I help people take control of their lives and accomplish their goals.

Are you booking a keynote speaker for your conference, company or school event, or want to create a special event to bring audiences closer to the topics of overcoming adversity and surviving trauma?

I share my stories and lessons, equipping audiences with the tools to overcome adversity.

Vanessa McNeal is an award winning documentary filmmaker, national speaker, and two time TEDx speaker.  She travels and speaks nationally about how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others.

"Vanessa is an engaging and thoughtful speaker.

Her presence is wise beyond her years and her story brought the audience in touch with a deeply emotional topic that was felt by all." 

Abigail Cutter,

Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program.

Vanessa is an award winning speaker and filmmaker, recently producing and directing the ground breaking film, Gridshock, which shed light on the dark human sex trafficking industry in Iowa.


She has survived childhood sexual trauma and neglect. She has overcome educational challenges to not only graduate from college, but to go on and earn her master’s degree in Social Work.


Through her experiences she crafts stories that connect with audiences from all backgrounds and show them there is a way out, a way to grow and become who each of them want to be, no matter the trauma or adversity they’ve experienced.

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