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Ashley Rhodes Courter

Ashley Rhodes Courter

    • The Quintessential American Success Story Child Advocate
    • Education and Overcoming Adversity Speaker
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

Florida

Ashley Rhodes Courter Demo Video 2016

Ashley Rhodes Courter Demo Video 2016

Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Demo Video)

Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Demo Video)

Ashley Rhodes-Courter is the quintessential American success story.  Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve.

Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.”  Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes.

Her efforts and academic achievements landed her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship—the school’s most prestigious full-tuition award.  She graduated with honors and ahead of schedule earning a double major in Communications and Theater and a double minor in Political Science and Psychology.  Ashley then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

During her undergraduate studies, she was one of 20 college students selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic Team and was named one of GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top Ten College Women.  She was also selected as one of the four Golden BR!CK Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by DoSomething!. As part of their campaign, she was featured on 25 million bags of Cool Ranch Doritos.

On June 1, 2003, the New York Times Magazine published her grand prize winning essay about her adoption day.  She expanded her essay into a memoir, Three Little Words, which was published by Simon & Schuster in January 2008 and quickly became a New York Times, then International bestseller. Her first memoir is currently being made into a major motion picture.  The book has been adopted by schools and communities as part of One School, One Book initiatives across the country.  Ashley’s second book, Three More Words, is being published in 2015 and has already been receiving awards.

Internationally recognized, Ashley has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Nancy Grace, ABC Primetime, Montel Williams, and other national media outlets.  She frequently appears in local television and newspaper markets when she travels for her speeches.  She hosted a television program called “Explore Adoption” which was produced by the State of Florida to raise the public’s awareness of foster children in need of loving and permanent homes. This segment won an Emmy in 2009.

In 2010, Ashley was selected to represent and mentor as part of Levi’s Shape What’s To Come campaign, an online, global community for women that offers opportunities to exchange ideas, collaborate, and provide support to one another. Her work with Levi’s was featured at the TED Women’s Conference in Washington, D.C.

Recognizing that child welfare issues are universal, Ashley spent time in Europe, South Africa, and China studying child welfare and social policies.  She serves on many national, local, and international boards for agencies and groups that work in the mental health, human rights, education, and social work fields. She has also been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (or CASA) and as a foster parent, has cared for over 20 children.

Since the age of 14, Ashley has advocated for the nearly half-million children still in foster care in America by giving speeches throughout the U.S. and abroad.  She has spoken on Capitol Hill, has been invited to the White House, and has taught at numerous colleges and conferences for elected officials, judges, social workers, policy makers, and families.  As an adult, she has broadened her compelling message to address educators, youth, and corporations that strive to empower the lives of others.

In April 2012 the St. Petersburg, FL Chamber of Commerce selected Ashley as the International Woman of the Year at their Iconic Women’s event.

At the age of 26, Ashley ran for the Florida State Senate — a race the media dubbed the “David and Goliath of races.” Ashley also founded her own non-profit organization, The Foundation for Sustainable Families, which provides services, education, organic food gardens, and outreach for communities, foster and adoptive families, mothers, and youth.

Ashley has turned her pain into power and her inspirational story of resilience, philanthropy, and overcoming hardships resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

To book Ashley Rhodes-Courter call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Power of One Person and Making a Difference:  How One Person Can Change the Life of Another

It only takes one person to change the life of another and Ashley’s story serves as a passionate example of triumph and inspiration.

Partial List of Takeaways:

  • How to reengage or recruit employees, workers, or volunteers
  • Top 10 tips on engaging the local community
  • How to successfully raise funds for a non-profit organization or cause
  • Turn personal pain or tragedies into a powerful voice for others
  • How to help another while maintaining self-care and avoiding debilitating transference

 

Three More Words: Coming Full Circle

Based on her life experiences and #1 Bestselling memoir, Three More Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW, works with organizations to personalize presentations to meet their specific needs and objectives. Ashley is a foster child who came full circle to become a social worker, volunteer, AND foster/adoptive parent. Ashley and her husband have cared for more than 25 children and their eldest of three children was adopted from foster care. Her unparalleled, multi-faceted experiences give audiences a deeper understanding of the various traditionally underrepresented populations many non-profits serve. Ashley leaves audiences having seen a true story of resiliency in the face of extreme adversity, and the healing power of service to others.

Takeaways and Objectives may include:

  • Raising funds for charitable groups by personifying their work
  • How to give and receive help
  • Creating Positive Influences and Setting Goals
  • Becoming, or helping others become, a successful life strategist
  • Making a positive impact by turning Pain into Power
  • Give hope, inspiration, and motivation through a personal story of perseverance and determination
  • Encourage community engagement
  • Volunteer, Donor, and Member Retention

 

Motivating Change in Three Little Words

(Based on her award-winning International and New York Times Bestselling memoir, Three Little Words)

Born in 1985 to a single teen mother Ashley was placed in foster care at the age of 3. Most of her 14 placements were abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a small trailer where the children were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and starved. Another foster parent became a convicted pedophile. At one point, she was also placed with an alcoholic relative that was shot twice in front of her.

After spending almost ten years in the system, Ashley was finally adopted from a group home when she was twelve.  Instead of seeing herself as a victim, Ashley has used her experience to find the strength to accomplish incredible things.  She became a New York Times Bestselling author by age 22, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, ran for Florida State Senate at age 26, created and heads a non-profit organization, and she has been a foster parent to more than 20 children. In this inspiring keynote, Ashley will show audiences how to overcome their own personal and professional challenges to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.  She delivers her story with humor and grace, and attendees will leave energized and ready to take on the world!

Partial List of Takeaways:

  • Decode several key elements of resilience like: Accountability, optimism and openness, identifying constructive influences, and accepting and giving help
  • Becoming a successful life strategist and overcoming fears or “failures”
  • Impact positive thinking and introspection by turning set-backs into successes
  • Give hope, inspiration, and motivation through a personal story of perseverance and determination
  • Encourage community engagement

 

The Keys to the Kingdom: School as Sanctuary

Ashley talks about the importance of recognizing strengths, engaging students and youth, and reminds us that school may be the only sanctuary some students have.

Keynote, Commencement, and Workshop options are individualized for each group. Areas of expertise for Youth and Professionals can include information from the following topics:

  • Tips for teaching through tough times or connecting with troubled or difficult students
  • Explore why some students act the way they do: the impact of coming from a broken home
  • How to engage beyond the textbooks
  • Provide potential assessment tools
  • Helping Students succeed and transition
  • The ACEs Decoded: Working through Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Trauma Informed Classrooms
  • LGBTQ+ issues and understanding
  • How to create safer, more inclusive schools
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Transitioning to College and Collegiate Success

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