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Francine Ward      

Attorney, Professional Speaker, & Author

Motivational speaker, life coach and attorney, Francine Ward has overcome obstacles most people would consider impossible. At fourteen she was a heroin addict and a practicing alcoholic; today she's twenty-seven years clean and sober. At eighteen she was a high school dropout who lived homeless on the streets of New York; today she's a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and no longer lives on the streets. At twenty-one she was a prostitute selling her body to support her drug and alcohol habits; today she's a lawyer, a successful entrepreneur, a loving wife, and a twice-published author. At twenty-six she was hit by a car and told she'd never walk again; in her early forties, she ran two 26.2-mile marathons. At twenty-eight she was the poster child for someone who is selfish, self-centered, and self-absorbed; today, at fifty-three, her amazing life is about being of service to others.

The author of Esteemable Acts: 10 Actions for Building Real Self-Esteem and 52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts: A Guide to Right Living, Francine's story is one that movies are made of. She's been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and Heart & Soul Magazine. She's also appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show, Good Day New York, Good Day Atlanta and more! An upcoming PBS special where her life and work are profiled will be aired in January 2007.

Francine Ward is president and CEO of nCompliance, inc., a training and consulting firm specializing in copyrights, trademarks, and employment law issues.

Speech Topics

Walking Through Fear: Lessons Learned Along the Way to Success.

Even the most self-actualized, self-motivated person could use a little motivation. If you’re just getting started, Francine offers hope that no matter where you begin in life, success is possible. If you've had some success and now gotten a little complacent, she will remind you of your real purpose. And, if you’re where you want to be, Francine will be a contemporary on this journey called Life. Join her for an unforgettable session, where she shares the strategies that got her from being a drug addicted, alcoholic, high school dropout to a lawyer, marathon runner, philanthropist, successful speaker & coach, and twice published author. Her story inspires you to erase the word “can’t" from your vocabulary.

Join Francine and discover:

• Proven, ready to apply strategies for creating a successful life & business

• Tips on overcoming the inevitable obstacles

• Four things she wishes she had done differently

How I Got a 6-Figure Deal from a NY Publisher!

First time author. Unknown entity. Non-celebrity. Impossible to get an advance let alone one for 6-figures, right? Wrong. While getting any advance, let alone one for 6-figures, is difficult, particularly if you're a first time author, it's not impossible. Come join Francine Ward, former practicing attorney turned speaker/author for tips on how she got an amount far beyond her wildest imaginings from not any publisher, but Random House!

Join Francine and learn:

• What it took for her to get a 6-figure advance from Random House

• What she did after the book got published

Self-Esteem is More Than Saying, "I Love Myself."

Some people believe self-esteem is a result of being confident, smart, and rich. Some believe you acquire self-esteem from your parents. Still other people believe you get self-esteem by repeating mantras and affirmations in the mirror. While any one of these things could make you feel a temporary high, what really works over the long term is a conscious, consistent, daily practice of action, which almost without exception requires that you walk through your fear and take responsibility for the choices you make.

This empowering program will get you off the couch and into the vibrant world by showing you how to walk through your fear as a means to building self-esteem.

Join Francine and discover:

• Specific actions for building self-esteem

• Obstacles to genuine self-love.

• How to get started on changing your life

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