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:

What surviving the Boston Marathon bombing taught me about resiliency

Each of us has difficult and traumatic experiences. And we all want to live our best lives. This inspiring presentation will help leaders realize that resiliency is more than just getting through. It is an important skill we all have and can benefit from building. Manya will teach you to how to create environments that nurture whole lives. This program will encourage and challenge you to recognize how to recover, and even thrive, after difficult life experiences.

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Trauma sensitive leadership: Creating more compassionate workplaces

Every leader wants healthy people and a healthy environment. But what do you do when you or your team are overworked, stressed, and non-productive? This keynote offers a guide for recognizing signs of stress and trauma in order to help individuals build their own wellness, simple steps to validating difficult experiences, and how a compassionate environment improves engagement. Manya illuminates new perspectives on the role of leadership and the importance of paying attention to what matters to people’s lives.

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Words matter: How what you say (and don’t say) influences wellness

Difficult life experiences can create stress and trauma, which can make it harder for people to feel engaged with life and work, and can cause them to disconnect, isolate themselves, or feel invisible. How we talk about stress, trauma, and mental health matters—in helping individuals contextualize their own experiences and begin to heal. In this exciting presentation born of personal experience, Manya shares why we all benefit when we aren’t afraid to have difficult and nuanced conversations, and discusses the role of communication in aiding recovery and wellness.

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