Testimonials

It was such a pleasure working with you at the Indiana Criminal Justice Association annual conference in October 2016. 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. BittorfExecutive DirectorLake County Criminal Corrections

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.

Heather GrekoExecutive DirectoOur Hope AssociationGrand Rapids, MI

Marti MacGibbon came to Ames, Iowa in Sept. 2016 to help my organization and other local providers to celebrate National Recovery Month. Marti spoke to an audience of about 500 people at Iowa State University Memorial Union about the topics of hope, resilience and empowerment when impacted by life obstacles. Marti delivered an excellent presentation, which included heartfelt messages…Marti used humor, but still sent an excellent message to the audience. The response from the audience was overwhelming, and the feedback was phenomal regarding the messages she left with all attendees. I strongly recommend Marti MacGibbon as a speaker.

Jill Hill IADCAssociate Director of Addiction ServicesYSS Family Counseling and ClinicAmes, IA

Marti spoke with eloquence and meaningful insight and she demonstrated a high level of expertise in dealing with trauma-informed and victim-centered responses.  Marti also demonstrated best practices when supporting this population. Most importantly, Marti is an amazing storyteller and she shared messages of inspiration and insight when dealing with this heavy subject of exploitation and substance addiction. The Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy is so grateful that Marti presented as we truly benefited from her expertise and we hope to have her return to the County in the future to have her train the Santa Clara County Justice System on the intersections of human trafficking and substance abuse as well as best practices when dealing with Human Trafficking Survivors.

Rose MukhaCounty of Santa Clara Office of Women’s PolicySan Jose, CA

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. JonesCommunity Education ManagerRome Memorial HospitalNew York

Our goal was for staff to feel inspired, rejuvenated, to laugh a lot and enjoy the day. Marti was able to produce those results with her energy and humor. The audience was laughing out loud and even crying with laughter at times. Not only was she funny, but her story of how she overcome 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 to sustain ourselves in the difficult work we do each day. In preparing for this event, Marti was easy to work with. She took our ideas and theme for the day and was able to prepare a presentation that incorporated everything we were looking for. Marti was responsive and listened to our needs. We highly recommend Marti as a speaker for audiences of social services staff.

Shelly ToddStaff Services AnalystHealth and Human Services AgencyNapa, California

Every interaction with Marti throughout the planning process was enjoyable. She was professional and always willing to make any accommodations necessary to meet the needs of the conference and attendees. Mart understood the importance of meeting those expectations. As opening keynote speaker, she delivered a powerful message about addiction and recovery. She was refreshing, engaging, passionate, and funny. Marti is honest and real and her story and message is inspiring to all.

Tarra WintersMetro East Coalition Against Meth + Other DrugsMA

We would like to thank you for being our Keynote Speaker for our Annual Camp Victory Women’s Weekend! Your humor started our weekend with a lot of laughter, and your keynote address was filled with triumph, hope, and encouragement to live life fully, and to look back on our difficulties in life with faith, passion and joy! As you found out, Women’s Weekend is a fun, educational and therapeutic time for women who are newly diagnosed with cancer…many of the attendees commented on how you lifted their spirits and made them appreciate their lives more, and how “progress not perfection” is important. Your honesty and openness is refreshing…

Diana ThomiRN, BS, Executive DirectorVictory in the ValleyWichita, KS

Marti MacGibbon was the keynote speaker for our Annual State Conference in September 2015. Ms. MacGibbon delivered an inspirational presentation laced with humor, honesty, and hope. Through the sharing of her life experiences with addiction, trauma and mental illness, Ms. MacGibbon showed her audience of psychiatric nurses that recovery is possible; and she gave us insight into what we as psychiatric nurses can do for others even in the most trying of times. Ms. MacGibbon provided exactly what she advertises, and does so with great authenticity and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend Marti MacGibbon as keynote speaker for other audiences of mental health professionals.

Brittany YatesMSN, APRN, FPMHNP-BCAmerican Psychiatric Nurses AssociationKentucky

Marti agreed to come out to the Russian River Empowerment Center this Spring and present an 8-part course entitled, “Hope After Dope.” Not only was this fitting for our members, but they LEARNED from her and laughed with each other. I personally felt a connection to Marti from the moment we met and at the end of her time with us we were all sad to see her go, but the best part was what we all took away from her – be happy in recovery, be strong in your decisions, and learn to love yourself & laugh at yourself just as much. We truly enjoyed having her with us and we are all looking forward to her return to the Russian River area next year. Thank you Marti! Much love from all of us at the Empowerment Center.

