The Fire Within
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, surprise, 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.
Transforming Patient Lives: The Art of Patient-Centered Care
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, and spent years in recovery, 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 healthcare 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’s 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. Allison’s breathtaking keynote illuminates the necessity of patient-centered care while offering a sincere and direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties, and equipping participants with tools to manage change and adversity. Her life-changing message invigorates audiences to always find a way to be the healer in the room.
Voted one of the top ten best motivational speakers in North America for the past three years by Meetings and Conventions magazine, Allison Massari’s quintessential story of courage and perseverance resonates with audiences long after an event has finished. Hailed as “life-changing” “riveting” “authentic” “bold” and “deeply moving” Allison instills the essential tools of self-mastery, and teaches how 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 2013’s Million Dollar Round Table conference (audience of 8,600 from 75 countries), and a TedX event in Spain. She has been featured on ABC News, NBC, and FOX and stars in the award-winning international documentary, Resolve (2015), hosted by the Head of Special Forces for the US Military in Afghanistan, where she teaches solutions to overcome adversity and PTSD. Her diverse client list includes: GE Healthcare IT, LPL Financial, Eli Lilly and Co., HIMSS/CHIME, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Allscripts, and Siemens Healthcare. In 2011, she was voted “#1 Rising Star” by the National Speakers Association based upon her stunning, authentic, and emotional presentations.
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 spent over 400 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 tools and understanding to share with others. Her breathtaking keynote blends powerful life lessons with compelling, insightful, and humorous stories, and offers actionable tools for people to immediately transform and manage their lives. “The truth is that 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, Healthcare, and Non-profits. In Healthcare, Allison has quickly become a leading educator - helping to heal 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 breathtaking 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. Her revolutionary and innovative outdoor sports programs, founded in 1998, continue to transform young people's lives at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Allison Massari’s keynote programs are jaw-dropping, insightful, 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.