An incredible story of triumph after burning alive. Youll be far more than inspired...Learn the secrets to creating extraordinary outcomes against-all-odds for todays world of change and uncertainty.
"As Executive Director I give very few guarantees...I guarantee that you will love Allison Massari. After I had hung up the phone with Allison, I was still hanging onto the phone as if I wanted to hold on to her, because that is the way you feel about Allison when you brush up against her. I can tell you that she is just aglow. She is magnificent..." Katee Tully Executive Director Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg, FL
"My secret to life? Merging compassion & forgiveness with pure guts, chutzpah and cojones. That's right. Cojones my friends. That's just what it takes sometimes..." Allison Massari
Allison Massari is a sought after expert on achieving against-all-odds outcomes faster than you can imagine. She counts her greatest life achievement as having found peace after overcoming an extraordinary tragedy. Massari shares her triumph, knowing that the details of her journey can create transformation and change in others. She has been selected as one of 8 people internationally to speak in the Polaris documentary film "RESOLVE", teaching solutions for post traumatic stress growth. Massari was recently nominated for for CNN Heroes award, as well as for the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal. She is also the founder of a revolutionary program for teens with burn injuries at Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado.
For over fifteen years Massari has been creating, selling and placing fine art internationally to collectors and Fortune 1000 clients such as General Mills, US Airways and Lockheed Martin; her work can also be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. She holds a MA from School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA from Rhode Island School of Design. She received an award to study in Brugge, Belgium and La NaPoule, France.
"I haven't seen this many people lined up and excited to see someone speak since we had Dale Chihuly here for a book signing!"
Amanda Cooper Curator Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg, FL
"Audiences were mesmerized by her story and by her compelling presentation. Working with Allison...was a joy. We kept her extraordinarily busy with three events in three days, yet she was always poised, always cooperative, never complained -- in a few words, a true professional."**
Paul C. Carder Director, Marketing/Communications & Advancement Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg, FL
"Some coaches and speakers simply inspire people to feel good. Allison inspires people to TAKE ACTION. I get to see the results of her work every January when the Roger Pepper Camp comes to the Adaptive Sports Center. The teenage burn survivors involved in this program get to ski, snowboard, ski-bike, participate in backcountry activities and develop social skills. It's an amazing program and it never would have happened without Allison's vision, inspiration and drive."
Ann Papenfuss Adaptive Sports Center, Non-Profit Crested Butte, CO
Allison Massari's inspirational speeches and workshops address various topics:
Triumph over Tragedy - Success Through Change Adversity and Tough Times
Forging the path to success, happiness and vitality in the face of life’s most challenging circumstances.
The Fire Within - The Art of Exceptional Leadership and Employee Engagement
To fully engage others, you must first be fully engaged with yourself.
The Survival Guide to Being Human and the Art of Happiness
Secrets revealed. Tales told. Mysteries uncovered. A burn injury and traumatic brain injury survivor teaches how to find peace, purpose, happiness.
Wellness and Well-Being at Work
Empowering employees with tools to better to manage their lives.
Guts: The Success Elixir
The reward of unwavering commitment and silent relentlessness on the job and in life.
The Success of the Compassionate Leader
The art of engaging teams and senior level management.
Healthcare: Transforming Patient Lives—The Art of Patient-Centered Care
How to deliver world class patient centered care. Illustrate clearly the positive impact of medical workers on patients when they go the extra mile. Reinvigorate your employees. Heal burn-out. As an advocate for both patient and provider, Allison speaks about “The Other Side of the Stethoscope.”
Healthcare: Compassion as a Healing Tool
How to deliver world class patient centered care. Illustrate clearly the positive impact of medical workers on patients when they go the extra mile. Reinvigorate your employees. Heal burn-out. As an advocate for both patient and provider, Allison speaks about “The Other Side of the Stethoscope."
Healthcare: The Power of Kindness
Support your healthcare teams to feel empowered to bring the healing power of compassion and kindness into patient interactions. Feel on more solid ground with the Obama plan.
Healthcare: What it Takes to Heal
A powerful and supportive keynote to help those healing from trauma, illness and emotional pain. This is also wonderful for caregivers, family members and friends of those who are suffering.
"Whether you are concerned about your work, relationships or your history, I will show you the intricate details of how to understand and unravel the complexities of challenges, difficult people, painful moments, and then to go beyond all of it to all the gifts awaiting you... Because believe me, there are gifts awaiting you.
