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Amy Oestreicher    

TEDx Speaker, author, artist, HuffPost columnist, and survivor celebrating life's "beautiful detours" by turning obstacles to opportunities!

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking. As the creator of "Gutless & Grateful," her BroadwayWorld-nominated one-woman autobiographical musical, she's toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses and international conferences. Her original, full-length drama, Imprints, premiered at the NYC Producer's Club in May 2016, exploring how trauma affects the family as well as the individual. To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events. "Detourism" is also the subject of her TEDx and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour, available December 2017. As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she's spoken to hundreds of healthcare professionals at national WOCN conferences, and her presentations on diversity, leadership and trauma have been featured at National Mental Health America Conference, New England Educational Opportunity Association's 40 Anniversary Conference, and have been keynotes at the Pacific Rim Conference of Diversity and Disability in Hawaii, the Eating Recovery Foundation First Annual Benefit in Colorado. She's contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others. Learn more: and support her work at Amy is currently participating as a playwright and performance artist in the National Musical Theatre Institute at the world-renowned Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

Speech Topics

Creativity: The Only Mindset You Need

Creativity is not only a mindset, but an essential survival skill. Creativity puts the magic back in life, so not only are we never bored, we are constantly inspired, present, empowered, and happy. Learn how to use creativity as a roadmap, an anchor to the self, and a lifeline to the community.Learn more in Amy’s Huffington Post article on Creativity.

Turn Your Life into the Best Story You Ever Read

Does life seem overwhelming? Do your circumstances feel shaky, uncertain and frightening? Use the power of stories to reframe your narratives and become the author of our own lives. Learn more in Amy’s Huffington Post article, “Turn Your Life Into the Best Story You’ve Ever Read” The spoken, sung and written word has the power to transform our lives, our community, shape our world, cultivate self love and compassion. Using the transformative power of theatre and language, Amy will show how through spoken word, storytelling and creativity, we can transform our personal experience and affect the lives us others. Writing our own narratives means listening to our hearts. Our stories enrich our community and change the world by setting our vision honoring the ideas we believe in, and teach others the lessons we have learned for ourselves. Through sharing our stories, we ignite the authors in each other, and empower our community. Learn emotional and persuasive power of telling an authentic story and proves it to be an essential leadership, self-development and resiliency skill.

Simpler Than You Think: Four Essential Mindsets to Fuel Your Business with Aliveness

Who knew that was launching and marketing a successful business could be as simple four inspirational words? Gratitude, Hope, Creativity, Stories. These might be easily confused with whimsical phrases on gifted journals you’ll find at the bookstore. That’s what makes these growth skills so great — basic, long-term mindsets that anyone can foster, enabling us all to create an authentic, thriving business. Learn how to use creativity as a mindset, allowing us to interact with a deeper part of our aliveness, and build a stronger identity for our brand and for ourselves. A strong sense of identity is the greatest compass on any “detour” our business – or life – takes. Amy will share how these skills fostered the resilience which enabled her business to thrive after her own near-death experience, and how we can utilize these skills to overcome any obstacles, turning life’s detours into the business of our dreams.

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