Michelle has been speaking to audiences, inspiring and teaching extreme resiliency for over 10 years. Whether in work or your personal life, Michelle speaks from a place of experience as an Executive Banker, single mother, entrepreneur, activist, and caregiver, and shares her amazing journey of overcoming personal tragedy with passion, wit, insight, and humor. She overcame the trauma of domestic violence and child abuse, survived a horrific home invasion kidnapping along with her then seven year-old daughter, and most recently had to navigate the emotional challenges of her daughter's severe Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.
After two and a half years of trauma therapy following the kidnapping and hostage ordeal she and her daughter survived and a one-year journey into the open spaces of Alaska that led to a spiritual and emotional awakening, Michelle chose to embrace self-love, acceptance, and positive "Extreme Resiliency" recovery techniques she and her daughter could both practice. Her experiences led to her becoming a dynamic force with a powerful message that encompassed her passion for helping others construct a positive identity and outlook. Her organization, Rock To Stop Violence, launched in 2007. Today, Rock To Stop Violence hosts awareness events and online campaigns with one mission: bring communities together to stand united against violence and abuse through rock n roll music, art, and fashion. Chris Slade of AC/DC, Spencer Davis, Koko Powell of Edgar Winter Band, Robin McAuley, Farrowtone, Danielle LoPresti and the Masses, Doug "SpeeOne" and Soul Malady, Osceola Dubois, and many more have played and supported the vision and mission of RTSV.
Michelle has been seen on OWN, E!, FBI Criminal Pursuit, DiscoVery, Good Morning America, CBS 48 Hours, Fuji TV (Japan), W Network(Canada), Lifetime, A & E, BIO, Fox, CBS, NBC, KPBS, among other television and radio shows. She is a recent contributor for NY Times, Washington Post, and is a featured Huffington Post blogger, More Magazine contributing writer, and Women Changing the World Award finalist. She resides in Southern California with her daughter Breea and dogs Gypsy and Spike.
2013-2014 KEYNOTE, BREAKOUT SESSION, AND PRESENTATION TOPICS
EXTREME RESILIENCY AFTER AN EXTREME DIAGNOSIS
Michelle's daughter, Breea, was only 18 years old when she was diagnosed with severe tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis. She woke up on December 8, 2011 feeling weak and clumsy. By 6pm that night, she was blind and paralyzed on her left side and unable to speak or swallow. After six weeks in the hospital and acute rehabilitation, Michelle took her only child home. With insurance issues that halted Breea's physical therapy at the rehabilitation center, Michelle put her characteristic extreme resiliency methods to work. The methods they used and the positive steps they took each day are ways everyone can use to experience extreme recovery and extreme resiliency in their own life. This inspirational message delivered with personal insights on parenting and care-giving is the perfect presentation for the caregiver and medical community.
THE RESILIENT LEADER:
Extreme resiliency means taking a look at every area of your life and choosing to see possibilities beyond what is ordinary.
In business, in your marriage, in life, you can choose to step into a powerful new identity at any moment, with no excuses, and achieve success from the inside out.
This interactive presentation helps audiences get rid of labels and stigmas, break through internal barriers and fears and inspires participants to live without shame, fear, and self-doubt.
THE RESILIENT FAMILY:
For Michelle, a single mom, it was the biggest heartbreak of her life to watch her daughter become paralyzed and blind on her left side. The diagnosis: Severe Multiple Sclerosis. She quit her job and became her daughter's full-time caregiver as her daughter learned to walk, talk, and eat all over again. Michelle knew it was time once again, with more determination than ever, to bounce back with extreme resiliency.
In this emotional and at times humorous presentation, audiences learn from Michelle and her daughter Breea what it takes to be a role model that thrives on the road to physical and emotional recovery.
