Inspire your audience to imagine a world where everyone is Free to Flourish

Amy O’Dell is a once-in-a-generation leader and healthcare innovator who is on a quest to change the way the world addresses neurobiological delays and disorders.

In a world that consistently tells us there is only one, or no, path forward for individuals with neurobiological challenges, Amy is carving out a new path on the foundation of authentic leadership and love that will impact generations to come.

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Amy’s Most Requested Talks

​​Amy has worked among the neurodivergent for decades years as a teacher, scientist, and caregiver. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Clemson University in behavioral science, Amy worked as a licensed counselor in clinical settings, primarily working with patients with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Then, her own son was born with significant neurological challenges.

This life-altering diagnosis led her to combine her career experience with the profound and passionate love of a parent. Not content to leave Jacob without hope of a future, her work and passion propelled her to develop a methodology in which anyone can play a part of the solution and create the conditions for everyone to have an equal chance to flourish.

Jacob indeed has flourished, as have hundreds of students at Jacob’s Ladder, a non-profit, accredited school and research center, which Amy founded in 1999 (and where Jacob is now a teacher). Through the use of first-hand accounts and inspirational success stories, Amy gives practical guidance to caregivers and hope to all individuals with neurobiological delays and disorders.

Audiences will leave educated on the importance of playing a part in the solution and completely inspired as to what’s possible through heart-led counseling, education, and therapeutic intervention.

Note: Secular and faith-based versions of Amy’s talks are available upon request.

What do you do when you have a fire burning in your heart? In Amy’s life and career, she was handed a unique set of skills and experiences that perfectly positioned her to change the world. But her personal challenges could have easily sidelined her—and for good reason.

Amy wasn’t content to allow the embers of her dream and her passion get smothered by the helplessness she saw around her. She fanned the flames, discovered her greater purpose, and threw herself into her work completely focused and open-hearted.

In this talk, Amy inspires audiences to lean into the challenges life throws at us, as they are clues to our purpose. She shares specific leadership lessons about love and innovation stemming from her work with children with neurobiological delays and disorders AND the amazing caregivers she’s helped along the way.

Often, leaders will find that the unique challenges and passions they feel lead them to do something that’s never been done before. In that vulnerable space of the unknown, fear can hold you back from what you’re meant to do. However, the world needs the work you’re meant to do. Follow the fire. It’s the fire in Amy’s heart that caused her to not simply sit on the sidelines, but to lean in and pioneer life-changing solutions.

Note: Secular and faith-based versions of Amy’s talks are available upon request.

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