I am a motivational speaker and author who has overcome the effects of cerebral palsy and a hearing loss. Recognizing that our challenges can be among our greatest gifts, I have worked hard to transform obstacles into opportunities for self-improvement, and show others how they can also do the same.
Since I was ten years old, I have hosted presentations to share valuable insights that have allowed me to triumph over these challenges and reach a dream I had many years ago: to learn to walk. The programs help instill in my young audiences the courage, confidence, and optimism to excel in their studies; treat their peers and teammates with respect; and be motivated to realize their own goals and dreams.
From a large auditorium to a corporate boardroom to a college stadium, my audiences nationwide have included school assemblies, conference keynotes, colleges and universities, disability and youth leadership organizations, and in-service professional workshops for educators. Each presentation is customized to reflect the maturity of my audiences and the initiatives desired by your school, college, company, or organization. The most-requested topics are disability awareness, character education, anti-bullying strategies, peer leadership, building confidence and a positive self-image, and diversity.
When we see others with our hearts rather than with our eyes, we learn to develop respect and admiration for the gifts we share. This is the reason why I have chosen to name my web site, JustTheWayYouAre.com. It's also the title of one of my favorite songs in Billy Joel's music catalog.