It's true that attitude is everything. Getting a little feisty never hurt anyone; it's about leading your life. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, amazing things can unfold, but determination is critical. Transformation is possible. This is real. If I can do it, you can too- I will show you how.
It's about mastering life at every level, but beyond discipline and taking action is something which will open the door to what you never knew could be possible."
The Story: Eleven years ago I was in a head-on collision and was trapped in a burning car. I was on fire, terrified, watching myself in a horrific scene as I fought hard to stay alive. A total stranger stepped out from a line of witnesses at the scene, walked into the violent inferno and saved my life: he kicked in the window, pulled me out and patted out the flames on me with his bare hands.
50 percent of my body was affected by the burns. I nearly lost my right arm as the tissue burned down to the bone at one place on my shoulder. For many months, there was not even a two minute escape from that terrible pain.
I had to face my disfigurement and the uncomfortable reactions of people who became disgusted or frightened by my physical appearance. I was devastated physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Just three years after the initial accident, I was rear-ended by a car going 60 mph and sustained a closed-head brain injury. I could not drive or read, among other basic activities. I had been a professional artist my whole life and no longer knew how to paint.
I felt betrayed by life; the obstacles seemed insurmountable. I became determined to create an amazing life; It was a long, steep climb. I learned how to navigate my way to true healing and to a life beyond anything I could have dreamed possible. This new life includes not only physical, emotional and spiritual healing but also life-altering professional achievements, such as having my art placed in the permanent collection of a museum.
I've come to a place where my heart pounds with excitement instead of fear. I've learned how to transform any challenge. I am compelled to teach every intricate step that led me to my own powerful transformation so that others can do the same.
"You are a legend at ASC and you definitely lived up to your wonderful reputation!" Ann Papenfuss Adaptive Sports Center Non-profit Crested Butte, CO
"...Gaining major recognition for her remarkable talent as a painter... Allison has always seemed to draw from a deep well of self-awareness and resolve...[Her speaking] will definitely encompass creativity as a life force far bigger than the ability put paint on a canvas." Lennie Bennett Art Critic Tampa Tribune Tampa, FL
"Thank you for making me look good and for making such a big difference in so many people's life. You are very inspirational. You are a wonderful speaker and a great presenter. I have received many "thank you" notes, from our members for inviting you to be our guest speaker. Everyone was very touched by your presentation. They want to know how soon you will be back!" Hamid Saadat Founder and Chairman of the Board, Csix Connect Cupertino, CA
"Your talk was awesome. Transcendent. You are the most extraordinary person I have ever known. You were chosen as a special vessel and I can only say that the pain you have experienced has set you on a plane closer to that which is almost known - yet unknowable - even to those of us who are looking. Few people in human history have suffered as much as you and your perspective is gained at such cost as begs the imagination and renders the empathetic silent, because there are no words. You are a vessel of grace and beauty and the marvelous work you are doing is a testament. I am honored to know you..." James Spruill St. Petersburg, FL
"...The message sent by neurological, psychological and organizational research is startling in its clarity. Emotional leadership is the spark that ignites a company's performance, creating a bonfire of success or a landscape of ashes."
“I watched as the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation. Her work is phenomenal, and life altering.”
“I had the unique honor of introducing Allison Massari as the keynote to our District Sales Managers meeting. The minute I stumbled upon Allison, I knew I had to find a way to get her message to our company. Our climate is wrought with uncertainty, and hungry for hope. There has been a shift towards compassionate leadership and connecting with our customers on a core human level. The timing was perfect; the audience was ready for something different, something other than more of the same. Allison tailored the most amazing speech. I can’t tell you how many keynotes I have sat through with this company, and I have never seen the crowd so affected. As I looked around the room, the audience was overcome with emotion; riveted, gasping in response at times, welling up with tears at others. As Allison closed, I watched as the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation, another first for this group. Allison was able to show up with exactly the message we needed to hear. Her work is phenomenal, and life altering. I watched afterwards as executives came up to her one by one sharing how they had been touched personally. I don’t believe there is a group who could sit before the pure magic Allison brings to a room and not be forever changed.”
Neuroscience Sales Representative
Global Pharmaceutical Company Ranked 119 on Fortune 500
“In 25 years in Financial Services I’ve heard countless keynotes and I cannot recall a single one that moved me the way Allison’s did.”
Global Investment Firm Ranked 54 on the Fortune 500
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