Do you know someone who is hurting over the loss of a loved one right now, or that is struggling with some other loss? Or perhaps you know someone who needs to escape the trap of shame, low self-esteem, abuse, poor health or other seemingly insurmountable challenges?
It’s a lonely and debilitating place to be, especially around the holidays.
It’s why I created The Survivors Summit. Our speakers have been there. We’ve faced hard times and challenges that seemed insurmountable at the time. Yet, each one of us not only survived, but thrived afterward.
We want to use our stories to bring hope and inspiration to those who are hurting, especially at this time of year.
My story is based on the lessons I learned when my fiancé died two years ago. In my talk, I share how you can find the gift in grief, no matter what particular loss you’ve experienced.
If my particular story doesn’t resonate with you, that’s okay. I’ve pulled together an extraordinary slate of speakers with incredible stories to share, in the hopes that you’ll find what you’re looking for there.
Lori Whaley tells of her experience growing up as a Japanese American in a society where she just wanted to be “like all the other kids,” and how it was only when she learned to embrace her heritage that she found peace.
Sheli Gartman is a life coach who shares how living with depression has affected her home and family, and how to naturally combat depression, and live well in spite of the “ripple effect” it has on the lives of those we love.
Carol Barnier grew up as a Preacher’s Kid and Army Brat. What a combination! She shares her 13-year journey into atheism (as a follower of Madeleine Murray O’Hare) and her return to a vibrant and active faith. If you love a prodigal or have wondered about straying from the faith you were raised with, you’ll want to hear Carol’s story!
At the age of 14, Croix Sather was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike. His chances of survival were slim. His parents were told he’d be a vegetable if he did survive. Years later, Croix not only survived and thrived, but inspired. Two years ago, he ran 100 marathons in 100 days, from LA to NYC and gave a keynote speech every single one of those days.
Life didn’t turn out the way that Kate Wedell had hoped when she was a little girl. She never anticipated ending up as the victim of human trafficking, becoming a stripper and a drug addict, or working in the sex trade. Yet, now she ministers to girls still stuck in “the industry” to show them how they too can go from captive to liberator.
Then there’s Arvee Robinson; a master speaker trainer and successful business woman. No one would have ever expected when she was younger that she was being abused by her husband when she went home at night. Although she’s been speaking and training speakers for years, this is the first time she’ll be sharing this deeply personal story.
Every young girl (and even some grown women) struggles at some point in time with body image. But what if your deformity wasn’t visible on the outside and so you carried it with you, like a horrible secret, believing all the while that you were a freak? Terilee Harrison carried that shame with her most of her life, until one day she discovered that she wasn’t a freak at all. She was a miracle.
Anyone that’s ever heard the words “You’ve got cancer” knows the feelings that Barry Spilchuk went through when he got his diagnosis. Yet, for Barry, cancer wasn’t the only distressing thing going on in his life. He was also going through a bankruptcy, a separation, employee theft, and a partnership dissolution. His lessons learned in how to bounce back, come back and get back from any setback are an inspiration to everyone who listens.