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Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart

Keynote Speaker: Abduction Survivor, News Correspondent & Child Safety Activist

Elizabeth Smart Biography

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Smart back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months. Through this traumatic experience, Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation.

Smart triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction. The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Smart has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Smart has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, "My Story." In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivor's guide, entitled, “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life. Smart has recently released a new powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life. "Where There’s Hope" is the result of Smart's mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

Smart's abduction and recovery continue to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "everyday" people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012, and they now have three beautiful children. Smart's example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after tragedy.

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Elizabeth Smart Speaking Topics

Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months. In this captivating message, Elizabeth shares her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her speech not only tells her personal story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future. Elizabeth knows that there is nothing more important than having hope in a difficult situation. Having lived through an extreme circumstance as a young teenager, Elizabeth gives great insight and hope to all.

Elizabeth Smart Videos

Elizabeth Smart on 20 years since kidnapping: "I felt destroyed"
Elizabeth Smart says she'll never ask "stupid questions"
An Inspiring Speech by Elizabeth Smart | Inspiring Women of Goalcast

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What topics does Elizabeth Smart speak about?

Elizabeth Smart is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Social Justice, Social Activism, Diversity, Health, Mental Health, Influential Women, College, Commencement, Addiction & Recovery, Family & Parenting, Youth, Generational Issues, Virtual, Female Leadership and Women.

Where does Elizabeth Smart travel from?

Elizabeth Smart generally travels from Salt Lake City, UT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Elizabeth Smart is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Justice, Social Activism and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Elizabeth Smart for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Elizabeth Smart generally travels from Salt Lake City, UT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shannon Miller, Laurie Hernandez and Jessica Long. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Elizabeth Smart for an upcoming event.

Elizabeth Smart Speaking Topics

  • Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story

    The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months. In this captivating message, Elizabeth shares her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her speech not only tells her personal story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future. Elizabeth knows that there is nothing more important than having hope in a difficult situation. Having lived through an extreme circumstance as a young teenager, Elizabeth gives great insight and hope to all.

Elizabeth Smart Videos

Elizabeth Smart on 20 years since kidnapping: "I felt destroyed"
Elizabeth Smart says she'll never ask "stupid questions"
An Inspiring Speech by Elizabeth Smart | Inspiring Women of Goalcast
Elizabeth Smart About Pornography's Role In Her Abduction
My story | Elizabeth Smart | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Elizabeth Smart Reviews

  • The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, VitAL - Nov 10 2023

  • Singing River Health System Foundation - Feb 02 2022

  • The whole team was amazing! THANK YOU for a great experience
    Bivona Child Advocacy Center - May 21 2021

  • We had really great feedback from everyone about Elizabeth’s presentation! Many, many people who have attended this event for years said that she was by far their favorite keynote! Elizabeth was poised, prepared, inspiring, and just lovely. We appreciated that she recognized and thanked the caregivers on the call who do this work each and everyday at CACs with kids. She was fantastic, thank you!
    Bivona Child Advocacy Center - May 21 2021

  • On February 20, 2019, we had the pleasure of having the most courageous woman speak to the Florida Justice Association's 33rd Annual Workhorse Seminar crowd of 300 attorneys from all around the country. Her spirit, her poise, her ability to recount in detail the harrowing nine months that she endured at the hands of her captors was so compelling that the audience was entranced in silence. Her strength and tenacity during her captivity is a true testament to the loving upbringing by her parents and the support of her family, her faith and her presence of being so cared for by them. Knowing that she alone has started the movement to speak out about personal atrocities so others who have faced or will face the same horrors will come forward with the ability to heal from their openness and frankness with the support that Elizabeth has mastered. She is truly an inspiration and we are so glad that we were able to witness her power and strength.
    Florida Justice Association - Feb 26 2019

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