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Print After surviving two horrific car accidents, artist and entrepreneur Allison Massari braved an excruciating recovery that forever changed the way she viewed life and happiness. She has since then become one of North America’s leading speakers in “personal development” and “motivation,” teaching hundreds of audiences the self-disciplinary techniques she implemented to manage change, find inner peace, and come alive again.

In 1998 Allison’s car was hit at 60 MPH damaging the vehicle so much that she was trapped inside as a fire ensued melting her vinyl seat to her body. The situation was so grim that police initially declared the case a homicide. Miraculously though, Allison was rescued and began a challenging recovery and rehabilitation which lasted years. Nearly burned to the bone in some parts of her body, she became a master of her mind in order to deal with the agonizing pain. In the end Allison did more than heal; she found clarity regarding her life’s purpose and an inner strength that she has gone on to share with thousands of people.

Making M&C Magazine’s “Best Keynote Speakers” List three years in a row, Allison dedicates herself full-time to helping people obtain their full potential through the art of self-mastery. She has connected with audiences across all sectors through her soft but riveting message about exercising compassion, courage, and resilience to lead a more fulfilling and successful life.

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“AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF TRIUMPH AFTER BURNING ALIVE.”

THE FIRE WITHIN
Hailed as “life-changing” “riveting” “extraordinary” “bold” and “deeply moving” by audiences worldwide, Allison Massari’s message of courage, compassion, and perseverance resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Listed as one of the 2014 Top 10 Best Speakers for “motivation” and “personal development” in the United States by Meetings & Conventions magazine, Allison has been featured on ABC News, NBC, FOX, and in Family Circle magazine. Her diverse client list includes: GE Healthcare IT, Eli Lilly and Co., HIMSS/CHIME, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Siemens Medical, LPL Financial, Million Dollar Round Table.

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 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 humorous stories, she offers actionable tools for people to immediately use to transform and manage their lives.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
Allison Massari’s work has always created a roar.

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. She also appeared in an international documentary about overcoming adversity, hosted by the Head of US Forces for the Military in Afghanistan (coming soon). Currently, Allison coaches and speaks full-time around the world, drawing packed audiences who praise her sincerity and her remarkable life-altering message of determination and overcoming adversity.

REDEFINING THE IMPOSSIBLE

In 1998, Allison survived a devastating near head-on car crash where she was trapped and burned alive, conscious the entire time. 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 and to achieve self-mastery.”

TRANSFORMING LIVES
Allison’s accomplished and diverse client list highlights the resounding impact of her story and message to so many types of audiences worldwide. Allison imparts courage, no matter which industry you are in. Everyone needs courage. It takes courage in a series of many moments to be successful.

Allison adapts her message to each market. One such market is healthcare. Allison frequently provides motivational keynotes, CEU programs and CME programs to healthcare audiences, helping to heal burnout and highlight the critical benefits of patient-centered care as it relates to health care reform.

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 surgeon, Allison grew up with an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession. Her upbringing, coupled with the more than 400 days spent in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and physical therapy centers, gives her a compelling view inside the patient experience.

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, thereby increasing patient satisfaction and supporting the financial success of medical facilities.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
Schooled in creativity as a sculptor, painter, and interdisciplinary artist, Allison 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.

Her sublime artwork serves as an intimate and bold visual backdrop to Allison’s keynote speeches.


Allison Massari Speaker Videos Back to top

Allison Massari Keynote Speech


Allison Massari draws from her experience as a long-term patient to define “compassionate care” into today’s health care system, revealing that it doesn’t take as much as people think to provide a high-satisfactory experience for a patient. She describes a day in the hospital burn unit in which she felt especially alone and in pain until a nurse’s simple gaze of kindness shifted her mentality to a more positive place.

“She never said a word,” Allison recalls. “And she put her hands on my head and ran her fingers through my hair and again she never took her gaze off me. And her love washed over me and I felt healed. It was a seven second interaction and I will never forget her.”

Allison Massari: TEDxZaragoza


Allison Massari details how she nearly died in a fiery car crash and the aftermath of recovering from burns that had penetrated almost to the bone. Lying swollen and bloody in the hospital for 40 days, Allison was in such excruciating pain, she did not even know how she was going to get through the next few seconds, let alone days. The one thing that gave her brief moments of comfort was a game she had played with her father for years in which they jokingly pretended to be Russian spies “Boris” and “Natasha.” “For the first time in weeks, I smiled. In an instant I went from feeling devastated to powerful,” Allison admits after her father took up the game for the first time since before her accident. “And as Boris would say ‘it is the power of the mind.’”

