The Fire Within
Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-changing”, “riveting”, “extraordinary”, “bold”, and “deeply moving”, Allison Massari’s message of courage, kindness, and resilience resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Listed as one of the Top 10 Best Speakers for “motivation” and “personal development” in the United States by Meetings & Conventions Magazine, Allison Massari has been featured on ABC, NBC and FOX networks. Her diverse client list includes: GE Healthcare IT, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, LPL Financial, PEI (Petroleum Equipment Institute), MDRT – Million Dollar Round Table, Eli Lilly and Co., Allscripts, Fresenius, HIMSS/CHIME, Teva Pharmaceutical, Siemens Medical, CVS Health, Beryl Institute, The Mosaic Company, American Family Insurance Group.
Allison has dedicated her career to catapulting individuals and organizations toward total success, mastery, and fulfillment. As an international keynote speaker, executive coach, and interdisciplinary artist, Allison provides an exceptional blend of business acuity, clarity, creative perspective, and real understanding. Her highly effective methods have enabled her to form bonds as a trusted confidante to CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs. Having triumphed over two traumatic accidents, one where she was severely burned on over 50% of her body, Allison captures the hearts of audiences, demonstrating how to move forward with speed and grace. Prepare to be taken on a journey.
Allison Massari’s programs are packed with content. Blending powerful life lessons with compelling, insightful, and awe-inspiring stories, she offers actionable tools for people to immediately use to transform and manage their lives.
With the heart of an artist, the keen vision of an entrepreneur, and a knack for success, Allison has built four thriving businesses in the past 25 years. She began with a robust fine arts business and jewelry line, Massari Fine Arts, LLC. Among her accolades were commissions for Fortune 500 companies including Lockheed Martin, General Mills and US Airways.
With characteristic vigor, she launched her coaching and speaking career. She was quickly honored as the #1 Rising Star in Speaking by the National Speakers Association, and has been recognized with esteemed engagements including a TEDx event in Spain on “The Future of Happiness” and as a main platform speaker at the 2013 Million Dollar Round Table Conference, addressing an audience of 8,600 from 75 countries. Allison Massari is also featured in the award-winning international documentary “Resolve” which offers solutions to overcome adversity and PTSD, hosted by the Head of US Forces for the Military in Afghanistan. Currently, Allison coaches and speaks full-time around the world, drawing packed audiences who praise her sincerity and her remarkable life-altering message of finding the will, determination, and compassion to overcome adversity against all odds.
Redefining the Impossible
In 1998, Allison Massari survived a devastating near head-on car crash where she was trapped and burned alive, conscious the entire time. A selfless onlooker, who was a Vietnam veteran, ran into the fiery scene, kicked the glass out, and saved her life. Just three years later she was hit again at 60 mph and sustained a closed-head brain injury. Allison has always believed in the miraculous. Her profound journey of overcoming these two life-altering injuries gives her a genuine and direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties. By sharing her story she motivates change – in people and in the organizations that nurture and inspire them. Incredibly, Allison views her life’s experiences as a tremendous gift, one that helped her find strength, resolve, and ultimately, her life’s work. She says, “I didn’t want to just heal. I wanted to feel peaceful. I became relentless in my pursuit to find the answers to life.”
Allison’s accomplished and diverse client list highlights the resounding impact of her story and message to so many types of audiences worldwide. She adapts her message to address the individual issues affecting each market and has worked with a broad range of industries including Finance, Insurance, Sales, IT, Energy, Real Estate, Agriculture, Healthcare, and Non-profits. She inspires courage, tenacity, and willingness, which everyone needs, in every industry. With honesty, encouragement, and clarity, Allison shows how it takes courage, again and again, in a series of many moments to be successful.
In Healthcare, for instance, 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 as it relates to health care reform. Her keynote often provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education Units (CEU).
Allison’s unique history reinforces her ability to address important and sensitive subjects without alienating individuals. Raised by her mother, a nurse, and her father, a cancer surgeon, Allison grew up with an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession. Her upbringing, coupled with collectively spending hundreds of days in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and physical therapy centers, gives her a compelling view inside the patient experience. As Allison states, “Compassion heals the places that medicine cannot touch.”
As a powerful and passionate advocate for both patient and provider, she teaches the art of self-leadership – how to be the light in the room no matter the circumstances. Allison states, “I knew if I could bring healing to the healers, I could have the greatest impact.” Her dynamic and poignant program offers real solutions to the struggle of how to keep the patient first, which increases patient satisfaction and supports the financial success of medical facilities, while improving the welfare of the patients – and patient safety.
Allison Massari 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. In 1998, Allison founded a revolutionary outdoor sports program, named after the man who risked his own life to save her when he pulled her from her burning car. The Roger Pepper Adventure Camps powerfully build confidence, hope, and healing in young participants. These innovative programs continue to transform lives to this day at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Schooled in creativity as a sculptor, painter, and interdisciplinary artist, Allison Massari always felt that her artwork was a vehicle for her passion to connect with people.
After receiving her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Massari went on to receive an integrated masters degree by combining MFA programs from Parsons School of Design in painting, and the School of Visual Arts in illustration in New York City. Her artwork has been embraced by private art collectors and museums throughout the country and overseas.
