Allison Massari

  • Top 10 Motivational Speaker
  • Specialties: Resilience, Change, Adversity
  • Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Burn Survivor, Artist

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 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 to 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 a struggle 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 can smile and rest. If nothing else, your pain can sculpt your spirit and bring you the greatest of gifts... a humbleness, a generosity of spirit, and a quiet strength.”—Allison Massari

Allison Massari holds a Masters of Arts degree from School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as being the recipient of an adventurous award to study in Brugge, Belgium and La NaPoule, France.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Female Motivational, Health & Wellness, Healthcare, Inspiration, Keynote, Motivation, Motivational Keynote, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Women in Business, Women’s Motivational

  • Travels From:

    California

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Meet Allison Massari

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 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 to 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 a struggle 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 can smile and rest. If nothing else, your pain can sculpt your spirit and bring you the greatest of gifts... a humbleness, a generosity of spirit, and a quiet strength.”—Allison Massari

Allison Massari holds a Masters of Arts degree from School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as being the recipient of an adventurous award to study in Brugge, Belgium and La NaPoule, France.

For Healthcare:

Transforming Patient Lives - The Heart and Soul of Healthcare

Prepare to be taken on a journey. With her perceptive view inside the “patient experience”, Allison Massari’s riveting and insightful keynote illuminates the immense value that healthcare teams have upon a patient who is suffering. This dynamic and poignant program offers real solutions to the struggle of how to keep the patient first despite limited time and other practical constraints. By weaving her remarkable journey with potent life-lessons, Allison highlights the integral nature of patient-centered care and fortifies audience members, reigniting their passion for why they went into healthcare in the first place. 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." Hailed as “life-changing”, Allison’s keynote offers a sincere and direct approach to navigating adversity, transcending life’s difficulties, and always finding a way to be the healer in the room. This content rich and deeply moving speech also offers applicable tools for managing change, adversity, and the everyday challenges of being human.

Title options (These all work for the same speech):

  • Transforming Patient Lives: The Art of Person-Centered Care
  • The Heart and Soul of Health Care
  • The Fire Within
  • The Power of One
  • Leaving a Legacy of Kindness

Content covered in Allison's stories for Healthcare Groups:

  • Navigate Constant Change
  • Reclaim Your Passion for a Life’s Work in Healthcare
  • Protect Caregiver Resiliency
  • Heal Burnout
  • Encourage, Nourish, and Celebrate Your Healthcare Professionals
  • Transform Patient Lives—The Art of Person-Centered Care
  • Highlight the Patient Experience to Impact Patient Satisfaction
  • Honor Compassionate, Authentic Patient Engagement – Kindness Affects the Bottom Line
  • Receive Actionable Tools for Personal Development
  • Deepen Self-Awareness
  • Activate Simple Concepts that Strengthen Resilience
  • Achieve Peak Success Through Tough Times
  • Master Adversity
  • Inspire Patient Safety Through a Critically Acclaimed Survivor Story  
  • Self-Leadership: Having Personal Command in All Moments
  • Leave a Legacy of Kindness

 

For Business:

The Fire Within - Burn Bright and Blaze Your Trail

Prepare to be taken on a moving and thought-provoking journey in which Allison will teach you to find peace, purpose, and happiness, and give you the tools you 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, she weaves humor, empathy, and potent life lessons, allowing you 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. Her speech will fortify you with an inspired perspective on life and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.

Title options (These all work for the same speech):

  • The Fire Within — The Art of Exceptional Self-Leadership
  • The Mindset for Success —Activating True Resilience
  • Triumph Through Change — The Mindset for Success
  • The Survival Guide to Being Human — and the Art of Happiness
  • Thriving in Turbulent Times — Activating Courage and Confidence to Achieve Heroic Success
  • Self-Mastery — Burn Bright and Blaze a Trail for Others
  • The Power of One — Changing the World One Person at a Time

Content Covered in Allison’s Stories for Business Groups: 

  • Navigate Constant Change 
  • Advance a Success Mindset 
  • Reclaim Your Passion for Your Life’s Work
  • Heal Burnout 
  • Encourage, Nourish, and Celebrate Your Teams 
  • Establish a Foundation for Wellness and Well-Being 
  • Receive Actionable Tools for Personal Development 
  • Deepen Self-Awareness 
  • Activate Simple Concepts that Strengthen Resilience 
  • Achieve Peak Success Through Tough Times 
  • Master Adversity 
  • Ignite the Power of the Human Spirit 
  • Leave a Legacy of Kindness
  • Self-Leadership: Having Personal Command in All Moments
  • Amplify Courage and Unconditional Confidence
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TEDxZaragoza (Co-Organizer):

