Speech and workshop on practical measures to improve communities

Community Workshop

Making Small Communities Walkable

Grand Marais, MN

Sponsored by Cook County Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Speaker

Keep Iowa Beautiful Conference
Des Moines, IA

Talk on community activism


Trinity Cathedral Forum
Cleveland, OH

Address about urban revitalization

Keynote Speaker

Smart Growth Summit
Jeffersonville, IN

Seminar on urban revitalization in the greater Louisville area


University of Wisconsin Union
Madison, WI

Address on "Winter Cities and Vibrant Outdoor Spaces"

Keynote Speaker

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

Mankato, MN

Remarks on sustainable tourism at Minnesota Department of Tourism event

Book Tour for All That We Share

Public Lectures (bookstore appearances not included)

San Francisco, CA
Cleveland, OH
Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN
Cape Cod, MA
Portland, ME
Belfast, ME
Iowa City, IA
Grinnell, IA

Keynote Speaker

Great Lakes Bioneers Conference Traverse City, MI

Opening Speaker at 10th annual event

Meredith Lecturer

Drake University
Des Moines, IA

Annual lecture on magazine publishing endowed by the Meredith Publishing Company

Other College Appearances