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Author of Best-Selling Memoir "I Am The Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility"

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 Trisha Meili Biography

Author of the Best-Selling Memoir I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility, Trisha Meili’s story is about the capacity of the human body and spirit to heal. It is a story of hope and possibility. It didn’t begin that way.

On April 19, 1989, Meili went for a run in New York’s Central Park shortly after 9 PM. Hours later, two men wandering the park found her near death from a brutal beating and rape. In a coma, with 80 percent blood loss, a traumatic brain injury and severe exposure, doctors at Metropolitan Hospital worried that this young woman might not survive. The story seized the headlines, not only in New York City, but also around the world as people contemplated what the savagery of the attack said about our society.

Meili, known to the world as The Central Park Jogger, revealed her amazing story of survival and recovery fourteen years later in her best-selling memoir I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility.

Born in northern New Jersey, raised there and in Pittsburgh, Meili was a Phi Beta Kappa economics major at Wellesley College and a double graduate degree recipient (MBA and MA) at Yale University. After graduation, she went on to work as an associate at the Investment Bank Salomon Brothers, until her life was violently interrupted that terrible night in Central Park. Amazing her doctors and colleagues, Meili returned to Salomon eight months after the attack, became a Vice President and continued her career there for another eight years. She then ran a nonprofit in New York City, The Bridge Fund of New York Inc., before writing her story.

I Am the Central Park Jogger is not a story of an attack, but rather, one of healing. The horror of her attack brought an outpouring of support and love from her family, friends, healthcare workers, co-workers and strangers. Meili credits this support as part of the miracle of her recovery as she relearned how to do simple things, such as rolling over, telling time, buttoning her blouse or identifying simple objects. The support allowed her to move from victim to survivor, reclaim her life and become whole.

Meili gives her time to organizations vital to her healing: As an advocate trainer for the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at Mount Sinai Hospital, as an Honorary Officer on the Board of Directors of Gaylord Hospital where she did much of her rehabilitation, and as Founding Chairman of the Board of Achilles International that helped her run the New York City Marathon in 1995.

Meili was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Courage Award from the Courage Center, the Pacesetter Award from New York Hospital Queens, the Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Survivor Activist Award from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and an Olympic Torchbearer in New York City.

She has appeared on numerous television shows including a Katie Couric Special, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, Larry King Live, The CBS Early Show, CNN and FOX News.

Today, Meili speaks to groups, including businesses, universities, brain injury associations, sexual assault centers and hospitals, about her journey of recovery and healing. With her work, book and lectures, Meili offers lessons on how to manage through unpredictable change, whether personal, professional economic or spiritual; lessons that allowed her to move beyond being a victim and reclaim her life. Her story has encouraged people worldwide to overcome life’s obstacles – regardless of what they might be – and get back on the road to life.

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I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility

I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility

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  • Teamwork: The Power of Support

    Trisha stresses how outside support was vital to her healing. Family, friends, coworkers, doctors, nurses, and therapists all worked as a team to ensure Trisha's survival. Additional support came from strangers as an outpouring of thoughts, prayers, and warm messages provided a critical connection for Trisha, reaffirming that she was not alone in her ordeal. Trisha inspires others about the importance of "joining the team," regardless of the goal.

  • Leadership: The Power of Self-Knowledge

    Self-knowledge is a critical element in any leadership practice. After the attack, Trisha was forced to learn to live in a new body with a new mind, to understand herself in an entirely new way. Becoming more acutely aware of her strengths and weaknesses helped Trisha develop confidence, which lead to setting goals and taking action to improve. Trisha encourages others to tap into the power of self-knowledge, take control and move forward.

  • Attitude: The Power of Choice

    Trisha couldn't change what happened • the attack • but she realized that she could choose how to respond. Beyond her recovery, Trisha chose to use this adversity to offer hope and possibility to others. In everyday life, we make choices quite causally, even carelessly. But when people choose consciously and with precision • choose as though their life depends on the choice they are making, real power flows. Through her speaking and writing, Trisha inspires listeners to experience the power of making conscious choices.

  • Personal Growth: The Power of Possibilities

    Trisha's transformation from someone in a wheelchair, who couldn't walk to once again being a determined athlete capable of completing a New York City Marathon, was the result of concentrating on her possibilities. Focusing on what she could do, rather than on what she couldn't, motivated her to keep pushing to the edges of what she thought was possible, regardless of the obstacles. As a best selling author and Chairman of a worldwide organization serving those with disabilities, Trisha shows the results of continued pushing and growing.

