New York Times Bestselling Author and Speaker
Amanda Lindhout is a sought after inspirational speaker, trusted by big brands to deliver a life-changing, transformational keynote experience. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, A House in the Sky, is being developed into a Hollywood motion picture by heavyweight production company Annapurna, with 2x Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara playing Amanda.
A publishing phenomenon, A House in the Sky, has remained a Top Ten bestselling book since its release in 2013. Raised by a single mom in a small city, Amanda escaped the violence of her childhood by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As a young woman, Amanda’s curiosity led her to some of the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity. Working as a journalist in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Amanda spent 460 days as a hostage, surviving on strategy, fortitude, and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity.
Amanda’s unique experiences give her credibility to discuss important issues ranging from countering terrorism to supporting the women’s movement and she regularly appears in the media with her opinion. She has been featured in Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe, and Anderson Cooper.
Amanda’s keynote presentations are for audiences of all sizes, from Richard Branson’s living room to an arena of 20,000, she creates intimacy with the women and men in the room through her emotional, powerful storytelling. Her tale of survival builds suspense and momentum to reveal life-changing insights into mind conditioning, including actionable takeaways about reframing stories of pain into power.
What people are saying
Amanda’s story, and the moving way she shares it served as the perfect close to our Fortune Magazine Summit. The 900+ CEOs and top executives were brought to tears and cheers as they received a message that put the significant pressures they face every day into perspective. One CEO shared with me that he had faced a $500 million loss which has been obviously weighing on him, but Amanda’s keynote gave him a new lens through which to view the impact – it was just money!
CHAIR, GROWTH SUMMIT PRESENTED BY FORTUNE
I’ve been booking keynote speakers for 25 years. I’ve seen them all. The good. The bad and the average. So when someone exceptional takes my stage – I know it quickly. Amanda was that exception. The audience was so transfixed on her story that you could hear a pin drop. By the end of it all – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and she got a huge standing ovation. I’m happy to recommend her to anyone.
PRODUCER, UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCE
As Education Officer the pressure is on to deliver so picking a speaker is a bit of a leap of faith. Amanda’s story and delivery was simply stunning, you could hear a pin drop in the room. Her engagement with the audience in the Q&A added details and layers to her story her compassion and authenticity really shone thru. First standing ovation in any of our chapter events.
YPO TRINIDAD AND BARBADOS
Once she started speaking, no one in the room moved; their total attention was on Amanda. You could hear a pin drop. She received a standing ovation, which is a first for our Leadership Series. I don’t think people will easily forget what she had to say.
DIRECTOR, ANNUAL PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL KINGSTON FOUNDATION
She was amazing, spectacular, uplifting, articulate…the list goes on and on. She is in my humble option the best speaker we have ever had! Not sure how or if we will ever be able to top her.
CHAIR, ATLANTIC PSYCHIATRIC CONFERENCE
We just had Amanda Lindhout for EO Detroit and SHE WAS UNBELIEVABLE…Can’t recommend any more highly. Never seen so many EO members cry and hug so freely. Amanda is the most resilient person I have ever met.