28, Feb, 2017

Marti MacGibbon, Keynote Speaker at Shared Hope International Conference in D.C.

Human trafficking survivor and advocate Marti MacGibbon delivered the plenary keynote at Shared Hope International 2016 JuST Conference in Washington, D.C. She also presented a breakout session on stress management and tools to build emotional resiliency. Ms. MacGibbon is a nationally recognized humorous inspirational speaker, internationally known author, and certified mental health professional.

Marti MacGibbon is a resilience expert and humorist who speaks on addiction recovery, wellness, empowerment, and more.

Marti MacGibbon is a resilience expert and humorist who speaks on addiction recovery, wellness, empowerment, and more.


25, Feb, 2017

Marti MacGibbon, Keynote Speaker at Grand Rapids Fundraiser for Our Hope Association

Marti MacGibbon is a noted keynote speaker, certified mental health specialist, resiliency expert, and critically acclaimed author. Marti spoke at a fundraising event for Our Hope Association. During the event, An Evening of Hope, she shared stirring and uplifting insights into addiction recovery and trauma resolution. Her presentation included stories from her personal experience, clinical information, and light humor. Our Hope Association is a best-practices nonprofit that provides housing and client-centered, trauma informed care to women in recovery from substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress. A few days before the event, Marti broke her right wrist, but being left-handed, she was able to sign copies of her nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.

Here’s a testimonial from the client:

Thank you for coming to share your story of hope and healing with the audience at our fundraising gala An Evening of Hope. Your willingness to be the face of recovery from addiction, trauma, trafficking and homelessness helped the audience understand more about the needs of the women at Our Hope as they begin the process of turning their lives around.

Marcella Scott, Advancement Director, Our Hope Association, Grand Rapids, MI

Marti MacGibbon is an inspirational humorous speaker and an expert on addiction and trauma resolution

Marti MacGibbon is an inspirational humorous speaker and an expert on addiction and trauma resolution

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24, Feb, 2017

Laff-Aholics 2016 Rocked the House, All Profits to Progress House and Seeds of Hope

 

Emcee Marti Mac and Headliner Karen Rontowski backstage at Laff-Aholics 2016.

Emcee Marti Mac and Headliner Karen Rontowski backstage at Laff-Aholics 2016.

Laff-Aholics 2016 blew the roof off the packed 540-seat auditorium, with a sold-out show and non-stop laughter! Deepest gratitude to our sponsor, Community Health Network in Indianapolis. The hilarious Norm Stulz of Detroit, and the brilliant Karen Rontowski of Los Angeles headlined the show. Marti MacGibbon hosted the event. 2016 beneficiaries are Progress House and Seeds of Hope, non-profits in Indianapolis that provide transitional housing and access to addiction treatment and mental health care for people in recovery. One hundred percent of the profits from Laff-Aholics go to our beneficiaries. Recovery Rocks! Save the date for Laff-Aholics 2017: Saturday, October 7th at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater.

 

Founder and producer Marti MacGibbon with headliner Norm Stulz

Founder and producer Marti MacGibbon with headliner Norm Stulz

Deepest Gratitude to our 2017 sponsor, Community Health Network Indianapolis

Deepest Gratitude to our 2016 sponsor, Community Health Network

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23, Feb, 2017

Marti MacGibbon is Keynote Speaker at New York Healthcare Conference

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She delivered the keynote speech at Rome Memorial’s Annual Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Mental Health and Recovery. The conference was held at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Ms. MacGibbon’s presentation featured her signature mix of both humorous and deeply moving stories of resilience, recovery, and inspiration. She also signed copies of her nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.

Marti delivers what she advertises. The client says it best:

“Marti MacGibbon’s speech was more than we could have expected. Numerous attendees noted on their evaluations that they were truly enlightened and gained valuable information from her keynote address. Some of the evaluations included such words and phrases as, touching, heartfelt, an amazing person, knowledgeable, colorful, animated, funny, amazing presenter, engaging…to name a few.”

— Gregory A. Jones, Community Education Manager, Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome, NY

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22, Feb, 2017

Marti MacGibbon, Closing Keynote Speaker for the Indiana Criminal Justice Association’s Annual Conference

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, is a nationally renowned humorous inspirational speaker and bestselling author who entertains as she inspires, informs and motivates. Ms. MacGibbon delivered the keynote speech, and the capacity audience responded with a standing ovation. Marti also presented two breakout sessions, one on human trafficking and trauma, the other on strategies for building and maintaining emotional resiliency.

The client says it best:

“The conclusion of the conference was a huge success thanks to your keynote presentation. Your talent to share an extremely personal, heartbreaking yet inspirational story is amazing. Your story of survival mixed with humor had attendees in tears and laughter…You certainly know how to pack a room!”

Kellie J. Bittorf, Executive Director, Lake County Criminal Corrections

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27, Nov, 2016

Marti MacGibbon Keynotes National Recovery Month Event at MCC Chicago

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, is a nationally renowned humorous inspirational speaker, an internationally known author, and an expert on addiction recovery and trauma resolution. Marti delivered the keynote speech at a National Recovery Month Event in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal penitentiary in downtown Chicago. This event was the first of its kind in the federal prison system. Her talk focused on recovery, resilience, and hope, and included strategies for strengthening recovery, maintaining a positive mental attitude, and managing stress. Marti is a dynamic speaker and storyteller who encourages and educates as she entertains and creates laughter. Ms. MacGibbon is a survivor of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, severe PTSD, homelessness, and hard-core drug addiction. Her powerful personal comeback story, combined with her background in professional standup comedy, make her an excellent presenter for any event that focuses on overcoming adversity, healing, and building a new lifestyle. The event included inspiring testimonials from inmates.

