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Ashley Rhodes-Courter

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Child Welfare Activist, New York Times Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker
Ashley Rhodes-Courter is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida's foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes”some quite abusive”before being adopted from a Children's Home at the age of twelve.

Fee Range: $10,001 – $20,000

Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been on the International speaking circuit since she was 14 years old.

After spending nearly a decade in the foster care system as a child, Ashley became a New York Times Bestselling Author by the age of 22.  She ran for State Senate at age 26, and has helped raise Millions of dollars for non-profit organizations globally. Her personal story of resilience, perseverance, and survival inspires audiences of all ages to excel and thrive in their personal and professional lives, despite obstacles.

Ashley's second memoir, "Three More Words" debuted at #1; and Ashley's first book, "Three Little Words" has been optioned by Hollywood Producer, Cathy Konrad.  Ashley holds a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California and is a Clinical Social Worker. Her unique intellectual, personal, and professional accomplishments give her an unparalleled motivational platform. One meeting planner described Ashley as "a walking cup of coffee."  Ashley's infectious energy, humor, and passion will leave listeners rejuvenated and eager to create change for themselves and others. She has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, GLAMOUR Magazine, USA-TODAY, The New York Times, and most uniquely, 25-million bags of Cool Ranch Doritos.

Expert on subject matter including overcoming adversity, leadership, women's issues, education, child welfare, emotional intelligence & D&I.

Speech Titles and Descriptions:

Motivating Change in Three Little Words
(Based on her award-winning International and New York Times Bestselling memoir, Three Little Words) Born in 1985 to a single teen mother Ashley was placed in foster care at the age of 3. Most of her 14 placements were abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a small trailer where the children were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and starved. Another foster parent became a convicted pedophile. At one point, she was also placed with an alcoholic relative that was shot twice in front of her. After spending almost ten years in the system, Ashley was finally adopted from a group home when she was twelve. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, Ashley has used her experience to find the strength to accomplish incredible things. She became a New York Times Bestselling author by age 22, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, ran for Florida State Senate at age 26, created and heads a non-profit organization, and she has been a foster parent to more than 20 children.

In this inspiring keynote, Ashley will show audiences how to overcome their own personal and professional challenges to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. She delivers her story with humor and grace, and attendees will leave energized and ready to take on the world!

Partial List of Takeaways:

•Decode several key elements of resilience like: Accountability, optimism and openness, identifying constructive influences, and accepting and giving help
•Becoming a successful life strategist and overcoming fears or “failures”
•Impact positive thinking and introspection by turning set-backs into successes
•Give hope, inspiration, and motivation through a personal story of perseverance and determination
•Encourage community engagement

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