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Social Emotional Learning Presenter

Although Sandy struggled in school, especially with reading and writing, she did excel at self-awareness, self management, self-efficacy, social awareness, social management, and social engagement.  With very little help, support, or guidance from home where do you IMAGINE she learned those skills?  Sandy has countless stories and not just of teachers, it takes a TEAM effort, but stories of bus drivers, custodians, secretaries and other office staff, the people who serve breakfast and lunch, librarians, administrators, counselors, coaches, para educators...  every single one of those people played a huge role in her life from elementary, to middle school, to high school in helping her defy the odds and change her family tree.  Sandy has a unique, entertaining, engaging, and moving way of using her own real life, powerful, meaningful stories to teach staff the importance of developing students SEL skills as well as easy, practical ways to naturally and organically weave it into everyday learning.  Sandy stories will show you the impact ALL staff can have on students SEL skills every single single day.  

Inspirational/Motivational Speaker

The personal growth Sandy has had through her American Ninja Warrior journey has been transformational.  When it comes to Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACE's, Sandy is a perfect 10/10; physical neglect, emotional neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, family member incarcerated, substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues in the home.  But, in some incredible way Sandy's journey on ANW has been like therapy for her and it has helped her heal some old wounds.  The journey has also helped Sandy grow in courage and confidence and she has finally found her voice; the strong, courageous voice we all have inside us.  Sandy has spent the last 5 years impacting lives by sharing her story to various schools, groups, churches, business and organizations.  Hanging in her office for over two decades Sandy has a framed quote from Jackie Robinson that says, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on others' lives." and now today that passion and purpose remains stronger than ever.  

Here is a list of stories and the lessons learned through them from Sandy's past presentations;

Overcoming Barriers from Adverse Childhood Experiences

Being Brave and Courageous when Pursuing Big Dreams

The Importance of Community, Connection, and Belonging

Relationship First Leadership

Defying the Odds and Rewriting Stories

Using Failure as a Learning Tool to Thrive

How Failure Plays an Important Role in Growth

The Life Changing Power of Showing Up for Others

Finding the Good in our Struggles

Keeping the Bar High for Everyone

Establishing Core Values and Culture First

Empowering Others Through Seeing Their Potential

People Driven Business Mindset

Finding our Purpose and Passion

Developing our Unique Gift and Talent

The Power of Storytelling to Inspire and Teach

The Superpower of Grit

Leadership that Inspires and Leaves a Legacy

Mindset Shifts that have the Power to Change Your Life

Keys to Inspiring and Empowering Those Around You

The Role of Personal Responsibility

How to Develop Critical Mental Skills

The Important Role Personal Responsibility Plays in Living Our Best Life

Becoming More Self Aware of the Conversations in our Head

The Power of Hope

The Important Role Belief Plays in Reaching our Full Potential

How Consistency Over Time Leads to Big Goals

Big Picture, Long Game Mindset

Keys to Navigating the Voices in our Head

Big Dreams Start with Belief

Big Dreams Require Action 

The Incredible Gift of Struggle

The Blessing of Disappointment

The Gift of Second Chances

The Magic of the Mundane

How Work Ethic Consistently Over Time Trumps Talent


"We have two chances at life.  The first is as a child and you don't have a lot of say over that life but your second chance is the life you create.  You have the power to change your family tree."


"Life is a team sport and people matter most.  We just never know when we will give or receive those life changing moments from each other.  Show up."

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