Staff and Assistant Warden of MCC Chicago with Marti MacGibbon. Inmates presented Marti with a plaque in appreciation.

Staff and Assistant Warden of MCC Chicago with Marti MacGibbon. Inmates presented Marti with a plaque in appreciation.

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26, Nov, 2016

Inspirational Humorist Marti MacGibbon Speaks at Iowa State University

Humorous inspirational speaker, author and standup comic Marti MacGibbon delivered a keynote speech at Iowa State University Memorial Union on September 13th. The event, “An Evening of Healing and Hope: Laughter is the Best Medicine, was part of National Recovery Month, and the University’s lecture series, and was organized and sponsored by Youth Shelter Services, a mental health provider in Ames, Iowa. Marti’s talk focused on hope, resiliency, and empowerment when overcoming adversity and challenges. She provided down to earth strategies for self-empowerment and motivation, and personal insights into mental health, trauma recovery, and addiction recovery, using stories to illustrate talking points. In the face of the current addiction epidemic which has claimed the lives of so many young people, Marti’s message is especially important. Ms. MacGibbon also signed copies of her nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.

Event planner Jill Hill, Associate Director of Addiction Services at Youth Shelter Services, provided this testimonial:

“Marti delivered an excellent presentation, which included heartfelt messages, sharing her personal tragedies and how she overcame those life events. Marti used humor to send an excellent message to the audience. The response from the audience was overwhelming and the feedback was amazing. A huge thanks to Marti MacGibbon.”

The event was covered in the Iowa State University press.

Marti MacGibbon, at ISU/YSS book signing with audience members.

Marti MacGibbon, at ISU/YSS book signing with audience members.

Marti MacGibbon with event planner Jill Hill of Youth Shelter Services, at ISU.

Marti MacGibbon with event planner Jill Hill of Youth Shelter Services, at ISU.

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4, Sep, 2016

Marti MacGibbon Delivers Dynamic Keynote to HHS Agency Self Sufficiency Services Division

Marti MacGibbon delivered a funny, inspiring, and informative keynote speech and workshop at the Health and Human Services Agency, Self Sufficiency Services Division of Napa, California on June 10th. Administrators hired Marti to speak to social services and behavioral health professionals during their annual Staff Appreciation Day. Marti touched upon her powerful personal story, and provided insights into and sure-fire strategies for stress management, having more fun, getting and connected and staying connected to your authentic self and a positive support network. The client says it best:

“Our goal was for staff to feel inspired, rejuvenated, to laugh a lot and enjoy the day. Marti produced those results with her energy and humor. The audience laughed out loud and even cried with laughter at times. Not only was she funny, but her story of how she overcame barriers in her life was inspirational. Marti presented her “game changers” to give us real exercises we can practice to stay energized, refreshed and give us the strength the sustain ourselves in the difficult work we do each day.”  – Shelly Todd, Staff Services Analyst, Health and Human Services Agency, Napa, California

The event took place in the breathtakingly beautiful California wine country town of Yountville, in Napa County. Marti also signed copies of her funny and dramatic, bestselling and nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom. 

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19, Aug, 2016

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, Keynotes 2016 MECAM Conference

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, is an award-winning recovery advocate and a leading humorous inspirational keynote speaker on addiction and recovery. Her nationally award-winning, addiction memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, is an Amazon bestseller in two categories: Memoirs of Women and Feminist Theory. Ms. MacGibbon is an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. In her own life, Marti overcame being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, domestic violence, severe PTSD, homelessness, and hard-core drug addiction. Marti’s years of experience as a professional standup comic enable her to add light humor to any presentation. The Meth + Other Drugs Conference is a dynamic symposium created to support, educate, and inspire addiction treatment professionals, criminal justice professionals, social workers, therapists, and others whose work confronts, treats, and helps to prevent the disease of addiction.

Keynote Speaker Marti MacGibbon with MECAM Conference Committee.

Keynote Speaker Marti MacGibbon with MECAM Conference Committee.

Marti MacGibbon signs copies of Never Give in to Fear for two amazing addiction treatment professionals.

Marti MacGibbon signs copies of Never Give in to Fear for two amazing addiction treatment professionals.

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Marti MacGibbon Speaks on Resilience & Mental Health at IJM-NEI-AHEC Event

Marti MacGibbon is an internationally known speaker and nationally award-winning, bestselling author. She has triumphed over human trafficking, domestic violence, adolescent sexual abuse/assault, PTSD, homelessness and addiction to lead a happy and purposeful life. Marti is an expert on trauma resolution and addiction recovery. Her background in professional standup comedy, combined with her clinical training and experience, make her a lively and dynamic presenter, able to both entertain and educate listeners.

Ms. MacGibbon delivered the keynote speech at an event on Ball State University campus that focused on human trafficking, its effects on mental health, and how to create positive change globally, locally, and in one’s own life. Audience members included students, faculty, medical and mental health professionals, social workers, and local citizens. When Marti’s funny, informative, and inspiring speech ended, the audience gave her a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.

The event was organized and produced by the BSU Chapter of International Justice Mission, Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center, and Ball State University.

Marti MacGibbon speaking at the IJM - NEI-AHEC event on BSU campus.

Marti MacGibbon speaking at the IJM – NEI-AHEC event on BSU campus.

Marti MacGibbon with IJM Ball State Chapter student activists. This IJM team rocks!

Marti MacGibbon with IJM Ball State Chapter student activists. This IJM team rocks!

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