“When we opened the TEDxZaragoza conference with Allison, it was like dropping a bomb… Her work is so thorough, so careful. Every sentence, every comma, every pause, the pronunciation of every word, are doubly, triply checked and pondered. It is plainly counterintuitive that the result is so incredibly emotional despite this infinite attention to detail. Yet it is. As I later said to her, “It is a great power to be able to make people laugh and cry in only 18 minutes. How does she do it? My guess is that one of the secret ingredients is to tell exactly what you think, to show what you feel… to actually feel it on stage! It is very different from the careful work of an actress, who strives to convince that she feels something which is not there. Allison’s only aim is to accurately and intensely communicate what she actually feels… and the laughs and the tears in the audience confirm that she achieves it remarkably.”

Petroleum Equipment Institute (Event Organizer and PEI General Manager):

“She is, without question, one of the most delightful presenters and personalities we have ever hired. 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. 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. ”

North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association:

“Attendees rated you as ‘above excellent’!” “Thank you so much for participating in our Annual Convention and Exposition in Greensboro. Your contribution in our goal to providing high quality education to the long term care professionals is greatly appreciated. Attendees rated ‘Transforming Lives: The Art of Patient Care’ as above excellent! Attendees also had this to say about your presentation: ‘Most enjoyable speaker’, ‘Life-Changing!’, ‘Excellent,’ ‘Heart wrenching, absolutely amazing.’"

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN President):

“Imagine. 8,000 acute and critical care nurses gathered in a great hall listening so intently that the sound of a pin dropped to the floor would shatter the quiet. Such was the case in San Diego at NTI when Allison Massari commanded the stage. Her masterful storytelling rendered a magical state as she shared her inspirational and motivational exploration of the challenges of being human as seen through a lens of tragedy. Allison reached out and touched hearts when she spoke of the power of nurses to transform a person’s life through empathy and kindness. She showed how to grasp the essence of compassionate care in a way that moved it from abstraction into an actionable quality. She renewed spirits as she spoke of joy and pain, fear and happiness and of resiliency. She validated passion as she spoke of connection with human dignity. She evoked tears of gratitude when she said ‘thank you’ to the audience. Allison became an anam cara, a soul friend, during her time on stage. The kind of friend who awakens your life and sets free the possibilities that exist within you. The kind of friend that encourages you to look and see and understand things differently. The kind of friend who refines your sensibilities and transforms your way of being in the world. Thank you friend for sharing your generosity, your insight and your gifts of love.”

Siemens Healthcare (Head of Global Accreditation):

"I seldom am impressed by professional speakers enough to attend their sessions 8 times in 3 months. However, that is exactly what I did with Allison. Her words were simple yet penetrating as if I had never heard her before. She makes you realize how powerful and long lasting a simple kind word, a warm smile, or a caring gesture can be. I have seen her bring her audience to a wholehearted laughter and even tears and that is not an easy feat for any speaker. I never got tired of listening to her."

SAS (Event Organizer and SAS Client Marketing Manager)

“Allison Massari’s NOT TO BE MISSED presentation is Life Changing. We received rave reviews from our audience and would give her the highest recommendation possible. I have seen and secured many keynotes in my marketing roles, and Allison is a rare treasure. She had the entire audience of healthcare and life sciences executives completely engaged in her every word. She is a master story teller and the way she delivers her profound message with immense grace, poise, humor and charm is life changing. It is difficult to put into words how deeply her message of kindness and positivity impacts those who hear or meet her. We received rave reviews from our audience and would give her the highest recommendation possible. She is a remarkable person, presenter and artist! We also use the term ‘the Allison effect’ around the office to help us stay positive. Allison is also the utmost professional to work with. She went through extra measures to make sure her content was aligned, was extremely responsive and very easy to interact with. Thank you Allison for everything.”

Global Pharmaceutical Company (Ranked 119 on Fortune 500)

“I watched as the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation. Her work is phenomenal, and life altering. 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… when the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation, it another first for this group. Allison was able to show up with exactly the message we needed to hear. 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.”

CHIME and HIMSS CIO Forum (Vice President)

“In a word, astounding!…One of the most memorable and impactful keynotes in CIO Forum history.”
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