  • Mind/Body: The Power of the Present Moment

    In the middle of a crisis, it is often difficult to figure out what to do first. When everything had been taken away from Trisha, she realized all she could do to improve her future was to work in the present moment. She offers this as critical insight to all of us who face business and personal challenges.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Trisha Meili?

    Booking fees for Trisha Meili, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Trisha Meili, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Trisha Meili?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Trisha Meili for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Trisha Meili for your next private or corporate function.
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Trisha Meili

Author of Best-Selling Memoir "I Am The Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility"

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Trisha Meili Biography

Author of the Best-Selling Memoir I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility, Trisha Meili’s story is about the capacity of the human body and spirit to heal. It is a story of hope and possibility. It didn’t begin that way.

On April 19, 1989, Meili went for a run in New York’s Central Park shortly after 9 PM. Hours later, two men wandering the park found her near death from a brutal beating and rape. In a coma, with 80 percent blood loss, a traumatic brain injury and severe exposure, doctors at Metropolitan Hospital worried that this young woman might not survive. The story seized the headlines, not only in New York City, but also around the world as people contemplated what the savagery of the attack said about our society.

Meili, known to the world as The Central Park Jogger, revealed her amazing story of survival and recovery fourteen years later in her best-selling memoir I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility.

Born in northern New Jersey, raised there and in Pittsburgh, Meili was a Phi Beta Kappa economics major at Wellesley College and a double graduate degree recipient (MBA and MA) at Yale University. After graduation, she went on to work as an associate at the Investment Bank Salomon Brothers, until her life was violently interrupted that terrible night in Central Park. Amazing her doctors and colleagues, Meili returned to Salomon eight months after the attack, became a Vice President and continued her career there for another eight years. She then ran a nonprofit in New York City, The Bridge Fund of New York Inc., before writing her story.

I Am the Central Park Jogger is not a story of an attack, but rather, one of healing. The horror of her attack brought an outpouring of support and love from her family, friends, healthcare workers, co-workers and strangers. Meili credits this support as part of the miracle of her recovery as she relearned how to do simple things, such as rolling over, telling time, buttoning her blouse or identifying simple objects. The support allowed her to move from victim to survivor, reclaim her life and become whole.

Meili gives her time to organizations vital to her healing: As an advocate trainer for the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at Mount Sinai Hospital, as an Honorary Officer on the Board of Directors of Gaylord Hospital where she did much of her rehabilitation, and as Founding Chairman of the Board of Achilles International that helped her run the New York City Marathon in 1995.

Meili was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Courage Award from the Courage Center, the Pacesetter Award from New York Hospital Queens, the Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Survivor Activist Award from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and an Olympic Torchbearer in New York City.

She has appeared on numerous television shows including a Katie Couric Special, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, Larry King Live, The CBS Early Show, CNN and FOX News.

Today, Meili speaks to groups, including businesses, universities, brain injury associations, sexual assault centers and hospitals, about her journey of recovery and healing. With her work, book and lectures, Meili offers lessons on how to manage through unpredictable change, whether personal, professional economic or spiritual; lessons that allowed her to move beyond being a victim and reclaim her life. Her story has encouraged people worldwide to overcome life’s obstacles – regardless of what they might be – and get back on the road to life.

Trisha Meili Videos

  • 'When They See Us' actors revisit the Central Park Five case
    www.facebook.com/TwoCatsVideoProduction Actor Jharrel Jerome, perhaps best known for his role in "Moonlight," recalls walking to school a few...
  • Central Park Jogger Still Running
  • Trisha Meili, I Am The Central Park Jogger

Trisha Meili Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Trisha Meili

Trisha Meili Speaking Topics

  • Teamwork: The Power of Support

    Trisha stresses how outside support was vital to her healing. Family, friends, coworkers, doctors, nurses, and therapists all worked as a team to ensure Trisha's survival. Additional support came from strangers as an outpouring of thoughts, prayers, and warm messages provided a critical connection for Trisha, reaffirming that she was not alone in her ordeal. Trisha inspires others about the importance of "joining the team," regardless of the goal.

  • Leadership: The Power of Self-Knowledge

    Self-knowledge is a critical element in any leadership practice. After the attack, Trisha was forced to learn to live in a new body with a new mind, to understand herself in an entirely new way. Becoming more acutely aware of her strengths and weaknesses helped Trisha develop confidence, which lead to setting goals and taking action to improve. Trisha encourages others to tap into the power of self-knowledge, take control and move forward.

