“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!”
“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, there was nothing scripted there - her compassion and authenticity really shone thru. First standing ovation in any of our chapter events.”
“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.”
“She was amazing, spectacular, lovely, 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.”
“I’ve been booking key note 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.”
The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience,and grace.
A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon to be the lead communicator with the Somali English-speaking negotiator for Amanda’s kidnappers. Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter’s fate in his hands. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic.One Day Closer is the true story of one mother’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love.