Public Speaking

Helping You Make Sense Of Your Journey After Brain Injury

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You have a powerful, eloquent presence at the podium with an important story that inspires and informs.

Marybeth Vargus, Director of Family and Advocacy

VINFEN Annual Family Celebration – Dorchester, MA 

I am an experienced public speaker who provides heartfelt and professional presentations about brain injury with a clear ability to captivate and connect with an audience. I have been a keynote speaker for a number of organizations with a compelling presentation titled, Look Closer. My Brain Injury is Invisible.


While I am usually the sole speaker engaging audiences with insights and stories from my TBI journey, other times audiences have the added benefit of my former speech & language pathologist, Katya Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, joining me on stage. Together we offer strong presentations by weaving my personal TBI journey together with Katya's professional expertise. 


Topics: Here are some topics to consider.  Topics can also be tailored to meet the goals of your event.

  • Look Closer.  My Brain Injury is Invisible.

  • Creating A Collaborative Team To Help You Return to Work 

  • Gaining Insight & Alignment to Yourself After a Brain Injury

  • Listening For Your Story ~ identifying and conceptualizing your experience with brain injury for the purpose of writing or telling your story

Upcoming and Past Presentations:

  • Guest – Mind Your Brain Podcast - episode 16

  • Keynote – BIA of New Hampshire annual conference, Concord, NH

  • Workshop Brain Injury Services, Springfield, VA

  • Guest Speaker  Mental Health Association, Inc., Springfield, MA

  • Guest Speaker UC Berkeley BrainTrust Peer Support Group, Berkeley, CA

  • Workshop New Hampshire Department of Labor, Concord, NH

  • Keynote – BIA of Virginia annual conference, Roanoke, VA

  • Keynote – BIA of Vermont annual conference, Waterbury, VT

  • Keynote – BIA of Massachusetts annual conference, Marlborough, MA

  • Keynote – Head Injury Community Services (HICS), Dorchester, MA

  • Keynote – BFAIR annual meeting, North Adams, MA

  • Keynote – Department of Development Services, Holyoke, MA

  • Keynote – Vinfen’s Annual Celebration, Norwood, MA

  • Workshop – BIA-NYS annual conference, Saratoga, NY

  • Guest Speaker – Public school athletes, coaches, teachers, parents - North Adams, MA

  • Professional development – numerous secondary schools in the commonwealth of MA

  • Professional development – Berkshire Medical Center department of rehabilitation, Pittsfield, MA

  • Guest speaker – Civitan Community Service Club, Pittsfield, MA

  • Guest speaker – Pioneer Valley Brain Injury Support Group, Hadley, MA

Video Links:

  • BIA-MA conference

Stacia Bissell, M.Ed. Twitter interview, post conference 

Katya Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS  Twitter interview, post conference

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