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Allison Massari

Allison Massari

Speaks on overcoming challenges, Executive Coach and Artist

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Fee Range: 10000-19999
  • Named a Top “Ten Best Speaker” in the United States for “motivation” – M&C Magazine.
  • International TED speaker and Main Platform presenter at Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).
  • Unique history as a successful entrepreneur, burn survivor, brain injury survivor, award-winning artist, and professional coach and consultant.
  • Featured expert in the documentary “ReSolve” for overcoming adversity (narrated by Scott Neil, Head of Special Forces, US Military, Afghanistan).
  • Voted #1 National “Rising Star” by the National Speakers Association, 2011.

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Voted one of the Top Ten best motivational speakers in North America by Meetings and Conventions Magazine, Allison Massari’s quintessential story of courage and perseverance resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Hailed as “life-changing” “riveting” “extraordinary” “bold” and “deeply moving”, Allison instills the essential tools of self-mastery, and teaches how to quickly access grace and resilience in the face of challenges. Through her unified work as an international keynote speaker, executive coach, and acclaimed visual artist, Allison provides an exceptional blend of business acuity, creative perspective, and genuine care – profoundly affecting audiences worldwide.

Allison Massari has been recognized with esteemed speaking engagements, including a main platform keynote at the 2013 Million Dollar Round Table conference (audience of 8,600 from 75 countries), and a TedX event in Spain. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, and FOX networks and stars in the award-winning international documentary, Resolve (2015). In this film, hosted by the Head of Special Forces for the US Military in Afghanistan, she teaches solutions to overcome adversity and PTSD. Her diverse client list includes: GE Healthcare IT, LPL Financial, Kaiser Permanente, PEI, Eli Lilly and Co., HIMSS/CHIME, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Allscripts, and Siemens Healthcare.

Allison found remarkable success, happiness, and an undeniable “fire” within after overcoming two horrific car accidents that nearly took her life. In one, she was hit at 60 mph, burned alive, conscious the entire time, and sustained severe burns on over 50% of her body. She collectively spent hundreds of days in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and physical therapy centers, and learned to navigate her way to true healing, eventually creating an extraordinary life beyond anything she had dreamed possible. Amazingly, Allison views her experiences as a tremendous gift, one that gave her the tools and understanding to share with others. Her breathtaking keynote blends powerful life lessons with compelling, insightful, and awe-inspiring, stories, and offers actionable takeaways for people to immediately transform and manage their lives. “The truth is, the same internal fire and ‘command of self’ that I needed to heal my life is exactly what has given me success professionally.”

Allison’s vision and clarity, her honest and encouraging communication, and her gift in actuating the steps towards her clients’ success, make her an invaluable asset to any organization. She adapts her message t o address the individual issues affecting each market and has worked with diverse industries including Finance, Insurance, Sales, IT, Energy, Agriculture, Healthcare, and Non-profits. In Healthcare, Allison has quickly become a leading educator, helping to alleviate burnout, offering support for compassion fatigue, and providing a preeminent program on patient centered care for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education Units (CEU). As Allison states, “Compassion heals the places that medicine cannot touch.”

A diversified entrepreneur, Ms. Massari has built four enterprising businesses in the past 25 years. In addition to her success as a professional speaker and executive coach, her thriving fine arts business and jewelry line, Massari Fine Arts, LLC, has received commissions from prominent Fortune 500 companies including General Mills, Lockheed Martin, and US Airways. Her sublime and dynamic visual art serves as a stunning backdrop to her inspiring keynotes.

Allison believes deeply in the power of community and compassion. On the advent of her own recovery she began helping children and teens with severe burn injuries. In 1998, Allison founded a revolutionary outdoor sports program, named after the man who risked his own life to save her, when he pulled her from her burning car. The Roger Pepper Adventure Camps powerfully build confidence, hope, and healing in young participants. These innovative programs continue to transform lives to this day at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Allison Massari’s keynote programs are jaw-dropping, informative, and heartfelt. She captivates audiences with unforgettable stories about the power of kindness and incredible perseverance. Clients refer to her speech as the “Survival Guide to Being Human”. With compassion and sensitivity born from her experiences, Allison shares how to transform any challenge into an opportunity, teaching secrets to create against-all-odds successful outcomes and new beginnings.

“When change enters your life, be vigilant in every breathing moment to seek and find the good that is going to come from it. Search with ferocity. Have an unbending belief. The day will come when your heart smiles and rests. If nothing else, your pain will sculpt your spirit and bring you to the ultimate destination – your self-mastery.” Allison Massari

“I watched as the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation. Her work is phenomenal, and life altering.”

Jessica Chapman

Neuroscience Sales

Global Pharmaceutical Company Ranked 119 on Fortune 500


Primary Keynote: “The Fire Within"

Prepare to be taken on a journey. In this moving and thought-provoking keynote, Allison Massari teaches her listeners to find peace, purpose, and happiness, and gives them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, and having suffered severe second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body, Allison reveals her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to a success and life beyond anything she could have imagined. Through the power of storytelling, Allison weaves humor, empathy, and potent life lessons, allowing the audience to study what she learned on each step of her path. You will hear and understand the answers to some of life’s biggest questions. This dynamic and deeply moving speech fortifies audience members with an inspired perspective on life, and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.

