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Allison Massari, Overcoming Adversity Speaker

Allison Massari

    • Top 10 Inspirational Speaker on Resilience, Change, Adversity, and Triumph
    • Speaker for Patient Experience in Healthcare
    • Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Burn Survivor, Visual Artist
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$10,000 - $15,000

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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 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:


Alternate Title Options:

  • Transforming Patient Lives: The Art of Person-Centered Care℠
  • The Power of One℠ – Changing the World One Person at a Time
  • The Fire Within℠
  • Triumph Through Change℠

Allison Massari knows that you have the power to transform lives.
 As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, one where she was severely burned and suffered second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body, Allison has a deep understanding of what it takes to heal. With sensitivity and compassion born from her experience, Allison shines light on the provider’s immense value to a patient who is suffering, reinvigorating employees and helping heal burnout in the workplace. 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.” As an advocate for both patient and healthcare provider, Allison’s program illustrates how kindness is a critical healing tool. Her unforgettable keynote stories reveal the potent impact that each provider had upon her journey, and how some of the most dramatic healing occurred in a matter of seconds. Those moments are vital to recovery. Despite time constraints and everyday stresses, participants will see that it is possible to quickly bring their humanity to a patient. This visceral knowledge uplifts and motivates participants, reminding each person of why they went into healthcare in the first place. In this breathtaking and thought-provoking keynote, Allison takes her audience on a journey and offers a sincere and direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties. Her experiences and her extensive time in recovery give her compelling authority to energize health care teams, and to galvanize their commitment to this noble profession. Packed with tools to manage change and adversity, Allison’s life-changing message mobilizes audiences to always find a way to be the healer in the room.

In this session, Allison will equip participants to:

  • Transform stress, hopelessness, and burnout into passion and a self-generating fire to continue to give.
  • Master the art of expressing kindness in just three seconds – regardless of professional challenges and pressures. Learn how those simple acts can be profoundly memorable to a patient.
  • Empathize more deeply with the patient experience.
  • Identify that compassionate care is not dependent upon direct patient contact, and that being an expert at your job, no matter the role, is a part of compassionate care.
  • Shift from feeling defeated by limited time and resources to feeling empowered to make a real difference in patients’ lives.
  • Witness the pronounced significance that patient empathy and engagement can have upon the healing process.
  • Realize that vigilance and attentiveness is noticed and deeply appreciated, even if the patient is incapable of communicating.
  • Experience being valued, respected, and honored for your mission in healthcare.
  • Deepen self-awareness and activate simple concepts that strengthen resilience.
  • (Optional) Understand the correlation between delivering compassionate care and the financial success of a facility due to the impact of improved patient satisfaction on reimbursements.
  • Utilize specific tools for managing a stressful environment or a difficult person.
  • Recognize the vital influence of family and emotional support in the healing process in order to foster and encourage those relationships.
  • Gain awareness of the necessity for patient modesty, even when someone is in a coma or other severe physical state.
  • Prioritize being up to date on the most humane and effective treatments to minimize pain and discomfort.



This keynote blends the programs above, specifically customized for leaders. Patient-centered care is critical not only to a patient’s recovery but also to the financial success of medical facilities, now more than ever. Regulatory pressures, board and stakeholder demands, and doing more with less serve as game changers for healthcare executives. In addition to these practical strains, healthcare leaders often assume the role of coach, mentor, friend, motivator, and career counselor while simultaneously establishing and maintaining an executive presence. With keen insight and appreciation for the challenges faced by leaders in healthcare, Allison addresses the personal side to/of their work, which can be quickly forgotten with the pressures of the day. This dynamic and poignant program provides innovative leadership lessons that invigorate and fortify participants to be able to tackle their work with newfound vigor and expansive thinking.

For Business:


Alternate Title Options:

  • The Fire Within℠ – The Art of Exceptional Self-Leadership
  • Triumph Through Change℠ – The Mindset for Success
  • Courage and the Mighty Heart℠
  • Triumph Over Tragedy℠ – Success through Change, Adversity, and Tough Times
  • Wellness and Well-Being at Work℠ – Empowering Employees to Better Manage Their Lives
  • Thriving in Turbulent Times℠ - Activating Courage and Confidence to Achieve Heroic Success
  • Self-Mastery℠ – Burn Bright and Blaze a Trail for Others
  • The Mindset for Success℠ – Activating True Resilience
  • Courage and the Mighty Heart℠ – The Intersection of Passion and Perseverance

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 a new vision and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.

“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. They are all the same qualities. Science shows us today that the ability to have a sense of well-being and your resilience in the face of challenges, is directly linked to the bottom line of your business. This is the type of personal and professional development that I embrace fully and love to teach.” — Allison Massari

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 generative capacity, inventiveness, resourcefulness 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 and 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.
  • Choose the most powerful action to take when addressing the everyday challenges of being human.
  • Build a positive outlook despite seemingly insurmountable odds.



What is the mindset we need to have success in this world? What does it look and feel like to be fully alive and in command of your life? At any moment, life can throw adversity in our direction: the shock of sudden financial loss, an automobile accident, uncertainty and unrest from changes at work, the pain of feeling disliked or judged by a colleague or friend who seems to completely misunderstands who we are. …What does it take to be ok inside of ourselves no matter what is happening out in the world?

Life is easy when things are going our way. What defines our true character is who we are when things are not going our way, when we are put to the test… when we are faced with the impossible.

True resilience and success, both personally and professionally, requires an intricate understanding of the mechanisms inside ourselves that allow us to navigate adversity. With this knowledge, we can pursue and advance towards our dreams and goals with unwavering courage, purpose, confidence and the strength of an open heart.

With mastery, conviction, and the power of storytelling, Allison Massari teaches audiences the potent life lessons that she learned on each step of her path after she was severely burned in a fire and faced seemingly insurmountable odds. Her stunning keynote offers effective tools for participants to immediately better manage their lives and navigate the everyday challenges of being human.

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