Speaking Topics

Manya’s mission is to spread the word about how trauma impacts people’s lives – how some survivors of trauma appear unharmed but actually experience very real mental health injuries – and how to move past adversity. She speaks to public health officials, emergency preparedness personnel, first responders, communicators, and corporate audiences on topics such as communicating in a crisis, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of recognizing the psychological impacts of tragedy.

Manya works with event planners to customize talks for the conference goals and theme. Sample keynote topics:


Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after hardship. Learn how Manya’s life changed after a tragic event and how anyone can grow after experiencing tragedy, find the strength to keep moving, and learn to love their “new normal.”

Psychological after-effects of mass violence

Discover first-hand how people process traumatic events and deal with intense circumstance, the role of psychological first aid, how to effectively discuss the different levels of impact from violence, and use communication to validate the experience of and reach those in the community who may be affected by a major event.

Corporate resiliency

Understand how corporate change such as restructuring or layoffs impacts employees and their overall productivity, how to lead through change and what to do when it’s not business as usual, in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). Learn how to communicate with and support employees during these times, connect with those who feel they don’t have a voice, build corporate and personal resiliency, and the importance of showing up and embracing the discomfort.

Crisis Communications

Learn how life changes after a tragic event and how that informs the need to understand the wide variety of audiences who may be affected by a major event, who must be included in emergency preparedness and crisis communications plans, how to build resiliency prior to a crisis and provide support after, and how to identify fears and channel them into effective communications.