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
- 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. This often includes live performance of poetry and lyrics once used to inspire national child welfare legislation, if desired. 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.
“Youth or Student Panel Facilitation”
Much like technology development, creating change in child-serving 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 of youth or students. Having once been an at-risk youth, and having developed a youth serving program, I take a unique approach to helping young adults 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 a half-day event.