SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Below are the most popular speaking engagements Vanessa offers. 

All speaking engagements are customizable to meet the needs of the groups she speaks to. 

 

We invite you to learn more below or connect with Vanessa today. 

Speaking Engagements

Victim to Victor

In this talk, Vanessa shares her harrowing personal story experiencing child abuse, sexual violence, and educational obstacles. Sharing her most painful experiences, she teaches how to find peace, meaning, and purpose in challenges . This talk provides five strategies that will help you confront your adversity with grace.

Best suited for:

Social service organizations/conferences, college/universities, military, healthcare, educational leaders, and youth/women's groups.

As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

  • Adopt five actionable strategies to confront obstacles with grace and grit.

  • How to find peace in experiences that have caused pain.

  • Identify the value and meaning in your personal story.

Film Screening & Discussion

During a film screening and discussion,Vanessa will discuss her experience Directing her groundbreaking film.  (Gridshock or The Voiceless).  She will discuss in depth the social issue and share information that didn't make the final cut of the film. Vanessa teaches five strategic steps on how to be resilient through life’s challenges. Sharing inspiring examples from her lived experiences, she will challenge you to ask why not instead of why.

Best suited for:

College/universities, social service organizations, community leaders, women's groups, healthcare, law enforcement.

  • The film screening can be paired with another engagement or be a stand alone presentation.

Sex Trafficking is Real

In this talk, Vanessa shares an in depth look at the sex trafficking industry using her education and experience directing her highly anticipated film, Gridshock. She discusses why sex trafficking is so lucrative, who benefits from it, who it happens to, and how it happens. 

Best suited for:

Social service organizations/conferences, college/universities, healthcare, community leaders, and educational groups.

As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

  • Increased awareness about sex buyers, risk factors for victims, and gaps in the system.

  • Insight about the supply & demand aspect of the sex trafficking industry.

  • How Gridshock documentary was Directed and Produced.

Fear & Failure

In this talk, Vanessa shares the importance of using fear, failure and rejection as tools to succeed. Experiencing failure and rejection is inevitable, so why can’t we learn from it instead of being afraid and discouraged by it? Vanessa teaches five strategic steps on how to be resilient through life’s challenges. Sharing inspiring examples from her lived experiences, she will challenge you to ask why not instead of why.

Best suited for:

Youth groups, educational conferences, college/universities, community and business leaders.

 

 As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

  • How to be resilient and build confidence through failure and rejection.

  • How to identify your personal barriers and turn them into strengths.

  •  How what we see depends on what we look for.

Journey Mercies Exercise

In this intimate round table exercise, Vanessa will help others navigate how to share their stories while practicing mercy and compassion. Vanessa will help individuals in the group redefine their experiences with a simple, yet transformative exercise that redefines lives. We cannot change past experiences, but we can choose how we feel about them. Practicing mercy and compassion is at the premise of  healing.  

Best suited for:

Break out sessions, youth groups, educational conferences, college/universities, community and business leaders.

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As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

  • How to share your personal story in the most compassionate way.

  • How to move through and learn through your wounds instead of  being stuck in them.

  • How to practice mercy and compassion as a means to find healing from obstacles.