In this session, Allison will equip participants to:

  • Grow motivation and confidence through an extraordinary story of overcoming extreme adversity and finding the internal strength for hope to flourish.
  • Discover the wellspring for creating a phenomenal life.
  • Promote exceptional customer service and teamwork by learning to navigate and bring ease to the most challenging situations.
  • Increase inventiveness, resourcefulness, generative capacity and excitement.
  • Learn a simple tool to transform debilitating feelings of defeat, doubt, and sorrow.
  • Work with humor – learn to access humor’s joy and grace, even in moments of heightened stress.
  • Deepen self-awareness and activate simple concepts that strengthen resilience.
  • Inspire team-building through palpable stories of the heroic impact of community.
  • Develop self mastery – maintain personal command and integrity in the face of feeling attacked, betrayed, hurt or enraged.
  • Witness the powerful results of fierce determination and tenacity in an “impossible situation”.
  • Demystify false concepts that impede well-being.
  • Realize the most effective action to take when addressing the everyday challenges of being human.
  • Learn to build a positive outlook despite seemingly insurmountable odds.
Optional Q&A session

Allison offers the option to include an interactive Q&A session where audience members can text questions to her phone on stage with a dedicated text number for the event. This method is extremely popular as it transcends the normal privacy issues, and the questions that come in are immensely candid and equally profound. This allows audiences to engage fully in the session and to feel more connected while having their direct needs met. It also adds a nice technology element to the presentation.

Allison states: “My keynote is 1 hour. However, when I have 70 – 75 minutes minutes to speak, I can include a unique Q&A session. This has been extremely popular because everyone has anonymity and privacy, so the questions are very personal and often quite profound which bonds everyone in the room. I get to put my coaching hat on and offer so much support this way which I very much love. Usually I average 11%-15% of the audience asking me questions this way.”

Customization for Healthcare Groups: "Transforming Lives — The Heart and Soul of Healthcare”

In this profoundly illuminating keynote, Allison Massari teaches audience members how to deliver world class, patient-centered care, illustrating the positive impact they can have on the health of patients by going the extra mile. By explaining what can go right OR wrong when caregivers are either aware or disengaged from their patients, Allison helps shine a light on provider’s immense value to patients who are suffering by helping to reinvigorate employees and heal healthcare burnout in the workplace. Through her own personal experiences, Allison illustrates how compassion is a critical healing tool by showing her eye-opening view from “The Other Side of the Stethoscope.”

She explains, “The power of what you do goes far beyond the technical part of your job. You are healing the places medicine cannot touch. In fact YOU are the medicine.” An advocate for both patient and healthcare provider, Allison provides a powerful and impactful vision of the patient/provider experience. She has become an invaluable resource for healthcare professionals. Allison’s unique experience in the healthcare industry has provided her an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession.

Her parents, a surgeon and a nurse, mentored Allison from an early age in the healthcare world. For 16 years, she shadowed her father in his dedicated and compassionate medical practice, and she interned and worked in both the hospital and medical office environment.

At age 32, Allison suddenly became a long-term patient as a burn survivor. Later, she sustained a traumatic brain injury. As a patient, Allison spent over 400 days in hospitals, physical therapy centers and medical offices.

Passionate in her quest to transform the lives of both patient and provider, Allison evokes in her listeners a sense of the profound power of patient-centered care. Audiences are deeply moved, reignited in their passion for a life’s work in healthcare.

Virtual presentations available

Option 1: I provide the client with my 1-hour keynote that can be live-streamed. It is a pre-recorded professionally filmed and edited keynote. It has been very well-received specifically because the audience feels like they are tuning into a live event where I am on stage. This elevates the professionalism of the virtual event.

Option 2: Additionally, I can tune in after the virtual streamed pre-recorded keynote for a virtual Q&A or a fireside style chat with a leader or a moderator. This allows them to utilize my executive coaching skills. We would use this streamed keynote and my story of being a burn survivor as a jumping point to discuss the mindset for how to overcome adversity, how to sustain hope, and how to move beyond what seems impossible. There is a mindset of grit that we need in these days of the COVID-19 epidemic, and we also need overwhelming compassion alongside that required courage. We need to be gentle with ourselves, while also accessing our creativity to reinvent ourselves and our mindset. I would love to bring healing and hope to people especially now

Option 3: For clients who have already had me speak or plan to in the future, I offer a new program with my story of my traumatic brain injury which was a 2nd car accident. That takes about 15 minutes to share and then I would open up with a Q&A afterwards that could be moderated as well. This is approximately 45 minutes. However, it can be extended with interactive exercises.

Capital One
"Your bravery is astounding. You are completely AMAZING!! Absolutely inspiring. Very powerful!! Thank you for your insightfulness! Thank you for your courage! Thank you for giving us energy and hope! You are without question brilliant like the very sun.”
Petroleum Equipment Institute
"If you are looking for someone with a compelling message of hope, of tenacity and of grace, it is my pleasure to unhesitatingly recommend Allison Massari. Allison delivered the kickoff message at PEI’s annual convention, and her presentation touched many of our attendees at a very deep level. Just as important, our interactions before, during and after the event revealed another reality—Allison truly lives the optimistic messages she shares. She is, without question, one of the most delightful presenters and personalities we have ever hired. She is engaging. She is sincere. She is kind. And she is so easy to work with. My promise: if you bring Allison to your event, you not only will be pleased with the content, you will enjoy the experience every step of the way."
Craneware Testimonial
"Allison Massari, you moved the group attending Craneware’s Financial Performance Summit to their very core - gave all of us a special piece of you. We belong to each other now."
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