I understand the challenge of finding just the right speaker. In my previous community efforts as a volunteer and program lead I was responsible for organizing both small-group and large state-wide conferences.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that the success of the event relied heavily on the quality of the speakers. If they weren’t over-performing, well… I was fielding refund requests for the next two weeks.
Like you, I spent hours skimming the internet to find just the right fit for the specific type of event I was planning. My hope is that this page will make it easy for you to get the information you need to make the best decision possible.
Thanks for stopping by and I’m honored that you’re considering me for your event.
An Overview of This Page
This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect. You can click on the links below to take you directly to the relevant sections.
- What You Can Expect
- A Little Bit About Me
- My Video Clips
- My Most Requested Topics
- Child Welfare & Mental Health Workshops
- Professional Development
- What Others Are Saying
- My Previous Engagements
- Getting Started
What You Can Expect
Here’s what you can expect from me and my team:
- Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
- A minimum of 1 to 2 personal phone calls directly with me to ensure I am adequately prepared to meet your needs and there’s no surprises.
- An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to a large audience and you want additional visibility for it.)
- A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
- The option for my team producing a 30 to 60 second promotional video that you can use to k
A Little About Me
I have been speaking publicly since 2007 when I was encouraged to share my story for a group of lawyers in order to impact child welfare legislative action, which eventually passed. I have keynoted for well over 50 events. I have also appeared in several media outlets, including consulting for news interviews and internationally syndicated radio shows.
I spent most of my career in the following health-care specialties: Psychiatric Nursing, Pediatric Emergency Nursing, Mental Health Mobile Crisis Intervention, Life Skills Coaching, and as an Adjunct Professor.
I still stay connected to these fields, but I now devote the majority of my time to writing, consulting, and speaking. I also volunteer with a few non-profit organizations, including holding a position on a national Board of Directors. In terms of my platform:
My latest book, Overcoming Emotional Trauma: Life Beyond Survival Mode (Changing Lives Entertainment, 2014), compliments some of my most popular keynotes and encompasses much of my personal story of finding success even after growing up as a “troubled” youth.
I have many interests that I love sharing with others. You can read more about what inspired me in this path and the things I enjoy by reading this post about finding my purpose and “Being Called.”
Fun fact: When I first started speaking a lot of people called me the “Rapping Nurse” because one of the ways I started influencing audiences was through sharing poetry and songs that I wrote about important community topics like foster care.
My keynotes are great for:
- Inspirational Corporate Events
- Child Welfare Professionals / Teachers
- Foster Care / Juvenile Justice
- Colleges & Universities
- At-Risk Youth
Here’s a recent sample of my presence on stage, and don’t forget to review the video testimonials from people just like you.
My Most Requested Topics
I speak on topics related to leadership, wellness, overcoming adversity, suicide prevention, social work, mental health, health care, and setting and achieving goals. I will customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to create the outcome you desire.
My most requested topics include the following. Keep in mind that I can present these as a keynote or a workshop.
“Just 1 Person”
Providing emotional stories about once being a hopeless youth offers a powerful reminder as to the “why” behind why you do what you do. After reminding attendees of the true impact they have as Just 1 Person in a child’s life, I explore my life-long journey of discovery, hope, and permanence and how various child-serving professionals impacted this journey, both negatively and positively. This presentation often includes the option of incorporating live performance of poetry and lyrics once used to inspire national child welfare legislation. The dots are connected as practical approaches to connecting and empowering are highlighted by uncommon stories of working as an RN in Mental Health and Pediatric Emergency, and as a Mobile Crisis Worker.
“Success Against All Odds”
A Story of Finding Passion & Purpose Through Health Care Professions.
Inspire students to explore a vast array of health careers, or re-inspire professionals to find passion and purpose at work and home. Great for orientation events, recruitment events, and annual celebrations, among others.
“Strategic Sharing Panel Facilitation”
Much like technology development, creating change in service-providing systems, or any education system, must begin with the end user in mind. There is no better way to initiate systemic change than holding a panel that showcases the voice of the end-user; service recipients and/or students. Having once been an at-risk youth, and having co-developed a youth serving program, I take a unique approach to helping panelists express themselves in a productive and engaging way that allows attendees to reflect, absorb, and create a mindset for growth and change. This is often paired with one of my keynote addresses to fill up to a half-day time slot.
Finding & Living Your Purpose (45-60 minute keynote OR 60-90 minute workshop)
This presentation is designed as an interactive self-reflective workshop that walks attendees through a series of activities that focus on defining or re-defining your individual purpose statement. The session starts by hearing about Travis Lloyd’s personal experiences in struggling to find purpose and the steps he took to break through to a more fulfilling life. Mr. Lloyd then guides attendees through those steps. These steps include making sense of your past life experiences, understanding how key past moments impact your present life, and identifying your strengths, passions, and values to align with a bigger purpose in life. This is a process that can be replicated with youth and/or adults and is a practice that, if used at least yearly, can boost clarity of purpose and even job satisfaction and performance.
Child Welfare & Mental Health Workshops
Your Story Matters Workshop (for child welfare/mental health)
In this Strategic Sharing Workshop you will explore the best practices for using your own personal story in a way that empowers you to create change in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to review the reasons why they want to share their personal experiences with others, how to do it in a safe way (avoid oversharing), and who to choose who to share your story with (not everyone deserves your life details). After learning the basics of using your story to impact change you’ll have the opportunity to map our your journey and practice what you’ve learned with the other workshop members (sharing in the workshop is not required).
Strategic Sharing Panel (for child welfare/mental health) (great for staff/parents/admins as well as youth audiences)
The youth panel starts with identifying 3-4 youth who have their own stories about foster care, adoption, mental health, advocacy, or related experiences. If time allows, those youth meet with me at least one day prior to the event day, in person or via Skype, to explore strategic sharing. This is done in collaboration with a trusted adult in the youth’s life. I advise them on how to share their story in a way that helps others understand difficult issues in a compassionate way. The youth are provided a homework assignment of writing out 1-2 paragraph answers to four specific questions. During the panel session, I will strategically interview them utilizing these four questions as a framework for the interview and providing clarification statements and follow-up questions as a small group in front of the audience. After the core questions have been answered audience members are then given the opportunity to ask questions that are fielded by me. This allows me to add insight/clarity/support, as needed. Panels such as these allow youth audiences to not feel alone and adult audiences to have a better understanding of how to connect to the youth in their lives. (This is ideal for large group, but can be small group as well).
Regardless of your professional goals you must always start with a solid base of personal development. That’s why I approach 1 on 1 coaching and professional development days with a healthy dose of the following:
- Self-strength Assessment
- Goal Setting
These are all skills that I have had to master all the way from my time serving as a trauma nurse and mental health crisis worker with law enforcement to building my own brand, image, and team. I’ve sourced an array of experts, books, and experiences to compile content related to the above topics. You and I will work together to identify the best combination of each subject matter to fill your professional development needs. Available in 1 on 1 coaching, small or large group keynote or workshops, and in up to 1/2 day seminar format.