  • Attitude: The Power of Choice

    Trisha couldn't change what happened • the attack • but she realized that she could choose how to respond. Beyond her recovery, Trisha chose to use this adversity to offer hope and possibility to others. In everyday life, we make choices quite causally, even carelessly. But when people choose consciously and with precision • choose as though their life depends on the choice they are making, real power flows. Through her speaking and writing, Trisha inspires listeners to experience the power of making conscious choices.

  • Personal Growth: The Power of Possibilities

    Trisha's transformation from someone in a wheelchair, who couldn't walk to once again being a determined athlete capable of completing a New York City Marathon, was the result of concentrating on her possibilities. Focusing on what she could do, rather than on what she couldn't, motivated her to keep pushing to the edges of what she thought was possible, regardless of the obstacles. As a best selling author and Chairman of a worldwide organization serving those with disabilities, Trisha shows the results of continued pushing and growing.

  • Mind/Body: The Power of the Present Moment

    In the middle of a crisis, it is often difficult to figure out what to do first. When everything had been taken away from Trisha, she realized all she could do to improve her future was to work in the present moment. She offers this as critical insight to all of us who face business and personal challenges.

FAQs on booking Trisha Meili

  • How to book Trisha Meili?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Trisha Meili for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Trisha Meili, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Trisha Meili or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Trisha Meili?

    Booking fees for Trisha Meili, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Trisha Meili, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Trisha Meili?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Trisha Meili for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Trisha Meili for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Trisha Meili or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Trisha Meili or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Trisha Meili is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Teamwork: The Power of Support, Leadership: The Power of Self-Knowledge, Attitude: The Power of Choice, Personal Growth: The Power of Possibilities and Mind/Body: The Power of the Present Moment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Trisha Meili for your event is available upon request. Trisha Meili generally travels from Jacksonville, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Marci Shimoff, Shannon Miller, Robyn Benincasa, Linda Armstrong Kelly and Montel Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Trisha Meili for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Trisha Meili Speaker Videos

  • 'When They See Us' actors revisit the Central Park Five case
    www.facebook.com/TwoCatsVideoProduction Actor Jharrel Jerome, perhaps best known for his role in "Moonlight," recalls walking to school a few years ago in his native New York City, worried about...
    Central Park Jogger Still Running
  • Trisha Meili, I Am The Central Park Jogger

Trisha Meili Speaking Topics

  • Teamwork: The Power of Support

    Trisha stresses how outside support was vital to her healing. Family, friends, coworkers, doctors, nurses, and therapists all worked as a team to ensure Trisha's survival. Additional support came from strangers as an outpouring of thoughts, prayers, and warm messages provided a critical connection for Trisha, reaffirming that she was not alone in her ordeal. Trisha inspires others about the importance of "joining the team," regardless of the goal.

  • Leadership: The Power of Self-Knowledge

    Self-knowledge is a critical element in any leadership practice. After the attack, Trisha was forced to learn to live in a new body with a new mind, to understand herself in an entirely new way. Becoming more acutely aware of her strengths and weaknesses helped Trisha develop confidence, which lead to setting goals and taking action to improve. Trisha encourages others to tap into the power of self-knowledge, take control and move forward.

  • Attitude: The Power of Choice

    Trisha couldn't change what happened • the attack • but she realized that she could choose how to respond. Beyond her recovery, Trisha chose to use this adversity to offer hope and possibility to others. In everyday life, we make choices quite causally, even carelessly. But when people choose consciously and with precision • choose as though their life depends on the choice they are making, real power flows. Through her speaking and writing, Trisha inspires listeners to experience the power of making conscious choices.

  • Personal Growth: The Power of Possibilities

    Trisha's transformation from someone in a wheelchair, who couldn't walk to once again being a determined athlete capable of completing a New York City Marathon, was the result of concentrating on her possibilities. Focusing on what she could do, rather than on what she couldn't, motivated her to keep pushing to the edges of what she thought was possible, regardless of the obstacles. As a best selling author and Chairman of a worldwide organization serving those with disabilities, Trisha shows the results of continued pushing and growing.

  • Mind/Body: The Power of the Present Moment

    In the middle of a crisis, it is often difficult to figure out what to do first. When everything had been taken away from Trisha, she realized all she could do to improve her future was to work in the present moment. She offers this as critical insight to all of us who face business and personal challenges.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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