Allison Massari’s sublime artwork serves as an intimate and bold visual backdrop to her keynote speeches.
Prepare to be taken on a moving and thought-provoking journey in which Allison will teach you to find peace, purpose, and happiness, and give you the tools you 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, she weaves humor, empathy, and potent life lessons, allowing you 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. Her speech will fortify you with an inspired perspective on life and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.
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Content Covered in Allison’s Stories for Business Groups:
Prepare to be taken on a journey. With her perceptive view inside the “patient experience”, Allison Massari’s riveting and insightful keynote illuminates the immense value that healthcare teams have upon a patient who is suffering. This dynamic and poignant program offers real solutions to the struggle of how to keep the patient first despite limited time and other practical constraints. By weaving her remarkable journey with potent life-lessons, Allison highlights the integral nature of patient-centered care and fortifies audience members, reigniting their passion for why they went into healthcare in the first place. 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.” Hailed as “life-changing”, Allison’s keynote offers a sincere and direct approach to navigating adversity, transcending life’s difficulties, and always finding a way to be the healer in the room. This content rich and deeply moving speech also offers applicable tools for managing change, adversity, and the everyday challenges of being human.
“It is vital for all people in healthcare – including those without direct patient contact – to feel valued and recognized for their role in compassionate care. My focus is to support and nourish healthcare professionals, to revive their passion for their mission in healthcare through the constant demands and changes, to alleviate burnout, and to be an advocate for patients and providers. I speak on the patient experience, supporting caregiver resilience, while highlighting the profound impact of kindness in patient care, and kindness for each other. I customize my keynote for a broad range of groups including physicians, nurses, leadership teams, sales teams, technologists, IT professionals, and more.”
Allison’s Healthcare Background:
Allison Massari knows that you have the power to transform lives. As an advocate for both patient and provider, Massari has an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession, and compelling authority to address the delicate nature of patient-centered care. She experienced firsthand the critical value of receiving personalized health care from committed leadership teams, and empathetic providers after surviving two life-threatening car accidents, one where she suffered second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body. In addition, raised by her father, an Oncology surgeon, and her mother, a nurse, Allison was mentored in the world of medicine from an early age. Captivated by her father’s compassionate work, she shadowed him in his practice, and also worked in hospitals and medical office settings. Allison’s riveting and courageous journey from absolute loss to a triumphant and hope-filled life, addresses sensitive topics, shining light on the provider’s immense value to a patient who is suffering, and helping to reinvigorate employees and heal burnout in the workplace.
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Sample Objectives for CEUs for Healthcare Groups:
1) Implement the art of bringing kindness to someone in a matter of seconds, regardless of how busy you are.
2) Apply the power you have to transform patient lives – even without direct patient contact.
3) Interpret the patient experience at a deeper level.
4) Prioritize the necessary and positive impact of compassionate care.
5) Integrate the knowledge that patients are deeply impacted and are receiving great healing even if they are not responding verbally with gratitude to your compassionate care.
6) Identify the relationship between compassion, kindness, and patient satisfaction.
Tone: This program is described by my clients as “deeply moving”, “profound”, “bold”, “life-changing”. It is a riveting program packed with content and takeaways through compelling storytelling.
“In a word, astounding!…One of the most memorable and impactful keynotes in CIO Forum history.”
“Allison Massari’s NOT TO BE MISSED presentation is Life Changing. We received rave reviews from our audience and would give her the highest recommendation possible. I have seen and secured many keynotes in my marketing roles, and Allison is a rare treasure. She had the entire audience of healthcare and life sciences executives completely engaged in her every word. She is a master story teller and the way she delivers her profound message with immense grace, poise, humor and charm is life changing. It is difficult to put into words how deeply her message of kindness and positivity impacts those who hear or meet her. We received rave reviews from our audience and would give her the highest recommendation possible. She is a remarkable person, presenter and artist! We also use the term ‘the Allison effect’ around the office to help us stay positive. Allison is also the utmost professional to work with. She went through extra measures to make sure her content was aligned, was extremely responsive and very easy to interact with. Thank you Allison for everything.”
“I seldom am impressed by professional speakers enough to attend their sessions 8 times in 3 months. However, that is exactly what I did with Allison. Her words were simple yet penetrating as if I had never heard her before. She makes you realize how powerful and long lasting a simple kind word, a warm smile, or a caring gesture can be. I have seen her bring her audience to a wholehearted laughter and even tears and that is not an easy feat for any speaker. I never got tired of listening to her.”
“I watched as the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation. Her work is phenomenal, and life altering. I can’t tell you how many keynotes I have sat through with this company, and I have never seen the crowd so affected. As I looked around the room, the audience was overcome with emotion; riveted, gasping in response at times, welling up with tears at others. As Allison closed… when the entire room rose to their feet in a standing ovation, it another first for this group. Allison was able to show up with exactly the message we needed to hear. I watched afterwards as executives came up to her one by one sharing how they had been touched personally. I don’t believe there is a group who could sit before the pure magic Allison brings to a room and not be forever changed.”
“Allison has an amazing story–she touched our hearts and made us think about our interactions with our patients.”