Allison connects her experience to our pursuit of happiness, in which we often rely on external things or experiences such as falling in love or success at work to make us “feel happy.” However as she points out, if we are always dependent on outside things for our happiness we will always be on the run searching. “The truth is we cannot acquire a deep sense of peace and lasting happiness unless we’re willing to address our suffering,” she comments.

Allison Massari: Demo Video


Allison Massari: Healthcare Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speech



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Allison Massari teaches her listeners to find peace, purpose, and happiness, and gives them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, suffering severe burns and a traumatic head injury, she exposes her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined.

Through the power of storytelling, Allison weaves humor, surprise, and heart-wrenching experiences, allowing the audience 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. This content-rich and deeply moving speech fortifies audience members with a new vision and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.

Triumph over Tragedy—Success through Change, Adversity and Tough Times
Feel fortified with a new vision for managing change and adversity.

Ignite the Fire Within—The Art of Exceptional Self-Leadership
An inspirational keynote illuminating how self-mastery leads to one’s greatest productivity.

Thriving in Turbulent Times
This critically acclaimed survival story is excellent for sales groups.

Wellness and Well-Being at Work: Empowering Employees to Better Manage Their Lives Nourish your employees and leaders with specific tools to lead their lives.

The Survival Guide to Being Human and the Art of Happiness
Based on Allison’s Ted Talk. Secrets revealed. Tales told. Mysteries uncovered. A burn injury and traumatic brain injury survivor teaches how to find peace, purpose, happiness and forgiveness.

Self-Mastery: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Chaos
Learning personal leadership impacts every aspect of your success in work and life.

Optional 2nd hour—Mastering Your Life
This is also an excellent 2nd hour program after any of her other keynotes and/or a closing session.

Why Allison?

    • Voted on the “Best Keynote Speakers”List—M&C Magazine 2102, 2013, 2014.
    • Voted #1 National “Rising Star” by the National Speakers Association, 2011.
    • Speaker at TEDxZaragoza in Spain.
    • Unique history as an internationally successful entrepreneur, burn survivor, brain injury survivor and artist.
    • Featured expert in the documentary “ReSolve” (narrated by Scott Neil, Head of Special Forces, US Military, Afghanistan)
    • Known for her authenticity and her ability to completely transform an audience. Projects a distinct calm speaking style while delivering a riveting message.

Allison Massari teaches her listeners to find peace, purpose, and happiness, and gives them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, suffering severe burns and a traumatic head injury, she exposes her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Through the power of storytelling, Allison weaves humor, surprise, and heart-wrenching experiences, allowing the audience 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. This content-rich and deeply moving speech fortifies audience members with a new vision and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.



Allison Massari Speaker Testimonials Back to top

“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.”
    J. Chapman, Global Pharmaceutical Company Ranked 119 on the Fortune 500

“As Executive Director I give very few guarantees—I guarantee that you will love Allison Massari.”
    Katee Tully, Executive Director, The Morean

“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.”
    Farogh Nazari, Senior Manager of Global Continuing Education, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

“If you had been at (GE’s) Centricity LIVE, you could have seen the three-minute standing ovation that Allison got after her talk yesterday. And you could have seen the customer who came up to me, hugged me, and thanked me for bringing Allison to Centricity LIVE, telling me that Allison’s speech ‘has changed my outlook on life.’”
    Justin Steinman, Vice President and General Manager, GE Healthcare IT

“From the front row, I could see Allison’s eyes glisten as she spoke, and felt her sincerity. She touched the entire audience with a profoundly powerful and uplifting presentation.”
    Paul Trakofler, CIO, Healthcare Administrative Partners




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“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.”
    J. Chapman, Global Pharmaceutical Company Ranked 119 on the Fortune 500

“As Executive Director I give very few guarantees—I guarantee that you will love Allison Massari.”
    Katee Tully, Executive Director, The Morean

“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.”
    Farogh Nazari, Senior Manager of Global Continuing Education, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

“If you had been at (GE’s) Centricity LIVE, you could have seen the three-minute standing ovation that Allison got after her talk yesterday. And you could have seen the customer who came up to me, hugged me, and thanked me for bringing Allison to Centricity LIVE, telling me that Allison’s speech ‘has changed my outlook on life.’”
    Justin Steinman, Vice President and General Manager, GE Healthcare IT

“From the front row, I could see Allison’s eyes glisten as she spoke, and felt her sincerity. She touched the entire audience with a profoundly powerful and uplifting presentation.”
    Paul Trakofler, CIO, Healthcare Administrative Partners


ignited

IGNITED: Learn the Secrets of Transformation from an Artist, Burned Alive, Who Went on to Create a Life She Never Dreamed Possible
Allison Massari teaches how to create your own transformation. Ignited is a gripping story of burning flesh, searing pain and relentless challenges that offers redemptive tools which will allow anyone to obtain life's abundant gifts. Massari provides precise reasoning about how to understand and use suffering to shift to higher levels of awareness, and ultimately a place of peace. Whether you are concerned about personal growth, relationships, work or your past, this audio set can help.

