Elizabeth Smart is a keynote speaker, author, and abduction survivor.
Her story was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. On June 5, 2002, at the age of 14, Elizabeth was abducted. Her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. After being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003.
Elizabeth 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 survivors 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.
Elizabeth is available for speaking engagements to tell her incredible and inspiring story of overcoming adversity. Contact The Mollie Plotkin Group to hire Elizabeth for your next event.
Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth’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.
Elizabeth’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 two beautiful children. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after tragedy.
Elizabeth is available for speaking engagements to tell her incredible and inspiring story of overcoming adversity.
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, healing, never giving up. 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.
Smart Talks: I’ve Never Told Anyone
This session includes Elizabeth, a psychologist and Elizabeth’s father Ed in addition to an emcee. It is an interactive program for college students to discuss issues associated around women empowerment, rape and dating.
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“Elizabeth Smart was our featured guest speaker at New Day for Children’s annual brunch and she was wonderful! She shared part of her story, giving hope and courage to us all. New Day provides funding to American girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking, so that they can get the long-term care and education needed to heal body, mind and spirit. We flew several girls in from around the country and they were able to spend an hour or so in private with Elizabeth. She was warm and gracious and gave them a glimpse of what life can be after trauma. She gave them hope for a better future.”
— Sharon Wood, New Day For Children. Executive Director
“Recently Elizabeth came to SAP and told her amazingly powerful survival story to our employees. She was extremely honest throughout her presentation, and employees left feeling inspired from her underlying message of perseverance and hope. She was a pleasure to work with and is a truly remarkable woman.”
— Meghan Vinci, Senior Operations Specialist, SAP Software Company July 2019