When Hannah Kay Herdlinger embarked on a life free from abuse back in 2014, a core part of her work became sharing her story. It started small, with groups of women at domestic violence shelters or lunch meetings at local nonprofits. It wasn’t long before organizations of all sizes started engaging her to bring the same deep, meaningful, inspiring and, at times, hilarious conversations she was having with those small groups to larger audiences. Now, she’s spoken at events large and small all over the country, and the impact has been profound.
While the experience of domestic violence may not be universal, the lessons Hannah Kay learned on her journey through it are. She speaks about the importance of connection in both our personal and professional lives, about giving ourselves the permission to think big and #gobreakplates (we can explain, promise), about how to harness your passion no matter what you do and about the epidemic of domestic violence across the country — and the small steps we can all take to end it.
Hannah Kay understands that we all have a drive to do something good, and she’ll leave your audience with the inspiration and the tactics you need to change the world, in ways big and small.
What to expect
We asked some of the organizations who have hosted Hannah Kay in the past to give us a few words that represent what she brought to the stage. Here’s what they had to say:
"I applaud you for your openness and vulnerability to share such a personal story. Thank you again for your honesty and courage."
— Colleen Faltus, Well-being Program Coordinator,
"Hannah Kay is changing the norm, and illustrating the power of the female voice, to speak out and lift other women up to also share their struggles. She appeals to any audience hungry for a story a resilience and hope."
— Grace Isford, President, Stanford Women in Business,
"Thank you for your keynote speech at the Women’s Forum. Your speech was truly inspirational. You did an amazing job!"
— Brita Formato, Director, Corporate Development,
"You delivered a motivating and thoughtful speech that was well received by the graduating students, their family and friends, and the Communication Studies faculty. We are honored that we can call you an alumni of our program."
— Edward Panetta,
Professor and Head Department of Communication Studies,
University of Georgia
"Thank you for sharing your story - we had so many people tell us it was one of their favorite parts of the summit!"
— Amy Jacobs, Executive Director,
"I received so many amazing comments from the ladies, including that you were one of the best speakers they have heard at our JL Meetings."
— Ashley Zuplo, Program Coordinator,
Junior League of Northwest Arkansas