Ignited provides details about how to understand and unravel the complexities of challenges, difficult people and painful moments, as well as how to go beyond to all the gifts awaiting you. Ignited does not embrace magical thinking. Massari empathetically proposes a method for acknowledging difficulty in life in order to learn and make shifts that last, thus moving you forward into a peaceful, grounded life. She advocates acknowledgment of the intricacies of pain and challenge, and shows how love is the salve that ignites the normal and propels it into the miraculous.

You will learn: 1) How to understand the big question: "Why are we living in a world with so much pain?" 2) How to create a complete shift in attitude that will instantly change your reality 3) How to move out of inertia and create against-all-odds outcomes 4) What not to say to someone who is suffering. And a guide to also show what to do and say 5) How to successfully deal with difficult people 6) How humanity, authenticity and connecting to purpose become the fast path to transformation 7) The Seven Healing PatternsTM 8) How life is a school...


Triumph over Tragedy—Success through Change, Adversity and Tough Times
Feel fortified with a new vision for managing change and adversity.

Ignite the Fire Within—The Art of Exceptional Self-Leadership
An inspirational keynote illuminating how self-mastery leads to one’s greatest productivity.

Thriving in Turbulent Times
This critically acclaimed survival story is excellent for sales groups.

Wellness and Well-Being at Work: Empowering Employees to Better Manage Their Lives Nourish your employees and leaders with specific tools to lead their lives.

The Survival Guide to Being Human and the Art of Happiness
Based on Allison’s Ted Talk. Secrets revealed. Tales told. Mysteries uncovered. A burn injury and traumatic brain injury survivor teaches how to find peace, purpose, happiness and forgiveness.

Self-Mastery: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Chaos
Learning personal leadership impacts every aspect of your success in work and life.

Optional 2nd hour—Mastering Your Life
This is also an excellent 2nd hour program after any of her other keynotes and/or a closing session.

Why Allison?

    • Voted on the “Best Keynote Speakers”List—M&C Magazine 2102, 2013, 2014.
    • Voted #1 National “Rising Star” by the National Speakers Association, 2011.
    • Speaker at TEDxZaragoza in Spain.
    • Unique history as an internationally successful entrepreneur, burn survivor, brain injury survivor and artist.
    • Featured expert in the documentary “ReSolve” (narrated by Scott Neil, Head of Special Forces, US Military, Afghanistan)
    • Known for her authenticity and her ability to completely transform an audience. Projects a distinct calm speaking style while delivering a riveting message.

Allison Massari teaches her listeners to find peace, purpose, and happiness, and gives them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, suffering severe burns and a traumatic head injury, she exposes her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Through the power of storytelling, Allison weaves humor, surprise, and heart-wrenching experiences, allowing the audience 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. This content-rich and deeply moving speech fortifies audience members with a new vision and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.



Allison Massari Keynote Speech


Allison Massari draws from her experience as a long-term patient to define “compassionate care” into today’s health care system, revealing that it doesn’t take as much as people think to provide a high-satisfactory experience for a patient. She describes a day in the hospital burn unit in which she felt especially alone and in pain until a nurse’s simple gaze of kindness shifted her mentality to a more positive place.

“She never said a word,” Allison recalls. “And she put her hands on my head and ran her fingers through my hair and again she never took her gaze off me. And her love washed over me and I felt healed. It was a seven second interaction and I will never forget her.”

Allison Massari: TEDxZaragoza


Allison Massari details how she nearly died in a fiery car crash and the aftermath of recovering from burns that had penetrated almost to the bone. Lying swollen and bloody in the hospital for 40 days, Allison was in such excruciating pain, she did not even know how she was going to get through the next few seconds, let alone days. The one thing that gave her brief moments of comfort was a game she had played with her father for years in which they jokingly pretended to be Russian spies “Boris” and “Natasha.” “For the first time in weeks, I smiled. In an instant I went from feeling devastated to powerful,” Allison admits after her father took up the game for the first time since before her accident. “And as Boris would say ‘it is the power of the mind.’”

Allison connects her experience to our pursuit of happiness, in which we often rely on external things or experiences such as falling in love or success at work to make us “feel happy.” However as she points out, if we are always dependent on outside things for our happiness we will always be on the run searching. “The truth is we cannot acquire a deep sense of peace and lasting happiness unless we’re willing to address our suffering,” she comments.

Allison Massari: Demo Video


Allison Massari: Healthcare Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speech