Erica Sophia ChampionRussian River Empowerment CenterGuerneville, California

Thank you for sharing your experiences and your humor with us. The entire room roared with laughter at some of your antics. You are such an enjoyable speaker. I do not believe I have ever seen our crowd give a standing ovation to anyone, yet at the end of your presentation, all were on their feet! I believe you could have had their attention for another hour! You are an inspiration to all who work in behavioral health. It reminds us why we come to work every day. It means a great deal. I hope you will visit us again soon.

Donna HenryRN, BSN, Senior Vice President of Residential and Clinical ServicesFour County Counseling CenterLogansport, IN

What an honor and a privilege it was to hear you speak at the Indiana Council for Community Mental Health Centers Child and Adolescent Conference in July. As part of the Child and Adolescent Committee, we were honored to have you speak to the leaders of our state and tell your story in such a powerful and inspiring way. Your story is one of pure courage in the face of so many obstacles that many of us cannot even fathom. I want to personally thank you for the work you do, the courage you possess and the hope you instill in us as we continue to advocate for others, and ourselves. Thank you for being real. And thank you for being funny.

Letecia TimmelMSW, LSW, Systems of Care Program DirectorFour County Counseling CenterLogansport, IN

Marti’s story is so strong and personal that it is impossible not to be enthralled. As she speaks and entertains, she moves around the room utilizing humor and reality in the perfect balance. Marti has the incredible ability to make both urban 9th graders and their mid-50s teachers laugh involuntarily and then moments later, think deeply about what is important for their respective future moving forward… she delivered a message that will not be forgotten.

Brian W. MooreSocial Studies TeacherHolmes High SchoolCovington, KY

Marti shared some of her lived experience with addiction, domestic violence, homelessness and mental illness. More importantly, she shared strategies that can create positive change in anyone’s lives. She is a warm, dynamic and entertaining speaker who can speak on numerous topics…

Joyce AbramsonExecutive DirectorCharles County Freedom Landing, Inc.La Plata, MD

Marti MacGibbon is a dynamic, motivating and effective facilitator. She provided great insight, and her personality definitely is an asset and her energy resounds… Ms. MacGibbon has a unique ability to be entertaining, professional, humorous, motivational and informative all in the same presentation. Her ability to relate personal events into the presentations enhanced their impact and allowed the attendees to grasp the message.

Jenny FeltDepartment of Human ServicesState of Iowa

Your personal testimony of Human Trafficking is a very important one. It reveals the vulnerability of youth, the challenge of choices, and ultimately, the empowerment possible when someone courageously confronts evil. Your audience was very attentive and engaged. Thank you for a fine presentation.

Elana SamuelsDirector of Volunteer ServicesThe Museum of Tolerance

Marti provided the keynote address — “Recovery, Hope, and the Power of Gratitude” to an audience of 400 including public officials, addiction treatment specialists, community advocates and those in recovery. Her compelling, professional telling of her story resonated strongly with our attendees. Her story and lifestyle of embracing a grateful attitude helped to set the tone for our event objective of breaking down the stigma of addiction and recovery.

Jackie HemsworthDirector of DevelopmentCommunity Health CenterAkron, OH

We are impressed that Marti is equally comfortable addressing a large audience or a small, intimate group. She has a genuine commitment to using her story and training to make a positive impact on individuals and communities. Before each presentation, she took the time to talk to staff about the participants, and tailored her presentations to meet their needs. Marti’s speeches are positive, motivating, uplifting and energetic, and she connected with and engaged the participants.

Kelly WelkerMarion County Family Drug Treatment Court Coordinator

…She held the sold-out audience in the palm of her hand…In the three days since Marti’s presentation, I have received scores of emails from appreciative attendees. Marti MacGibbon’s message is one everyone should hear. We were honored to feature her as our inaugural presenter. We could not have made a better selection.

