Speaking events


*I’m currently booking my college speaking tour for the release of my new book about anxiety and depression – NOT JUST ME. You can find details in my college speaking kit.  Send questions and requests to Lisa@LisaJakub.net

If your school or organization is interested booking an appearance, please send a request to Lisa@LisaJakub.net or via the contact form.  I particularly love talking about redefining success, finding your own authentic voice, topics surrounding mental wellness, and writing craft. For more information about guest speaking, please see my Speaking Kit.

March 4

WriterHouse – Writing Workshop

March 16-20

Expedition Balance Veteran’s retreat – writing workshop

March 23

Virginia Festival of the Book 

March 25

The Lady Project Summit – Keynote speaker

May 10

Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic School

Past speaking engagements:

Ketchum Public Relations

Expedition Balance

HippoCamp Non-fiction Writer’s Conference

Lady Project Summit (keynote)

Retreat Week at Ix

RCW139 Convention

Elizabethtown College

Bridge Center at Johnson & Wales University

Mohawk Valley Community College – Diversity and Global View Program

Virginia Festival of the Book

Bower’s Writer’s House

Marathon High School

Glenvar High School

South Mecklenburg High School

Jefferson Madison Regional Library Big Read

Please click below to see my speaking kit:

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Clips from my talks:

Kind words about Lisa’s speaking engagements 


“Lisa recently taught a half-day seminar at WriterHouse on dealing with your inner critic. She received the highest words of praise from her students about her teaching skill, organization, presentation, and compassion for students working through their inner critic issues. One of her students summed up her teaching abilities in this way: “absolutely outstanding,” with other students offering similar comments.WriterHouse would be thrilled to have Lisa teach here again.”

-Sibley Johns, Executive Director, WriterHouse

“Lisa stayed for an hour after her program to answer questions the students in the Friends of Rachel Club (our anti-bullying club who sponsored the event) had and to take a group picture with us. She was very kind, genuine, personable and encouraging. These students come from various different backgrounds and spending the extra time with them made them feel special. The kids are so proud and honored to have met Lisa and many of my students say she is their role model and has inspired them. The Club is working to continue Lisa’s message of accepting yourself and spreading kindness by celebrating World Kindness Day, performing random acts of kindness and creating cards with positive quotes and affirmations.”

-Jenny Camenga, School Counselor, Marathon High School

“To suggest Lisa Jakub is a talented writer and speaker is like suggesting that Jupiter is a pretty big planet; understatement at its finest. Lisa has the innate ability to engage audiences large and small with equal authenticity and energy. Her passion for expressing the dynamic pathways of her life is truly felt, and being near her one feels an immediate connection to kindness, intelligence, compassion and creativity. While Hollywood may be greatly lessened by her absence, the writing world is never giving her back.”

-Jesse Waters, Director, Bowers Writers House

“After admiring Lisa’s work for years now, I was very excited to approach her for a speaking opportunity, to which she kindly took on. For Ketchum PR’s creative community monthly call, I wanted someone who could speak innovatively to a group of fellow creatives who might just need a fresh and stimulating perspective on how to take on their work. Lisa not only delivered an exceptional talk on creative authenticity, but engrossed a group of people with a gripping story of her journey to writing and how she relates these life lessons to her current work. In a rare event, the C-level executives at Ketchum tuned into the talk and were highly impressed and said Lisa made the hour our best monthly call yet. Lisa truly knows how to transfer what she’s learned and experienced in her fascinatingly unique life and turn it into a beautiful presentation while simultaneously crafting a thought-provoking look at the process of a writer in a very inspiring way.”

-Samantha O’Brochta, Ketchum PR

“Lisa has spoken to my classes at Elizabethtown College twice now, and invariably, at the end of the semester, my students always cite her visit as one of the highlights. They are always captivated by her presence, her story, her thoughts on writing, and her advice. As long as she is willing I intend for Lisa to be a fixture in my courses.”

– Tyler Grimm, writer and English professor, Elizabethtown College

“Lisa’s Sunday morning reading was extremely inspiring. I know many of our attendees were very impressed and described it as a highlight of the weekend. Thank you for being such a big part of the event and making it so special for all of us.”

– Stephane Racle & John Wright, RCW139 Convention

“I can’t imagine HippoCamp 2015 WITHOUT Lisa Jakub’s presence! Lisa was a big part of Hippocampus Magazine’s inaugural conference for creative nonfiction writers. Her personality lit up the stage twice. First, she shared an entertaining excerpt from her memoir as part of our Friday evening readings; it was an absolute delight for our attendees. The following morning Lisa served on our debut author panel where she and four other newer authors offered valuable insight from their paths from unpublished to published. Her perspective added tremendous value to the program, and our “HippoCampers” enjoyed conversing with her throughout the three-day event. She’s articulate, she’s smart, she’s funny, and she’s genuine, warm and friendly. But most of all, she has a story to tell.

– Donna Talarico, Founder and Publisher, Hippocampus Magazine

“Drawing from a wealth of personal experience as a successful Actress and Writer, Lisa Jakub offers a unique perspective on life that captivates her audiences. My students were spellbound as she candidly shared both her triumphs and failures, in a manner that was both riveting and profoundly honest.

– Steve Franco, Director Theatre Glenvar High

“Lisa Jakub is not a typical former child star, nor are many of my students living the typical American dream in two-parent households with a white picket fence. At South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC, my students come from all walks of life. All of them are constantly in need of reassurance from the world around them that being different is something that is to be embraced, and not something of which one should be ashamed. While many celebrities, former or otherwise, often speak of the glamor of Hollywood and a fast buck, Lisa Jakub earns the students’ respect (and mine) by speaking straight from the heart with a raw amount of honesty about her past, her present, and her future. Her mantra? Do what you love. Be passionate. Work hard. Embrace your weird.”

– Molly Rowland, South Mecklenburg High

“Lisa is a lovely and brave soul. I really loved her reading and talk—it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there the way she has. One of my students told me that she just turned 25 and she’s been thinking about where she wants to be and Lisa’s talk has been very thought provoking for her.

– Donna Remington, Johnson & Wales University