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About Marti MacGibbon

Having been able to find hope and humor even while in dangerous places, Marti can put together a customized program to meet your needs – if you want your audiences to laugh uproariously while gaining vital skills for improving their work or life. Marti is an inspirational speaker, humorist, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Never Give In to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up From Rock Bottom. She survived human trafficking, addiction and homelessness. Marti has rebounded to live a prosperous life and delivers a personal “rags to riches” story that is powerful and uplifting. Her articles have appeared in over 150 magazines, and she’s been interviewed in Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily, and on ABC-TV and CBS-TV in addition to numerous radio shows. She’s performed standup at the Hollywood Improv and L.A.’s Comedy Store. Marti’s clients include The Emergency Nurses Association, and The United Way.

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• Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom

• Derailed? – Get Back on Track

• Kickass Personal Transformation

• Hope After Dope (Addiction/ Recovery)

• Human Trafficking: Victim to Triumphant Survivor

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It was such a pleasure meeting you last week when you spoke at the 20th Annual Alabama APSE Conference that was sponsored by the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities. You did a fantastic job as our opening keynote speaker and also in your breakout session. Those in attendance found your presentation to be inspiring, motivating, educational, informative and sometimes even humorous. You are exactly what we look for when we book a keynote for our annual conference. We like the audience to leave feeling better than when they arrived. I think the laughter, the tears, and the standing ovation were all indicative of how much everyone loved you and the information you shared…on behalf of Alabama APSE, I’d like to offer you a resounding endorsement for any group looking for a speaker that will not only inspire and motivate their audience, but will also make their planning easier and make them look very good. That’s what you did for me and Alabama APSE.

Byron WhiteAL-APSE Co-PresidentAlabama Dept. of Mental HealthMontgomery, AL

On April 5, 2018, Marti delivered an immensely impactful account of her experience of overcoming extreme difficulties such as commercial sexual exploitation, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence and addiction. She engaged our diverse audience of survivors, social workers, lawyers, members of law enforcement, and other concerned professionals by utilizing her sharp sense of humor and wit. Her ability to reach such a vast array of listeners was evidenced by the constant laughs that emanated from the room. Marti used her dynamic presence to teach the audience about the intersection that exists between commercial sexual exploitation, trauma, and addiction using her own life story as illustration. Her storytelling ability made the plenary equal parts entertaining and informative, a feat that can be extremely difficult to balance in this space.

Shea Rhodes, EsquireDirectorInstitute to Address Commercial Sexual ExploitationVillanova University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA


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Media & Press

Marti has been interviewed by: Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily,, ABC-TV, CBS-TV, numerous radio shows, including Business Talk Radio Network and more!

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