Ashley Rhodes-Courter offers inspiring, motivational keynotes to corporate, education, and non-profit audiences.

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Motivating Corporate Change in Three Little Words

(Based on her award-winning International and New York Times Bestselling memoir, Three Little Words)
Born to a single teen mother, Ashley was placed in foster care at the age of 3. Most of her 14 placements were abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a small trailer where the children were regularly neglected, beaten, verbally assaulted, and starved. Other caregivers were later charged with various crimes, including pedophilia. At one point, she was also placed with an alcoholic relative who was shot twice in front of her. After spending almost ten years in the system, Ashley was finally adopted from a group home when she was twelve. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, Ashley has used her experience to find the strength to accomplish incredible things.

  • She became a New York Times Bestselling author by age 22
  • Earned a master’s degree in social work and is now a licensed therapist
  • Ran for Florida State Senate at age 26
  • Created and heads a non-profit organization
  • Fostered more than 20+ children and is an adoptive parent
  • Now has authored 3 bestselling books
  • Has helped raise millions of dollars for various non-profit organizations
  • 2021 Loreal Paris Women of Worth Awardee (Featured in Paris, France and in a Primetime special on NBC)

In her funny, inspiring Keynotes, Ashley will show audiences how to overcome their own personal and professional challenges to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.  She delivers her story with humor and grace, and attendees will leave energized and ready to take on the world!

School as a Sanctuary

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, LCSW, has spoken across the United States to countless students, colleges, educators, social workers, youth groups, Resident Advisor and Student Life organizations, and other community groups. Her bestselling books, “Three Little Words,” and “Three More Words” have been used in curricula around the country and are frequently used at the middle, high school, and collegiate levels. “Three Little Words” is one of the most requested and award-winning titles for First Year Experience (FYE) programs and One School One Book/Community initiatives nationally.

Ashley’s commencement speeches, lecture series, workshops and events inspire students and professionals in profound ways. Education was one of her keys to surviving in foster care and she learned that “education was something no one could take from me.”
In her keynotes, Ashley discusses the importance of recognizing strengths, engaging students and youth, trauma-informed practices, burnout prevention, and she reminds us that school may be the only sanctuary some students have.

Helping the Helpers

Ashley was named as a 2021 Loreal Paris Women of Worth, recognized for her significant global contributions and philanthropy. She is the founder of the Foundation for Sustainable Families (www.SustainableFamiliesFoundation.org) which serves vulnerable children and families in her own community. Her story has helped raise millions of dollars for various organizations.

Ashley speaks about the power of one person to make a difference. Her attendees leave her speaking engagement armed with valuable insights on:

  • How to reengage or recruit employees, workers, or volunteers
  • Top 10 tips on engaging the local community
  • How to successfully raise funds for a non-profit organization or cause
  • Turn personal pain or tragedies into a powerful voice for others
  • How to help another while maintaining self-care and avoiding debilitating transference

Ashley’s keynotes and workshops are touching, humorous, informative, and motivating. She is the ideal speaker for your next fundraiser, conference, lecture series, or community event. Ashley regularly does media and promotional work for groups prior, during, and after events which allow for increased exposure to your work and programming.

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