Marti MacGibbon’s powerful comeback story inspired and moved listeners at The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles yesterday. Event organizer Elana Samuels praised Marti for her courage and vulnerability in presenting this difficult topic to a full auditorium. Audience members included a class of high school students, and a diverse demographic. MacGibbon, a veteran standup comic and professional inspiration speaker, shared how she found her courage while imprisoned, threatened with death, raped, abused and isolated by Japanese organized crime figures.
Past recipients include Louis Gossett Jr., Ed Begley, and Buzz Aldrin. This year’s recipient was John Taylor, of the rock band, Duran Duran. Robert Downey Jr. presented the award, and Bobcat Gouldthwait knocked it out of the park with a blisteringly funny standup performance. Leonard Buschel, founder and creator of Reel Recovery Film Festival, Writers in Treatment, and the Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, graciously gave Marti permission to hand out complimentary signed copies of Never Give in to Fear to selected attendees who expressed interest in reading it.
As featured guest on World Positive Thinkers Radio, Marti MacGibbon talked with host Ken Bossone and c-host Pam Lontos about how positive thinking helped her to escape from human trafficking, find her ideal mate (while homeless and hitchhiking) and triumph over addiction.
Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti’s.
Marti MacGibbon attended an event to raise awareness about human trafficking and networked with activists Somaly Mam of the Somaly Mam Foundation, and Linda Smith of Shared Hope International. The event was hosted by the Women Like Us Foundation, and Somaly Mam was the keynote speaker. A survivor of human trafficking in Cambodia, Somaly has not only survived tremendous hardships, but has dedicated her life to saving victims from the brothels. She has accomplished so much in her mission to rescue and protect children and women from modern slavery, and has brought about social change in her own nation and around the world.