Linda J. SmithChair, Junior League of Cincinnati’s Sustainer Forum

I wholeheartedly recommend Marti MacGibbon as a speaker on the topic of human trafficking/modern slavery. The audience hung on her every word, both because her story was so clearly authentic, but also because she told it with such expert care. In addition to this skill, though, Marti has a truly unique ability to find humor…This connects with an audience in a way that few speakers can. Marti’s story — and the way she tells it — is one of empowerment.

Luke BlocherDirector of National Strategic InitiativesNational Underground Railroad Freedom Center

“Thanks again Marti for your presentation and the work that you do. You are an inspiration of strength and courage. Shame and blame can easily take over one’s life and create a rock solid barrier to overcome, but with the work you do, others can see a way to break the trauma barriers.”

Peggy Surbey, MSWDirector/Regional ManagerIndiana Department of Child Services Marion County

Marti MacGibbon’s presentation deeply touched everyone on my staff — clinicians, disease intervention specialists and support personnel at all levels. The combination of humor and tragedy motivated all of us to a higher awareness and a dedication to those entrapped in a world wrapped in pain.

Janet N. Arno, M.D.Associate Professor of Clinical MedicineMedical Director: Bell Flower ClinicIndiana University School of Medicine

Marti MacGibbon is an upbeat and passionate radio guest whose story amazes and inspires. She entertains with humor and candor, with a strong message of renewal and reinvention. Thank you, Marti!

Dr. Jo Anne WhiteInternational Author and SpeakerExecutive Producer and Host of Power Your life Radio and TV

Marti MacGibbon has a way of telling her life story that will keep you spellbound. From tragedy to success, her heart wrenching story and the humorous way she tells it will cause you to double over with laughter. I applaud her tenacity and courage.

Yonna Heath, BSN, RN, CENPresident, 2013 Indiana Emergency Nurses Association

Marti’s story as a survivor is riveting. The experiences she has had are shared by many others in our world today. We need to be inspired by the hope and courage she exemplifies so that we too will triumph over obstacles. The audience was visibly moved by her words. She is wonderful at connecting with an audience.

Sarah Joy MorbitzerIndiana State DirectorNot for Sale Campaign

Her down to earth style thoroughly entranced our guests. 100% of the attendees indicated the event raised awareness of human trafficking. Marti’s presentation helped us to achieve our two major goals admirably.

Charlene VenturaPresident and CEOYWCA Cincinnati

The presentation you gave was articulate, impassioned, well informed, and humorous but real world — it was an incredible testimony of hope and life, grounded in your personal experience of something that few of us can imagine. Rarely does our speaker get a standing ovation, which you were given spontaneously for several minutes!

James Lemons, M.D.Professor of PediatricsIndiana University School of Medicine

Marti MacGibbon is a speaker like no other! Her book, Never Give in to Fear, grew out of the abyss of addiction, homelessness and human trafficking. Her amazing story of hurtling these obstacles and moving into a life of prosperity and success is what makes Marti someone worth listening to. She uses humor (she is also a standup comic) and emotion to show others how they can change their professional and personal lives for the better. Your group will laugh, cry and make those positive changes in their lives.

Pam LontosConsultant, Author of “I See Your Name Everywhere”Pam Lontos ConsultingOrlando, Florida

If they make a movie of Marti MacGibbon’s Amazon bestselling memoir, ‘Never Give in to Fear,’ it’ll be The Cinderella Story as told by Quentin Tarantino.

Peter Anthony HolderNews Anchor and XM/Internet Radio HostPeterAnthonyHolder.comMontreal, Canada

Marti’s life walk proves that anyone can overcome life’s adversities as long as you have the conviction of your beliefs and the courage to follow through — regardless of the cost. In “Never Give into Fear,” Marti shares her story, which in fact is the human story; love, loss, sacrifice, redemption and a second chance…

Scott W. VentrellaAuthor, Speaker and Host of, “The Business of Living”Business Talk Radio Network (AM 1490)Greenwich, Connecticut

Marti MacGibbon was one of the most fascinating guests we’ve ever had on the show… Even though we’re a sports talk station, I’m always looking for guests who are interesting— Marti is certainly that! Her stories are captivating; her delivery keeps the audience listening; and her positivity is nothing short of amazing. She’s an interview that will be remembered by our listeners for a long, long time!

