Keynote Topics

SILVER LININGS: Living the Up Side of Down

Silken’s greatest mentor and coach once said to her “ every cloud has a silver lining.” This expression came in handy when she sat in a sinking boat wondering if she was going to lose her lower leg never mind compete at the Olympics in ten weeks time. Five years later, when her husband left her without warning, she remembers thinking “where the heck is the silver lining in this one.”

Silken is no stranger to adversity; living with a mom who suffered from mental illness gave her strength and resiliency that has shaped the course of her life. She believes our experiences are gifts that shape us. Challenge, loss and change are hard, but there are huge lessons in the experience. To throw away the learning of the journey is throwing away the gift that comes along with the pain. Silken shares her story with strength and honesty and inspires us all that we can not only overcome anything that life throws at us, but that we can live a life of passion, contribution and meaning.

Key themes:

  • Courage
  • Personal Development
  • Change

UNSINKABLE
Time after time, this courageous champion has proven to be unsinkable. Silken Laumann’s extraordinary stories offer an intimate look at the complicated woman behind the Olympic hero, showing how perseverance and optimism can allow anyone to embrace the incredible opportunities that often go hand in hand with adversity.

As Silken speaks about her memoir, Unsinkable, she describes the trials and tribulations, the joys and insights, of her life thus far.  She speaks of what a fully lived life is, beautiful moments, crushing hardships, moments of doubt and despair and unstoppable joy.

Her story will inspire her audience to acknowledge the personal challenges but also have the confidence and determination to live a bold, loving and successful life.

“Even though I’m terrified to be so open about my journey, I have a deep faith in people’s ability to hear with their hearts. I also believe that life is a beautiful, challenging, terrible and exhilarating experience in which we must strive to realize our greatest potential no matter how forbidding that path.” —from Unsinkable

Key themes:

  • Courage
  • Personal Development
  • Change

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