Not just a speaker. A true storyteller.
Leadership is developed in many ways. I connect with audiences through personal stories in a way that helps them connect with their own stories of leadership and resilience.
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What I Do
I quickly learned to stop speaking up and just start doing in order to be noticed.
In 2014, the president of the marketing agency I worked at approached me and said that we had an opportunity to present at a conference for one of our partners, IBM. (No big deal, just one of the major tech companies in the world since before I was born.) I was terrified, and my experience was so good that I was hooked.
I knew in my soul that I wanted to do more public speaking.
Learning how to use my voice (both with the spoken and written word) has been the most empowering thing I've ever done.
I tell my stories so that others know they are not alone.
How I Found my voice
Around the same time, I read Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, where she says, “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
The most important rhetoric I ever delivered was when I gave my victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing as an advocate for my daughter. I needed the judge to know how badly my daughter was hurt and how her father’s actions impacted our lives.
Our stories have the power to change, to connect, and to heal.
Learning how to use my voice (both with the spoken and written word) has been the most empowering thing I’ve ever done. I tell my stories so that others know they are not alone. I use my stories to educate and bring to light some of the greatest injustices we face in our society today.
I use my stories to educate and bring to light some of the greatest injustices we face in our society today.
What I talk About
Whether it’s a keynote speech or an educational workshop, I have a few topics I am extremely passionate about.
My lived experience is what I use to connect people to my stories and to mitigate stigma around these topics. It should not be construed as medical or legal advice.
– Learning to Navigate the World Among Trauma Survivors
– Showing Compassion and Support to Abuse Survivors
– From Victim to Survivor – Reclaiming Your Story
– Finding Healing when the Trauma Hasn’t Stopped
– He Never Hit Me – The Dangers of Coercive Control and Emotional Abuse
– Loving Someone Struggling with Mental Health Issues
– Becoming a Mental Health Advocate
– A Victim-Centered Justice System
– The Inherent Flaw in Our Justice System that Prevents Us from Believing Victims
– I Wish I Had Known: My Journey Through the Justice System as a Victim of a Crime
HOW TO WORK WITH ME
Whether you are looking for a keynote speaker or someone to lead an engaging workshop (or something in-between), I would be delighted to work with your organization to develop custom content to suit your needs.