Marc HochmanHost of “Hochman and Zaslow Morning Show”AM 790 and FM 104.3 The Ticket (ESPN Radio Affiliate)Miami, FL

When you hire Marti MacGibbon to speak to your group, you get energy, humor, passion, and substance. At Fairbanks, she connected emotionally with our audience. I was impressed with how Marti customized her presentation to fit our audience’s needs. By telling her powerful story of how she prevailed against all odds, your audience will laugh, cry and take action to make positive changes in their lives.

Helene CrossPresident and Chief Executive Officer, (CEO)Fairbanks Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Your powerful presentation, particularly your personal story, touched our audience and surprised them. Your honesty and sincerity in discussing your life, your negative choices, and the things you learned in rebounding from them, offered an educational and empowering lesson for all of us.

Elana SamuelsDirector, Museum Volunteer ServicesMuseum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA

I’ve seen many speakers – Marti MacGibbon is the best. Her story is unlike any other – she’s overcome unimaginable hardships, yet kept her sense of humor. You will be inspired! With a true gift for storytelling and humor, she gives a speech you will never forget.”

“For humor: She’s always been my favorite comedienne and she brings all her natural comedic talents to the table. She will exceed your highest expectations.

Karen RontowskiComic – David Letterman and Comedy Central

When something’s so good you want more – Marti MacGibbon is an exceptional and original speaker. Her sense of humor and comedic timing lift your spirit as she reveals how she overcome intense obstacles.

Lisa SedivyLighthouse Properties Real Estate Services, Inc.Marina Del Rey, CA

I highly recommend Marti MacGibbon as an accomplished, effective, and humorous speaker. I am particularly impressed with Marti’s ability to tailor her presentation to our particular audience. Marti does this with compassion, humor, and empathy.

Wanda HeffernonDirector of Residential Programs, Swords to PlowsharesSan Francisco, CA

Your talents are considerable. Your reputation preceded you, and we are happy that you were with us for our very successful event for Hurricane Katrina Relief.

Luke KircherPresident, Program BoardSt. Mary’s College of California

Words cannot express the gratitude we feel. We had an overwhelmingly positive response from the 1200 people attending the event. Your sweet and hilarious message resonated with all of us. The audience loved you and so do we.

Bobby TschirgiExecutive Director, House of HopeSan Pedro, CA

Marti MacGibbon told her story of triumph over tremendous adversity and trauma. She is someone I would highly recommend, as she speaks from her personal story.

Bill BrileyAssistant Pastor, Common Ground Christian ChurchIndianapolis, IN

Marti’s presentation was an engaging mix of narrative and humor, as well as an inspiring message about hope. Marti is a powerful speaker. I highly recommend her to other organizations.

Phil CallFTS Ball State Chapter Co-FounderBall State University

The audience all enjoyed Marti MacGibbon. She was hilarious as well as thought-provoking.

Rochester BrownleeManager, The Talbot HouseIndianapolis, IN

Marti works to educate people with her energetic and passionate speaking. She showed us that it is possible to heal with humor, to come through a horrible experience with grace, dignity and wit.

Chelsey OutcaltPresident, FTS, Ball State University ChapterBall State University

When Marti MacGibbon stepped onstage that evening she was engaging, poignant, and sharp. She was honest, humorous, and took everyone on a ride through the social issues that seemingly purvey all of our times. She commanded the stage, and for one evening at least, I got something unexpected yet greatly appreciated.

Jason HammanTechnical DirectorIMA

Marti MacGibbon is one of those rare, gifted individuals who is willing to share her remarkable story, her strength and unyielding sense of humor with the public for the good of all. Marti will deliver an uplifting, riveting performance for your next event.

Myra GoldickTalk Show Host“Never Say Impossible” ShowOrlando, Florida

Only one speaker had me sitting on the edge of my chair, and that was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, my mentor. Then along comes Marti MacGibbon and it happened again..While my co-host P.R. guru Pam Lontos interviewed Marti on the World Positive Thinkers Club radio show I was sitting on the edge of my chair again. Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime and get her as your next speaker.

Ken BossoneAward-winning Author, PresidentWorld-wide Positive Thinkers ClubOrlando, FL

Marti is one of the most joyous guests we’ve ever had…she walks the walk, and talks the talk AND laughs the laugh! She will bring laughter, warmth and insight to any show.

MookieRock FM Radio Host94 Rock (KNEN-FM)Norfolk, NE