THE RESILIENT SURVIVOR:
This presentation and sensitive-yet-dynamic topic focuses on living beyond the pain of childhood traumatic events such as school violence and child abuse and coping with parental depression and suicide, surviving natural disasters and war, domestic violence, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Shared through masterful story telling, this deeply honest topic is uplifting as Michelle opens up with her signature no regrets, take charge, love yourself from this moment on attitude.
There is also a healing and recovery music video included in this presentation that is perfect for any recovery or mental health event.
THE RESILIENT CAREGIVER:
Michelle Renee knows first hand the reality of Caregiver Fatique. After her daughter's severe MS diagnosis Michelle automatically became her daughters full-time caregiver and was faced with one of the hardest decisions she would ever make in her life. How would she keep their life together, make a living, and still care for her daughter?
With her signature winning and resilient attitude and creative problem solving skills, Michelle became a certified home health care-giver for her daughter Breea and soon received referrals from Breea's medical specialists to help others with neurological conditions recover in their own homes.
Today, Michelle teaches her private clients how to live a resilient life after an extreme diagnosis and shares her success as a compassionate and self- loving caregiver with other caregivers as well. This presentation is a perfect fit for any medical, mental health, or caregiver event.
Michelle Renee is the author of the memoir/true crime book turned lifetime movie, Held Hostage. She was a producer and writer for the film, produced and starred in "Dusty Road", a PTSD recovery music video along with Rockwell Anderson Media and performed by Fall Into Morning. In her follow up book. EXTREME RESILIENCY, Michelle shares the crucial steps she took to overcome a violent childhood, a devastating home invasion kidnapping, and her 18 year old daughter's unexpected severe multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2012. EXTREME RESILIENCY is represented by literary agent Dana Newman and was released in 2013.
"DUSTY ROAD" MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE
Produced by Rockwell Anderson Media, this PTSD awareness and recovery music video of "DUSTY ROAD" performed by Fall Into Mourning depicts Michelle and Breea's journey through and beyond post trauma after survivng a home invasion kidnapping and hostage for ransom/bank robbery ordeal. Michelle also co-produced the video and plays herself as the lead character.
This video is used during Michelle Renee's domestic violence, abuse, and bullying awareness and recovery talks and focuses on extreme resiliency after surviving a traumatic event. Contact us to schedule this powerful presentation today!
HELD HOSTAGE DVD RELEASE
Based on the debut true crime/memoir by Michelle Renee, Image Entertainment will release "Held Hostage" starring Julie Benz to DVD on September 14, 2010.
JULIE BENZ (From the hit show DEXTER) STARS IN HELD HOSTAGE
DVD RELEASE September 14, 2010
Lifetime Network Official Held Hostage world premier movie trailer
"Held Hostage" Now ON DEMAND!
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“Michelle is a fabulous woman that brings great knowledge to the table. She has experienced in the real world what she is speaking of and it shows her big heart. She is a highly motivated speaker that passes her inspiration out to her audience in full force. Her books are education as well as an incentive to drive you to your fullest potential. I highly recommend her as a speaker and an author.”
"We often wonder why bad things happen to good people. Perhaps it is because good people take those experiences and use them to reach out to others who are in pain. Michelle Renee has done exactly that with her remarkable book, "Held Hostage". She didn't sit back, victimized, and wait for things to change. She took her bad experience and she used it to initiate changes that benefit women everywhere. She became stronger because someone tried to break her. She spoke out when others tried to silence her. Her bad experience happened to one of the most gifted, most generous people on the planet. All of us are better off because of the way in which Michelle Renee chose to deal with events that would have shattered most of us. If that isn't inspiration, I don't know what is." - Esther Luttrell
“Michelle is a powerful and heartfelt speaker. She touches everyone who hears her speak. She is a motivational speaker who never fails to motivate and inspire."
Bobbi Frank, Manager of Special Events, The hollywood Reporter
Phyllis with Michelle and daughter, Breea on the movie set of Held Hostage
"In the aftermath of surviving violence, abuse and trauma, I had a choice to make. Allow it to cripple me and my daughter or choose to become empowered by it." ~Michelle Renee