Speaking events & schedule

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I get it — I’m an introvert with anxiety and it doesn’t make sense that I love speaking…but I do. I feel honored whenever I can share my story and connect with others so that they feel less alone with their struggles. I always include lots of Q&A time because I want to have a real conversation and dig into to the good stuff together. I particularly love talking about topics such as redefining success, finding your own authentic voice, writing craft, mental wellness, and my new book NOT JUST ME: Anxiety, depression, and learning to embrace your weird. I also lead Prose & Pose weekend workshops on writing and yoga – where we do a deeper dive into creativity, passion, and movement.

Prose & Pose


Public Events:

January 8 – February 5

Yoga for Anxiety – 5 week series at Common Ground


February 26 – April 2

Yoga for Anxiety – 6 week series at Common Ground


March 17

Yoga and Meditation for Stress Relief at ACAC


March 21-25

Virginia Festival of the Book. Charlottesville, VA


April 16 – May 21

Yoga for Anxiety – 5 week series at Common Ground 


March 30 – April 1

Prose & Pose Workshop @ Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Yoga and writing for anxiety retreat  – Lennox, MA


April 21

Meditation for Families: University of Virginia, Ryan White Clinic


May 3

Speaking event and book signing at Mohawk Community College. Utica, New York


June 23

Prose & Pose Workshop @ Rebel Soul Yoga!

Yoga, meditation, and writing for anxiety –  Oak Island, NC


September 6 – 9

Writing and Wellness Yoga retreat – Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, NC


September 28-30

Prose & Pose Workshop @ Yogaville

Yoga and writing for anxiety retreat – Buckingham County, Virginia


October 7

Poetry, Prose & Pose Workshop @ Common Ground Healing Arts

Charlottesville, Virginia


October 18-22

Expedition Balance Veteran’s Retreat

Therapeutic writing and trauma-informed yoga classes. Houston, Texas.


If your school or organization is interested booking an appearance or program, please send a request via the contact form

For more information about guest speaking:

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Click here for PDF of Not Just Me Book Tour Speaking Kit

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Click here for PFD of general Speaking Kit






Past speaking engagements include:

Ketchum Public Relations, Expedition Balance Veteran’s Retreat, HippoCamp Non-fiction Writer’s Conference, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 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, Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic School, WriterHouse Writing Workshop, Glen Oaks Community College, 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, Mom’s for Mental Health Organization, Carleton University


Clips from my talks:


Testimonials for workshops and  speaking events

“To define the weekend in one word? Transformative. There are not words of ‘thank you’ accurate enough to explain everything I felt and experienced. You were able to create a very unique, safe, supportive environment that allowed for so much introspection, sharing and healing!! It was an amazing experience being with you and I’m so grateful for your willingness to share so deeply of your journeys and to give so much of your time and energy reaching out to us!!”

-Retreat participant

“Amazing retreat and very informative classes. I learned a lot, and I know that the advice and “gifts” that were given to me will help me to grow and find the happiness I deserve.”

-Retreat participant

“Attending a workshop, in a (possibly) new location, with a group of total strangers is a scary and intimidating experience. I think I speak for the whole group when I say we felt comfortable to let down our guards from “go.” I will look back on this weekend for the rest of my life with love and appreciation.”

-Retreat participant

“I feel our weekend together was life-changing in so many ways!!  I feel like something has opened in me and I finally have direction for my writing. Things are just flowing… this is so healing and exciting!”

-Retreat participant

Lisa was an incredible keynote speaker for our Moms for Mental Health event! She captivated our audience with her experiences and struck the perfect balance of emotional connection and practical insights. Our participants were thoroughly enthralled throughout her talk and were eager to meet her after the presentation – she was approachable and engaged with everyone.

-Patti Murphy,  Executive Director Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation

“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 opened up and bared her soul about her internal struggles with social anxiety while being thrust into the high-profile world of Hollywood. Her stories are poignant and heartfelt, with a biting and humorous candor. She was able to open everyone’s eyes to something many struggle with but didn’t understand exactly why. Her openness makes her approachable and her honesty makes her relatable. From start to finish, you want to hear it all, fortunately, she is happy to share it.”

– Kyle Lince, Mohawk Valley Community College

“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